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Old Testament + Homosexuality by inspiredcreativity Old Testament + Homosexuality by inspiredcreativity

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Please also see my deviation on [link] (The New Testament + Homosexuality).


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God Does NOT Condemn You For Your Homosexuality, Or For The Sexual Fulfillment Of Your Homosexual Love—God Welcomes You.

I have added a HOT-LINKED Table of Contents and much more Information and References. I have also included a HOT-LINKED Index of the Biblical References used throughout the document.

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.

The Old Testament is a Christian version of events, which is different from the TORA of the Jewish Faith. Of the main branches of the Jewish Faith, only one is against Homosexuality, with Reform Judaism, Reconstructionist Judaism, and Conservative Judaism all being fine with Homosexuality.

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 YOU
Churches that specifically teach that Homosexual Sex in a Monogynous Homosexual relationship is NOT A SIN:

[link] (METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCHES [MCC]) are GAY CHURCHES and they are located all over the world. [link] (Find One Near You.)

[link] (The UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST Church)
[link] (THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST [UCC])
[link](The UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA)
There are a small number of LUTHERAN CHURCHES that see homosexual sex in committed relationships as a non-sin, but most see it as sin.

LUTHERAN CHURCHES that see homosexual sex in committed relationships as a non-sin, but most see it as sin.


WARNING: 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.
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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."

It is my hope that these two papers on the Bible and Homosexuality, will help to educate kids about the truth and save lives.

PLEASE NOTE: I wrote this paper to help people, not to attract Christian BIGOTS, 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.

I am a Humanist centered in COMPASSION. I actively choose to be a good person out of my own DESIRE, not from the threat of a Hell, the promise of a Heaven, nor belief in Gods. I am a Spiritual man in my own way. I have studied Christian Theology over the years, as well as comparative theology.

Matthew Barry ©2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
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Libertades Featured By Owner Edited Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Being there 3 types of laws (moral laws, ritual laws, and social laws) I was told that only the ritual laws are no longer recognized since Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, and that the moral laws (like homosexuality) would still remain sin. What I don't understand, is how to exactly recognize which is a moral law, I saw things that used to be sins, like cutting your hair on the sides, touching dead animals carcass and etc, but those don't look like moral laws or ritual laws.
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I don't actually know if I should be trying to answer your question from a Jewish perspective or a Christian perspective. The odds suggest I should do it more from a Christian perspective, but if I wrong, let me know.

You see a lot of people hung up on laws and rules.  As we shall see bellow, Jesus felt that you only needed to rules to live your life by and to know what was right and wrong by.  But people do not want something you have to think about and figure out.  Most humans demand ceremony, ritual, and tons of rules.  They want to know exactly what they must do and must not do to avoid hell and gain entry into heaven.  But this is not the way of Jesus Christ. You can follow every single rule of your church, plus give to charity and do good works, and NOT gain entry into heaven.  Heaven is predicated on the Two Great Commandments that Jesus gave us, to love god and to love your fellow mankind.  You can follow all of the rules, not commit sins and do good woks, without having that love in your heart.  But this is not what most Christian churches teach. 

We start with a premise of right and wrong.  What makes something a sin?  What if your car slides on ice and kills someone—is this a sin, haven't you have just killed someone?  What if you were drinking alcohol and have an accident that was aggravated by your poor reflexes (negligence)—is this a sin?  What if you are verbally fighting with someone who becomes afraid of you, then runs away and falls down the stairs, dying—is this a sin?  What if you have been abused horribly for decades, then emotionally and mentally break, and in a fog, kill your abuser—is this a sin?  What if you start taking the antidepressant Prozac and it makes you go crazy and kill someone—is this a sin? What if you are robbing a store and the clerk's heart starts beating erratically, sow he is sent to the hospital by ambulance, but the ambulance is in a traffic accident and the clerk dies (actual case)—is this a sin? [The robber was convicted of premeditated murder under the Felony Murder Law that says if anyone dies as a result of you committing a felony crime, it is treated as if you planned and intended the death.]

I could keep giving you many examples, but my point to you is the SIN is not determined by the act itself, it is determined by the INTENT. In fact, you can commit a sin in your mind, without ever actually physically committing the sin. Laws are rigid and cannot account for the real world.  To know if something is a sin, you must look to intent. If you had no idea something was wrong to do, a sin, then you had no intent to commit a sin, and thus no sin was committed. You cannot determine sin by just writing a rule.  This is the message of Jesus Christ in giving us only TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS, in which Jesus said that ALL of the laws of the prophets depend.
    THE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS

    If you are Christian Leaning, there is something incredibly simple given to you by Jesus Christ, to be your sole needed guiding light for determining your spiritual path and in determining Right from Wrong:

    MATTHEW 22 The New American Bible
    "Teacher, 21 which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
    He said to him, 22 "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
    This is the greatest and the first commandment.
    The second is like it: 23 You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
    24 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
This means that the entire OLD TESTAMENT must be reinterpreted according to the Two Great Commandments. If you love your fellow mankind then you will not steal, lie, cheat, kill, etc. 

