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  • Biologiost View Point

    I have written this for those whose guilt has been etched deeply by the official positions of various Christian denominations as well as for those whose pain has been exacerbated by the unkindness shown to them through the actions and reactions of church-goers. It is my hope and prayer that the seeming dilemma between homosexuality and Christianity be resolved and a higher spiritual understanding of sexuality be settled within their minds once and for all, both now and throughout the rest of their earthly days. Read More

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    RCYM has been on the internet since 1998 and started out as a place for youth to come as a safe place to have conversation and read about stories that I and others have gone through. RCYM addressees some of the issues that churches have spoken out about back in the day went head-to-head so to speak against the teachings that homosexuality is a sin and that God doesn't approve. More

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What was the Sin of Sodom? (Genesis 19:1-29)

Here are some run down scriptures that people like to use. The way the Bible should be viewed is how it was written. The Ancient Israel was meant to be set holy because they were God’s chosen people. It should be noted that Jehovah God would never change his purpose in any way that he originally intended it to be. For example, he is the only true God and he should only receive exclusive devotion. (Leviticus 18:21) The Leviticus Law was for all of Israel to follow. I encourage you to read all Bible text to come to an understanding of what the scriptures are saying. You cannot merely read one passage and come to a conclusion, but by reading all of it, helps us understand what it really says. These will be a series of short writings to disprove homosexuality is wrong.

What was the Sin of Sodom (Genesis 19:1-29)

The story of Sodom is very interesting. In those days, they would take visitors out of the city gates and rape them. When Lot was visited by the two angels, the people wanted to “know” them. They wanted to have sex with them (rape). If you noticed throughout the story, Lot even offered his daughters. They were uninterested. It is not that the city was all homosexual it was something else. Reading the previous passage at Genesis 18:20-22, Jehovah God had spoken to Abraham and it was almost a bargaining that if he had found righteous people in Sodom would you destroy all of them or would you rescue them or at least give them a chance? Then the following happened.

Genesis 19:2-3: The angels knew something that Lot didn’t. I am sure they knew, but look at what lot says at verse 3: “And he urged them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house. And he made them a repast, and baked unleavened cakes; and they ate.” The angels wanted to stay in the “open place” in the city.

In verse 4 it mentions that the people had surrounded the house. It actually mentions “from the youngest to the oldest–all the people from every quarter.” It was the whole city. Interesting isn’t it?

In Verse 7, he tells them not to be wicked: “And he said, I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly.” (ASV) The point that should be brought out is that everyone in the city wanted the visitors (angels) Sodom were wicked and lawlessness abounded was all around them. In Verse 8, he says: “Behold now, I have two daughters who have not known a man: let me now bring them out to you; and do to them as is good in your sight: only, to these men do nothing; for therefore have they come under the shadow of my roof.” This is where the custom to offer hospitality to foreigners outside of the cities. It was custom to offer them food and shelter. That is why Lot had offered them a place to stay. The people had other plans and so to protect the guests, Lot offered up his daughters.

V. 13 For Jehovah God was displeased with the way the people were acting, he was going to destroy them. Even before hand, that is why the angels were sent. (Compare Genesis 18) “For we are going to destroy this place, because the cry of them is great before Jehovah, and Jehovah has sent us to destroy it.”

In fact the prophet Ezekiel had mentioned the sin of Sodom at Ezekiel 16:49, 50: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom: pride, fulness of bread, and careless ease was in her and in her daughters, but she did not strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me, and I took them away when I saw it.” They were destroyed because of the wickedness not because of homosexuality. For the Apostle Peter also said, “and having reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha to ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, setting them as an example to those that should afterwards live an ungodly life. And saved righteous Lot, distressed with the abandoned conversation of the godless, (for the righteous man through seeing and hearing, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul day after day with their lawless works,)” (2 Peter 2:6-8) And that was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, the gave little regard for anyone else but themselves and were selfish.

 

Note: This is the short version of the writing and more information will be added. After all we have to show what others say about the sin of Sodom, but clearly from reading this, it is not the case. If you feel anything should be added, please feel free to use our contact form and tell us!

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All Scriptures are taken from the “Darby” Bible Translation (Public Domain) unless otherwise noted.

Injustice

With the recent police allegation of police misconduct one has to wonder, does God really care about the injustice and suffering that humans experience ? It is hard to not get involved when you hear of innocent people being hurt.

When Same-Sex Marriage Was a Christian Rite

Contrary to myth, Christianity’s concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual. Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the “Office of Same-Sex Union” (10th and 11th century), and the “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th century).

These church rites had all the symbols of a heterosexual marriage: the whole community gathered in a church, a blessing of the couple before the altar was conducted with their right hands joined, holy vows were exchanged, a priest officiatied in the taking of the Eucharist and a wedding feast for the guests was celebrated afterwards. These elements all appear in contemporary illustrations of the holy union of the Byzantine Warrior-Emperor, Basil the First (867-886 CE) and his companion John.

