Are some born gay?

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To the Editor,

One of the three main arguments used to promote the homosexual lifestyle is the “inborn” theory, which says, I was born this way, therefore it is normal and must be God ordained.

And if this were so, that would settle the argument. The homosexual movement could be viewed as race or gender, putting homosexuals in the same minority status as African Americans or women, therefore beyond anyone’s control and therefore perfectly legitimate.

Linking “gay” rights to “civil” rights, grants to homosexuals the nobility of being an oppressed, yet determined class struggling for dignity and fair treatment. It also portrays anyone who dares to disagree with the homosexual movement as being in the same oppressive class as those who opposed civil rights.

And it is here that the gay-rights proponents quote any number of scientific studies which they say, supports their beliefs. But is this really so? Do all the scientific experts agree on this matter. The correct answer is no, definitely not.

Granted there has been and still are many studies being done on this subject from many different views and angles. And yet there is still no clear concise agreement in these matters.

Some studies prove for, some against, some of the earlier studies were dismissed by some of the later and more through studies, with some studies contradicting each other.

Those within the homosexual movement site their attraction to those of the same sex as proof of their ‘inborn’ tendencies. However, most Bible believing Christians view the homosexual-attraction as one of the many manifestations of mans “fallen nature” and homosexual ‘behaviour’ as a deliberate and immoral response to such an attraction.

This is one of the foundational beliefs of Christianity, that mankind is ‘born in sin’ or ‘imperfect’ from birth, therefore needs a saviour and hence the cross and so on.

To say a person is tempted in a certain area, doesn’t say anything other than to say he’s human and therefore a sinner, and therefore prone to temptation.

The Bible has much to say in these matters. I realize we don’t get to choose what we’re tempted by, although we can open the door to certain thoughts if we so choose, but we do get to choose what our response will be to that temptation and therefore are culpable (deserving blame) for our actions.

Another reason for questioning the ‘inborn’ theory is the fact that many who live the homosexual lifestyle leave this and go back to the heterosexual lifestyle, or go back ‘into the closet’, so to speak.

How does this happen? Does the inborn theory turn off and on over one’s lifetime, or could this actually be more of a ‘preference’ than an ‘inborn trait?’ Do people go back into the closet only to find that it wasn’t a closet in the first place?

And from a biblical perspective, the homosexual lifestyle will find no encouragement from the pages of Holy Scripture, as it is always spoken of in a negative sense.

I must add that in no way do I condone the hard and judgmental attitude of some in certain Christian circles. There is a right and proper way of standing for truth without deliberately hurting someone. This way of thinking generates a lot of heat but very little light and should have no place in the new testament church, for the Bible says that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16


Phil Gilbert, Maccan

Organizations: The Bible

Geographic location: Maccan

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  • mike
    July 18, 2014 - 13:55

    Wonderful editorial Mr. Gilbert. All in the name of God's Love right ??? OMG , I can't believe that you can promote God's love and acceptance yet allow yourself to write such bitter crap. Maybe you should focus more on the stories of love and acceptance. Write a story about that, spread some news truly worth reading . I always love those of you who promote homosexuality as "chosen". Yes so many people would make the choice to spend their lives being belittled by such people as you, Jeff and Eel"lady". If this is really what God and your Bible teaches, I will happily stay away and avoid. I would far sooner work at promoting love, peace, and kindness.

  • Tina
    July 14, 2014 - 12:22

    Wow....okay so if you believe that it isn't inborn and that people make this choice - please explain why we are seeing 13 year old children committing suicide because they are ashamed or embarrassed and do not understand why they are "different". If you really believe that homosexuality can be turned on and off - do you not think that they would just turn it off as opposed to killing themselves? Really? Also, the comment about the "scary homosexual movement" - heaven forbid - getting the same rights and being beyond anyone's control and perfectly legitimate like the African Americans or - is this 2014 or 1950? Everyone deserves equal rights. I have friends and family who are gay and they knew so from an early age. They are no different than I am. I don't proclaim to be an expert on the Holy Scripture - but I do know that my God loves us all regardless of race, religion or sexuality. Also, Mr. Gilbert - as far as your theory of "many" people leaving the gay lifestyle and going back to the heterosexual lifestyle.....if someone is telling you this - they are lying and hiding their truth....most likely because they are hiding from small mindedness and hatred. How sad in this day and age that we are even having this debate. Be a good person and love who you love.

