HisDaughter, you haven't hurt me. It just felt like this discussion was slipping into the realm of unfruitful arguing, and that isn't what I wanted. This is a touchy subject, and emotions can flare on each side of it. I am wanting to know the true, Biblical response to homosexuality, not what we have always been taught. What it appears to me, and please correct me if I am wrong, is that you are responding out of the traditional biases of the church, not out of the reality of the situation. The church has always said "it's a sin!" and never really looked at it. To me, it's similar to the church line on dancing. For the longest time, dancing was looked at as a sin, but the simple act of dancing can hardly be thought of as sinful. It's what people do with that simple act that makes the difference. I'm not saying that this subject is as simplistic as dancing, but please help me to see that your position isn't rooted in the 'old-school' church tradition.
I'm trying to shed a different light on the subject that might help us understand it from a different angle. If, from that different angle, it still looks like a duck, then we can continue treating it as such - but if, from the new angle, it looks more like a Mercedes, then we can adjust and figure out what to do with it from there.
As it appears that we are re-covering the same ground, I'm going to pick up the conversation from here:
Alcoholics are named as such because they have consumed alcohol and become addicted. Can someone be an alcoholic without ever consuming alcohol? If that is the case, then could I be considered an alcoholic because it runs in my family, yet I have never tasted the stuff? I would say, and I have said, that I have an addictive personality, therefore I refuse to sample beer due to the pull that I know it may have on me. But, does that possibility make me an alcoholic? No. However, there is a difference between someone who might be an alcoholic and someone who definitively has desires for the same gender, but has never acted on it. I have no real desire for alcohol, with the exception of a desire to taste certain types of wine and champagne, but people with same-sex attraction (homosexuals, in my book), have a visceral desire for the same gender and an equal void of desire for the opposite gender. It appears to be comparing apples to radios.
I would say that one does not have to engage in homosexual activity to be considered homosexual, unlike alcoholism. If someone desires both sexes, but never acts on the desire for the same gender, we call that 'bi-curious', but we never call it 'homosexual-curious'. Hmm . . .
Still thinking it through. . .
My summation is based on SSA (Same-Sex Attraction) being the same as homosexuality. If you disagree that SSA = homosexual, then what is SSA?