Wednesday, December 1, 2010

No, God Did Not Make You That Way

There are many ways we deal with our sins.  Some of us repent, some of us give up parts of it, some of it excuse it, and some even blame God for it.  Today I want to talk about the latter.  Today I want to talk about those people (and this is especially true in the homosexual community) who claim that God "made" them that way.  I want to talk about what the Bible says in how we were made and to show how their arguments fail logically as well. 

First let us begin with how God said He created us.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
First we were created for good works.  Sin is not a good work.  To say that God created someone to be a homosexual is to say that God created someone for the purpose of sinning.  We were created for good works that God has laid out for us, we were not created to be sinful.  If we justify homosexuality by saying God created us so, then we can use this argument for any sin.  If I meet a woman I am really attracted to and fall into adultery, I can then say that God created me to be an adulterer.  If I am a thief, I can say that God created me as a thief.  If I tell many lies, I can say God created me to be a liar.  Those are ludicrous ideas.  God created us for good works.  He created us for righteousness. 

Another problem with their argument is the verses in the Old Testament that refer to homosexuality.
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.  Leviticus 18:22 NKJV
If homosexuality was an abomination in the Old Testament then God would not have created homosexuals.  God does not create sin.  We may become an abomination to God by our actions and rebellion but praise God we have Christ who reconciled us to God.  God is just, and as part of being just, He would not create something to be an abomination destined for His judgment.  If homosexuality is somehow not a sin any longer after Jesus, then did God not create homosexuals until Jesus died?  That is what they are saying.  Think about it logically.  If God created homosexuals then God created homosexuality.  Did God create it then change His mind in how he felt about it, calling it an abomination?  And then did God change His mind again in the New Testament and declare that homosexuality is now just fine and dandy again?  Or did He just not create homosexuals until Jesus came?  That, of course, can not be true.  The Bible declares our God to be the same today, yesterday, and forever. If God did not create homosexuals then, He does not create them now.  If homosexuality was an abomination to Him then, it is still one to Him now.  There is no getting around it. 

If homosexuality is sin (and it is well established that is) then God could not have created it. 
Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  James 1:13-16 NKJV
I love how God ends that thought with "Do not be deceived."  It is as though God knew people would someday justify their sin as something created by God.  Oh wait, God did know and in that knowledge He sent us this warning through James.  Do not be deceived.  God does not tempt people into sin and so God would not create someone to be a sinner who was destined to remain a sinner.  God does not create sin. God does not lead us into sin.  God does not tempt anyone to sin. Therefore, God would not create someone who by virtue of God's plan would be a sinner.  God would not create a homosexual because homosexuality is a sin.  That sin is a desire we nurture within ourselves until it conceives and gives birth to sin. 

