“Being gay is unnatural” (and so is growing long hair)

Posted: February 18, 2016 in LGBT Issues, Uncategorized

A gem from the Bible for you all “Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.” 1 Cor 11:14 to 16.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_behavior_in_animals  (just to warn you this entry in wikipedia contains a number of images of animals of the same sex being “intimate” with each other).

Using the same principle of Paul here observing the “Natural Order of things”. Now I bet you’ve never heard this passage preached on in your church. Why not? Because they will say “oh it’s cultural”. But by the same token, you have to then brand ALL of Paul’s teachings as cultural. Who decides what is cultural and what isn’t? No one.

The truth is we all take our culture and back up our own cultural norms with scripture, if it doesn’t fit we dump it and say “It’s cultural”. This is a terrible way of using scripture. Because often our cultural norms are wrong (remember slavery?).

The “it’s not natural” argument simply doesn’t stand up. Because if we follow nature, then nature teaches us that homosexuality is in fact part of nature, a big part. Did you know that dolphins often form same sex, life long partnerships?

It is how we live our lives that matter. Not who we are attracted to.

I have, in all my years of Bible study come to the conclusion that we need to Love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbour as ourselves. Anything that tells us to break these commandments, (like marginalising or putting people down) is not from God. Because God is Love.

For my next blog post I might just talk about how Paul condemned gluttony. Oh yes, you’ve not heard that preached about in church either, have you?

Now, where are my clippers?

I’ll just leave this here.

Love

Paul x

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Comments
  1. Just to add. When Paul says that it is better not to marry, it is believed by traditional evangelicals he said this because he expected the end times within a matter of weeks (so it was more important to preach the good news than settle down). So, it appears to be ok to not to accept this particular piece of advice because it was based on a misunderstanding and it is perfectly fine to get married. From my point of view, if it is alright to say that an apostle’s words can be essentially ignored because he was under a misunderstanding, why do we still therefore have to interpret other writers from the Old Testament as if they are beyond reproof? Can they not be equally under a misunderstanding of what is required, especially as they didn’t have the benefit of Jesus and the new covenant of the law written in our hearts. I don’t believe this means we just throw the bible out. Of course not, but I do think we need to grapple more deeply with the bible to empathise with what was intended by the writers, and also in the light of Jesus’ commandment that to love God with all our heart and soul and strength was what mattered, everything else becoming right so long as we do this.

    It’s an age old debate whether to live within the letter of the law (which can never fully cope with every new situation in the world which turns up), or live within the spirit of the law, which allows us to work out what is appropriate behaviour based on the health and wellbeing of the individual and society and (more importantly) a healthy relationship with God.

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