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Smoking and Homosexuality

Joan Winifred

Personally, i’ve never smoked. (Never had the desire.) Personally, i’ve never had a homosexual relationship. (Never had the desire.) Been crushing on boys since i was little!

i respect and accept that people’s lives, lifestyles, choices, preferences and practices (and desires) may be different than my own.  Because i make different choices (of preference/rejection) than Others…does that make me narrow-minded? (We all feel differently, eh?)

Recent reading on (at times) a sensitive topic(s):

Does the Bible Promote Prejudice?

Still, some people would say that the Bible promotes prejudice against homosexuals and that those who adhere to its moral code are intolerant. ‘The Bible was written at a time when people were narrow-minded,’ they claim. ‘Today we accept people of all races, nationalities, and sexual preferences.’ To them, rejecting homosexuality is the same as rejecting people of a different skin color. Is that comparison valid? No. Why not?

Because there is a difference between rejecting homosexual conduct and rejecting homosexual people. The Bible tells Christians to be respectful of all kinds of people. (“Honor men of all sorts, have love for the whole association of brothers, be in fear of God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17)  But that does not mean that [Christians] must accept all kinds of conduct.

Consider a comparison: Suppose you view smoking as harmful and even repugnant. What if you have a workmate who is a smoker? Would you be considered narrow-minded just because your view of smoking differs from his? Would the fact that he smokes and you do not smoke automatically mean that you are prejudiced against him? If your workmate were to demand that you change your view of smoking, would that not make him narrow-minded and intolerant?

Jehovah’s Witnesses choose to live by the moral code set forth in the Bible. They do not approve of the actions that the Bible prohibits. But they neither mock nor mistreat people whose practices differ from their own. (excerpted Awake! No 4 2016 What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?)

 

9/13/16 @7:57 a.m.

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