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Miranda Writes: Facing Homosexuality, Part 2




by Omar Miranda

What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?

Last week we started talking about the topic of homosexuality. We began by establishing that there’s nothing we can do to make God stop loving us. That’s because God hates sin but loves sinners. Reality is, God loves us so much that He sent His son to rescue us from sin (John 3:17).

Believe it or not, the Bible has a lot to say about homosexuality. Actually, there are several texts that I could share with you this week to show you that God views homosexuality as a sin. Now, obviously homosexuality isn’t the only sin in this world. First Corinthians 6:9-11 points out how broad sin is: “Don’t you know that evil people won’t have a share in the blessings of God’s kingdom? Don’t fool yourselves! No one who is immoral or worships idols or is unfaithful in marriage or is a pervert or behaves like a homosexual will share in God’s kingdom. Neither will any thief or greedy person or drunkard or anyone who curses and cheats others. Some of you used to be like that. But now the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of God’s Spirit have washed you and made you holy and acceptable to God” (CEV).*

Before we look at scriptures about homosexuality, first focus on the fact that Jesus died on the cross for you and is willing to wash you with His blood like soap, and you can be pure! All you have to do is accept His sacrifice for you (Romans 6:23). Praise God!

While we won’t look at every text in the Bible about homosexuality this week, here are a couple of scriptures that clearly lay out what God thinks about homosexuality. After we look at those, I’ll answer the super-important question that’s burning in everybody’s mind: Why does God hate homosexuality so much? First, let’s take a look at our texts:

•  Leviticus 20:13 (God speaking): “It’s disgusting for men to have sex with one another, and those who do will be put to death, just as they deserve” (CEV).

•  First Timothy 1:9-11 (apostle Paul speaking): “We also understand that [the law] wasn’t given to control people who please God, but to control lawbreakers, criminals, godless people, and sinners. It is for wicked and evil people, and for murderers, who would even kill their own parents. The Law was written for people who are sexual perverts or who live as homosexuals or are kidnappers or liars or won’t tell the truth in court. It is for anything else that opposes the correct teaching of the good news that the glorious and wonderful God has given me” (CEV).

So why does God hate homosexuality so much? It totally goes against His natural order of what happy, healthy, human relationships are supposed to be. Homosexuality is unnatural. I know you’re thinking, Dude, that’s harsh! I admit that it is, but that’s God’s viewpoint, not mine.

While Genesis 2:18-24 offers the details as to how and why God created humans, specifically women, it also gives us a better understanding as to why He didn’t create another man for Adam. It talks about Adam being lonely, and that none of the animals God created were suitable partners for him. Then God took one of Adam’s ribs and created Eve, a wife for Adam.

See, God, in His wisdom, made women to be just enough like men to be able to understand them, but just different enough from them to be able to help men and to complete them. So the best argument against homosexuality is in the way that the parts of the puzzle fit. Two men could never populate the earth; neither could two women.

Satan is the one who encourages us to go against what God wants us to do, so we miss out on God’s blessings and the happiness they would bring us. In fact, the devil has succeeded in taking a lot of, if not all of, the things that God has made and replacing them with something that looks like the original, but isn’t anywhere as good. Homosexuality is one of those things.

For more information on what the Bible says about homosexuality and other great information, check out http://lovewonout.com/. Next week we’ll look at what our culture-at-large thinks about homosexuality.

Until next time, remember these things: God’s way is always the best way; life is full of decisions, so make yours good ones; and put God first in your life, and you can’t go wrong.

Feel free to contact me: you can e-mail me at omarmiranda@earthlink.net; you can keep up with me on Facebook; you can read more of my stuff on Miranda Writes at www.insightmagazine.org; you can check me out or send me a message at my Web site, thriveatlife.org; or you can reach me via snail mail (slow!) at the address below.

In Christ,
Omar Miranda, certified Christian counselor
Abundant Life Ministries
155 Earl Street
Plainville, GA 30733
Phone: 770-354-2912

*Scripture quotations identified CEV are from the Contemporary English Version. Copyright © American Bible Society 1991, 1995. Used by permission.

Omar Miranda is a Christian counselor with 20 years of experience working with youth in public and private middle and high schools. He’s married and has two kids. He enjoys teaching the youth at his church, reading, writing, gardening, and camping. He’s a recovering knucklehead who spent a lot of time in the past doing stupid stuff away from God. He’s been back with God for years now and is eager to share what he’s learned from his experiences by answering any questions you may have about life, the Christian life, Jesus, spiritual matters, and relationships in his column, Miranda Writes.
 





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