“How can you love a god that hates gay people?” This is a question that was recently asked on our blog site. What does God’s Word have to say about this? Does God really hate homosexuals? Is being gay a sin? What is so wrong about two men or two women having an intimate relationship who truly love and are committed to each other? God’s Word tells us in 1 Cor. 6:9 & 10 –
“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will NOT enter into the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin or who worship idols or commit adultery or are male prostitutes or practice homosexuality or are thieves or greedy people or drunkards or are abusive or cheat people – none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” 1 Cor. 6:9
God is holy. Whether you believe in Him or not isn’t even a factor here. Truth is truth whether you believe it or not. You see, God has done all that He can possibly do to convince mankind of who He is. He sent the prophets, He sent Jesus and He sent His Word. Over and over God has tried to reveal to man how much He loves him. If man does not accept that then there is no more that God can do. He is truth. His Word is truth. Jesus is truth. One day we will each be judged on God’s standard of truth – not our own. In that day someone saying “I just didn’t believe” – will not hold water.
God’s Word clearly tells us over and over that homosexuality is wrong. Does this mean that God hates gay people? No. God loves gay people. God loves transgenders. God loves all people. Yet He cannot accept them into heaven if they continue in their sin.
When you are in the midst of a homosexual relationship it is painful to understand how a loving God could condemn people to hell just for loving each other. How is this love?
I know a man who has been married for almost 50 years. He has provided for his wife and kids. They have never lacked. There has always been food on the table, heat in the winter and gas in the car. Yet this man has continually physically and verbally abused his wife and kids. In his eyes he sees nothing wrong with what he has done. He truly loves his family. He provides for them. He has sacrificed for them. He treats his wife better that his own father treated his abused wife. So what’s the problem? The man cannot see past his own “Holiness.”
In his eyes he is a good husband and provider. The abuse he dishes out is just a part of his personality and he “can’t help it.” “In his eyes” he is doing a good job.
You see, in each of our eyes we are good. When we measure our “holiness” by our own standards we look pretty good. But when we bring in the only standard we should be trying to measure up to – God’s – we then see how very wrong we often are.
Homosexuality is an affront to the God of holiness. God clearly made one man for one woman – no more – no less. To try to twist God’s standards and make homosexuality acceptable is very wrong.
Yes, God loves homosexuals – yet He is still a Holy God. His Holiness will not waver or change just because someone He loves is unwilling to see things His way.
It is not God’s job to lower His standards to ours. It is our job to seek how to please a loving and Holy Savior – no matter what we have to give up.