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Many heterosexual Christians are in danger of going to hell!  The frightening part of this reality is that they know that condemnation awaits.  These Christians are fully aware that they have dug their own eternal grave with their tongue, and yet they continue to heap more and more judgment on their heads.  Why you ask would a God-fearing Bible standard bearing Christian purposefully condemn himself to hell?  More importantly, what in the world are they doing that will force God to punish them with the very fate they fight everyday to avoid?

First let’s start with some basic arguments.  Homosexuality is a sin and an unnatural act that offends God.  Religious leaders and lay people throughout the ages have advanced this interpretation of the Christian Bible based on six or seven verses, out of more than 1 million (I can only speak about Christianity in this example).  Christians further argue that homosexuality is a choice and that homosexuals are purposefully and flagrantly flaunting God’s will and purpose for humanity.  After all, we all sin, but those homosexuals are worse because they sin on purpose, while the rest of us just fall victim to our sinful nature.  This is an important component of the Christian argument condemning homosexuality because it establishes that homosexuality is both unnatural and a conscious choice to disobey God; further explanation on the seriousness of Biblical disobedience in the world of Christianity not required.  But is it that simple?

The next argument from Christians is like the first one; homosexuals, because of their perversion and active disobedience, threaten God’s plan for the family and good old wholesome living, and they supply us with a healthy dose of Hebes and more Jebes than I care to count.  Hebe Jebes notwithstanding, God’s plan being terrorized by sinful sexual deviants is no laughing matter in Christian circles.  And of course Christians will protect the family at all costs; after all, God set this unit up as His closest replication of the Holy Trinity and His relation to His creation.  So Christians must actively and  passionately organize a  counterattack  against the enemies of God.  And at the very minimum they must take a stand for Jesus and shout to the heavens that homosexuals are committing sin and must repent lest the favor of God pass all of us over and homosexuals be cast into the eternal fire.  Still I ask, is it that simple?

Take a second and answer this question please, what is the scariest verse in the Bible?  I wish I could make you pause for a minute and think but you’re probably still reading aren’t you?  I bet you haven’t even thought of a verse.  STOP READING for one second and pick what you think is the scariest verse in the Bible.

I’ll tell you what I think, after one more minute of searching for you (You should know that I waited for one minute before continuing to write).  Matthew 7:1-2 states, “Do not Judge, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”  There are many different interpretations of this oft quoted verse, but let me explain why I believe it is so dangerous for Christians who engage in “judging sin” and homosexual behavior.  Let me explain why homosexual condemning Christians are dooming themselves to hell for committing the grave sin of being HETEROSEXUAL.  That’s right.  Not a typo!

This verse isn’t saying (as it is most often misunderstood) that people shouldn’t make “anakrinō” judgments which deal with discerning whether something is good for you to engage in or not, an act we all must and do perform every day.  This verse speaks to “krinō” judgments of right and wrong as a judge does from the bench; a judge with the authority to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong, thus legally taking action against the judged.  Put it another way, Matthew 7:1-2 tells Christians to avoid judging whether someone else’s actions are eternally right or wrong, and if wrong, decreeing eternal punishment.  When we read on, we find further support for this interpretation in verses 3-5 (I’ll write an entire post about these two verses next week, you won’t want to miss it).  The Bible reads that this sort of judgment awaits us in the same way we use it against those we krinō.  How does this apply to sexuality and sexual orientation, specifically to homosexual condemnation?  I’m glad you asked.

First let’s start with a basic argument.  Homosexuality isn’t a choice.  Without repeating the words of the many social scientists and medical professionals who support the fact that sexual orientation isn’t a choice, I will ask this question to all of the heterosexual readers today, at what age did you decide to become a heterosexual?  When did you consciously choose your attraction to someone of the opposite sex?  I am a heterosexual man who fell deeply in love with my wife, and before meeting her I enjoyed a long history of female relationships wherein I never once had to anakrinō my heterosexuality.  I think men are great and being one makes me so very happy, but I don’t want to marry one or share my life with one, or engage in any of the intimate (both sexual and non-sexual) activities my wife and I enjoy.  If I didn’t make the choice, and you didn’t make the choice, why were homosexuals cursed with this sexual ambiguity that could be swayed by watching Sofia Vergara on Modern Family or a George Clooney photo spread?  Even then, the science would tell us that it’s not that simple.

