Today I’m very serious.
Swedish television is showing a short tv-series ( documentary mixed with some fiction and the characters have different names) about when AIDS started to kill homosexuals here in Sweden. The two main characters are two young men, one from a small town out on the country side (Rasmus) and one from Stockholm (our capital) and he is a Jehovah’s witness (Benjamin). The series shows how they were treated in media and especially how Benjamin is treated by his parents when he leaves Jehovah’s witness, they visit him with flowers and cake because this is his funeral. We also see news bills that has existed and especially the christians says horrible things. One said: A priest says it’s good that they die. I remember that one very well because I wondered how evil someone could be.
I was 19 years old 1983 when the first man died of Aids in Sweden and the characters in the series is around that age too. One after one they die or take their lives and it is a heart breaking story. After I saw that news bill again after so many years I’ve been wondering why christians so gladly tells homosexuals (and others they don’t like) that they will end up in hell because of that, because that’s simply not true and they know it! So I thought I would get very serious today and write about religion, the christian religion.
Lets start with the easy part 🙂 going to hell because of a sin. I know many of You that read my blog has another religion now days but was brought up in the christian faith so most of You’ll know what I write about. So what sins leads directly to hell? Most of You now most likely start to think about the seven deadly sins, like gluttony. But I’m sorry to say that You’re wrong, there’s only one sin according to the New Testament. It’s blasphemy towards the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself says (Matt 12: 31-32) Even blasphemy towards me or any other sin can be forgiven. All but one: If one sin towards the Holy Spirit one will never be forgiven, not in this wold or in the world that will come. So it is a lie to say that someone will go to hell just because he or she is living in a homosexual partnership/ marriage.
By Jesus saying this shows how important he thinks the Holy Spirit is, more important than himself! That helps us with the next part, why homosexuality isn’t a sin at all! Back in the Old Testament days the Jews had (and still have) lots of rules given by god. One weren’t allowed to have two kinds of crop in the same field, weren’t allowed to eat all kinds of food, not allowed to be anything else than heterosexual or my favorite, You weren’t allowed to have two different kinds of fibers in the cloth of Your clothes. Breaking most of these rules usually meant that the villagers could drag You out of the village and stone you to death. Most rules did however have a rather sensible explanation, sea food that weren’t kept cold and pigs meat could be dangerous.
After Jesus had been crucified and resurrected the Apostles started to spread the new belief, the one we now call Christianity. Some of them started to tell the pagans who believe in Jesus that they had to adapt to the jewish rule of circumcision and that they had to follow the old jewish customs and ceremonies, something that upset many of them. So the apostles had a meeting in Jerusalem discussing and praying about this. When they had reached a decision they sent a letter to the christians in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia (I hope I translated these places name right now) . In the Acts of the Apostles 15: 28-29 it says: The Holy Spirit and we have decided not to put any burden of the jewish laws on You. But You should absolutely not eat food that has been sacrificed to idols as well as meat from suffocated animals where the blood still is left. You should naturally not have extramarital relations. If You follow this it’s enough. (I do hope my own translation isn’t to bad).
As You can see it says nothing about same-sex relations at all. I know there are other places that mentions this in the New Testament ( Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome, Letter of Jude) but here it says that the Holy Spirit has together with the Apostles decided that the only exceptions are those mentioned above (the Holy Spirit isn’t mentioned at all in the two above and therefore it can only be their personal opinion in my opinion)! As we now know Jesus himself considered the Holy Spirit even more important than himself and to say that homosexuality is a deadly sin is to say that one knows better than the Holy Spirit and by saying that one is awfully close to commit the only sin that can’t be forgiven. Now You might say that the Old Testament says otherwise and I would answer yes it does. But since I’m christian the New Testament is my most important book and what is written there is more important than what’s written in the Old Testament. If You like those old rules so much that You actually don’t care about what Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Apostles has said why don’t You convert to Judaism since that seems to be Your real faith?
I hope that some of You have managed to stay awake until now 🙂 But it is important to know that many people who calls themselves Christian really aren’t! They claim they judge people to hell with love but look in to their eyes and You won’t see anything but hate. It is not our job to judge anyone anytime! Jesus is all about love, understanding and forgiveness nothing else! If I ever write anything religious again I might bring up Love Your enemy, something many “christians” rather die than do 🙂 Or love Your neighbor, who is Your neighbor? have You ever tought about that?
It’s time to make something to eat and naturally a pot of tea 🙂
Have a great day!