Did God make a mistake?

By Edwin Christiaan

This week Sophia and I had the chance to watch a very lively debate on the subject of same-sex marriage on national television. There were two panels; one side that believes that gay couples should have the right to get legally married (and call it ‘marriage’) and the other side who is against such proposition. Also the audience was divided in two sections, the left side was against homosexual marriage and the right side was for it.

It was surreal to see that at one point, a gay man in the audience who had a question for one of the panel members, stood up and referred to his partner as “my husband.”  Another man told the panel that he couldn’t help being born gay and that he should be loved by God and people, as he himself claimed to love God. He also said that he and his partner are living very happily together. Then there was a lady who said that she has been raised by two fantastic gay men. I can imagine that there are people, even Christians, who after seeing this debate may be thinking to themselves: “Did God make a mistake?”

Not too long ago I met somebody who asked me the question: “What about homosexuals; aren’t they born like that and aren’t they going to heaven too?” I said to this person that God created a man with a “penis” and a woman with a “vagina” – and it fits – and that is the reason we are here talking to each other! Furthermore, I explained to this person that often the reason why people embrace the homosexual lifestyle is because of emotional and psychological problems. For instance, many homosexual people have been sexually molested and emotionally abused, controlled and/or abandoned by their mother or father, just to name a few examples. By now I had this person’s full attention as I also told him that God, through Jesus Christ, in His love for us, is able to set anybody living in a sinful lifestyle free, whether it is homosexuality, pedophilia, or polygamy for instance. After hearing all this, the person sighs and softly answered me: “I never thought about it that way.”

God certainly did NOT make ANY mistake when it comes to His creation! God did NOT create homosexuals. On the contrary, He clearly forbids the homosexual lifestyle, as it is a sin to Him. There is NO doubt about it, The Bible, God’s Word speaks for itself in both The Old and New Testament:

So God created people in His own image; God patterned them after Himself; male and female He created them. God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.” Genesis 1:27-28 NLT

Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin. Leviticus 18:22 NLT

Here is Jesus speaking about marriage between a man and woman:

“Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’ And He said, ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together.” Matthew 19:4-6 NLT

God not only refers to the homosexual lifestyle as sinful, but He also calls it shameful:

Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved. Romans 1:26-27 NLT

But here is the Good News, like any other sinful lifestyle, God also wants to set free anybody who lives as a homosexual:

Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers — none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.  There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you1. Corinthians 6:9-11 NLT