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I have some questions regarding homosexuality, and interested in your responses!(r/askgaybros)
I’m gay and I’ve had no problem reconciling my faith with my sexual orientation from the time I was 14/15.
The most important thing in my mind is acknowledging that historical context impacts the way the Bible should be interpreted. The word “homosexuality” wasn’t in the Bible until the twentieth century. Verses that have been used to condemn all same-sex sexual activity are surrounded by verses that would seem to approve of slavery, if taken at face value.
Jesus, in reference to Christian teaching, says that a good tree cannot bear bad fruit. If teaching is sound, it will not result in the harm of those impacted it. This hasn’t been the case with the conservative teaching on homosexuality. The church needs to act in a way consistent with the idea that “perfect love casts out fear.”
There’s a lot that can (and has) been said about this topic. I’d encourage you to grapple with it yourself, but to never forget that God loves all of their children. Also, if you haven’t read them, God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines and Torn by Justin Lee are great books on this topic.
Warmest of wishes, friend.