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Likeness to God is Holy, Not Gay

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God made us in his own image and likeness. If some people be homosexual, then it seems to me that is okay too.  That is, after all, the way God made them.  Am I right?

Response

People are also born with deformities and health defects. We come into this world inflicted by Original sin. We are wounded and broken, needing the healing and forgiveness of Christ. God is not a sexual being. Created in the divine image has to do with the properties of the soul. Human beings are the stewards of material creation. As body-soul composites, we can respond to God by knowing him (intellect) and loving him (will). That is what we understand by image. Likeness is similarly understood, but also appreciated as one being transformed or born again into the “likeness” of Christ by the gift of grace. The likeness or justification that was forfeited by sin is restored by the redemptive work of Christ.

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