1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
James 1:17 New International Version (NIV)
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
If homosexual love is reminiscent of everything in 1 Corinthians, is it not a gift from God?
Mark 12:28-31 New International Version (NIV)
The Greatest Commandment
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”
Is it a greater act of love to trust a person’s claims regarding the nature of his or her sexuality or to condemn his or her actions without a clear understanding of the motivation behind said actions?
Who does homosexuality hurt? One could argue it hurts those who engage in homosexual acts as a result of their inevitable judgement at the hand of God. But why would a loving creator condemn someone to an eternity of suffering for actions that don’t cause pain to anyone else, actions he or she sees to be morally correct? Your argument is not really even about the homosexual indi idual, but rather about how his or her actions influence the youth. Would a loving god punish your children and, by punishing your children, punish you, for something your children were led to believe was perfectly harmless?
If it’s not wrong then why would the bible say it is? Why would any culture create laws regarding sexuality? As sexual intercourse between a man and a woman is traditionally a prerequisite for conception, the survival of a species is often dependant upon sexual intercourse between the male and female of the species.
Genesis 1:28 New International Version (NIV)
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
One argument against evolutionary theory uses the following formula to estimate population growth: http://www.ldolphin.org/popform.gif
The assumption in this formula is that each male-female couple has 2 offspring of each gender. According to Lambert Dolphin, the population of our planet would have increased to several billion in the years between Adam and the flood (http://www.ldolphin.org/popul.html). An estimated timeline for biblical events puts the creation story and the flood about 1656 years apart. This compairest to the estimated number of years since the begining of the flood, 4359 (https://answersingenesis.org/bible-timeline/timeline-for-the-flood/).
According to worldpopulationhistory.org, “Our population is expected to grow to 10 billion by the end of this century, yet the Earth’s size remains the same. Slowing human population growth and lowering our use of natural resources are key to reducing the impact we have on the planet” (http://worldpopulationhistory.org). It would appear we are not at risk of becoming exstinct, at least not as a result of our failure to procreate. If anything, a thinning of the heard would be beneficial.