Like I said. Saul's three sons were in line to become King - by succession.<quoted text>
Actually in ancient traditions, the first son got it all unless he died or did something to have it all taken from him and then the second oldest son was in line.
Concerning Jonathan and David, for pro-homosexuals it's convenient for them to take an obviously close relationship existing between these two men, then redefine a few words and turn it into a sexual relationship.
Jonathan had been married for most of his wife. How many wives and concubines isn't known. But if he was like his father, he had many though just one is mentioned.
David had at least eight known wives(maybe more not listed) and as many concubines or "sub-wives". Some he married and others were given to him by God that belonged to King Saul. And one he indirected killed a man to have for the lust that burned in him for her. I personally don't see a lot of evidence for David having homosexual traits there. He spent his entire life acquiring wives and as the verses state, he was very, very sexual active with them.
People can have their opinion he was a homosexual or bisexual but I see no real time evidence to even show such an interest in men.
And I know the non-sexual love a guy can have for another guy that is better/different and more profound then any love he'll feel for a woman. It's a soul felt love that is so different from the love a guy can have for a woman. That doesn't make it a better love but just different. People that knew us swore we gay. But we weren't. We were never sexual with each other and didn't desire to be sexual with each other. But we had a deep and profound love for each other like two people establish in a long term romantic/sexual relationship. Thus I don't know it for fact, but I believe that is the type of a relationship that David and Jonathan had.
As for Jonathan and his wife and children, the Episcopal bishop, Eugene Robinson was married and had children, too. Robinson is homosexual. It is not unusual for a homosexual man to get married to a woman and to have a family.
You are reading details into the story that you cannot prove or disprove anymore than I can. I simply allow for the possibilities, whereas you do not appear to allow the same latitude.
The relationship between Jonathan and David began when Jonathan was smitten in love with David. Eventually, they grew to trust each other, completely.
See your own relationships for what they are. They are your own admittance to the personal significance of these passions.
You say you have loved another man as much or more than you have loved a woman. But, it wasn't sexual.
I don't know you. I don't know what you are capable of or why you are motivated to do what you do. But, if you had experienced a sexual attraction to this man and he had experienced the same toward you, what do you think might have happened?
You say that never happened. But, I say it obviously does happen among some people and that it is not simply a matter of getting up in the morning and deciding that today is your day for being homosexual.
For at least some of these, their sexual identity is a recollection and affirmation of personal nature that is as natural and an integral part of their being as is any heterosexual inclination is for the rest of us.
This is the truth. Modern psychological understanding of the sexuality of human beings concludes that homosexual attraction is a normal variation.
Yes. It is an acknowledgment that goes against much of the superstitious and taboo-generated tribal morality that is written into the books of the bible. But, consider that within the biblical writings, never once is this delved into by the Lord Jesus.
My conclusion is that we (modern psychology) now know better than most people did then. And, in this, I find absolutely no conflict with the Teachings of Christ Jesus.