Homosexuality: Natural?

With all the hubbub about same-sex marriages out in California, the topic of homosexuality is quite prevalent right now. I came across an article this morning which discussed homosexual behavior in animals. This article suggests that, since scientists have observed that “same-sex lovin’ is common in hundreds of species,” that it must be natural for humans. If it were not natural, then apparently that trait would have evolved out of the gene pool. The author quotes a biologist at Georgetown as saying, “The funny thing is that people say homosexuality is unnatural, that non-humans don’t engage in homosexual behavior, but that’s not true. Then they’ll say it’s base and animalistic.”

So much for what God says about this.

In my Bible study at church, we’re going through Romans; next week we’ll be studying the latter part of chapter 1. It has a few very clear words to say about this topic:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Romans 1:18-32

So, you could really say that humans have “evolved” … but not in the way we normally think of evolution. Usually evolution suggests improvement. In this case, it is the reverse. We have actually worsened our situation. When the world was created, all was perfect. But Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and sin reigned.

Thankfully, Christ came to earth and died on the cross to save us from our sin … to redeem not just those who practice homosexuality, but all of us, because we all have sinned, and all sin is worthy of death. In Romans 5, we learn, “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. 18So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.” Adam’s one sin brought death for us all. But Christ’s death brought life to all who believe in him.

4 thoughts on “Homosexuality: Natural?

  1. Eliza

    Very interesting. I’ve read Romans a few times and can’t say that I’ve come across that verse (or noticed it…oops). Definitely gives me more biblical backup for discussions of this nature!

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  2. Andrew

    Very good post. I don’t care what any person says, even if he is a “scientist”; all that matters is what God has to say about the matter. And He is very clear on this issue. Thanks for contending for the faith.

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  3. Terminal

    I’m sure if you’re a believer in the Christian God and biblical texts, this carries great weight. But if you’re a non-believer, I’d have to say, so what?

    The biblical text is irrelevant to the fact that this behavior is observed throughout the animal kingdom.

    I give it the same weight (read: not much) as any other text that claims to speak for the innumerable Gods that people have dreamed up throughout history.

    As a heterosexual (and non-believer), I find religious people’s preoccupation with homosexuality a lot more peculiar than the act itself.

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  4. Erich Musick Post author

    Terminal –

    I understand where you’re coming from when you say that what the Bible has to say on the topic is irrelevant to you, a non-believer. I would feel much the same way if someone presented an opposing argument from, say, the Qu’ran.

    That being said, as a Christian, I believe that there is ONE truth, and truth is revealed to us in the Bible. You could argue that Muslims believe the same thing about the Qu’ran. What, then, distinguishes the Christian beliefs from other religions?

    If you’ve never read the Bible, I’d encourage you to give it a shot. I’d like to share one excerpt from it with you. This is an account of a man named Paul explaining Christianity to philosophers in Athens.

    So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ 29 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

    You commented, “I find religious people’s preoccupation with homosexuality a lot more peculiar than the act itself.” If you look through the rest of my web site, you will find that my preoccupation is not with homosexuality but rather with looking through the lens of the Bible at those issues which are prominent in our society and world. The topic of homosexuality has been far from insignificant in recent elections, and I therefore felt it appropriate to comment on it. It is difficult to deny the effect that it has on our society. Consider the structure of families. While growing up, my friends had both a mother and a father, whether they lived with both, or just one. I appreciate the unique perspective on life that I can find by talking to both my mother and father. Homosexual relationships eliminate one of the two parties.

    In addition to a vastly different family structure, there are health ramifications for homosexuals. There’s an interesting article on this topic available at http://www.missionamerica.com/homosexual.php?articlenum=74

    Feel free to write back if you’d like to discuss this further!

    – Erich

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