April 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm #812027terrariccaParticipant
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the corrupt mind and heart will not find his way to salvation unless it understand the need to change that behavior
but we all know that wickedness will go on until the end of this age ,and so only those that realy seek God’s truth and apply it will be saved ,and for this reason we may find ourselves walking alone for a while on this earth ,but not without our lord and his God ,our FatherMay 11, 2016 at 10:20 am #814046
Good post T.May 11, 2016 at 10:42 am #814048
i have held the same belief–when man fell, the normal fear that or subjugation that animals were supposed to have for man, was broken. There is a scripture or two that suggests this. God let or made this happen. And it will be fixed in the future. Sure, I understand that and can go with that idea. So God mad wit so animals started eating other animals and attacking humans and being Unpeaceful.
but it seems God made these rules, and allowed what he allowed. It doesn’t make sense to me that among other things he made it so that a percentage of animals (just like humans) would be homosexuals. It was man that sinned. And God let man see where sin lead. But why animals? Why allow or make it so that animals would do the same thing, a thing God apparently considers disgusting and unnatural?
man seems no different than animals in this. Every animal studied–every mammal, every insect, has percentages of homosexuals. We can say these are just animals. But again, if God is disgusted by this, why would God allow it or even make it so, when he didn’t have to?
I hear you david. It seems very unfair. Sort of random condemnation. If you are unlucky, you become one by no fault of your own.
However, I see it more like this david.
Two brothers are brought up in a violent home. They are beaten from time to time and live in fear.
One brother grew up and also beat his children. It was not his fault because that is how he was brought up and he had no choice in that matter.
The other brother hated what happened to him that much that he decided to not subject his own family to such evil. He loved his children and protected them. He nurtured his sons and perhaps loved them even more than most as his love was partly inspired by knowing what it was like to be hated.
While both had the same upbringing, they both still had a choice. As scripture states, there are two paths, and if we choose the wrong path, then we become slaves of our nature and upbringing. If we choose the right path, then we can change and be renewed and God can give us strength beyond any natural strongholds that try to bind us.
Sexual sin is no different. We can either be bound to it, or freed by God from it. While it is never too late to change the path we are on, it does become harder to deal with learned behavior the longer we travel down the wrong path. However, God’s grace is sufficient should we want to change. He gives us yearnings in the spirit that if we obey, lead us to doing the right thing.
And yes our flesh is corrupt, but if do not want to sin and yet still do, then we have a covenant with God and in truth, it is no longer I that sin, but the sin in us playing out. Our intercessor is not without understanding in such matters. While we all have sinful tendencies, we can all be given God given tendencies in the spirit too.
Many alcoholics give up being drunkards and never touch a drop again. But they remain weak and need to pray for strength that they will not succumb to their flesh.
The truth is inescapable, we will choose the path we love the most. We may err, but overall, we will choose where we will walk.
Not all who sin are sinners just as not all who fish are fisherman.May 11, 2016 at 10:58 am #814051
Animals didn’t eat the fruit. Didn’t rebel. And were created to act on instinct that was apparently built into them by God. it was easier thinking about this before we discovered that all animals studied have a percentage that are truly homosexuals, some even pair bonding for life.
Who sinned first? Was it man? Whoever sinned first spread his sin down the line of authority. Down to man and even animals. It seems unfair, but God is looking for the Elect. The Elect have chosen God. When there is no sin, then there is no choice in that respect. The Elect angels chose God. The Elect among us choose God. We do not choose evil.
If we were born perfect like the angels, then the time will come when the choice rises. It seems that this is how it was for the angels. Is it really any difference with us. We are born sinners and can become righteous before God, while they were created perfect and could choose to fall. In the end, what will be left is the Elect who can never sin. So shall they always be with the Lord. They passed the test and there is no more to tempt them away.
As for the animals, what a miserable existence some of them have. I have no idea what happens to them. But the lion lays down with the lamb. So they will live in harmony in the Kingdom. Do they get another life, or are they just newly created animals, or both? We know that God’s spirit returns back to him and he can breath it back into living beings when he wants. God is love, so I trust that he is more righteous and just than I can ever be.June 13, 2016 at 4:44 pm #814824Andrew ADParticipant
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I do think there are various reasons for people being gay and some have been mentioned but I also think some are born that way.I used to not accept this -people being born gay-as this was not in line with what the church taught but I have changed my mind in the last several years. Some people are born with both sexes and some have too many hormones of the opposite sex. I knew a woman who had a much thicker beard than me and she was gay. Also I knew a couple who were both hetero who had a son who they came to see would be different/ gay by the way he just was. They were good parents and the boy received no abuse but was always very feminine and he did turn out as a homosexual. They weren’t happy about this but always loved him and didn’t despise him for it.They accepted him for who he was or as they felt God made him.And no they were not fundamentalist Christians but moral,law abiding good people.
I have some homosexuals both male and female on both sides of my family.How they became that way or if they were born like that I don’t know.I have never been that close to them as to question them about it.But I do think one was probably born that way since he was always feminine and we called him a sissy growing up. But it was partly due to them and other lgbt’s I’ve known that lead me a few years ago to honestly allow myself to think about this issue. I always loved them and prayed for them but I couldn’t really accept them.Now i do and don’t damn them in my mind over it anymore.June 20, 2016 at 5:19 pm #815069
People who have characteristics of both sexes cannot be gay IMO because their DNA has both as you say. How do we know what sex they really are, so how can they be accused of being gay. Are they a woman with male characteristics or a man with female characteristics. If they can choose what they are, then that would probably be based on what sex they are attracted to, and hence they are the opposite. I think those whose DNA dictates they are male or female, but prefer their own gender despite their DNA would be the ones classified as homosexual. Also, I think you have to be a practicing homosexual to be classified as one. A man with alcoholic tendencies is not necessarily an alcoholic.June 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm #815090
Even people born with both sexes will usually grow up to appear as either a man or woman but if they are attracted to the same sex as they appear does that then make them homosexual? To the outside world who doesn’t know of their natural condition it would appear so.
