People today commonly believe that homosexuality is unavoidable for homosexuals. This page proves logically that homosexuality IS a choice.
Many people believe it is in the best interest of homosexuals and similar groups if so-called “sexual orientation” is determined by biology rather than by personal choice. In rational societies, individuals are not held accountable "immutable characteristics", such as the race into which they are born, or any birth defects which they might inherit. Similarly, if sexual activities are outside of personal control, then a basic sense of fairness would shield those involved in same-sex sexual activities as people who are just “born this way”.
A brief but excellent piece of writing on this subject can be found on the “Biology and Sexual Orientation” page of Wikipedia.Org, under the heading “Political Aspects” (this link will open in a new window).
Nevertheless, Christianity does NOT accept homosexuality. Christians are often aware of the story of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha in Genesis 18:16-19:29; the relevant Mosaic Law, found in Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13; and the first chapter of Romans, particularly Romans 1:26-27. Two lesser known Biblical passages are Judges 19:22-24 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
The following verse is typical:
Since Christianity rejects homosexuality, anything that leads to greater societal acceptance of homosexuals necessarily leads to a greater societal rejection of Christianity. For this reason, the question of whether or not homosexuality is a choice is important to the Christian community.
Biblical Proof that Homosexuality is a Choice
For Christians, it should be enough to simply note that God always provides an “escape” from sin:
This verse tells us that intentional sin is avoidable: there is an “escape” for every “test” we face in life. Thus, based on this verse, homosexuality IS a choice.
Logical Proof that Homosexuality is a Choice
There is another way to see that homosexuality is a choice, based on simple logic. First, we need to clarify what it means to be a homosexual.
Some groups, hoping to increase the number of people identified as homosexuals (and thereby increase the influence of homosexuals in society), have given a twisted interpretation of Matthew 5:27-28.
Some dishonest people have claimed that this Bible passage condemns an individual for simply having sexual “imagery” in his or her mind. This is simply not true. What this passage really tells us is that desiring to sin is a sin: simply wanting to disobey God is disobedience.
A person is not a homosexual simply because he or she has some “image” of homosexuality that comes to mind when hearing or reading the word “homosexual”.
In the field of cognitive linguistics, the image that comes into a person’s mind upon encountering a word is known as the “prototypical image” of that word; so the image that comes into a person’s mind upon encountering the word “homosexual” is simply that person’s prototypical image of homosexuality.
It is no more of a sin to have such an image for the word “homosexual” than to have an image for the word “tree” or “house” or “blue”. Without the prototype images each of us have in our minds, we would not be able to recognize anything.
In fact, a person is involved in the sin of homosexuality only if they want to engage in homosexual activity. As with the Matthew 5:27-28 perspective on adultery, it is a person’s desire to engage in homosexual relations that makes the person guilty of sin, regardless of whether or not the person is actually able to participate in those relations.
With this greater clarity regarding homosexuality, let us return to the question of whether or not people choose to be homosexuals.
So homosexuality IS a choice.
Of course, everyone knows that biology can make poor choices more tempting for some people. For example, some individuals have metabolic problems that make them feel hungry much more often than most other people; and for them, there is a greater temptation to overeat.
Nevertheless, the overeater does choose to be an overeater: the person is not being force-fed. Likewise, the homosexual does choose to be a homosexual.
Homosexuality IS a choice; and homosexuals are accountable for their homosexuality.
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