Why do you still believe?

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Religion is a hard task master, and utterly brutal if you are not “straight” (adhere to the heterosexual norm). For those of us who turned to religion for answers, what exactly did that religion do? Did it make you feel unconditionally loved and accepted just the way you are, or did it have conditions attached? Did it claim you were unacceptable to God until you repented of your sexual “identity” and followed God’s blueprint for life? How about after you finally came to terms with the handful of scriptures that supposedly denounce same sex relationships – did you begin to question what other doctrines and interpretations we might have wrong? If so, you aren’t alone. In fact most LGBT people who have come to this point begin to have a crisis of faith. The problem is, however, the amount of effort and commitment we put into sorting out how to exist as a gay christian usually puts a stop to any further “unravelling”. We’ve already “come out” sexually and suffered at the hands of christianity in the process. To question even more of the christian doctrines and assumptions would bring further isolation and rejection. And that’s something many aren’t willing to experience. After all, at least we can now find some comfort in our basic faith and find other christians who have successfully come out. Most of us are “damaged goods” after our ordeal, and want the comfort religion offers – a safe haven where we can rest. But what if there is something better? What if Christianity, instead of being the only source of love and acceptance by God is really nothing more than a set of comparatively small and exclusive dogmas that, rather than unite us in love, actually divide humanity and destroy the very foundations of love? What if the love and acceptance outside of that religious paradigm is bigger than we ever imagined? What if we really did get it that wrong? [/av_textblock]

4 Comments

  • Jim Gordon Reply

    It is sad that christianity, a group that is supposed to be known for our love, actually shows a lot of judgment and condemnation. Please keep in mind that religion and christianity are separate from God. Jesus showed us what God is really like and He is love. Jesus loved, accepted and cared for all people, especially those the religious crowd did not respect. Christianity as a religion will let people down. You have to follow it’s rules and agree to its doctrines to be accepted. True christianity is living like Jesus. It is not religious and it does not follow rules. It is living a life of love. It is following the example of Jesus. The church building and institution can be left behind, but the Church is made up of you and me and those who follow Christ by loving all people. Seek those who follow his example for encouragement and who will help build your up as disciples of Christ. Continue to follow the leading of the Spirit and let the love of God touch all you meet.

    • silentgays Reply

      Thanks Jim, very true <3

  • Robert Riggs Reply

    Here is Biblical and Scriptural support for what you say, Jim:

    “So then whatever you desire that others would do to you and for you, even so do you also to and for them; for this IS the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

    “For he who loves his neighbor, who practices loving others, has fulfilled the Law, meeting ALL its requirements. The commandments . . . are summed up in the single command, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to one’s neighbor, it never hurts anybody. Therefore, love meets ALL the requirements and is the fulfilling of the Law.” (Romans 13:8-9)

    “For the WHOLE Law is complied with in the ONE precept, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)
    [all from the New Testament, Amplified translation]

    Hard factual linguistic research, by Michael Woods, at:
    http://michaelwoodcrypto.com/
    concludes that the above cited Scriptures are indeed controlling, in conclusion.
    The Bible was written in Koine Greek, yet translated using Classical Greek meanings.
    This is because, until the Dead Sea Scrolls, very few Koine Greek writings were extant.
    Certain words used frequently in the New Testament change meaning, just enough,
    when correct Koine Greek meanings are used, that it alters the overall message.
    Fortunately, the message that emerges successfully resolves confusion and apparent contradictions.
    The clarified message from correct translation also harmonizes the Epistles and Gospels.

    • silentgays Reply

      Thanks Robert 🙂

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