To expect them to be is an assumption that I do not share because it is one that is not characteristic of God as Father.There are times when a father must tell a child “because I said so”…and that is all the reason the child need be given.
It’s convenient for my argument that Jesus Christ—the paradigmatic, once-for-all self-revelation of God among us—has nothing to say about queerness to be sin (Matthew , Mark ), then it necessarily follows that Jesus declared same-sex sex to be sin.
However, I recognize that this is not your primary argument, so I just wanted to note it in passing.
I don’t know why it’s sinful, but my hands are tied: Scripture doesn’t allow otherwise.” It may be the case that God forbids women from sex with women and men with men, but if God does, it’s pretty cheap for us to just refer to God’s inscrutable will.
And it’s unfair to those whose sacred worth we affirm to bar their sexuality from them (in any case, but especially) if we don’t have an explanation for it.” They do have a causal relationship…but as I noted above, the relationship between the ultimate and innate harm caused by sin and the measurable harm are not always clear.
You have to appeal to an outside normative source in order to make the case that woman-woman and man-man sexual experiences are sinful. Because, as a responsible Christian, you know that Scripture is not arbitrary.
God doesn’t inspire the first communities of faith to avoid idolatry or adultery or murder or usury or temple un-cleanliness for no reason, but because they harm others (God included).Obedience to God is never predicated upon understanding and accepting the God’s reasoning.Of course it helps if we understand why something must be obeyed…but it is not any less authoritative simply because we don’t.“You compared people in “same-sex sexual relationships” (quoted to capture your terminology, not to scare) to alcoholics, arguing that women’s desire for sex with women and men’s for men is like an addiction to a harmful substance that has the potential to physically destroy bodies and which is dangerous to one’s self and relationships.Of course the comparison is somewhat hyperbolic, but really, it’s something that those who maintain the sinfulness of queer people have to make at some point.Though I make this argument on the historic and universal activity of the church, and of my own experience as a disciple of Christ, the Scriptural principle to which I might appeal is that Jeremiah is the normative framework within which Isaiah 55:8 is in any way good news for us.