This paper is dedicated to Seventh-day Adventist pastors, educators, health care professionals, and informed laity that continue to risk their careers, reputations, and livelihood on behalf of gay and lesbian Adventists throughout the world.
Even when we are forced to worship and fellowship together clandestinely, I know our prayers are heard. You have my heartfelt appreciation, thanksgiving and respect. An American Adventist Perspective. The Bible and Homosexual Behavior. Adventist Doctrine and Homosexuality. The Science of Homosexuality: Can It Be Changed? Can It Be Recruited.
An Adventist Response to Homosexuality. A Final Few Thoughts. Is there any tribe, race of nationality whom you cannot embrace? Are you
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Do you hold a grudge against your spouse or parent or child? Can you praise God, from who all blessing flow, without blessing your neighbor?
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Gay and lesbian Seventh-day Adventists SDA read these kind words, but know that they remain outside the worship and fellowship of the church — these words are meant for others.
As a gay Adventist struggling to maintain some connection to the institutional church, I am usually not welcome in Adventist faith communities after I candidly identify myself. I have been shunned from Adventist churches. I have been dismissed
Sda views on homosexuality Adventist institutions. I have endured derisive "gay jokes" from Adventist clergy. As I know the Savior and the Savior knows me, I have tried to understand. I have tried to understand why my church and I am a third generation Adventist continues to subject homosexuals to cruelty and banishment.
I am still trying to understand. As a gay man, I laugh, cry, and bleed as other human beings. As a committed Christian, I pray, study, and struggle as other Christians--as other Adventists. Please do not forget my name as I dream of sharing an Adventist church pew or classroom. Please consider the possibility that I am trying to live by Christian moral standards.
Know that I struggle in my Christian journey as I plead with the institutional church: The primary intent of this report is to review
Sda views on homosexuality topic of homosexuality in an Adventist "Sda views on homosexuality," with particular regard to theological concerns and a survey of some of the scientific literature.
It is my hope that this paper will continue to propel a dialogue on this topic within Adventism. Recent surveys of Americans reveals that a majority of those interviewed will openly admit being acquainted with a homosexual person to a pollster. The challenge that homosexuality presents to Adventism is not unlike that of American society in general. It remains crucial to move beyond ignorance to more sophisticated understandings.
Most Christian spiritual communities have not been leaders in this area--but could be. However, that dialogue exists on this issue within Adventist community is positive and encouraging. Homosexuality is a part of Adventism.
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Sda views on homosexuality of fifty years ago suggested that about ten percent of the United States population is homosexual either predominantly or exclusively. Every soul is precious to the Savior. Homosexual orientation and Adventism are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
To reach such a conclusion requires a clarification of terms, a thoughtful review of biblical scripture, and a discerning survey of available scientific information regarding homosexuality. The biblical, scientific, and semantic must be considered simultaneously by Adventists if homosexuality is to be more reasonably understood. Initially using an "illness model" approach, homosexuality has been much debated over the past years in medical and social circles.
Homosexuality has been a part of the human experience for centuries. While maligning bigoted stereotypes of gays and lesbians
Sda views on homosexuality, the homosexual minority community has a rich, proud, and creative legacy. The Bible has been used to justify a number of Christian beliefs through the centuries. It has been used to support slavery, racism, and the degradation of women.
Over time, some of these literal translations of scripture were replaced by interpreted views of the Bible.
Such revisions were morally justifiable as a commitment to living by the spirit of the Savior rather than the strictly confined letter of Old Testament law.
These changes have represented a subtle evolving denominational shift in the understanding of scripture. Institutional Adventism has traditionally employed the "historical-grammatical method" characterized by a literal translation of scripture.
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There is some difficulty with this method relating millennia-old metaphorical descriptions relevantly to current times. While some Adventists take great pride in being known as a "Bible-believing Adventist," at some level, most employ some degree of interpretation.
Sda views on homosexuality of strict literalism, some Adventist scholars are coming to consider the merit of other approaches to understanding scriptures. These methods include a "historical-critical" of Biblical interpretation--also known as "form criticism" or "higher criticism. This method recognizes both the limitations and necessity of words--accepting that the spirit of the message must start with language, but that the message only begins there.
