You're a sinner, but it's ok because God loves you...

An ex-friend wrote this in his blog.  Do you think he comforted this girl?  What real answers does he give her?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Thinking About Gay Stuff.

It's 5:03 in the morning.

I was just laying in bed, about to sleep and feeling tired finally after a nights work and mental stimulation. I was comfortable and I was ready to sleep. However, I couldn't stop thinking about a conversation that I had with someone while at work tonight.

I was on patrol and an acquaintance sought to have me weigh in on the discussion that she was having with her co-worker.

"Do you go to church?" She asked me.

"Yep. Why, would you like to come? " I replied.

"I have a question, and you can answer honestly, please answer honestly..."

By the tonal fluctuations in her voice I could tell that she was sincere and was about to ask me a very personal question.

" Am I going to hell for being gay?"

I'm going to be honest here, when she asked it, a part of my own heart instantly hurt with her.

" Are you afraid of going to Hell because you are gay?" I asked.

She told me how in her relationship, her significant other is starting to become increasingly fearful of the end times, and in that, she is afraid that they're going to hell for being gay.

There were many things that I wanted to say. Many responses that I wanted to give... and all of them were focused on the truth, and the heart that was seeking it.

I started off by telling her that I am not qualified to judge who goes to hell and who doesn't. I personally am far to faulty for that... plus, the job is taken by a qualified applicant.... Jesus. I mean he passed the bar, I failed half the exams.

To respond to her question I stated the fact that the Bible states that homosexuality is a sin.

The more important fact that I really tried to emphasize, is that God loves her/us/you/me.

HE does. IF you are reading this, know that God loves you. If you are gay, and you are reading this, Know that God loves you.

A lot of churches like to quote verses from the Bible in a pointed context to stab folks with it. IT is almost as if they get a sense of enjoyment and satisfaction from it.

Westbro Baptist Church is a prominent face out there holding up signs that "GOD HATES FAGS" or "GOD HATES GAY PEOPLE"

Some of them will quote Leviticus 18: 22 You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.

I'm not sure.... maybe its me.... but I didn't read anywhere in that text that God hates people who deal with homosexuality.

I confessed to her that there are things that I struggle with as a heterosexual man. Are these sins of mine any less offensive? Is lust any less lustful for a man than for a woman?

... Am I defined by this one thing?

... is my struggle with this sin, the summation of who I am as a person?

Hell no. ( I said it)

John 3:16 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

God so loved the world...

God, LOVED, WORLD.

Even gay people. Are you defined by the fact that you're attracted to someone.... or are you defined by the fact that you are created by God, in His image, Knit together in the womb?

Deuteronomy 14:3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing

Proverbs 16. 5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Jerimiah 13: 27 “As for your adulteries and your lustful neighings, The lewdness of your prostitution On the hills in the field, I have seen your abominations. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you remain unclean?”

Homosexuality is a sin. Eating pork, shellfish, snake, owl and other things God said aren't food ... is a sin. Being proud in the heart is a sin. Lusting is a sin.

My friend isn't less human for the sin. Jesus died for her too. Repentance is a huge part of the salvation process, and it is important for all believers to exercise grace and patience with all people.

I gave my friend one of the cards I carry for church. I hope she comes and enters into the House of God, as the gentiles did in Acts 15...

I hope that she comes and hears and applies the word to her life.

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Comment by James Yount on May 10, 2013 at 7:55pm

No, gentiles meant the same thing in 1st Century Christianity too.  It was a Jewish sect and there was a lot of debate on the role that gentiles would play.  Would they be held to the entire Torah, or some limited version such as normative Judaism did with the Noahide laws.  There was a lot of division between Paul and the Jerusalem Council, headed by James the brother of Jesus, on that issue.  

Comment by James Yount on May 10, 2013 at 7:16pm

Brandi, thank you for the extensive response.  I left my religion because I could no longer view Yahweh as a moral being.  There were other issues such as the believability of the texts, but that was my primary concern.  Sidenote: Gentiles are non-Jews.  The Bible is racist too.

Mike, I don't think large change happens in a single generation.  For the most part, people keep believing the same things for their whole lives.  If their beliefs are proven to be inferior then they will inevitably be less and less successful passing those things onto future generations.  Essentially we have to wait for bad ideas such as religion to literally die out.

Comment by Mike Johnson on May 10, 2013 at 2:28pm
jesus christ. Everything is a sin and your guilty conscience can only be resolved through belief in a specific god ... or you will be punished. When can everyone see through the idiocy?

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