Posted by Gary on July 6, 2015
Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply…”
In the debate over homosexual marriage we hear again and again that sexuality is a personal matter. According to LGBT advocates, it is hateful, bigoted and homophobic to insist that there is one truth and standard for human relationships and sexuality. “What business is it of yours who I love and have sex with?” Is a common refrain. “We love each other and you have no right to tell me who I can love or not love” is another.
It appears that the reason that the United States and mankind is to embrace homosexuality is found in the individual and there is no universal truth that governs all human relationships and sexuality. For thousands of years civilizations have understood and declared that it is the male/female relationship that mankind is built upon and needs to continue but somehow now, we have seen the light. I am sure that many may point out that homosexuality has been in the world for a very long time which cannot be denied. What can also not be denied is the truth that the fall perverted and distorted all that is good and beautiful from God our Creator. The fact that homosexuality has existed from the early days does not make it right. Lying, murder, rape, drunkenness and violence have been around a long time too, it proves nothing except that the fall happened. If you are offended to see homosexuality listed alongside other behaviors that at least most people admit are evil, your quarrel is not with me but with Scripture:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
So, who wins the debate over human sexuality? What settles the matter? If you insist the Supreme Court has settled the matter, let me remind you that the Supreme Court at one time seemed to settle the matter of human value in the Dred Scott decision. Was the court right? Is it infallible?
As you decide where truth lies in this debate I would encourage you to consider the Word of God and what it says to us about human relationships and sexuality. I have posted verses from the book of Genesis above for you to read and consider. What these verses (and many others in Scripture) reveal is that humans did not create themselves but have been created by God. This deserves contemplation. If we did not make ourselves, how can we insist that we get to determine what human existence and purpose is? If there is a Creator, did He create with no specific purpose? Did He intend nothing? Did He intend everything? Anything?
If God is the advocate of sexual preference and choice as so many blasphemously insist that He is, why did He leave no such option in creation? Why did He make only one man and one woman and declare the woman the man’s helpmate and bring her to him? Why did He not for example make three men and three women and tell them to pair off however they prefer in accord with their orientation and preference?
The response to these questions for many is that I am speaking of the Old Testament ogre of a God who was harsh, angry and judgmental who one day took a long hard look at Himself in the mirror and turned over a new leaf and became the God of love found in Jesus Christ. Let’s talk Jesus for a bit shall we? Scripture records a conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees on the topic of marriage:
Matthew 19:3-6 “Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH ‘? “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
Remember now, this is Jesus, God with His act together having turned over a new loving leaf speaking about marriage and what do we hear from Jesus? We hear the Genesis account of creation by the God of the Old Testament who “from the beginning” made them “male and female”. Jesus then says, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.” See, there is a reason, there is a purpose in God’s creation. It is not willy-nilly. It is not left unsettled or open to question, it does not depend on what I think or what you think. Male and female is the stated purpose of God the Creator, it is this union that He has blessed, it is this union that He calls marriage.
Would this not have been the opportune time for Jesus to have straightened things out if the view that marriage is only a man and woman was wrong? Could He not have cleared His throat and said something like:
Hmmm, Hmmm. By the way, while we are talking about marriage let me clarify a few things. I know the Scriptures say that in creation My Father made just a man and a woman and united them in marriage but don’t misinterpret this. In no way should you understand Scripture to mean that this is My Father’s universal design binding upon all people. My Father merely knew that you couldn’t have more people without the male/female relationship (author of this post clears his throat emphatically) but He intended that after a good pool of people came into existence they could then pair off however they wanted to in accordance with their preference and orientation.
He might have said further:
You may now disregard all those statements forbidding sodomy in the Old Testament because these were all authored by My Father as He used to be: harsh, angry and judgmental. But He has turned over a new leaf and has sent Me to set things right and He really hopes that because of me you will like Him again. Also, about thirty years from now when My Apostles write things that condemn homosexuality and insist that the kingdom of heaven will be closed to all unrepentant homosexuals, fornicators and adulterers, don’t pay any attention. You must understand that sometimes when the Apostles will write they will be truly filled with My Spirit and write infallibly under His inspiration but will on other occasions reject My Spirit and write from their own thoughts. My Apostles mean well but they were raised in a patriarchal society and have a male headship fascination. They are traditionalists who actually think I would expect two unhappy people to keep their wedding vows. Most of all, they are homophobic and so when you read anything from them on these topics just know that they are not under inspiration but are speaking their own limited, unprogressive, Neanderthal like minds. Nevermind what this infers as to my Godhood, foreknowledge and sovereign power. I know it would seem that if I were God I would know what My Apostles would write in the future and if I didn’t want certain men saying certain things I wouldn’t chose them. I know you would think that if I am the Supreme Being I could author My Word infallibly but I must admit that what you will end up with in the Bible is a book of some of My thoughts and a lot of the thoughts of narrow-minded men. I am sorry, this is the best I can do.
If you know the God of truth and fear Him, everything I just wrote sounds blasphemous and it is. But blasphemy is the road you must be willing to walk down if you are going to insist that homosexuality is blessed by God. This is what America has done. More tragically, this is what the Church in America is doing increasingly. We are to believe now in a Creator who created with no specific intention but has left all these matters to the creature. We are to believe that everything that the Bible says about homosexuality is for the past, uttered by an angry, unloving God who could seem to think of nothing but holiness, righteousness and judgment. We are to believe that this God has nullified everything He ever intended and said about sexuality because you or I feel something inside ourselves that we could never imagine that we should say “no” to though the Word of God and the consequences in our own bodies shout, “sinful”!
To think that God had no intention for human relationships and sexuality is ludicrous, dishonest and eternally dangerous. If this is the case, why does Scripture speak only with blessing upon men and women, husbands and wives and the families born of them and never one commendation but only condemnation upon homosexuality? Why is monogamous, heterosexual union naturally healthy and why does it lead to the furtherance of the human race? In contrast, why must homosexuality be practiced “safely”? Why is it not naturally safe? Why does it lead to disease? Why does homosexuality condemn itself? Because, God the Creator made them male and female. This is His intention for all His creatures, it is only this union that brings Him honor. It is only this union that can bring us His blessing and continue the human race.
He who has an ear, let him hear.
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