(Original post by Christianlady)
One thing I have noticed in the short time I have been on this forum is the hatred and hostility by some people directed towards Abrahamic beliefs, Christian beliefs in particular, and towards anyone in specific for believing that homosexuality is wrong.
Granted, I understand that it is wrong for Christians to hate people period, whether people engaged in homosexual lifestyles or people engaged in heterosexual hedonistic lifestyles or people of any belief, ethnicity, gender. Jesus commands his followers to love people, including their enemies, and to forgive, pray for, do good to, bless and help people, not insult them or treat them badly or hate them.
Now, why is it that there is such this extreme hatred and hostility against those who believe homosexuality is wrong? Is it because you have experienced hatred and hostility from people of Abrahamic faiths? Is it because it just offends you that people believe differently than you do? Why is it exactly?
If it is because you have experienced hatred and hostility on the part of Christians, then I as a Christian apologize to you and am ashamed. Christians are not to insult or hate people no matter what. We are to love others, pray for others, do good to them, bless those who curse us, and help those in need. I repeat this because it is so important.
As for those who are merely offended just because Abrahamic beliefs think that homosexuality is wrong, there are people who disagree with many things, and yet do not feel the need to be hostile about differences.
Concerning me, I personally do not agree with everything that some people think is wrong, but I don't hate them. For example, I have some very sweet Muslim friends who think not wearing a head covering is wrong. However, I disagree and respect their right to believe what they believe is true, even though I disagree. They know why I disagree; we have talked about it, and yet we do not resort to hatred and hostility in spite of our differences in what we believe to be wrong and right.
Concerning homosexuality, I have friends who are homosexual, as well as I have favorite famous people believed to be homosexual who I absolutely adore (Jim Parsons and Anderson Cooper) who I respect as human beings that are intelligent, handsome, fun, and interesting. I do not condemn them to hell. I do think that their lifestyle is wrong, but I in no way try to force them to change. I also think that the average heterosexual rocker's lifestyle of drugs, sex, and alcohol is wrong, but I don't force them to change. However, I do believe that if they should decide to stop living how they are living and seek God's help to live in line with the Bible, that is their right and I commend them for it.
Why most Christians believe homosexuality, as well as other forms of sexual immorality (which there are many, most being heterosexual forms, but bestiality is also a form of sexual immorality) is wrong is because of the following Scriptures:
Matthew 15:16-20, Matthew 19:1-9
1 Corinthians 6:9-20
Even though Jesus did not say anything about homosexuality, Jesus was a descendant of Abraham's son Isaac's son Jacob (Israel) who grew up following the commands God gave to the children of Israel through Moses. Homosexuality was not allowed since the time of Moses.
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, his 12 sons, Moses, Samuel, King David, King Solomon, Isaiah, and many other predominant people were not homosexual, but rather hetersexual. Does this mean that God doesn't love homosexuals? No. God does love them, just as He loves every person who engages in sexual immorality and wants them to repent.
If you disagree, could you please give the reason why in a polite way, using evidence from the Scriptures? If you do not believe in God, may I ask why you are even writing in a section dedicated to discussing beliefs in God? I know if I didn't believe in God, I would not waste my time writing those who did. Do you write in order to just insult what other people believe, or are you wanting to explain why you believe there is no God and to attempt to understand what people who believe differently than you believe?
If you are writing to explain that there is no God, can you please explain with what you consider to be evidence, in a polite and educated way?
Back to homosexuality, those who believe homosexuality is wrong have reasons for that belief. Now, one either agrees or disagrees. If you disagree, why not respond with kindness, politeness, and explain why you disagree? It does not take intelligence, maturity, or integrity to insult someone or to want them to go away.
Just to add, I am not going to respond anymore to people whose posts include insults. However, if you have something that you'd like to write that intelligently explains why you disagree, I would love to read your post and answer.
Peace and God bless you