tj301 saidI was raised as a christian. After coming out, though, I've pretty much renounced religion altogether. I just can't believe in something that damns me to hell for just being the way I was made. (I've always known I was gay.)
I was just wondering how you all have dealt with religion since coming out.
I was raised Catholic. I was pretty screwed up until I rejected the "Bible" preached to me every Sunday and just read it for myself. It involved years of study to finally get to the main point of God has absolutely no qualms with same-sex attraction, it's people who do, but once I realized that I was able to reconcile my faith in God. And NOT the "God" that people think they're worshiping every Sunday as they spite hate with the intent of stealing lives away.
Pretty much, the basic requirement for being a Christian, and maybe even just a good person, is by living by Romans 13:10. "Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law." The "Law" here being the law of God. You being attracted to other men doesn't cause or even potentially cause anyone harm the way stabbing someone or stealing from someone would so a preacher or "man of God" who says you're damned to hell for it is speaking/judging from his own misunderstanding.
Romans 1:22 "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools:"
And so you have the present full of so called religious experts who lack the basic ability to resolve the seeming contradiction between believing in a God of love while simultaneously preaching the practice of hatred. The punishment for their judgment, from the same Bible:
Romans 2:1 "You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. "
In wrongly condemning the innocent to eternal fire and damnation, preachers(and people) as described above are only condemning themselves to that fate by their words. As long as you can lead your life with honest love for yourself and others, you should have no problem reconciling having same-sex attractions and believing in God. If you want, anyway. All I had to do, like I said, was ignore people talking about the Bible and just read it for myself.
Barring the most "modern" Bibles for deleting and adding random "modern" terms and further corrupting the meaning.