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What is the non-biblical argument against homosexuality?

Full Question

It is easy to show Scripture condemns homosexuality. Can a case be made without referring to Scripture?

Answer

One way is by showing how homosexuality violates natural law. Many people have a basic ethical intuition that certain behaviors are wrong because they are “unnatural.” For example, virtually everyone would agree that bestiality (sex with animals) is unnatural. We perceive intuitively that the natural sex partner of a human is another human, not some lower animal. If one can argue in this fashion, then one can also argue (drawing on the same intuition) that the natural sex partner of a man is a woman and of a woman, a man.

This is also supported by considering the nature of reproductive organs. It is clear that in nature some things have inherent functions (called teleologies by philosophers). In the human body the function of the heart is to pump blood, of the teeth to tear and grind substances (usually food). Reproductive organs also have teleologies which can be easily discerned. The physical design of each organ, as well as the process of human reproduction, is geared for this function. To violate this arrangement is to engage in an unnatural act–thereby offending God, the author of natural law.










4 comments

  1. Belmira Tash Reply

    Homosexuality is a sin and should not be accepted and is disgusting

  2. crappa jim Reply

    Most people accept gays (homosexuals) because of; 1) Political correctness; 2) It is “cool” and “in” to do something that is different from the norm; and 3) It gives them a comfortable feeling to know that they themselves are neither gay nor lesbian.

  3. emma072012Emma Reply

    well done above posters for being so honest. I think its clear from scripture and teaching that Jesus loves the sinner (of course He does) but not the sin. However much political correct secuarists try to convince society otherwise, homosexuality is NOT natural. It does occur in nature too, but that doesn’t automatically mean that its natural, its just part of the fallen nature of the universe I guess.

  4. cac2266 Reply

    What is the Church’s response to the “naturalistic fallacy,” i.e., the false belief that all that is “natural” must be good. Consider male homicidal rage provoked by sexual jealousy. This phenomenon has been demonstrated to be “natural” by evolutionary psychologists but is clearly not good.

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