Today, in the 21st century, gay couples face marriage discrimination from religions, mostly from Christianity. Several arguments against gay marriage has risen in the recent years. The most common religious argument against same-sex marriage revolves around scripture, which many faith communities believe came directly from the mouth of God, and they interpret scripture to forbid the practice of homosexuality, and by extension, same-sex marriage (Baker). Homosexuality itself is not a sin because it is just an attraction to one’s own gender but, to the faith communities, the practice of homosexuality makes it a sin. Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable (New International Version Bible, Leviticus 18:22).
The purpose of this paper means to challenge the social behavior and rhetoric stemming from Christian conservatives aimed at homo-sexuality, as well as, to exam the current state of affairs existing in gay culture as it pertains to religion, society, and the argu... ... middle of paper ... ...inful behavior or by any sort of law in general. Many (most?) Christians socialize with individuals who are divorced and accept their gay children. Some Christians are even gay themselves. Polite society does not have to simply accept a teaching just because it is religious in nature.
However, because this isolates homosexuals as well as any other sexually active, unmarried couples, many would completely disagree. In fact, there are a few Christians, such as Carter Heyward (WV), who are trying to "revolutionize" the word "love" C) Carter Heyward is a "lesbian feminist Christian priest (Episcopalian) and teacher" on route to rediscover what true love really is. In her article "Sexuality, Love and Justice" she tries to explode the idea that love and justice are separated, but, rather, that you cannot have one without the other. And, being a lesbian, she feels that love has not only been put into a cultural box, but that it needs to be redefined altogether. This is why she claims, because she is almost shunned by culture's definition of romantic love, to have been force to "plunge the depths of what it really means to love."
Winner emphasizes the relevance and importance of scripture and Christian tradition as a remedy for such moral decay. In her argument, Winner boldly states that real sex may only be experienced with marriage and sex outside of marriage is not only forbade by the Church but a sexual sin and act of immoral behavior of which takes place outside God’s original intent and is incompatible with natural law. Critics of this basis for sexual law find this approach to be flawed in the context of modern day as discriminatory laws bar some sexual relationships from attaining the right of marriage or one’s inability to reproduce, despite commitment of marriage to one another. “God created sex for marriage” (Winner: 2002, 29) Sex outside of marriage is not only forbade by the church, but a sexual sin inharmonious with natural law (Winner: 2005, 38). For something to be morally good, it must fulfill it’s ... ... middle of paper ... ...l, is not a moral justification for premarital sex.
Obviously many religions, including Christianity, would say that sex should definitely be reserved for marriage and marriage only. But from a general human being’s standpoint, it is arguable that sex need not be set aside for marriage. Perhaps this seems a shocking claim, not because people rarely engage in sexual intercourse before marriage, for we know the opposite is true; but because premarital sex seems somehow wrong to many people, even to those who practice it. Within certain religions, sex only within marriage is often taken as an absolute, but even Lauren Winner, in her Christian-oriented book... ... middle of paper ... ...one another, those who are considering marriage, or those who don’t believe in marriage at all but are willing to commit to each other for an extended period of time. Sex is not something to be taken lightly.
Sacred Sexuality Historically, sex and spirituality have been two things that have not been received well in the same sentence. While some ancient religions did include sexuality in their own rites, others sought to control sexuality, either by suppressing it or by severely limiting its expression. Most of the dominant religions in the world today are preaching the suppression of the sexual urge or the channeling of that urge into socially acceptable forms. For example, Roman Catholics used to be very sexually explicit and open people. After a man who, in his youth, was sexually explicit converted to Catholicism and pledged selibacy for himself; he became a priest by the name of St Augustus.
People’s different values and morals play a role in defining what they believe. Many people find homosexuality to be not natural, and it goes against many people’s views. However, there is also a lot of people who argue in favor of homosexuality and find nothing about it unnatural. For those people who do think it is not natural they normally use the argument that this kind of sex can not reproduce, therefore it is not right because the point of sex is to reproduce. Many times the Bible will also be used to refer to verses that condemn acts of homosexual sex.
This departure from traditional Roman Catholic teaching implies some flaw in the connection between the Holy Spirit, the church, and common believers. Cahill’s decision is her method of fixing this disconnect and reuniting Christ’s message with all believers. All citations from Cahill, Lisa. “Homosexuality: A Case Study in Moral Argument.” Homosexuality in the Church. Ed.
Since we do not have a sophisticated moral and behavioral vocabulary with regard to homosexual development, orientation, and behavior — as we do with heterosexuality — the use of the plural is necessary to avoid glibness and to pursue accurate definition and delineation. Homosexuality is a reality in human nature, in the function and structure of the church, and in the lives of some Christian men, priests, and bishops. It is also that reality, even if frequently misunderstood, that has the potential for the greatest crisis for ecclesiastical integrity.
Sin is anything that separates us from God. Sin is going against God’s will, and it keeps us from knowing God the Father. So in light of that, homosexuals should not be banned from coming to church. They should be accepted by Christians with the loving arms that Christ has shown us. For many homosexuals, today’s world is not a very friendly and loving place.