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    The amount of energy some of you expend disliking homosexuality is mind blowing. Surely you can find other things to use your energy on such as helping people who need help. Instead of always hating on people who don’t fit into your perfect lives.
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    actually it's quite simple, if you're a true christian one has to like what god likes and hate what god hates

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtknowles View Post
    I was wrongly being flip about the 10 commandments. Some of what you said about sex outside of marriage is still true but like prohibitions against eating pork. Times and science have change some of that. Homosexually is not a strictly male thing either. Exactly what kind of problems can result from lesbian sex? Again, a lot of what you said is correct. I think the bigger problem is infidelity and promiscuity than homosexuality. So maybe the sin is infidelity and promiscuity not homosexuality.

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    Eating pork and the difference between the Old and New Testament is explained in post #95.

    Lesbian sex presents many of the same problems that male homosexual activity presents, including disease transmission. I don't believe studies show that gay women are as promiscuous as gay men. I find it interesting that there is quite a bit of abuse in lesbian relationships. I wouldn't have thought it so (being women and all). It is not a healthy way to live.

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    I'm heterosexual, I'm a Christian, and I believe homosexuality is a sinful act. Having said that, you couldn't hold a gun on me and make me attracted to another man, I truly believe there are men and women that you also couldn't hold a gun on and make them sexually attracted to the opposite sex. So that leaves me in a quandary on many Biblical edicts. Is it the ACT that's a sin? I've yet to get an answer as to whether people of the same sex can cohabitate as partners, yet not commit the acts of sin, and be rote with God? Put the shoe on the other foot, can a man and woman cohabitate in a celibate life, where the sex act would be sin? There are gay and straight people who are obsessed with performing sexual acts with as many others as possible, they both are sin and disgusting, gay or straight! If I have sex with my wife and her sister, that's obviously a sin, yet I live with both, in the same house, sleep with my wife, no sin. I'm sure no one would forbid me taking my frail sister in law into my home, eventhough I could be accused of living in sin! So you can see where some of this goes when we judge others life, if there not putting it out in public.

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    Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

    When we get into judging others sins it may be wise to tread lightly.

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    And we need to be aware of sin, in our lives and in our brother's life. This is our responsibility before God. I have long stated the gluttony and gossip are the two sanctified sins in the American Church. They are all the same before God. We all stand condemned - for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God - and that is why I need Christ! I am a hopeless failure before Him, only Christ's sacrifice protects me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1hole View Post
    ... Many are angry, many have been emotionally beaten down, but I know they aren't "born that way".

    ......Our touchy-feely efforts to make others comfortable in their sinful lifestyles, be it sex or smoking or prostitution or drugs, etc., is giving them deadly assistance to continue on a path to hell.
    Ridiculous.
    You do not KNOW that at all and if they are going to HELL.
    Just your opinion.

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    So is a Christian violating the tenets of their faith if they don’t put homosexuals to death as the Bible clearly commands? When we are all called to Judgement will we be measured based partly on how many homosexuals we put to death?
    Honestly? Me put anyone to death for their sins when I have so many sins of my own? Laughable, and certainly not something that I could ever do...to anyone.

    It is neither my place to pass judgement upon others nor is it upon me to punish those who trangress against His will. I am not worried about our Creator judging me on anything other than upon how hard I've tried to live by His word and how I have tried to treat others as I'd like to be treated---with love, respect, and compassion.

    We are here to love one another as brothers and sisters; not to exact vengeance or penalty in His place. Those committing sins, even I, will answer to Him for their transgressions on the day that we meet Him and receive our final reward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rizzo View Post
    Ridiculous.
    You do not KNOW that at all and if they are going to HELL.
    Just your opinion.
    Oh, really? Do you mean you know so much that I (as a Christian) can't possibly know some spiritual things you don't know? That attitude and position seems counter to your self presumed attitude of intellectual superiority.

    You seem to be offended by my statement that those who live homosexual lifestyles (i.e., deliberate sin and defiance of God) are headed to hell but your offense seems to suggest you think they will be in God's heaven too; that's odd.

    If I'm right in my presumption of your basic position, you make yourself an intellectual paradox. Fact; if I am right, homosexuals will indeed go to hell and it doesn't matter what you think about it. On the other hand, if I am wrong, we all just die and no one goes anywhere and neither of our belief systems matter at all. With that said, and if you are indeed right, you have no justification for being offended in your "opinion" of my supposed meaningless (Biblical) prediction of who goes to hell - and why. Nez pas?


