The book does not express my own feelings towards Homosexuality, I believe it is the basis of our Spiritual selves and that in making false,pressurised, unwise choices we are damaged or we injure our souls since we seek to alter the very basis of our being.
For God made everything good:
We all have our choices and for some the Book can be an option.
I have used this book as a counselling aid both in the case of those making the decision not to be homosexual and for those Christians who struggle to come to self-acceptance as Homosexuals within the Body of Christ.
Out of Egypt
As I was sifting through the scriptures yesterday, I paused at Hosea 11.1+, I have always liked this verse.( Also used in Mattew)
There is a book by that by the title of “Out of Egypt’ ; it details the fight of a young girl to give up her lesbian ways.
Inspired by the verse the Author uses it as a simile where Egypt equates with her lesbianism and Canaan as her forsaking her former ways and coming fully to Christ.
“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son. ( 11:1b is used by the Evangelist Matthew in chapter 2.15b)
But the more they were called,
the more they went away from me.[a]
They sacrificed to the Baals
and they burned incense to images.
3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
4 I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them…..
Rather differently than the earlier post, this author chooses to both interpret and to use Scripture as Simile to illustrate part of her journeying to peace of mind and to a truer Christianity, She believes that her Christian integrity depended on certain choices. She came to make as the result of her understanding of scripture, I believe reading into it from her insecurity and beliefs about who and what she believed she was.
Her conversion experience is astounding and it just may be the case that she really did abandon her lesbian Lifestyle, successfully as the result.
” ‘I paused, then took the step of faith. ‘Okay. God. I’m yours’ Unexpectedly, at that moment I experienced a searing pain. My heart felt as though it had been ripped from my body. I lay there, unable to move. Then I sensed a hand resting on my chest. Slowly the piercing pain transformed into a comforting warmth.
I opened my eyes and looked about the room. Will everything be different now?”
( Howard, 1985,pg18)
She goes on to interpret the Gospels that when she came to Christ she left her family and her old ways behind-she says that until now everything about her life ‘had hinged on the pivotal fact that I was gay’ ( howard, 1985,pg19)
Is this or is it not a method of interpreting scripture with regard to a misconception or of finding ones way on a Journey to God?
yes it is though when using such a method one must do so questioningly, with the intent to draw out the scripture rather than reading with a bias.
To bring ourselves and worries to the Lord based on the prayerful questions drawn out of the passage.
The intent to become closer to the One, to mend our relationships and to listen for the still small voice.
Rev.Br. Andrew Blair