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Discovery Magazine 9/1/2006


God has given us His written word. He wants us to make the right choices. When He created the first human beings, He made a man and a woman-a male and a female (Genesis 1:27). He made a woman for the man because “it was not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). The man needed a helper that fit him (Genesis 2:18, 20). Adam and Eve, as husband and wife, would have children so the Earth would be populated with people (Genesis 1:28). Here we see God’s plan for people. God did not make two men. He did not make two women. He made one man for one woman. They were to be married and have children. Sexual relations between two men or between two women is called homosexuality. Homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible. God is displeased with homosexuals and those who support homosexuality.

Concerning homosexuality, the apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

When Paul said, “such were some of you,” he proved that homosexuals can be forgiven. He also showed that a person can stop sinning in this way. That is why Paul told the young Timothy that “sodomites,” like murderers, liars, and kidnappers, are doing things that are “contrary to sound doctrine.” One cannot do them and still be a “righteous person” (1 Timothy 1:9-10). 

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