Are you 100% sure that God allows homosexuality among Christians?
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You’re asking the indubitability question, related to Descartes, 1596-1650, and the Cartesian school of thought. Indubitable truth is truth that cannot possibly be false therefore indubitable truth is truth we can be 100% sure of.
Indubitability is a concept used by philosophers and theologians to quantify probability. Indubitability refers to truth that is beyond question, beyond dispute, beyond doubt, impossible to doubt, 100% certain.
100% sure means its impossible that you are wrong and 100% certain you are right. We do know some things based on God’s revelation to us in the holy scriptures. For example, we know that God’s word is true from the beginning, Psalm 119:160.
100% sure means you’ve considered every other possibility no matter how unlikely or improbable and determined based on factual evidence that no other possibility exists.
Only God has absolute knowledge
Indubitability, being 100% sure of something requires absolute and infallible knowledge, something human beings do not possess. Only God possesses absolute and infallible knowledge. In the philosophical sense it is truthful to say that no human being is 100% sure because (1) none of us has absolute knowledge and (2) none of us has infallible knowledge.
Its important to remember that God does not require infallible certainty for us to believe on Him to get saved
or for the rest of the Christian beliefs we derive from the Bible. Now to your question.
Are you 100% sure
that God allows homosexuality
No, it is not humanly possible to be 100% sure since indubitability - 100% certainty - is God’s province alone. I should also point out however that the anti-gay folks are not 100% sure God is against Christian homosexuals.
If we suspend belief on every issue until we have checked every possible alternative, until we are indubitably 100% sure, then we have suspended belief forever because we are not God.
If we require indubitability (100% certainty) before we believe something we will never believe anything.
At some point our desire for 100% absolute certainty (indubitability) must yield to sufficient probability. In plainer words it is rational to respond to the light God has given us.
Our belief in the Bible’s truthfulness (Psalm 119:160) should never be sidetracked simply because someone presents an alternative possibility. Possibilities do not equal probabilities. A thing can be possible without being at all probable.
a. Never be shaken by unlikely possibilities.
b. Never believe that all possibilities are equal.
c. Never require indubitability since indubitability is impossible for any mere human.
When we refuse to believe what God says in His infallible word, we are actually deciding to reject God’s revealed truth.
Saying that “since the Bible isn’t full of same sex couples, that could mean God is against same sex couples therefore I chose to believe on the basis of no objective evidence that same sex couples cannot be blessed by God” is less than rational. It is not sufficiently probable as to compel belief.
How we know
with sufficient probability
Here are some of the lights God has given us so we can know God affirms, blesses and loves same sex couples.
1. Every clobber passage in the Bible is in the context of shrine prostitution
or slavery or rape.
2. Traditional Complementarity
teaching - the old cannard that “God created Adam and Eve
not Adam and Steve” - is disproven 44 verses after Genesis 2:24 when we read in Genesis 4:19 that Lamech had two wives. God’s blessing on polygamy disproves absolute complementarianism, Deuteronomy 21:15-17.
3. The love story of David and Jonathan
(beginning in 1 Samuel 18) is God shining His spotlight on the sanctity of committed same sex partnerships.
4. The fact that no verse of scripture in context, condemns committed same sex relationships indicates what a non-issue those are with God.
We can therefore Biblically, logically and rationally, with sufficient probability, believe that God affirms and blesses committed GLBT partnerships without requiring 100% indubitable certainty. 300+ pages of FREE
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