How can you commit sin in your mind, without ever actually physically doing the act? Let us say a married man greatly desires his neighbor's wife in a sexual way, and she shows an equal interest.  He starts to plan how to make it happen, but then realizes that this is wrong and he decides to not to commit the sin of adultery. Temptation itself is never a sin or every human would go to hell. We are human and human nature itself gives arise to sinful temptations, such as greed. With his choice to stop the behavior, no sin is committed.  HOWEVER, let us say that the man and woman plan to meet, but then he becomes afraid of being caught and stops.  In this case, the man has committed the sin of adultery.  He went through with his INTENT and CHOICE of committing the sin, and was only stopped by either fear or circumstances, otherwise he would have gone through with it.

SIN VERSES RULES FOR LIVING HEALTHY

In the Old Testament, how do you know which part is story, which part is allegory and which part is actual law as given by the Prophets?  When the Jews are prohibited from eating pork, this was really a rule to prevent people from dying of food poisoning, since pigs were often the cause of food poising deaths.  Pigs ate 'unclean things" including sewage and rotten or contaminated food, and this can be passed on to those who then eat the pigs.  Somehow this was then made into a sin, just as Catholics made it a sin to eat meat on Fridays.  These rules have nothing to do with right and wrong or sin, and everything to do with rules meant to keep you healthy.  Not having sex before marriage is the same way.  Getting pregnant outside of marriage, in ancient times, was a disaster.  Some Christian Faiths say that enjoying sex is a sin, because sex is only meant to procreate.  If this were true, why would god create humans to enjoy sex?

What you have is thousands of years of people making up rules, giving opinions and then codifying it into law over time.  Therefore, how do you know which part is story, which part is allegory and which part is actual law as given by the Prophets?  You must use both common sense and the Two Great Commandments given by Jesus, who also said, "The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

HOMOSEXUALITY:

The Old Testament was originally all about Nomadic Hebrews.  Nomadic Hebrews saw cities as a sin and inhospitality as the greatest sin of all. Many of the 'rules' and 'laws' of the Hebrews were based in nomadic law, survival under very harsh conditions and with very limited resources. It was also a very cruel law, necessitated by survival.  Disobey and die. Disobey your father and die.  Society was extremely rigid.  But again, Law and Rules for a society are different from SIN.  The Old Testament lumps them all together, while other parts are more of a history, or allegory story telling.

If you read my Old Testament & Homosexuality Old Testament + Homosexuality by inspiredcreativity it will take you through every mention of same-sex sexuality in the Old Testament, to show the translations problems, context problems, interpretations problems, etc.

Historically, homosexuality was tolerated and generally accepted throughout the ancient lands and in aboriginal populations on all of the continents, including Native Americans and even Pacific Islanders. Native americans called us Two-Spirits because we were the bridge between the two gender spirits.  Ancient tribal societies typically had a homosexual Shaman or Medicine man/woman.  We tended to be tribal negotiators and teachers.  Homosexuality was openly practiced in the vast Persian empire, Greek empire and Roman Empire. Active Christian opposition seems to have started around 1100 AD.

Well, I could keep going, but I have no idea how much detail you want, and I do not want to bore you to death, lol.  I hope this is of some help.
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Libertades Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is greatly appreciated :) don't worry about giving off more details, I'd also like to know where and how you'd learn all of this?
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inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
When I was a boy I wanted to be a priest and I was an altar boy. My father was also someone in charge of religious instruction (CCD) for Catholic Kids who were in public schools.  I was only 13 by a few weeks, when one morning my priest told us altar boys, "When a boy is attracted to another boy, he is an ABOMINATION in the eyes of God, doomed to burn for an eternity in the everlasting fires of Gahanna."  I was horrified, because I was attracted to boys. I prayed to God many times each day, begging God to make me 'Normal.'  I did not want to be different.  Days later, laying on my back in the backyard, staring up at the stars, I tired to make sense of it.  I never asked to be this way, nobody did anything to make me this way, so God must have made me this way, so why would God hate me?  It made no sense, it was irreconcilable, and in a flash my faith was shattered.  I tired to kill myself the next afternoon by jumping off a freeway overpass, only to have some man grab my feet as I was going over.

We had no sex education in those days.  I was autistic and very sheltered and isolated.  I actually did not know what sex was until I was age 19, nor what homosexuality or Gay was.  I did not even know what swear words meant.  But by age 12 I knew that I was different from other boys and how I was different, because i was following around cute boys since age 11.  I had already been in love with a boy named Anton Wild, but alas, he was an exchange student and had to go back to the UK.  Just a day after I turned 13, I confessed to my Aunt, "I feel about boys the way I am supposed to feel about girls."  She dismissed it as a phase boys go through.

