Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christian Queers

There’s something that really gets under my skin, pisses me off, if you’ll excuse a crude statement. And it’s Gay Christians. Not the happy kind, the homosexual kind who try to reconcile their Christian beliefs with their homosexuality. That goes for gay Jews and gay Muslims, two fold. Two fold for Jews because they lack the so-called “redeeming quality” of the New Testament and all that lovey-dovey crap that gets misinterpreted as real love all the time. Two fold for Muslims because of the Quran, which adds on to the anti-queer bullcrap that gets spewed from the religious. It is my firm belief that you cannot be an honest Christian and be comfortable with your homosexuality. If you are, then you are simply ignoring your scripture to satisfy whatever will make you sleep well at night. Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with this, this practice of being dishonest with one’s self; however, in this instance it leads to the perpetuation of dangerous and evil beliefs. I’m speaking to you, Christian Queer! Your “holy” support of Christ and his fag-hating ways keeps the Bible alive as a source of dogma and allows it to be fed to the rabid fundamentalists, such as Fred Phelps, Jimmy Swaggart, Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson. Binghamton University itself was home to one of these raving lunatics just a few weeks ago at the end of September, when he stood outside the Student Union crying out about all the “sins” of the students, with a massive sign advertising ex-gay websites. And that guy was a nice one. We’d have had a real issue if we had gotten a “true” Christian on the campus, who would have cried out for every gay man, bisexual, and lesbian who had engaged in sexual acts with a member of the same gender to be stoned to death immediately, and then would have reminded his audience that they were, at the moment of their death, transported to hell to burn for all eternity.

So let us argue this with scripture, because, when you discuss it at the Christian level, that is what it ultimately comes down to. It doesn’t matter if YOU think God loves everyone, it doesn’t matter if YOU think God IS love. The Bible has the answers, yes it does. First, let us deal with that issue of hate. Does God hate? Yes. He does. There are several verses that speak of it, but I shall pull here a few indisputable ones. Let us try Psalm 11:5, The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Or, Proverbs 6:16, These six things doth the LORD hate. Hosea 9:15, Malachi 1:3, Romans 9:13. It’s all there. So the god of Abraham hates, end of story.

Now I suppose it’s best to examine the arguments against homosexuality based in the Bible. I’m fairly certain we’re all aware of the story of Sodom and Gamorrah. There’s a city filled with wicked people, and the focus of the story is on the group of men who come to righteous Lot’s door asking to have sex with his two male guests. Lot offers them his virgin daughter but the men insist that they want the hunks in the back. Those guests happen to be angels and God, and God proceeds to kick some serious ass. The next most commonly used part of the bible is Leviticus which contains two verses pertaining to the butt-pirates of the world. Leviticus 18:22 reads, Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Leviticus 20:13 reads, If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. That seems pretty damn straight forward to me. If a man has sex with another man he should be killed and is responsible for his own death. I.e. he had it coming. Think about THAT the next time you remember Matthew Shepard. There are several other Old Testament verses that speak very negatively, particularly fatally, of homosexuals, but I’ll let you look those up yourself instead of boring you here with it

So we move on to the New Testament. Romans 1:26-27, which shows a contempt for lesbians as well (for shame!), reads, For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And also Romans 1:31-32 reading, (Those) without natural affection…are worthy of death. Let us not forget Corinthians 6:9 which reads, Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind shall inherit the kingdom of God. Let us move away from the writings of Paul and examine the Letter of Jude, brother of James, presumably the brother of Jesus. In the 7th verse it is written, Likewise, Sodom and Gamorrah and the surrounding cities, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

In all of these examples, proof enough I would hope in a book that is meant to be the inspired word of god, I never once used a verse that used terms that could possibly be reinterpreted or retranslated to mean something else. The Bible uses the term Sodomite and Dog to refer to gay men, however, I refrained from using verses with those terms in this sampling to avoid any possible confusion.

Now we examine the claims for Gay Christianity. The most common arguments are that the words are being mistranslated, however, that does not hold very well, especially in the case of Leviticus, which directly calls for the death of homosexuals. The next argument is that the laws laid down in Leviticus were rules for a savage man, a hunter-gatherer type of person. Low civilization man. They base this off of the idea that there are a lot of very involved hygiene and dietary laws that don’t really apply in today’s world. First off, I don’t see it saying anywhere in the Bible that if things get comfortable enough for you, if the world gets advanced enough that the rules just stop applying. The words of the Lord himself seem to very clearly state that gay men should be killed. End of story. Then they want to say that Jesus did away with the Law, that, as Galatians 5:14 says, The entire law is summed up in one command: Love your neighbor as yourself. But taking that in the context of Biblical love, which is described as so-called “natural” love, loving your same-sex neighbor in a romantic way would be out of line, and not considered an act of “true” love by the Almighty. If we do not love how the lord intends us to love, then we are lost.

Jesus himself says that the greatest commandment of the law is to “Love the Lord God with all your heart and your soul and your mind.” How could one do that when they are constantly aware that they are an “abomination” to the lord? How could they continue to act on their homosexuality when the result would be flying rudely in the face of their God? And do not think that Jesus condemns the cruelty of the Old Testament. Indeed, he reinforces it. Jesus himself says, “Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am come not to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Indeed, not until after the events of Revelations (which, at last check, have not occurred) shall any of the old law become a moot issue. Even if we go further with some theological interpretations of the gospel, we find that Jesus did away with the ceremonial law, i.e. law dealing with diet and clothing and the like, and keeps the moral law, the one’s applying to adultery and homosexuality. That makes significant sense in fact. Condemnation of adultery is placed right alongside condemnation of homosexual acts as well as a few other “unnatural” things. Jesus preaches against adultery. By the relation of the idea that all those things in Leviticus were under the same general category of moral law we can, by relation assume that Jesus denied homosexuals their holiness. Besides, it’s not like the Bible recorded every single word of Jesus. He could have said things directly against gay people, and almost assuredly did if we take the word of Paul.

What does all this show us? The Christian, Jewish, Muslim God, Allah, Yahweh, Elohim, El Shaddai, El Adonoi, Jehovah, hates gays and will almost certainly send them to hell, if not at least call for their death here on Earth. If you try to argue it from a Christian standpoint you will lose, as long as you are being honest and taking the bible for what it is. That’s why I urge you gay Christians to drop the Christian and just be gay! Be proud, be loud, be whatever you want, but don’t support this religion of hate. Yes, you heard me. A religion of hate. The only reason Christianity is seen as a religion of love is because hate doesn’t sell well throughout the ages. Love and hope do. Hate doesn’t sell well in today’s Western society, not among all this political correctness. Just think of all the people Christians should be out killing in accordance with their Bible. No, don’t think about it, go read it. Open up Leviticus, get a cup of tea, or beer, or milk or whatever to relax yourself for the long trip through that book, and READ what your Lord commands of you. Reads about all the things that God hates and views with displeasure. I have the sneaking suspicion that a whole lot of people, especially gays, are attached to Christianity for it’s supposed messages of love and acceptance. And, if not for that, at least for the reason that they were raised with it. Stop listening to your preacher and all the watered down, distilled nonsense they throw at you week after week. God hates, and hates with a passion. The Bible is not about love. It is a dire warning to anyone who would take its message seriously. I ask you to think for yourselves and to step away from all this Casper, zombie, vampire mythology and live your life as it is yours.

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