In the last post, Is Christianity a Religion of Hate?, we considered God’s Old Testament moral law that dealt with a multitiude of sins, some of which were punishable by death. Homosexuality was one of them, but adultery, bestiality, incest, murder, sacrificing to other gods, and kidnapping, to name of few, were also listed. We discussed in that article how the Christian Church does not now possess the governmental power to enforce punishment of any kind (thankfully), but there is more to the story. And the more is this: “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). 1

This grace and forgiveness was dramatically exhibited when Jesus intervened for a woman who was about to be stoned for having been caught in the act of adultery.

The Pharisees asked, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” (John 8:4–5).

Jesus replied, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7).

Why did Jesus say this? Because every man who stood there was a sinner. Every one of those men deserved the punishment of death.

These religious men, soundly convicted of their sins, walked away without throwing a stone. Jesus then said, “‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more’” (John 8:9–11).

That was forgiveness from God Himself. Grace shown to a sinner caught in the very act.

So, let’s consider this question from the last post: “Well, then,” a questioner may ask, “If such punishment is no longer meted out by the Church (obviously, civil governments still convict and punish people for some of the above sins), why did God command Jews to kill homosexuals, the incestuous, and other sinners in the first place?”

God’s heart behind His commands is to inform us how terrible and unholy sin is, and how destructive it is to our souls and lives. Thus, it should be avoided at all costs. Jesus came to give us life; life in the fullest, eternal sense. He brings that true life to us, although we will continue to fight against sin all the days of our lives, until we enter His heavenly kingdom, where sin, death, pain, and suffering will be no more.

Therefore, since homosexual individuals are sinners just like Christians, they should be treated kindly by the followers of Jesus. The accusation that Christians are homophobic because they hold that homosexuality is a biblical sin is silly. It is an ad hominem ruse. Christians also hold that adultery is a sin. Are we therefore adultererphobic? We also believe that bestiality is a sin. Are we bestialphobic? No, we are not “afraid” of such sinners. In fact, we are to love them. Do they need to repent of their sins and lay them sins at Jesus’ feet? Of course. All sinners do.

All sinners, that is, who are hearing the call to turn away from darkness and to light; from death to life. No true, full life exists where sin is. Sin, although it does offer its share of temporary happiness and companionship, in the end will bring only misery, heartache, and devastation. This is the sad, destructive fate from which Jesus wants to save us.

1All Scriputre quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.