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« on: October 20, 2014, 09:13:59 am »

So, for the most part, my being gay has never been a big issue in the church that I attend. Of course you hear comments regarding gay people from time to time, but never directed toward me, or coming from anyone that I admire or really hold in high esteem. But recently I was called out by one of the men in my age bracket at a function and I asked this question then, and am going to ask it now. What does sexual orientation have to do with your belief in God, or a deity? Are we not supposed to believe in a higher power just because we are gay?
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2014, 10:16:42 pm »

No, you can chose to do not belief an institucionalized rite that is discriminating, and still belief in a divine figure... this for the direct question, because sexuality and god(s) have many cultural forms, lgbtq figures go from worshiped to demonized according to time and places.
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2014, 12:49:43 am »

So, for the most part, my being gay has never been a big issue in the church that I attend. Of course you hear comments regarding gay people from time to time, but never directed toward me, or coming from anyone that I admire or really hold in high esteem. But recently I was called out by one of the men in my age bracket at a function and I asked this question then, and am going to ask it now. What does sexual orientation have to do with your belief in God, or a deity? Are we not supposed to believe in a higher power just because we are gay?

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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2016, 09:30:41 pm »

As someone from a spiritual society, i think there is no connection between your sexuality and your spirituality. You can believe on what you want. Do not let others bring you down.
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2016, 09:44:10 pm »

I grew up Catholic and I still attend every Sunday.  Especially when I was young, it was difficult.  Trying to figure out being gay was bad enough without the church's criticism.  I struggled for a while but I eventually came to see that there was a core belief that was well summarised in Christ's final commandment, "Love one another as I have loved you."   Then, there was a lot that just seemed "added on" over time by people with their own particular prejudices.  I decided that if I could accept and try to live in that first part then the "added on" stuff wasn't so important.  There are so many who would tell me that this way of thinking is very wrong.  So be it.  If they want me to respect their faith views, then they have to respect mine, even if they disagree.

Two thoughts: 

Anyone who can use God and hate in the same sentence is usually demonstrating a fundamental lack of understanding of one or both of those ideas.

Yes, anyone can be a good (holy) person and be gay at the same time.  God made me gay and I really do thank Him for it daily.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2016, 11:22:23 pm »

Two thoughts: 

Anyone who can use God and hate in the same sentence is usually demonstrating a fundamental lack of understanding of one or both of those ideas.


This was so well said.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2017, 08:15:36 am »

It very much depends of the religion or "spiritual path" that you choose. There's so much more than Christianity and Catholisism out there. Some spiritual paths are ok with homosexuality, some are partially and some are not.
Either way, it all boils down to your personal system of beliefs, your own perception of God, one you should create (getting agnostic here...); nobody sees or feels god in the same manner, even when they are from the same path. Everyone has a personal way of thinking God. Choose or build your image of God and than follow it with a path or religion that best matches that image of God, or not.
You're free to be whatever you want, you live to be.
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