I now understand why homosexuality is wrong
A long time ago, I went through a thought experiment of some of the differences between Mormon Christianity and non-Mormon Christianity. I was trying to figure out some of the reasons why the latter group finds the former group so heretical — to the point of saying Mormons aren’t even Christians.
Starting with a few axiomatic changes, I was able to discover, in short, why homosexuality is wrong from a traditional Christian standpoint (which is a surprisingly different set of reasoning than from a restoration/Mormon standpoint.)
Let’s begin with first things first.
1) God is a different “species” from humanity.
This is a good first distinction point between Mormonism and non-LDS Christianity because it changes the entire set-up for the plan of salvation. In Mormonism (oh gosh I’m going to botch this and make a fool of myself in t – 3…2…), humans have their origin in eternal intelligences (thus, no creatio ex nihilo), which are then organized in some process of spiritual birth into people like us. We then are sent to earth with physical bodies as a sort of growing and testing period — a test of agency and choices so we can learn to be like our Heavenly Father, to whom we are related.
But we kinda suck. Not because of anything Adam did, but because every one of us will individually sin and become unclean. And so we need someone who can take care of us.
Well, this was all planned out ahead of time, and long story short, the guy who decided to take the job was Jesus — our brother.
Throughout this really really poorly described summary (and there are many parts here which are up for debate…how does spirit birth work? what is the nature of eternal intelligence? and so on), but a few ideas come in that seem to send warning sirens to everyone else.
Jesus…brother? (And this will usually come as part of a package: “What…Jesus and Satan are brothers?!”)
God…literal father? (What then does the spirit of adoption mean again?)
I have struggled in the past to understand where traditional Christianity gets hung up in this process. I used to have some great links from discussions where It Clicked (in last link, scroll down to a comment from “James” that begins “But I can’t figure out…”), and I usually love linking elsewhere (because that is good e-tiquette), but I can’t find everything now.
Anyway, the way I had it described to be was this: in Mormonism, the major heresy here is in supposing that God is the same “kind” of being as us, only with more time, experience, and awesome under his belt. (This leads to speculative questions like: could God have sinned once? Did God go through the same kind of salvation experience as we did? Etc.,)
However, in traditional Christianity, God is a different species. God is uncreated, and humans are created. There’s no way to bridge that gap with time, experience, and awesome (even if it were possible) — because all of these contingent details can’t touch the necessary difference between God and humans, being that, well, God is necessary and humans aren’t. (I have heard this factor into other criticisms of LDS Christianity…how can God have flesh and bones? All matter is…contingent…but God cannot be contingent. )
This ontological difference between man and God already splits the very reasons for the universe. If I may quote Sister Miriam Godwinson:
Some would ask, how could a perfect God create a universe filled with so much that is evil. They have missed a greater conundrum: why would a perfect God create a universe at all?
Indeed, the traditional creatio ex nihilo Christian needs different things to answer such a question, or at least a question as, “Why would God create humans?”
And here, I’m probably going to drastically strawman and oversummarize the other side:
2) Humans are created to love God
This isn’t saying that God had a “need” for something or someone to love, because God is self-sufficient and self-containing and etc.,
But humans still were created to come to realize that we need God and God is pretty awesome (in the original sense of the word and in the modern sense.) And as a result, we can’t help but worship.
Sorry, there isn’t a lot here, but I can’t really go that much into how it looks to me except to go into a really bad strawman presentation: Christian heaven. In Christian heaven, everyone sits around playing harps for God. You won’t care for another roommate when you see Jesus. In Soviet Russia, God and potatoes don’t exist.
In contrast, in Mormon heaven, everyone* is productive and creative and progressing as gods and playing Sim City but with REAL LIVES. Heavens YES.
*who has won it big in the best part of the Celestial Kingdom.
This second part, combined with the first part, gives us a crude understanding of what sin means with respect to our purposes.
In Mormonism, sin is chopping off your nose to spite your face — you’re preventing yourself from being able to play Sim City for eternity.
In traditional Christianity, sin is preventing yourself from…harps…and love…and worship.
Why the distinction?
In Mormonism, we are, as gods in embryo, destined to be architects and engineers of our own universes. In traditional Christianity,
3. we are pets.
THAT’S THE REVEAL.
All of a sudden, everything makes sense. Homosexuality is wrong because it doesn’t serve our purpose as pets. Imagine you’re the owner of a pet or a super awesome racehorse or something. You have this pet so that it can love you (but you are self-sufficient…as a human, you don’t need a pet, but you can have one out of the pure goodness of your heart.) If that pet then brings dirt into the house or tears up the furniture, then that’s no good.
And if you’re trying to breed the horse to make $$$ through awesome baby horses, and the horse won’t breed, then that’s no good.