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Featured God loves gays and lesbians

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by Starlight, Sep 21, 2022.

  1. Starlight

    Starlight Well-Known Member

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    God loves gays and lesbians. It is not a sin. They do not harm anyone. They only love each other. God is love. Because of this i know God is not against same sex relationship
     
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    What about Sodom and Homorra of Holy Bible? What about Great Flood of Bible?
     
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    Yes, God loves everybody. Those who are gay did not choose to be such.
     
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    The document, titled “Being Pastorally Close to Homosexual Persons: For a welcoming church that excludes no one,” published on Sept. 20 on the website of the bishops’ conference of Belgium, states that same-sex relationships, which are not considered sacramental marriages by the Catholic Church, can nonetheless be a source of joy and happiness for the couple. The document cites “The Joy of Love,” the apostolic exhortation of 2015 in which Pope Francis wrote that the church needs to accompany families with L.G.B.T. members better, so that “those who manifest a homosexual orientation can receive the assistance they need to understand and fully carry out God’s will in their lives.”
    Belgian bishops create prayer liturgy for same-sex couples | America Magazine

    It may not seem like much but at least may be a start in the right direction.
     
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    Going from G-d loves someone to them not being a sinner is a non sequitur.
     
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    Fictional stories that modern believers use to reinforce their bigotry, and show they have no spiritual depth or understanding.
     
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    Yours maybe, but Jehovah made it clear he seems them as an abomination.
     
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    What are the unholy books of atheism?
     
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    No one chose to be a sinner, but allegedly were just born that way as well.
     
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    There are none.
     
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    Sodoma and Gomora was about rape, not homosexuals
     
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    The whole Bible is not from God. Some people who wrote parts of the Bible were wrong about God.

    How to know what is from God in the Bible? That is simple. God is love and just. What is against love and justice is not from God.
     
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    Don't think it has anything to do with not being a sinner sense we are all considered sinners, is one greater than another, are sexual sins greater than stealing, murder etc,?
     
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    So is most of the Bible not from your god then? If that's the case why hold on to it? Why not do what the Muslims did and acknowledge the corruption of it and make something else?
    And how do you support your claims? How do you know what's what? After all, the flood can be just or evil depending on perspective.
     
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    1. We know that God is all good and all loving. In fact, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). And yet, in the Old Testament, we find various scenes in which God’s people are called to “destroy” other nations

    2. Troublesome passages remind us why it is so important to understand how to interpret Scripture “in accordance with the Spirit who inspired it” (see Catechism of the Catholic Church 111-114). Based on this text alone, without proper context, it’s easy to see why someone might think that God commands evil. If we are to understand what is happening here, then we need to keep in mind the following criteria for biblical interpretation:

      - Pay attention to the “content and unity of the whole of Scripture” (CCC 112). In other words, the rest of Scripture should help to make sense of this passage. So we can turn to similar passages of the Bible to help shed light on this question

      - Read the Bible in light of the “living Tradition” of the Church (CCC 113). We have to take into account what God has revealed to us not only in the written words of Scripture, but also in Sacred Tradition. The Church’s teaching on the command, “Thou shalt not kill, is that no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being” (CCC 2258).

      - We need to remember that there is a “coherence of truths of the faith” (CCC 113). This means that our faith is not self-contradicting. We cannot say it was morally acceptable for the Israelites to kill innocent people then, but that it is no longer acceptable in our day.

      So if God is good, and it’s never morally acceptable to intentionally destroy an innocent person, how are we to understand this? Consider what St. Augustine said about difficult passages of Scripture:

      “… if in the Scriptures I meet anything which seems contrary to truth, I shall not hesitate to conclude either that the text is faulty, or that the translator has not expressed the meaning of the passage, or that I myself do not understand” (St. Augustine, Ep. 82, i. et crebrius alibi).

      We know it’s never morally acceptable to intentionally kill innocent persons. We also know that God is all good. So what was God asking Israel to do in this passage? Was he calling them to act in an evil way by killing innocent persons? Two other stories in Scripture should help to answer this question.

    3. Abraham, God, and Sodom (Genesis 18-19)

      In this story, Abraham is like a defense attorney pleading for clemency on behalf of Sodom (a city with some serious problems)

      Abraham asks God,Will you really sweep away the righteous with the wicked? … Far be it from you to do such a thing, to kill the righteous with the wicked … Should not the judge of all the world do what is just?” (Genesis 18:23-25)

      Abraham affirms that God is just, and it’s unjust to kill righteous persons. So Abraham asks God if he would spare Sodom if there were fifty, forty, thirty, or ten righteous people in Sodom. In each instance God says that he “will spare the whole place for their sake.” From this we learn that God is indeed just, and he will not kill the innocent.

      As the Catechism says, “God is infinitely good and all his works are good” (CCC 385). “God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil” (CCC 311).

      The interesting thing is that God does end up destroying Sodom in Genesis 19. Does that mean there wasn’t a single righteous person among them? Were there no innocent children? Or is there something more to this scene? Let’s look at our next story and see how it can help explain what might be happening.

