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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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Injustice

Injustice And DiscriminationWith 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. But we as Christians need to understand that the laws of this land we are to follow. (Read Romans 13:1-7) However we are to follow God’s laws as long as they do not disobey his laws or what he requires of us. In terms of man’s laws, we are to obey for according to Paul at Romans 13: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (ESV)

For Ecclesiastes 4:1 tells us: “Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun:I saw the tears of the oppressed—    and they have no comforter;power was on the side of their oppressors—and they have no comforter.” What does it mean? According to Matthew Henry, ” It grieved Solomon to see might prevail against right. Wherever we turn, we see melancholy proofs of the wickedness and misery of mankind, who try to create trouble to themselves and to each other. Being thus hardly used, men are tempted to hate and despise life. But a good man, though badly off while in this world, cannot have cause to wish he had never been born, since he is glorifying the Lord, even in the fires, and will be happy at last, for ever happy. Ungodly men have most cause to wish the continuance of life with all its vexations, as a far more miserable condition awaits them if they die in their sins. If human and worldly things were our chief good, not to exist would be preferable to life, considering the various oppressions here below.”

God will help us in this situation as the Psalmist David said at Psalms 72:12-14: “For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.He will take pity on the weak and the needy  and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.” (NIV). God will rescue  us and will help those that call upon him and he will rescue us from oppression and violence, However, we must not try to go against the laws of the land. For they are in place by God himself.

 

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(“Ecclesiastes 4 Commentary – Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise),” n.d.)

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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

HIV/AIDS: Is it God’s Judgment?

Is HIV or AIDS God’s Judgment? Is HIV punishment or judgment from God? NO. Some people would answer yes and this comes from the Right-wing Christians.  If this were the case then God would not have sent his Son. Not only that but “His Only begotten” (John 3:16). there are three issues that HIV/AIDS is a punishment: 1) Homosexuality is sinful; 2) that God causes suffering; and 3) that God punishes with diseases. This all comes about from homophobia.  The Bible says, “God is Love.” (1 John 4:8) So why would he cause this and make it a punishment?

Are Homosexual Acts Sinful? There is much debate about the passages that refer to homosexuality.  Some are convinced that in whole or in part the Bible condemns homosexuality. For example, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19, it condemns rape, not homosexuality. Rape is a violent act and is different to a loving same-sex relationship.  In the passage, verse 8, Lot offered his daughters instead of offering the visitors.  If homosexuality were the issue, he wouldn’t have offered his daughters to the town people.  The custom back then, was to take the visitors outside of the city gates and to violently rape them. It is clear that the town didn’t welcome outsiders. In Ezekiel 16:49-50 says, “Lo, this hath been the iniquity of Sodom thy sister, Arrogancy, fulness of bread, and quiet ease, Have been to her and to her daughters, And the hand of the afflicted and needy She hath not strengthened.  50And they are haughty and do abomination before Me, And I turn them aside when I have seen. “ Sodom and Gomorrah was not destroyed because of homosexuality, but because “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” (V. 49) (New International Version)

God’s word and the Christian faith are about forgiveness and healing. As mentioned above, John 3:16 teaches about WHOSOEVER believes in Christ will have eternal life. Gays and lesbians the “who” believe in Christ are part of the “whosoevers”, as stated in John.

Does God Cause Suffering? All religions have at one time addressed the issue with suffering. Does God cause suffering? Why do people suffer? In the world today human suffering is caused by hunger, disease, property, oppression, and injustice. What a loving God really cause suffering?  To try to keep this short, we need to go back to our first parent’s Adam and Eve.  If they had listened to God’s and kept his rules they would have remained perfect and happy. This was the purpose for God. Genesis 1:27-29; 5:15.

Because of free will, Adam and Eve chose to step out the boundaries of his laws in Genesis chapter 3. Because they rejected his rulership and acted on their own they did not remain his children. (Compare Deuteronomy 32:5) Just Adam was once perfect, in order to restore salvation another one needed to come in perfect form, and that was Jesus Christ.

The answer to this question does God cause suffering, the answer is no. If anyone tells you otherwise they are lying. If anything man has caused the suffering of man by its crimes, polluting the world, fighting wars. (Galatians 6:7)

 

 

Is Sin Punished with Disease?

Going back to the above paragraph, we need to examine the first human parents. They caused human suffering by disobeying God. (Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:1-6) Because everyone was born into sin, Paul wrote in Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as tsin came into the world through one man, and udeath through sin, and vso death spread to all men because wall sinned[1]” So again the answer to the question, is no.

 

What is the Responsibility of People of faith?

The Apostle Paul urged Christians to “So then, gas we have opportunity, let us hdo good to everyone, and especially to those who are iof the household of faith. [2]” (Galatians 6:10)

People of faith are to help the sick whatever they need. It could be cleaning their house, cooking a meal. It could even be encouragement to one in the congregation.

