Redeeming Scripture.

Posted: September 3, 2018 in Opinion

 

 

I’ve not written for ages. I know. But this was very moving.

Last night at the LGBTI group I’m part of we were studying scripture. We read one verse, it wasn’t even one of the 5 verses used normally to condemn us. There was a silence, you could cut it with a knife. “This verse was used to condemn me”, said one of the group members, I felt the same. We looked though again at the verse and found out that actually, in reality it was not a verse made to condemn but to encourage.

It’s not only LGBTI people who feel condemned sometimes by people misusing scripture. My rule of thumb is this, the two most important commandments, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself. If there is any teaching that goes against those things – then it’s not right. So people misusing scripture to condemn others just destroys faith and pushes people away from God.

Jesus complained at the Pharisees and called them whitewashed tombs, shutting the doors of the Kingdom of Heaven in their faces. Many Christians are still doing this. So let’s open some doors and welcome people in and point them to Jesus.

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I’ve often heard people say “it wasn’t Adam and Steve it was Adam and Eve”.

My reply… I continue their sentence, “yes, the heterosexual couple that condemned the human race”.

A lot of anti-gay teaching is based on using scripture to show “what those bad gay people do”. For example, Sodom and Gomorrah, often quoted as the main anti-gay text of the Bible. BUT apart from all the other texts in the Bible that say that God’s judgement on the place was because of lack of welcoming immigrants and hospitality, it doesn’t apply to me. To my life. I, for example, live alone with my cat. I doubt God would judge me for the “Sin of Sodom”.

Because a. I don’t live there, and b. It was thousands of years ago.

The same applies for Romans 1, where Paul describes terrible people who “exchange the unnatural for the natural”, these people are involved in idol worship, also, Paul uses the same words to describe men who have long air and women who have short hair in 1 Corinthians. Which can show that he is, in fact, speaking about a specific group of people?

But what about Leviticus? A man shall not lie with a man, it is an abomination to God. Well, look at the context of the passage, it’s about the Worship of Molech, sacrificing Children, you know just what us gays get up to. Although I’m sure you’ll find that as gay people can’t directly reproduce, it’s the straight people that are having children and doing the sacrifice. Terrible heterosexuals. But we don’t condemn heterosexual people for what other heterosexual people do. Even those in the Bible.

Other passages talking about people who would not enter the Kingdom of God, well they didn’t include homosexuality until about 60 years ago. The word used (Arsekanoitis) is so rarely used no one REALLY knows what it means. But as culture dictates translation sometimes that means if you’ve got something that you don’t know, just translate it how you want it.

Sexuality is not about what you do, it’s about who you are. It’s how you use that which matters.

 

The Line of Acceptance.

Posted: November 8, 2017 in Christian Ethics

Did you know, there are 25 or so passages in the Bible that condemn people for being left-handed.

It wasn’t so long ago that many things were “forbidden”, or frowned upon by society, often using verses from the Bible.

  • Having children out of “wedlock”
  • Living together before being married
  • Being Left Handed
  • One culture marrying into another culture
  • Women talking in church
  • Women priests
  • Child abuse was kind of normal. “Spare the Rod, spoil the child”.
  • Gay people were put in prison and tortured with drugs to “make them straight”, which never worked.
  • Men having long hair (yup in the Bible) and women having short hair.

But over time things changed, the “acceptable” line moved. But why? Surely if the Bible is the 100% defacto word of God then we should still be condemning Left handed people. What changed is that we chose to re-interpret the Bible to fit in with our culture.

Here’s the shock.

Culture drives our understanding of Scripture.

You can take pretty much any bit of the Bible you like and make a doctrine out of it. For instance, in Genesis where it says that a man shall leave his parents and go and live with her parents. No one ever enforces that. I’ve also not heard one sermon, EVER on Gluttony. Why? Because all religion, like it or not, is based on a cultural understanding of the Bible.

Thank goodness for the “Golden commands” of Christ.

Love God as number one.
Love your Neighbour as yourself. (As we regularly let ourselves off when we do things wrong, we should do the same for others!).

So anything that doesn’t come under those two commands, is probably, not actually correct.

You see, Jesus accepts anyone who comes to him. It’s his job, if he wishes, to elicit change in the person. Not ours. Children who were left-handed used to be forced to be right-handed. It made things very difficult and some children couldn’t do it and in fact just went back to writing with their left hand.

  • Some people are black, some are white, and some are all colours in between.
  • Some people are left-handed, some are right-handed and some are ambidextrous.
  • Some people are tall, some are short, some are fat, some are thin.
  • Some people are male, some are female, some are somewhere in between, and some are born both.
  • Some people are attracted to the opposite sex, some to the same sex, and some, are somewhere in between.
  • Some people are fully abled, others are not quite so abled.
  • Some people are autistic, have Aspergers, have ADHD, some don’t and some people are somewhere along a whole spectrum.
  • Some people are depressed, some are happy, some are somewhere in the middle.

