I waited to enter the debate again until my heart was in the right place and free of anger towards those who disagree with my viewpoint. Now I ask you prayerfully consider these words, not just rejecting them in favor of your personal prejudices. Search the Scriptures, casting aside all previous viewpoints and open your heart to what the Spirit of God is speaking to you.
Many well meaning people build their case against homosexuality almost entirely on the Bible. They, just as I, value the ancient text, and seek its guidance in their lives. Unfortunately, many of them have never really studied what the Bible does and doesn’t say about homosexuality. I was unaware until about 2 years ago that a lot of what I'd been taught about the Bible by people who love God and want to teach others the words, was derived from an improper understanding of context, history, and also literalism, which was seen as heresy even going back to Origen and Polycarp, early church fathers who were students of Apostle John. When I searched further, I came to see the Bible as more. I saw its many cultures, religions and spiritualities, but more importantly, I saw people who were trying with their limited understanding of the universe, nature, biology, and overall knowledge, to make sense of a world, and a God, they didn't understand.
The Bible has a powerful message for all regardless of gender, sexual orientation, personal philosophy or spiritual practice. But it’s a message of love and acceptance, not condemnation and, hate, and fear.
Don't take my word for it, though. I ask only that you’d consider what careful research, prayer, and meditation has taught me about the passages used by some people to condemn God’s children simply because of a biological factor like attraction.
Premise 1: The rampant epidemic of biblical illiteracy in this country A recent study quoted by Dr. Peter Gomes in The Good Book found that 38 percent of Americans polled were certain the Old Testament was written a few years after Jesus’ death. Ten percent believed Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. Many even thought the epistles were the wives of the apostles.
A few key points
Jesus says nothing about same-sex behavior.
The Jewish prophets are silent about homosexuality.
Only six or seven of the Bible’s one million verses refer to same-sex behavior in any way — and none of these verses refer to homosexual orientation as it’s understood today. Premise 2: Historically, people’s misinterpretation of the Bible has left a trail of suffering, bloodshed, and death. Over the centuries, people, well meaning or otherwise, who misunderstood or misinterpreted the Bible have done terrible things. The Bible has been twisted to defend bloody crusades and tragic inquisitions; to support slavery, apartheid, and segregation; to persecute Jews and other non-Christian people of faith; to support Hitler’s Third Reich and the Holocaust; to oppose medical science; to condemn interracial marriage; to execute women as witches; and to support the Ku Klux Klan. Shakespeare said it this way: “Even the devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
Looking at recent history, within the past 60 years, countless LGBT people, all of them children of God, were murdered, assaulted, abused, arrested, rejected, ostracized, fired from jobs, had their children taken away, and denied basic civil rights because of six or seven verses, most of them taken grossly out of context.
Most of the people I know who say “the Bible condemns homosexuality” would never condone these acts. Most Christians have no idea that the people killing gay and lesbian persons go around quoting those few verses of Scripture as justification.
But it’s important to hear these stories, because I’m not writing this little pamphlet as a scholarly exercise. It’s a matter of life and death. I’m pleading on the side of love.
Premise 3: We must be open to new truth from Scripture
God is constantly speaking. What was once...
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