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[__ Science __ ] Pride: The Sin at the Root of Pride Month

evenifigoalone

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That's the common misconception here, pride month isn't about the kind of pride that puffs you up and you believe you're better than anyone else. It's about affirming worth and dignity after many, many years of being stripped of it. It's the opposite of shame.

I'm not NECESSARILY saying I support pride month, but if you think there's only one kind of pride or that all definitions of pride end in sin then don't let me catch you saying you're proud to be an American.
 
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wow. I (mostly) agree with AIG. This is...happening, apparently. LOL. :)

look, I'm 8 years into a walk with Jesus, and...still -not- a red blooded, heterosexual man's man. lol. however, He has somehow made me -not- a flamboyantly gay individual (technical term I believe is: "gender nonconforming homosexual"), which...

-sigh- look, I can type this out on a christian forum, but this won't go over well in today's climate, with just about any unbeliever, anywhere. being a flamer was...not only -not- fun, it was a major hindrance to doing much of anything in life. true story. its not that I'm alpha male, top dog, its just...

-not flaming- is a massive blessing. not that it was all rooted in my own sins or whatever...honestly, I kinda think a toxic community environment might have helped both foster and maintain it, till God intervened, but...

flamers are old by 25. its just...the way the world works, it seems. Almost 37, no longer flaming...The Lord is Good.

now... as for the pride thing...once again, I have to say (and not exactly -happy- about this) that I mostly agree with the brief article. same sex inclinations, sometimes strong and to the exclusion of the other sex...happen. true story. gender problems also...happen. I wouldn't go so far as to say that all practicing homosexuals are so wrapped up in pride and such that there's no room for Jesus or anything, but...

-ugh- the gay community doesn't really have anything to be proud of, as best I can tell. High drug and alcohol abuse rates, high rates of mental disorders, high rates of attempted suicide and completed suicides...

and I -do not- think it is all because of "oppression" or "social factors," to be perfectly honest. sadly, that lifestyle is not of God, cannot be of God, and...

especially in urban areas, the gay community seems to trend towards interpersonal exploitation, promiscuity, ageism, materialism, racism, elitism, and general...

yeah, nothing good, basically. :-(

so...as a borderline socialist, born again Christian who is -still- not heterosexual but not actively pursuing the gay lifestyle, now...

-shrug- I don't see much to be proud of, both in terms of my own (thankfully, forgiven) past on the fringes of a gay community, nor do I think the gay community really has much to celebrate and/or offer the world. -off soap box- :)
 

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Homosexuality is a difficult reality for Christians to consider. Here's a Christian approach that works:

Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. It psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity (Cf. Genesis 19:1-29; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:10; 1 Timothy 1:10), tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Persona humana, 8). They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them their inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

 

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Homosexuality is a difficult reality for Christians to consider. Here's a Christian approach that works:

Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. It psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity (Cf. Genesis 19:1-29; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:10; 1 Timothy 1:10), tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Persona humana, 8). They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them their inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

Thank you. I am same sex attracted. I believe people like me are called to lifelong celibacy.
 
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