Archive for September, 2011

1. What does the word Eunuch mean in the Bible.

“The Aramaic word m’haym-ne (plural) is translated as eunuchs here, but the root meanings of this word in this form are: trusted ones, faithful ones and believers. These “trusted ones” were also servants such as chamberlains, eunuchs and officers. In addition, m’haym-ne meant  homosexual males because they were trusted around women that were married or were not of their family. They weren’t a threat in committing adultery with another man’s wife or in having pre marital sex with the women of the nation.   ”
http://www.homosexualeunuchsandthebible.com/

This is also confirmed by Roman Law of the time, if a woman purchased a Eunuch with gentialia she would  have to pay a dowry. There’s a lot more in Roman Law about this as well, natural Eunuchs could marry and adopt children!. http://www.hiddenmeanings.com/gaysJesus2.htm

I’m not going to repeat this amazing study. But it’s quite clear Eunuch can mean homosexual.

2. What did Jesus say about us?

For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” Matthew 19:12

3. Did any eunuchs ever become Christians?

Acts 8:26-40

New International Version (NIV)

Philip and the Ethiopian

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet.29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea. (NIV)

Need I say more?

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So 550 “people of faith” turned up to a meeting to work out how to oppose gay marriage.

Did Jesus support such activism? Or in fact encourage it.

No.

In fact his activism was founded on love and serving others. Caring for the poor and needy, healing the sick. A mother Theresa kind of sacrifice. A passion for those who cannot help themselves.

I am frankly, very very tired, for pharisaical religion that creates a whole load of rules for LGBT people to live by, and yet is not prepared to live by them itself. That says they love the bible and yet mistranslates it to condemn people they have probably never even met.

True religion is running a homeless shelter, feed the sick and hungry, visit prisoners in prison and let us live our lives as best we can.

One of my friends is being accused by people like this of things he has not done. Don’t they realise that gossip is a sin along with idolatry?

Jesus spent some of his time telling the religious leaders of his day where they were going wrong. They were whitewashed graves, shutting the gates of the kingdom of heaven in peoples faces. That is sadly what todays pharisees do.

The pastor of a right wing church that was talking to me stopped talking to me when I told him I could not live with his theology. It was fine for him but for me it made it impossible to live. He found out quickly he could not fix me with Evangelical magic. It doesn’t work. The only people that can survive in the Evangelical environment are straight people.

Do you know what the God of some Evangelical Christian churches is? Straight Marriage. It’s more important than feeding the hungry, visiting prisoners in prison helping those that cannot help themselves. Come back to Jesus, please, before it’s too late. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is good news and it doesn’t include anything about marriage, it is about his broken body bringing us back to a relationship with him. That’s it, his work is to believe in the one he has sent. Whoever you are. To love everyone as you love yourself. No more. You are under grace but you want to live under law. The law condemns us but his grace sets us free because the law is fulfilled, have you forgotten that?

Placarding LGBT people and war heroes with messages of hate is nothing to do with the Jesus of the Bible, it’s not his message and never will be.

(I’ve left the links in to the verses at Bible CC just incase someone wants a look)

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (NIV)

I often hear verse 26 quoted at me as to why being gay is “wrong”.

Here’s how I look at this verse.

1. The people involved were straight, they were not eunuchs as described by Jesus in Matthew
2. They were inflamed with LUST, which is sinful. They were given over because they had rejected God.
3. To a gay person, straight sex not only feels wrong, it is wrong, it is unnatural
4. and this is the cookie.

If it is sinful to do things that are unnatural, then here is a list of things of the sorts of things one should not do:-

a. Take someone to hospital (i.e. interfering with the natural progression of an illness)
b. Give Blood
c. Shaving
d. Having a hair cut
e. Washing! (really you need to wash, for everyone’s sake)
f. Trimming your finger nails

We have been given dominion over the natural order in Genesis.

These verses are about people who reject God, simple, about how, in rejecting God they took on all manner of practices including worshipping things made by men, part of that worship included lustful sex, anything done as worship of something or someone that is not God is wrong.

Notice how quickly the same people that drag this verse out ignore the further verses about malice and gossip which in God’s eyes are just as terrible.

So actually the message here is that we need to find Jesus, worship him in spirit and in truth and turn to Him.

… and just to put the “natural/unnatural” thing to bed, as there are over 1500 species of animals where homosexual behaviour is observed it seems the argument is completely and fatally flawed.

… remember when Slavary was justified from the Bible?

Summary

If it’s not natural, that’s irrelevant because we do a whole host of things that are not natural.
If it is natural as seems to be proven by science and nature for some people to be LGBT, and as Jesus said, some are born like it, some made like it by men and some choose to be celibate for the kingdom of God then we must look at the context of the verses and not take out individual bits to justify a cause that simply is not there.

LGBT in Middlesex?

Posted: September 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

Join the new Facebook Page

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Middlesex-LGBT-Community-uk/218994404824308?sk=wall

 

Gay marriage. No thanks.

Posted: September 12, 2011 in LGBT Issues

WARNING: The following blog post contains a rant.

