As many of you might already know, I’m a Christian. That being said, I’m a Christian who doesn’t put much emphasis on man-made tools for practicing faith. I’ve never placed a huge deal of importance on church, and while the Bible has a lot of good passages, it’s been rewritten and translated so many times it’s impossible to believe the version most Christians follow today is anything close to the original text.
I’m sure most of us in school played the “rumor game.” You know, where one person is given something to say, they whisper it in the person’s ear who’s sitting next to them (but they can only say it once), then that person repeats the same thing all around the classroom until the last person is told. The funny part is seeing just how different the original message is from the last thing the person heard after it had been filtered through twenty or so other people.
And that’s just with a simple sentence over a few minutes. Imagine a massively complex book over a few thousand years. You’re really going to tell me nothing has been distorted over time or through translation? Hell, as Americans we can’t even agree on what our Constitution does or doesn’t protect — why would the Bible (which is much older) be so definitive?
And while there are plenty of passages within the Bible that leave many believers and non-believers alike scratching their heads, I figured I’d take a closer look at the issue of homosexuality and the Bible.
I fully admit there are plenty of passages written within the Bible that say homosexuality is wrong. Now, do I believe God or man wanted those passages to be in the Bible?
I believe man did.
With all the problems human beings face and cause on this planet such as murder, rape, famine, child molestation — why would God honestly care about two men or two women loving each other?
Who honestly cares? Our bodies are all comprised of the same materials. Who cares what part of which appendage goes in what orifice and by what sex? Is this really an end all be all factor in determining what kind of people we are on this planet?
Hell, if you read the Bible, basically all sex outside of basic “baby making” sex is forbidden. Sorry ladies and gentlemen, no more foreplay! Missionary only, no contraceptives — hope you don’t get knocked up!
Oh, so you want to masturbate? You sick son of a ….
You know what anti-homosexual passages in the Bible remind me of? A group of backwoods, ignorant males talking about gay sex. It’s “icky” and “gross.” You’ll hear things like, “Two men loving each other ain’t right. It’s downright disgusting.”
Yet many of these same people have no problems seeing two women kiss. Hell, I’ve met people who are extremely anti-LGBT rights who’ve participated in threesomes. That’s not only participating in gay sex (in some way someone in that threesome did some kind of homosexual act), it’s a whole host of “no-no’s” found inside of the Bible.
But then again, why would God really care? Don’t tell me it’s “about procreation” because there are millions of people who are heterosexual and simply unable to have children naturally. If God views sex and relationships as just about procreation, why would God then create millions of people who are unable to do just that?
What about couples who simply choose not to have children? Does God punish them for not following “the natural order” of things?
When I read the parts of the Bible about homosexuality, I don’t see divine writing. I see homophobes from centuries ago interjecting their own personal views into Biblical text as it was translated many times over human history. I see the same natural ignorance about homosexuality that I see in my everyday life from people who aren’t in any way religious. I see the typical, “Ew, two men kissing is gross” sophomoric-type childishness that I see in everyday people who probably couldn’t quote you a single passage from the Bible.
I see the same ignorant disdain I witness from many people toward women, other religions, different ethnic groups or pretty much anything different from themselves. It’s the human instinct to be afraid of, or stand opposed to, what it is that they’re not. And once that got mixed up in religion, it took on a life of its own.
Because as a Christian, with all the problems we have in this world, I just can’t see God really caring who we love or what we do in our own bedrooms with another adult.
That just doesn’t make any sense.
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