      The Battle of Jericho (Joshua 6)

      Jericho was a city within the Promised Land spoken of in Deuteronomy 7; part of a nation that was to be “utterly destroyed.” In the book of Joshua we see Israel besiege and attack Jericho “putting to the sword all living creatures in the city: men and women, young and old, as well as oxen, sheep and donkeys” (Joshua 6:21).

      What is happening here? A literalistic interpretation of this passage brings us back to where we started: It would seem God was commanding the death of the innocent, including the young. But is this the only possible way to interpret this text? When we read Scripture, it’s important to distinguish between a literal and a literalistic interpretation of a text. The literalist interprets every word of Scripture as literal, historical truth; and does not distinguish among the various types of writing found in Scripture—including poetry and metaphor.

      A literal understanding of Scripture recognizes that “truth is differently presented and expressed in the various types of historical writing” (CCC 110). Is the author of Joshua really intending to say that every single living creature in Jericho was utterly destroyed, including innocent children? The problem with this view is that the story itself has an exception to Jericho’s utter destruction. Rahab and her family are spared (see Joshua 6:25).

      Is it possible that in these examples the sense of utter destruction was not meant to be understood literally, but was used as an expression?
      Could this refer to a great—but not total—devastation? We use similar expressions frequently. For example, if I described a comedy I really enjoyed and said “I was dying of laughter,” you wouldn’t begin thinking that I was literally dying. You know that’s just an expression for how funny something was. So too, the idea that “every living creature” in Jericho was killed is quite possibly just an expression.

      What’s Deuteronomy Calling Israel to Do?

      We know from Abraham’s conversation with God that God does not punish the innocent. So it’s not likely Deuteronomy intended to say that God was commanding the death of everyone. In fact, Deuteronomy goes on to say, “You shall not make marriages with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons” (Deuteronomy 7:3). Why would Deuteronomy need to forbid intermarriage with these nations if they were to be utterly destroyed? There would be no one left to marry among them. It’s more likely that the phrase “utterly destroy” was used as an expression.

      Perhaps it was intended to describe a complete victory for Israel; a victory that meant separating themselves from anything that might get in the way of their relationship with God. Actually, that’s the reason Deuteronomy gives for this command,
      “For [the nations] would turn your sons from following me to serving other gods, and then the anger of the LORD would flare up against you and he would quickly destroy you” (Deuteronomy 7:4).
      This interpretation would mean that God did not command evil. Rather he commanded Israel to avoid evil by removing those temptations that might lead them astray.

      Christ uses a similar expression in the New Testament to describe avoiding sin:


      “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away … And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna” (Matthew 5:29-30).

      Christ is not speaking literally. He’s using an expression to illustrate the severity of what he is saying. So the lesson here is, don’t literally cut off your hand, pluck out your eye, or lay waste to a nation. Instead, remove those things in your life that draw you away from the Lord. It’s better to separate yourself from those things than to find yourself separated from God.
    Does God Command Evil Acts in the Bible? - Ascension Press Media
     
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    My scriptures say that God loves us all and that He can set the standards of behavior for what is or is not a sin.
     
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    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    They don't exist. Atheism has no rules, no commandments, no ritual, ceremony, rite.
     
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    So, nothing then. But we have one book: Holy Bible. Check mate!
     
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    Then obviously someone lied and either the OT or NT is not trustworthy.
    That's very problematic when dealing with apostates like me because we still know those interpretations. It's a very weak attempt to deflect criticism without actually considering it.
    As it turns out, we just took our blinders off and aren't making excuses or apologizing for the Bible anymore.
    That god wants a lot of people killed? The Bible is very consistent on this.
    As if.:rolleyes:
    The Church itself has been one of the worst. It's killed the witches, the heretics, pagans, Jews, Muslims, thou shalt not kill is so situational that it hasn't stopped the Church from killing other Christians. They've even done it in order to kill the people they were after. This is where "kill them all and let god sort them out" comes from, a Papal Edict that was a writ of mass summary execution.
    And yet the Bible massively contradicts itself. Like Jesus saying he is specifically Lord of the Living and most certainly not the dead, compared to Paul who said Jesus is lord of both the living and dead.
    So, in other words, cherry pick the hell out of it to uphold what you like and ignore what you don't. Take the Bible very seriously, except we find another asterisk here, like we do after thou shalt not kill, explaining, with no real objective measurements or standards, you can ignore what you don't like.
    Except for witches, bisexuals and homosexuals, apostates, rebellious kids, women who are believed to not be a virgin (in accordance with absurd and ridiculous standards that don't even work) in her wedding night, spilling seed, calling a prophet baldy, even threatening violence to innocent people over a deliberate lie told by one of his prophets.
    He had the first born of Egypt butchered, and he drowned a bunch of innocent kids when he flooded the Earth.
    Amd Abraham harping about the goodness if his own god, don't you think that's to be expected and not at all unusual? Hardly evidence of goodness when one of the most dedicated followers is promoting it.
    And the Bible says all things come from Jehovah.
    So, is the Bible or a catechism correct?
    They didn't know of Derrida or post-Modernism back then. They killed them.
     
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    You need a book to tell you what to do?
     
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