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Originally posted by False_Prophet
I believe being gay isn't a gift from God, it's not a choice and you aren't born gay... I believe people become gay because of the way they grow up, their situation, their upbringing, the people that surround them and their influence on them.
Originally posted by virraszto
I happen to notice this billboard while driving to the mall a couple of days ago. It took me by surprise, but I was glad to see the message it's sending. Personally, I don't believe in the Christian God, but believer or not, everyone should be treated the same, regardless of sexual orientation. It would be great for larger churches to follow the lead of this small church.
( I know my windshield is dirty. )
The church has a Being Gay is a Gift from God campaign going on.
COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN: “Being Gay is a Gift from God” The purpose of this campaign is 1) to offer welcome to all persons who are gay; 2) to challenge the larger Church to fully accept persons who are gay into the life of the Church; and 3) to call on all people to bring all the gifts of who they are to God.
more from the church site:
Here are some important things about us:
-We are young and old, gay and straight, in committed relationships and single.
-We come from all sorts of faith backgrounds, from traditional churches to no church at all.
I believe in a creator, just not the Christian God and my opinion is that each and every life is a gift.
I don't want this thread to turn into a gay bashing/God hates gays thread so I won't respond to any of those replies.
Originally posted by britt
No, gay people don't choose to be gay, but they choose to act on it. Some people have bigger obstacles to overcome than others.
Originally posted by eleventhsun
reply to post by arbitrarygeneraiist
Agreed. If your sexual urges were a choice I highly doubt we would have as many pedophiles and such. Not to mention the sheer amount of sexual criminals that voluntarily castrate themselves just to stop those urges.
Originally posted by Jobeycool
Strictly for Education Purposes, DON'T TAKE ANYTHING IN TO HEART.
"psychological or behavioral pattern generally associated with subjective distress or disability" Not being able to reproduce is a disability. The "behavioral pattern", which is a man having sex with a man. What disability does this behavioral patten produce, the behavioral patter of homosexuality? It isn't that complicated.
Regarding depression, once again, a "behavioral pattern" which causes distress. You can argue that it is the public mis-understanding of homosexuality which causes this distress, and I can argue otherwise, I can argue that homosexuality is a pretense game, and that pretense "behavioral pattern" is what causes the distress. In that sense, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, you can have that one, even though it isn't that hard to contemplate a fake life being depressing.
Pedophilia is a mental illness like Homosexuality. Okay, this thread is luring me back in every time. Everyone press Ctrl + w.
In Christianity and Islamic traditions, Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of God's wrath.[Jude 1:7] Sodom and Gomorrah have also been used as metaphors for vice and homosexuality viewed as a deviation. The story has therefore given rise to words in several languages, including the English word "sodomy", used in so-called sodomy laws to describe sexual acts deemed unnatura