Thank you very much for answering my questions. I have learnt so much more about Catholisism by reading this blog than any lesson at school (they are good lessons, but only cover the basic 'Christians believe in this' and 'Muslims believe in that').I'm glad I could help.
I still believe that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality, but hey, that is my own opinion.I think the "arrogant, egotistical, and disrespectful" comment that someone left in the comments section of Part 1 was actually directed towards me since I apparently "sit in judgment on God's behalf." Whatever. I take words like that with a grain of salt. At any rate, as far as I'm concerned, I don't think you're coming across that way at all.
I just wanted to explain some of my posts and opinion as I think I am coming off in the wrong way. Somebody commented that I was arrogant, egotistical and disrespectful and I am sorry if I am coming across like that - I just wanted to understand Catholic beliefs and explain my own.
I think there is no physical thing that makes people gay because I believe that homosexuality originates in the soul and as God made everyone's soul then He made them gay, and therefore approves. However, this is just my own opinion.Like I've been saying, even if God does make a person so that he is attracted to the same sex, that doesn't necessarily mean that God approves of that person's decision to act on that sexual orientation. We've seen from the bible that He obviously does not. But people with a same-sex attraction ("SSA") are not alone here. Our human nature, the way we were made, cries out for us to do a number of things. That doesn't mean we should do them. Our nature is fallen -- even though God made it -- and we often have to resist it's various demands. We are all -- homosexual and heterosexual alike -- called to achieve mastery over our fleshly desires. By the grace of God, this is possible.
Thank you for providing the Scripture passages - I hadn't seen them before and they were very interesting to read.Please read over them and let me know if you still think God condones homosexual behavior.
As for your next point... I do believe that temptations should be resisted, however I personally believe that homosexuality is not wrong and therefore not a temptation.I see. But, you have yet to really prove that homosexual behavior is acceptable to God.
I'm not completely sure what you mean by 'free reign to act out of that orientation'. Could you please elabourate?Some people seem to think that the Church is placing all of these restrictions on persons with SSA but allowing heterosexual persons to do as they please. Additionally, advocates of homosexuality demand that persons with SSA be allowed free-reign to have sex with whoever whenever they please. My point is that all persons are called to properly order their sexual lives. This call is not just for persons with SSA. It is true that chastity means different things for different people, depending on their vocation in life and their sexual orientation. But, let's not pretend that only persons with SSA are called to make sacrifices or to resist the human nature that God gave them. Persons with a heterosexual orientation are called to do that too.
Personally, I also disagree on choosing to love someone. I certainly didn't choose to love the person I do and if I had any choice in the matter I would fall out of love with him. He is, well, making me very unhappy and our friendship is completely ruined. But anyway, that's off topic.You're right, this probably isn't the place to get into whether or not love is a choice.
One the point on marriage and chastity, I think that everyone should be able to marry the one they love, regardless of gender, which is why I support homosexual marriage.What if I love my sister, or my pet hippopotamus, or my mother, or someone else's husband or wife? Should I be allowed to marry them for the simple fact that I love them? Of course not. The fact is, love is not the only prerequisite for marriage, and we wander down a slippery slope when we say that it is.
On animal and human comparisons, I was just trying to think of an example where God has shown us of how He may have tried to show us a message. Again, my own opinion.I understand what you were trying to do there, I just don't think it's very convincing (for the reasons I've already stated).
When I have a break from school exams I'll find a copy of the Bible and read it.Please do! I think that would aid our discussion immensely.
I guess then that I am now deemed a sinner because I actively support homosexuality: I have voted in my country's (The UK) survey on legalising homosexual marriage.Well, you are certainly not the only one, although I'm not sure that should be any consolation. I really do believe that souls are at stake here. I'm glad that you are asking the difficult questions and seeking to understand the alternative point of view.