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You need a big old preachy rant that's on YOUR side for once - so I'm gonna give it to you, right about now.
Give yourself permission to prioritize no authority before the voice of God within you - your Higher Self, your Guides and Guardians - those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
You really can't trust any other source of wisdom before your own - they'll have to get in line behind your heart.
It's unfortunate that so many Protestant Christians have forgotten that the entire reason why they exist - a very worthy goal, I might add - was so that we can ALL have the imminent spiritual RIGHT to communicate with God directly - without middle men, interpreters, etc.
Who could possibly claim - given this premise of individual freedom - to have a hot line to the divine that's somehow a Better Connection than anyone else's?
Since when did mere humans start designing gender identity for the rest of the souls in the Universe? Was that a Microsoft Update I missed?
You will have no confirmation of God's authority external to the voice of love within you. If your connection is working, that's the best you're going to get. It also happens to be the only one you NEED.
There really is no authority - in your reality - beyond the heart, soul, and mind that you brought into this life. Your life is jacked directly into the same source "theirs" is - and of course you're getting different answers - you're asking different questions.
Just so you know - many spiritual traditions not only allow homosexuals to participate, they honor it, as one of the many infinite flavors we come dressed in - and that includes many Christian denominations.
If you want to take it a step further, I encourage to explore the Goddess Based Traditions that will jar your spiritual memory concerning the feminine aspect of God.
If it really comes down to a Bearded Man and A Fat Lady in The Sky, I'm placing my bets that it took both of them to create you - and that no mortal humans in your immediate vicinity were consulted for advice about the process...
This really goes beyond Homosexuality or Gender - one thing that is true for all people and all faiths - the Creator is responsible for all designs - there is no room to edit out anything in Nature by slapping it with the ridiculous label "un-natural."
Calling something Evil is the lazy person's way of skipping the wisdom that fear has to teach them - and telling themselves it's okay to stay in that mode. It's a cop-out. It's certainly less work.
Hate comes with many free, easy to load templates. So far I haven't encountered anyone - regardless of sexual preference or any other useful self-image - who has found much wonder and joy in her life without willfully making some challenging modifications and customizations.
Renovate your soul and your heart - start by ripping down the contributions to your spiritual identity that you don't care for - I don't care where they came from, who put them there, whether they are your own guides or the Devil himself - if the Messages you find hanging around in your consciousness don't have something wonderful to say about you - they have no place in your life. They are a tangle of attachments - cords - like a bad fire-hazard behind a Christmas tree.
If all you're left with when you're done is an empty Grinch-robbed shell of a spirit - be a Who and celebrate - you've finally made room to fill your life with love - and if you have to string together the first specks of love to redecorate sitting on the floor by your lonesome - go for it, Girlfriend! It will not be long before others recognize your talent for carrying nothing but home-spun love and will delight in hanging out with and helping you redecorate.
Find your compassion for those who can't assist you or won't participate out of ignorance and fear - this is their choice. You are in the unique position of exercising your greater heart and capacity for love. The one thing that their fear will not survive is your love. Make sure you love yourself - it's the one infinite source of power that is entirely your choice, that you can never run out of...
The best way, I've found to determine whether you can trust a source of spiritual wisdom - and this works with spirit guides, deities, diseases, angels - and holds true for all these well-meaning but misguided Mortal Human Sources of information as well -
Anyone who has your best interests at heart will NEVER deliver guidance that doesn't support and love you unconditionally.
Anyone who wants to place conditions and limitations on the wisdom and love they share is NOT trustworthy.
It's really quite simple - which Source loves you and loves you loving yourself?
Any other agenda or motivation can not be trusted. Any other source is circumspect and possibly shady... even if they don't mean to be...
You have to choose to believe that you are already everything you've ever wanted to become - that you are exactly as God intended you to be.
There is NO absolute divine evidence to the contrary.
Anyone who refutes that is either the Author or the Gossip of an unconfirmed opinion. If God has started handing out definitive judgment on Sexual Preference - quick, while we have Her on the line, shouldn't somebody ask Her if She has any advice about anything else we might actually find important? Like War or Global Warming, maybe?
Or has the threat of Lesbians eclipsed all other threats to Mankind while I was signed off-line?
Last edited by Slade; 12-13-2006 at 08:17 PM.