It's like the previous pope said divorce is a sin...and homosexuality is a sin...doesn't that make gay people who were already married some kind of paradox? Imean the pope doesn't want them to get divorced so does that mean he approves?
This is how I think of it: You can "hate" the fact that a man is blind, but you can still love him, you just "hate" the fact that there is nothing you can do for him, cuz that's just how it is. That's how I see it anyways.
hm, I'm not sure how to respond to your examples, but in the very basic sense of it I think that it goes something like this: Everyone makes mistakes and deserve to be forgiven. If you choose to sin constantly then I don't know what to say to that.
My interpretation is this: People are generally spiritual terrorists who bring negativity into your life due to your (insert benign difference here), and cherry-pick stuff to back up their beliefs, unless it's inconvenient to actually justify them. Then it's a matter of "faith"; this is double-speak for "knowing the mind of god". People will generally be polite, but inwardly criticize everything about you, and hold you against their standards for what constitutes a decent human being. Insert whatever rigid system of beliefs if christianity doesn't apply.
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Do you know the concept of SPAG, ie. "Self Projected As God"?
Basically, it's like, every christian has their own interpretation of the bible, everyone of them has a different idea of what god is like. Most often, their idea of god reflects their own beliefs and ideas, and simply validates their already existing beliefs and prejudices. Then they pick out parts of the bible that validate those beliefs, and ignore the ones that contradict them.
Well, to be fair, it isn't limited only to religion or religious people. A vast majority of people sort of go through life on autopilot.
What it means is that most people don't question their own impulses. Most people are unable to really deconstruct their own thought patterns and seriously question their beliefs. That's partly why there's a huge gambling industry, how it's easy to manipulate poll results, etc.
I chuckled when I read this! If I had a nickel for every time a fellow Christian has told me they hate the sin but not the sinner... I hear it all the time. I've always interpreted it differently but you are absolutely right!
Homosexuality is something beyond our control, so I'm gonna say it's possible to love a gay man/gay woman but disagree with their lifestyle?
Well, I'm on the fence about it. I'm neither for nor against the LGTB community as I see that they are fellow people such as me, only their sexual preferences are different. Christ never speaks of homosexuality, but sexual immorality is touched on. (threesomes, orgies, etc.)
I could care less what they do, so long as no one hits on me. I would have to politely decline. Lol
I am a some what Christian who is open minded about other beliefs....any ways I'm neutral. I'm not against the Gays. I have gay friends, I'm totally cool with them. I thiink as long as you love someone everything is fine.
The first thing you need to know is that EVERYONE is a sinner and that no sin is more sinful than another. A sin is a sin. We are told to to love the Lord first and then to love our neighbor as we would love ourself. I do not hate homosexuals but, since I am a Christian, I don't approve of the act of homosexuality because it is a sin. A true Christian loves everyone as a brother or sister because we are instructed to. It's not hypocritical to hate the sin but and love the sinner.
Actually in order to be a true Christian you must kill apostates, be it that they either rejected "God" or that they refused to be converted.
And in fact, how come you say you hate the act of homosexuality, when "pulling out" is also punishable by stoning to death, because that is spilling and wasting "God's seed"? Or how the only real mention of homosexuality in the Bible is calling it an "abomination" which when looked at in relative terms to the time period means "not normal", not "horrific" like we think of abomination today, which was simply a way of saying "this is not how reproduction works". Now of course among the other things listed as abominations in the Bible is eating shellfish, wearing more than two pieces of cloth for clothing, touching (or sometimes known as even being near or talking to) a woman on her period etc.. The list goes on and on.
If you believe homosexuality is wrong, then why do you not believe those things are just as wrong?
And in fact homosexuality IS NOT a choice, and scientific evidence now CLEARLY supports this claim. So are you now saying people should reject who they are, and lie to themselves and to "God"? If you are interested in knowing the scientific evidence I would be happy to relay it to you.
I do not hate homosexuals in the least. I'll admit I believe their sexual practices to be un-natural (I know all the scientific methods, I don't need to be told any of that college dribble.) but just as long as they don't force them on me then I really don't care. There are good and bad homosexuals just as there are good and bad people in every walk of life.
Also, we Christians are not damning the homosexuals to Hell ourselves. God is, because their practices are sinful. Everyone does sinful things, that doesn't mean we hate everyone. If it was up to me, I honestly doubt that I'd send all Homosexuals to Hell, myself seeing as some of them are genuinely wonderful people. But the practice of homosexual tendencies and sexuality leads to disease and other evil things. (Not to say that sometimes heterosexual sex doesn't cause disease as well.) Those are my honest opinions.
So is there any real difference in homosexual activities as opposed to heterosexual? It seems to me that you've pretty much went against your claim that homosexuality is sinful.
This is something reposted from a post I recently made that seems to pretty much reply to your statement:
"And in fact, how come you say you dissaprove the act of homosexuality, when "pulling out" is also punishable by stoning to death, because that is spilling and wasting "God's seed"? Or how the only real mention of homosexuality in the Bible is calling it an "abomination" which when looked at in relative terms to the time period means "not normal", not "horrific" like we think of abomination today, which was simply a way of saying "this is not how reproduction works". Now of course among the other things listed as abominations in the Bible is eating shellfish, wearing more than two pieces of cloth for clothing, touching (or sometimes known as even being near or talking to) a woman on her period etc.. The list goes on and on.
If you believe homosexuality is wrong, then why do you not believe those things are just as wrong? "
If you want any more evidence, be it from a religious source or a scientific one, just let me know. I'd be happy to prove that homosexuality is NOT a choice, NOT a sinful thing, NOT a bad thing, and NOT different than heterosexuality
In my belief, homosexuality isn't wrong because it wastes "the seed." It's wrong because it is un-natural, causes plauges of disease and frankly, nothing should go up your anus. That's just wrong.
Also, those other passages you mentioned are commonly confused. I haven't done any bible study in quite a while, so I can't tell you exactly what it means. You also shouldn't bother with those horribly screwed up translations. The King James version is the only true version.
You're forgetting two things. 1) there are lesbians. 2) straight people have anal sex, too. (and believe me, it's not that uncommon) I believe that anal sex is wrong, for me, because it seems so disgusting to do, but I could care less what others do.
In fact, when lesbians engage in sexual activities, they are less likely to contract diseases more so than straight people.
I see where you're coming from on how it's unnatural. You think so because it doesn't make babies, right? If that's the case, then it should be unnatural for infertile people to have sex, too. I mean, it's practically the same thing.
For one, there is no such thing as unnatural, because everything thing that eats, sleeps, shits and has dirty tentacle sex under the sun is natural. What in the fuck does this "unnatural" word mean? Nature is not like black and white, good and evil. There are no polar opposites. So you don't hate homosexuals, you're just going to criticize perfectly harmless people over harmless actions that they have no choice upon and don't even involve you? It sounds like you hate homosexuals to me. Sometimes the most harm can come from the best intentions. You are stupid and should be ashamed. That is all, good day.