ApacheAngel

Ramblings from Georgia

Does God Love Gays?

Posted by apacheangel on October 19, 2008

I was recently accused by a member of my college’s homosexuals’ club and a member of the social workers club of saying “God hates gays.” While I didn’t actually say this, and in actuality what I said was twisted by these groups to make me look bad, as I relayed the story to my peers there was an opinion by some of them that God actually does hate gays. I found this interesting and I would like to examine this claim.

There should be no doubt in the minds of Christians that homosexuality is a sin.

1 Cor 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (KJV).

“effeminate,” “abusers of themselves with mankind,” these are 17th century terms for homosexuality.

Lev 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” KJV

This verse is pretty clear on the subject, “Don’t do it. It’s bad.” Is essentially what the verse says.

I do not want to go into too much discussion over the sin of homosexuality because The Bible is replete with verses condemning the practice, and that is not the topic I am discussing today.

So, since homosexuals are sinning, does that mean that God hates them? As with anything, let us see what The Bible has to say.

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish , but that all should come to repentance.” KJV

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” KJV

John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” KJV

John 14:15 “If ye love me , keep my commandments.” KJV

There are more passages, but this is enough for our discussion.

The first passage from 2 Peter is discussing the coming of The Lord, and his audience had been hearing, apparently, people were mocking the coming of The Lord saying ‘why hasn’t he come yet?’ Peter was explaining to his audience why The Lord had not come yet, but look at what he says. “The Lord…is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” God has not destroyed the world yet because He wants sinners to repent. He wants ALL sinners to repent, that’s what the verse says. It doesn’t say He is going to wait until everyone repents, it just says that that is what He wants. If God did hate gays, why not go ahead and destroy the world and be done with it?

The second verse, taken from John, and probably the most well-known Bible verse, Did God send Jesus for the righteous? Of course not; Jesus denied this himself:
Matt 9:13 “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” KJV
So, if Jesus died for sinners, that means that he died for homosexuals. Going to out third passage then, that means that Jesus loves homosexuals.

I think it is important, however, to examine what love is, what it means for those who receive it, and what is required of them. Many in the world today, both Christians and secularists claim that they are forgiven of their sins because God loves them. They say that when they sin they are automatically forgiven because God loves everyone. While I would agree with the statement that “God loves everyone,” I think it is necessary to see what God’s universal love means. It is found in The Bible, of course.
1 John 4:9 “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” KJV
God shows his love toward us by sending His Son, so that we might be saved. This is found again in Romans.
Rom 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners , Christ died for us.” KJV
This is how God loves us all; he gave us the means by which to receive salvation.

More sobering, I think, is the flip-side of the coin, as we look at the last verse which is from John. Our love to God is showed in one way: by keeping His commandments. When we sin, we do not show Love to God. I think a more important question to ask, when someone brings up “Does God love gays?” would be “Do gays love God?” So many claim they do, but do they show it?

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