After I graduated from a Merchant Marine Academy and going to sea for a living on supertanker ships, I came-out to my father, which was rather terrifying at the time. My father was a strict Catholic who went to church every single day. I was stunned to find out that he had no problem at all with my Homosexuality.  He is the one who first to actively help me accept my homosexuality.  He also pointed out that while what Jesus said is very important, what Jesus did 'not' say is also of importance. Some things Jesus brought up more than once, obviously believing them to be of importance, while he never once talked about homosexuality or same-sex sex, as witnessed by Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.  My father challenged me to carefully read the New Testament from cover to cover, specifically looking for any mentions of homosexuality.  He said that biblical scholars have been questioning the translations of Paul for hundreds of years, so you might want to do some research yourself.

I decided to start researching the issue of Homosexuality and Christianity.  Christians said that the Bible condemned people like me to hell, so i decided that if Christians were going to use the Bible against me as a weapon of hate, I needed to know everything possible about it, to help me let go of depression, to be able to defend myself, and to help others who were like me.  Catholics are masters of the art of guilt and shame for purposes of manipulation and control. It is not unusual for Catholics to feel guilt and shame over things where they actually have zero responsibility for whatever happened. I had lingering feelings of guilt and shame for being homosexual (Internalized Homophobia).

I not only studied the bible, I studied the history of the bible's creation, the history of Christianity and the history of the times of Jesus.  I studied about the culture as well.  I found out about a minister (Reverend Troy Perry) who founded a Gay Christian church called the MCC (Metropolitan Community Church).  I read the book that he wrote where he analyzed the translations and cultural aspects of homosexuality in the bible.  The entire New Testament was written in Coptic Greek.  This set me off on new research in translation problems from Coptic Greek, from the time when Jesus, the apostles and Paul lived, into Latin and the then the modern languages. I then branched out to study Buddhism, Islam and Native American Traditions, although I know a lot less about those faiths than I do about Christianity.

As the years have gone by, Bible Archeology has advanced considerably, along with our knowledge of the Judaea culture during the life of Jesus, and our knowledge of Coptic Greek.  The problem is that most Christian churches are completely vested in a lie, and change will not come easily. 

Please keep in mind that there is a big difference between Spirituality and Religion.  Religion is more about people and meeting the needs of people, like a big exclusive club with thousands of special rules. Spirituality is all about you and your personal connection to God, or to your beliefs and values.  For example, the Catholic church has thousands and thousands of rules that have no direct link to the teachings of Jesus Christ, such as Birth Control. A church makes up many rules to supposedly help guide on the best path to unity with god.  There are people in organized crime who murder, steal, feed drugs to kids, engage in sexual slavery, etc, who go to church on a regular basis and give to charity.  It is spirituality that matters on Judgment Day, not religion.  It is your capacity to love and be compassionate, and to choose to be a good person as best you can that matters, not your religion.

That said, religion can offer many people the comforts of ritual, ceremony, routine, being a part of a group of people, and being told what to do and what no to do.  But BEWARE, to join God, it takes a great deal more than obeying rules, doing good deeds and going to church, it requires a universal love for your fellow mankind, and a giving, compassionate and forgiving heart.

If I could not be a priest, I still wanted to help people.  When I went into the Academy, I had a plan and a goal to graduate, go to sea, save and invest every penny I could, then retire in 10 years and devote my life to volunteer work.  Well, it actually took almost 14 years, due to a husband who was an alcoholic, drug addict, and spendaholic.  I retired for life at age 34, coming home from the sea for good.  I went directly into volunteer work to care for those dying of AIDS, working in the Soup Kitchen, doing home care and then Primary daily care until each died. The University of Washington heard about my volunteer counseling on the Sexual Minority Community and invited me to their 'Peer Counseling' program for free, so that is how I became an official 'Volunteer Peer Counselor.'  I have been doing full-time volunteer work going on some 26 years.
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Libertades Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, that's a really valuable information and I have to say I admire things about your work and life in general, I thank you greatly for all you've written and confirmed for me, without these deviations you wrote I'm not sure if I'd have had enough courage or argument to spread the word about homosexuality's reality, I will continue to research things as well and ask you anything if I need it :) I hope to someday find more tolerance among christians.
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inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are very welcome.  I thank you for your part in teaching tolerance, for being open-minded and for your willingness to question and seek answers.
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ThatFreakyZephyr Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Chirst following Bisexual
and proud
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inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I hope you also saw New Testament + Homosexuality by inspiredcreativity New Testament + Homosexuality

The true Gospels of Jesus are the original Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John 
write in Coptic Greek.  These Gospels, as well as the Letters Of Paul, were incorrectly translated into Latin and then into the modern languages.  This created the LIE that Homosexuality isa sin.  Homosexuality is NOT A SIN in the words of the Apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, the eyewitnesses to words of Jesus Christ, and homosexuality is NOT A SIN in the original words of Paul.
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artvelocity Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Yeah right. I couldnt read.
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inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am Autistic and do not understand things like innuendo, indirect meanings or implied meanings, so I am afraid I do not understand what you are trying to tell me.  Could you please clarify?
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