For your religious anon, I’d like to recommend checking out the quaker church. They’ve been performing same sex marriages for over twenty years and have groups dedicated to LGBTQAI+ causes, so the anon may find a religious basis to feel ok with themselves. :)
for the anon that feels guilty about their sexuality: i know how you feel. although i was not raised in a christian or anti-lgbt home, i still feel guilty for “rocking the boat.” the unitarian church is accepting of absolutely everybody, and offers a more spiritual connection. try looking at it!! and give yourself time. i know it’s hard, and you just want to get over it, but to some being lgbt/coming out is incredibly difficult and fragile. just like angela said: be gentle to yourself. <3
This is from a Facebook post - for your anon I’m very disturbed by many of the “Christian” comments regarding marriage equality and today’s news. I’m not a theologian or scholar, but I do know that there are upwards of 10 translations of the Bible, both from Greek and Hebrew, all instigated by mankind and not sent down in entirety with annotations from God. If you search the many versions out there, there are approximately 5 times when homosexual practices are mentioned, often in context with other egregious sins such as lying, whore mongering and murder. So I can see where the point of view may have a foothold. However, the descriptions in context are more akin to pederasty that abounded in the Greek and Roman societies, which was NOT CONSENSUAL and NOT EMOTIONAL. It was used as a way to express lust for only the sake of lust without relationship and in Romans 1 26-27, this lust for the sake of lust is compared to having no relationship to God. On the other hand, the commandment from Christ to love one another is repeated 19 + times. If you are going to use a bible based argument on marriage equality, please consider this: Christ loved Mary Magdalen the prostitute. Christ commanded we love each other. The interpretation of the bible and the beliefs you have were TAUGHT to you by human beings. Human beings are fallible, as only God is perfect. The Bible has been rewritten, reinterpreted and revised. Please, look into the heart of Christ’s message and find your OWN truth. Two people, regardless of gender in a long term, committed relationship can not be seen as equivalent to killing your parents (1 Timothy 1:9-11). Allow God to be the judge of a life, as being the judge on someone’s behavior is also a sin. He will determine the right and wrong we do. If mankind is to err, isn’t it best to err on the side for love rather than hate?