I am friends with many homosexuals. ...
Mike, anytime you begin to isolate the SINNER "problem," from a SIN "problem," you set yourself up to fail as far as juxtaposing such a cognition to the doctrines of the Holy Bible. On a strictly psychological level, which I base the following on the opening remark of your thread starting post (quoted above), you are allowing yourself to become involved with the sinner versus sin
However, looking to Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh,
Who avoided this kind of trap entirely by asking someone whom wanted to gain eternal life, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God."
We are ALL under sin, which includes you and all of your homosexual friends. The "problem" is NOT the sinner, the "problem" is sin. Period.
...They are as sure about their homosexuality as I am about my heterosexuality. They didn't choose it, they can't just "switch" even though some have tried. I take them at their word. So why would God say they are sinners - they desire monogamous loving relationships (not promiscuity) and they can't help how they are? How are they intrinsically sinful? Why would God do that? I truly don't get it and it is a stumbling block for me because even though it's not my problem as a heterosexual, I think it says something about God and I care about them as humans. ...(emphases mine)
Please see all the times you spoke collectively as apposed to individually about the group and not the individual? Tell me Mike, do you know the supreme spokesperson that speaks for each and every homosexual on the planet? Or, does each individual homosexual hold to the exact same worldview?
(rhetorical questions) Mike, I humbly submit that you have a very limited microcosm from which to derive information and this too is affecting your thinking on the matter.
If it were me, I would talk about LIARS. Personally speaking, I have more problems with liars than I do homosexuals. Any day of the week, and twice on Sunday, I'll take a homosexual that tells the truth over a heterosexual that lies. Oops, see what I am doing Mike?
...As humans, we have consciences, a sense of what is right and wrong. We believe that is put there by God, as we are created in His image and likeness, and he is the source of morality. ...
... So with that being true, why does my conscience seem to disagree strongly (register as “this is WRONG”) with how the Bible characterizes homosexuals as sinners? ...
Again, the Holy Bible characterizes
, to use your term, all but One as sinners. The "problem" is not sinners, the "problem" is sin.
Your conscious is in error if it does not also characterize
lying as sin, and liars as sinners, which in fact, when the Holy Bible list things that are abominations to Jehovah, it specifically mentions lying twice and homosexuality once. This fact should give all those fat-cat, religious hypocrites serious pause when meditating on what Jehovah hates, for from the hermeneutical standpoint alone, it appears Jehovah hates liars twice as much as homosexuals, but I digress.
...They can’t help how they are!?!...
Maybe not in and of themselves Mike, no, a homosexual might not be able to help his/her self if the goal is to stop participating in homosexuality; however, if the goal is to obtain eternal life through Jesus Christ, then what matters is that the homosexual hears the Word of the Most High God and believes on Jesus.
...Why would they choose a life that brings such discrimination on purpose, if they could just be straight and not have to deal with all the troubles? I am now doubting that our sense of right and wrong come from God. I fear I am losing a major ground for my faith.
I have been riddled with this and other such doubts lately. I fear I am losing my faith, which will inevitably lead me back to addiction. Any help on this would be great. ...
Stop wrongly perceiving the "problem" to be sinners and start rightly identifying it as a sin "problem."
... I have been praying, and have had zero response. Now I fear there is a reason for that.
For what it is worth, when I am ever praying over and over and over a matter or problem in my life, and I do not hear or receive a direct answer, directly from the LORD, I have learned that Jehovah is speaking and answering, but sometimes He is speaking quietly while I am still talking, which causes me to miss what He is saying.
At other times, after my prayers or questions, when I do not hear or receive a direct answer, directly from the LORD, He chose to speak to through someone else, and I just didn't listen (for whatever reason).
Just my $0.02
-PWPost Script: Why the quotation marks around the word "problem" each time I used it in this context?
Because to those who understand the difference between sinner and sin are able to joyfully daily walk humbly in the manifest Grace and Mercy of the Most High God. They realize there is not really a problem in this regard. Please know that this is NOT from an arrogant standpoint, but rather just the opposite. It is from the humble standpoint that Jesus' Blood destroyed the problem of separation between Jehovah and mankind and now through that same Blood we are able to run boldly to His Throne of Grace and receive both forgiveness and deliverance. Simply put, the "problem" was solved through Jesus Christ.