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Discussion 1 to Reflections on Ethics 51
A clarification

by Allen

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I am the friend of Don referred to in Reflection 51

The paragraph about what I said is mostly true, although I feel it is not entirely accurate. I may have misspoken or Don may have misunderstood or misquoted me. I think it is actually a lack of clear stance on my part. Being homosexual, or having such tendencies or desires, is not a test from God. It is also directly relates, and would explain, the discrepancy I see in the last statement about a loop hole. Don said. "I found this as another loop hole in the belief structure. Why would God make things so complicated for some, and why would he have to test them about something that he 'could' have given them in the first place?'

Here is my [hopefully clarifying] explanation. I do not believe homosexual inclinations, whether genetic or not, are a test from God. I do not believe God would deal out such things, for the Bible says "He is not tempted by evil, not does he tempt anyone with evil." This will also relate to the question of the appearance of an uncaring God in a harsh universe according to apathetic agnosticism.

I believe evil is the result of sin, and that all temptations come from the powers of evil as a consequence of sin. God permits evil; He does not cause it. See the discrepancy now? He does not make it complicated for some and easier for others, for we are all plagued by sin's curse and are all equally sinners. His Word says that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" and that "the wages of sin is death." There is no discrimination from sin. We are not born morally neutral because of inherent sinful nature. We come into the world minus five, not zero. It's all allowed by God, not caused, and any effects of sin in us is a result of the fall of man.

However, it is true that such "complications" would help one to develop his faith and be strong in one's reliance on Christ. Ultimately, it is a denial of self that Christ commands, you see. What I mean to say is, such "testing of our faith develops perseverance." Trials (which are different than temptations) come from God, but temptations and evil and sin do not. However, they can both have the same growing effect on us by increasing our faith when we endure.