Re: Athletes and religion
posted at 3/2/2012 12:01 PM EST
In Response to Re: Athletes and religion
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Athletes and religion : Hey '67 ... long time no see. Hope your winter was balmy like mine! My oldest son (about to turn 11, which I cannot believe!) was born in a Catholic-run hospital called Mary Immaculate. It was a fantastic experience. Nothing but good things to say about that place and the people there. I hope you understand that while I strongly disagree with some of the church's stances, I have respect for the religion and the free expression thereof. Not to use the "some of my best friends are Catholic" line ... but some of my best friends are Catholic. They know I disagree with some of their philosophies, and I know they disagree with some of mind. But we have mutual respect, which I fear is becoming a lost art. If you don't mind, though, I'd like to ask a question about the example you cited regarding gay adoption. What if the charities were refusing to place African-American children with white parents based on their beliefs. Wouldn't you then expect the government to intervene?
Posted by LloydDobler[/QUOTE]
Good to see you again! My oldest will turn 31 this year and will have his first child this september. Time does fly!
I saw a 50th birthday card that said 'life is like a role of toilet paper, the closer to the end the faster it goes' There is so much wisdom in that!
I live in the dc area and it has been a balmy winter. That's a good thing since I don't think my puppy would like to do his business in the snow, he won't even go out in the rain :0)
The church basis it's beliefs on what's in the bible. You can read the scripture quotes at you own leisure.
Using the black analogy doesn't work. In the church it isn't a sin to be actively black, being black is a natural and good state of being. It is a sin to be actively homosexual, it is an un-natural and sinful state of being.
I know this is going to open a kettle of worms in this forum because this issue has been discussed at great length before.
I'm just trying to answer your question honestly.
Question: "What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Is homosexuality a sin?"
Answer: The Bible consistently tells us that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). Romans 1:26-27 teaches specifically that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God. When people continue in sin and unbelief, God “gives them over” to even more wicked and depraved sin in order to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God. 1 Corinthians 6:9 proclaims that homosexual “offenders” will not inherit the kingdom of God.
God does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of sin (Romans 1:24-27) and ultimately because of their own choice. A person may be born with a greater susceptibility to homosexuality, just as some people are born with a tendency to violence and other sins. That does not excuse the person’s choosing to sin by giving in to sinful desires. If a person is born with a greater susceptibility to anger/rage, does that make it right for him to give into those desires? Of course not! The same is true with homosexuality.
However, the Bible does not describe homosexuality as a “greater” sin than any other. All sin is offensive to God. Homosexuality is just one of the many things listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that will keep a person from the kingdom of God. According to the Bible, God’s forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer, thief, etc. God also promises the strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).