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Defends gay beliefs

Dear Editor,

As always, I am grateful for the time and effort one expends in responding to an editorial position, and I share that gratitude with Ms. Schultz for her recent response to my letter. For others who read her letter, I would only suggest the following alternative perspectives.

Personal beliefs about homosexuality, from a Christian perspective, do not fall into the category of an "article of faith." What one may believe about it is not a precondition of salvation and thus, hardly worthy of separating one person from another.

Second, there are only eight (five OT, three NT) passages that may refer to same-sex behavior, among the thousands in the Christian Scriptures, and two of the eight are repeats. Using a conservative interpretative device (historical-grammatical method), same-sex behavior in these passages refers to heterosexuals involved in same-sex behavior. Our current understanding of homosexuality, limited as it now still is, was unknown at the time of the writing of these passages.

As for God's creative hand in this matter, I would recommend humility when expressing certain opinion against it. Historically and to the present, it appears that all known human cultures have homosexuals and more recent and very extensive lower animal research also shows its pervasiveness there.

Finally, in the New Testament there are no discussions of homosexuality or homosexual practices, and the references often cited include part of lists made in the larger context of other discussions. In addition, Greek scholars are uniform in their opinions that the precise meaning of the two words translated as "male prostitutes" and "homosexual offenders" that were cited in I. Cor. 6:9-10 are, at the very best, unclear.

Most important, Jesus never speaks about homosexuality, but often speaks about poverty, injustice, the misuse of power and wealth, the need for peace, and the importance of service. As Christians, meaning "little Christs," I suggest we follow His example.