 

The Future

What does the future hold for those that have HIV/AIDS? The time will come where no one will say, “I am sick.” (Isaiah 33:24) Best part is that the Lord’s Prayer will come true as recorded in the book of Matthew, ““Our Father in heaven, hhallowed be iyour name.1 10 jYour kingdom come, kyour will be done, 2 lon earth as it is in heaven.[3]” It is not God’s will for humans to be plagued with illness. God will answer his faithful servants.  When he does in his own time, he will bring the end to HIV/AIDS that plague all of mankind.

 

 

 

 

 

 


t Gen. 2:17; 3:6; 1 Cor. 15:21, 22; [ver. 15–17; ch. 6:9; Ps. 51:5]

u ch. 6:23; James 1:15

v [ver. 14, 21; 1 Cor. 15:22]

[1] The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ro 5:12). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ga 6:10). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

1 Or Let your name be kept holy, or Let your name be treated with reverence

j [ch. 3:2; 4:17]

k ch. 26:42; Luke 22:42; Acts 21:14; [ch. 12:50; Heb. 13:21]

[3] The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Mt 6:9–10). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

What Does Christmas Mean to You?

How would you answer?

Santa and Little Boy

Christmas is (1) a time to be with your family; (2) a time for

Parties; (3) a religious time; (4) a stressful time; (5) a emotional time; (6) a time of blatant moneymaking.

 

Most people would agree with  “a time of blatant money-making.” Christmas is a time for most toy companies and small businesses to rack in that money.  Most people celebrate Easter more, because it is a so-called religious holiday, celebrated by Protestants and Catholics.  Christmas is more than a vacation period.   Christmas has   “undergone a process of sticking commercialization,” states The Encyclopedia Britannica.  Some 40 years ago, an anti-Christmas pamphlet lamented:  “Christmas is boosted by the commercial world.  It is the greatest money-making season of the year, professed Christian business men look forward to the Christmas season, not for the sake of Christ, but for the sake of financial gain.” So true these words are today!

Most people around the world celebrate Christmas.  Most religions celebrate it as well.   Even non-Christian people celebrate it just for the fun.  According to The World Book Encyclopedia, “Christmas is the day on which Christians celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.”  Nevertheless, the Encyclopedia also states:  “The early Christians did not celebrate  [Jesus’] birth because of anyone’s birth to be a Pagan custom.”

How then, did these Pagan customs become apart of “Christmas” holiday, Christmas? The first century Christians did not celebrate Christmas is borne out by early “Christian” writers.   The Catholic Encyclopedia states the following: “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church. Irenaeus and   Tert’~l l ian omit  its  from their  list  of  feasts.” When Apostate Christians began to fall  away to pagan practices, Terullian Complained:  “By us, who are strangers of Sabbaths, and new moons and Festivals,  once acceptable to God,  the Saturnalia [and other pagan feats] are how frequented, gifts are carried to and fro,  … and sports and banquets are celebrated with uproar.”

In order to convert Pagans, the Roman Catholic clergy In the fourth century after  Christ  took  in  this  Pagan  Saturnalia  on December  25  sponsored  it  as  the  “Mass  of  Christ”  or  “Christmas.” Christmas is  just a  carbon copy of the Pagan Saturnalia.  The early Christ lens did not celebrate the birth of Christ.”Romans favorite festival was Saturnalia, which began on December 17 and ended with the  birthday of the unconquered Sun’  (Natalis Soils Inviction December  25.  Somewhere in  the second  century quarter of the fourth century, ,  savvy officials of the church of Rome decided December ”   would make a dandy day to celebrate the birthday of the  ‘ sun of Righteousness!  Christmas was born “-U.S. Catholic of December 1981, page 32.

All right it is commonly know that Christmas was not originally a celebration about Christmas of Christ’s birth. Here is most of the information about Christmas, know what do you think?  In my opinion it is very exaggerated. it is mostly about toy shops, Department stores, sales, buying presents, getting a Christmas Tree, decorating your house better then your neighbor,  spending money you don’t have, etc.

The Christmas is supposed to be one of “good will” toward men. After fifteen hundred years of Christmas celebrating, how much “good will” is there in the world today? How much good will is practiced during the holiday season itself? How Christ-like are people during this “Most sacred festival”?

When learning these facts about Christmas, how have some been affected? The World Book Encyclopedia (1982) observes under “Christmas”:  “During the 1600’s  …  Christmas was outlawed in England and in parts of the English colonies in America.” Since people in the past refused to celebrate Christmas because of its Pagan origin, it should be understandable why Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate it today. We take no part in Christmas  parties, plays,  singing,  exchanging  of  gifts,  or  in  any  other  such activity that is associated with Christmas.

Know it  is your  turn  to examine  why you  celebrate  this Pagan Holiday. To really find out the truth. Please don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to push my religion or my beliefs on others, just show the truth.  But I just wanted to present the truth about “Christmas.”

 

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