My friends told me last night that I'm going through a religious existential quest. Some of them think I'm going through a meltdown. I thought that was funny because I THOUGHT I was going through a time of "questioning what I have been taught" but maybe that's the same thing?
Let's see here...
I believe in God. I know Jesus personally. I know what He did for me and that without Him I'm nothing. I am not questioning God's existence. I do enjoy dialogue about why God did this and why God did that but the answers could never shatter my faith. I just know that I know He is my God. That's a certain.
Does that mean I should have all the answers, believe whatever all the other Christians believe and not ask questions that are challenging? Maybe it's that I'm a Christian Homeschool Leader. Does that mean I have all the answers, because I'm a leader?
I certainly hope not because I sure don't.
This is the questions that got me into hot soup last night.
WHY DO WE HATE HOMOSEXUALS BUT LOVE THE GLUTTONS?
"WHAT?!" Came the answer.
MY thinking on the subject is this.
I've been on the "oh my gosh that's so icky" boat. I've been on the "it's in the Bible and it's an abomination before the Lord" boat. Then I started reading the Bible. I saw that there are all sorts of things that are "in the Bible." I saw that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed just like I had been told. Then I saw ALL the sin that they were committing and that it wasn't just the sin of homosexuality. I thought, well that's why they were destroyed though, because of sexual sin. Then I read a little further and saw that the family that God Himself allowed to live promptly had daughter/father incestuous sex and begot sons from that union.
Ummm...okay...ummmm...I'm 37 and I can think. Why was Sodom and Gomorrah splattered? Sexual sin? Oh no, Homosexual sin? Yes it must be that because incest is a much lesser sin. ummm...no that's not even logical let alone an obvious conclusion... Oh No! I have a question and I'm a Christian and I'm 37!!! HELP!!!
"Homosexuality is a "Bigger" sin than the other sins though, right? I'm not talking about homosexual marriage. I'm talking about just being an open homosexual.
If all sin is equal and no sin shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven then homosexuals are not the heathen, horrible, look the other way sinners we're all making them out to be right?
Well, you know as long as they are "trying to change" and they "know they can't act on their sin."
Oh crap, I thought again...
Gluttony is "in the Bible" and that is one of the 7 DEADLY SINS! God said that gluttons are debauchees or wasters of their own body. Gluttony is punishable by death...even stoning...in order to remove the evil from our midst!
Homosexuals and Gluttons are equals.
Homosexuals live in their sin openly.
Gluttons live in their sin openly.
Here's what is worse.
When gluttons do try to change their sinful life, most of them are trying to change to get healthy and/or sexy.
Who is at greater fault?
Why will we take direction from an openly gluttonous preacher but not an openly gay one?
Why will we let our children hang out at our fat friends home but not our homosexual friends home?
Why are homosexual sins greater in the eyes of Christians? Do we hate the homosexual's sin but not the homosexual? If we only hate their sin why do we shun them? Are we being haters?
If shunning them isn't hate then why don't we hate the glutton sin just as much? Why aren't we shunning gluttons and protecting our children from the gluttons?
Pride and vanity
Glutton: (Deuteronomy 21:20), Heb. zolel, from a word meaning "to shake out," "to squander;" and hence one who is prodigal, who wastes his means by indulgence. In Proverbs 23:21, the word means debauchees or wasters of their own body. In 28:7, the word (pl.) is rendered Authorized Version "riotous men;" Revised Version, "gluttonous." Matthew 11:19, Luke 7:34, Greek phagos, given to eating, gluttonous.
Deuteronomy 21:20 and 21
(20)"They shall say to the elders of his city, 'This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard. (21)Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear of it and fear.
Leviticus 20:13 "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
Aren't we all LIVING in our sin?
Aren't we ALL rationalizing at least one sin in our lives?