Irenaeus, who heard God's call to the covenant of celibacy, says this about God's work of sanctification:. By itself, therefore, a homosexual orientation cannot be considered sinful, for morality presumes the freedom to choose. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Through these relationships of community and family, of heterosexual marriage, celibate love and homosexual partnership, God converts us towards the "life for others" that is the primal nature of the Trinity, towards the majestic generosity and creative power of the Three-in-One into whom we were incorporated through Baptism, and we know this is true because Jesus Christ has been revealed to us as the first of many chosen, justified, called and sanctified by God. God is an artisan who will adorn our lives "in pure gold and silver. But even the Ramsey Colloquium concedes—although rather reluctantly—that "some scientific evidence suggests a genetic predisposition for homosexual orientation," although it argues that there is no moral distinction between homosexuality and a predisposition towards "alcoholism or violence.
Until recent decades, same-sex behavior was placed in the same category with gluttony or drunkenness — as a vice of excess anyone might be prone to — not as the expression of a sexual orientation.
Jesus said some are born gay.
In response to the exchanges Paul has described, we see three instances of God giving us over to live in the outcome of our sinful desires. And, the sexual behavior described is orgiastic, not that of a loving, mutual, caring, committed relationship. There is much discussion about whether same-sex relationships also should be called "marriage," and, as you all know, this is a subject on which the church is deeply divided. But Paul is not describing the homosexuals who are the subject of Roman Catholic ethics. We never were meant to go through this life without him.
Visit the web site for online sermons, a daily devotional, and information about the church. Preserve the form in which the Artisan fashioned you. Whether or not there is a religious ceremony to celebrate the marriage or marriage license to legalize it, the marriage two people make together in private is real and valid and should be honored as such. Our true point of departure is that for Paul marriage is always a way beside which he knows another and better by which the Christian, becoming one body with his wife, does not deny the truth that he is one spirit with the Lord, but in his own way maintains and expresses it just as much as he who chooses a different path. The concept of marriage has evolved throughout history. Jesus Christ died on the cross for all of our sins and rose again the third day.