    * Moving on, many who toss around accusations of Christians
    "judging" other people can't seem to recognise the difference in our warning of wrong is not, ip so facto, "judging"; that's silly. Fact is, we know what scripture says. We didn't write scripture and we won't enforce its rules. Fact is, God himself won't make the decision of heaven or hell, everyone who rejects God automatically does that for himself.

    * Note: Contrary to popular belief, St. John plainly tells us there is no coming "judgement day" to determine anyone's heaven or hell.
    Our destination is determined by each of us and it takes effect at our physical death. At that moment it's pass/fail, all in or all out. There's no purgatory halfway house for any kind of catch-up pain and no one is weighed on a "good vs. bad" sliding scale. (See John 3:17-18)[/B][/I]

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1hole View Post
    Oh, really? Do you mean you know so much that I (as a Christian) can't possibly know some spiritual things you don't know? That attitude and position seems counter to your self presumed attitude of intellectual superiority.

    Oh, so these spiritual things that you know tells you that homosexuals are not born that way?
    Uh-huh, uh-huh.


    You seem to be offended by my statement that those who live homosexual lifestyles (i.e., deliberate sin and defiance of God) are headed to hell but your offense seems to suggest you think they will be in God's heaven too; that's odd.


    Offended? No.
    You tend to overstate things with a bit of exaggeration included.
    Just find your statements about gays not being born that way and they are going to hell to be......well, like I said, ridiculous.
    You seem to be able to know God's plan for gays it appears.
    You are pre-judging them.
    You do not know what God's judgement on them is going to be.
    It's just your opinion.
    That's the issue I am talking about.


    If I'm right in my presumption of your basic position, you make yourself an intellectual paradox. Fact; if I am right, homosexuals will indeed go to hell and it doesn't matter what you think about it. On the other hand, if I am wrong, we all just die and no one goes anywhere and neither of our belief systems matter at all. With that said, and if you are indeed right, you have no justification for being offended in your "opinion" of my supposed meaningless (Biblical) prediction of who goes to hell - and why. Nez pas?

    Wow.
    Gettin' a little edgy there 1Hole.
    A little thin on taking criticisms.


    * Moving on, many who toss around accusations of Christians
    "judging" other people can't seem to recognise the difference in our warning of wrong is not, ip so facto, "judging"; that's silly. Fact is, we know what scripture says. We didn't write scripture and we won't enforce its rules. Fact is, God himself won't make the decision of heaven or hell, everyone who rejects God automatically does that for himself.

    * Note: Contrary to popular belief, St. John plainly tells us there is no coming "judgement day" to determine anyone's heaven or hell.
    Our destination is determined by each of us and it takes effect at our physical death. At that moment it's pass/fail, all in or all out. There's no purgatory halfway house for any kind of catch-up pain and no one is weighed on a "good vs. bad" sliding scale. (See John 3:17-18)[/B][/I]
    Our destination after death is determined by each of us?
    Well, yes, to a degree in that we are accountable for our earthly actions, but God is the one that makes that determination where we go.
    Again, you do not know that and it is just your opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rizzo View Post
    Our destination after death is determined by each of us? YES
    Well, yes, to a degree in that we are accountable for our earthly actions, but God is the one that makes that determination where we go. God says differently.
    Again, you do not know that and it is just your opinion. Well, it's actually quite a bit deeper than that.



    I know what the Bible says about heaven and hell and how to get there. You clearly don't but you can learn it for yourself as I did, starting with the scripture I listed (John 3:17-18). (Then read the book of Romans, it's the single most focused explanation of our spiritual condition and solutions in the Bible)

    Heaven and hell exist. I can't "prove it" to you but they are not my opinion. Both are made by God (the God of the Bible, not Allah or Chas. Russel or Joseph Smith or Giahia, etc.) so both are HIS property and HE gets to make the rules; not you, not me, not the Pope. God has given us his rules and He has made it super simple for us to be admitted into heaven. He says we must put our faith in Jesus as savior; there simply isn't any other requirement for passage to heaven.

    But, His one rule is John 3:16. To get there we HAVE to trust the Lord (more than simply believe in Him) and not just make a false claim to fool Him; we can't do that!

    Seems most people think men have to live up to a strict set of performance rules; that's not so. A stumbling new Christian IS a "new creature in Christ", not perfect even in his own eyes, but no Christian can possibly live a deliberately sinful life style without cringing inside.

    No Christian is perfect but - and this is the key - we ARE made spiritually perfect in God's eyes by accepting the gift of salvation Jesus fully paid for and freely offers us. Total trust in and clinging to Jesus is the ONLY way any of us will ever see God's heaven.

