And the God of the Bible, as presented in Genesis, is himself/herself/itself an image of the beautiful spectrum of sexuality, and a defense of those who believe we each manifest this complexity in a myriad of ways.
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They’ll refer to a “homosexual lifestyle,” when the Bible is devoid of such terminology—for the simple reason that the concept itself is ludicrous and nonexistent (as proven by the fact that a “heterosexual lifestyle” makes absolutely no sense when applied to straight people.)They’ll claim that the term refers to far more than just their sexual activity, but to their inclinations to love, where they seek affection, intimacy, relationship. They need to decide whether the less than a handful of passages in the New Testament are referring to identity, orientation—or a specific behavior by specific groups of people in a specific context (which is likely). They’ll quote Paul in Romans Chapter 1, describing people consciously “trading their natural attractions” for same-sex desire and corresponding physical acts), failing to connect the dots, that for most members of the LGBTQ, there is no such their natural.
(If pressed, these Christians need to admit that this passage refers to a specific sex act tied to pagan worship practices, and cannot be superimposed over identity and orientation—and it’s certainly not appropriate to use it to categorize committed, loving relationships by people along the full LGBTQ continuum.) When trying to use Paul’s references in this way, they’re trying to separate LGBTQ people from the capacity to love and be in mutually beneficial relationships—and that’s simply wrong.
The problem they have to deal with in declaring this—is God.
The oft-used line from the Genesis creation story, actually quotes God as saying, “let women, unless God is equally made of both.At the end of the day, the Bible is clear on these matters. There is no consistent sexual ethic in the Scriptures, no one image of marriage—and no specific condemnation from Jesus or Paul of those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender their identity and orientation.If we can admit, that LGBTQ people have the same capacity for love, commitment, and monogamy in a mutually beneficial relationship that cisgender-heteronormative Christians do—the text becomes impossible to weaponize as it has been.The English version of this specification is the only normative version. As a convenience to readers, it incorporates the changes dictated by the accumulated errata (available at to the Second Edition of XML 1.0, dated 6 October 2000.However, for translations of this document, see Technology? In addition, markup has been introduced on a significant portion of the prescriptions of the specification, clarifying when prescriptive keywords such as are used in the formal sense defined in [IETF RFC 2119].They’ll frequently refer to the book of Leviticus, claiming it says that “homosexuality” an (a flawed talking point as we’ll discuss later)—and ignore the surrounding verses commanding that disrespectful teens and those having extramarital sex be stoned to death—along with hundreds of requirements and punishments, most of which they declare irrelevant to their present lives. They’ll throw around the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, as supposed proof of God’s wrath against the gay community—when in fact, the book of Ezekiel declares the former was destroyed because of its greed and disregard for the poor—but you don’t see many of these Christians preaching corrects, cautions, or condemns anyone based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.