Well, 4thD, if I were to commit adultery, I believe that the Hebrew Scriptures speak very clearly and precisely about that. I'm wrong, I've sinned. Adultery, then, is sin.
If I'm gay, a general perception exists that God doesn't hate me, He just hates . . . well, me. And similar feelings coming not on the
occasion here and there, but as a general state of attack from nearly all areas of life, I can see how that could become a life-concern for some.
The problem occurs, I think, not when the unknowable God has been decided for that He hates the bad act, but when said bad act has already been
identifed as the very person who commits it (read gay). I phrase it this way because I do not yet know how one can be separated mentally
from one's own sexuality.
It's like, in a flipped universe, if heterosexuality was taboo in society. If you were told by authority figures that God doesn't hate guys and
gals, He just hates when they have sex . . wouldn't you (as a heterosexual in this "what if?" scenario) -- personally -- require additional intel
about this God who punishes eternally in hellfire for wrong positions taken in the universe? I certainly would. I'd need some serious personal study
in the bible that supposedly taught this shocking news. . .
And hellfire, in this universe, is a big problem for same-sex attractions, unless we find that the Hebrew Scriptures teach a
different lesson than their offspring translations have traveled down through the centuries to proclaim.
I hate when people say, "trust me on this one" but trust me on this one, I have no need to reposition reality to accommodate my near-perfect
imperfections, nor will I ever knowingly bend what is clear and obvious to support my point. What if my point is wrong? Then I'm grabbing at
branches and vines as I free-fall to my interpretative death trying desperately for a last-minute remake of the world to fit a flawed and therefore
intellectually fatal point.
And though you have no real reason to actually trust me on this one, I don't believe at this point in time you have any real reason not
And, alas, that is probably going to have to remain my unsupported opinion regarding how many finger-pointing folk would likely be Christian, but I do
base that on my own perceptions when I notice how many people around me quote Scripture at strategic moments, and generally most people in my own
decently-large circle claim the title.
[edit on 04/12/2007 by OptionToChoose]