I don't understand the argument that "homosexual relationships do not further the Plan of Salvation, therefore, they are sinful and grossly immoral."
Seeing as that Gay men and women generally will not be marrying those of the opposite gender in this life
anyway, in what way would a couple of gay adults who have fallen in love, and chosen to live life together, and chosen to commit their lives to sharing and living the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ
, knowing and willing to continue with the idea that their mortal relationship will potentially be for time only, in any way frustrate the Plan of Salvation for anyone, including themselves?
The main argument I see is that "it attacks and denegrates the divine principal of marriage". But doesn't a community/family working together to further the Gospel, and even help raise and teach others the principles of the Gospel further
rather than destroy
Please explain to me how homosexuals who would otherwise live life without hetero-sexual marriage
disrupt the plan if they are allowed to enter into a civil covenant relationships with each other, and work together to teach and spread the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? It will not be turning heterosexuals gay. It will not be removing the option of successful heterosexual marriage away from those who would otherwise do it.
I see no logical reason, in God's Plan, why acceptance of married committed homosexual relationships would do anything to harm the furthering of God's Kingdom and plan - even if one accepts that only heterosexual marriages can be Eternally Sealed. It would be the same as if sterile heterosexuals were married, and still had sexual relationships for the proper sense of building stronger emotional bonds with each other, and for each others' pleasure and enjoyment.
Individuals' personal feelings of revulsion aside
, rejection of this makes no sense to me. It appears that acceptance of Homosexual Civil Marriages as a way for gay couples (who generally could never honestly be heterosexually married anyway in this life!) to live the Law of Chastity, and still be effective servants of God, preaching the Gospel as disciples of Christ. Even if their marriages are considered Second Class, and unable to be eternally ratified in heaven.
Something that is perfectly fine and well and to be rejoiced in when done by individuals of different genders in the exact same position, having made the exact same commitments to each other for the exact same reasons suddenly becomes "gross immorality" because of the sameness of the gender of the consenting adults?
I understand why unrestrained, uncommitted random sexual encounters are harmful, and do serve to be in opposition to God's plan. I do get that, and will certainly not argue against it - equally heterosexual or homosexual
. I just don't understand seeing the same 'gross immorality' applied to those in lifetime committed loving monogomous covenant relationships.
Why are the desires the individuals in the panel and the video have considered directed towards "Gross Immorality", but if those same exact feelings
were directed toward someone no different except for their gender
would make them, well, what is constantly being encouraged to harness into a committed relationship
It just honestly and sincerely doesn't make any sense to me at all
This isn't asked as a desire to "justify wickedness", or to "seek the praises of men over God", or any other of those pithy accusations I've received. I simply don't have a testimony that a commited homosexual marriage relationship is inherently wicked or repulsive to God
. Insulting me or questioning my faith or loyalty or intentions isn't going to help.
Edited by David T, 12 April 2012 - 04:58 PM.