Many homosexuals demand the right to marry. Regardless of what civil law says, God instituted marriage at Creation and only He can define what marriage is and who may enter it. What does His word say?
God created the first humans as male and female and told them to reproduce (Gen. 1:26-28). The woman was created to be a companion to the man, and marriage was instituted as the relationship in which they may have the sexual union (Gen. 2:18-24). This law is still in effect today (Matt. 19:3-9; Eph. 5:31). So God requires that marriage be a lifetime commitment between a man and a woman, not between two men or two women.
Furthermore, God's plan provides a family with a father and a mother to raise the children they conceive. In God's plan, the parents should train their children to know God's will and to honor their father and their mother (Eph. 6:1-4). Obviously this requires both a father and a mother. Homosexuals cannot reproduce by any natural means, and they cannot provide children with the environment and training that children need and that God intended.
It follows that homosexuals cannot have a true marriage, and God says that any sexual relationship outside of marriage is immoral (Heb. 13:4; 1 Cor. 7:2-4). What homosexuals do is so contrary to nature that God calls it shameful and against nature (Rom. 1:26,27). He rejected it at Sodom (Gen. 19:1-13), and still rejects it today (2 Peter 2:6-8; Jude 7).
Does God love homosexuals? Of course! He sent His Son to die so they can be forgiven, if they will repent and obey Him (John 3:16; Acts 26:20). But if they continue their practice, they cannot inherit His kingdom (1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:9-11).
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(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2/5/2005
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