I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking "But aren't we born sinners."  Well, kind of, we were born with a sin nature, but that is a result of man's failure and not a result of God's will.  What God created was good, what man did was corrupt that good creation.  We live with the consequences of that rebellion to this day.  That is not God's will, though, and that is why God sent Jesus.  Mankind needed to be reconciled to God and when we come to Christ, the Bible tells us that we are a new creation.  As part of that new creation, that old man of the flesh is crucified with Christ and we become instruments for His glory. 
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.  1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NKJV
And here is where the "God created me camp" fails most of all.  They may be a slave to their homosexuality or whatever other sin it was before Christ, but Christ has cleansed them of that sin. I know the argument that the word translated "homosexuals" does not mean "homosexuals", but it does.  The only people who disagree with that position are the ones who are trying to justify sin in their own lives or the lives of another.  We are born slaves to sin and in that sin nature and along with our own desires, bad choices, and things we are exposed to we often find some sin to cling to. If homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God, then you must allow God to put to death your homosexuality.  I know it is not always easy.  I know the temptation will still be there, but look at this verse in light of what I shared from James.  Those temptations, those desires, those inclinations, and even the teachings that what you are doing is fine with God are all deceptions from Satan.  They are not of God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you the Bible says. And, yes, I understand it is not always easy.  The Bible says as much. Resisting Satan means disciplining ourselves.
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.  1 Corinthians 9:27 NKJV
Our flesh is always trying to rear its ugly head.  Before Christ, we were ruled by our flesh.  We were ruled by our desires.  We were ruled by sin.  When we come to Christ, our flesh is still present but it is no longer in charge. In  Christ, our spirits are led by the Holy Spirit.  Homosexuality or any other sin may be  a struggle for your flesh, and that is where discipline comes in.  To continue to allow homosexuality to run our lives is to deny that we are now led by the Spirit.  To continue to allow any sin to run our lives is to allow the flesh to run our lives.  We must deny the flesh, we must deny those temptations. We must not make the mistake of succumbing to the flesh.  We must discipline ourselves.  The argument that we were created as a homosexual is based only on the fleshly desire to continue in that sin while ignoring the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  Yes, your flesh may still have that desire, but feeding that desire only strengthens it.  Your flesh may still desire homosexuality or any other sin, but you are in Christ and no longer led by the flesh.  It is a war, but it is a war Christ has won for us.  It is a victory we claim by abiding in Him.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.  Galatians 5:16-17 NKJV
If any of you are falling in the sin of homosexuality or any other sin that you justify by saying God made you that way, please take this verse to heart.  Take this verse to heart and really ask yourself the source of those temptations.  Does that desire work to satisfy the spirit or the flesh?  I can guarantee that it is of the flesh.  Is that "good" feeling you get from that sin a joy in your spirit or the satisfaction that an addict has when he has gotten his fix?  The difference is this.  If you feel you need something in your life to be happy, that is a lust of the flesh.  If you need a relationship with someone of the same sex, fornication, drunkenness, adultery, or any other thing even not sinful in order for you to be happy, that is a lust of the flesh.  The peace and joy from God is only dependent on your relationship with Him.  In the spirit, the only joy you need is the joy of knowing the Lord.  Anything else is of the flesh.  The joys from the flesh come from without, the joy of the Lord comes from within from the Spirit of God dwelling inside you. 

To justify homosexuality by the argument that God created them that way is not a tenable position.  If homosexuality is something God created you to be, then what of other sin?  If somehow you feel you are attracted to animals, does that then mean God created you for bestiality?  Sexual sin is a hard stain to remove and any sexual predilection sears our minds like nothing else.  Homosexuality is just one example, but the one justified the most.  What about pedophiles?  They are seemingly helpless (though all things are possible with God) to change their desires just as a homosexual claims, so did God make pedophiles as pedophiles too?  What about an habitual adulterer?  I have an attraction to women so can I use that attraction as God's desire for me to cheat on my wife?  Of course not!  God did not create me or anyone else to be an adulterer.  If I am unhappy in my marriage, does that mean I can leave her for someone who I feel would make me happier?  What about any repeat offender for any other crime?  A thief will usually continue to steal even after getting caught.  Can not he claim in court that God just made him that way?  Can a murderer?  I know you might be saying that those other things involve victims and while that is true, sin is not determined by how it offends or victimizes another person, but how it offends God.  Homosexuality offends God just as stealing, murder, bestiality, pedophilia, drunkenness, etc.  We can not excuse our sin by its lack of victims because, ultimately, the victim of our sin is Jesus who was crucified for all our sin.  You can not just make an exception for homosexuality and say God created them that way without including every other kind of sin that ensnares us.  If God created homosexuals as homosexuals then God created any other habitual offender as habitual offenders.  If it is God's will for someone to be a homosexual, then it must be God's will for any other habitual offender to be who they are. 

That, of course, is a ludicrous idea.  God did not create us to sin only to judge us for the sin He created us to commit.  God is just and that would not be just at all.  I will end this post with the verse I began it with.  I think it is important to get back to just who God made us to be.  God did not make us to lie, cheat, steal, cheat on our wives, fornicate, get drunk, or involve ourselves in homosexuality.  Those are our own failings and that is why we need Jesus.  Sin is our own doing and will be our own undoing.  We created the problem, but God sent the solution through Jesus Christ.  Don't just throw your hands up and exclaim that God must have made you that way.  God made you to be so much more than who you were when you came to Christ.  Let go of the flesh, abide in Christ, and become the creation He intended you to be. 
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

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