@Levi_Orangeburst @Pig_Larkcape1 @Christopher_Puddlevest1 @Eerie_Coppernight @Lilliana_Umbrellascope @Hanna_Brassheart and everyone else in this topic.
reads all the posts... starts nervously chuckling... thinks to myself "how did I get back to the forums in time for this???
Ok, hi. Um. How to say this... Eerie is correct in that I have personal experience in this. First of all, let me say this. I have had a personal relationship with Jesus since I was eleven and I am now attending a Christian college, so... I have some experience with Christianity as a whole.
When I was a young teenager, I developed attraction toward guys.
I think about this as my identity. People in LGBT communities put their whole identity around their orientation. I prefer to identify myself as a Son of God. I guess the difference is that I view my same sex attraction as an addiction.
@Levi_Orangeburst The bible is very clear that homosexuality is a sin. Leviticus 20:13 This was not a cultural law, it is a moral law that continued to be in effect even after Jesus' death. Paul says over and over to flee sexual immorality (which I will admit, I'm not sure that he is specifically talking about homosexuality, but the fact he is so strong against it is notable)
Also, Sodom and Gomorrah was not the only case of men... you know. Judges had an event in 19:22-30 that involved Jews from the tribe of Benjamin. It was much, much worse than what happened in Sodom, simply because this was God's people.
Should we love gay people? Yes. Is same-sex attraction or lifestyle a sin? I think yes simply due to the Bible. Does this mean straight people are good because they are straight? Uh... NO. Clearly... No. Honestly Lilliana said it best in her post above.
Does it matter whether you are gay or straight? No. Because either way, and I do agree with Pig on this, we will end up being judged before God for living our lifestyles the way we did. HOWEVER, since God calls His children to live a righteous life before Him and others, I would assume that He calls us to give ourselves and our struggles up to Him, including any sexual immorality.
I love how the discussion evolved into how we should live our lives before Him and who is truly saved. I too, believe in destiny, as Eerie worded it, but we also have a choice in whether we will serve and honor God in our actions. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, (to the best of our human abilities)
I'm not really sure how anyone could disagree with this... So please let me know if there is something I said that didn't make sense. Very open to talking about these things. Also, I have been seeing a counselor recently about this and other things, and it's kinda scary how y'all touched the same topics me and my counselor did.