Why Most Christians Think Homosexuality is a SinIt's a warm summer evening in ancient Greece...
No, scratch that. It's mid-May in Rome in the year 390, and you're a Roman emperor about to make one of the biggest mistakes in history: pass a law that would forbid gay marriage under penalty of death by burning at the stake. This document would permanently change the lives of millions of homosexual men and women over 1600 years into the future. From now on, they would be called "sodomites," "unnatural," "abominations," and all other derogatory words associated with homosexuals today.
What was life like before 390? Well for one, no one gave two craps about gay people. Sure some thought they were weird and unusual, but homophobia, or rather "anti-homosexuality," wasn't nearly as common as it is now. In fact, the ancient people were more preoccupied with what these strange people were instead of what they were doing.
The Greeks and Romans called them eunuch, meaning "keeper of the bed." A eunuch by definition was someo
Common Misconceptions about the Bible and LGBT1) The Bible says homosexuals will go to HellCommon Misconceptions about the Bible and LGBT2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Romans 3:23 says For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. This means that all human beings are guilty of sin, so no special group (e.g., homosexuals) are doomed to go to Hell. Anyone can make it to Heaven if they accept Christ as their personal Savior.
2) Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for being gay
The act mentioned in Genesis 19 before Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed was attempted gang rape. The two angels mentioned in the passage were strangers to the city and the people of Sodom did not receive them with welcome.Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
(Ezekiel 16:48-50)It's not homosexuality that's the issue here, but inhospitality.
3) Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 say that homosexuality is an abominationThou shalt not lie with man
An Oath to My FatherAn Oath to My Father1 year ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
An Oath to My Father:
The chill of winter is nothing, when compared to the cold inside my heart.
A fire, once stoked by the warmth of family, has quietly died, five falls past.
I dream of my father, who watches from beyond the realms - and my ancestors
Who fought against an endless army of giants, to win the lands we have today.
Just as a devout man honours his God through worship, I honour them through my axe!
Each stroke of the whetstone, each screech of the metal, brings me closer to them -
Even as I draw closer to my doom. Oh how I can feel him, for the anger in my blood
Boils evermore as I sense him approaching my camp. He is hungry, he is eager;
Slacks of drool hang from his twin mouths, as a jarring roar shakes the mountain!
Though I shiver at the sight, it is not from fear - I shiver in anticipation
Of the battle that is to come. My steel may rend his flesh and break his bones;
Or perhaps I shall be sent to glory - but it is useless to think about such things,
For THIS causeFor this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:For THIS cause11 months ago in Philosophical More Like This
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
(Romans 1:26-27)Traditionalists are often referring to this passage when making the claim that gays and lesbians are "unnatural" and abandoned by God. However, as seen in my last piece, these people are notorious for ripping Bible verses out of their original context and using them to justify prejudice. Therefore, in order to completely understand this passage and the intent behind it, one must study the context surrounding it.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:
For what cause? Who did God give up? Obviously, this verse
Abusers of ThemselvesAnother mention of same-sex activity in the Bible occurs in 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy:Abusers of Themselves10 months ago in Philosophical More Like This
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and the disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for prejured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine. (1 Timothy 1:9-10)
Abusers of themselves with mankind (arsenokoitai in greek)
response - sinthe Bible makes a lot of references to marriage and sex and places a lot of strict guidelines on what is acceptable or not. however I do not believe that God put those guidelines up for no reason; I don't believe He's the type of God that prohibits actions that do not have a sort of consequence that we as human beings would be better off withoutresponse - sin1 year ago in Philosophical More Like This
murder, for example, is maliciously taking the life of another human being. the murderer is causing harm not only to the other person, but also to himself by desensitizing him to death and further evil actions. theft is cheating another person out of what he has due to selfish desires and not caring about anyone but himself. coveting is similar and often leads to theft. dishonoring parents denotes a lack of respect and love, and again reflects selfish thinking and malice. lying is deceptive and manipulative and like the others reflects selfishness and a lack of love toward others
if you look at the first four (I'm taking these from the 10 comma
It is Abomination!Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are infamous for their alleged condemnation of homosexuality, as they describe the act of any man who "lies with mankind" as an abomination worthy of death. However, closer examination shows that these verses are not pointing toward a universal condemnation of homosexuality as many presume them to be.And with mankind [zakar] you shall not lay lyings (as with) womankind; it is abomination [tow`ebah]It is Abomination!11 months ago in Philosophical More Like This
And if a man ['iysh] also lie with mankind [zakar] as with womankind, both have committed an abomination [tow`ebah]; they shall surely be put to death, their blood (shall be) upon them.
