Essay by parizj1University, Bachelor's September 2003

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We live in a time in which there is pressure to be accepting of lifestyles different from our own. My wife Karen and I have been challenged during this current school year by the revelation that two of her co-workers are lesbians. This situation has forced us to more closely examine the issue of homosexuality. How is Karen to deal with these women in a loving Christian way? Genesis chapters one and two clearly provide God's blueprint for human sexuality: a monogamous, heterosexual committed union. There are no exceptions to this plan, and the concept of a same-sex alternative would violate God's careful provision of an opposite sex "suitable helper" for the man. As Christians, it is our duty to direct people to this truth, (Ephesians 4:15-"Speaking the truth in love"), and to wholeness and the highest good (ultimately, maturity in Christ) for every person.

Homosexual behavior is always mentioned in an unfavorable light in the Bible.

The Old Testament states God's opinion of homosexual relationships in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. The former states, "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable"; the latter states, "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death..." Romans 1:26-27 states: "Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion." And "Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 states that homosexual offenders will not inherit the kingdom of God. This passage does however, offer hope that one can change his or her sexual behavior through Jesus Christ: "And this is what some of you were!"

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