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An essay in five parts donated by Anthony Ashford

Menu: Six biblical reasons why Christians
should embrace same-sex relationships.
Positive books about homosexuality.

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  • In this section, the acronym LGB refers to the lesbian, gay and bisexual community as defined by their sexual orientation; that is the sex to whom they are attracted.

  • There is another section of this web site that discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on 2015-JUN-26 that legalized same-sex marriage across the United States.

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Summary by the Author:

While so many Christians in the world believe that gays and lesbians CANNOT go to Heaven, simply because of the interpretations of about 20 verses out of the nearly 31,000 verses in the Christian Bible, I’d like to argue that this anti-gay perception actually goes AGAINST what the Bible and what Christ really say about people who love people of the opposite sex.

I will present six compelling Biblical arguments, using theology, socio-cultural understandings of specific Biblical settings, and good old common sense & logic to prove that the Bible should be used as an ally for same gender-loving relationships.

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Topics discussed in this section:

  • Part 1: Reason 6: Biblical passages -- often called "clobber" passages -- used to condemn LGB relationships

  • Part 2: Reason 5: Lesbian and gay couples in the Bible. Reason 4: Bible used to oppress others. Reason 3: Denouncing a youth's love interest can ruin their life.

  • Part 3: Reason 2: According to the Bible, change is necessary for growth. Reason 1: Jesus supported same-sex relationships. Conclusions.

  • Part 4: Books that positively discuss homosexual orientation, same-sex relationships, and gay marriage.

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