Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Heresy of AIDS and Homosexuality

Now that the relationship between AIDS and homosexuality is again a hot topic for discussion, some daft Christians are sure to repeat that age-old heresy of AIDS being God's judgment on homosexual sinners.

Utter nonsense and hogwash! says the Bible.

Sure God judges. But the reality is that he judges not by discouraging us from sinning but by leaving us in our sin.

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them." (Romans 1:18-32)

It is those homosexuals who live seemingly smooth healthy lives indulging in their specific sin to die only of old age who are conspiciously under God's wrath. He has judged them by giving them up to their dishonorable passions and left them there.

That's a sobering thought for those of us who manifest our sinfulness, our rebellion against God in other ways. When nothing uncomfortable happens to us, we think God can't/doesn't see what we are doing. In fact, his judgement might be right upon us by leaving us to dig deeper and deeper into our own eternal punishment.

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