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基督教對同性戀的立場書

  基督教既著重公義,也重視慈愛,我們深信任何一方面的傾側,最終只會帶來更大的不幸。在公義的神面前,所有人都是罪人(羅 3:23),但因著祂的慈愛,祂亦深愛每一個罪人(約3:16)。作為基督的門徒,我們願意堅定不移地向罪說不,亦願意努力學習去愛罪人,因為我們本身亦是極需神憐憫的罪人(提前1:15-16)
 
  我們深信凡是違背神創造原意及教導的都是罪,而在創造之初,神是造男造女(創1:27),明顯地為性別立了界線,而男女之間的性行為,是神美好及獨特的設計,讓人可以享受性愛帶來的歡愉,更深體會何謂愛與被愛,以及令生命得以不斷延續的神聖召命(創1:28)。為了讓這種美好的關係得到保障,神為人類設立了婚姻並予以祝福。
 
  聖經清楚教導,人要離開父母,與妻子連合,二人成為一體,建立新的家庭(創2:24),因此我們深信一男一女、一夫一妻、一生一世的婚姻是神的心意,任何在男女婚姻以外的性關係,無論婚前性行為、婚外情、嫖妓及同性性行為皆是罪,而聖經明言逆性的性行為是神所憎惡的(利18:6-23 ;羅1:26-27)。因此,任何不恰當的性關係,縱使當事人是出於真誠及愛,仍然是罪。教會作為忠於基督的群體,有責任引導信徒明白及追隨神的心意,不應濫用愛心,以有罪為無罪(民14:18)。但教會在指出罪的時候,亦應該關心被罪所綑綁的人。因為愛,所以我們對罪毫不妥協,免得有人因為得罪神而失落祂所賜的祝福和救恩(加6:1)
 
  面對西方社會,特別是不少曾經認真追隨基督宗教的國家,性放縱的生活和意識形態氾濫;有計劃地「移風易俗」的激進同性戀運動已滲入傳媒、校園、甚至教會;接受造成「逆向歧視」(註:即對不認同同性戀人士的歧視) 的性傾向歧視條例,公民伙伴甚至同性婚姻的國家日漸增多,令本來應該讓下一代可以健康成長的婚姻及家庭制度面臨嚴峻的考驗和衝擊,個人的良心、宗教及言論自由備受威脅(羅1:28-32)。教會作為關心社會、愛護鄰舍的群體,絕對不能坐視不理。我們重申:
 
1 同性性行為以及所有男女婚姻關係以外的性行為皆是罪,是神所不喜悅的關係。
2 同性戀者與所有罪人一樣皆是神所愛的,雖然我們不認同同性性行為,但應透過和平、理性、非暴力的方式表達,切勿惡意攻擊及歧視同性戀者,而同性戀者的基本人權應受社會保障。我們支持以合理的方式消除一切不公義及歧視,但亦反對一切「逆向歧視」。
3 同性戀及性傾向之形成十分複雜,當事人往往亦面對很大的壓力和困擾,教會須投放更多資
源,關心面對同性戀掙扎的人士以及他們的家人,與他們同行。
4 同性戀社會運動的訴求與性解放運動的意識形態連結,與基督教所重視的價值及追求的美善
生活有很大分歧,甚至危害信仰的自由,教會絕對不能掉以輕心、置身事外,應積極鼓勵信
眾關注,在有需要時挺身而出,捍衛信仰的核心價值,表達對美善社會的願景。
 

參考經文
 
羅 3:23      因為世人都犯了罪、虧缺了 神的榮耀。

約 3:16     神愛世人、甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們、叫一切信他的、不至滅亡、反得永生。

提前 1:15-16 基督耶穌降世、為要拯救罪人.這話是可信的、是十分可佩服的.在罪人中我是個
罪魁。然而我蒙了憐憫、是因耶穌基督要在我這罪魁身上、顯明他一切的忍耐、給後來信他得永生的人作榜樣。

創 1:27      神就照自己的形像造人、乃是照他的形像造男造女。

創 1:28     神就賜福給他們、又對他們說、要生養眾多、遍滿地面、治理這地.也要管理海裏的魚、空中的鳥.和地上各樣行動的活物。

創 2:24      因此、人要離開父母、與妻子連合、二人成為一體。

利 18:6-23  「你們都不可露骨肉之親的下體,親近他們。我是耶和華。不可露你母親的下體,羞辱了你父親。她是你的母親,不可露她的下體。不可露你繼母的下體;這本是你父親的下體。你的姊妹,不拘是異母同父的,是異父同母的,無論是生在家生在外的,都不可露她們的下體。不可露你孫女或是外孫女的下體,露了她們的下體就是露了自己的下體。你繼母從你父親生的女兒本是你的妹妹,不可露她的下體。不可露你姑母的下體;她是你父親的骨肉之親。不可露你姨母的下體;她是你母親的骨肉之親。不可親近你伯叔之妻,羞辱了你伯叔;她是你的伯叔母。不可露你兒婦的下體;她是你兒子的妻,不可露她的下體。不可露你弟兄妻子的下體;這本是你弟兄的下體。不可露了婦人的下體,又露她女兒的下體,也不可娶她孫女或是外孫女,露她們的下體;她們是骨肉之親,這本是大惡。你妻還在的時候,不可另娶她的姊妹作對頭,露她的下體。「女人行經不潔淨的時候,不可露她的下體,與她親近。不可與鄰舍的妻行淫,玷污自己。不可使你的兒女經火歸與摩洛,也不可褻瀆你 神的名。我是耶和華。不可與男人苟合,像與女人一樣;這本是可憎惡的。不可與獸淫合,玷污自己。女人也不可站在獸前,與牠淫合;這本是逆性的事。

