I have shied away from the topic ”homosexuality” for many reasons: I simply did not want to “get involved, It’s too controversial, I’ll tackle it when things calm down.” So, why am I taking a stand now? Two reasons: I was motivated by a Lesson Sermon entitled: Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced and a question asked by a young man in 1987 during class instruction in spirituality. He asked, “Is a homosexual a sinner?” The teacher’s answer rested on one’s understanding of the true nature of man. I heard what she said, but did not understand the impact of what she was saying. She was saying once the true nature of man is deeply embedded in thought every person knows how to respond. I have spent many years thinking about that question . . . now I know how to respond and will do so in the following paragraphs. My first thought is to tackle the terms “necromancy, hypnotism and mesmerism, see how they relate to the identity of man and then provide my understanding of the questions below.
What is the true identity of man?
Is God’s man homosexual or heterosexual?
Discuss biblical verses addressing homosexuality.
The discussion of these terms will be limited to a workable definition and is not intended as a thorough and extended coverage of meaning. If the reader has no semblance of understanding of these terms, this discussion will give him a basic foundation so that he may grasp the contents of the article.
What is necromancy? It is a practice dating back to antiquity and involves either summoning spirits in the form of ghosts or raising them bodily for the purpose of divination–imparting the ability to foretell future events or uncover hidden knowledge. The word “necromancy ” has its origin in the Greek word nekromanteia meaning “dead body.” Those practicing it believe that speaking to dead spirits will enable them to forecast the future. It originated in Persia, Greece and Rome and was used to discover the reason people died and to locate lost treasures.
Modern necromancy usually refers to the pretense that one has the ability to manipulate the dead through ritual magic or some kind of occult ceremony. Believers of modern necromancy look to the dead to reveal future information or secret advice. Neither has a foundation in spiritual reality.
Mesmerism stems from a physician named Franz Anton Mesmer (1733-1815). It is a healing technique based on animal magnetism. Mesmer believed he possessed an agent within himself that when connected to another human body, brought healing of various diseases. A quote from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures gives the depth and practice of mesmerism:
“There exists a mutual influence between celestial bodies, the earth, and animated things. Animal bodies are susceptible to the influence of this agent, disseminating itself through the substance of the nerves” (p.100). After careful examination, it was concluded that no such agent existed, and Mesmer’s theory was determined to be invalid.
Hypnotism is another form of mesmerism. It places the participant in “a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnosis. The patient enters into a “sleeplike” condition–allowing his consciousness to respond to the commands and dictation of another–a form of forced-like obedience. The term is derived from the word neuro-hypnotism meaning nervous sleep. Subjects responding to hypnosis are usually awake, but with reduced ability to act independent of manipulation.
How do these terms relate to understanding the true nature of man? There is absolutely no relationship at all! Many people see these terms as the suppression of the material or physical senses through hypnotic manipulations of the mind, but I see them as false beliefs and lack of spiritual knowledge. The physical senses cannot, in any sense or form, give the true identity of man and the universe. It is only through divine inspiration and revelation that man climbs above human logic. Animal magnetism combines both ancient and modern biblical ignorance with modern day fascination of body, soul, and self-indulgence, hereby causing the consciousness of man to enter a state of spiritual lethargy. He is not mentally alert to the true nature of man and identifies the physical structure as God’s creation. This state of animal magnetism sees reality only through the physical senses which are devoid of Soul.
There are many mesmeric voices in the world–voices that base their analysis of homosexuality and heterosexuality on ancient and modern minds operating in a state of sleep-like spiritual understanding. Mankind is induced into a world of illusion, magic and human fantasies.
One ancient and modern illusion is that man is a mortal, made of flesh, blood and bones–operating by human will and godly punishments. Another is that he sprang from the “dust of the ground” and was tossed from the garden of Eden because his female companion persuaded him to disobey God. A third claims that even though God wants man to be obedient, loving and kind, he gave him “free will” which enables man to basically do what he chooses. If God does not like what he is doing, he punishes man to “keep him in line.” If all else fails, and man says, “Hey, I am not following your commands,” God sends him to hell where he burns eternally.
This concept of the nature of man stems from Moses’ accounting of the creation of man in the second chapter of Genesis. It completely overrules Moses’ accounting of creation in the first chapter of Genesis.
