Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Bible Problem

Sex. Religion. Sexy religion! Oooh,  I need to start a cult about my dick!

It would probably have a very small following.

When it comes to religion, like sexuality, I'm riddled with issues. I'm on a constant search for the Absolute Truth, and the older I've gotten, the more I'm realizing that one only obtains that on faith.

I don't have a lot of faith, which is somewhat comical since I was raised in a very faith-centric brand of the Christian belief system. However I do have SOME. I definitely believe in God. I believe in Jesus. What I take with a huge grain of salt, however, is the Bible. Which of course is the basis for the whole thing!

It should be pretty obvious why I, or any LGBT Christian, would have this issue with the Bible. This one book is the main reason that those that are out are treated like shit, and why the rest of us are in the closet!

Don't get me wrong. I find much of the Good Book to be beautiful, comforting, enlightening, insert additional positive adjectives here.
But it's hard to take it as something that is literally from God when it tells you that you are inherently evil.

I'm also aware that there are many alternative Biblical interpretations of this issue. But let's face it: to read the Bible at face value as it has been traditionally interpreted is an extremely demoralizing experience for LGBT people.

One has to wonder: if God truly loves us as we are, and He truly is in control...why did He allow for this issue to become so misinterpreted and cause so much heartache for so many people?


  1. Good question, Sean. But there are several gay married people of faith blogging. One of them posted Psalms 139 which is really inspirational.

  2. Yes I'm really happy to find out I'm not alone...this blogging thing has turned out to be a breath of fresh air! I'll have to check that scripture out. Thanks Paul!

  3. It was Jack Scott who posted about Ps. 139. Here's the post:

    To your point, though, you are NOT inherently evil. Here are my two cents on the matter. I believe that taking God's name in vain is not using foul words, but rather doing things in the name of God that goes against God's will. Sadly, so much harm and shame has been done in God's name, including using Scripture as a weapon against people. The Bible isn't the problem; it's those who would misuse it to make people feel like the nature in which God has created them is somehow bad.

    The Bible is meant to be a source of comfort and hope. It is not, in any way, a set of rigid rules. Jesus brought good news and reached out to the marginalized. Back then, it was the prostitutes and tax collectors. Today, it would be the GLBT community.

    If you get a chance, check out the movie "For the Bible Tells Me So." It's on Netflix Instant.

  4. Just to be clear I do NOT believe that I'm inherently evil, nor any other LGBT person. And I LOVE your point of view about taking God's name in vain; I completely agree.