I'd like to quote to you a letter in which I received from a homophobic and very much brainwashed individual whom I've been having some religious conversations with.
"Jesus absolutely considered homosexuality a sin! He is God's one and only son. He and God are one and He was with God when he set out certain rules and guidelines for the nation of Israel. We find in scripture where God instructed Moses about sexual activities and how the nation of Israel were to conduct themselves: Leviticus 18:22 "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable;" also in Leviticus 20:13 'If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.' (this is not just restricted to a man but also inferred upon a woman)
Detest: to dislike intensely; abhor; to regard with extreme dislike and hostility: hate, despise, loathe.
In the New Testament, Paul is discussing God's Wrath Against Mankind in chapter one. I would encourage you to read all of the chapter but a few excerpts are as follows:
Romans 1:18,19,20,21,22,26&27 'The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God had made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools... Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.'
We are seeing today some of the due penalty for the perversion of homosexuality; i.e. Aids and many other sexually transmitted diseases along with the confusion that some people have of thinking they were "born" homosexual."
Now, let's think logically here. Jesus was a loving god, and what my friend above said does not exactly fit into what you would expect from a loving god. You don't know how angry this letter made me.. and trust me, I sent him one back proving several points. I've never been so angry in my life.
Here was my letter in return:
"1. Most of the Bible was letters written to people by Paul, not the actual word of Jesus. If you would like to believe that people should be hated and "detested" for loving, then that is your right but I personally think that you base your beliefs on ignorance and cultural brainwashing (i.e. believing whatever crap they feed to you on a spoon. another i.e. someone telling you that a decomposing dead frog is really venison and you eating it because you were told it was venison). If Jesus was in fact a loving god, like I believe that he is, I don't think he would have ever said the things that you and the church claim. In fact, historians have even possibly revealed that Jesus made friends with everyone.. everyone.. including prostitutes.. one of which he more than likely married.
Also, I'd like to mention that reciting quotes does not prove anyone's point. The Bible has been misshapened and modified to fit the needs of straight, white men for so long that only vague lessons of Jesus remain. I wouldn't be surprised if they added something in like anyone over 60 was a cow or something.. and you guys would believe it.
If you'd like to prove your point, do so by logical reasoning and understanding. Not just, "Oh.. well, he said this and he said that." It proves nothing doing what you are doing, because you have no explanation for any of it.
The "perversion" of homosexuality you say.. you blame AIDS on homosexuality. Forgive me if I am wrong, but is HIV transmitted only between males? I don't think so. AIDS did not originate from two homosexuals making love. Blaming AIDS on homosexuals is as ludicrous as blaming the origination of the common cold on them. You have nobody else to blame for the world's problems, so you turn to the people who are different.. the people you have been taught to look down upon as though they were detestable. You saying that is insulting a few very close friends of mine, and from their stories.. trust me, nothing in their life has affected their becoming a homosexual... one of my friends remembers being three years old and feeling the very beginnings of homosexuality. Tell me, how does a three-year old.. who knows nothing about sex.. make a DECISION to be a homosexual? You tell me.
Trust me, homosexuals have paid the price for being what they are because of close-minded, insecure homophobics like you. If you were in fact following the words of Jesus, you'd learn to love everyone. You'd learn to be understanding and kind towards everyone. Disliking people because of the fact that they are gay is just as bad as disliking people because they are black. Jesus taught nonviolence, love, and understanding... not to fear everyone/thing that is different and restrain yourself from doing everything that's natural.
Cast aside the cultural brainwashing from your heart for just a moment, and the true Jesus Christ might just have a chance to reveal himself to you... "
When I said "my friends who are gay".. that is, of course, me... if I told him I was a homosexual, I would be prayed for even more than I already am. I don't understand how people can sit there and accept some minister spoon-feeding this crap about who they think Jesus Christ is just to control us. It's people's way to a) have someone solve all their problems for them, b) have a sense that they understand life, and c) make themselves think that they are better than those who don't believe what they believe.
Everyone at my school, and I've lost one of my best friends because of this, has asked me why I'm an atheist. I'm not an atheist, I believe in God and Jesus Christ is my savior... let me make that clear, Jesus Christ is my savior. Yes, the real one. The loving one. The one that understands and accepts those as who they are- not this novelized character they've created.
Unfortunately, way too much of the Bible, in my opinion, is historical fiction. What is true about the Bible is generally overlooked.
Like every month, I've included a song or quote that expresses my feelings on a situation. This one is by one of the most talented and expressive artists of our time- Alanis Morrissette.
You know how us Catholic girls can be
We make up for so much time a little too late
I never forgot it, confusing as it was
No fun with no guilt feelings
The sinners, the saviors, the loverless priests
I'll see you next Sunday
We all had our reasons to be there
We all had a thing or two to learn
We all needed something to cling to
So we did
I sang Alleluia in the choir
I confessed my darkest deeds to an envious man
My brothers they never went blind for what they did
But I may as well have
In the name of the Father, the Skeptic, and the Son
I had one more stupid question
What I learned I rejected but I believe again
I will suffer the consequence of this inquisition
If I jump in this fountain, will I be forgiven
We all had delusions in our head
We all had our minds made up for us
We had to believe in something
So we did"
Alanis is probably one of the wisest young women in this day and age, and I'm very thankful for her inspiration and her wonderful songs. If you don't have her album, I recommend it.
PS: Sorry for two articles in a row being on the same topic.. this one seems to demand a little more attention. Fortunately, the topic of religion has recently allowed me to discover my true friends.