For even their women exchanged the natural us for what is against nature. Likewise also, the men, leaving the natural use of the woman burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. This quote states that the lust for another man and leaving behind the woman, who is made for man, is a sin and it shall be punished. Those who feel homosexuality is wrong feel that we should “say no” to these sinful desires and choose what is right in the eyes of God. According to them, there are more than a dozen passages in the Bible that state the sinfulness of homosexuality.
Well the people who have said that are judging the people who support same-sex marriage are also sinning. Religious churches oppose same-sex marriage. Not the sacred books or whatever. No where in the bible does it say a man cannot marry a man and a woman cannot marry a woman. It does say that the sexual relationship is a sin but what a couple does behind doors in none of anyone’s business.
The realization is that the groups will never agree on the issue, but people hope they will find a way to live together. No doubt this issue is causing a division in churches and society. The more neutral group is the civil union it gives more of an open minded argument and shows both sides of the story. Marriage is something understood in the bible and followed by a lot of the society today. All the groups have strong points of views, but they all have different perspectives in the issue over homosexuals and same-sex marriages.
Because when one is caught up in sin, but not willing to change, they are in direct rebellion to God and a danger to the church. This rule of the church not only applies to homosexuality, but to all sin. So those who smugly think homosexuality is a horrible sin worse than that of greed or spreading false rumors or being drunk, better think again. God has not changed nor has his response to all sin. No more, no less, he despises it, but desperately wants to help those who want his help: those who admit their sin and want to stop.
Biblical attitudes toward homosexuality are often reduced to strict condemnation based upon passages interpreted from the Old Testament Book of Genesis, though some scholars suggest that the description of same-sex relationships as “unnatural” only means “out of the ordinary” and not “immoral” (Pickett). Therefore, Christianity began shaping the world and how we see homosexual relationships today. As the belief of Christianity spread discrimination towards the gay community continued to grow. Discrimination, of gay marriage, can be found in religions and laws. Today, in the 21st century, gay couples face marriage discrimination from religions, mostly from Christianity.
Conservative views are often very traditional and interpret most or all Bible passages regarding, or allegedly involving homosexuality as condemning. They interpret them as an abomination and that it is hated by God. Some consider it an “ordinary” sin; one that can easily be forgiven. Other Christians say it is a sin and you are damned for eternity if you are homosexual. They believe it denies you passage to heaven.
A major reason certain Americans are against it is because of their belief in God. Romans 1:26-27 says “That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having sexual relations with women, burned with lust for one another. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.” (New Living Translation, Romans 1:26-27).
What is new is the homosexual ideology which has made devastating inroads into the Church from the ambient culture. One is made to believe that recalling the Church's teaching is an uncharitable act and that the Christian thing to do is to act as if sodomy were as normal as marital sex. Of course it is scarcely a defense of homosexuality to point out that many people commit sexual sins. The tu quoque here is singularly inappropriate. We began with the observation that we are all sinners.
Although Atheists do not feel that they answer to a higher authority, most atheists still feel compassion for their fellow American’s who are persecuted. Conservative Christians are scared of change and allowance of sin because in the Bible there was a city destroyed for the sin that took place there. One of those sins was the act of homosexuality. While it is okay for everyone to have their own religious beliefs and fears, it is not okay to force your beliefs onto someone who has no interest in them. America was founded by Christians seeking religious freedoms, and freedom of religion also means freedom from religion.
Traditionally, homosexuality in itself is viewed within the Catholic Church as morally evil and it has never been accepted. Pastoral counseling has been offered to allow members of the Church who identify themselves as homosexual to assist them to remain good members of the Church. A reflection on the Church’s history and influences in terms of the development of prejudices against homosexuality may be necessary in order to determine the real root of the issue. Some individuals believe that a change in doctrine is necessary in order to fix the problems regarding homosexuality within the Church, while others stand by Pope Francis and believe that progress can be made without having to undergo such a drastic change. As gay rights continue to become a more apparent issue in today’s global society, the Catholic Church does not need to consider a change in doctrine, however the members if the Church do need to consider following the suggestions of Pope Francis by becoming more open to and tolerant of the idea of homosexuals within the Catholic community.