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Homosexuality

This is one of the many times where peoples misunderstandings of context, history and culture, distort the word of God.

During war, brutal acts are levied upon each opposing side by their oppressors or perceived oppressors. In modern times, we blast rock music, drop bombs and utilize cyber attacks. In the past, and sometimes, sadly, in the present, rape is utilized as a method of degrading, humiliating and overpowering people.

It is inexcusable in war and out of war, and that is what God was referring to.

During the time of the Old Testament, horrible atrocities were committed against people. Some of these actions still occur in war torn countries.In Africa, some believe that by raping a child, male or female, the act will cure them of A.I.D.S. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/1362134/South-African-men-rape-babies-as-cure-for-Aids.html)

In 38 A.D., the Roman Governor Flaccus ordered thousands of Jews to be paraded naked through the street, to be raped and to be beaten and burned in bonfires. Yes, raped; Jewish men and women, ordered to be raped. (Brief Histories of Almost Anything: 50 Savvy Slices of our Global Past  edited by Chris Brazier)

This is what the Bible intended by saying for a man to not lie with another man, as if he were a woman. God was saying “Do not Rape!”.

In Genesis 19:4-11. The men at the door are not there for a tea party. They want to rape the Angels, and Lot, instead offers up his daughters to be raped, instead. It is because, at that time, women, were viewed as “things”, “possessions”. It had little to nothing, to do with sexuality but to do with the value placed upon different genders.

A daughter required a dowry, a daughter brought debt while a son, a male, brought value. A Dowry is the money or goods a woman brings to a marriage. Lot would have had to pay for his daughters to marry.

This is not just a story about rape, but bad parenting as well. What father could offer up his daughters to strangers, to rape, and instead protect male visitors. If the President of the United States visits your home, and some anti-President radicals are banging at your door, demanding that you surrender him so that they can rape him – would you offer up your daughters?

No matter what you think of the President, no human deserves to be raped, ever. It is a disgusting, evil, vile act and God agreed!

You can also see, that even though Lot had a very screwed up sense of value, God still loved him!

In Leviticus 20:13 it says “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

This does not say “If one man, falls in love with another man – kill him!”. The Bible is VERY clear about love, lust and everything in between. You will also notice that Leviticus admonishes about incest and bestiality. It says “Do not rape anyone, do not have sex with kin willingly or unwillingly and do not have sex with animals.”. All of these things in modern times will result in legal punishment, potentially even a death sentence.(http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/06/convicted-south-la-murderer-gets-death-sentence-.html)

Does God hate homosexuals? NO! God loves all of His children, equally. We, His children, do not love equally and that is part and parcel of our sinful nature.

 Please Father help me to be a good, loving Christian.  Help me to not judge others by my own fears, hurts, sins and past trauma. Help me to be one with Your world, and Your people. Help me Father, to be a loving child like your Son, who welcomed and loved all people from the leper to the lord. I want to be a symbol of Your love, Lord. I am not You, and it is not my place to judge – Please remind me of this and make me an example of Your unconditional positive regard. Amen.

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Depression, God and science.

As I explained in a previous post, I suffered a great deal from an experience with a rare personality type. I’m alive, thank God, but it’s been a very challenging, depressing and a unique situation. One of those “Murphys Law” moments, which unfortunately, even those who’s earthly jobs are to help us, to protect us, were (and are) overwhelmed and confused.

Essentially it was a “We’re so sorry, we know this is wrong but we have no idea how to help or how to stop it from happening”. I felt lost, hopeless, depressed. Every day became a struggle because the individual wasn’t just trying to hurt me, they were including my family in their attacks. They weren’t a friend, a lover, a relative. It was an almost complete stranger. We shared little in common except for utilizing the same building.

Every day, even now, is a struggle to see hope. Because, I’m that camel and every thing that is normally a mild stresser or annoyance has become the straw. God , I am learning, is the biggest portion of my support system and I have a very good support system (family, church, friends, legal, and medical) I think that we forget how important God is in our lives, especially at our weakest moments.

Sure, we give foxhole prayers but even then, we aren’t giving the whole of our self. When I finally broke down, when I was able to ask my church for prayer support, suddenly wonderful things began happening. My lawyer was suddenly able to get me a restraining order, my husband got a job in an oceanfront town and secured us a waterfront apartment at a shockingly low rate (in a nice area), and I began to slowly see a light as I was digging myself out of this hole. When I put my head in my hands, and broke down sobbing desperatly for God, like a child needing their parent, thats when the connection occurred. Thats when that door opened and I walked through.

I’ve prayed for years. I’ve studied the bible. I’ve been baptized twice and in two different denominations. I’ve even attended temple. Academically, I’m quite sound. My soul however was at the door, but never walking through. I was going through the motions and as smart as I would like to think that I am, I truly was an idiot.

When I broke down, I finally heard him. Psalm 13:4. Now, every day I do my devotionals. I look forward to it, I’m giddy about it. Today’s message, the day before we move to our new town, is one on depression.

I subscribe to a few different devotionals, including Bayless Conleys. Today his message was on Gods prescription for depression.

Isaiah 58:10-11 

10 Give your food to the hungry
    and care for the homeless.
Then your light will shine
    in the dark;
your darkest hour will be
    like the noonday sun.

11 The Lord will always guide you
and provide good things to eat
    when you are in the desert.
He will make you healthy.
You will be like a garden
    that has plenty of water
or like a stream
    that never runs dry.

Obviously this isn’t a dis to anyone who takes medication for medical issues. But, as I have learned, you need a holistic approach to dealing with depression. be it temporary, mild, severe, lifetime, from being a victim….etc

You need a good therapist, a good doctor, you need a supportive family, you need good trusted friends, you need hobbies, you need a great church and you need God. (maybe even a good lawyer and some great police officers.)

If you only have one, or a few of those parts, without the whole, you will not wholly heal. Helping others feels good and is a wonderful hobby. (and, it pleases God)

There is science in this. (I told you, there is a connection between science and God. The biggest connection, is in the social sciences.)

http://www.success.com/articles/1152-drs-oz-and-roizen-help-others-to-help-your-health

Dr. Oz, who at times I find annoying (forgive me God. Thats all me, not him.) claims that by helping others, you can help your health. God, in Isaiah said the same thing!

For those such as myself who expect a peer reviewed source, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (*bangs table dramatically*) you have a Psychology professor at UC Riverside “After a rigorous review of research on the therapeutic benefits of positive emotion, Lyubomirsky said, she and her colleagues found widespread support for the notion that people with a tendency toward depression can help themselves by helping others or otherwise introducing positivity into their day-to-day lives.” (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2012/01/02/with-depression-helping-others-may-in-turn-help-you?vwo=501cd)

This is “new” research, proving theories on “new” ideas, that as you can see, were also suggestions given by God, in the Bible.

And, on my part, this devotional is exactly what I needed today.

Thank You Father, for providing guidance in all aspects of my life. For knowing just what it is that I need, and for finding ways to remind me that I am valued by You. Amen