If you believe in God, do you believe that he's a bigot?
Why did God design human bodies so that only a male and a female could procreate?
If you don't believe in God, why did evolution do so?
Medical science still hasn't come up with a way to let gay couples have a child that is genetically related to both partners. And it probably never will. Because God didn't design the system to work that way.
What would you call something in the human body that prevented cells from multiplying before they died?
If homosexuality were universally practiced, the earth would be de-populated in a single generation. It would be the societal and evolutionary equivalent of apoptosis.
(You can talk about how there are some heterosexual couples who are unable to have children, but they are unequivocally the exception, not the rule - which is why we still have plenty of people on earth).
While homosexuality is accepted by individuals, it cannot be embraced by societies as a whole without disastrous consequences. So it should come as no surprise when there is great societal resistance to the attempts to create equivalence between homosexual and heterosexual relationships.
Different people have all sorts of different inclinations. Does that make it good and healthy to indulge in them?
Often I hear people referring to homosexuality with a list of other sins, such as stealing, lying, cheating, etc... This is often objected to by gays on the basis that their behavior, between two consenting adults of the same sex, doesn't affect anyone but themselves.
How about obesity? It has been generally proven that obesity is a self-destructive behavior. It's symptoms typically manifest themselves quite obviously early on, but the harmful effects are often not seen for decades. Obesity has been shown to be the cause of NUMEROUS other disorders in the body, harmful to the individual.
Interestingly, society, and even the government, have seen obesity as significant enough to launch a campaign AGAINST it. Why? It's that individual's choice to be obese if they want to, right? They aren't hurting anyone else with their behavior.
Similarly, gays and lesbians have an increased risk for a host of diseases as a result of the lifestyle they've chosen to live (notice that I didn't say they chose their DESIRES, rather their LIFESTYLE).
The desires are not sinful, but the behaviors are. The person who craves food with an insatiable appetite isn't sinful until they choose to become obese through the act of gluttonous eating. The person who craves homosexual sex isn't sinful until they choose to actually engage in homosexual sex.
Does this mean I think less of people who have adopted a gay lifestyle? Absolutely not - neither would I think less of an overweight person who has decided there's no escape from being obese and stops trying. All of us give into our vices at times, and we should try to help each other overcome those vices rather than embracing them and making them a part of our lifestyle. It's when we EMBRACE our vices as normal that there's a serious problem, and that we need help to escape from them.
We should be universally concerned for those around us who have given in, and embraced these unhealthy vices - especially when it's to the point where their individual identity DEPENDS on it.
I have yet to meet a heterosexual person who is constantly identifying themselves as a "heterosexual" rather than just as a person. I have, however, met obese people who see their obesity as a part of their identity (as "a fat person"), and alcoholics who see their alcoholism as a part of their identity ("i'm an alcoholic"), and gay people who see their homosexuality as a part of their identity.
Feel free to disagree, or call me whatever you'd like, but I believe homosexuality is a sin. I believe that God created men and women for the purpose of having families together, and having joy as families. I understand that some people are born without the desire for sex with the opposite gender, and these individuals have a great struggle if they choose to fight their desires. But I believe that God expects them to do so.
Truth is not always easy to accept, but truth is true regardless of how many arguments are "won" against it.
Once again, these are my beliefs, and I'm entitled to them, just as you're entitled to yours. I have several gay friends who are quite aware of where I stand, and they respect my right to my beliefs just as I respect theirs, even though our views are at odds.
Edited by sanderdaniels81, 12 September 2009 - 06:29 PM.