Well that probably shocked you and you’re probably finding that someone like me,  a gay person, should not be opposed to having a life partner in a marriage kind of structure.

The church of scotland, bless them, are against Gay Marriage. .

“A government which favours and allows for same sex ‘marriage’ does wrong. It fails in its duty to society. It undermines the common good. It commits an act of cultural vandalism. Such a government does not deserve the trust which the nation, and including many in the Catholic community, has shown in it.” (I don’t think the Catholic church often deserves the trust a lot of gay people put in it and sometimes it has committed cultural vandalism but has conveniently forgotten that)

He added that governments “do not have the authority to say what marriage is or to change its nature or to decree that people of the same sex can marry”. (actually, legally they do, in fact it wasn’t till the 4th century AD that a GOVERNMENT banned same sex marriage

Cardinal Keith O’Brien wrote in the Scottish Mail on Sunday that gay parenting “means that our society deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father”. (What about single parents?, or where a parent dies? Hmm?)

He added: “All children deserve to begin life with a mother and father, the evidence in favour of the stability and well being which this provides is overwhelming and unequivocal. It cannot be provided by a same sex couple however well intentioned they may be.” (Do you actually know any same sex families?, come on, how can an institution that supported pedophiles have anything to say on this subject and be credible?)

Last week, Mario Conti, the Archbishop of Glasgow, said that allowing gay marriage would be “foolish” and render marriage “meaningless”. (Surely people getting married and divorced over and over renders it meaningless but you have nothing to say about that, marriages that are for some other purpose like to please someone else are meaningless).

Well frankly, If you’re that worried about us being together for life in a stable relationship. You can take marriage and keep it to yourselves. I don’t want it, I would rather show that I’m mature enough now to choose a life partner, write a legal agreement and have a party. I don’t need the church to wave their blessing over it. If God blesses us that’s enough. I know of at least 5 clergy who would perform a ceremony anyway. If I don’t call it marriage that’s cool.

For me ofcourse it’s hypothetical, but I wonder how many children who have no parents would be grateful even if the parents were both of the same sex, in fact the same sex families that I know like this, seem to be doing just fine!.

To be honest, I know that some Christians (actually most that read this are wonderful, real Christians who show me and those like  me the love and open arms that Jesus did).

So, give me a partner (please God!), a lovely set of supportive family and friends, a summers day, the church God created on the side of a hill with no walls and the best stained glass windows you could ever imagine, let me hear the singing of the birds and perhaps someone to pray over us, then we can go sign some legal, binding agreement, have a great party and live happily ever after.

Keep your marriage thing thanks. I’m going to have a wonderful colourful day. (if I ever find anyone stupid enough to fall madly in love with me, and I with him).

Jesus said “If someone takes your coat, don’t stop him from taking your shirt”. (Luke 6:29). So you can have marriage, confirmation and all the other silly unbiblical ceremonies you have invented to fill the church coffers. I don’t need your tall spires, your stained glass windows, your orders of service. Because my God is bigger. If it makes you happy. Cool. But I live out here in the real world, where there are poor, broken, hurting people. A world where not everyone is 100% straight, gender sure, seeing, hearing or even able as a “normal person”. But everyone is 100% valuable to God and through Christ can receive his love.

I want to experience the living God, hear his voice, see his power. I guess I’ll probably be alone forever, but with him I’m never alone. It just took me time to get there.

The rant is now over, so we can return to normal blogging (sorry)

Jesus…..

Posted: September 10, 2011 in Christian Ethics

1. He never took an offering
2. He never offered something in exchange for money and then pretended you were giving a gift
3. He did not condemn LGBT people
4. He did not say that religious people were right, instead they were told that they were so right they were wrong and the ones that were wrong were right
5. He did not seek the limelight and in fact seemed to want to be alone
6. He did not rely on his own resources but took Gods view on what he could see
7. He did not shut the gates of heaven in people’s faces even if they were the worst of sinners
8. He did not get impressed by big churches, amazing worship or people with great hair dos, instead he was impressed by poor men of faith, simple loaves and fishes, moments of greatness of humility and justice for the poor
9. He was not afraid to cry, or laugh
10. He was not afraid to break mans rules to show Gods love whatever the cost of that was
11. He did not come to start an empty religion but to put us back in contact with the creator even if the cost of doing so cost him his earthly life
12. He taught us not to cling on to anything or anyone except the one who would never let us go

I love him, because in the end he showed his love to all of us whoever and whatever we are

A silly poem (sorry)

Posted: September 9, 2011 in Uncategorized
You kissed a girl and you liked it
you thought that it was weird
Then to your joy you discovered
In so much of a flutter, that girls, they don't have beards

And who heard of a girl called Matthew
Even if he had long flowing hair
Though you might think I'm mad
Or incredibly bad, that's a boy that you're cuddling right there.

As much as you'd like a straight badge
To keep people happy like Ma
You're straight happy natter, don't mean a thing
Your still standing in a gay bar.

Did you know that I saw you on youtube
And twitter and Facebook, the rest
Your gayness leaked out, like an old rotten trout,
The truth is you're wearing a dress.