therealraggedyandy-deactivated2 asked: I am gay. I have read some things about how the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, or homosexual love. I've tried to believe what these things say, but I always doubt. I don't understand how God could make me this way, and why he would if it's unnatural. How did you come to terms with yourself? It's taking me a long time to, and I'm not sure how to go about it. If Christianity has been wrong about homosexuality, then what do I believe in now? Thank you.
I think this is something a lot of LGBTQ Christians go through.
God made you exactly as you are, homosexuality is not unnatural, for you it is the most natural thing in the world, to force yourself to be anything but a homosexual WOULD be unnatural. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139 for me is recommended reading if you are an LGBTQ Christian) in God’s image. He loves you and want’s you to be who He made you to be, part of what He made you is gay, but that is not the biggest part of you, it is just part of who you are in Christ. While Christianity may have been started by our Lord Jesus Christ who is infallible, it was developed by humans who are ,sad as it is, motivated by prejudice and hidden agendas. The religiosity we have today is a human concept and human’s can be wrong.
And what some Conservatives say about homosexuality IS wrong. What you need to do is solely focus on the teachings of Jesus and there lies the root of what is good in Christianity, the things that if the Church truly followed homosexuality, bisexuality,transgender and gender issues would not even be a problem. One of the earlier videos I posted was an interview with Kristin Chenoweth, a Christian LGBTQ Ally and what she says is that reading the Bible is like eating fish, you need to pick out the good meat but don’t choke on a bone. You need to focus on the fact that while it is the center of our faith, it is man made and there are going to be things in there that are not of God.
If something doesn’t feel right to you and makes you feel like you can’t have a relationship with God, you need to pray about it and see what God says to you about it. Chances are through study and prayer you will get the answers you need.
God bless, Alicia.
To add on, I would like to reassure you that what you are experiencing is not unnatural! The American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, The British Psychiatric Society, The British Psychological Society, The French Ministry of Health, The Franco-British Psychological Society, and the American Academy of Pediatric (to name a few) all name homosexuality/bisexuality as merely a natural variant of human sexuality. It is nothing to fight or be ashamed of.
And realize that Christianity is derived from the Holy bible which makes no condemnation of homosexuals or homosexual relationships (outside of two instances where male prostitutes are put on trial for blasphemy for being pagan in 2nd Kings and Deuteronomy). Christianity is totally inclusive to homosexuals. The religious-right (arguably a different religion altogether in my opinion) is not.
Some people are corrupt or misguided. They have issues in their heart they need to tackle with just as people did when blacks started to integrate into churches during the black civil rights movement.
But it will get better. Christians have always known to endure longsuffering. Cling to Christ and you’ll make it through. As the Bible says ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ “