Is Homosexuality the Unforgivable Sin?

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I have been asked more than once, even by homosexuals, if homosexuality is the unforgivable sin. What follows is a concise and Biblical answer to that question.

The Bible declares all human beings are sinners (“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23). Homosexuality is not the unforgivable sin. However, homosexuality is condemned by God in the Bible just as He speaks against adultery, fornication, envy, hypocrisy, gluttony, covetousness, malice, laziness, gossip, and a lot of other destructive behavior. That is precisely what sin is: destructive thinking and behavior, primarily against God, but mostly against ourselves and those around us. To sin is to miss the mark, to cross the line, to violate God´s commandments; it means knowing how to do what is right, and then not doing it. When engineers design and build a train, that train is designed and built to move freely while moving on rails. However, if that train derails, we are all too familiar with the destruction it can cause, not only to property but more importantly to human life. We humans were designed by God to function at our best when we live according to his Word, by his instructions. He is our designer and maker; therefore he knows how we function best and how to get us back “on track” when we derail.

 By the way, denying the existence of God may be convenient to some, but does not make Him disappear or make His existence untrue, as denying the law of gravity does not invalidate its effects. Who would jump from the rooftop of a 10 story building after saying emphatically that the law of gravity is a lie and has no effect? Only a fool or a crazy person would do such a thing!

The Bible does speak plenty about homosexuality (Old and New Testaments). Read the more than 800 commandments in the books of Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy, in the Old Testament, where God speaks clearly against sexual relations with people of the same sex (homosexuality and lesbianism) and with animals (bestiality). Read also Genesis chapters 13, 18 and 19, where two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah (from which comes the term “sodomite”, meaning a male who engages in anal copulation with another male) were destroyed because most of its inhabitants practiced homosexuality and did not turn away from their sin. I am sure there were other sins they committed that needed repentance on their part, however this was the one sin that God singled out as the main cause for destroying these two cities. You see, they were so perverted and their minds so twisted that they were calling what is good evil and what is evil good, a lot like what is happening today in America and all over the world. 

 An Unrepentant Heart towards God: the Only Unforgivable Sin

An unrepentant heart towards God is the only unforgivable sin, because God will not force us to change our minds and our attitude towards Him. Also read the book of Romans in the New Testament (chapter 1, verses 18-32) and also 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. What applied to male homosexual relations also applied to female homosexual relations, called today lesbianism. It is mentioned in the New Testament in Romans 1:26-32:

 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”   

Finally, when the hypocritical religious leaders brought to Christ a woman caught in the act of adultery, he told them that he among them who was without sin could cast the first stone. All left but Christ and the woman. “He asked her: Where are those who accused you? Has no man condemned you? The woman replied: No man, Lord. And Jesus told her: Neither do I condemn you. GO AND SIN NO MORE.”      

Christ did not judge her, because he loved her as a person, the same way He loves every human being. However, He told her to go and SIN NO MORE. That is the essence of true repentance. Asking God to forgive us and then continuing to do the same thing over and over is not true repentance. True repentance means there is a change of mind and heart that leads to a change of conduct. We all have sinned, but we can find true forgiveness, love, peace of mind and true fulfillment in Him who came to die for our sins, the just for the unjust. Christ said: “Truly, truly I say onto you, he that hears my words and believes in Him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not be condemned, but is passed from death onto life” (John 5:24). 

 Guido F. Castellanos  

Judaism’s Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism (and then Christianity) Rejected Homosexuality

4 respuestas a Is Homosexuality the Unforgivable Sin?

  1. Olga Abella dice:

    Dear Guido, I was curious to see what you had to say about homosexuality, and while you do begin by saying that all humans are sinners, and therefore begin by seeming to be an open-minded person, you then go on to use the Bible to promote a very narrow reading of its stories. In none of the Chapters on Genesis that you tell your readers to read is homosexuality condemned. You simply assume that is what God is condemning. Scholars and ministers are in consensus that Sodom and Gomorrah were condemned for inhospitality. Homosexuality was not even recognized at that historical time. I don’t understand why ministers don’t study the history and scholarship of what they preach and simply impose their own prejudices on the texts they recreate for their congregations.

