You hear much that the Bible says… But hear not what it says (did that make a lick of sense??). On the subject at hand it says at 1 Corinthians 6:9 “Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.”
This may be quoted by some for justification, but often they just pay attention to certain aspects and ignore what they want. But what is not mentioned is the next verse which says: “And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.”
What is said is that some of the ones that this letter was written to use to practice some of the things mentioned as it says “And yet that is what some of you were.” What would motivate a person to not act on the desires that they feel? As in the case of homosexuality, do they just not feel that way anymore? There is no indication that ever happens, so the motivation? It was simply mentioned in the first verse, God’s Kingdom. Much of the woes man faces are self inflicted, the result of bad government.
The scriptures say that under that government (God’s Kingdom) there will be wonderful things in store for our planet. Such as:
End of war: Isaiah 2:4 “He will render judgment among the nations
And set matters straight respecting many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning shears.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
Nor will they learn war anymore”
End of sickness: Isaiah 33:24 “And no resident will say: “I am sick.”
Just a couple of examples of what will be accomplished. They also talk about the end of violence, ruining the earth, even the end of death. I bring this up because the scriptures have helped individuals with many things and has provided a hope for the future of mankind on the earth. James 4:8 invites people to “Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you.” Would anyone be inclined to draw close to someone if they felt beaten up like many use the scriptures for?
As to the argument of ‘civil rights’ and such, well… I’m not going to get into peoples faces insisting on one thing or another. I do my best to let the scriptures guide my life and I try to share the hope I have with others when I can AND if they WANT to listen. Free will is a wonderful thing.
Thank you for putting up with an old man.