@Euo - Your intellect is obvious through all your posts. I think you know that. I was merely suggesting another explanation. As L Mage pointed out, I was
a gay-basher. There's nothing I'll ever be able to do to remove that shame. The only thing I can do is to take the shame of those failures and learn to do better.
The Bible says that when we are born again, we're to work at being better. That we must "crucify" the old person and constantly generate a new by strength of the Holy Spirit. In short Euo, I work
to be a better man than I was. To that end, I'm hyper-sensitive to saying, doing, or even thinking anything
that suggests that a homosexual or transperson is somehow not as much a creation of the Creator as I am, and no less deserving of the dignity and respect that goes with it.
Now, does that mean I can't still fail. As Paul would say "God forbid." But see, when you say that I have this view of homosexuals but cannot mention any indication of anything that actually says
that..... And keep in mind that several people in these threads have said they aren't necessarily used to the kind of Christian me, Carc, Loni, et al are...well, you can see why I feel justified in asking, "Are you sure I'm that way, or do you just think I am?"
@L Mage - (Sigh) Dude, sometimes I
confuse me. But as I said, the Bible gave me the hope needed to keep living when I thought every day was going to be as bad as the one before, if not worse.
Like the leper Jesus healed, the very least I could do is show my gratitude by being a loyal follower of his Word, and in so doing, carrying out his paramount commandment to show the same love and respect to others, as he showed to me.
Re: Luke - That passage is often called the New Testament in a nutshell. Along with the verse nearly every new Christian learns.
"For God loved the world so much, he sacrificed his very own Son, so that whoever would trust in him would never perish. But would have life eternal."
You...just can't understand how much hope that gives you when the grave seems so much better than waking up to face another day.
edited 23rd Oct '12 2:40:05 PM by TheStarshipMaxima