There is a lot of debate among the Christian community and everyone, about the LGBT+ community. The debate is about if it's wrong or not. In this essay, I will be discussing if it's wrong from my reading and understanding of the Bible. Through God's help, to understand it. I will be also explaining a few things I have noticed that people have been misunderstanding. And/or taking out of context
I have seen many non-Christians and Christians alike saying that, "Well if you think being part of the LGBT+ community is wrong. Then you must think getting a tattoo, cutting your hair, and showing too much skin is a sin too!" Thought, everyone's stand on modesty is different. When I say modestly you probably think long sleeves shirts and long skirts. I think modesty is general respect for your body and the understanding that while bodies are a beautiful thing and not somthing to be ashamed of. You should respect it.
Definition of modesty: behaviour, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency.
There are two different types of laws in the Old Testament. One is a ceremonial law. For example, sacrificing animals that "took" people's sins. It didn't take away their sins, only God can do that, but it was a representation. God was strict in the Old Testament to show people that they can't be perfect like God is perfect. It showed them they are sinners. Some laws protected them. Like they couldn't eat certain meats. Back then, they didn't have a way to refrigerate things. They probably couldn't cook meat all the way either. So it wouldn't be safe to eat meat, mainly pork. This is just one example, but I could go on.
The other type of law is a moral law. All of the Ten Commandments were moral laws. There were some other moral laws, but the Ten Commandments cover most of them.
1. You shall have no other gods before Me
2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
5. Honor your father and your mother
6. You shall not murder
7. You shall not commit adultery
8. You shall not steal
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour
10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour’s
Let me explain, first things first.
A very big part of reading the Bible is listening to the Holy Spirit. It's not just a book, it’s a living book, God's word that was written by prophets years ago according to the Holy Spirit.
Many say that it's been changed through translation. If it's been changed throughout the translation, the ones who did so would be in BIG trouble. God clearly states in Revelation 22: 18-19 that altering the Bible or only listening to certain parts is a very bad thing to do.
Revelation 22: 18-19
"I testify to everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone subtracts from the prophetic words of this book, God will remove his portion from the Tree of Life and in the holy city, which is described in this book."
If you’ve ever read Revelation, there is a whole lotta crazy horrible stuff that takes place at the end of the world(which is yet to come) the holy city is heaven. And the tree of life
When people have translated the Bible it was done very carefully. The people who were doing so were guided by both their studies of the Bible in its original language and by the Holy Spirit.
Second, I see a WHOLE lot of people saying that us Christians say that being part of the LGBT+ community is a sin, then we must not get a tattoo or be divorced or eat certain meats. If you lived back in the days before Jesus was around, then yeah, that would all be a sin.
Someone recently pointed out a recently musical made movie, called The Prom. in is a scene or rather a song where a boy confronts a bunch of Christians about the very things I said above. While I still believe masturbation and sex before marriage is a sin. Divorce is somthing I will address in a bit. The others aren't anymore.
Many people have taken these things WAY out of context. If you think this then you clearly haven’t read the Bible. Or at least read it properly with God's guidance to understand.
To put this into context, MANY of these things were written in the Old Testament. The witch was written when God's people(or the Christians) were way gone astray. So God had a set of strict rules written for them.
this paragraph is a WIP btw
This verse not only talks about divorce but why these rules were made that I just talked about
At one point, some of the Pharisees came, seeking to entrap him with a question. “Tell us,” they asked, “is it lawful for a man to divorce[d] his wife?”
3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?”
4 They replied, “Moses permitted us to write a certificate of separation that would be valid to complete a divorce.”
5 Jesus said, “Yes, Moses wrote this exception[e] for you because you are hardhearted.
if you look past this verse it says divorce is wrong, lemme show you a few more verses that talk about it
5 and ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and live with his wife.[e] And the two will become one flesh.’[f] 6 From then on, they are no longer two, but united as one. So what God unites let no one divide!”
7 They responded, “So then why did Moses command us to give a certificate of divorce and it would be lawful?”
8 Jesus said, “Moses permitted you to divorce because your hearts are so hard and stubborn,[g] but originally there was no such thing. 9 But I say to you, whoever leaves his wife for any reason other than immorality, then takes another wife is living in adultery. And whoever takes a divorced woman in marriage is also living in adultery.”[h]
For example, a married couple is bound by the law to remain together until separated by death. But when one spouse dies, the other is released from the law of the marriage. 3 So then if a wife is joined to another man while still married, she commits adultery. But if her husband dies, she is free from the marriage contract and may marry another man without being charged with adultery.[a]
Side note: yes some of these target women. Back in those days women were considered less than men and were more or less under the authority of their husbands. But God wishes that men and women are equal so treat these verses as such
Now about divorce, first off, I saw the song that says that if two get divorced then the woman will be killed?? That’s not even what the Bible says where did they even get that!
Divorce is something that is strongly advised against. It's a very sad thing to have to do. But it's not somthing you can't do.
If you're in an abusive relationship. Or your partner is being unfaithful and is making no attempts to right their ways or sprouting lies.
Let me use an example here. I am going to use someone I know. I will not be using their name of course. I will be changing their name to Lily.
Lily married this man, let’s call him Mark. they were married for 20 years and had three kids.
Lily recently found out that Mark had been cheating on her with a girl at the gym he went to.
She confronted him and he said he was sorry. A bit later she found out he was still cheating on her. She confronted him again and he apologized and said he wouldn't do it again. once again she found out he went back to the girl.
(it later truned out the woman he was sleeping with was indeed married. After her husband found out, he divorced eh)
They had a long talk about it and Mark said he would consult God. The couple took a small break from each other to talk to God and figure out what to do.
After the break Mark was convinced that what he was doing was not only ok but what God wanted him to do.
Lily was torn. She wanted to fix her marriage desperately, especially for the sake of their kids.
They took another break and Lily went to go spent some time with her family in the other province. Taking the kids with her.
Upon her return, she found that make had not only brought the girl to their house for a few days. But had brought an apartment and was moving into a said apartment with the other woman
Lily desperately wanted to avoid divorce, but Mark didn’t seem to want to. She was torn and lost.
Upon consulting her close friend, who urged her to divorce Mark, she decided she would.
They have not yet gone through with the divorce as Lily is very scared. But in simple words, Mark is a horrible, detestable man.
I feel that divorce is somthing that one should heavily consult God on.
This being said according to the bible being part of the LGBT+ is a sin. and as it is God's word I stand by it.
You have most likely heard of the saying "love your neighbour like your self"
that means to treat people as you want to be treated, with love.
Now one thing we must remember. Love means that you will love this person no matter what. But you are willing to correct them or do what's best for them even if they don’t see it.
It’s like parenting a child. They may want candy, but you know that if you give them candy that it will not be good for them or make them feel sick. Even if they don't see why you won't give them candy, you do.
As a Christian, I think we should treat everyone with love as respect. I may think that being part of the LGBT+ community was a sin. But chances are you've heard that a million times already. I will probably at one point tell you this if the conversation prompts me to say so. But regardless. I will respect your chosen pronouns and will treat you as any other respectful person I come across in this world.
If you have any questions plz leave them in the comments below and I will get to answering them. I can go into further depth on certain subjects related to this topic if you are confused, or simply curious.