    I KNOW all that because it's clearly written in His Book and I've read it, cover to cover, several times. That single Big Black Book is the way God tells men how to live forever with him, there is no other source of wisdom. No matter how hard men try to deserve or earn salvation - or how hard they try to "think" of an other way - men just don't get to make rules to control God! Those men who refuse to live His way have only one eternal alternative and it's chosen by default. That final choice is laid before each man, it's all up to us; it's in The Book.

    (Most everyone knows John 3:16 but it seems very few know John 3:17-18. Read it and think about THAT opinion! Then we can talk more.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1hole View Post
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    I know what the Bible says about heaven and hell and how to get there. You clearly don't but you can learn it for yourself as I did, starting with the scripture I listed (John 3:17-18). (Then read the book of Romans, it's the single most focused explanation of our spiritual condition and solutions in the Bible)

    Heaven and hell exist. I can't "prove it" to you but they are not my opinion. Both are made by God (the God of the Bible, not Allah or Chas. Russel or Joseph Smith or Giahia, etc.) so both are HIS property and HE gets to make the rules; not you, not me, not the Pope. God has given us his rules and He has made it super simple for us to be admitted into heaven. He says we must put our faith in Jesus as savior; there simply isn't any other requirement for passage to heaven.

    But, His one rule is John 3:16. To get there we HAVE to trust the Lord (more than simply believe in Him) and not just make a false claim to fool Him; we can't do that!

    Seems most people think men have to live up to a strict set of performance rules; that's not so. A stumbling new Christian IS a "new creature in Christ", not perfect even in his own eyes, but no Christian can possibly live a deliberately sinful life style without cringing inside.

    No Christian is perfect but - and this is the key - we ARE made spiritually perfect in God's eyes by accepting the gift of salvation Jesus fully paid for and freely offers us. Total trust in and clinging to Jesus is the ONLY way any of us will ever see God's heaven.

    I KNOW all that because it's clearly written in His Book and I've read it, cover to cover, several times. That single Big Black Book is the way God tells men how to live forever with him, there is no other source of wisdom. No matter how hard men try to deserve or earn salvation - or how hard they try to "think" of an other way - men just don't get to make rules to control God! Those men who refuse to live His way have only one eternal alternative and it's chosen by default. That final choice is laid before each man, it's all up to us; it's in The Book.

    (Most everyone knows John 3:16 but it seems very few know John 3:17-18. Read it and think about THAT opinion! Then we can talk more.)

    To know: To perceive directly. To know is to be aware of something as a fact or truth.

    Getting back on topic, you haven't explained how you know that homosexuals are not born that way.
    How can you be so certain of your statement?

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    There are zero verses in the Bible that support homosexuality. To the contrary there are many which declare it to be sin. Read chapter 1 of Romans for starters. There is absolutely no question about this. Don't take my word about this. Read the Bible.

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    Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
    Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    Rom 1:22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
    Rom 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
    Rom 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
    Rom 1:25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
    Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
    Rom 1:27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and
    receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
    Rom 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
    Rom 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
    Rom 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
    Rom 1:31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;
    Rom 1:32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who
    practice them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ickisrulz View Post
    It is interesting that you are appealing to the Ten Commandments as the end all list of what is and isn't a sin. You recently dismissed half of these commandments in one of your previous posts (I think it was the post where you told us you rarely sin--post #34 in this thread).

    The Bible's prescription for sexual activity limits it to the confines of a marriage between a man and woman. Any activity outside of this boundary is "sexual immorality." There are potential adverse consequences of sexual immorality.

    Heterosexual fornication/adultery can result in unwanted pregnancy, spread of disease, psychological harm, predatory activities and damage to family integrity.

    Homosexual activity can result in all of the preceding issues with the exception of pregnancy. The likelihood of spreading disease is increased tremendously due to the mechanics involved and the fact that male homosexuals are more prone to promiscuity than heterosexual men. There also seems to be more mental health problems among gay people that are not associated with how society views them. The long-term, monogamous gay relationship is rare.

    It is difficult to find unbiased data on homosexual lifestyles today. As a society we have accepted the practice and now are reluctant (or forbidden) to criticize it. But the harmful aspects are still there and are not going away.
    Quote Originally Posted by a danl View Post
    Jesus said "you shall love the lord your god with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. this is the great and first commandment. and a second is like it. you shall love your neighbor as yourself. on these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets. "matthew chapter 22 verses 37-40. god is the one who is hurt because he is the judge who will cast them into outer darkness. he wants all men to be saved but because of their darkened mind all cannot be saved. broad is the path to destruction and narrow is the pathway to life. the mind of man cannot comprehend the mind of god, so are we a believer of how god said we should live and worship or are we that person who does not believe god and will fall into judgement?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ickisrulz View Post
    IF YOU ARE REALLY ASKING (this is from another thread):

    The Old Testament was for Israel as a contracted way to live. The Law contained components of ceremony (clean vs unclean, dietary rules, etc.), sacrifices and morality. It also contains the history of God's interaction with man in general and Israel specifically.

