The Question? Why Is Homosexuality Condemned In The Bible? Adultery? Fornication?
The latest skirmish in the nation’s culture wars began when Chick-fil-A
president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty
as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family” (see Culture War Flares). But the most important element in the equation is missing -- i.e., why does the Bible condemn homosexuality? Not to know the answer to this question is to make one's self a victim of blind choice. What is the consequence of the homosexual lifestyle? And on a related note, what is the consequence of the abandonment of biblical morality from a modern cultural perspective?
The Warning Of The Apostle: If it is true that there are higher realities of being that are totally inconceivable to the mind of the undeveloped faith-based believer (see Mysteries Of The Gospel) -- and by virtue of their immaturity, the biblical authors were powerless to explain in detail many of the important Gospel teachings and concepts -- then the spiritually mature author's of the scriptures who were themselves enlightened to these higher realities, remained virtually powerless to do anything more than to provide the people with a list of do's and don'ts, so that they are better able to evolve to a mature understanding and comprehension of the teachings of Jesus and TheWay. To totally ignore these do's and don'ts, without knowing the consequence of one's choices and actions, is paramount to walking out onto a freeway blindfolded.
I always found it truly amazing that readers of the scriptures could read the words of Paul where he states that the "natural" mind of the Christians who he had himself taught, would reject the truths pertaining to the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom as utter "foolishness" -- portraying himself as an "ambassador in bonds" who was unable to speak plainly. And from this perspective, the best that Paul could do for those who he portrayed as entry-level Christians who were "babes in Christ", was to provide them a series of do's and don'ts that would assist them in evolving through the stages of spiritual immaturity that made it impossible for them to comprehend the True Gospel Meaning and Objectives.
There are two ultra important possibilities that must be considered -- i.e., the position at least in cultural practice has been advanced by Bishop John Shelby Spong whose side has been portrayed as such: "Although he admits that the Bible is full of statements about sexual virtue, including prohibitions against premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality, the authors of the Bible were hopelessly uninformed, lacking the benefits of modern research. One author in particular, the Apostle Paul, may have been driven by an inner struggle with his sexual identity" (see Rescuing The Bible). And the other side is that the biblical authors were not only well informed as to the reason why the scriptures condemned the cultural immorality of hooking-up outside of marriage, but that the facts could not be explained because of the very reasons why Paul warned that the "natural" organic mind of man was too immature to comprehend the higher reality of the soul and man's ultimate spiritual reality which he must discover and manifest within his own life as he seeks to bring about the next stage of birth.
I use Bishop Spong as an example of man's cultural folly, because I have in the past communicated directly with him (see Reply To Bishop Spong). I also replied and communicated directly with Bishop Gene Robinson's office on his claim that the condemnation of homosexuality by Paul was based upon a prohibition of hetersexuals from engaging in same sex acts, and not homosexuals (see Reply: Same Sex Acts Unnatural For Heterosexuals) -- with Bishop Robinson making the profoundly ignorant statement that "It never occurred to anyone in ancient times that a certain minority of us would be born being affectionately-oriented to people of the same sex". And as revealed in my reply to Bishop Robinson, what we are witnessing in the hostility to the position presented in the scriptures, is the result of error begetting even greater error -- and the fact that if you perpetually repeat a lie, that it will come to be accepted as factually true.
Over the past 1400 years the Church has been in countless ways confronted by the question: Do you believe Jesus and his original disciples? Or do you believe the dictates of the Roman Emperor Justinian? (see Dictates Of The Emperor) And when Bishop Spong and Robinson conclude that homosexual behavior is approved by God, they ignore the original teachings that homosexuality is the result of the pre-existent actions of the people themselves (see The Early Church On Predestination). And that those who are born homosexual, have merely confined themselves to The Prison that Jesus made reference to where the biblical reality is lived out: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Gal 6:7 NIV).
If Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy and the Baptists were truly mature Christians who had themselves fulfilled the Gospel Objectives, Mr. Cathy would have explained why the Bible condemns our modern culture of immorality. He would have explained about The Esoteric Reality Of Virginity And Sex -- and he would have enlightened the people about The Holographic Pattern Of Sex that is the basis of the biblical prohibitions and morality that the people in our modern culture find outdated. And while Bishop Spong would like to believe that "...the authors of the Bible were hopelessly uninformed, lacking the benefits of modern research" -- once The Holographic Pattern Of Sex , is understood, it is easily demonstrated that both bishops as well as our modern culture are representative of the embodiment of absolute ignorance -- and ignorance that is depriving the people of even the opportunity of bringing about the next stage of birth that Jesus taught was necessary to enter into Life in the Kingdom.
Jesus condemned the Pharisees as heretics -- portraying them as the offspring of the Devil -- for throwing away the Key of Knowledge in their carnal interpretations and misuse of the scriptures. The reality of the Spiritual Marriage of man and woman being the environment of the Divine Design of Creator-God to bring about the next stage of birth that Jesus portrayed as being necessary to enter into the Kingdom, is presented and explored at Marriage - The Warning Of The Apostle - The Key Of Knowledge. That both liberal Christians and the far left of our culture would like naive people to believe that the very Divine Design of Creation has somehow been done away with, is the epitome of their own philosophical folly.