Thursday, 15 May 2014

Atheists and Gays.

                   
                             
Photo Credit: Maruku San via Compfight cc

"Atheists just want to sin."

Where did that come from?

Perhaps it derives from Romans where St. Paul claims that God gave people up to sins because they did not honor Him as supreme.
They became stupid and homosexual.

This, of course, is nonsense.
And it paints a very peculiar image of God.

I am prepared to say that St. Paul was mistaken.
His logic is erroneous.
His list of evils that follows is offensive and he says they deserve to die.

This is not the God that I know.
As an openly gay Christian who enjoys full membership of the Uniting Church in Australia I worship the God of Love who has no prejudices against gay people.
Quite the contrary, I experience help and support from the divine for my sexuality.

So, despite the fact that some Christians consider that because I am gay I must be full of wickedness and evil, I know that God supports gay and lesbian people in His Church.

2 comments:

  1. I agree that God did not make any of us stupid and gay because we do not honor him. However, I don't think this is the force of Paul's argument. We need to consider his follow-up comments in chapter 2 that brings a new light on his statement.

    By the way, I LOVE the graphic!

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    1. "Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience?"
      I would emphasize this rather than God's wrath and judgment.
      We all need forgiveness.

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