Is homosexuality a sin?

To answer this question we must first understand what the Bible defines as sin. In the original Greek text of the New Testament the word that is translated “sin” is "hamartano." It means to miss the mark so as not to share in the prize, to err. Sin means that God’s holy standard, or mark, has been missed. That is sin.

In God’s Word the specific "marks" that He has set for our lives relationally and sexually are clearly defined. For instance, relationally the Bible says we are to love others the same way that Jesus loves us. How does Jesus love us? Unconditionally. His love is not dependent upon what we do. It is full of grace. Self-less. He doesn’t love us to fulfill His own needs. His love is eternal. It never ends—it is never depleted. When we look at Jesus’ love we realize that it is nothing like ours. It is not based on what we do for Him. It is not selfish, manipulative, or proud. He is not looking to fill a need within Himself by loving us.

When I entered into same-sex relationships it was all about me. It met my needs. It made me feel good. It satisfied me. I thought that was love, but today I know that is not love. At least it is not the same kind of love the Bible speaks of. My relationships were all about meeting my own needs. That may meet the world’s standard of love, but it is not biblical love.

To love as Jesus loved is impossible unless we first receive His love. We have to be right with God relationally before we can ever hope to have healthy loving relationships with others. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Mark 12:30-31 are two biblical passages that instruct us on how to establish those relationships. First we are to, "love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength." Jesus said that this is the first and greatest commandment. Then we will be able to do the second, which is to "love your neighbor as yourself." Without His love in our hearts all our relationships will miss the mark.

Sexually, His standard is also clearly defined. The Bible teaches that sex is reserved for marriage, and God’s definition of marriage is between one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:7, Ephesians 5:31.) So the sexual aspect of homosexuality is definitely not within God's standard; therefore it, along with any other sexual behavior that occurs outside the bonds of biblical marriage, is sin. So the answer to our question, “Is homosexuality a sin” is yes, homosexuality is a sin. It is not the only sin, but it is clearly outside God’s standard.

The good news is that every sinner can know true love, and that is really what we desire. The portrayal of God as hating sinners (especially homosexuals) is a lie. After all, Jesus died for sinners. He understands our weakness and has made it possible for us to break the bonds of sin through a relationship with Him. That is the power of the love of God, and that is the love we all long to know. The truth is, sinful choices no matter how politically correct, will never truly fulfill our desire to know love. Love does not exist outside of God’s standard. God is love (1 John 4:8).

To learn more about what the Bible says about homosexuality read, WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY.

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