Friday, June 24, 2011

Homosexuality: Editing the APA Manual, the Bible and the Book of Life

via examiner, By Kevin Probst

In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) declared that homosexuality was not a disease simply by altering its own 81-word definition of sexual deviance.  Presto, just like that, a new declaration made in a moment of time redefined sexual behavior.  The APA still considers Gender Identity Disorder and Transvestic Fetishism to be mental disorders.  If this seems inconsistent it shouldn’t be a problem for the APA to pick up the black marker and strike a couple more disorders from its manual.

 I’m not a Psychiatrist and I confess that I have very little interest in the field.  I wouldn’t know a mental disorder if it were staring me in the face which is probably evidence that I have a few.  But, I’m taken back by what seemed to be a lack of debate on the issue.  If this was a mental disorder on Monday how could it have simply ceased being a disorder on Tuesday because it was blotted from the book?  If a group of oncologists gather and declare cancer to no longer be a disease does it make it so?

 I’m not in total disagreement with the APA regarding their assessment.  I don’t think homosexuality is a disease.  I think it is but one sinful behavior in a long list of sexual sins condemned by the Word of God.  Also on that list is adultery, fornication, pre-marital sex, etc.  Sexual sin is a sub-category of a larger list of sinful behaviors including theft, lying, idolatry, e.g. the Ten Commandments.  It is true that one of these sins is no more or less offensive to God than another.  Sin is basically choosing to have it our own way rather than submit to the authority of God.  It boils down to pride, or as Old Blue Eyes used to sing, “I did it my way.”

So, why address the sin of homosexuality?  Why not address adultery, or theft or deception?  Christians often feel the need to isolate homosexuality because it is being redefined by the culture.  The success of having homosexuality stricken from the APA’s list of mental diseases was intoxicating to homosexual activists.  Naturally, the next step would be to erase homosexuality from the Bible.  It’s referral to homosexuality as a deviant, sinful behavior is very detrimental to the goal of societal acceptance.  It should be easy, just declare it to no longer be a sin and presto, it shall be so.

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