Part II of our discussion will look at the question of what homosexuality is. Within this discussion we will limit our scope to what the Scriptures teach about our metaphysical and spiritual make up as humans. To aid us in our discussion let’s look at how the world, in general, defines our topic. From Wikipedia the free on-line encyclopedia we are given the following statement:
“Homosexuality is romantic or sexual attraction or behavior between members of the same sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality refers to "an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectionate, or romantic attractions primarily or exclusively to people of the same sex; it also refers to an individual's sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them.”
Based on the Scriptures and this stated encyclopedia explanation, it is my view that homosexuality is mental that can affect our physiological mindset. If you feel the need to understand this concept from a scientific viewpoint, look up “Psychophysiology.” Psychophysiology is a broad field, but I believe has application to this topic as a whole. From this opening introduction let’s look at what the Scriptures teach with regard to these statements.
Homosexuality: mindset or physiological?
The Scripture state in Proverbs 23:7: “For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But his heart is not with you.”(NASB) Jesus confirms this concept as he explains a parable he taught in Matthew 15:16-20:
“And He said, Are you still lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” (NASB)
As you can see: “out of the heart come evil thoughts”, it is our mind where the secrets of human behavior lie. This is why the Apostle Paul put a premium on the concept of the battle for the mind or how we think. Remember his instructions in Romans 12:1-3:
“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” (NASB)
The term “think”, in the New Testament, appears about 30 times in the NAS Bible, demonstrating that what we think is important. The question is: how does all this relate to our topic? As I stated before, homosexuality in my view is not 100% physiological, the concept that we are born with some kind of disorder or personality bias toward having a desire to be attracted to the same sex for sexual purposes. How do we know this? Let’s look at what the Scriptures teach about human nature.
Although my book does not speak to the issue of homosexuality, my book does speak to the issue of the nature of mankind on a metaphysical level and how that relates to God, thus the title: Made in the Image of God. Within the book’s discussions we discover that mankind’s metaphysical makeup of his nature is made up of two parts, the human spirit and the human body. Both collectively make up our human nature and this can be supported by Scriptural arguments. There is a working relationship between our spirit and body making up our human nature; this can be seen in creation. God made our bodies, then breathed into it life, and from there, we became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). In Genesis 6:17 God makes the connection that all human beings are made up of flesh and spirit or (breath of life). We read in 1 Corinthians 15:35-44:
“But someone will say, ‘How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?’ You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” (NASB)
There are many verses in the Old and New Testaments that teach the concept of the resurrection of the body. If the body was not part of our nature, then why resurrect it? As the Scriptures state in James 2:26: “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”(NASB)Both body and spirit must co-exist to be a complete unit. As to the question of whether we are born with a desire or bent to pursue the same sex for sexual intimacy, the Apostle Paul states in Romans 1:24-27 the following:
“Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” (NASB)
With these concepts stated, we now can make the connection of mindset having influence on the human body. Within this passage, we can see it is our nature that controls our personhood. We see this in the statement: “God gave them over to lusts of their heart” or mindset. Then Paul declares that because of their mindset or attitude, God allowed mankind to cross over to what God created as normal or natural – to what God did not intend for mankind the unnatural. Why? As a penalty for their sinful attitudes. We see this in the last verse quoted here; our personhood is made up of our soul which has a separate function from our spirit or nature. This discussion is demonstrated in my book. The soul is that part of us that functions with intellect, emotion, and will. Our spirit is that part of us that generates attitudes and where our conscience lie. Thus, in the end, it is our attitudes generated from our human nature that dictates our actions. Attitude is our motivator or motives and influences our intellect, emotions, and will power. The Scriptures teach that the primary motive of mankind is PRIDE, and all other motives stem from this one. With these concepts in mind, let’s see how this relates to our topic.