    You simply choose to believe that homosexuality is a sin. God never says it is. You choose to believe that God says it is. And you also choose to create a hierarchy of sin. Is loving someone of the same sex worse than murder, rape, torture, lying, etc? Why are Christians so afraid of people loving other people of the same sex? How is it a threat to humanity? Our world is so over-populated that certainly homosexuals do not pose a threat to our existence by not propagating. So, what is your fear? People certainly don’t love people of the same sex because it is a rebellion against the status quo. Many people suffer in loving someone of the same sex because they are rejected by family, friends and society. Does that not suggest that homosexuality stems from a biological tendency in the same way heterosexuality does? And so does that not suggest that it is a NATURAL tendency, and is not the primary tendency because at one point we needed to propagate?

    The fundamental attributes of Christianity, as I perceive them, are love, acceptance and understanding. Very few people practice what Christianity actually preaches.

  2. gfcastellanos dice:

    Dear Olga,

    Thank you for taking the time to read my article on the Biblical view of homosexuality. I began by saying that all humans are sinners because that is exactly what the Bible clearly states, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Actually, Genesis 19:5 is crystal clear as to the nature of the sin being condemned:

    “And they called Lot and said to Him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”

    The homosexual men in Sodom wanted to have sexual intercourse with the two men visiting Lot. The context, in other words, the texts that follow corroborate this interpretation:

    “So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, and said: “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! See, now, I have two daughters who have not known a man.”

    Having two daughters “who have not known a man” is a Biblical expression that means they were virgins. The men wanted to have sex, but not with Lot’s virgin daughters, but with the two new visitors they hadn’t had the pleasure to have sex with yet. Therefore, the nature of the sin is clearly the sexual perversion of men having sex with other men–homosexuality. Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities where all men, except for Lot and his family, practiced homosexuality. And that is the only reason God destroyed both cities. It had nothing whatsoever to do with not being hospitable.

    Now, if you read the text I quoted from the New Testament, you will see that God, once again, calls homosexuality and lesbianism “vile affections”.

    “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet”.

    Judaism was revolutionary by nature, because it prohibited all forms of sexual relationships outside of marriage. In the pagan world of ancient times men had sex with women, men, young girls, boys, and even animals (not much different than our modern pagan societies). Therefore, as a Jewish author said, “Judaism may be said to have invented the notion of homosexuality, for in the ancient world sexuality was not divided between heterosexuality and homosexuality. That division was the Bible’s doing. Before the Bible, the world divided sexuality between penetrator (active partner) and penetrated (passive partner)”.

    “Ancient categories of sexual experience differed considerably from our own… The central distinction in sexual morality was the distinction between active and passive roles. The gender of the object… is not in itself morally problematic. Boys and women are very often treated interchangeably as objects of [male] desire. What is socially important is to penetrate rather than to be penetrated. Sex is understood fundamentally not as interaction, but as a doing of some thing to someone…

    “Judaism changed all this. It rendered the “gender of the object” very “morally problematic”; it declared that no one is “interchangeable” sexually. And as a result, it ensured that sex would in fact be “fundamentally interaction” and not simply “a doing of something to someone”.

    You were curious to see what I had to say about homosexuality, however it seems to me you are not interested in the truth. Today it seems that for many people being open minded (meaning in many cases not disagreeing with your views), is more important than knowing the truth and speaking it without fear. In other words, if a person does not agree with your views on a subject (more precisely with the prevalent worldview in certain circles of academia and society), then that person is immediately labeled as narrow or closed minded. Presently many people have been infected with the disease of political correctness and are afraid to speak the truth, out of fear of being labeled narrow minded, intolerant, or bigots.

    Genuine Christianity is knowing Christ personally as Savior and Lord, however it’s also a way of seeing and comprehending all reality. It is a worldview. The secular humanistic and liberal worldview today is nothing more than amorality. And amorality does not provide human beings with a happy and fulfilling life. Homosexuals are perhaps the most frustrated and unhappy people on the face of the earth (suicide rate among them is alarming). “Happy is he who hears the word of God and keeps it.” (Luke 11:28) In my 34 years of being a Christian I can attest to the fact that the happiest, most fulfilled, and most contented people in the world are those who, not only call themselves Christians, but who obey God.

