The first two posts of this three part series discussed the historical factors which surrounded the scriptures that are typically viewed and pertaining to same-sex relationships. The original terms translated from Greek are also examined, and found to be quite different in meaning than what some present day translations present. This study has been rewarding to me, and I would encourage anyone to read the book God and the Gay Christian while also studying the Word. For the third and final post of my study, I’m going to look at the basic teachings of Jesus.
John 13:34-3534 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.35 By this shall everyone know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
In regard to same sex-relationships, all I have to offer is what was concluded in the first two posts which are:
- The Old Testament scriptures that are typically regarded as references in opposition of same sex relationships are likely scriptures that refer to men who are attempting to emasculate other men by overtaking them sexually as was the custom during that era.
- The New Testament scriptures that are regarded as scriptures which pertain to same sex relationships are likely not referencing healthy same-sex relationships that seem to gain so much attention in modern times. Rather, the scriptures are likely referencing the sexual violence that was prevalent during this era including men that were given over to a reprobate mind due to their idol worship.
Mark 12:30-3530 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy thought and with all thy strength: this is the principal commandment.31 And the second is like it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these.32 Then the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth, that God is one, and there is none other outside of him;33 and to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the soul and with all the strength and to love his neighbour as himself is more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.
I hope that after a thorough individual study, Christians would see that it is in fact likely that those in same sex relationships can be blessed by God the same as any other Christian relationship. However, I also understand that it isn’t that easy for some… But in regard to that fact from one Christian to another I do ask this…. Whether or not you choose to embrace the possibility that same-sex relationships can be blessed by God, please do as Jesus asks and “love thy neighbor”.
Time after time in the New Testament of the bible I read of the LOVE of Christ. There is not one example of exclusion to any individual, or groups of people in the name of Christ. As Christians I think it is important that we remember what Jesus said, and also what he did. He spoke out against the oppression of vulnerable groups of people, the sick, the poor, and children. While I find passages referring to his disgust of religious abuse, I have not yet found any passages which support the idea those who engage in healthy same-sex relationships should be condemned in any way.
Romans 2:1:29Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. …
While I can find many scriptures that explicitly instruct that I not differentiate between sons and daughters of Christ, it is difficult for me to find solid scripture that I am sure persecutes those who have same-sex sexual orientation. At the end of the day, my conclusion is this…. I can’t in clear conscience, as a Christian, not recognize those in same-sex relationships who profess Christianity as any thing other than the Christians that I believe they are. After having completed a thorough investigation of the Greek and historical factors, it is my opinion that the negative references in the Word are speaking of sexual violence and exploitation which was common during that time period.
As Christians it is important that we sometimes dig down deep, and stand up for the conclusions that we come to. I have many good friends in the lgbt community. Some have experienced significant emotional abuse in the name of religion, in the name of Jesus. Some have chosen to follow Jesus no matter the hardship, because they know that the true teachings of Jesus do not promote any type of ugliness or discord, but in fact teach the love and understanding that all people need.
For myself, I will follow the Word, and the teachings of Christ….. and for the details…. I will make it a point to research topics thoroughly. Most importantly, I will strive to do the best I can to err on the side of LOVE, and kindness. Any religious agenda which promotes any level of hatred should not be tolerated by those who are professing Christianity.