CONTRARY to what we observed a few decades ago, the right to live one's homosexuality in broad daylight is increasingly visible today. Even among people of "Christian" faith, many claim their different sexual orientation.. “Christian gay” sites abound on the Internet, laws have been voted in favor of respect for their rights, whether in marriage, cohabitation or at work, gay parades roam the streets of large cities, etc.
It is true that the attacks and discriminations which homosexuals are sometimes the object of are completely reprehensible, the differences of opinion not authorizing in any way to resort to violence, whether verbal or physical. However, it is worth taking the time to examine what the Holy Scriptures say on this subject. Doesn't the Creator of the sexual organs have the authority to show us the right way to use them?
At the beginning…
When he created the first human couple (which he officially united), God made them “male and female”, with the aim, among other things, of filling the earth with their descendants (Genesis 1:27, 28). Would this objective have been achieved if the first human pair had been made up of two males? Since love of God means 'keeping his commandments' (1 John 5: 3), shouldn't the Christian who loves God and desires to obey Him respect His views on procreation and the use of his reproductive organs?
What God thinks about homosexuality
But now that the earth is indeed filled with humans, has God's perspective on sexuality changed? Are human beings free to choose their sexual orientation? I invite you to reflect on the following points.
When God gave the Law to Israel, he unequivocally stated that "when a man sleeps with a male as one sleeps with a woman, both have done a loathsome thing." --Leviticus 20:13.
What happened to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah allows us to fully appreciate the consequences of violating this divine law. We read in Jude 7: “Likewise Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns, after they had committed, just like these [the angels who had left their heavenly position to mate with women - Genesis 6: 1, 2; Jude 6], fornication with excess and were gone after the flesh for unnatural use, are set before us as an example which is a warning by undergoing the judicial punishment of an eternal fire. Have you noticed how God views same-sex relationships? Like an “unnatural” use, the consequences of which are very serious.
This is what the apostle Paul confirms in Romans 1:26, 27: “This is why God gave them up [in the sense that he let them act thus] to shameful sexual desires, for their females have changed the natural use of their body in the unnatural one; and likewise the males too have left the natural use of the female and are kindled in their passion for one another, males with males, doing that which is obscene and receiving in themselves the full reward which their error merited. "
Indeed, the repercussions of homosexuality are not only external (divine punishment), but also internal. As the apostle Paul points out, those who indulge in it receive 'in themselves the full reward for their error. This results in particular in sexually transmitted diseases.
And today ?
Qu’en est-il des chrétiens aujourd’hui ? Dieu accepte-t-il au sein de la congrégation chrétienne les personnes qui ont une orientation sexuelle différente ? Pour connaître la réponse, voyez ce que disait l’apôtre Paul des premiers convertis au christianisme : « Comment ! Ne savez-vous pas que les injustes n’hériteront pas du royaume de Dieu ? Ne vous égarez pas. Ni fornicateurs, ni idolâtres, ni adultères, ni hommes qu’on entretient à des fins contre nature, ni hommes qui couchent avec des hommes, […] n’hériteront du royaume de Dieu. Et pourtant c’est là ce qu’étaient certains d’entre vous. Mais vous avez été lavés, mais vous avez été sanctifiés, mais vous avez été déclarés justes au nom de notre Seigneur Jesus Christ et avec l’mind of our God. - 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
In the first century, people who had been homosexual and converted to Christianity did not remain homosexual. But, you might say, didn't Paul say, "In the state that each one is called, let him dwell there"? (1Corinthians 7:20.) Indeed. However, as the context indicates, Paul was not addressing here the issue of sexual orientation but that of circumcision and slavery (verses 19, 21, 22). So he didn't mean to say that a Christian can be homosexual.
God "wants all kinds of men to be saved and to come to an exact knowledge of the truth" (1Timothy 2: 4). For this reason, the good news is preached throughout the earth and to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation (Matthew 24:14). Those who are touched by this good news desire to conform their lives to the ways of God. This sincere desire prompts them to abandon a way of life which they know to be contrary to Christian principles, even if it requires great effort and sacrifice.
What can help them? " With l'mind of our God,” Paul tells us (1 Corinthians 6:11). Where he'mind saint, the most powerful force in the universe, can help them change their deep personality and their sexual orientation. It is true that this requires a daily struggle, and Jehovah understands that this struggle is difficult. It is however possible. We read in Philippians 4:13: “In all things I have strength through him who gives me power. Yes, the Creator and giver of the sexual organs can certainly give them the strength to fight against these tendencies.
Si vous êtes de ceux qui luttent dans ce sens, vous pouvez avoir l’insurance que Dieu est sensible à vos efforts sincères. Il vous donnera la force de continuer le combat et de le mener à terme. Prêter attention aux commandements divins vous vaudra la paix intérieure, la paix with God (Isaiah 48:17, 18) and, ultimately, eternal life on an earth transformed into paradise (Psalm 37:11, 29; 1 John 2:17). If you persevere in this fight, Jehovah will grant you complete victory in his new, just and pure order. Then, his glorious plan will be realized: the earth will be filled with humans who will all have been born thanks to the extraordinary sexual faculties with which God has endowed us.