(Original post by shinytoy)
the two main religions -christianity and islam both dont allow homosexuality.the reason i put it seperate to the 'no i dont agree with the sexual teachings' is in case being gay is genetic disposition which cant be helped in which case it is not an active choice not to agree with sexukla teachings, whereas for heteros it is.
Religions are not some monolithic set of rules that one must adhere to if one has faith. There is doctrinal pluralism within Churches and there are those who don’t think that their Church is the sole source of authority.
You can rely on the Bible, the apocrypha or the Gnostic gospels, and the writings of the early Church fathers like Augustine, but there are many ways you can interpret these sources. Irenaeus was responsible for choosing the four-fold cannon that we have today, there are other gospels which he did not include, and different Churches include different books in the Bible that are not recognised by others - the Catholic Bible includes texts not recognised by most Protestants. The Bible is a library of books, selected by the Church to be authoritative, that has been translated numerous times, and that is not free from human errors. You do not have to adhere to a kind of idolatrous biblical literalist fundamentalism. Some Christian theologians embrace homosexuality as the American Episcopalian Church has done. There are many progressive strands of theology that present different interpretations on all manner of questions, and sometimes people cannot see the wood for the trees. The ultimate message of Jesus is in my view obviously love, compassion and forgiveness, and this is often obscured. Paul was a sexist narrow minded bigot; you don’t have to accept everything he wrote in his gospel as the word of God. I cannot see how Jesus would condemn someone for being gay.
We can understand the Bible in a symbolic way and not take everything literally. After all there are statements in the Bible which contradict each other, and it is possible to find justifications for opposing views - the Bible can be read to support slavery and to oppose it for example. The New Testament for a Christian should also clearly supersede the Old Testament, when the two differ. For Christ’s message is (to a Christian) a further revelation beyond that of Abraham and Moses, and he asked the Jews to accept things which they had formerly rejected. Thus Jesus had to be limited to some extent in his teaching to the time he found himself in. We do not assert that the position of women in society should remain as the Bible depicts it. It is therefore clearly possible that Christ intended further revelations and progress to take place, through the Church, or saints or the individual, in line with the essence rather than the word of his teaching.
It is not necessary to dogmatically follow the teachings of a particular sect or Church in order to be religious, you have the freedom to pursue religious truth for yourself.