God clearly says in Scripture that He loves people. John says "God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. It doesn't matter whether they're gay or straight, male or female, black, brown, white
AllAmy Orr-EwingRead. It sometimes seems that you can never get away from the whole issue of sex in Britain. How do we even begin to tackle these questions when we are coming at the issue of homosexuality from such different perspectives?
Most Church statements that deal with homosexuality only refer to male homosexuality but the same principles can apply to lesbians. There are great divisions within the Christian community on this issue, with the Roman Catholic Church and some sections of the evangelical churches holding very similar views. Most Christian churches hold the position that you should 'Love the sinner, but hate the sin'.
Until recent decades, same-sex behavior was placed in the same category with gluttony or drunkenness — as a vice of excess anyone might be prone to — not as the expression of a sexual orientation. Celibacy is a gift, not a mandate. The Bible honors celibacy as a good way of living — Jesus was celibate, after all — but it also makes clear that celibacy must be a voluntary choice. Condemning same-sex relationships is harmful to the LGBT community.
A few years ago the Ramsey Colloquium—a group of Christian and Jewish scholars—published a sharp critique of "the gay and lesbian cause" which they titled "The Homosexual Movement. It hardly needs to be said that entering the debate in this way exposed the Ramsey Colloquium to angry denunciation and was, for some of its members, an act of courage. My purpose is not to criticize the declaration's reasoning but to draw your attention to one paragraph as the starting point for our conversation:.
Dublin Pride Parade: What we call God finds its best expression, in our humanity, in our willingness to accept and embrace the wonderful diversity that makes human life a rich tapestry. Photograph: Tom Honan. We will carry a banner, proclaiming who we are and what we stand for, the Unitarian Church, Cork, open, inclusive and unconditionally welcoming to all.
Answered by Jimmy Creech, former United Methodist pastor for nearly 30 years at the center of the controversy around the blessing of gay and lesbian unions in the church. A growing number of religious groups have issued statements officially welcoming LGBTQ people as members. What is at the heart of the position that the Bible is clear on the subject "that homosexuality is forbidden by God?
The long history between the church and LGBTQ people is one fraught with tension, pain, and, sometimes, violence. Those who believe that homosexuality is a sin often point to several well-known Scripture passages from the Old and New Testaments. Most of the Christian debate about human sexuality has centered on interpretation and emphasis of these passages. Here are 10 Bible verses that emphasize the value of love over the law, the God-belovedness of all people, and the special affirmation of those who have been historically rejected as unclean or unholy.
Life often demands certain qualifications. To get a driver's license, you have to pass a test. To land a certain job, you must show that you have the credentials deserving of that job.