You see I believe with Mary Baker Eddy that there are two accounts of the creation of man by Moses–one in the first chapter of Genesis and one in the second. She says, “Throughout the first chapter of Genesis and in three verses of the second, — in what we understand to be the spiritually scientific account of creation, — it is Elohim (God) who creates. From the fourth verse of chapter two to chapter five, the creator is called Jehovah, or the Lord. The different accounts become more and more closely intertwined to the end of chapter twelve, after which the distinction is not definitely traceable.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 523). Because the distinctions were not definitely traceable, God, Jehovah and Lord God were used interchangeably, all having the same meaning as God, Elohim, and making no distinction between the creation of man in the first chapter and his creation in the second chapter. They are lumped together–the creation in the second chapter viewed as a continuation of man in the first.
Today, as with the worshippers of Baal, the Moabitish god of Chemosh and the Greek Aphrodite God, assumed human qualities and traits. Jesus’ concept of God elevated thought to a God of Spirit. We see this in John’s account when he said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (4:24). God is not an entity that can be perceived through the senses, but beyond sensualism– otherwise, man is incapable of worshiping God. This is the true meaning of wisdom–an ingredient that reveals the correctness of divine action and uncovers its opposite–necromancy, hypnotism and mesmerism in all its forms. All three must be denounced!
What is the true identity of man?
If man cannot be defined as flesh, blood and bones, what is he? Who is he? Man is “the compound idea of infinite Spirit; the spiritual image and likeness of God; the full representation of Mind” (Science and Health, p. 591).
Paraphrasing, Mary Baker Eddy is saying man is made of unlimited spiritual ideas or thoughts that have their origin in Spirit. Spirit is not flesh and blood, so mortal man cannot define the real man. The real man is made in the “image and likeness” of God. An image is a replica of the original, thus man’s real identity expresses the qualities of God: love, peace, harmony, intelligence, equality, justice, faith, kindness, persistence and power. None of these have their source in materiality–only spirituality. He represents only spiritual intelligence, not the education one gets from books written from human intelligence.
Human intelligence is derived totally from sensual observation, either consciously or subconsciously. Using divine intelligence as the starting point for all human activities, one is constantly fighting to rise above what his eyes see and his ears hear. His reasoning goes something like this: ” God is the only intelligence. I am expressing him right now, thus I have the ability to see beyond the information that says this guy stole my car. God did not make a thief–no such person exists in the realm of spiritual logic.” This kind of thinking comes with a mighty struggle!
What are you trying do when you use it? Elevate thought so that you can focus only on the spiritual man–the man who is respectful, lawful and just–one that abides by “thou shalt not steal.” Once getting there, you are relieved of the anger, bitterness and hatred you were feeling about that person. You can actually dissolve the turmoil going on inside of your consciousness. That’s the place you want to get to–not for the so-called thief, but for yourself! What about the other guy? Enjoy your peace and leave the rest to the harmony of divine law. Nothing you can say or do parallels God’s law of adjustment–a law by its mere presence destroys everything unlike it. Get rid of the “I gotta fix it mentality! You don’t! Hold to the true identity of man–the one that is pure, good and eternal, and you will win. This winning entails getting human will out of the way and seeking only to do the will of God. Key ingredients are faith, hope, love and humility.
Is the man of God’s creation homosexual or heterosexual?
What does heterosexual mean? Let’s look at a couple of definitions. Webster states, “of or characterized by sexual desire for those of the opposite sex.”
Heterosexuality refers to “an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectionate, physical or romantic attractions to persons of the opposite sex”; it also refers to “an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them” (Wikipedia).
“Someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex” (Princeton’s WordNet).
All three definitions place emphasis on sexual relations or inclinations of or with the opposite sex. The questions arises, “Does opposite sex define a spiritual man? There are those who would respond in the affirmative and quote scripture to justify it. How are you answering the question–honestly and sincerely? What scripture are you using to justify your answer and more importantly, what is your understanding of that scripture? Did you humbly ask God for an answer or are you accepting another’s viewpoint?
Let’s look at homosexual. What does it mean? Webster says, “of or characterized by sexual desire for those of the same sex.”
“A homosexual is a person that is sexually and romantically attracted to those of the same sex. The word comes from homo, which is a Greek word meaning the same.”
