Homosexuality is a real hot button issue in some quarters. It seems that everywhere you turn you are confronted with some issue on homosexuality! Have you ever wondered what this is all about? Why is there so much concern over homosexuality and now the so-called gay marriage issue? Can America or even the world for that matter survive this serious problem? What does history say? What does the Bible, the very word of the Most High Yahweh have to say about homosexuality and marriage? Let's look!
The first place we come across the proper marital relationship between a man and woman is in the following passage.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24
Why was women created in the first place?
And Yahweh Elohim said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. And out of the ground Yahweh Elohim formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the heavens; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was the name of it. And the man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; but for man there was not found a help meet for him. And Yahweh Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead of it: and the rib, which Yahweh Elohim had taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And the man said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. Genesis 2:18-25
The woman was created to be a help meet (counterpart, mate) for the man. This was in His plan as we can see in Genesis chapter one.
And Elohim said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
And Elohim created man in his own image, in the image of Elohim created he him; male and female created he them. And Elohim blessed them: and Elohim said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. Genesis 1:26-28
Even from the beginning you can see the plan for the human race concerning reproduction. They were to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth with their likeness or image! Notice! He created male and female for this exclusive purpose of reproducing the human race.
The New Testament also backs up the writings of Genesis 2:24 through the words of Yahshua while he was here on earth. Notice his dissertation in Mark 10:2-9 with the Pharisees.
And there came unto him Pharisees, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? trying him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. But Yahshua said unto them, For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of the creation, Male and female made he them. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh: so that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore Yahweh has joined together, let not man put asunder. Mark 10:2-9
The Apostle Paul includes this thought in his epistle to the Ephesus Assembly.
Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loves his own wife loves himself: for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as Messiah also the assembly; because we are members of his body. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. Ephesians 5:28-31
We are seeing an arrangement sanctified by Yahweh Elohim of a man and woman relationship only so far!
What does the sacred Scriptures say about a relation other than this? First let us look at Torah law.
You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. And you shall not lie with any beast to defile yourself with it; neither shall any woman stand before a beast, to lie down to it: it is confusion. Leviticus 18:22-23
And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:13
Here we see prohibitions from Yahweh's Torah law legislating against same sex relationships. Also, you see the prohibition against women having sex with animals.
Just how bad is homosexuality anyway? First we need to lay a little foundation before we answer that question.
I now would like for you to see some information on the addiction of pornography. When I read this I was repulsed by the depth of impact that viewing vile pornographic material can have upon any human being.
The Effects of Pornography and Sexual Messages
Many people think that pornography is just harmless fun and that it has no
detrimental effects. However, it is virtually impossible not to be affected by
pornography, legal or not, and the sexual messages that saturate our society
Shaping Attitudes and
Research has shown that pornography and its messages are involved in shaping attitudes and encouraging behavior that can harm individual users and their families. Pornography is often viewed in secret, which creates deception within marriages that can lead to divorce in some cases. In addition, pornography promotes the allure of adultery, prostitution and unreal expectations that can result in dangerous promiscuous behavior.
Young people growing up in our already overly sexualized culture are being
exposed to sexually explicit material on a daily basis through network
television, movies, music and the Internet. Children are being subjected to
sexual material and messages before they are mentally prepared to understand or
evaluate what they are viewing. In addition, the majority of sex education is
taking place in the media, not in the home, church or school.
Below are some of the common, but false messages sent by our sexualized culture.
Sex with anyone, under any circumstances, any way it is desired, is beneficial and does not have negative consequences.
Women have one value - to meet the sexual demands of men.
Marriage and children are obstacles to sexual fulfillment.
Everyone is involved in promiscuous sexual activity, infidelity and premarital
Pornography and Addiction
Not only is the pornography industry, as well as the mainstream media, filling consumers' heads with these false beliefs and attitudes, but studies have found that pornography can be highly addictive. In fact, Dr. Victor Cline, an expert on sexual addiction, found that there is a four-step progression among many who consume pornography. http://www.nationalcoalition.org/pornharm.phtml?ID=102
Defining Pornography and
To ascertain something about pornography's effects, we first need to define it. The word "pornography" comes from the Greek words "porno and "graphia" meaning "depictions of the activities of whores." In common parlance, it usually means "material that is sexually explicit and intended primarily for the purpose of sexual arousal."