    • Doug.P
      July 14, 2014 - 13:32

      In this day and age it simply needs to be said that people should be left alone to their own happiness and affairs as long as it is consensual and is not forcing another human against their will - the absence of violence. Those who would do harm and violence to others, or advocate it, in the name of their God, should be seen as no child of God at all.

  • Al
    July 14, 2014 - 11:55

    News article in the Agence France-Press entitled: WHO warns HIV 'exploding' among gay men, urges preventive drugs: HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization warned Friday, urging all men who have sex with men to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection. "We are seeing exploding epidemics," warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO's HIV department. While images of skeletal men dying of AIDS in the 1980s pushed the world to act, a younger generation that has grown up among new treatments that make it possible to live with HIV are less focused on the disease, he suggested. Today, this group is 19 times more likely than the general population to be infected by HIV, Hirnschall said. Is the Homosexual lifestyle worth the risk?

  • Silas
    June 26, 2014 - 09:14

    I love God, he is my favorite fictional character.

  • Another Thought
    June 26, 2014 - 08:29

    This "God" you talk about reminds me of those fairy tales I heard when I was but a young lad! How about we think for ourselves and let people be who they are....the way they were born.

  • Greg Power
    June 25, 2014 - 22:21

    I am appalled that this got to print. As a gay man, I can 100% assure you that it is not a choice and it's something I've known since the time of sexual maturity began at around 12 years of age. There was no switch or just was. The fact that this guy is allowed to run his mouth about the bible...which ironically is based on FAITH...and not science...and yet he tries to use scientific evidence to prove being gay is oxymoronic. About as much a moron as he is. He probably also thinks vaccines cause autism. But, you can't educate the uneducated...they are unable to see others views as they are so caught up in their own because they grew up with a group of intransigents who couldn't open their eyes wide enough to realize other views, ideas, and TRUTHS exist. There is no agenda. All we want is fairness, equality. And yes Mr. Gilbert, we were and still are oppressed just like every other minority to exist and that will exist. People don't like change, but it's those that embrace it that will thrive and those that embrace it that are truly happy. Mr. Gilbert, I feel sorry for you if this is what you spend your time can't be a happy person...what a shame. And if you do believe in a higher power and heaven Mr. Gilbert, you may want to treat all of his creations with dignity and respect, after all, straight or gay...he made them. I don't believe in god and I have plenty of opinions on religion, but I'd be damned if I wrote a letter to the editor saying the bible is a joke. How disrespectful. Mr. Gilbert, I can only hope that you are just an ignorant old man who doesn't know better and that these views of yours are just that...ignorant. If they come from a place of hatred, view pushing or intolerance, I pity you and I feel bad that you are so narrow minded. Also, to any GLBTQ teen who may have read Mr. Gilbert's comments, don't listen to him. He is one of few in our great country of equality. It gets better.

  • Realistic
    June 25, 2014 - 11:37

    Jeff, perhaps you could point out exactly in what Doug posted is absurd?

  • Doug.P
    June 23, 2014 - 15:29

    And one more point, if you can't convert a person who is homosexual to be "straight " then it stands to reason you can't convert a heterosexual to become "gay" either. The whole debate is silly. The people who drive it to the extremes and hysterics on both sides are themselves simpletons and I would argue just plain mentally unstable. Both sides think that if they can control the public (political) school curriculum they can change the other side through indoctrination...It's laughable and moronic.

