It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by lizziejayne
reply to post by Endure
By bizarre coincidence, I was discussing this very topic earlier this evening.
I currently attend a weekly bible study (which, by the way, I am enjoying and finding very interesting) in order to learn more about Christian beliefs and God. I am also a practicing homosexual.
At my request, the topic for the last 3 weeks has been sin and whether all sins are equal. My primary motive was to establish and understand why it appears that homosexuality seems to be "selected" as a sin of note.
After reading passages and discussing, our conclusion was similar to yours: sin is sin, whatever it is (apart from the unpardonable sin). There are deeper dimensions regarding true repentance and indulgence - but ultimately all purposeful or conscious sins have the same spiritual consequences, regardless of the moral "rating" we assign it in society.
I really enjoyed our discussions and now understand so much more about the Christian belief and basis.
One thing I would say is that I often used to select one or two verses of the bible and use them to counter-argue some of the propositions put to me. It's been very interesting to learn more about how background, detail and other aspects of the bible come into play when putting verses into perspective. I'd encourage others to accept that some things can't be taken in isolation and to learn more about both background and rationale - if only from a philosophical perspective. I'll certainly be taking my own advice in future when it comes to quotes from both Bible and Koran.
While we may not agree with what some belief systems consider as rights, wrongs and rules; I've certainly found it interesting and beneficial to find out what exactly is believed and why - rather than base my judgments on the ignorant and possibly bigoted "representatives" I often seem to meet
Peace & understanding
Originally posted by Endure
Originally posted by Anam Gra
Originally posted by open_eyeballs
reply to post by Endure
the original post was more sinful to God than homosexuality,
Wow, that is a powerful statement.
Brings to mind something from the book of Enoch, that Wisdom was sent to Earth, and had to return because it could not find anyplace to dwell.edit on 17-11-2010 by Endure because: (no reason given)
In that.....God is love..absolute....there is no compromise.........prejudice is a political instrument devised by mankind to control the people, any prejudice, race, religion, political ideology, sexual orientation, gender. When God speaks of love and the nature of all things, he finds..as you say..rocky ground and it has found little place to dwell. I have no doubt we will find out soon.
Originally posted by calmbutwary
Very well put, Endure. It's important to remember that we are to love the sinner not the sin. Homosexuality is a sin. The commandments were given to man, for our benefit, not to animals.edit on 11/17/10 by calmbutwary because: For clarity.