Finally, “Homosexuality is romantic or sexual attraction or behavior between members of the same sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality refers to “an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience sexual, affectionate, or romantic attractions” primarily or exclusively to people of the same sex; “it also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them” (Wikipedia).
The underlying meaning in all three definitions is sexual relations or inclinations with individuals of the same sex. Again, I ask “Does same sex define a spiritual man? My answer:
The man of God’s creation is neither homosexual nor heterosexual. No physical act can describe the man of God’s creation for that man is spiritual. No sexual act, whether heterosexual or homosexual, defines the activity of God, Mind. All activity is mental, not physical. Life does not begin with the egg of a woman and the sperm of a man, nor is man made from the “dust of the ground.” Life is God, and God has no beginning or ending. Therefore, man reflecting that life has no beginning or ending. The eternality of God gives man eternal status. Mortality can never define man because he reflects the immortality of Soul. Therefore, only immortal thinking can identify spirituality.
Life exists free of sexual intercourse. Life exists free of physical features, actions, thoughts and brain functions. A spiritual man is a compound idea, not a physical structure. Defining man physically, limits man and places him at the mercy of the five physical senses–senses that are changeable, destructive, temporal and ignorant of divine law.
I know this is difficult to grasp, but its difficulty does not negate its spiritual truth. Man’s life is defined by divine activity: thoughts recognizing and alert to the substance of Spirit, wholeness of Principle and unchangeableness of Love. God is the sole Creator. Man creates nothing! The physical body–evil, mortality, is unaware of divinity–the expression of God’s child. God is Father/Mother to all creation, inclusive of man. Judging the spirituality of a person by his physical contact with another person, is animal magnetism, mesmerism and hypnotism. This kind of thinking is as evil as necromancy, for it places life at the mercy of “dead thought–” nothingness.
I ask you, “Would you love your neighbor better if you slept with a woman or a man?” Does having no god before the one God have anything to do with sexual activity? Mankind, awake from the dream of life in matter and unite with life in spirit. Sin comes from evil thinking! The body is only the effect of that thinking! Move your thinking away from a fleshly man to a divine concept of man. Everything that demonstrates godliness is based on inspiration and revelation. Goodness has its origin in Soul, Spirit, not matter. The voices of spiritual leaders would do well to lead people in discriminating between good and evil, right and wrong, love and hate, life and death, not homo and heter.
Paul admonishes us that we beware of false doctrine so that no one can “spoil (us) through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2: 8). The ways of the world encourage finger-pointing, destructive criticism, and unlawful judgment against those whom we perceive as different from ourselves. The Christ–the divine manifestation of God, opens thought to the oneness of man–the man expressing divine qualities through manifestation of good. If we are to be wise in our demonstrations of life, we must recognize that “All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause and effect belong to God” (Science and Health, p. 275).
Verses of the Bible on Homosexuality
One of the most often quoted scriptures on homosexuality are those in Leviticus. Moses wrote the book of Genesis as well as Leviticus. In the first chapter of the book of Genesis, Moses gives a clear definition of man as made in the “image and likeness of God.” There is no other man. To accept another meaning would be in conflict with that meaning and lead to the conclusion that one is false and the other true. Both cannot be true. Either man is made from the “dust of the ground” or in the “image and likeness of God.”
Let’s take a look at Moses. In (Science and Health) he is has two connotations: ”a corporeal mortal” and “a type of moral law and the demonstration thereof” (p. 592).
Now, let us digress a moment and ask you, “Are there days that you are very in tune to divine law and you see everything and everyone in relation to God? You are so spiritually attuned that nothing or no one ” ruffles your feathers.” You hear God very clearly and know immediately which direction He is pointing you. Then there are days that you know God is Love intellectually, but the spirit of God is not within you. You hear many voices–voices of evil pointing you in a direction not totally in harmony with divine law. You rationalize, justify and in many instances, make decisions based on human logic and judgment. Unlike Jesus, Moses may have made some decisions based on human logic and understanding or his meaning was lost in translation by uninspired thought. Jesus based his knowledge and teachings on the divine law of Love because he was ever–one with God. Thus, clarity was an attribute always evident.