When Jesus died on the cross, the Temple curtain was torn in two. This huge ceiling to floor blackout curtain was torn away, Paul says we are all equal, slave or free, because of the torn temple curtain.

Anyone who denies Christ to someone because of their sexuality, gender, race, religion or anything else, simply denies their own place in his Kingdom. You see by shutting others out because we judge that they are the wrong side of our “acceptable” line, we simply put ourselves on the wrong side of His.

You see, Jesus died unconditionally. So putting conditions on His Kingdom is simply putting conditions on His sacrifice.

 

Love

Paul.
PS https://www.reddit.com/r/AskAGay/ – if you have any questions.

The LGBT+ Media.

Posted: October 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

There will now follow, a short gay hissy fit.

Right.

I’ve had it with the LGBQ+ media. You are supposed to be ON OUR FLIPPING SIDE.

All I see you producing is:

1 Stories about people who are obviously beyond stupid and make statements like “gay people make it rain”.
2 Stories about people who have committed crimes that are gay/LGBT+
3 Stories about people doing Chemsex. To be honest until you started going on about it the only thing I knew about Chemsex was that people took viagra.
4 News about people we’ve never heard of saying they might sleep with a guy if they feel like it
 
You NEVER tell us:
1 LGBT+ people doing anything good for anyone
2 People who were anti changing their attitude
3 Coming out stories
 
Stop painting a terrible picture of us that FRANKLY ISN’T TRUE. Most LGBT+ people just live normal lives and do normal stuff. There are, as in most groups of people some bad eggs, there are also some AWESOME people who have done amazing things not just for the LGBT+ group but for the whole of society.
So if you have a great story in the last category please get in touch and I’ll post it here on the blog.
Gay hissy fit complete.
Thanks for listening.
I guess it’s just easier to get bad news.
#pinknews #gaystarnews #youknowwhoyouare

The art of shame.

Posted: September 10, 2017 in LGBT Issues

I listened to a great podcast, it’s called Homo Sapiens. It’s really worth listening to although it’s aimed at the LGBTI community if your a straight ally it will help you understand some things that we feel and experience.

They recently did a section on Shame and I really echoed it.

At church I was taught the shame of being gay. That I was a shameful person. That what I thought about was Shame. Of course luckily in church, you can shame yourself and then be unashamed by confession and “forgiveness”. But being gay and Christian does not have to mean being constantly dogged by shame, it’s about realising that God rejoices over you with singing.

Of course church teaches us that we are all sinners, but some sins church encourages you to really worry about. This leads to shame. Shame that doesn’t come from the love of Christ or forgiveness but from other peoples need to virtue position. The amount of Christians that just love to feel better by making others feel bad.

I can’t say I’m over the shame. I can’t say that years and years of hating myself is sorted. People think that by changing laws and becoming more accepting it magically heals the shame of the past. But it doesn’t. Sometimes it leaves people like me who became experts at hating themselves wondering in a place of bewilderment, you see shame had become a safe place, hatred of myself had become a safe place.

So the journey from the safe place of shame and religion to true freedom is quite a strange and painful one, that I’m not fully through yet.

I hope that young LGBTI people who don’t struggle with these issues remember us in their prayers. We have a way to go.

 

 

Yes folks, we’ve been at it again. Yet again Christian idiots are blaming the gay’s for the hurricane.

It’s funny though how God seemed to completely ignore the pedophile priests. Just not interested. Apparently God got really upset when Texas (silly Texas) didn’t pass an anti-LGBT law. God seems completely fixated on us. It’s like nothing else matters according to these people.

If two guys kiss (and not in a Belgian “hello”) way, apparently God is going to go into melt-down and send terrible storms on the earth to punish them.

Look Christian’s Jesus warned about all this stuff in Matthew 24.

4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.

So wait, it’s Birth pains, not the gays after all! 🙂

(Perhaps someone needs to go read their Bible!)

 

da71e9dd7c1b9138c9a4631e8924344d.pngThe Christian church has always been filled with differences of opinion on some amazing topics.

The truth of the matter is we have faith in God, we base our faith on a rough understanding of a book written over 2000 years.

So it’s just arrogant to expect to think that you are right about everything and even worse to start judging other Christians on their beliefs in the very same words you believe in a different way.

The truth is that EVERY Christian takes the bits of the Bible they like and majors on them. Christians use those scriptures to hate people like me. They feel better by using virtue positioning. Not realising that doing that disobeys even the most *BASIC* Christian Teaching of Love your Neighbour as yourself.

I reckon the way to treat scripture is like this:-

Love the Lord your God with all your heart soul mind and strength.

Love your neighbour as yourself.

If anything you do or say goes against this, guess what, you’re wrong. I’m not saying you’re wrong, the basic scripture is.

The truth is Christian, you love yourself like this.

  1. You do something wrong
  2. You let yourself off
  3. Go to 1

But with others its….

  1. They do something wrong
  2. You judge them which makes you feel better
  3. Go to 1

Sort it out, have you not read “Love covers over a multitude of Sins?”.

There you go.