This greatly disturbs me as it has taken me a great number of years to understand the bible, the teachings of God, and the origins of its meaning(s). My nephew is more or less new to the religious practices taught in society today. He will frequently ask me questions about religion, why there are so many different religions, what God said about certain topics, etcetera. As a gay 22 year old, uncle to 4 nephews and 3 nieces and an extended family with mixed religious views and opinions, I sometimes find myself in a difficult position as to what I should openly speak about, and what I should refrain from speaking as to not confuse anyone, especially the kids.
Roger, the nephew which I am speaking about in this particular post, is the oldest of all of the kids and he is quite a learner. Biblical topics and religion as a whole seems to fascinate him. I truly believe that he can hold a good religious argument in support of what he believes, but I am afraid that the religious institution to which he belongs to may be teaching him the very hate and discriminatory “values” which so many citizens such as myself must face every single day. The unfortunate reality of the religious society which we must face today, is teaching what is good, what is right, what is pure and the true word of God himself and not the word of those who teach hate and discrimination in the bible. What many do not realize is that God himself never spoke of homosexual relationships in a discriminatory or derogatory way. The particular books of the bible which reference God speaking of such relationships are ones in which these homosexual acts were unholy (married men having sexual relationships with other men, married women with other women, etcetera).
Roger is an open minded kid, but he is simply that: a kid. I do not want to see him inherit this form of hatred for those of us who are different. I by no means wish to detour others from their beliefs and values, what I ask is to re-examine the bible. Read what God said, and what man said. Take Gods word and apply it to the situation at hand, did he speak of the future in these passages? No, he did not.
I wish that someday, we will live in a world free of prejudice and hatred, a world where religious backgrounds are open and freely expressed without the back-stabbing and lying. I can only hope that I do my part in educating Roger of what God said, in what context he meant it, and how I see things today. Do I expect him to agree with me on every level? No. But I believe that all I can do is try my best to teach him and let him make up his own mind. No matter which path he will choose to follow, I want him to know I will be here to talk and answer any questions he may have, religious and otherwise.
SO WHY AM I STILL ALONE IN THE WORLD?!?!?!
~Life of a ForeverAlone Tumblr Man