    When you say that “ministers are in consensus that Sodom and Gomorrah were condemned for inhospitality”, you mean liberal scholars and ministers”, who either don’t believe in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures or take Biblical text out of context to force it to agree with their preconceived ideas. However, any passage in the Bible has only one correct meaning, even though it could have many applications in our lives. The Bible was not written for us to derive whatever meaning we want from it. Correct application of Hermeneutical principles is needed to arrive at the correct meaning. This will take into account the context (texts before and after), the history, the subject being discussed, to whom it was written originally, what the rest of the Bibles says about the subject, and many other elements.

    You are confusing true love with sexual desire or lust. Homosexuality is a sin, not because some have erroneously concluded that it is, but because God clearly says so in the Bible. Period. I stay away from teaching and preaching my own opinions, because opinions are like the belly button—we all have one but it isn’t good for anything. But, as I have shown you previously, God says sexual relations with people of the same sex, the same as any sexual relations outside of marriage, are sins (meaning that God is against them). That is exactly what the Bible teaches. Christians surely can love people of the same sex–I love my father, my brother, my son, and my friends, but my love for them has nothing to do with sexual lust or desire. When you use the word “love” you are referring exclusively to “eros” or sexual love or attraction.

    Perhaps, as a very small percentage of society, most homosexuals do not pose a threat to society, however, I have a problem (all of society does) with homosexual activists. Please, read David Kupelian’s “The Marketing of Evil”.

    Homosexual activists, according to author David Kupelian, “called their movement “gay rights” to accomplish two major objectives: 1) Use of the word “gay” rather than “homosexual” masks the controversial sexual behavior involved and accentuates instead a vague but positive-sounding cultural identity- gay, which, after all, once meant “happy”; 2) Describing their battle from the start as one over “rights” implies homosexuals are being denied the basic freedoms of citizenship that others enjoy. They set out to change what people actually thought and felt by breaking their negative association with their cause and replacing them with positive associations.”

    Finally, the exclusiveness of true Christianity bothers many people, because they are not willing to believe and accept what God says in the Bible. Christ said: “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” We will not be saved or get to heaven by our own efforts or through any particular religion. Christ paid the price on the Cross to make a way for all who believe in Him and accept Him as Savior: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

    This is the truth; this is what Gods says about the sin of homosexuality (and any other sin), salvation, eternal life and heaven. Whether we believe it or not, that’s another story.

    Have a great day!

    Guido F. Castellanos

  3. belinda dice:

    Guido – how do answer those who say that being homosexual is not a choice, but in their nature and therefore unavoidable? To those who say that it is a trait, like black hair, blue eyes? I have an acquaintance who for years has tried to live a Christian life and not act on his homosexuality. However, he was unable to continue well into middle-age because we was depressed and tired of what he explained as a very lonely and disconnected existence in which he was in fact denying his true self and living a very unhappy life, which he felt God did not want him to live.

    • gfcastellanos dice:

      Belinda,

      I would respond the same way I reply to anyone who, claiming to be a Christian, tells me that marital infidelity is not a choice, but is in man’s nature, therefore unavoidable. Those who say that it’s a trait like black hair or blue eyes need to know that there is no homosexual gene. Even the most recent scientific data available points to the fact that homosexuality is a choice, not a trait. Any true Christian who knows what God says about homosexuality in the Bible knows that God hates it, the same way He hates adultery, hypocrisy, homicide, envy, etc. Let me take your friend’s example and use your own words, and instead of using any term relating to homosexuality use words relating to adultery. Let’s see how it sounds:

      “I have an acquaintance who for years has tried to live a Christian life and not act on his womanizing. However, he was unable to continue well into middle-age because he was depressed and tired of what he explained as a very lonely and disconnected existence (without other women as lovers) in which he was in fact denying his true self and living a very unhappy life (the life of fidelity to his wife), which he felt God did not want him to live.”

      Do you see the fallacy of the argument? Do we believe God and want to do his will whatever the cost, or do we want to be selective in what we accept or reject from His Word due to our own sinful nature? Feelings are a very poor guide for living. Nobody, not even God, promised it was going to be easy for any Christian, however he promised to be with us everyday until the end.

      Please, read the excellent article linked at the bottom of my post, titled “Judaism’s Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism (and then Christianity) Rejected Homosexuality”, by Dennis Prager

      Guido

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