Catholics, Christians, Others: Do you believe that homosexuality is a sin?


I’m Catholic and have recently started getting closer to God. I didn’t always used to believe homosexualy was a sin… sometimes i was on the fence/undecided and i have my reasons for that too but recently, i started to see it differently and now, i really think it’s a sin. I have tons of proof and…

Yes, homosexuality is a sin.

A sin is an action that estranges us from God. To know what is sinful, we have to look to God’s revelation through his prophets to understand what drives a wedge between a person and the Creator.

A consistent message throughout the Bible, the written collection of revelatory writings, is that homosexuality is a grave sin. The city of Sodom was destroyed for homosexuality (see Jude 1:7 for a New Testament affirmation). Leviticus teaches that God forbids homosexual relations as an abomination.

Jesus said that sexual immorality makes a man unclean, that is, it estranges him from God (see Matt 15 and Mark 7). He taught that sexual sin could take place in the heart, i.e., the intentional act of fantasizing, as well as with the body (see Matt 5:27-30), which means that an orientation to homosexuality is sinful.

In Romans 1, Paul showed that homosexuality is part of a journey that begins with idolatry and ends with many kinds of depravity. In 1 Cor 6, Paul points out that homosexuals (arsenokoitai) practice a sin so serious as to prevent the homosexual from entering heaven.

Catholic tradition is completely consistent with the biblical message. Thus, you are quite right in recognizing homosexuality as a grave, disease-ridden, life-destroying sin, whatever the vicissitudes of political correctness today. We answer to God, not to Hollywood.

Cheers,
Bruce

Do you know how horrible you sound? Do you know how idiotic? Do you know how spiritually illiterate? I hardly know where to start. If you believe you are getting closer to God attend my words and hear me. You do not need to think what is or is not a sin. God makes it quite clear. Your only reason needs to come from the word of God and nothing else. Men and women that are not married are no concern of yours. Priests and Nuns are not married to God they bind themselves to him in a pledge of chastity. Sadly many make this choice for the wrong reasons because you cannot be a Priest or Nun and be married (not in the Bible btw) so you get deviant behavior that should, and is not, cast out.
You are right we should not ridicule or shame a sinner, regardless the sin. But, you chose to avoid them! How are they going to learn if we avoid them? Have you not read the great commission or the life of Jesus? The sick need the doctor not the other way around. It is not judging to say what sin is and poor morals covers a lot of ground. I would say however that until you learn to love it is best for you to avoid the lost until you have a firm foundation. As for Ellen DeGeneres I cannot say much, but she helps blur the lines and helps promote homosexuality as a viable option and thus she is like the Pharisees and Sadducee’s who willing led the people astray.

Yes, homosexuality is a sin, but that does not mean we should hate those who have an attraction to the same sex.

We are told in the Bible that man sleeping with another man or a woman sleeping with another woman is wrong and so it is. But there are many people who struggle with homosexuality and try to live a God-fearing and celibate life.

Here’s a site where Christians who struggle with this can join together and learn how to deny their urges and live a good life:

http://couragerc.net/

<<That’s why 40 yr old men who are never married worry me… most likely, they are sinners.>>

I do have a problem with this statement though. It is not up to you to decide if they are sinners or why because we are all sinners and though there are sins that are more grievous than others, we cannot say why someone hasn’t married or why someone has.

For example, my grandmother was married and had two children. When my father was nine and my aunt was seven, my grandfather was killed. My grandmother never married again, nor even dated. She had found her soul mate and so she has remained a widow for the rest of her life. People probably looked at her and decided something was wrong with her because she wasn’t married, but that wasn’t the case. She is a God-fearing woman and goes to church every Sunday, but she’s never re-married.

There are people out there that are called to a life of celibacy, Jesus tells us “Some men are born unable to marry, some men are made by others unable to marry and some men give up marriage for the kingdom of God.”

–Some are born unable to marry: This could mean those who find themselves attracted to the same sex.

–Some are made by others unable to marry: Castrated, mutilated and such by others.

–Some give up marriage for the kingdom of God: Hermits, priests, monks and there are lay people who don’t marry so they may focus on God.

It’s true that homosexual acts are sinful, but the person should still be loved.

