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being of affected people. . . . Since homosexuality is not a disorder or a disease, it does not require a cure. (Pan American Health Organization 2012) In response, some claim to “love the sinner but hate the sin.” To truly embody the Levitical doctrine of “love thy neighbor,” though, one must put aside judgment and honor others despite their differences (Lev 19:18 [KJV]). Although it may feel wrong at first to embrace change, as it did for Peter, the Bible teaches that it is sometimes necessary to do so. What ultimately united the diverging factions during Christianity’s formative years was the overarching message of deep understanding and inclusivity. Paul declares, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28 [NIV]). According to Paul, “sex of the individual is unimportant,” ethnicity is unimportant, what is important is unity of community in Christ (Eickhoff 1966, 40). This is not to say that all sin should be embraced or that sin does not exist, but rather that classifying homosexuality as a sin is a misnomer. It is time to acknowledge this error and amend public understanding accordingly.
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18 Creation’s Influence on Marriage Returning to the debate at hand, it is important to recognize that Jesus’ citation of Genesis in Matthew 19 and Mark 10 is actually exegesis. Jesus combines two versions of creation: Genesis 1:27-28, in which God creates male and female simultaneously, and Genesis 2:24, in which God forms a female from the male’s side. Note that God blesses and offers instruction only to God’s creation in Genesis 1, whereas the second creation story leads to strife and discord, and ultimately exile from Eden. If God’s blessing indicates divine endorsement of the first creation story, it undermines much of the Religious Right’s claim. The story proceeds as follows: God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fertile and increase; fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, and the birds of the sky, and all the living things that creep on earth.” (Gen 1:27-28 [JPS]) In this version of creation, men and women are created simultaneously. They are not created for each other nor are they instructed to bond in pairs. There is no indication that monogamy is preferred let alone required. There is also no mention of how long relationships (if even required) are supposed to endure – whether they be long enough simply to procreate or for eternity. In fact, in Genesis 1, all that is required of humans is reproduction and equal responsibility over the land and animal kingdom. Based on this chapter alone, a homosexual man could fertilize a woman, spend the rest of his life with men and be blessed by God so long as he works side by side women and men to till the earth.
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