Gays Fate Doomed???
I received a recent question, "If God made us gay, what would be the purpose to exist according to the Bible because our fate would be doomed? I don't think that God would contradict himself by making someone detestable and then condemning their existence." Here is the answer I gave him.
Thanks for your email and your sincere question. I believe that God created us to have feelings but not every feeling is good or from God (e.g. jealousy, envy, pride, etc.). I believe that as a result of the Fall in Genesis 3 (the doctrine of original sin), we are all born with proclivities for certain sins (cf. Psa 51:5). And therefore we should not be surprised that we have feelings that we can't explain and we never asked for or chose.
But this does not mean that God made us this way. This is more of a matter of feelings than identity. I therefore believe that sexuality is not so much who we are but what we experience.
Now is the fate of LGBT people doomed? Hell no! (Pardon my emphasis) Apart from Christ we are ALL doomed, but because of the atoning sacrifice of the perfect Lamb of God, EVERYONE can have hell cancelled and heaven guaranteed if they believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Rom 10:9-10).
In Leviticus 18:22 it states "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable." Notice that it doesn't state that "they" are detestable. In addition, the parallel passage in Leviticus 20:13 emphasizes what they have committed or done as being detestable. It never states that "they" are detestable.
So in layman terms, it is not one's orientation (feelings) that is condemned or wrong but rather we are held accountable for how we respond to our feelings. What our heavenly Father desires most is for us to surrender all that we are (hopes, plans, time, treasure, talents, even sexuality) and take upon our new identity in Christ. It may seem like self-deprivation but in actuality it is finding our true self and who we were created to be. I hope that this helps. I will be praying for you!