The view of homosexuality in the Venda culture: a Christian ethical evaluation
Masase, Pfananani Thomas
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It is a matter of fact that homosexual civil unions are now fully recognized. This study serves to answer one main question: How should the Venda community view homosexuality as seen from a Christian perspective? The new bill on civil unions raises concern in the Venda community due to the fact that it runs against Venda traditions and Christian ethics. In ancient times homosexuality was regarded as an activity or practice, but in the contemporary world it is not only regarded as an activity or practice, it as an inherent orientation and lifelong pattern. The fact that we are either male or female influences our place in society. Emotionally it colours our attitudes and feelings. The common logic says that homosexuality must be genetic or hormonal, and there is nothing that can be done about it. Such thinking seems logical, but we do not believe it is based in truth. Scripture, the majority of Venda citizens and much secular literature provide evidence that homosexuality, though deeply ingrained and habitually practiced, can be overcome - both as a lifestyle and identity. No studies prove conclusively that homosexuality is inborn. Venda culture upholds the heterosexual marriage and denounces homosexual relationship at all cost, citing that it is a taboo. Biblically speaking, homosexual behaviour is unnatural and flow from men's perversion. Homosexuality is a sin, but it is a forgivable sin in the New Testament. Culturally and biblically speaking, homosexuality is taboo and the ideal relationship that God approves is a heterosexual marriage. If the Bible says that sleeping around is a sin, it will also apply to the one that was born with a strong sexual drive. On the other hand we must condemn all who react to homosexuals with homophobia because treating homosexuals with hatred is transgressing the law of love that teaches us to be the keepers of our brothers and also to love them as we love ourselves. Yes, homosexuals can change as we know that there is nothing impossible with God.
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