Anonymous asked you: How do you know that being gay isn’t a sin? I’ve been taught my entire life that it’s a sin and now, well, I’m gay. How do I know that I’m not going to hell? And how do I know that it’s okay. I can’t touch another same sex without feeling this overwhelming feeling of shame. Am I doomed to spend the rest of my life not feeling anything because of this? Why can’t I feel comfortable about the fact that I want to be with a woman? Why is it so hard?
thanks to my history of sexuality class, i know that the reason why jesus never specifically talked about homosexuality is because it wasn’t actually an issue back then. people never really thought about it. sure there were people who had same-sex relations, being gay wasn’t an identity yet. nobody was gay then. it really wasn’t until the late 1800s to mid 1900s that being gay became an identity.
besides, the original reason behind the rules of same-sex relations in leviticus was repopulation. there weren’t that many people in the world, and there was a great need at the time. so, in order to produce the most amount of children, people needed to have hetero sex. it’s just. facts.
everyone really just takes the bible out of context too often. the bible is not meant to be taken literally. it was written specifically for the people of that time. so, it related directly to them, and really applied only to them. what we need to do, in order to use the bible as a tool for learning, is to know as much background information as possible. Also, try to get the original definition of words so that you can apply them in the most accurate way possible. and then, DO NOT TAKE THE STORY LITERALLY. find the meaning behind the scripture and try to apply what you’ve learned to your own life. it’s like watching a television show; you would never try to duplicate a situation. take the moral and apply it to your own life.
basically, the bible is complex, and i’m pretty sure god is up there shaking his head at human kind’s foolishness. pretty sure all this bickering is not what he intended.