Why has God allowed His word to be so misinterpreted regarding homosexuality?
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We are human beings who serve the God of truth. In fact, our God IS the Truth, John 14:6. Yet God's people frequently get things wrong. This troubling fact is as old as humanity. Adam and Eve, the first humans, Genesis 2:16-17, 1 Cor 15:45, had only one rule to follow.
the knowledge of good and evil."
You are free to do anything else you want. I've placed no other restrictions on you. So what did Adam and Eve do with their freedom? They immediately broke the only rule God had given them. This demonstrates the
human propensity for rebellion.When the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt, barely surviving under the hard bondage of cruel taskmasters, God chose Moses to lead them to freedom.
Yet within weeks of witnessing God's dramatic signs and wonders and marching out of Egyptian slavery into freedom, the people rebelled. They began to gripe and complain, wishing they could return to slavery in Egypt.
This demonstrates the
human propensity for self-deception.
They would rather be slaves in Egypt than accept the responsibility that goes with human freedom.
David and Solomon, for all their flaws, led Israel to become the greatest, freest nation on earth. Yet after Solomon's death, successive generations willingly traded individual responsibility for a repressive government, surrendering their freedom in the process.
God is always faithful in sending prophets to call His people back to the right path and frequently, God's people refuse to listen.
This demonstrates the human propensity
to ignore what God says, in context.
When God sent Jeremiah to call Jerusalem and Judah back to God, Jeremiah 40:1, most of the people rejected Jeremiah's message.
A few people, including a gay eunuch named Ebed-Melech, Jeremiah 38-39, did listen to Jeremiah.
Many rebellious people in Jeremiah's day went into captivity in Babylon because they refused to listen to Jeremiah's message from God.
This demonstrates the
human propensity for self-will.
Self-will is precisely what
we are dealing with when debating
anti-gay christians on
the gay and lesbian issue.
Christians down the centuries have assumed that their personal and cultural opposition to gays and lesbians is a Biblical mandate when it is not.
They start from their personal presupposition that homosexuality is wrong and then go to the Bible to find something, anything, that appears to support their presupposition.
When they find a clobber passage that seems to agree with what they believe, they refuse to study the passage in context (prohibition of idolatry) and insist that the clobber passage MUST mean what they imagine it means, regardless of context.
This self-willed deception and intentional rebellion against what scripture says, in context, has caused untold damage to millions of God's gay and lesbian children.
Why would God allow this?
God created us free moral agents, capable of choosing between right and wrong. If God overruled our free will, we would be automatons, not free.
God created us free and leaves us free, responsible for exercising our will, our intellect, our experience, our common sense and our ability to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit, Romans 8:14, Who dwells in all born again believers in Jesus Christ, Romans 8:9, 1 Cor 12:13.
This freedom sometimes leads to pain and heartache because even God's children sometimes make wrong decisions. Yet wrong decisions are a consequence of freedom. Personal responsibility implies we will sometimes make mistakes. If we attempt to avoid mistakes by limiting freedom and personal responsibility, we will no longer be free.
Ancient Israel attempted to avoid responsibility by having Kings rule over them instead of having God rule over them. Their willingness to surrender personal freedom caused them to become slaves of the government.
This disturbing pattern is being repeated in the United States today as people trade their freedom and personal responsibility for the protections of a nanny state which promises no one will offend you, no one will think racist or sexist thoughts as they murder you (hate crimes legislation), no one will require you to exercise personal responsibility.
"Don't worry, you're a ward of the state and the government will make all the tough decisions for you.
Personally, I have no desire to be a ward of the state. Life is about freedom and personal responsibility before God, not as a ward of the state and not as a ward of any ecclesiastical hierarchy.
God is always just and holy
in His dealings with people.
God is never unfair.
“Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18:25.
God is absolutely fair in all His dealings with humanity. We can always trust God to do the right thing.
God is no respecter of persons.
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Acts 10:35-36
“For there is no respect of persons with God.” Romans 2:11
God is good to everyone,
including the unsaved.
“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” Psalm 145:8-9
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45
“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deu 32:4
Sometimes bad things happen as a result of people exercising their God-given free will. Our job is to trust God and walk with Him, come what may.
We learn more in the valley than on the mountaintop because our God is not just the God of the mountaintop. He is also God of all our valleys.
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