"Obscenity," however, is a legal term which was defined by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 1973 Miller V. California decision. For something to be found obscene, and therefore the material has to meet all three tests before it can be found obscene in the eyes of the law and its distribution prohibited. This means that something could be regarded as "pornographic" but still not be obscene, such as an explicit sex film produced and used to teach medical students about human sexuality, or a film or book with serious artistic and/or literary value which has some explicit sexual content.
Thus, the Supreme Court has protected a wide variety of sexual matter in movies, books, magazines and in other formats from being prohibited for sale and exhibition to adults (there is a stricter standard with respect to minors). Under the Miller test, however, the distribution of pornographic material which is obscene, such as most of what has been called "hardcore," can be prohibited and penalties proscribed.
The distribution of obscenity is prohibited on the federal level and on the state level in over 40 states. While enforcement of obscenity laws has increased in recent years, particularly at the federal level, enforcement is at best sporadic in many parts of the nation.
This lack of enforcement, especially at the state and local levels, may be attributable, in part, to the view of many people and, in particular, public officials that pornography is essentially harmless or, at the least, that there is little or no real evidence of harm.
Effects On Adults
Data From Clinical Case Studies
In reviewing the literature on the effects of pornography, there is a variety of evidence suggesting risk and the possibility of harm from being immersed in repeated exposure to pornography. These data come primarily from three sources:
· Clinical case history data
· Field studies
· Experimental laboratory type studies.
Clinical case history data come from the offices of professional health care
personnel treating individuals with sexual dysfunctions, as well as from clergy
- and attorneys who counsel or provide services to sexually troubled
individuals. Also, in this category is the evidence provided by sexual addicts
affiliated with such national support groups as "Sexaholics Anonymous," or in
treatment at such centers as the Institute for Behavioral Medicine at Golden
As a clinical psychologist, I have treated, over many years, approximately 300 sex addicts, sex offenders, or other individuals (96% male) with sexual illnesses. This includes many types of unwanted compulsive sexual acting-out, plus such things as child molestation, exhibitionism, voyeurism, sadomasochism, fetishism, and rape. With only several exceptions, pornography has been a major or minor contributor or facilitator in the acquisition of their deviation or sexual addiction.
However, where pornography was a contributor or facilitator, regardless of the nature of the sex deviation or addiction, I found a four-factor syndrome common to nearly all of my clients, with almost no exceptions, especially in their early involvement with pornography.
The first change that happened was an addiction-effect. The porn-consumers got hooked. Once involved in pornographic materials, they kept coming back for more and still more. The material seemed to provide a very powerful sexual stimulant or aphrodisiac effect, followed by sexual release, most often through masturbation. The pornography provided very exciting and powerful imagery which they frequently recalled to mind and elaborated on in their fantasies.
Once addicted, they could not throw off their dependence on the material by themselves, despite many negative consequences such as divorce, loss of family, and problems with the law (as with sexual assault, harassment or abuse of fellow employees).
I also found, anecdotally, that many of my most intelligent male patients appeared to be the most vulnerable--perhaps because they had a greater capacity to fantasize, which heightened the intensity of the experience and made them more susceptible to being conditioned into an addiction.
While any male is vulnerable, attorneys, accountants and media people seemed, in my experience, most vulnerable to these addictions. This is simply an anecdotal impression.
However, Sgt. Bob Navarro, a longtime investigator of the porno industry with the Los Angeles Police Department, has commented, "Believe it or not- the higher their education, the more prone these people are to becoming addicted to this material, and, of course, the more money they have to spend on it...Many people have testified as to their extreme addiction to the material in terms of having their whole lives consumed by it: sitting for hours masturbating to adult material and needing progressively stronger, heavier, harder material to give them a bigger kick. Like an alcoholic or a drug addict they are looking for that big kick and they need more just to keep them at that level of feeling 'OK."' From a research article by Victor Cline Ph.D Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. (I want you to read the entire article so click on the above sexual addiction link.)
Now! Do we have a problem with pornography in America?
Aggressive sexual crimes against women are a very serious and escalating problem in the United States. Recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings concluded that rape has increased four times as fast as the overall crime rate over the last decade. And, in fact, the United States leads the world in rape statistics with a rape rate four times that of Germany, 13 times as much as England, and 20 times as much as Japan. (11) (ibid.)
So what does pornography have to do with homosexuality you might ask? You will soon see the correlation between the two!
I would like to end part one here. Because there is so much material on this subject it will require additional space. We do not like to make any article too extensive so the reader does not lose interest. Thank you for visiting our web site and reading the material posted! Stay tuned for more!
Yours in Messiah, Hawke
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