There is a great contradiction between the law of Moses in the Ten Commandments which reads “Thou shalt not kill” and the one that says “They shall surely be put to death.” If God is speaking to him in both instances, why are their contradictions? Is God wishy-washy? Emphatically no! The problem lies not with God, divine Love, it lies with either Moses’ understanding of God at that particular moment or the translation of his understanding. This view of God is humanistic. God is unchangeable Love and would never advise killing in one instance and not killing in another. Thou shalt not kill means just that. It does not say ” Thou shalt not kill in this instance or that instance.” It says “Thou shalt not kill!” Killing is not an act of love, it is an act of violence, and somehow . . . I do see God as committing or advocating violence.
Leviticus 20: 13-14. “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination. If a man also lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Abomination means “hatred and disgust (for a thing or person). Hatred and disgust are human emotions, not divine relationships. God, being divine Love, has no attributes of hatred and disgust, and neither has the man of his creation.
Mankind has more than one connotation: It means “human beings collectively; human race; an adult man.” Which of these is being use here and does it make a difference? It does not matter because all of the definitions have reference to mortal man, not man made in God’s image. Both verses are wallowing in materiality and will never ascend to the level of spirituality. That which is human never reaches the divine and vice versa.
Using these verses to justify discrimination, hatred, violence and evil acts that we see perpetrated by some in today’s world, is itself an abomination–an act of hatred and disgust–an act neither ordained nor advocated by divine law. Those engaging in such acts are not in harmony with the laws of God–beginning with the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes.
Genesis 1: 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. This verse is often used to show that marriage should be between a man and a woman. I could see the validity of this if God were flesh and blood, but God is Spirit as we have shown with John’s recounting of Jesus’ description of God in the verse above. Thus, for man to be made in his image and likeness, man has to be spiritual. Jesus further enlightens us on the true meaning of marriage when he says, “For in the day of resurrection they neither marry, nor are they given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Matt. 22:30).
Unenlightened thought sees the resurrection as the raising of a physical body. I see it as enlightened thought, “the light of the world” or “the kingdom of heaven within us.” Thus, marriage in the spiritual realm means thought connected to God, godliness or elevated thought. Jesus is saying, “When your thinking rises above the material to the spiritual, you will see man not as mortal, but immortal, not physical, but spiritual, not human, but divine.” This man can only be wedded to God–at one with God. This oneness has both masculine and feminine qualities: strength (masculine quality) and tenderness (feminine quality), power and humility, justice and mercy or courage and compassion. This is the “male and female” of God’s creation, not sexual organs. Animal magnetism and mesmerism have clouded human thought, making God manlike, instead of man, Godlike, and until the Christ comes to human consciousness and destroys this erroneous thinking, man will continue to be “dead” to spiritual understanding. What God has “joined together” and “no man can turn asunder,” is that relationship man has with God, not two mortals taking marriage vows. No, I have not lost my mind. I have connected with divine Mind.
The true identity of man is neither heterosexual nor homosexual. It is man’s divine activity of thought. Thus, I am not advocating either one. I am not advocating marriage in either case. My vote goes to the man who seeks daily to keep his thinking so elevated that he “loves his neighbor as himself, does unto others as he would have them do unto him” and places “no other god before me (God).” If one does this, he will be so busy honoring God that there will be no time to cast aspersions at anyone else. Our job is to strive to emulate Jesus by walking in the path he has set before us and leave the rest to God. We are not God! We are not appointed to work out someone else’s salvation–only our on. Leave individuality and personal demonstration to the one God.
Prayer is an essential element in correcting the wrongs of society. Does this mean we cannot share our understanding of the Christ with others? No! It means that we stop casting stones at someone else when our own houses are not in order. It means we clean the dirt out of our own eyes before we extend a handkerchief to others. We may not commit the same human error as someone else, but is one sin less than another? Is it not self-righteousness and self-justification to shed light on someone else’s sin while keeping our own undercover?
Mankind, where is your honesty, integrity, love, righteousness and genuine brotherhood? I am so-o-o-o tired of seeing outright lies played out in the media, severe personal attacks applauded and “anything goes” in politics. First and foremost, we are a nation under God and until we realize this, not only will we falter, we will fail. Money and human power are temporal. Spirit and divine power are eternal.
Is the man created by God homosexual or heterosexual? Neither! He is man made in the image and likeness of God, and that man . . . is spiritual.