Thursday, July 19, 2012

I was on Catholic Answers Live Friday (7/20/21) to discuss the heated topic of “Homosexuality and the Bible.” The phones really lit up with this topic. Below in green and brown are the questions I answered. (To stream on-line click HERE, for other listening options and podcasts, click HERE.)

There are many who push the gay agenda shouting, “Jesus was not a homophobe!” and “Jesus was nice, not hateful like you Christians.” Now there are “gay theologians” who attempt to prove that Jesus was gay and that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality; rather, they say, the Bible actually approves of homosexuality.

Catholics will need to understand this issue clearly, biblically and with the mind of the Church. We need to defend ourselves, the truth, morality, and the family — and to clearly demonstrate why we oppose the gay lifestyle. At the same time we need to love the sinner while hating the sin.

The Gay Agenda will become more and more of an issue — actually a tyranny of intolerance. Christians, especially Catholics, are already called homophobes, bigots, old fashioned and un-Christlike. Gays do not just want to be accepted and treated equally — they want us to approve of the depravity and to celebrate their perversions. Anything less and you are a bigot!

Here are several articles I’ve written on the topic for further information:

- Was Jesus Homosexual? Some Say “Yes” and Try to Prove it from the Bible?

- “Jesus was not a Homophobe” – Allowing a T-Shirt in School

- More Discussion on Jesus and Homosexuality

- Homosexual Genes in Humans and Animals?

- Interesting article by Angela O’Brian: “Can Two Men Just Be Friends Anymore?”

- Was Jesus Nice?

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live about Homosexuality

1. In the story of Sodom the men want the male messengers to come out so they may “know them.” Is this referring to homosexual activity?

2. Are the Gay Parades and other such events becoming more prevalent and is government starting to promote this kind of thing?

3. How do we respond to the argument that homosexuality is found in nature, and that animals practice it?

4. Can you recommend resources to learn about freedom of speech and how to to learn about defending the Church’s freedom to speak out about homosexuality?

5. What is the best response to my Catholic homosexual brother (and his Catholic partner) who says that if God allowed them to be this way why would he not allow them to live out their lifestyle?

6. I have a homosexual Christian friend who was ready to leave the lifestyle when his gay friends ganged up on him and convinced him to stay living gay. Do you know of any support groups to help people in his situation?

7. Are you familiar with the book Same-sex Unions in Premodern Europe by John Boswell? (I had not hear of this book but discovered later it is a huge fraud which is explained by Jimmy Akin’s site below). See also First Things article.

8. How is a person to understand their own sexuality (regardless of orientation) according to the Catholic Church?

The Catechism and Scripture are clear: Here are two paragraphs from the Catechism:

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

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We are up North in Michigan where Janet’s parents live in the summer. Her sisters all came for a short family reunion. I stayed at the Crooked River Lodge to stay out of their way.

I took off about 6:20 AM for a hike thru the woods and watched the sun rise. Smells and sounds and ambiance of the northern woods has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.

Deer flies we’re relentless but my hat flustered their endeavors. I enjoy the the birds, trees, animals and wild flowers as you will see.

The walk got me thinking about God and his creation and a time to be born and a time to die, a time to laugh and a time to mourn. I saw remains of a train track long ago that brought soldiers home from World War II so far away and so long ago. I imagined the joy of families as the train ground to a halt and their gaunt but victorious sons and daughters rushed to their arms; and of those who watch with sorrow — no son stepping from the train, rather buried in France or Germany or Italy.

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