    • Jeff Johnston
      June 25, 2014 - 08:34

      Hey Doug , you must be one of the most naive people walking the planet . Seriously . Unfortunately if anyone rebukes your absurd statements and assumptions with the truth they will be censored .

    • Doug.P
      June 25, 2014 - 10:05

      Why not rebuke my statement yourself. Clearly you have the ability to type your thoughts and reasoning. Why wait for some one else to do it?

    • Jeff Johnston
      June 25, 2014 - 10:55

      Didn't you read my last statement , that it would be censored ? Perhaps you should repent and turn from sin and become born again . Then Jesus can help you understand . You need to be born again to be saved . Then Jesus will bind your broken twigs and make you whole , and give you a new heart . Good Luck and God Bless .

    • Doug.P
      June 25, 2014 - 11:32

      Maybe you should have a chat with Jesus over the hatred you have in your heart towards certain people and the freewill they were given to choose whom they love. Better yet, how about doing what Jesus would have done: forgiving and letting people alone. It's a matter between them and God, not you and them. Gay people just want to be left alone just as you do, stop persecuting others for "sin" which you yourself are not free from. You are casting self righteous stones. You need to look inward.

    • Jeff Johnston
      June 26, 2014 - 04:26

      Doug , you keep rejecting the truth while us Christians will keep sounding the trumpet . The final judgement will come from God . We'll keep trying to pull people out of the fire , while you'll keep trying to push people into the fire .

    • Doug.P
      June 26, 2014 - 09:24

      Remember one thing: history is littered with men to carried out the most heinous and barbaric acts all "in the name of God". They self appointed themselves the right hand of the almighty and carried out the atrocities. They were saving people from the fire by putting them to the fire. Jesus was a man of peace and love, not what many of his modern day followers are.

  • Doug.P
    June 23, 2014 - 15:16

    Aside from the political movements, which are the actual problem, being gay does not hurt anyone - not one person is harmed by letting gay people live their lives. Read it..Not one person is harmed by people being Gay! The people who get the most upset about it are more often than not sexually dysfunctional themselves with a terrible attitude concerning voluntary and loving actions between consenting persons. Politics is nothing more than the will to do violence against another person or group based on half baked beliefs. Those who use this method are themselves the only immoral individuals in this whole debate. This applies equally to politically active religious lobbies and homosexual political lobbies alike - each group continues to do violence unto the other through legislation.

    • noodle
      June 24, 2014 - 10:46

      Well said. I applaud you, Sir. This could not have been said better, particularly the last sentence.

    • Robert
      June 24, 2014 - 12:05

      Well said, Doug.

  • Jeff Johnston
    June 22, 2014 - 06:31

    The homosexual agenda is being used to indoctrinate elementary school children and your affraid to take a strong stand because it might hurt someone ? This "gentle only" approach is not what the bible teaches . Yet you see these types of Christian trendies that think they're the authority on how to preach . The bible clearly says "And of some have compassion , making a difference: And others save with fear , pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. " There's 2 approaches we are suppose to use as Christians .

  • Robert
    June 20, 2014 - 16:06

    Hi Phil. Could you please supply a link to the concrete studies that show homosexuality as being a choice and not something people are born with? I'm afraid that these are fewer than you're letting on. I imagine the ratio of "for or against" these findings is pretty steep and not as common or accepted as you might be led to believe. Thanks

    • Eellady
      July 12, 2014 - 20:06

      I wonder if murders are born murders, child molesters, rapers etc etc, are they born that way as well?

    • Doug.P
      July 14, 2014 - 10:04

      Yes, cause murders, rapists and child molesters are the direct equivalent of a man or woman who freely chooses to love some one of the same gender - NOT! Last time I checked homosexual relationships were strictly consensual and based in love. Raping, molesting and murdering is about violence and forcing people against there will. Please clear the clutter from your mind on such things before you cause any more hatred to spill from your dull and dreary grasp of the matter.