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Homosexuality wikipedia free encyclopedia

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Within Christianitythere are a variety of views on sexual orientation and homosexuality. The many Christian denominations vary in their position, from condemning homosexual acts as sinfulthrough being divided on the issue, to seeing it as morally acceptable. Even within a denomination, individuals and groups may hold different views.

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Further, not all members of a denomination necessarily support their church's views on homosexuality. Historically, from the earliest days, Christians have taught that same-sex acts are contrary to Biblical teaching: Tertullian — c. This article focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, covering how the extent to which the Bible mentions the subject, whether or not it is condemned, and whether the various passages apply today, have become contentious topics.

Debate has arisen over the Homosexuality wikipedia free encyclopedia interpretation of the Levitical code; the story of Sodom and Gomorrah ; and various Pauline passages, and whether these verses condemn same-sex sexual activities. The Catholic Church views Homosexuality wikipedia free encyclopedia sinful any sexual act not related to procreation by couple joined under the Sacrament of Matrimony.

The Eastern Orthodox churches, [16] like the Catholic Church, condemns only homosexual acts. All Orthodox Church jurisdictions, such as the Orthodox Church in Americahave taken the approach of welcoming people with "homosexual feelings and emotions," while encouraging them to work towards "overcoming its harmful effects in their lives," and not allowing the sacraments to people who seek to justify homosexual activity.

Certain other Christian denominations do not view monogamous same-sex relationships as sinful or immoral, and may bless such unions and consider them marriages. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland also allows prayer for same-sex couples. LGBT-affirming denominations regard homosexuality as a natural occurrence.

The United Church of Christ celebrates gay marriage[26] and some parts of the Anglican [27] and Lutheran [28] churches allow for the blessing of gay unions. The United Church of Canada also allows same-sex marriage, and views sexual orientation as a gift from God. Within the Lutheran communion, there are openly gay clergy, too, for example, bishop Eva Brunne is an openly lesbian Bishop in the Church of Sweden.

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