    With the coming of Jesus, the ceremony and sacrifices no longer apply to God's people: the Church. Additionally, the Law no longer applies as a way to live in order to please God. We please God with our faith in Christ which leads to a life no longer characterized by sin. The history of God and man is valuable in showing God's loving character.

    This leaves the moral commands of the Law. What does the Church do with them? God is still opposed to the immoral acts he prohibited in the Old Testament. God's people are still not to fornicate, murder, steal, hit their parents, practice homosexuality, etc. The big items are re-stated in the New Testament. In fact, all but one of the 10 Commandments are re-stated in the New Testament (keeping the Sabbath holy is not). Most importantly, Jesus summed up the moral components of the Law: "Love God with all your being and your neighbor as yourself." God will always expect this from his people and to not do so is sin.

    While the moral component of the Law has not changed, God's people no longer seek to be justified by following the Law. It is important to note that the Church is not charged with enforcing moral requirements in society as Israel was. What I mean is the Church does not stone adulterers or homosexuals.
    You have spoken the Truth so eloquently. I have been trying to wrap my brain around those same eczact thoughts, but just couldnt seem to put the words togather in a clear manner. Thank you, Bruce

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    What are the scriptures that support homosexuality in the Bible?

    Gentlemen,
    Above is the original question I asked.

    I understand many wish to share their personal opinions about the subject but that evades the question. I do not believe the Bible is inerrant but I was searching for one shred of Scripture that supports homosexuality.

    We are entitled to our own opinions, but for those who look to the Bible for direction and guidance, the answer is "No!"

    My friend, who supports the split of the UM church, was also unable to provide any Biblical reference that permits homosexuality. The rationale appears to revolve around: not judging others, loving others, we are all sinners, and every sin is equal. But that again skirts the question.

    I hope my friend accepts my "narrow minded" perspective and we remain friends. I trust all here can disagree and still be friends.

    It may be appropriate to close the thread, as my question has been answered. I will leave that to the judgement of the moderators.
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    For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
    Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    Rom 1:22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
    Rom 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
    Rom 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
    Rom 1:25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
    Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
    Rom 1:27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
    Rom 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
    Rom 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
    Rom 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
    Rom 1:31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;
    Rom 1:32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

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    Rod, you make an excellent response just by reciting Romans 1. There is no way any of us can improve on scripture when countering foolish arguments against what is plainly written.

    I've long been stunned by people publicly presenting themselves as intellectuals when they loudly (and ignorantly) effectively say, "Little or nothing in the New Testament says anything against the homosexual lifestyle." Goodness! I'm sure you know the NT addresses it more often, and more clearly, than the OT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodclark View Post
    There are zero verses in the Bible that support homosexuality. To the contrary there are many which declare it to be sin. Read chapter 1 of Romans for starters. There is absolutely no question about this. Don't take my word about this. Read the Bible.
    besides, they ridicule us for repeating the bible, it's not our opinion, it's god's word to us. otherwise how would a man know what sin is?

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    I did not read nearly any of the respondants but I will relay what happened in my parents church.
    The Methodist leadership explained that the physical building and its contents were the property of the national organization. As a member you could stay and abide by the national policy of the Methodist,which supports the LGBTQ or you could leave the church.
    In my parents church the vast majority have decided to leave their church. The Methodist were barely able to supply a minister for services before this. It is predicted the church will fold as the group leaving is the financial backbone of the church.
    The end result is a church that is 100 y.o. will close its doors. This policy can not be acceptable to God. Closing local churches can not be a positive thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wv109323 View Post
    i did not read nearly any of the respondants but i will relay what happened in my parents church.
    The methodist leadership explained that the physical building and its contents were the property of the national organization. As a member you could stay and abide by the national policy of the methodist,which supports the lgbtq or you could leave the church.
    In my parents church the vast majority have decided to leave their church. The methodist were barely able to supply a minister for services before this. It is predicted the church will fold as the group leaving is the financial backbone of the church.
    The end result is a church that is 100 y.o. Will close its doors. This policy can not be acceptable to god. Closing local churches can not be a positive thing.
    run and fast...

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