What Does God Say About Sexuality and Identity? ("Can I Ask That?" Video Series)

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What Does God Say About Sexuality and Identity?

“Can I Ask That?” Video Series: Session 5 of 7

What Does God Say About Sexuality and Identity?
Human identity and sexuality are very deeply intertwined subjects. In many ways, both our personhood and sexuality are enigmas—deeply mysterious subjects, and not nearly as simplistic as they are made to seem in culture and society.
Our identity is the core of our individualism and our personality. Our identity is the amalgamation of who God made us, who we think we are, and even who others think we are. From these, we form a self-concept, and from that springs our personality, image, reputation, and character.
The Bible says that God made us, mind, body, and spirit. And together, these form who we are. Then, as we figure out our identity, because we weren’t created to live alone in isolation, we soon migrate toward intimacy.
Intimacy has to do with knowing others and being known by others. It’s about sharing our own self-discovery, who we are, with others. And a possibility of this sharing is that, as intimacy grows, human sexuality enters into the picture.
Human sexuality is unique. It isn’t like evolutionists would have us believe—just another version of the biological propagation of an animal species. Unlike animals, human beings were created in the image of God. And as such, we aren’t only composed of chemicals and physical bodies (like mere plants and animals), we are created to reflect God’s glory through our bodies and our inner essence. That inner essence, our spiritual reality, and our minds, means we were endowed with capacities not found in any other life forms.
Human sexuality was created to involve not only our bodies and our senses—but also our souls… meaning our minds, our thoughts, our motivations, our emotions, our feelings, and even our imaginations. And human sexuality also involves our spirits—the deepest inward parts of us, our very essence, and our very lives—in other words, sexuality involves every part of us.
As people, identity, intimacy, and sexuality are related. Each affects the other. So understanding what God says about these three powerful concepts will help us become more healthy and happy—and misunderstanding them will make us less happy, healthy, whole, and holy. So it’s important to get them right by learning and doing what God says.



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"Lifestyle Choice" Is a No-No For Describing the Gay Lifestyle

Well, Valerie Jarrett did it again.
The President’s Senior Advisor angered the White House and gay-rights groups by implying that the gay lifestyle was a “lifestyle choice.”
Needless to say, she has been excoriated by all left-leaning media outlets and also the LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) community.   LGBT devotees argue that those lifestyles are biologically imposed and that human sexuality or at least sexual orientation have no element of volition/choice/will/decision involved.
Gay watchdogs were quick to call her remarks an “obnoxious phrase” and suggested that she had been influenced by right-leaning groups like the Family Research Council that work to resist elements of the gay agenda.
 
 
Choice
Though proponents of that ideology have long argued that homosexuality (and transgender identity, bisexuality, and lesbianism) is not based on choice and is innate, no noteworthy scientific evidence has been tendered to support that claim.
When someone acts out on sexual desires (or any desire, for that matte) “choice” is involved.  Having a natural inclination to do something does not justify a given behavior.  Behaviors are not legitimized by ‘unlearned’ behavior.  For example, though a person might ‘naturally’ desire to have two or three spouses, participate in child-adult sexual relations, join NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association), or other types of human relationships “in the name of love,” those things wouldn’t be justified “simply because” there was an innate desire.
As it stands, however, that hypothesis has never been proven or even had a shred of evidence that supports it.  So it is perfectly legitimate to call that lifestyle a “lifestyle choice” since there’s no evidence it is otherwise.  Ironically, many of those who support the LGBT lifestyle are not content with non-LGBT devotees giving them the freedom to live that lifestyle– they also want our tacit acknowledgment that it is not a choice as well.  If the lifestyle was completely legitimate, ‘choice’ wouldn’t be a relevant issue.  That’s telling.