(Leviticus 20:13)The Hebrew word 'iysh refers to a man, in contrast to a woman. Zakar, however, is typically used throughout the Old Testame
Barely BreathingBarely Breathing:Barely Breathing1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
Are you feeling cold in here, lost perhaps
It makes me wonder if you can even hear me
Has your mind degraded into a lump of fat
Broken by what you've been forced to endure?
As I stroke your cheeks it makes me remember
The loving shrillness of your frightened shrieks
You screamed and screamed until your throat was bloody
As I slowly took your limbs from you...
Now you dangle helpless on wires and chains
An artistic puppet, which is made from flesh
No hands or feet to lash out violently
No arms or muscles to thrash...
The breath that rasps from your broken lips
Is the sound that tells me, you are still alive
But rest assured that you will keep on living
For I will never let you go...
I remember those days when you used to mock me
Your taunts were directed at my manner of speech
A lisp that would draw your cruel laughter
Has been silenced by taking the tongue...
Now these tubes that feed into your rigid back
Will keep you alive, if only
A writing tutorial of sortsOkay, so in this tutorial sort of thing I'm going to tell you how I write and some tips.A writing tutorial of sorts1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
This mostly goes for reader-inserts, just so you know 'kay ^^
This is just how I work though, and I'm positive there are a multitude of different ways to write, this is just how I do it. Experiment! Play around and use different ways to find your own style.
First off is how I write:
Step one: the initial idea.
I start off with a vague idea, something I find cute for instance. It can be a scene or a quote or just something random crossing your mind. Personally I write any ideas down, you never know when then can be useful!
After you've decided on the type of story you want to write, you decide on your characters.
Step two: characters and writing perspective.
An important step! You have to choose a character, unless your idea fits one extremely well. I try to choose different characters, as sticking to one can get boring (Fanfic wise).
You also have to decide if you're going t
JudgementJudgement:Judgement1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
You are a mewling coward and weakling
Offal to the world, yet too arrogant to admit it!
Unbridled by the feelings of shame and guilt;
A man who was naught but a self-serving sycophant...
Remember the days that you used to spend
Envious of others who worked harder than you
More and more you would curse at their backs
It was an act that blackened your tongue and soul!
Now as you gaze into the maw of the inferno
Endlessly waiting for the judge's call
Read the first letter of every line, and know the fate for which you fall.
-Chen Yuan Wen, 6th July 2012
David and JonathanProbably the most well-known relationship mentioned in the Bible was the one between David and Jonathan, who were regarded by some as homosexual lovers, and by others as merely close companions like brothers.And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. (1 Samuel 18:1)The primary meaning of the word ahab is sexual and romantic love, though it can also be used to describe a mutual friendship love or a love from God to man. The word nephesh is translated here as "soul" and it refers primarily to the life and passion of the person. The word qashar is translated as "knit" meaning to bind, in a literal sense or a figurative sense such as forming a league or as a tie to the person.David and Jonathan1 year ago in Historical More Like This
When qashar and nephesh are put together, it describes a uniting of souls or binding of passion. Added to the word ahab, this would refer
Waking NightmaresWaking Nightmares:Waking Nightmares1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
It begins in the same way, every single night
Fire spreading from an altar in the darkness
As all living beings are slowly consumed,
The coruscating flames appear wet with blood
The scene then changes to a flooded hallway
Live wires dangling just above the water,
Like venomous serpents slithering in the darkness
A single pounce would end my life
Eventually the hallway ends with a door,
One that reminds me of forgotten yore
And my thoughts shall be in rhyme at this point
As though lips and tongue are eternally joint
What maddened schemes have they in mind?
