-The Old Testament states clearly that homosexuality is a sin. Ask a Christian why they do not try to follow all the commandments found within the Bible instead of just 10, and they will point blank tell you that they do not have to because they are in the old testament. Yet some choose to pull clobber passages from it, to smack away at another. That is simply hypocritical in my opinion.<quoted text>
Which leads me to...
You never stated if you personally think that homosexuality is a sin yet say the Bible does.
Were you talking about homosexuals that don't act upon their sexual orientation?
-The New Testament is not clear on the subject. I am sure that anyone taking the time to read this that is a Christian, will want pull out three passages that they think prove me wrong. I would recommend that they look up the discussions about the scriptures in question, and the disputes going on about the translations. Yet with all the dispute going on .good people that have felt a personal calling from God, are unable to do so because some say that it is very clear that they should not do so, because the Bible says so.
I personally do not think that it is right for me to tell a person that has had a calling, committed no crime, and lives a good life that they have no right to their calling from God. How would I know Gods plan for their life?
I take personal offense at people comparing homosexuality to pedophiles, I know that was not your intent but need to express that to you. There is a clear cut difference between the two.<quoted text>
If not wouldn't that leave the door open for active pedophiles to be ordained?
If a pedophile does not get the help they need, and commits a crime I would not want them to be cut any slack from our government, they need to be tried and dealt with accordingly. I believe that God will take care of the rest in the end.<quoted text>
I think that I have learned enough about you to know that you wouldn't cut a pedophile any slack but then what does that say about "a sin is a sin is a sin"?
Let me put it this way - I have no right to judge another based upon a sin. It would be foolish of anyone not to weigh another based upon actions that have harmed others. There is a big difference between a presumed sin, and an actual crime.
These are individual offences that would need to be taken care of either by law enforcement, or the church community.<quoted text>
What if a preacher was having an affair outside his marriage...
You did not ramble, and if I did not address everything or created more confusion just let me know, and I will try to clarify.<quoted text>
I agree...it is a complicated subject for some Christians...that balance between following what you believe their Bible to say and treating everyone equally. IMO...it can't be done.
Which is another topic altogether.
Sorry if I rambled but not only was I confused as to what you were saying...all of these scenarios kept coming to mind.
I think I need more caffeine!
If you would prefer not to go any further with this conversation...I understand...I will just stay confused! LOL