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Within Christianitythere are a variety of views on sexual orientation and homosexuality. Even within a denomination, individuals and groups may hold different views and not all members of a denomination necessarily support their church's views on homosexuality. This article focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, covering how the extent to which the Bible mentions the subject, whether or not it is condemned, and whether the various passages apply today, have become contentious topics.
Great question Jane. There is no single verse which says gay and lesbian relationships are okay. I'm sometimes asked: Is there any evidence of an actual gay marriage in the Bible?
A few years ago the Ramsey Colloquium—a group of Christian and Jewish scholars—published a sharp critique of "the gay and lesbian cause" which they titled "The Homosexual Movement. It hardly needs to be said that entering the debate in this way exposed the Ramsey Colloquium to angry denunciation and was, for some of its members, an act of courage. My purpose is not to criticize the declaration's reasoning but to draw your attention to one paragraph as the starting point for our conversation:.
Amber Cantorna is the daughter of an executive at the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, based in Colorado Springs, where she was a leader of sorts in her church community. She was also a lesbian — which left her feeling at conflict with her family and faith. After years of struggling with depression, anxiety and self-harm, Cantorna came out at 27 years old.
A lesbian couple have alleged that daughter was refused admission to a Christian daycare centre because of their sexuality. After months of waiting for a space to come up, the pair were eager to accept the place. Because sin is sin and Jesus sat and welcomed allllll the sinners.
The ones where they start telling you why you need to turn from your ways, lest you go to hell? Yeah, not much of a warm welcome, eh? Several years ago I developed a friendship with a girl that was a lesbian.
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Jackie is unwavering in her beliefs. Although Christianity played a role in her upbringing, by the age of 17 Jackie had left her church behind, knowing exactly what they thought of her relationships with other women. What came next would only take a moment, and it would happen in the quietness of her bedroom, but it would change her life forever.