Also See The Message of the Bible and The Warning of The Bible
Far from being outdated, out of touch, and largely irrelevant to modern society, the Kingdom of God Jesus was sent to earth to proclaim (No, His main message wasn’t about ‘love’) is exactly the utopian world most men and women can only dream of, not some pie-in-the-sky ethereal place the other side of Pluto where everyone exists in a state of disembodied blessedness. However, there is also a warning. The Bible very clearly tells us that we all have a choice to make in this life - the most important decision we will ever make. And, if the Bible is indeed the word of God, as it claims to be, and Jesus is the Son of God as He said He was, the consequences for the individual who chooses to ignore the ample evidence, or counter it with clever arguments, will be fatal.
What is "Agape" and How Did It Work?
We tend to assume at once that "love" means what it does to us in modern times -- in this case, a mushy sentimentality that never says a harsh word and never steps on the toes of others. but conceptually, it is certainly possible to love one's enemies, and yet also attack them; and the same for one's disciples or allies.
Persistent Sin... The Battle Between The Flesh and The Spirit
There is no question that believers often find themselves torn between the temptation to sin on the one hand, and the desire to live as God want them to on the other. Many Christians may tackle their problems by resolving to "try harder", but while this may work for some people, it does not always do so for those that struggle with particular sins. As the old saying goes... "The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. What may help is to take some practical steps.
A Word From InPlainSite
This section (and the one on other religions) has led various people to call IPS a ‘hate’ site which is quite ridiculous in more ways than one.
I have friends whom I care about and are either gay or belong to various religious groups. However, the people I ‘dislike intensely’ are those who, seemingly oblivious to the existence of dictionaries, have blindly picked up on a popular but inaccurate and ignorant accusation. They are completely ignorant of the fact that there is a world of difference between being opposed to a practice and ‘hating’ those that indulge in it. Also See (below) whether the term "homophobic" is being accurately used.
In any case, I‘m not the one that said homosexuality was wrong. God did! If you disagree - take it up with Him. If you consider the Bible the Word of God you had better know what His opinion on the matter is. If you are not a believer you have the freedom to choose your own lifestyle .. everyone does! However remember that no one has the freedom to escape from the consequences of wrong choices.
Homosexuality And The Bible
Does the Bible condemn homosexuality? For centuries the answer to that question seemed obvious, but in the last few decades pro- homosexual commentators have tried to reinterpret the relevant biblical passages.
Homosexuality and the Book of Romans
In spite of the fact that no New Testament passage speaks more extensively about homosexuality than does Romans 1, it is not the chapter's predominant theme. However, the subject was very much front and center in Paul's Epistle.
The Inclusiveness of Jesus
It seems to be a common belief that Jesus ‘hung out’ with sinners and this is often used as an excuse for doing the same thing. Because the notion of inclusiveness is central to the current crisis in the church.. that of including practicing gay and lesbian people.. it deserves careful analysis. Is it true that Jesus was inclusive? And if so, in what sense was Jesus inclusive? Were there limits to Jesus’ inclusiveness? How does the teaching of Jesus help us to understand his inclusive practice?
Dialogue With a Homosexual
An E-mail exchange between a student at the University of California Santa Cruz and the author.
Examining some of the homosexual myths that have pervaded our culture.
The Marriage Amendment: No Rights Are Being Taken Away
A good place to start is by asking where rights come from. Rights do not simply materialize out of thin air. Neither do rights exist by a mere claim to their existence. Rights are specific sorts of things that come from a specific source. It seems to me that a right must come from one of two sources: a transcendent source (God), or an immanent source (man/government)..
The Gay Gene?
The real question is whether or not there is such a "gay gene." In fact, there is not, and the research being promoted as proving that there is provides no supporting evidence. How can this be? In order to understand what is really going on, one needs to understand some little-known features of the emerging study of behavioral genetics.
What If Homosexuality Were Biological?
Many of the same people who tell us homosexuality is inborn also claim that sociopaths may be born and not made. If one is born with homicidal instincts, would it be licit for him to commit murder? Don't scoff, for it's precisely the same reasoning; either morality is dictated by biology or it isn't.
Helping Teens Understand Homosexuality
In this article we look at ways to communicate the truth about homosexuality to teens. We examine the lies they are told and the sexual pressure they are under. We also look at ways to help kids process their gender confusion, as well as address helpful ways to encourage teens who already identify themselves as gay or lesbian.
Can Homosexuals Change?
Interestingly, it doesn't seem to matter what the particular stronghold is in a person's life -whether it be homosexuality, gluttony, drug dependency, compulsive gambling or shopping, alcoholism, sexual addiction, or any other stronghold - the most effective solution is the same: intimacy with Christ.
Hope For Homosexuals
The church has too often failed to realize the depth and complexity of the problem. We have stood with Moses on Mount Sinai and hurled the commandments at them (along with a little lightning and thunder thrown in for good measure), but have seldom shown them any hope for freedom.
Footnote I - “Homophobia”
Christians are often accused of being "homophobic" when they state their belief that homosexuality is wrong. However, a "phobic" is a person who has a "phobia", which is a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous. in fact, I know of no case where the suffix phobia does not mean "irrational fear of." So, 'homophobic' cannot possibly be applied to anyone who opposes homosexuality on moral grounds.
Besides which, the term "homophobic" is usually used in a derogatory fashion. So, how is it acceptable for you to call me a less than polite name, but it's not okay for to me to think homosexuality is morally wrong. How is your attitude more 'tolerant' than mine?