A Kiev art museum contains a curious icon from St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai in Israel. It shows two robed Christian saints. Between them is a traditional Roman ‘pronubus’ (a best man), overseeing a wedding. The pronubus is Christ. The married couple are both men.

Is the icon suggesting that a gay “wedding” is being sanctified by Christ himself? The idea seems shocking. But the full answer comes from other early Christian sources about the two men featured in the icon, St. Sergius and St. Bacchus, two Roman soldiers who were Christian martyrs. These two officers in the Roman army incurred the anger of Emperor Maximian when they were exposed as ‘secret Christians’ by refusing to enter a pagan temple. Both were sent to Syria circa 303 CE where Bacchus is thought to have died while being flogged. Sergius survived torture but was later beheaded. Legend says that Bacchus appeared to the dying Sergius as an angel, telling him to be brave because they would soon be reunited in heaven.

While the pairing of saints, particularly in the early Christian church, was not unusual, the association of these two men was regarded as particularly intimate. Severus, the Patriarch of Antioch (AD 512 – 518) explained that, “we should not separate in speech they [Sergius and Bacchus] who were joined in life”. This is not a case of simple “adelphopoiia.” In the definitive 10th century account of their lives, St. Sergius is openly celebrated as the “sweet companion and lover” of St. Bacchus. Sergius and Bacchus’s close relationship has led many modern scholars to believe they were lovers. But the most compelling evidence for this view is that the oldest text of their martyrology, written in New Testament Greek describes them as “erastai,” or “lovers”. In other words, they were a male homosexual couple. Their orientation and relationship was not only acknowledged, but it was fully accepted and celebrated by the early Christian church, which was far more tolerant than it is today.

Contrary to myth, Christianity’s concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual.

Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the “Office of Same-Sex Union” (10th and 11th century), and the “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th century).

These church rites had all the symbols of a heterosexual marriage: the whole community gathered in a church, a blessing of the couple before the altar was conducted with their right hands joined, holy vows were exchanged, a priest officiatied in the taking of the Eucharist and a wedding feast for the guests was celebrated afterwards. These elements all appear in contemporary illustrations of the holy union of the Byzantine Warrior-Emperor, Basil the First (867-886 CE) and his companion John.

Such same gender Christian sanctified unions also took place in Ireland in the late 12thand/ early 13th century, as the chronicler Gerald of Wales (‘Geraldus Cambrensis’) recorded.

Same-sex unions in pre-modern Europe list in great detail some same gender ceremonies found in ancient church liturgical documents. One Greek 13th century rite, “Order for Solemn Same-Sex Union”, invoked St. Serge and St. Bacchus, and called on God to “vouchsafe unto these, Thy servants [N and N], the grace to love one another and to abide without hate and not be the cause of scandal all the days of their lives, with the help of the Holy Mother of God, and all Thy saints”. The ceremony concludes: “And they shall kiss the Holy Gospel and each other, and it shall be concluded”.

Another 14th century Serbian Slavonic “Office of the Same Sex Union”, uniting two men or two women, had the couple lay their right hands on the Gospel while having a crucifix placed in their left hands. After kissing the Gospel, the couple were then required to kiss each other, after which the priest, having raised up the Eucharist, would give them both communion.

Records of Christian same sex unions have been discovered in such diverse archives as those in the Vatican, in St. Petersburg, in Paris, in Istanbul and in the Sinai, covering a thousand-years from the 8th to the 18th century.

The Dominican missionary and Prior, Jacques Goar (1601-1653), includes such ceremonies in a printed collection of Greek Orthodox prayer books, “Euchologion Sive Rituale Graecorum Complectens Ritus Et Ordines Divinae Liturgiae” (Paris, 1667).

While homosexuality was technically illegal from late Roman times, homophobic writings didn’t appear in Western Europe until the late 14th century. Even then, church-consecrated same sex unions continued to take place.

At St. John Lateran in Rome (traditionally the Pope’s parish church) in 1578, as many as thirteen same-gender couples were joined during a high Mass and with the cooperation of the Vatican clergy, “taking communion together, using the same nuptial Scripture, after which they slept and ate together” according to a contemporary report. Another woman to woman union is recorded in Dalmatia in the 18th century.

Prof. Boswell’s academic study is so well researched and documented that it poses fundamental questions for both modern church leaders and heterosexual Christians about their own modern attitudes towards homosexuality.

For the Church to ignore the evidence in its own archives would be cowardly and deceptive. The evidence convincingly shows that what the modern church claims has always been its unchanging attitude towards homosexuality is, in fact, nothing of the sort.

It proves that for the last two millennia, in parish churches and cathedrals throughout Christendom, from Ireland to Istanbul and even in the heart of Rome itself, homosexual relationships were accepted as valid expressions of a God-given love and committment to another person, a love that could be celebrated, honored and blessed, through the Eucharist in the name of, and in the presence of, Jesus Christ.

from: http://anthropologist.livejournal.com/1314574.html