A God-given right to sin.

I recently received a comment that made this argument:  God made men in his image.  God despises homosexuality.  Therefore no one is born gay.

This is an argument I’ve heard before.  “God didn’t create anyone to be gay.”  Nor did God create anyone with the intention that they be a liar, or a cheat, or depressed, or impoverished, or ill, or unfriendly, or bigoted, or…  Well, here’s the thing.  Human beings are, in fact, all of those things.  Aren’t we?  We all have our foibles and our falling short.  And yet… didn’t God create us to be human?  The first man and woman, they were made in His image.  They were Very Good.  But God gave them a choice, to obey or follow temptation.  They didn’t obey, and since then, there’s been a falling away.  Like a copy made of a copy made of a copy made of a copy, humanity may resemble what once was called Very Good, but we’re splotchy and distorted and far from a perfect representation of God’s image.

Like a statue that has weathered a thousand storms, we are made in the form of the artist’s intent, but long ago there was a falling away.  There’s a lot of bird poo and insect skeletons and discoloration and the odd missing limb here and there.  Yes, God made Adam and Eve in His divine image- but you and I bear the image of the fall.

There’s this little nagging detail:  God gave humanity the right to fall away for a reason.  To be holy must be a choice, made freely, not an indictment.  And I strongly believe that inside of each one of us there is a vision of the person God desires us to be.  We don’t need to be reminded of our faults.  A liar knows it’s wrong to lie, those who hate derive no pleasure from it, those who eat to excess have their waistlines to remind them why it’s wrong- every sin bears its fruit, and in a very real way we are forced to consume the product of our fallen lives.  Throughout the Bible one sees a very simple truth constantly reiterated:  the path of Righteousness bears its own reward, and any other path bears its own punishment.

In my eyes the journey to salvation is not undertaken because one hates where one used to be and despises all that dwell there, but because where one is going is such a wonderful place.  It may be a small distinction, but it’s an important one.

In any case, God may not have “created” someone to be gay- but he did create them to be human.  And as maddening as this truth may be, we all have a God-given right to sin.

*small editorial note: sometimes I have to write as if I’ve made the assumption is that being gay is inarguably wrong, which I apologize for.  Constant Readers know it’s a bit more complicated than that.

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10 thoughts on “A God-given right to sin.

  1. Here’s a simple question to reply and screw up whoever takes that retarded argument. “What about hermaphrodites? Which image did god make them in?”

    The answer to that question should be very telling…

  2. I think that it is incorrect to say that we have a right to sin. Saying you have a right to do something gives the connotation that there is no penalty or punishment for that behavior. We do have a choice as to whether or not we sin. God has made it clear however, that if we choose to live a sinful lifestyle that there are consequences to that lifestyle. It is also true that we are all born into sin, however God made a way to change that. Jesus died on the cross not only to forgive us of our sin but to give us the Holy Spirit to enable us to change. I know in my own life that there is no sin that God cannot free us from, if we are willing to die to that sin . That is really the question, whether or not we are truly willing to repent of that sin. Repent means to turn around and go on a different path. Many people think it means to say I’m sorry and that’s it. God’s power is greater than any sin and if a person truly believes in the power of Christ to set us free from sin then we can be set free. I know this to be true. God has done amazing things in my life and I am a nobody, and if He could do it for me, He can do it for anyone. We have a right to be called children of God but sadly most people forfiet that right because they choose sin instead. The Bible says that homosexuality is sin just like any sex outside the marriage covenant between a man and a woman found in Genesis 2:24. Any sexual relations outside of this is adultary and sin. I Corinthians 10:13 helped me to really see that I was without excuse and did not have to sin but that I was not seeking God’s escape route. I was in the trap that I was born into sin and that I could not change. This was a pivotal scripture that showed me the truth. I pray that anyone who thinks that they are bound to sin will understand the truth that Jesus has the power to change anyone who is desperate to change. Thanks for your time.

  3. @ Tony: Ah, yes…

    @ fgenej11: You’re absolutely correct- if God desires for us to change, He gives us the power to do so. Whether or not saying God has given us the right to sin or merely the ability to do so is more an issue of semantics. I am certainly not denying that sin carries with it punishment. Even if the punishment is no more than us never being whom God wishes for us to be, it’s dire enough.

    @ Stephanie: Care to let us in on what you’re thinking? I’m certainly curious enough. (And just to be oh so very clear, this is one of those posts written specifically for people who have a specific kind of Christian world-view, not as an apologetic to the other side.)

  4. Lindsey-

    I completely understand the direction you are writing in. You never have to worry about that with me.

    I guess I was just pondering Tony and fgene11’s replies. I’m wondering how fgene11 would reply to Tony’s comment. Then I was thinking about something fgene11 said….

    “We have a right to be called children of God but sadly most people forfiet that right because they choose sin instead.”

    Not that I want to get in to a debate of any kind, but to me it’s this kind of thinking that scares people from God to begin with.

    Being a mother, I can’t imagine telling our children….”you have a right to be my child, but sadly enough, you have forfeited that right because you have chosen to sin.”

    It’s the merit system all over again.

    And perhaps none of that has anything to do with your post, but it’s what I was thinking.

  5. @ Stephanie: I absolutely understand what you are saying, and agree with it. For some reason I thought of this verse:

    John 15:15-16 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

    Can you imagine Jesus saying, “but I’ll stop choosing you if you’re naughty?” I mean, obviously that particular verse hinges on people desiring to serve God, but in the context of the comment that inspired this post it makes sense, as that comment was about Ray Boltz “obviously never being Christian” because he “chose to be gay” even though God “couldn’t have created him that way.” I think Ray has and still is trying to be a good Servant, that Jesus called Ray his friend, and he still does, and if that makes me an ignorant child then I want to stay ignorant.

    *huff* 😀

  6. Wow. Wow. I love your conversation with Stephanie. I always saw sin hurting the sinner more than any one else. That is comes around and bites them, and that God, like a good father, wishes that never would happen. If God didn’t want us to test our wings, to fall from grace once in a while, He wouldn’t have given us the choice. From there we fall up.

  7. God gives us the right to make our own decisions with limited interference. Decisions have consequences and it is through facing the consequences of our decisions that we learn and grow. (Assuming of course that the consequences do not kill us, one of the drawbacks to this kind of freedom is the possibility of invoking permanent consequences from fleeting decisions.) We are all born with certain proclivities and weaknesses, God allows us to engage with them and decide how we will deal with them. The Atonement of Christ comes into play with this, allowing for a perfect empathy between the appointed Judge, Christ, and us. We have the right to choose, and that includes choosing wrongly, what we do not have is the right to escape the consequences of our actions, whether they come in this life or the life to come.

  8. @ Faemom: I, like you, always have seen sin as being it’s own punishment. That’s why it’s so hard to argue in any logical way that being homosexual is sin, because it’s not clear what the internal punishment is- UNLESS God gives someone a revelation of it. (Which, for whatever reason, He doesn’t always seem to do.)

    @Sidney Carton: very wise words. We have the right to choose, even wrongly. We all take our own personal journey, and God woos us, and we learn and grow. We need to allow other people their own journey, and not foist our own expectations on it. We need to listen to God’s call for their lives, not our own comfort.

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