Gay and Christian - what its like to be Gay and a Christian
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The reason I did not come out earlier was based probably sixty percent on religious beliefs and forty percent on the fear of being different.
The hardest part of telling my parents was knowing that then our church would find out too. The procedure did not work.
After many sleepless nights spent grappling with his sexual identity, he realized his feelings were there to stay and were a part of him. Pieter now gains support from the Bible, instead of shame. He currently lives with his partner of 4 years. It was very pastoral.
They prayed for my boyfriend and me. But then the church published a policy in which homosexuality was considered a problem. In his old church he would have likely been denied communion because he is living with a man. Now, he is a deacon and actively participates in the development of church policies.
The Dutch Protestant Church is generally very accepting of homosexual members and ministers. My mother tried to teach me to pray. But from a young age I resisted religion. Her father is Dutch and converted to Islam in order to marry her mother.
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His new faith became an important part of his life, something he took very seriously. For Mardia, though, Islam never quite fit. At the age of four I was in love with my female kindergarten teacher.
Religion did not play a big role for me like it did for my cousins and my Moluccan friends. I would step out of their lives and stop all contact. It might be just a phase. But, he never rejected it. He had remarried an Indonesian woman, who was also a Muslim. Over time, her relationship with her family has changed.
They came up to me and apologized. They felt they should have treated me differently. But I have been pretty strong about it in the beginning: But they want to keep me in the family. Looking Out of the Closet: He asks not to have his surname published. I know a few Muslims who did come out and they have had an extremely hard time. They are being threatened and have been disowned by their families. My father would probably disown me, but I could tell my mother.
I know she would still accept me, but I would hurt her. No mother wishes for her child to have feelings for the same sex. And the last thing I want is to hurt my mother. Soufiane takes his faith seriously. He has searched for passages that would help him get rid of his homosexuality. These are feelings I can hardly suppress.
To me Islam is the one true faith and I want to enter paradise in the afterlife, in spite of being gay. So I regularly ask Allah for forgiveness. They often discuss Islam. I find that quite special and important.
It makes our relationship stronger. Young gay Muslims like Soufiane prefer to use the internet as a safe, anonymous way to find and support one another. This is how Soufiane met Ilias, 17, a friend that lives in Limburg, a southern province of the Netherlands. They have never met face to face, but for Ilias, Soufiane is an inspiration.
He is gay and he prays. Ilias is not entirely sure how he will reconcile being gay with his faith. I really believe in Allah. But at the same time I am something that Islam rejects. I want to enjoy life in my own way and at the same time honor my faith.
Apart from his mother, brother and sister, however, he does not have many religious people around him. Scripture clearly includes desires and inclinations toward sinful actions in the category of sin Mt 5: This is true of both homosexual and heterosexual sin.
On August 29,the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released a manifesto on human sexuality known as the "Nashville Statement". The statement was signed by evangelical leaders, and includes 14 points of belief. Edwards makes a similar suggestion, observing that 'the context of the two prohibitions in Leviticus However, within these early texts there are many terms that modern scholars have interpreted differently from previous generations of scholars.
They cite these issues when arguing for a change in theological views on sexual relationships to what they say is an earlier view. They differentiate among various sexual practices, treating rape, prostitution, or temple sex rituals as immoral and those within committed relationships as positive regardless of sexual orientation.
A biblical perspective on being Christian and gay
They view certain verses, which they believe refer only to homosexual rape, as not relevant to consensual homosexual relationships. Having partaken in such a rite, a person was prohibited from entering into marriage or taking monastic vows, and the choreography of the service itself closely parallelled that of the marriage rite. Desmond Tututhe former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has described homophobia as a "crime against humanity" and "every bit as unjust" as apartheid: It is the same with sexual orientation.
It is a given. We treat them [gays and lesbians] as pariahs and push them outside our communities. We make them doubt that they too are children of God — and this must be nearly the ultimate blasphemy.
We blame them for what they are. Cannon promotes what he calls "Inclusive Orthodoxy" not to be confused with the Eastern Orthodox Church. He explains on his ministry website: