The September/October 2010 issue of Unity Magazine features an important article by Ken Daigle about homosexuality and Scripture. In it, Daigle closely examines key passages that are cited by fundamentalist Christians as evidence that God condemns homosexuals. Daigle concludes that the translations of the Bible’s original passages written in Greek are inconclusive at best; moreover, they have tended to be interpreted according to each translator’s biases and personal or political motives.
Jesus never made any pronouncements about homosexuality. Or, if he did, those comments were never written in any of the Gospels. There are statements about homosexual acts in the Hebrew Scriptures (commonly known as the Old Testament) and in several of the letters of the Christian Scriptures (commonly known as the New Testament) that condemn homosexual acts. None of those passages refers to a mature, committed love relationship between people of the same gender.
How I long for the day when we will collectively stop clinging fearfully to old, outdated interpretations of Bible scripture based on concepts of an angry, demanding and punishing God and embrace instead the infinitely loving, intimately expressing Presence and Power that Jesus Christ taught and demonstrated some 2,000 years ago.
No one quotes the Bible anymore to justify the institution of slavery—although they did so in the not-so-distant past. No one quotes the Bible to justify treating women as property intended by God to be submissive to men in all things—although they did so in the even more-recent past.
The nature of God's great creation is one of diversity. Wonderful and mystical variances are found throughout the universe that make for a perfect balance in nature.
I believe homosexuality is a genetic disposition and a perfectly natural expression for a certain percentage of human beings. Homosexuals, as well as heterosexuals, are the way God created them and every person regardless of race, nationality, sexuality or appearance greatly embellishes the beautiful diversity of this world.
Every person's God-given right is to live the life they desire to live, as long as they don't violate the God-given rights of another to do the same or the laws of the society in which they live.