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faith said to change sexual orientation

I flunked out of an ex-gay ministry, twice. Well, actually I gave up the impossible task of lying and living a lie. I was miserable, depressed, felt unworthy, and anytime I "sinned, " I felt like I had failed God, myself and others. I had even attempted suicide over the guilt and remourse of being gay and Christian. It was only when I realized that my Christian faith was wrong and that I was "O.K." and that the God of my faith still loves me and accepts me just as I am. It is terribly tragic that so many misinterpret the Bible, based merely on modern translations. Here is what I found that taught me that maybe my early Christian teaching was wrong... These 10 truths bring me peace every day and remind me that I am "O.K.," in my Christian walk... 1. Why do modern Bible translations make every use of the verb "Yadha" (used 943 times in the Bible) to mean something "sex-negative ." 2. No-where have I found the Greek root "Erastes " to be anywhere in the New Testament. 3. The English word "Homosexual " was not used until the late 19th century, long after the original Bible Cannon was put together. You will never find "Homosexual " anywhere in the ancient texts. Only sexually deficient or sex-minded-self-ha ting-puritans would make every sexual reference into something the original author didn't mean. 4. Paul does not speak to me about homosexuality, because his references either point to Jews who Converted to Christianity and gave up their faith for idol worship, men who revert to prostitution in the temple of God, or those who engage in "Para-physin " behavior--that is behavior that goes against their inherent nature--in worship to an idol or in prostitution. The entire book of Romans was a letter to Christians who were worshipping idols in the Temple of God. There are some eternal truths there, but the whole letter must be read in its entirety. It does not condemn me in any way, unless I worship idols. (Romans1:26 says "therefore... " go back one verse and see what "therefore " is there for... idolatry.) 5. God decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah long before the events outside of Lot's house. 6. God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of "homosexualit y." See Ezekiel 16:49-50. Incidentally, the word "abomination " was referring to the idolatry--God's first Commandment. S&G were matriarchal societies, not worshiping God. 7. "The Law" had not been written when these events took place. 8. Jesus is from the lineage of the Moabites, one of two nations that rose from the incest of Lot and his two daughters. God didn't destroy these nations which rose "out of sin." Genesis 19:36-38 9. The laws in Leviticus do not apply to me, a Christian. I am not under the law. The law was never meant to bring a Christian to salvation. 10.Jesus never taught or spoke against gay relationships. His only gave 2 commandments. Matthew 22:36-40 Vs. 40 negates the law mentioned in #9.  (Dec 30, 2008 | post #294)


What do you think of gay marriage?

It sure dear sister, whom I love dearly, just divorced her 4th husband. Oh, yea, Heter0-Marriages work out so well! However, this last one lasted about 7 years, though. It is getting better for her. By the way, our mother was married 5 times--see a pattern? Good thing I am queer and can't marry...I'd be doomed to multiple marriages too. Whew! I barely squeaked by!  (Nov 28, 2008 | post #11688)

Obama May not have Been Born in the US

Thank you, for those "others" out there, John McCain was born in Panama, in 1936. He was born on Aug. 29, 1936, in the Panama Canal Zone--in which the US had NO Sovereignty over! We had rights to use it, but it wasn't ours... so, with that being said, He may be a citizen, but is he a naturalized citizen??? Seems like we have a quagmire, folks...think about it. On the other hand, McCain's camp insists that he was naturalized because though he was born outside of the US, is parents are natural born citizens. Sen. McCain's supporters draw some comfort from a law passed in 1790 by the first Congress. It provided that the children of US citizens born outside the US "shall be considered as natural born citizens." The law is no longer in effect, but it provides some guidance on what the founders had in mind at the time of the Constitution. Wasn't PRESIDENT Obama's mother a naturalized US Citizen? ? ? Therefore , using the same argument, PRESIDENT Obama is naturalized.  (Nov 28, 2008 | post #220)

Obama May not have Been Born in the US

Honey, go back inside and color something. Recess is over.  (Nov 28, 2008 | post #212)


Homosexuality is an abomintion to God.

Um, Melton? Are you really there? The word ABOMINATION is simply a term meaning a degree of sin, such as we have classifications of crimes. Any good orthodox or conservative, or reformed Jewish Rabbi can tell you that. Abomination in Leviticus or Genesis or Ezekiel, if you are referring to such, means classification of sin... such as Idolatry. Abomination= Capitol Offense. The only time God punished for homosexual behavior was during Leviticus, which was a book of laws written for The Levite Tribe. You don't see punishment for lebianism, do you? No, just men, because it wasted seed, which was to be used for reproduction. Even sex without the explicit purpose of having children was punishable. Should we mention eating rare meat, pork, shellfish, wearing clothes of mixed cloth/material,pla nting two different crops in the same field? Etc. Et. Al. Ok, so you lost that argument. Want to debate Sodom and Gomorrah? Ezekiel 16:49-50 explains why Sodom and Gommorah were destroyed, and homosexuality is not mentioned. Abomination mentioned here is referring to "Detestable things" such as Idolatry. Ask a Rabbi, if you need clarification on the Hebrew defination of Abomination. Cheers mate,  (Jun 24, 2007 | post #4159)


Homosexuality is an abomintion to God.

I am sorry sir, but you are reading from a modern translation, in which the word homosexual was later added. The correct word for homosexual in greek, erastes, is not found ANYWHERE in the new testament. You are reading a modern translation, in which the term homosexual was not coined until the late 19th century. Paul was referring to male prostitutes who worked in the temple...the effeminate male. How many effeminate males do you know who are not homosexual? I bet they are accused just the same, right? In that society, people picked up work where they could, doing what they were good at. Alot of them worked 'at or in the local temples.' Some were prostitutes, both male and female. What Paul was admonishing were those who practiced prostitution, being effeminate. Not being gay. Brush up on your Bible history, before you go reporting what you were incorrectly lead to belive.  (Jun 24, 2007 | post #4157)


Wal-Mart shuns gay groups

I worked for Wal-Mart at 2 different locations, before the stores became Supercenters. Yes it was horrible, the pay sucked, the benefits were next to none, unless you were a full-time executive. The only way to become one, was wait for someone to die or move on, then know someone with pull. They descriminated then, and from what I know, they do so now. Nothing has changed; they only became bigger and more evil. Sorry, but my experience, and the experiences of my friends and family (who were and are still employees) certainly are not a great as your experience. You are very fortunate to be treated as well, and it is obvious that your situation is far from the normal situation. Count yourself as blessed! Cheers,  (Jun 24, 2007 | post #719)


Obscuring yearbook photo of a male kissing boyfriend is i...

My mistake, sorry for that slip-up.  (Jun 24, 2007 | post #45)

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Local Favorites:

Covenant Community Church, Milo's, El Cazador and TNT Theatre.

I Belong To:

Magic City Choral Society Men's Chorus, Human Rights Campaign and Equality Alabama

When I'm Not on Topix:

I am asleep (rebooting)

I'm Listening To:

Contemporary Jazz Music

Read This Book:

The Shack

Favorite Things:

Reading, Watching old movies, washing dishes

On My Mind:

Equality for ALL; special rights for no one.