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Why Does God Condemn Homosexuality?

Q: Why would God create someone as a homosexual and then condemn them to hell for all eternity for it?

A: This is a question that I have heard more than one person ask. I suspect that there are more who want to ask this question, but have not had the courage to ask me. I think it is important that we clarify a few points before we go any further. Let me begin this post by making a distinction between a person's sexual orientation and their actions. A person's sexual orientation is the individual's preference. A person can engage in actions contrary to their preference. Thus, we must draw a distinction between the two.

It is also vital that we understand what the Bible actually condemns. The reason that I drew the distinction above is so that I can make this point: the Bible does not condemn a person's orientation. My challenge to anyone on either side of this debate is to find a passage of Scripture that clearly condemns a person's orientation. Such a passage does not exist. Thus, it is wholly incorrect for someone, Christian or not, to assert that the Bible provides a blanket condemnation of  those with homosexual orientations. In fact, as William Lane Craig has noted, "The idea of a person's being a homosexual by orientation is a feature of modern psychology and may have been unknown to people in the ancient world" (Craig, "A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality"). In response to the above question, then, I would point out that whether or not someone is born homosexual is as irrelevant as whether someone is born with an addiction to alcohol or drugs. The Bible condemns drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18), not a propensity towards alcohol. In the same way, the Bible condemns homosexual actions, not a homosexual orientation (Leviticus 18:22; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Romans 1:24-28).

It is important then, that Christians see homosexual orientations as another human brokenness that requires the grace of God. A homosexual orientation is contrary to what God intended for us (see Genesis 2:24 and Mark 10:6-9). God's grace can reach out to someone who has a homosexual orientation just as much as His grace can reach out to someone with a heterosexual orientation. God loves all people and desires for them to be saved (1 Timothy 2:1-6). This includes homosexuals. Thus, it is entirely wrong to suggest, as those who pose the question in this way do, that God creates people with a certain orientation just to send them to hell, as though God gets some enjoyment out of this. Far from it! Hell is the default position for every single person, not just homosexuals. It is only through Christ that we find salvation. To use an illustration, we are all stuck in the middle of the ocean, unable to swim or in any way save ourselves. Jesus is like a lifeguard, come to rescue us. If we refuse to allow the lifeguard, who can swim, to save us from drowning, we have no one to blame but ourselves. But the lifeguard reaches out to all of us before we do drown! In the same way, all of us, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are condemned to hell unless we allow Christ to save us.

Speaking of salvation, I would like to make one final point. The means of salvation is exactly the same for both the heterosexual and homosexual. Salvation comes by grace through faith in Christ. Jesus preached that people should do two things: repent, and believe the Gospel (Mark 1:14-15). God's grace enables anyone to do these two things. To believe the Gospel is to believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection for salvation. It does not require that we have all the answers. It simply requires us to place our faith in Christ in the same way that we place our faith in a doctor who has the ability to cure a disease that we are suffering from. To repent means to turn away from the old lifestyle that does not honor God. A person repents when he or she realizes that he or she is going in the wrong direction, does a 180, and goes in the right direction. For someone who is homosexual, this means choosing to refrain from homosexual actions, and trusting God to pull you through the brokenness that is the homosexual orientation. God desires to save you from hell, not condemn you to it. He extends his hand of grace to everyone. This includes you.


Craig, William Lane. "A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality". Reasonable Faith


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