Someone stated that homosexual love is the same as heterosexual love, so I decided to address this issue.
God said homosexual sex is a sin. God also said men are to marry women to avoid immorality.
Love is not doing what one wants. Love is obeying God. God said to not sin, reject wickedness, and be holy.
If you love me, you will obey what I command.
Let’s see what sorts of things come from within ourselves:
20 He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him unclean. 21 For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.”
Now let’s see what God said about what to do about sin in our lives:
42 “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell…”
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
1 Peter 1:16
for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
So you see, sin is something to avoid. Sin is something to cut out of our lives. Sin is something to stop. Sin is something we do not want to encourage in others. We are to be holy.
Love between a man and a woman is different than love between a man and a man. God made men differently than women, and not just physically. Our minds and feelings and desires and needs and bodies are distinctly different. God made woman from man with the intention that they be joined together.
21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
This is how God defines love for us:
Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love is wanting what is best for the other person. Love is patient. Love is sacrificial.
Remember that love for God is obedience to Him.
If you love me, you will obey what I command.
But people who are attracted to those of the same gender want not what is best for the other person, but to have their desire fulfilled. Otherwise, they would recognize what God has said and choose to not commit the sin. But not only do they want to commit the sin, they want to lead others into sin, and they approve of others who want the same (Romans 1:18-32). Yet if we love someone, we will not try to lead them into sin, let alone approve of sin. Same sex love is a warping of the love that God created, otherwise He would have said that man and woman or man and man are OK to marry. But He did not. He said that man is to marry woman to avoid immorality, because that immorality will lead us straight to hell.
1 Corinthians 7:2
But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Sexually immoral means those who do sexual acts that are prohibited in the Old Testament – including sex outside of marriage, incest, bestiality and homosexual sex (Lev 18; Lev 20; Dt 22).
If someone insists on being immoral and teaching immorality, God will deal with that person, if He is not already, according to what they do.
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done
Homosexuals put their own thoughts “God approves of homosexual sex”, or “God made me this way so it must be OK”, or “there is nothing wrong with homosexual sex” above the thoughts of God, thus they put themselves in the place of God.
Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 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.
Notice that God called same gender sex detestable, sinful, sexual impurity, degrading, shameful, unnatural, and indecent. Even simple sexual desire between people of the same gender is sinful. By pretending God has said it is OK, one ignores another example of sex God has said not to do in the Old Testament and repeated in the New Testament (as He did the ban on homosexual sex) – incest.
If a man sleeps with his father’s wife, he has dishonored his father. Both the man and the woman must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
A man is not to marry his father’s wife; he must not dishonor his father’s bed.
1 Cor 5:1
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife.
God is clear about incest being wrong – even if the woman is a step-mother. In the same way, God is clear that homosexual sex is wrong. So no, homosexual love, which is called shameful, is not the same as heterosexual love.
For those who want to say that homosexual love harms no one, see what God has to say on the matter of whether it is harming or not: Homosexual Sex is Sin Against Self and Partner.