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10 years ago  ::  Oct 18, 2008 - 3:06AM #1
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This has been bothering me for a while now. Baha'i teaches the equality of men and women, and the equality of all the races and all people. So how can you say everyone is equal, but if you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, etc, your a mistake or bad or somehow unequal? You can't have it both ways. Either everyone is equal in God's eyes to everyone else, or your not, you can't pick and choose. God made us the way we are, and we should respect that and treat everyone, no matter their race, social class, religion, sexuality, etc, as equal.
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10 years ago  ::  Oct 19, 2008 - 4:42PM #2
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"To regard homosexuals with prejudice and disdain would be entirely against the spirit of Bahá'í Teachings. The doors are open for all of humanity to enter the Cause of God, irrespective of their present circumstances; this invitation applies to homosexuals as well as to any others who are engaged in practices contrary to the Bahá'í Teachings. Associated with this invitation is the expectation that all believers will make a sincere and persistent effort to eradicate those aspects of their conduct which are not in conformity with Divine." (Compilations, NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Baha'i Communities) "A number of sexual problems, such as homosexuality and trans-sexuality can well have medical aspects, and in such cases recourse should certainly be had to the best medical assistance. But it is clear from the teaching of Bahá'u'lláh that homosexuality is not a condition to which a person should be reconciled, but is a distortion of his or her nature which should be controlled and overcome. This may require a hard struggle, but so also can be the struggle of a heterosexual person to control his or her desires. The exercise of self-control in this, as in so very many other aspects of life, has a beneficial effect on the progress of the soul. It should, moreover, be borne in mind that although to be married is highly desirable, and Bahá'u'lláh has strongly recommended it, it is not the central purpose of life. If a person has to wait a considerable period before finding a spouse, or if ultimately, he or she must remain single, it does not mean that he or she is thereby unable to fulfil his or her life's purpose." (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 364) "The House of Justice comments that while there is little in Bahá'í literature that specifically points to the causes of homosexuality itself, there is much that concerns the nature of man, his inner life and growth, and the way to a true Bahá'í life. If you are sincerely intent on overcoming your problem, you must yourself determine to resist wayward impulses each time they arise and the House of Justice feels that there is no better way than to turn to the Writings to divert our thoughts into spiritual channels, perhaps to concentrate on what we may do to help others along the way to discovering the Bahá'í Faith. The more we occupy ourselves with teaching the Cause and serving our fellow-man in this way, the stronger we become in resisting that which is abhorrent to our spiritual selves. "Man's physical existence on this earth is a period during which the moral exercise of his free will is tried and tested in order to prepare his soul for the other worlds of God, and we must welcome affliction and tribulations as opportunities for improvement in our eternal selves. The House of Justice points out that homosexuals are not the only segment of human society labouring at this daily task -- every human being is beset by such inner promptings as pride, greed, selfishness, lustful heterosexual or homosexual desires, to name a few which must be overcome, and overcome them we must if we are to fulfil the purpose of our human existence." (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, July 16, 1980) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 367) Homosexuals are no less equal than any other person who wishes to become a Baha'i, but homosexual sexual acts are condemned, as is adultery and promiscuity for a heterosexual person. I hope this sheds some light on your questions about homosexuality.

"Beware lest the desires of the flesh and of a corrupt inclination provoke divisions among you.   Be ye as the fingers of one hand, the members of one body.   Thus counselleth you the Pen of Revelation, if ye be of them that believe."   

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 140)

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