The Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin. Leviticus 18:22 identifies it as an abomination, a detestable sin. Romans 1:26-27 declares homosexual desires and actions to be shameful, unnatural, lustful and indecent. First Corinthians 6:9 states that homosexuals are unrighteous and will not inheret the kingdom of God. Since these desires and actions are condemned in the Bible, it is clear that same sex marriage is not God’s will.
Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and female. The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage being between a man and woman.
If you don’t believe what the Bible says, then lets go to history, which argues against gay marriage. Modern secular psychology recognizes that men and women are psychologically and emotionally designed to complement one another. In regard to the family, psychologists contend that a union between a man and woman in which both spouses serve as good gender role models is the best environment in which to raise well-adjusted children. Psychology argues against gay marriage. In nature/physicality, clearly, men and women were designed to “fit” together sexually. With the “natural” purpose of sexual intercourse being procreation, clearly only a sexual relationship between a man and a woman can fulfill this purpose. Nature argues against gay marriage.
So, if the Bible, history, psychology and nature all argue for marriage being between a man and a woman, why is there such a controversy today? Why are those who are opposed to same sex marriage labeled as hateful, intolerant bigots, no matter how respectfully the opposition is presented? There is perhaps no more accurate description of the modern gay rights agenda than Romans 1:31: “they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.”
As Christians, we are to share the love of God and the forgiveness of sins that is available to all, including homosexuals, through Jesus Christ. All sin is offensive to God, homosexuality is just one of the many. According to the Bible, God’s forgivemess is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer, murderer, thief, rapist, etc. God also promises the strength for victory over sin to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation.
In closing, I’d like to thank Jim Jarrell from Myrtle Beach for his letter in The Sun News on April 3 in which he said, “Marriage is a very sacred union between a man and a woman, and to call same-sex unions marriage is a tragedy. I do not think I am alone in my thinking!”
I feel the same way, Jim.
The writer lives in Little River.