It is not a question, I may ask at this time.
Quickly I am brought before a bone-wrought throne
Kneeling as my flesh is carved 'Atone'
My thoughts return to me and they are normal now
I somehow retain awareness of where I am.
I see before me, a creature rising;
From the shadows it grins and bares its fangs
'I am the end, which you so desperately seek,
And the mo
She's Not Your ToyShe's Not Your Toy:She's Not Your Toy1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
Mmm, it's okay sweetie
Just stay quiet
It'll all be over soon...
Creaking springs and quiet eyes
Cold without emotion
The smell of fear is mixed with sweat
Breath like a churning ocean
The waves and tide will push and pull
as water fills the cave
The heart longs to stop itself
when there is nothing left to save
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Jenna
Happy birthday to you...
A shock of pain brings her back to the present
The muscular form above her contracting in the dark
She remembers now that her limbs are pinned
but she would not move them anyway...
Happy birthday sweetheart, you're older now
You've grown up well haven't you...
A single shuddering thrust means that everything has ended
and once again a wet worm is pressed to her lips
The weight lifts from her body, leaving red marks around the wrists
limbs denied blood begin to buzz softly as the silence suffocates
She will not move from here, because i
Nightmare: The Only CureNightmare: The Only Cure1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
Nightmare: The Only Cure
My insides burn-
Like swallowing acid
Reality slows down-
Smiling is therapeutic
Health is a virtue / Strength is torture
Alive again tomorrow / Enduring the horror
To keep on breathing
Mirrors are left sickened
Grinning back at myself
You must be enjoying this hell
Perfect possession / Muffled suffocation
Heart is racing / Sight is darkening
In these hallucinations
My skin is melting
Oh how I wish I was dreaming
Of when I finally start recovering
It's only hopeful thinking
A cure for me is a delusion
Quarantined tears / Reality's nightmare
I am beyond repair / All were well aware
A bright light shone-
Like a welcoming presence
My suffering is done-
Take away my sickness
Sensual TortureSensual Torture:Sensual Torture1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
You are but a simple pawn;
Caught in a maelstrom of ill feelings and turmoil.
You were not meant to be here -
But unfortunately, here you are my friend...
Now then, I do not wish to drag this out;
There is no purpose in badgering someone who knows so little.
However - without your confession - I'm afraid that
I would not know whom I should share my - pleasures with...
Though I'm certain that you will be sharing plenty...
Of course, it will probably be a poor idea to make you scream,
At least not while I'm still enjoying your fear.
Instead we'll begin with a simple agony;
A quick taste of your pain to whet my appetite...
We'll begin with just a thin incision,
One that is made in the center of both your eyelids.
And then, then we'll make another cut - this one just above the eyes...
Ah, I will adore the feeling of watching your skin peel apart
As the scalpel bites in and draws it aside; much like the curtain
Set upon a theatre stage. It is the
FEARFEAR:FEAR1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
Frantically he scrambles away from the dark
Eager to be free of his waking nightmare
Acting only upon the instinct within him;
Reminded constantly that he is prey
For some time he hides in the pervasive shadows
Earnestly praying that he will not be discovered
A single sound is all it takes to jar him;
Running from a creature that he can barely see
From head to toe it is certainly monstrous
Enshrouded in an aura of absolute repugnance
As the acid drips from its cruel jaws,
Rapidly dissolving the ground below
Fearful, he cowers, beneath boxes and cardboard,
Escaping away into a tiny corner of his mind
Alone with only his anxiety for company
Resting for what might be his very last
From birth, Ever-present, Always Remembered
such is the nature of FEAR
Writing poetry again Doctor Cecil? That's good!
