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Utilitarian perspective on homosexuality and christianity

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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. 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 proper 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 as 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 "Utilitarian perspective on homosexuality and christianity" 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 Utilitarian perspective on homosexuality and christianity [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.

Such religious groups and denominations interpretation of scripture and doctrine leads them to accept that homosexuality is morally acceptable, and a natural occurrence.

For example, in the United Church of Canadathat country's largest Protestant denomination, affirmed that "a All persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, who profess Jesus Christ and obedience to Him, are welcome to be or become full member of the Church ; and b All members of the Church are eligible to be considered for the Utilitarian perspective on homosexuality and christianity Ministry. In addition, some Christian denominations such as the Moravian Churchbelieve that the Bible speaks negatively of homosexual acts but, as research on the matter continues, the Moravian Church seeks to establish a policy on homosexuality and the ordination of homosexuals.

Quakers were the first Christian group in the United Kingdom to advocate for equal marriage and Quakers in Britain formally recognised same-sex relationships in Churches within Lutheranism hold stances on the issue ranging from labeling homosexual acts as sinful, to acceptance of homosexual relationships. For example, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synodthe Lutheran Church of Australiaand the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod recognize homosexual behavior as intrinsically sinful and seek to minister to those who are struggling with homosexual inclinations.

Some mainline Protestant denominations, such as the African Methodist churches[40] [41] [42] [43] the Reformed Church in America[44] and the Presbyterian Church in America have a conservative position on the subject. The Seventh-day Adventist Church "recognizes that every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and seeks to minister to all "Utilitarian perspective on homosexuality and christianity" and women [including homosexuals] in the spirit of Jesus," while maintaining that homosexual sex itself is forbidden in the Bible.

He offered caring ministry and words of solace to struggling people, while differentiating His love for sinners from His clear teaching about sinful practices.

Most of the Anglican Communion does not approve of homosexual Utilitarian perspective on homosexuality and christianity, with the exception of the Episcopal Churchthe Scottish Episcopal Church [47] and the Anglican Church of Canadawhich is facing a possible exclusion from international Anglican bodies over the issue.

The positions of the evangelical churches are varied. They range from liberal to conservativethrough moderate.

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