Furthermore, as a shift in the Adventist theological paradigm, it is compatible with traditional Adventist commitments to education and higher learning.
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This change has fundamental import to the issue of homosexuality, for it is the possibility of an interpretive view that allows the potential of Christian acceptance for gay men and lesbian women. Admittedly, there is a "middle ground" between these two scriptural positions that many Adventist church members and clergy find to be a compromise.
Some Adventists are able to entertain the possibility to varying degrees of interpreting scripture rather than solely relying on a literal translation. In many Christian traditions, homosexual love has been declared immoral based upon "biblical teaching.
However, it should be noted that because the words "homosexual" or "homosexuality" were coined in the nineteenth century, they do not appear in the Bible the words are absent from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. Jesus did not address the topic in the New Testament.
It is not a simple matter to briefly summarize the body of research on homosexuality in the Bible. But, a short review is important
Sda views on homosexuality demonstrate the possibility of a biblical view towards Sda views on homosexuality different from the one many Christians uncritically assume.
From personal experience, I know these texts, and their rhetoric from Adventist pulpits has often been cruel, insensitive, and life-threatening. Yet, so much of this doctrinal condemnation stems from limited human understandings rather than divine edict.
Some scriptural passages that have been used against homosexuals do not address homosexuality as the primary issue.
Sda views on homosexuality instance, the story of Sodom in Genesis 19 is about the offense against the sacred duty of hospitality portrayed by homosexual rape. The violence of the attempted male rape heightens the atrocity of the offense. Other texts that have been used to justify the Christian position against homosexuals are rather ambiguous.
This obscure term has been translated as "homosexual. It certainly does not include lesbian women and probably only relates to a certain type of male sexual offender or prostitute. Furthermore, some Adventists will argue that God did not create same-sex partnerships in the originally conceived Eden as another point against homosexuality. Genesis show Adam and Eve created for companionship and procreation. Nothing suggests that biblical authors intended the story of creation to be a lesson on sexual orientation.
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Sda views on homosexuality ambiguity regarding homosexuality, there remain three scriptural references that remain at the heart of Adventist positions against it. However, it should be duly noted that these texts are often cited out of context to the times or the primary lessons being conveyed. Furthermore, these texts do not describe a dynamic of voluntary consensual loving adult relationships between members of the same gender.
Two Old Testament references appear to condemn homosexual behavior.
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The pre-scientific understanding was that male semen contained all of the biological essentials for nascent life. With no knowledge of the female ovum and ovulation, it was assumed that women only provided incubating space. Therefore, the "spilling" of semen for any non-procreative purpose was considered sinful--whether it be coitus interruptus, male homosexual acts or male masturbation. One
Sda views on homosexuality imagine how a tribe struggling to populate an area in which it was a minority would value procreative potential.
In addition, within the patriarchalism of Old Testament Jewish culture, heterosexual male dignity was considered compromised when a man assumed female roles including sexual activities.
Particularly when isolated out of context, Old Testament scriptures can be cruelly misrepresented. The third text used to condemn homosexuals is Romans 1: Paul did not understand that homosexual orientation is "natural" for a minority of human beings. The scientific concept of a "homosexual orientation" was simply not available to Paul's world that science to be reviewed later in this paper.
There are many sexual attitudes, practices, and restrictions which are normative in scripture, but which Christians no longer accept as normative. For instance, most Christians do not accept polygamy, levirate marriage the widow of a childless couple having intercourse with each brother of her deceased husband until a male heir is producedwomen as "owned property," endogamy
Sda views on homosexuality within the Jewish faithcompulsory celibacy, or slavery.
It is clear that Christians regard certain rules, particularly in the Old Testament, as no longer binding or relevant. For example, most modern Christian readers would agree with the Bible in rejecting incest, rape, adultery, and bestiality. But, we disagree with the Bible on a number of
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Despite biblical condemnation, Christians generally allow voluntary celibacy, exogamy, sex during menstruation, masturbation with some restrictionsbirth control, and private nudity with some restrictions. Views about size of government among who oppose or strongly oppose gay marriage who are Seventh-day Adventist.
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