I would like to address two things 1) God; 2) the Bible. I strongly encourage you to read the whole thing though it is a little lengthy, and a bit unpopular. First, if you make the claim “my God loves and wouldn’t judge people for loving who they want,” or “my God allows ‘good people’ into Heaven,” then you have created a false god to appease your own conscience.
That is called idolatry. Yes, God is love and loves people but there isn’t one attribute of God that is more prominent than another so with saying that, God is HOLY and RIGHTEOUS and He abhors sin because it offends His very Being. God is a Righteous Judge. Americans seem to forget that. God judges sinners who have not repented of their sin and believe in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. We all are sinners that is why we all need Christ. There are no “good people.” We cannot do anything to earn our place into Heaven. Adam fell to sin and everyday we rebel against God in our sin. The Law (10 Commandments) was established, in part, to show us that we are not good because we CANNOT keep the Law and that is why we need GRACE and that comes in CHRIST. If we could have gotten to be accepted by God by our own good works, there would have been no need for Jesus to come, die and rise again. The work of Christ on the cross is made available to those who repent and believe. (Contrary to popular opinion, not everybody is going Heaven; Hell is literal and everlasting). To repent is to not only confess your sinfulness, but it requires a change to occur in your life as a result of repentance, such as maybe to your lifestyle. So in context of recent events, homosexuality is NOT worse than any other sin and we all sin, BUT homosexuality IS still sin (Read Romans 1, 1 Timothy 1, Jude 7). Without repenting of it, and forgoing that sin, God will judge and condemn unrepentant sinners, including unrepentant homosexuals- (Once again read Romans 1, Rom. 2, actually read the whole book of Romans, 1 Timothy 1, Jude 7). The difficulty of the repentance of homosexuality, for most who practice it, is it is a lifestyle. It is difficult because you willingly live it every day but with real repentance comes real change and a desire to live in a God-glorifying way, which does not include homosexuality. Real repentance brings about real change in a life. It may not be easy, due to whatever the sin is, but to know Christ is worth abundant sacrifice. ***Note: backsliding and apostasy are conversations for a different day, or unless you would like to message me regarding the two***
Now, number 2. The Bible. Many are trying to make claims of the Bible and those who are trying to discredit it being the very Word of God have no idea or no study in it’s holiness, historicity and/or preservation throughout centuries. To those who have never even read it and make such a claim about it: you discredit yourselves as you have no credentials to justify your opinion. Its as if you are building a house on sinking sand. It would be like me talking about how to make a solar powered-generator… I know nothing about what that entails so on what legitimate grounds would I have to tell others about the construction of solar powered-generators? I would have none. What is my point? Undereducated people, as regarding the Bible’s accuracy and preservation, are trying say that the Bible we have now isn’t the same Bible that was written in the time of the Prophets and Apostles. Some say it has been “re-written.” Allow me to help by briefly making a point. The Bible has never been re-written, edited, revised or tampered with. Internal evidence is more than sufficient but in our lost culture, which would scream circular reasoning, and for the sake of this post we will, briefly, use external evidence. External evidence like archeology reveal that the Bible has been well preserved. Currently, there are thousands of Greek and Hebrew documents that are in existence today. Copies of the Bible dating to the 14th century A.D. are nearly identical in content to copies from the 3rd century A.D. When the Dead Sea Scrolls (contain tens of thousands of scroll fragments dating from the third century B.C. to A.D. 68 and representing an estimated eight hundred separate works) were discovered (in mid-1900’s!), in excellent condition in several caves around the Dead Sea, scholars were shocked to see how similar they were to other ancient copies of the Old Testament, even though the Dead Sea Scrolls were hundreds of years older than anything previously discovered. Even many hardened skeptics and critics of the Bible admit that the Bible has been transmitted over the centuries far more accurately than any other ancient document. There is absolutely no evidence that the Bible has been revised, edited, or tampered with in any systematic manner. The sheer volume of biblical manuscripts makes it simple to recognize any attempts to distort God’s Word. There is no major doctrine of the Bible that is put in doubt as a result of the minor differences that exist between manuscripts. This is just skimming one aspect of external evidence. If only people would actually do some real research (research the authors, time periods, methods of meticulously scribing ancient documents, methods of language translation/interpretation, preservation, archeology, and perhaps the most important part the actual contents of the Bible), they wouldn’t make such lacking claims. We are talking about educated positions, not just uneducated, uninformed opinions. Anyone can make an opinion about anything. The respectable argument is that of your own research, and a commitment to study.