Does God Really Hate LGBTIA People?

Written by Raquel Swann
Research performed by Ellie

First I will announce that I am NOT extremely religious but, like many, I do have a belief system. I don’t find my system convenient, or use it to make points like so many often do. I do not often read the Bible, which for today will be my point of reference. However, it’s obvious that most of the religious nuts driving you out of your local church do not read it either.

Let’s start with the good book – written over two thousand years ago and translated in several different languages from its original text. As in the game “telephone,” and for those of you who’ve never played it here are the rules: I’m going to tell you a story, and you are going to repeat that story to the person next to you, and so on. Until the last person in the long line of ears comes forward only to repeat a ridiculous non-sensical version of a the very same story. From the beginning of translation NO ONE can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt what the bible actually commands. All we know is what certain individuals throughout the years decided what the translations said.

In fact, the term “homosexuality” wasn’t even coined until the latter part of the 19th century! So how could passages in the Bible refer to it if the word technically didn’t exist. Some condemning Christians would have you believe that you will certainly be damned to hell – because they are reading the “Big Six” verses in the Bible. There are 31K+ verses in the Bible and only six of them mention what some would refer to as Homosexuality. But is it really? Really?

How can we be sure the translation is correct when the greek word for “man who molests young boys” was somehow translated to the word Homosexual. Nah, girl – that’s different. That’s some dark shit. How many other translations were mistaken or taken too literally. Let’s see.

Devout Christians always like to point out the story of the city of Sodom as a focal point in their arguments. It is a story of lustful city filled with gays that was burned down because of their disgusting indiscretions. Nope. The story is about a city who not only didn’t welcome two weary travelers, but also wanted to gang rape them for some strange reason. Men, and woman lined the streets outside the house of a man named “Lot” trying to violate two travelers in his home. Now, I wasn’t there but from what I read – Lot even offered his daughters up to the crowd to protect the travelers. Lot – you a dirty bastard. Anyway, is the story about homosexuality or inhospitable gang rapists? You be the judge…

Oh wait, you can’t judge! What do I mean? No, you cannot judge. Not even a little bit. Check out the below bible verse explaining why…

1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

As you can see holding up a sign and damning me to hell – is sending yourself to hell as well. I mean, if I’m going, you’re coming with me. Dragging one paragraph out of one story so you pretend to be all holy and righteous is as disgusting as you may think I am. There are other verses which pose counter points such as, “Love thy neighbor,” and ,”you’ll shall love thy neighbor as yourself.” I’m not feeling the love guys! Are you? As a matter of fact the word sodomy as defined in Miriam Webster’s Dictionary is “anal or oral copulation with a member of the same or opposite sex” Ooooh, You dirty too straight people. You sodomizing each other left and right. How many of you holding up that sign never did that? Lies!

Other verses on supposed homosexuality focus on prostitution, and impurity rather than what we know today as homosexuality. The most important verse that I believe should be taken seriously is this one:

Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

We are equals, whether it be transgender, homosexual, man, woman or genderqueer. Do not allow those pressure you into believing love is a sin. The Bible preaches nothing but love. Again, I’m not super religious but my relationship with the “Big Guy” is my business, as is yours. Religion is a personal experience and let no one tell you otherwise. They are stories, not every line in a story is important to the plot! The ten commandments, which by the way were handed down from God himself mention nothing of homosexuality, transgenderism, or sexuality in general. Why? Because love is love. Don’t you kill, don’t you damn steal – but you can love all the heck you want.

And that, my friends is my opinion. I am loved. The only thing that worries me is the hateful people. The ones who hold signs and tell us we can’t get married. I worry about their status with God. Not my own. You should feel bad for the Westboro Baptists, they’re not going to be running a picket line at the pearly gates. They will be holding up signs in front of the Lucifers Bar & Grill on ten cents chicken wing night for the rest of eternity.

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