Why homosexuals? A good question and an unnecessary controversial question in todays world. There are a large number of views and most of those views are based on prior judgment, unwarranted fear, bias, and/or lack of information! It is a condition that has existed at least as long as recorded history and is likely to remain with us until the end of recorded history. It is an earthly condition, not a spiritual condition. The physical human body is part of the human experience only so long as the spirit dwells within the physical body
after that, the body returns to materiality from whence it initially came.
Spirit gives life
to the physical. This is true with all "living" things
grass, trees, animals, humans, etc. Yes, I know that human is classified as animal, but that classification came from human. In case you havent noticed, there is a distinct special difference between a beautiful dog and a beautiful person. Animals have senses, natural inclinations, and many other fantastic attributes that help them attain their mission in life
Human has all those same attributes [some to a lesser extent, such as smell and hearing] but also has the additional qualities of rationality, planning, decision making and other abilities of analysis and logic. Human was made as a special creation of God that would be the namer and controller of all other elements that were created. Human was the only object of creation that was made in Gods own image! (Genesis 1:26-31)
Let us first examine one of Gods creations
Trees. There is a large variety of trees. Likewise, there are several different types of oak trees
Live Oak, Black Oak, White Oak, etc. We would consider it ridiculous to think that a Black Oak could choose to be an Elm tree
yet both are trees. The "Life" given the tree
comes from God. Each tree is unique and special, even in the same "family" of trees
but a tree is a tree is a tree. Any tree can be used to provide us with shelter and heat to cook our food.
The human is much more complex, of course. We do not expect a tree to be moving about in our yard during the night. If a tree is "domesticated" we do need to clean up after it and care for it, as we do for our animal pets and the infants of our own species. Its true that some people like to stress the "animal" title of our character and, therefore, "justify" their own animal-like actions of abuse, domination, destruction, killing, engaging in sexual activities (or suggesting it) in public places! Animals dont know any better
we do (or at least we should!) Human is charged with love of neighbor, respect for neighbors family and property
justice, equality, liberty and the freedom to take actions to accomplish that for which we entered materiality.
Believe me, dear ones, freedom of speech is NOT rolling in the grass in someones front yard on a balmy Summer evening
even with mutual consent. A persons freedom to swing their fist ENDS at the tip of another persons nose.
Oh well, back to the subject at hand. Caring rules of sexual conduct apply to every human regardless of sexual orientation. Note that I say "orientation" rather than "choice." First, let us consider definitions:
Transvestite - An individual who enjoys wearing the clothing of the opposite gender. This person is not necessarily homosexual
many (perhaps most) are heterosexual or, at least, bisexual. Their emotional inclinations might be toward either gender or, more than likely, toward the opposite gender. I have know a number of cases where an individual would dress as the same gender as their spouse and go out for dinner as two close friends out for the evening. It had nothing to do with their sex life together.
Transsexual (Transgender) - An individual who feels that their being is trapped in the physical body of the wrong gender. For example, the spirit dwelling in the body of a man may feel totally frustrated and unnatural in that body
they feel themselves to be a woman but they are "trapped" in the body of a man
an extremely hurtful condition for them. They are not necessarily homosexual simply because they would be more at peace to live in a more "comfortable" body.
Hermaphrodite (pronounced herm-afro-dite) - An individual who has sexual organs of both male and female. True hermaphrodites, having both sexual organs completely functional, are extremely rare. Partial hermaphrodites are less rare. They also have their call by God and their physical condition is not related to sexual orientation. It is a heavy cross to bear
especially if, during childhood, the parents decide on an operation that establishes one gender (chosen by the parents) and their choice turns out to be the wrong one for the individual
inadvertently making them a transsexual.
Asexual - An individual who has no sexual organs (according to the dictionary) but, in general terms, the definition includes individuals who have no feeling or need for the sex act. Yes, they are real and they do own their place in society
and there are more than some might think.
Celibate -- An individual who has the capability of being sexually active but, by personal choice, does not engage in sexual activity with either gender.
There is one natural characteristic that all of the above share
the need for and the ability to LOVE. That does not mean sex, it means love! Since the above definitions can apply to any sexual orientation, they will not be included in the discussion that follows. That leaves us with the remaining three definitions.
Heterosexual - An individual who has an exclusive attraction to a person of the opposite sex. This attraction is in the form of establishing a special relationship with their mate of the opposite sex and, most likely, to create a family home. Offspring may not always result from such a union
due to biological reasons, personal choice, or other factors.
Bisexual - An individual who has, to varying degrees, an attraction to both the opposite and same sex. Obviously, the vast majority of humanity falls within this category
primarily because every human has both genders in their physical being
part of the totality of God. This is an area where orientation might be considered a "choice" depending upon the attraction between the individuals and the more inclined one may be toward a specific gender or a specific individual regardless of their gender. In a sense, this is the group that has the greatest torment
for stability in their personal life, they need to make that choice. The farther away they are from the peak of the curve, the harder it is to make their decision. Sometimes that decision comes back to them. If a person has a strong purpose to force a change, they can make an outward show of change but, when that purpose no longer exists, their basic nature will likely return to haunt them.
I can cite three real examples from personal ministry: (1) "Jack" was deeply in love with "Tom" but felt absolutely no attraction for any other man. Jack told me that if, for any reason he and Tom were ever parted, he would probably find and marry a woman.
(2) "Jake" was married to a woman and had a young son. He was equally attracted to a man but still loved his wife and child. He wanted BOTH. He and his wife came to me for counseling and, after a few sessions, I told him that it was totally disruptive to his present family to consider having a male lover as well. I told him that his basic responsibility was to the family he had created but he had the option of choosing to stay in that relationship or to make a clean and honorable separation with his wife before making a commitment to another. (I would have given the same advice to a heterosexual man who wanted to have two wives.)
(3) "Hazel" was in a heterosexual marriage, with children, for many years. During that time she had a strong, natural yearning to be in a family relationship of a different nature
although she loved her husband and children very much. When her husband died, she met and established a relationship with "Anna," a lesbian, who had a very young daughter, "Patty. " Patty was the wonderful intended product of the brief marriage of Anna and a young gay man
with the understanding that Anna would raise the child. Patty was raised by Anna and Hazel in a loving home. After high school, Patty became engaged to a fine young man and they were married shortly after Anna died of cancer. This is one of many cases where a child has been reared in an openly homosexual household but the child is heterosexual
just as a heterosexual household can produce a homosexual child.
Homosexual - An individual who has an exclusive attraction to a person of the same sex. This attraction is in the form of establishing a special relationship with their mate of the same sex and, most likely, to create a family home. Offspring can not result from such a union
due to biological reasons
but children can be involved who are the offspring of one member of the family (during a prior heterosexual marriage) or the two choose to adopt a child or produce a child by artificial insemination. The children are affected by being in such a family ONLY by the fear of what others may think of the two people that mean so much to them. If there is any "damage" to the child, it is due to what others say and do to them.