We share the same sentiments. I am also faithful to my religion, to GOD, but sometimes things get complicated. And the homosexuality issue is a very big example.
This is not a hate message, so readers, don’t raise some rage, please. :D
FIRST PART: ON RELIGIOUS CONTEXT
In defense to Christians (i.e. religions who believe in Jesus Christ) and whoever uses the Bible, there is a verse that speaks about homosexuality, and that what makes them think that it is a sin. I am not talking to Leviticus 18:22, because there’s some translation issue there (read link). I’m talking about Romans 1:26-27 (but it’s more interesting to read from Romans 1:18-32, and more of that which I will talk about later). And in Catholic traditions, homosexuality is a contradiction to the natural law. I am not really knowledgeable about this stuff but what am I saying is that the foundation of homosexuality viewed as a sin is based on the Bible.
Homosexuality is just one of the many, many “sins”, and as people, we are vulnerable to sin. Even the Pope and the holiest of saints committed sins. That’s why I really wonder why many people condemn homosexuality that much, but forget about murder, greed, and other sins that deserve more condemnation.
BUT, I must say that the Bible doesn’t teach Christians to condemn homosexuals, or sinners in general. It is to condemn the SIN, not the SINNER.
Let’s read Romans further. Read Romans 2:1-3.
Clearly, it says that IT IS WRONG TO JUDGE OTHERS.
It is GOD who has the right to judge, and not you, me, everybody. And it saddens me that many people forget this. There’s also a lot of verse in the Bible that says that it is wrong to condemn a person. Just the sin, and not the person. And of course, as what Jesus Christ said, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” This is the two greatest commandment, which I want to live with all my heart.
SECOND PART: MY OWN THOUGHTS
As I have said before, even if you’re a homosexual or in what form, I won’t judge you. If you are happy, I am also happy for you.
I am a heterosexual being, but I understand the struggles of LGBT and others. But the good thing is, in the university where I am studying, you’re free to be what you want. Many groups here are raising awareness about gender and sexuality, in order to remove discrimination and to express oneself freely.
The media also raises this awareness. But being in a country where 90% of people is Catholic (or Christians, at least), it’s a struggle for LGBT and others.
And sadly, a lot people here (and everywhere in the world) condemns LGBT. This saddens me very much. I do not condemn these people, because it will be contradictory on what I said earlier, but it saddens me. I hate the actions that they are doing, not the people themselves.
When I was in elementary (I studied in a Catholic school), I learned that God gave us free will. We have the free will to do or to not do what we think is right or wrong. So my thoughts in here is that yes, it is our right to have our personal belief and to proclaim that personal belief. We can always share it to another person, be we have no right to impose to others what we think is right. He/She/They have their own free will, and imposing something on others is a violation of that will. If a person doesn’t want to agree/believe in you, so be it. It’s his/her/their right. BUT, remember that we must respect every belief that we have. We may not agree, but we must respect it.
But of course, in religious context, there’ll be a final judgment by God. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no redemption. There’s always redemption. As long as your conscience is good and pure, God will always forgive you.
And think about this:
A- There’s a gay person who did good things to people. He/She helped people in ways that he/she can. He/she prays to God and respects God. The only “sin” that you pinpoint on him/her is that he’s gay.
B- And then there’s this person who goes to church every Sunday, do sacraments regularly, prays to God, but judges that gay person so much. He/She is hurting that person, condemning that person, badmouthing that person.
A- There’s this atheist who helped people and have compassion and while he/she doesn’t believe in God he/she lives in a manner of what God wants us to do.
B- And there’s another religious person who believes in God but lives in an ungodly lifestyle. He/She has no mercy on people, steals people’s money (looking at you politicians), etc.
You may think that A deserves to be in “heaven” more than B. You may have a point, and in my younger years that would be my answer but through time, I realized that both A and B have a chance to be in “heaven”. Again, we should condemn the sin and not the sinner. And it’s only God who has the right to judge.
PART THREE: CLARIFICATION
First, I just wanted to clarify that it is a conflict to me whether I will think of homosexuality as a sin or not. But honestly, I’m more inclined to thinking of it as part of natural processes of life instead of a sin. Again, I’m confused. It’s a struggle, really. But one thing is for sure. I don’t discriminate.
Second, again, I am not knowledgeable to my religion. I know some stuff but if you want to know more, I am not a very reliable source.
Third, I AM A SINNER. I am not perfect. Hell, I post yaoi and stuff. I ship gay people (but then again, really, is that really wrong?). Some of my thoughts may be wrong, too.
Fourth, please don’t condemn LGBT people. Please don’t condemn all people. Why is it hard to love one another? But then again, if you really don’t wanna do what I said, it’s your right. I’m not imposing you.
IF YOU HAVE REACHED THIS POINT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANKS FOR READING THIS.
PS. Sorry anon for taking this opportunity to post this here.
PSS. To misc-13, just in case you’re interested.