I'm curious to know what the Orthodox position is on Homosexuality?
No doubt it sees homosexuality as a sin. But does it offer a cure to those who see themselves as "gay" from birth?
There are cases of induced homosexuality, where the person was heterosexual and then became homosexual, or engaged in homosexuality simply due to a sinful environment. No doubt this type of perversion can be cured.
But what is the cure for those who see themselves as gay - from birth? If the Church starts to say "they can be cured" - then is it putting them in a dangerous psychological position where the person is now faced with re-building their entire psycho-neurlogical behavior? Is this something that should be done?
I have met someone who sees himself as "gay". He does not consider being gay as a disorder that needs to be treated, but wants to be Orthodox. He understands that he can NEVER have any homosexual relations, but doesn't see that the fact that he finds men attractive as a disorder.
What should be said to such people? What is the response of the Church concerning such conditions?
Sin is separation from God so how could a homosexual represent Jesus Christ when Jesus was not a homosexual?
Because we do not think a person represents Christ, but rather Christ represents us, and all of us fall short of the glory of God. But even while we were sinners, He took our flesh and decided to show us our potential. It is in this potential we see all sinners capable of the hope of reaching that potential, whether or not th propensity to that sin can be cured in this temporal life.
It is two opposites coming together. A departure from the self. Adam was born in God's image and that we become departed from the self when we get married. This is a true love God has for us.
While homosexuals seek their same image (sounding a bit narcissistic) and this is not the God we know.
I've said it before that it breaks God's covenant of looking after us for generation to generation simply because homosexuals are unable to have children.
With that said, I don’t see any problem with calling homosexuality a condition or not. That doesn’t change the fact it’s a sin. There are so many psychiatric conditions that can lead someone with a greater propensity to commit certain sins. Some people can be “born that way” to lie or steal or to be gluttonous or have greater sexual appetites. Genetics is a more complicated field than previously understood. For it to be a “condition” only means that I should be that much more sympathetic in loving a homosexual person (and anyone for that matter) so that i could carry whatever burdens they may have with them in order to lead them to repentance. Maybe the propensity to sin will never go away and they will always have that temptation in them, but the Church can provide a way in which they can channel their temptations toward their love to Christ and continue to bear that Cross they were born with.
Christ became a human being, and on the Cross He also “became sin” to destroy sin. The sin does not exclude any sin. He bore ALL OF HUMANITY regardless of their sin in Himself. We do not exclude anyone made in the image and likeness of Christ the opportunity offered to him/her to imitate Christ.
Can anyone change even from birth?
Christ can change anyone if they seek Him.
I ask forgiveness if any comments are taken on the personal level.
We look for spiritual transformation not a flesh one.