I am a devout Roman Catholic. I was born Catholic, raised Catholic, and throughout my life, I have practiced Catholic traditions and customs. However, being an open lesbian while maintaining my Roman Catholicism is difficult. Most Catholics passionately believe that homosexuality is sinful and wrong, and even Dante Aligheri wrote in his Inferno that homosexuals would remain in the seventh circle of hell. In light of recent prejudice against homosexuals, I have decided to conduct research. My research entails specific Biblical reference that promotes homosexuality and disparages the common belief that homosexuality is unnatural and sinful.
Matthew 8:5-13 & Luke 7:1-10
These passages describe a centurion’s servant boy that is deathly sick and Jesus goes to heal him. In the classical text of the Bible, the servant boy is described as “pais,” which is a Greek term that holds a sexual connotation in Greek culture. One can infer, based solely on this term, that the servant boy was actually a male lover to the centurion.
Sodom and Gomarrah
In the history of LGBT events, sodomy is known as the act of sexual relations between two men. This word is derived from the name of Sodom, a man who was accused of having homosexual relations in the story of Sodom and Gomarrah. However, if placed in the historical context, the story of Sodom would not actually be referring to homosexual acts, but a sin of another kind.
Leviticus 18:22 states, “One shall not lie with a man as they would with a woman – that is detestable.” However, in the very same book of Leviticus, it also condemns lying, stealing, fraud, slander, wearing clothes of two fibers, cutting hair, tattoos and piercings, prostitution, and associating with menstruating women. However, these occur every single day.
Leviticus 23:3 states, “….Sabbath is a rest day, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the Lord.” Many people work on Sundays, many people watch football on Sundays, many people drink while watching football on Sundays, many people do many things wrong on Sundays.
Matthew 7:11 states, “Do not judge, for you too will be judge, in the same way that you judge, it will be used upon you.” Many Christians judge homosexuals for not conforming to the belief that homosexuality is wrong, when in reality, they have no place to judge, for judgment rests in the hands of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 13:13
1 Corinthians 13:13 states, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Here, it does not specify that heterosexual love is the only way to love a person. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, pansexuals, demisexuals, and asexuals all have ways to love a person. There is no requirement when discussing love.
1 Timothy 4:12
1 Timothy 4:12 states, “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” This one personally relates to teenagers, in my opinion, because it is directly speaking to the young. In ancient Greece, they believed that homosexuals were the purest of all people for never intermingling between the sexes. For homosexual teenagers, this verse can directly apply, for not only are they the young, but also the pure, according to the Greeks.
1 Peter 4:8
1 Peter 4:8 states, “Above all, love each other deeply, for love covers a multitude of sins.” If this is the case, loving another girl as I am supposed to love a male would cover my sin of homosexuality. If loving another girl is the worst thing possible that I could possibly do in my lifetime, then it truly is not that bad as long as it includes love, something that the Christian faith encourages, hence “Love thy neighbor…”
1 John 1:9
1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I understand the belief that homosexuality is wrong. I was raised to believe such. I have prayed to God for forgiveness and that is all that I am expected to do. I cannot do much more. I have asked for forgiveness for my sins.
1 John 4:19
This is my personal favorite. “We love because he first loved us.” I have not experienced such a powerful love with a male, only with a female. I have been able to experience that powerful love with her because God first decided to love us. Jesus died on the cross for forgiveness of our sins, and because of that love, I am able to love another person – a girl.