Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has imposed same-sex marriage upon every state in the nation, it would be wise for each of us to think through this issue a little deeper. And so here are 20 questions for anyone who supports this newfangled definition of marriage:
1. Is sex outside of marriage sinful?
2. Is sexual sin the only sin against a person's body? (see 1 Cor. 6:18)
3. Is your attitude toward those who don't agree with you one of love, hate, or something in between?
4. Does holding a particular position on this issue make a person a hater?
5. Is faith in Christ the only way to be forgiven, and is Jesus therefore the only way to heaven?
6. Was Jesus telling the truth when He said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (see John 14:6)
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7. Can you find even one supporter of same-sex marriage who also believes Jesus is the only way to heaven?
8. Do most sincere people in every religion go to heaven?
9. Is the Bible God's inspired Word, or just human opinion?
10. Will adulterers go to Heaven, even without repenting of their sin and turning to Christ for forgiveness? (see 1 Cor. 6:9,10)
11. During His earthly ministry, is there any evidence that Jesus taught that adultery and homosexual behavior are no longer an abomination to God, as opposed to what Jews had taught from Scripture for many centuries?
12. Can there be a way that seems right to a man, but only leads to death? (see Proverbs 14:12)
13. Is adultery a bigger sin than homosexual behavior?
14. Can a person be forgiven even while deliberately persisting in sinful behavior? (see Hebrews 10:26,27)
15. Is homosexual behavior a sin in God's eyes as recorded in both the Old Testament and the New Testament?
16. Does God determine what is sinful based upon public opinion polls?
17. Is it ever right to look down on someone with a self-righteous attitude?
18. Was it unloving for Jesus to tell the woman caught in adultery, "Neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin." (see John 8:11)
19. Is it wrong to have a strong biblical conviction about the sins of greed, jealousy, sex outside of marriage, and prejudice?
20. Will every person stand before God on Judgment Day?
These 20 questions are intended to help us think through this sensitive issue on more than just an emotional level. We owe this honest evaluation to the Lord who created us as sexual beings, as well as to those who struggle with same-sex attraction.
No one chooses to have gay feelings, just like no one chooses to have a quick temper. But some things in life show up at the doorstep of our heart even though we did not ask for them. This calls for spiritual discernment so that we don't naively assume that we can always trust our feelings and desires to lead us down the right path.
And don't ever be afraid to share what God's Word clearly teaches, and to do so with a loving heart. That's what Jesus did. And then He died for our sins and rose again, so that all who repent and believe the good news will gain entrance into paradise for eternity.