Now we arrive at the main theory that I stated in the beginning; many heterosexual Christians are in danger of going to hell?  Why?  Ask Matthew 7:1-2.  Let’s assume for one second that homosexuality isn’t a choice but instead is a natural and critical component of one’s identity.  That would mean that someone who is homosexual is making a natural choice to love someone of the same-sex, much like a heterosexual does when he falls in love with someone of the opposite sex.  Given that as the reality then it becomes clear why Matthew 7:1-2 should make homophobic Christians very nervous.  If they are condemning a homosexual for loving in a way that comes natural to them, then God may use the same measure against them and condemn them for loving naturally. Unnerving isn’t it?  The Bible reads that by krinō’-sing someone else’s natural choice of love as being unnatural, unholy, and un-insert holy phrase here, you actively condemn your same natural choice, turning what was once something you were never in danger of being judged for into a future millstone around your neck.  Unfortunately, this one is that simple.

So the moral of the story is this, stop krinō-sing homosexuals and you just may avoid hell for being an ungodly heterosexual!  This principle applies to every act of krinō, so stop it all together.  The irony of this theory is obvious, the poetic justice even more so, but the tragedy of the repeated condemnation of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered brothers and sister is a sin of biblical proportion.  If that’s not enough, think on this; whether homosexuality is right or wrong in God’s mind, we don’t know how he truly feels about those who are homosexual (because no one can claim to know God’s mind) or what He will ultimately choose to do.  There is no need to pre-screen candidates for heaven, God is the ultimate judge and what He decides to do is what He will do.  In the meantime, the Bible does tell Christians to love their neighbors like they love themselves.  I for one see no problem, Biblical or otherwise with homosexuality.  But then again, I like when George Clooney is on the cover of a magazine.  For a guy, he’s not that bad looking…Uh-Oh!

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Have you been living genuine faith?  Or have you been properly schooled in how to make yourself feel better about situations you cannot understand.  What if all of the miracles and good happenings that you believed would bless your life never happened because you ignored the possibility that they might not?

Most of us know that great acts of courage follow feelings of almost paralyzing fear.  This makes sense right?  One can’t show courage without first experiencing fear and then choosing to act anyway.  Without having to overcome fear, the act may still look courageous to those in observance, but the actor knows that his actions required less of him than the act itself.  Can we apply the same logic to other areas, namely faith?

Religious leaders teach that to believe in God is an exercise of faith (that makes sense), and that doubt is the enemy of faith.  Again, that seemingly makes sense.  They tell us that one can’t have faith in God if one has any doubt that God actually exists.  But if an act of courage requires the actor to experience and overcome fear, can faith be fully expressed without experiencing doubt and making a similar choice to “believe” anyway?  Can you exercise faith if you haven’t first come to the neutral place of doubt before choosing to either believe (have faith) or reject (show disbelief)?

Doubt is no more the opposite of faith than fear is the opposite of courage.  We cheer a hero’s bravery because we all know what it is to experience fear and the great fortitude required to act anyway.  This is why we are all so enamored with heroes.  Why then do we continue to teach people to ignore the doubt that is inherent in believing in something that we have not seen and that therefore requires faith in order to accept?  Having doubt that either God exists or that something miraculous is possible doesn’t weaken or threaten your faith.  These doubts are the normal result of a human mind that measures reality by what his five senses report back to him.  Recognizing that reality and choosing to live on hope ‘s substance and to find evidence in that which you cannot see is perhaps the single missing ingredient to our expressions of faith.  Perhaps the reason why we don’t see miracles anymore is because no one doubts that they are really possible.

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Posted: September 2, 2010 by Dorien in Dorien's Mind
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Every one of us during our school days found ourselves with a question during a lecture.  A question we were too afraid to ask.  A question we let go unanswered for fear of looking dumb or unprepared in front of classmates.

This story represents my experience, and I believe the experiences of countless others, with modern-day Christianity.  Before I go on let me point out that I can only speak on Christianity since it is the religious tradition I most understand, but make no mistake, all across the world in every “religious classroom” sits millions of “students” afraid to raise their hands.

Far too many people for far too long recognize this story as their own when it comes to God and mankind’s understanding of Her.  We all read and are told heroic stories of a God of unconditional love and sacrifice and yet the God preached is one of hatred, judgment, wrath, and legalism.   Jesus fed the hungry, cured the sick, confronted the hypocritical, and ordered us to love others as we love ourselves.  But the God preached by Christian leaders places roadblocks in front of the hungry and homeless, wants you to “pray” for the needy, and oppose and reject those who don’t believe as you do.  They would have us all believe that love equals hate, forgiveness equals judgment, and wealth equals prosperity, or put it a different way, 1+1=3 or sometimes 5.

Over a year ago, my sister, my beautiful wife, and others in my family started raising our hands because we could no longer ignore the equation being taught in our “religious classrooms”.  To our great surprise many of our friends (mostly young people) began raising their hands too.  Now we know that many around the world from many different faiths are raising their hands as well.  Consider this blog my sister’s and my willingness to look stupid in front of the classroom.  We have questions, and we will ask them!