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Does God approve of homosexuality?

Q: How does God feel about homosexuality? Are all humans innately bisexual? Is sex even a moral issue? Is it only for procreation? Is it wrong to enjoy?

A:  Since it's not humanly possible to speak for God we have to do the best we can with our own intelligence. Unlike the Bible, The Urantia Book is not specific about many of the social issues we face today, and it does not make blanket claims about specific behaviors. These "mores" are determined age to age by the prevailing sentiments of society.

There is a wide gulf separating sexual desire, inclination, and motivation from sexual involvement, activity, and interaction--the difference between leading a chaste, even celibate life versus leading a more self-centered, promiscuous one. While sex is certainly primarily the means by which mankind reproduces himself, we humans also have the ability to enjoy sex at times when procreation is not optimal, unlike the animals. It is certainly not wrong to enjoy what God has given us, but we also have to temper our enjoyment in light of the impact our enjoyment may have on our partner, and on others in the community: i.e., one would not want to engage in adulterous sex, for example, because of the harm it can do to others.

I know of no accepted scientific study that indicates that humans are innately bisexual. That again would seem to be purely a matter of choice, although there in some scientific circles, homosexuality is thought to be an inborn tendency.

Is sex a moral issue? Sex is probably THE moral issue to be faced at this time in this culture. Sex has been elevated to a much higher estate than it likely deserves, and can cause much sorrow if not tempered with good sense..

Here are some quotes from The Urantia Book relating to character that you may find meaningful:

Remember: While inherited urges cannot be fundamentally modified, emotional responses to such urges can be changed; therefore the moral nature can be modified, character can be improved. In the strong character emotional responses are integrated and co-ordinated, and thus is produced a unified personality . Deficient unification weakens the moral nature and engenders unhappiness.(140:4.8)

No human emotion or impulse, when unbridled and overindulged, can produce so much harm and sorrow as this powerful sex urge.


Human life consists in three great drives--urges, desires, and lures. Strong character, commanding personality , is only acquired by converting the natural urge of life into the social art of living, by transforming present desires into those higher longings which are capable of lasting attainment, while the commonplace lure of existence must be transferred from one's conventional and established ideas to the higher realms of unexplored ideas and undiscovered ideals.(160:1.2)

It requires a great and noble character, having started out wrong, to turn about and go right. All too often one's own mind tends to justify continuance in the path of error when once it is entered upon. (184:2.12)

And The Urantia Book has this to say about pleasure:

Let man enjoy himself; let the human race find pleasure in a thousand and one ways; let evolutionary mankind explore all forms of legitimate self-gratification, the fruits of the long upward biologic struggle. Man has well earned some of his present-day joys and pleasures. But look you well to the goal of destiny! Pleasures are indeed suicidal if they succeed in destroying property, which has become the institution of self-maintenance; and self-gratifications have indeed cost a fatal price if they bring about the collapse of marriage, the decadence of family life , and the destruction of the home--man's supreme evolutionary acquirement and civilization's only hope of survival. (84:8.6)

When thinking about God and what he might want, I think it is safe to say that what God might want more than anything is that we LOVE one another. If love is our primary motivator, and it is the kind of divine love in the quote below, it is hard to imagine that there is anything in the material world that could be harmed by it.

156:5.11 You are destined to live a narrow and mean life if you learn to love only those who love you. Human love may indeed be reciprocal, but divine love is outgoing in all its satisfaction-seeking. The less of love in any creature’s nature, the greater the love need, and the more does divine love seek to satisfy such need. Love is never self-seeking, and it cannot be self-bestowed. Divine love cannot be self-contained; it must be unselfishly bestowed.

I would invite you to interpret all these quotes with your highest, most spiritual thinking while deriving an answer to your question. "

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