You'll need a hobby to be working in an environment like this
-Chen Yuan Wen, 9th October 2012
I Comfort MyselfWith a warm drink, whispering secrets to my own reflection.I Comfort Myself1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
The struggles that plague me, though none may know,
Are only for the ears of my quiet mirror, who smiles
Softly, warmly and with care. He tells me, I'm fine
I've done well for now and soon I may finally rest.
Though the silence continues to press upon me,
Weighing upon my soul like an iron crate.
Still I find comfort in whispering secrets,
If only to my own reflection - holding a warm drink...
-Chen Yuan Wen, 17th October 2012
I'd Be Pretty If I'd Just...I'd be pretty if I'd just smileI'd Be Pretty If I'd Just...1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
If I'd cut my hair a certain way
And cover myself up in that chemical crap you call make-up
But did you ever think that just maybe...
I don't wanna be pretty
That I just wanna be me
Who cares if no one ever calls me beautiful
Who cares if I'm never asked to dance
Hell I don't even know how to dance anyway
I don't care how the world sees me
I only care how I see me
And I think there's nothing wrong with the girl in the mirror
Sure she doesn't smile much but that's cause she's going through hell
Her face may look plain without any make-up
But that's just the way I like it
An old pair of jeans
The first t-shirt could find
My hair in a braid
I'm ready to go
To where no one cares just what I look like
Least of all me
It's a barn full of horses
That's where I choose to spend my days
Where no one cares about what I wear
Where I never have to hear "I'd be pretty if I'd just..."
We Poets Are Frustrated...We Poets Are Frustrated...We Poets Are Frustrated...10 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
I am sure that you have all experienced this feeling:
A masterpiece eclipsed by the baying of a brat!
A raucous rhyme, so emotionally raw;
Shadowed by a child's melancholia...
Alone in the darkness, you lick your lips and growl.
Your anger, so evidently understandable; yet you forget your own abilities!
In despair, my dearest sibling, you have forgotten — yourself
Why fear an obstacle so easily overcome?
Why shred your works with such heavy tears?
Have you forgotten that we are the original craftsman?
Our tongues birthed as our chisels and axe!
We need only take these simple themes
And corrupt them with all our twisted fears...
This hatred inside of you, this bubble of frustration and anxiety —
Let it swell like a pus-filled abscess of anger!
And with your words unleash this vicarious plague!
Take the unblemished works that have scorned you,
And inject them with the very darkness of your soul!
Let bleeding lips,
Secrets Should be SilentSecrets Should be Silent:Secrets Should be Silent6 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
What is in the nature of a secret?
It is not to be known, nor to be seen.
It is that which we bury beneath layers of deceit.
Why then, do we bury poetry?
why then, do we bury prose?
Why secret that which is meant to be seen,
And showcase that which is meant to be secret?
Are the words of our soul less important,
Than mere phrases designed to seek attention?
Are the words that we carve from experience,
Taken as less than a general phrase of emotion?
...No, I would hope not.
For I do as any other might,
And my skeletons are kept under lock and key.
For a secret displayed remains secret no longer;
Merely a gossip's fancy.
-Chen Yuan Wen, 6th July 2013
Whispers of the MadWhispers of the Mad:Whispers of the Mad1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
Your lips remain painted with the scars of torment
Carved so as to split with every word of speech
The glass that slices through your softened flesh
Bears the marking we know as 'Vinashuka'
And now he lies beneath the falling sand
Drowning in a world that is sinking away
Though his feet will seek the stability of ground
He finds himself caught by 'Vinashuka'
A disturbing word that rings hollow at best
For it carries the tone of a tainted solitude
A heart that has been corrupted by physical pain
Can only scream 'Vinashuka!'
How does a man know when he has gone insane?
To descend into a world where logic is naught
A moon that carries the colour of blood
Shall paint my skin with 'Vinashuka'
I have lost all sense of meaning in this place
There is no where else for my soul to flee
Caught within the whispers of delusory madness
I can only repeat Vinashuka...
-Chen Yuan Wen, 13th July 2012