News from Johns Hopkins researchers you’re not likely to see in the main stream media:
In the ’70’s the American Psychological Assn. removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses. In the 90’s it stated that homosexuality is genetically determined is a normal alternative sexual expression and should not be treated by conversion therapy for sexual reorientation. After the Genome Project in 2003 and other studies failed to validate that position, it was retracted an…d they revised their position, stating that it is a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors that create homosexual orientation. Now no less than Johns Hopkins is pointing to absolutely no evidence of genetic cause and states that childhood sexual abuse is the primary indicator of later homosexual identity, though I am sure it is not the only factor in forming one’s sexual orientation and identity. Interesting how the discussion continues to evolve. This is not religion’s position, but it is science’s position. What other scientific theories will be required to be retracted or revised as additional evidence is discovered about this and other issues? That is the nature of scientific inquiry……keep exploring until the truth is found. Truth becomes “inconvenient”, however, when it begins to rattle the foundation on which some social and political positions have been staked……before you decide that I am a homophobic bigot and this is religious propaganda, read my comment here:
It seems that there is a broad range of variable features- physically and psychologically- that are identified by others according to culturally and socially defined “norms” as “sexual identity” or “gender norm” markers that range from extremely masculine to extremely feminine. It also appears that many of the variable features that appear to cross traditional gender roles and sexual identity definitions and boundaries are quite happily possessed and negotiated by individuals who are genetically one gender or the other in expressions that confuse (or even antagonize or frighten) others who are more comfortable with more narrowly and traditionally defined “sexual identity” expressions. It is part of the individualistic nature of our culture that has blown any kind of “norms” to pieces and opened the way for such variable and highly individual expressions of gender and sexual identity as we see now. For those who have felt pushed aside and discriminated against in favor of the “norm” in the past, it is freeing. For those who see the “norm” as having been tossed out altogether, it is scary. As an observer of all of this now for 50 years, there was a time I felt it as a threat. It was also a matter of intercessory prayer to which God called me for several decades, in particular for the supreme court’s role in directing our nation’s future. When God released me from the burden of intercession over the impact of homosexual liberation on our culture, it seemed clear that God told me that he would bring this to resolution in his time and in a way that would not shame or dismiss the worth of anyone. I don’t know how God is going to do that or how long it will take, but I believe God loves each person and will show us the way through this. My sense is that ultimately it will come down to each person making a choice about how to reconcile his or her own sexual preferences with God’s Word.. Like Joshua 24: 14-15, ” Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; … in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” In such matters as these, the ultimate supreme court is each person’s heart….and that is what the Lord has confirmed in my own heart. That does not mean that any group of people who self-identify as a “church” according to their interpretation of God’s Word must accept any and all of the expressions of others’ interpretations. At some point the differences have to be acknowledged, respected, and people have to be true to what they believe, even if it means separation. And that is how the church has diversified and grown through millennia. In the end, God will bless whom he will bless and he will discipline whom he will discipline. It’s not my job to judge the hearts of others. I can only choose for myself and my household and hope to affiliate in community with others who have chosen similarly.