And a person who has no physical sex at all with anyone yet is always sexually attracted to their same sex I would say is a homosexual for God sees the heart or inside and Jesus said whoever looks on a woman lustfully has already committed adultery.
It is a complex issue and I don’t believe that all homo’s were born that way but I do believe that some are and if so then are they cursed by God for their forebears not worshipping rightly?June 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm #815266
I don’t think anyone is born homosexual or heterosexual. We all innately, genetically have sexual impulses. However, our sexual preferences are largely culturally determined. Also, sexuality more than just mere reproductive purposes. That’s why our sex drives are far more active than what would be necessary for mere reproduction. Sexuality also has a lot to do with social power and status. Also sexual encounters can be a source of spiritual enlightenment, part of teh quest for unity with God. That’s why the Christian mystical tradition I rich in erotic imagery.June 28, 2016 at 2:04 pm #815288
You say our our sexual impulses are largely culturally determined and none of us are born hetero or homo? if that be true then why has there always been closet homos in Christendom,Judaism and even Islam,and other cultures where homosexuality is extremely taboo. And it’s not all because these people whether male or female were sexually molested as children.
And what of Romans 1:18-27 where St Paul plainly implies God gave people up to homosexuality for not worshiping him rightly? and of course to other sins as well but he points out homosexuality quite plainly in these verses. Granted Paul doesn’t say they are born this way but what of those who think they were and struggle with it all their lives even while trying to be good Christians?June 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm #815289
And just what Christian mystic tradition is rich in erotic imagery? most Christian mystics that I know of were celibates except for maybe Rasputin.June 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm #815292
Try those in the so-called Minnesinger (Love Singer or Love Balladeer) tradition, which actually includes quite a few. One major example is St. John of the Cross, who speaks of drinking teh sweet and pleasant spiritual ‘milk” because God now offers the soul his “breast of tender love” to suck on. Hnece, his bridegroom mysticism, where the soul; is described as the groom , and God becomes the bride who offers the soul her naked breasts. Another major example is St. Teresa of Avila. Based on the description one of of her mystical experiences, a famous work of scu0pptor is the Ecstasy of St. Teresa. You can go online and look at it. it is loaded with all kinds of sexual imagery. She describes her breast as being pierced by the spear of a mighty, handsome angel. Another major example is Dionysius or Pseud0-Dionysius, who calls God “Eros.” The likening of God to a supra-personal affectionate spouse is quite common throughout the mystical literature, found in St. Gertrude, Henry Suso, Hugh of St. Victor, Blosius, St. Benard, St. Teresa, St. John (as just mentioned), etc. For fun here, and in case you like classical music, and, well, even if you don’t, try listening, if you haven’t, to Carl Orff’s “Carmina Bruana” (“Songs of the Benedictines”). Several recorings are easily available on Youtube. You’ll see. Great work. Played trumpet in at a summer arts festival several years ago. Phew! What a piece!June 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm #815295
Thanks for those examples on mysticism Hoghead for now I see where you were coming from on that.When you said imagery I was thinking more about physical imagery as in art. This even reminds me of the charismatic fad about Song of Solomon/Jesus bride, a few years back. Some of that to me seemed like having sexual fantasies with Jesus.June 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm #815297
Hi again, Andrew,
First of all, homosexuality was not all taboo throughout the whole of the ancient world. It was actually praised and encouraged in Greco-Roman culture. Hence, Julius Caser was said to be the husband of every wife in Rome, and the wife of every husband in Rome. Secondly, one’s sexual orientation has much to do with how one finds and copes with the power structure in society. To make sense out of a case of closet homosexuality, you would have to know the psychodynamics of teh individual in question. What was the power structure of their family? How do they cope with attaining real personal power? How do their standards of beauty relate to sexual roles and body images? Remember, both sexes have beauty. You know, it has been said, somewhat tongue in cheek, that many macho guys are really closet homosexuals, in that many studies show males in our society find it far more captivating and spend far more time looking at half-clothed male athletes performing than they actually do in looking at “girlie mags.”June 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm #815298
HI, again,again, again, Andrew,
It may well have been. And why not? Sex may well be a veiled quest for God. You seek deep connectedness with your sexual partner, which leads you to feel deep connectedness to the universe, which leads you to feel deep connectedness to God. You know, you got me gong about good, old “Carmina Bruana.” I’m gong to have to take a break k, go online, and listen to it again. Probably, I’ll air conduct along. Yes, I formally studied orchestral conducting. Well, some people sing along, others play air guitar. I air conduct. Great relaxation. Yes, I have actually conducted symphonic groups. Yes, just conducting can be a real erotic experience. It’s like making love. You and the orchestra have got to climax, reach orgasm, together and at the right time. No premature ejaculations. Take it slow , loads of foreplay, don’t rush. I’m deadly serious here. Good conducting is like good fornicating. Many great classical compositions are really sanctified erotica. But we are getting way, way off topic, sort of. Not completely, however, as I tend to view the Trinity in aesthetic terms. But that is another story itself.June 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm #815302
I have read that some of the Greco Romans were so misogynist that it was actually a greater thing to have sex or love relationship with a man than a lowly woman. But as far as closet homos in certain societies I have a hard time believing it’s all a twisted psychosomatic search for power. Maybe for some but I just can’t see all of them being like that. Do you see it as a curse from God as St Paul did?
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