羅 1:26-27    因此 神任憑他們放縱可羞恥的情慾.他們的女人、把順性的用處、變為逆性的用處,男人也是如此、棄了女人順性的用處、慾火攻心、彼此貪戀、男和男行可羞恥的事、就在自己身上受這妄為當得的報應。

民 14:18     耶和華不輕易發怒、並有豐盛的慈愛、赦免罪孽和過犯、萬不以有罪的為無罪、必追討他的罪、自父及子、直到三四代。

加 6:1       弟兄們、若有人偶然被過犯所勝、你們屬靈的人、就當用溫柔的心、把他挽回過來.又當自己小心、恐怕也被引誘。

羅 1:28-32    他們既然故意不認識 神、 神就任憑他們存邪僻的心、行那些不合理的事.裝滿了各樣不義、邪惡、貪婪、惡毒.滿心是嫉妒、兇殺、爭競、詭詐、毒恨.又是讒毀的、背後說人的、怨恨 神的、侮慢人的、狂傲的、自誇的、捏造惡事的、違背父母的、無知的、背約的、無親情的、不憐憫人的.他們雖知道 神判定、行這樣事的人是當死的、然而他們不但自己去行、還喜歡別人去行。
 
The Christian Position on Homosexuality
 
Christianity emphasizes both justice and love. We believe that bias towards any pole will only bring about disaster. All have sinned before the God of justice (Romans 3:23), but He still deeply loves every sinner (John 3:16). As the disciples of Christ, we will resolutely say no to sin. Yet we are also willing to try our very best to learn how to love sinners, since we ourselves are sinners who desperately need the mercy of God (1 Timothy 1: 15-16).
 
We believe that anything which violates the original purpose of God’s creation or His teaching is sin. In the original creation, God created male and female (Genesis 1:27). This clearly established the boundary between the two sexes. The sexual act between male and female is God’s good and unique design, through which human beings can enjoy the pleasure of sex, and intimately know what is love and being loved. This also enables the fulfillment of the divine vocation for human beings to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:18). In order to protect this kind of good relation between female and male, God established the institution of marriage for human beings and blessed it.
 
The Bible clearly teaches that a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh, hereby creating a new family (Genesis 2:24). Therefore we deeply believe that the monogamous, life-long marriage between a male and a female is conforming to the will of God. All sexual acts outside marriage, including premarital sex, extramarital sex, visiting prostitutes and homosexual acts, are sinful. The Bible states clearly that God dislikes all sex which is contrary to nature (Leviticus 18: 6-23; Romans 1:26-27). It follows that all inappropriate sexual relationships, even if they are motivated by sincerity and love, are still sinful. As the community which is loyal to Christ, the Church has the responsibility to guide the believers to understand and follow God’s will. We should not  declare the guilty innocent in the name of “love”- in fact this is only distorting the proper meaning of love (Numbers 14:18). However, when the Church points out the sins of others, she should also care for those who are trapped in sin. Exactly out of love we have taken an uncompromising stand against sin, lest people forfeit the blessing and salvation of God due to their sinning against Him (Galatians 6:1).
 
In Western societies, especially many countries which once sincerely followed the Christian religion, the lifestyle of sexual promiscuity and the ideology of sexual liberation are currently running amuck. The homosexual movement, which has systematic plans to transform the culture, has infiltrated the mass media, the campus, and even churches. Laws like the sexual orientation discrimination ordinance which result in reverse discrimination are in vogue. The number of countries which accept civil union or gay marriage is steadily increasing. The institution of marriage and family is supposed to make sure the next generation can grow up healthily, but now it is facing severe testing and challenge. The freedom of individual conscience, religious liberty and free speech are also under threat (Romans 1:28-32). As a community which cares for the society and loves our neighbors, the Church cannot afford to stand by with folded arms. We reaffirm that:
 
  1. Homosexual acts and all other sexual acts outside marriage are sinful; they are disliked by God.
  2. Homosexuals are loved by God like other sinners. Although we do not approve of homosexual acts, our disapproval should be expressed through peaceful, reasonable and non-violent means. We should never maliciously attack or unreasonably discriminate against homosexuals, and the basic human rights of homosexuals should be protected by the society.
  3. The formation of the homosexual orientation is very complicated, and the persons with this orientation are often under great pressure and distress. The Church needs to put in more resources to care for those who are struggling with homosexual orientation as well as their family, and to walk by their side faithfully.
  4. The agenda of the homosexual movement are closely connected to the ideology of sexual revolution. Both are at great variance with Christian values and conception of good life. It can even endanger the freedom of faith. So the Church should not take it lightly and sit on the sidelines. On the contrary, the Church should encourage believers to pay attention to these issues, step forward, whenever necessary, to defend the core values of our faith, and to express our vision of a good society.
 
 
Related Verses
 
Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 Timothy 1:15-16
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:28
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Genesis 2:24
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
 
Leviticus 18: 6-23
“No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD. Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her. Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father. Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere. Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter; that would dishonor you. Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your sister. Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister; she is your father's close relative. Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's close relative. Do not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt. Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her. Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother. Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness. Do not take your wife's sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living. Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period. Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife and defile yourself with her. Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable. Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.”

Romans 1: 26-27
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Numbers 14:18
The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.

Galatians 6:1
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

Romans 1:28-32
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

 

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