It is my view, based on what the Scriptures teach, that homosexuality is not physical in nature, it is mental in nature. If this is true, then how do we get to this mental state? The Scriptures teach that we are born sinners (Romans 3:23; Psalms 53:2, 3; Romans 3:10-18). The Scriptures also teach that our mindset is motivated by PRIDE (Mark 7:20-23; 1 John 2:16; Proverbs 21:24; Isaiah 2:17; Job 33:16-18). The Scriptures also teach that our bodies have become enslaved to our sin (Romans 8:10; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Matthew 10:28). From this starting point, we now must move into an area that is open to debate, never-the-less, an area that we can reason through and come to some conclusions that fit the Scriptures.
If we are all sinners and have the same mindset of PRIDE, then why doesn’t all of mankind pursue homosexuality? Now we enter into concepts debated throughout the Christian community with differing viewpoints. It is true that we are all born sinners, with a bent not to pursue God and his mindset (Romans 3:10-18). But within each of our lives comes the circumstances we are all born into. As children growing up, we are influenced by our circumstances. This fact is recognized by Jesus as he commands in Mark 10:14: “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (NASB) Why such a statement? Because children tend to have a mindset different from adults. Yes, born sinners, but also born with a sense of ignorance or innocence of the full effect of their sinful nature, allowing themselves to be open to teaching and instruction without doubting what is being said. Thus, faith comes much easier for children than adults. And remember what the Scriptures say? Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Adults, as they go through life are influenced by their circumstances and experiences which can lead them down the road of doubt, corruption and cynicism. What keeps us from being completely bent to follow our lusts and corrupted mindset? The answer is: inside and outside influences to our personhood. Inside influences, the Spirit of God, if we allow the Spirit of God to reside in us, as well as our sinful human nature. And outside influences can come through God or the world in which we live. The biggest influence, besides God, is our parents, then those closest to us in our upbringing, then our teachers and friends. Institutions can also have a big influence on us such as: the Church, Schools, Orphanages, Social institutions like the boy and girl scouts, government, such as the military and so on. Any institution or organization that provides training or education can have a big influence on us. In the end, our sin nature can be molded or bent towards being more or less anti God. According to Scriptures all of our deeds are as filthy rags before God, because of our motives in which we do them. The acts we do may be good in the sight of mankind, but in God’s sight they are judged by their motive – the real reason we do what we do?
How does homosexuality come into this discussion? It is my view that homosexuality is a mindset bent to meet a personal need. If a child is confused about his or her sexuality, then given the opportunity to act on that confusion, an incorrect mindset develops, that can lead that child into a physiological dependence to homosexuality as they move into adulthood. On the part of an adult acting out this practice becomes less complicated in my mind. It is my view, if this habit of behavior did not come out of childhood, then a decision was made as an adult based on PRIDE, natural hormones and Sensuality. That is, it is easier in life giving in to our hormones, sin and lusts than it is to live our life fighting all of our sinful tendencies to serve self for self-gratification. Example: We know from the book of Genesis that God created mankind with the intent to reproduce. We also know from the book of Romans that God created us with the natural desires to be sexually attracted to the opposite sex. So if we make the choice to have an attitude to do something different, despite our knowledge of these facts, displays a mindset of selfishness (Romans Chapter One). I will do what I want to do and what God feels or says is no consequence to me. Another name for this is called PRIDE. And what does God say about PRIDE? Proverbs 8:13 states: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate. (NASB) 1 John 2:16-17 states: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.”(NASB) It seems from these statements that feeding our PRIDE and lusts leads us to an end or death. But for the one that listens and obeys the Father’s will, ends up with eternal life with the Father. So in the end, there is a choice that needs to be made. What those choices are and how that works for believers and non-believers will be our discussion in part III.
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Thank you for this very well-written article. From experience living with a homosexual for 20 years, I can say it is a mental illness, a kind of gender confusion that seeks to rationalize its need regardless of the consequences.
It starts in the mind and the environment, media, and society in general feed it with wrong concepts that eventually make it believe the deception. Based on its own flawed foundation it later demands acceptance, rights, and glorification.