Thursday, February 6, 2014

Is it wrong to use the Bible to hurt homosexuals?

On using the Bible against homosexuality
On using the Bible against homosexuality
Question 1: Is it wrong to use the Bible to hurt homosexuals?--Del Shores

Reply: It depends on what you mean by "hurt".

In the picture on the left, three pastors (men in black) are using the Bible as something to stone a homosexual to death.  The words of Christ comes to mind: "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her" (Jn 8:7)

In reality, it is rare that you will read in the news that a homosexual was clubbed to death with a Bible.  What you will most likely read is that Christians would quote the Bible and homosexuals would feel hurt by passages such as these:
  • If a man lies with a male as with a woman,k they have committed an abomination; the two of them shall be put to death; their bloodguilt is upon them. (Lv 20:13
  • A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, your God. (Dt 22:5
  • Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes* nor sodomites 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10)
Truth hurts. It hurts like a stab of a two-edged sword to the heart.  As St. Paul says: "Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart." (Heb 4:12).  This is why Christ, He Who Is Truth, is depicted in the book of Revelation as a Son of Man with a sword issuing from his mouth (Rv 1:16).

Homosexuality and the Catholic Church
Homosexuality and the Catholic Church
When we touch something hot, we pull away our hand and we cry in pain.  But the pain here saves us: it prevents our whole hand from being burnt.  That is why we have nerves in our fingers that relay to our brain that we touched something hot, which could kill us.  In a similar way, the hurt felt by homosexuals when they read the Scripture actually leads to their salvation: the hurt is a recognition that something is wrong in their actions and that they must flee from the cause of pain.  The problem, however, is that homosexual activists would say that the cause of pain is the Scripture.  But this is not true: the cause of pain is rather the dissonance between what God designed the human body is for and how man used his body for his own end.  The cause of pain is from their own consciences which bug them when they engage in homosexual acts which are not right and not in conformity to truth.  So when they hear the words of the Scripture, their consciences are awakened to truth and become shocked to the difference between what man should be and what man has become.  If two notes are played simultaneously with one slightly at different frequency, you hear beats, a dissonance which is painful to hear.  So a good musician must tune his instrument well so that no dissonance occurs.  In a similar way, homosexuals must tune their life to what God designed them to be in order to experience the joy of harmony in truth.  And this means giving up the homosexual lifestyle.  While it is true that God forgives, but we have to give up the sin.  As Christ said to the woman caught in adultery:
Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more. (Jn 8:11)
First Steps Out: How Christians Can Respond to a Loved One's Struggle with Homosexuality
First Steps Out: How Christians Can Respond to a Loved One's Struggle with Homosexuality
Question 2: Didn't the Bible say: "Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law." (Rom 13:10)?

Homosexual act is evil act done to the self and to the neighbor.  It is a mortal sin punishable by death (hence, mortal) in the Old Testament.  When a man commits mortal sin, he is spiritually dead.  No grace can enter his soul, in the same way that food or drink is useless to a dead man.  As the Filipino proverb says: "Of what use is the grass when the horse is already dead?"  Thus, the most charitable (loving) response is to call the sin a sin, because you love your neighbor who committed the act, hoping that he would convert, confess his sin, and be reconciled to God.  Eternal life is at stake here.  If a man dies in a state of mortal sin, he goes to Hell. Period. And the suffering is forever and ever and ever.  So the most charitable thing to do is to prevent a man from going to Hell by either preventing him from committing the mortal sin or asking him to repent of the sin committed.  If a man converts, even a second before he dies, he is assured of going to heaven, though he must pass through the pains of Purgatory.  But the pains of Purgatory has an end, while that in Hell has no end.  Thus, it is better to be in Purgatory than in Hell.  In Purgatory, we still have a hope--a hope based on certainty---of seeing God who created us and truly loves us; in Hell there is no hope. As the Dante's Infierno reads: "Abandon all hope, you who enter here."