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Using God’s Word to infer unintended meanings could be damning

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Jay Vinson (513)328-7081 Junior Radiologic Technology

On Tuesday, October 11th, while walking across campus, I was inundated with graffiti type artwork on the sidewalks and walls of various concrete syructures. The theme of the messages seemed to me a plea of acceptance, by those who are insecure with their sexual lifestyle, to those who find it unnecessary to publicly declare their heterosexuality. Along the way I couldn’t help but notice the several references made of God’s love for them. And while I would never deny that, in fact, God does love them, I can say, with no doubt, that He does not love their lifestyle. One can often use quotes and ideas from a written work or speech and manipulate words to infer things that were never intended or downright false. Using God’s Word to promote acceptance for a life of sin is an assault on the teachings of Christ. Leviticus 18:22 says “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral…nor homosexual offenders…will inherit the kingdom of God.” In reading these two selections from the Bible, I personally conclude that homosexuality is a sin. In no way am I judging anyone for their sins, for I am a slave to my own sinful desires. However, it would be irresponsible of me, a believer that Jesus is the Christ, to allow a false inference of God’s Word to corrupt the minds of those struggling to find truth. God loves all people. God cannot be in the presence of sin. Two truths, that on the surface, seem incompatible. But through the blood of the perfect sacrifice, Jesus, comes the cleansing of sin. It is now possible for us to enter the kingdom of heaven, when before we had no hope. Because of that selfless act of love, we should all strive to become that which God intended. Christ is the standard by which we should measure ourselves, for he did not come to abolish God’s law, but to fulfill it. To those who attempt to justify their own sin, and make it enticing for others, perhaps you should consider Jesus’s own words in Luke 17:1-2; “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.”

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