This is a PDF Document. Click on www.deviantart.com/download/15… (DOWNLOAD) to Read it or Download it.
Please also see my deviation on inspiredcreativity.deviantart.… (The Old Testament + Homosexuality).You are free to download it for Personal or School use.
EDIT: All of this time, I had a DRAFT posted by mistake. I just did a major update. If you already Downloaded this, Please Download this Corrected & Updated version.
I have added a HOT-LINKED Table of Contents
and much more Information and References.
This is an in-depth look at how Jesus and the early Christian Church accepted Same-Sex Loving Relationships and Same-Sex Sex within the context of a committed relationship.
I hope that his helps some of you reconcile your Christian Faith with your Homosexuality or Bisexuality. For others it will act as a handy guide to COUNTER Homophobic Christians who use Scriptures as a weapon against us.GAY FRIENDLY CHURCHES NEAR YOUPlease note that you need to check with any specific church you wish to attend, since individual congregations may not be welcoming to you
.Churches that Perform Gay Marriages, Ordain Gay Ministers, and teach that Homosexual Sex, within the confines of a Gay Marriage or Committed and Loving Relationship, IS NOT A SIN
The Metropolitan Community Church [MCC] www.mccchurch.org/ (Gay Church)The following are as above or at least welcoming, but based on a Church-by-Church basis, as set by the Congregation
The Episcopal Church www.ucc.org (The United Church of Christ)
The Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Unitarian Church
The Unitarian Universalists www.uua.org/
Unity School of Christianity
Community of Christ
Evangelical Anglican Church In America
Reconciling Pentecostals International
The National Catholic Church of America
Catholic Apostolic Church in North America
United Catholic Church
Evangelical Catholic Church
Reformed Catholic Church
Christ Catholic Church
Ecumenical Catholic Communion
Liberal Catholic Church
Independent Catholic Christian Church
Independent Greek Orthodox Church of the United States (Greek Orthodox)
United Church of Canada: Affirming Churches Only affirmunited.ause.ca (Not Covenanting Churches)
Quaker (Religious Society of Friends)
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Baptists [Very few Baptists churches are welcoming to Sexual Minorities, but some are. Go here www.awab.org to find welcoming Baptists churches.
United Methodist Church [Some Methodist churches are welcoming to Sexual Minorities. Go here www.rmnetwork.org to find welcoming Methodist churches.
: There are many so called "Gay Friendly" Christian and Catholic Churches around who invite you in, then preach to you that you live in Sin.
In this paper, I often present multiple approaches and argument for passage in question. For example, translators have use the word Homosexual when no such word even existed when the scriptures were written. Translators of many modern printings have inserted words that are designed to inflame hatred.
Despite new correct translations, Bible publishers are under strong economic pressures to turn a profit. If a translation of lets say Leviticus 18:22 were included that did not generally condemn at least male homosexual behavior, their sales would drop precipitously. They are unlikely to deviate from traditional interpretations, unless they were preparing a translation specifically for Christian and Jewish liberals.WORDS CAN KILL GBLT KIDS.
There are Christians whose words drive GBLT CHILDREN TO THEIR DEATHS IN VERY LARGE NUMBERS. It may seem that the Christian Fundamentalists are harmless, but the poison and lies they spread do great, great harm. Since many of these Fundamentalist Christians believe that their Bigotry and Discrimination is Justified by the Bible, they could care less if they drive children to suicide. After all they are doing "God's Work."
PLEASE NOTE: I wrote this paper to help people, not to generate religious arguments, debate or hate attacks. This is not the proper Forum for that. If you do not agree with this paper that is your right, as it is your right to state that. However, I will not engage in counter arguments because the only thing homosexuals ever hear are the constant litany of lies of conservative fundamentalist Christians. No more such is needed here. Any attacking or Hate-based comments will be HIDDEN.Please note that I am not a Christian, nor of any other religious faith. I do not believe in a God you would recognize, nor in a Heaven or Hell, but I am a Spiritual man in my own way. I choose to be a good person without the threat of a hell nor the reward of a heaven. I do so because it is the right thing to do. I have studied Christian Theology over the years, as well as comparative theology.
Matthew Barry ©2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013