I don’t know Im kinda on the fence about it as well I mean if it says in the bible that homosexuality is bad then you know what it is but I just don’t know if god cares that much to send someone to hell because they like another man or something. I am against gay marriage but I kinda don’t see the harm in them dating I guess god will decide when our time is at an end here. But I agree on porn and marriage and stuff I use to be hard into porn and lusting over other women now I don’t even look at it or think about lusting because it is a sin. Sadly I already had sex before I was married so I cant take that back but america and alot of other places are so sex driven on tv and lust lust everywhere there’s gonna be alot of people in hell if they don’t ask for forgiveness for there sins.

It’s not only Christianity that considers it a sin but also by followers of Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Islam, Baha’i, the Unification Church, Scientology, and originally in Gardnerian Wicca.

For some reason only Western Christians are expected to change their religious beliefs to suit others. Go figure.

Homosexuality is not a sin. Your sexual orientation is given to you by God. It is what you do with it that can be sinful. If you don’t like Homosexual people then you don’t like God. God loves everyone, no exceptions, and he would like us to do the same. I don’t think you are getting closer to God, quite the opposite.

EDIT….When is this fascination for homosexuality ever going to end. It is no ones business how another person lives. They are being persecuted by so called “Christians”. God is being deeply offended with these judgemental people. They should mind their own business and concentrate on their own salvation, which they will loose if they persist with this persecution..

EDIT…….Some people are confusing Homosexuality (sexual orientation) with homosexual acts – there is a difference. A person can be Homosexual and never engage in homosexual activity with another person. How can this be a sin?

I don’t understand you. You say that you think one night stands and sex without love are sins, fair enough. But what about the many gay people out there who are truly in love with one another? They are only starting to have the right to be married and pledge themselves to one another. Why is that wrong? You know they are wired to be attracted only to the same sex – what else are they supposed to do? Live loveless, sexless lives?

Go here and educate yourself further:

www.apa.org/topics/orientation.html

You are right when you say they are sinners, and you are right to say that we are all sinners.
Sin is sin and to each one of us it is given the Grace from God through his Son to defeat sin up to the level that each one can handle. Homosexuals can be saved Christians if the Grace of God is on them but they can’t rid them selves of that particular issue.
We can’t judge them but we can agree that it is wrong.
UPR (Unconditional Positive Regard)

There are those who like to say that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. Various verses are cited (out of context) and the verses that people use to show that homosexuality is wrong are explained away. The world wants to change God’s words and meanings into something more suitable to its sinful desires. Nevertheless, the truth stands: The Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin. Let’s look at what it says.

Lev. 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”1

Lev. 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them”

1 Cor. 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Rom. 1:26-28, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”

Homosexuality is clearly condemned by the Bible. It goes against the created order of God. He created Adam and then made a woman. This is what God has ordained and it is what is right. Unlike other sins, homosexuality has a severe judgment administered by God Himself. This judgment is simple: They are given over to their passions. That means that their hearts are allowed to be hardened by their sins (Romans 1:18ff). As a result, they can no longer see the error of what they are doing. Without an awareness of their sinfulness, there will be no repentance and trusting in Jesus. Without Jesus, they will have no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, there is no salvation.

What should be the Christian’s Response to the Homosexual?
Just because someone is a homosexual does not mean that we cannot love him (or her) or pray for him (her). Homosexuality is a sin and like any other sin, it needs to be dealt with in the only way possible. It needs to be laid at the cross, repented of, and never done again.

As a Christian, you should pray for the salvation of the homosexual the same you would any other person in sin. The homosexual is still made in the image of God — even though he is in grave sin. Therefore, you should show him same dignity as anyone else you come in contact with. However, this does not mean that you are to approve of their sin. Don’t compromise your witness for a socially acceptable opinion that is void of godliness.

Aw, that’s not polite. I don’t agree with all of your thinking here. Remember that Jesus befriended tax collectors and prostitutes. If we’re to call ourselves Christians, shouldn’t we also reach out in love to “undesirables”? Doesn’t Jesus love all people? I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’m a sinner, and God forgave me… so what makes me any different from anyone else? Why should I consider myself any better than anyone?

Homosexuality is not a sin in and of itself. Acting on it is, according to Christianity, but it’s also not worse than any other sin, and it can be forgiven. It’s not easy to be a homosexual. We should treat them with love, compassion, and mercy, because that’s how Jesus would treat them if He were here. And He’d be ashamed of the people who use His name to shun “sinners.”

I have many gay, lesbian, and bisexual friends, and I love them dearly. And by the way, I’m a non-practicing bisexual myself.

Peace!

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