Society has thought that homosexual behavior is a mental illness for many years, but people who practice these relations try to prove the contrary. The society is not right when it says that this is an illness. If we look at what God says in the Holy Scripture, we can see how the Creator defines this behavior and He never and nowhere names the homosexual behavior “illness”. In this article, I put down the passages from the Bible, where God defines homosexuality.
Homosexuality is a choice
The first definition is found in the book of Leviticus, when God gives commandments concerning correct sexual behavior of a person and He defines the perversions everyone has to keep himself clear of. Here is what the Creator says:
You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. (Leveticus 18:22)(NASB)
Illness is something that do not depends upon a person, a person can not control it, and, of course, no one wants to be ill. But here it is an imperative, that says clearly that this behavior depends upon a man’s choice to lie, or not to lie with a male as one lies with a female. So, homosexual behavior is a choice, an abomination and not an illness.
Homosexuality is a learnt practice
At the end of the same chapter, God makes a summary of all perversions that he bans people, His creation to practice and He says:
But as for you, you are to keep My statutes and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations, neither the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you (for the men of the land who have been before you have done all these abominations, and the land has become defiled); so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you. ‘For whoever does any of these abominations, those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people. Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable customs which have been practiced before you, so as not to defile yourselves with them; I am the LORD your God.’ (Leveticus 18:26–30)(NASB)
All listed sexual perversions, including sodomy are named abominations, that defiles people, society and the whole country, for five times in these few verses. Abomination is something quickly spread and it has a devastating effect, it defiles. Another term that is used here for homosexual relations is “abominable custom”. Not illness. A custom is something that is learnt and one can not get rid of it, it passes to others and it can become acceptable by society, and it was so in the land of Canaan, when God decided to send away those nations defiled by their abominable customs. Illness is not something that is learnt, as homosexual relations are – abominable custom that is learnt. That’s why, it is every person’s duty to do what he/she can to stop this abominable custom, this abomination, so that it may not affect the relatives, friends, children, partner… Here is an evidence of the spreading of this abominable custom, that I have received from a homosexual who commented one of my articles. He writes so:
Take it easy, Mr. Priest! I have had a girlfriend for 3 years, I have sex with her regularly, but I also have a good friend (the best), sometimes we “fondle” each other, I have sex with him, but I use a condom, so there is no chance for AIDS. I like it a lot, I don’t consider myself homosexual, maybe bisexual, but it is my business what I do at home.
How did this young man begin to practice this awful abomination? He doesn’t say he was born so, or that he was ill, etc. In his great passion and being influenced by the “modern thinking”, that says that all is acceptable, he began to practice this custom as a part of his behavior. It is immoral that he has a girlfriend, and they have sex not being married. But, if this girlfiend of his, with whom he lives in adultery, finds out about his other relations, what would she say? Wouldn’t she shudder with horror? Only if she weren’t as “modern” as her partner… It can happen, as long as she can have sex with a man who is not her husband. You can see that homosexual relations are not an illness, but an abomination, an abominable thing and custom that is learnt and goes further very quickly.
Homosexuality is a degrading passion
God adds to the definiton of what is called “untraditional sexual orientation” nowadays, in the Epistle of Paul to Romans. Here is what the Word of God says:
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. (Romans 1:26–27)(NASB)
So, what people call “untraditional sexual orientation”, it is called “degrading passion” by God. Passion is a bad desire, that seeks to be satisfied no matter what the price, the consequences and the effect upon others are. So are the homosexual relations. When you read the statistics, you are terrified to see the misery this people live in and how much calamity it brings to others. All these organizations and manifestations that “inform” people influence and motivate others to practice these “abominable things”. Further on, in the same text from the Epistle to Romans, God defines the homosexual relations as “unnatural”, because it is natural for a man to have sex with a woman, and not with another man. This is unnatural. So, it is not an illness, it is a perversion, or as it is defined here, in this passage “degrading passion”.
The conclusion one who loves the truth can draw is that homosexual relations are not mental or physical illness, but they are practice chosen by people, they are learnt, they become a custom, they are passed on, spread and lead people to destruction.
God hates this abominable practice, but He loves people who are His creation, but practice these abominations. For God so loves the world, and those who live in these abominable customs,
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God. (John 3:16–21)(NASB)
May God help us to make wise decisions to walk in light and truth, so that we may not be judged, but have the gift of eternal life.
Translated by Felicia Djugostran