30 Questions

“I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers, only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.” ~ Grace Hartigan

I have a few questions for those (specifically my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ) who voted Yes on Proposition 8 here in California. The rules are simple enough – the more questions you can provide a good, sensible answer to, the more respect you earn.

I’m not necessarily doing this to be incendiary…. However, I can’t help but think that the reason why the issue of homosexuality and gay marriage has gone on for this long is, not because there are right answers that people are ignoring, but because the right questions are not being asked… and that when they are, the people who are confronted with those questions are either too cowardly or too arrogant to answer them head on.

In any case, let the quiz begin:

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, where would you rate yourself in terms of your knowledge about homosexuality, particularly about how it relates to our culture and homosexual individuals today? (1 being “no knowledge” and 10 being “extremely knowledgeable” on the subject)

2. Where does your knowledge come from, and can you back up your information with credible, solid, factual evidence (studies/ statistics/ etc)? If so, please provide your facts and supporting evidence here, and ANSWER WITH CAUTION: what you say here may very well reveal whether or not you’re prejudiced, naïve, and/ or prone to believing stereotypes as fact.

3. If your knowledge of homosexuality comes solely from what you’ve read in the Bible, then please read carefully: There are 66 books (861 pages, NIV) that make up the Bible. In the 861 pages that make up those 66 books, how many times does the subject of homosexuality even get mentioned explicitly? And in each instance, how in depth does it get discussed?

4. Follow up question to #3: If an atheist knows less than 10 (out of the countless number of) things Jesus said in the Bible, how qualified would he then be to engage in a theological debate with, say, C.S Lewis, who, to say the least, understood the Bible and Christ much more thoroughly?

(NOTE #1: If you are still wondering how and why questions 3 and 4 are related, you may stop reading now, forget you opened this journal, and do something more worth your while. If God truly intends to expand your knowledge on the issue of homosexuality and how to deal with it, chances are He either will do it later in your life, and/ or do it through something or someone other than me.)

5. Time and time again, it has been said that knowing God is not about following rules, but the extent and depth of one’s relationship with Jesus Christ. Through our relationship with Christ, we can know and see God (John 14:6). Let me begin to draw a parallel, here: How many close relationships/ friendships do you have with people who are homosexual?

6. Follow up to question #5: If you have absolutely no close relationships with anyone who is gay, spent time with them, talked to them, made a serious effort to understand them, put yourself in their shoes, and LOVE them as Christ loves you, then how qualified are you to speak on the subject of homosexuality if you’ve only viewed it from your side of the fence, and dealt with it only from a distance?

7. Follow up to question #6: Can a man truly say anything wise about God, without first having a close relationship with Jesus Christ?

(NOTE #2: If you do not understand why questions 5, 6, and 7 are related, please refer back to NOTE #1)

8. (SPECIAL grouped question) If Leviticus 18:22 counts as a solid argument against homosexuality to you, especially when looked at alongside John 14:15, then please read Leviticus 19: 19, 26-28, 32… and also Leviticus 11: 10-11. Now, let me ask you: Do you wear clothing of mixed fabrics? Have you ever eaten a steak / hamburger that was prepared rare as opposed to well-done? As a man, have you ever shaved? Have you ever gotten a tattoo? Have you ever jumped to your feet in the presence of an elderly person, or if you were sitting, did you remain seated? Have you ever eaten shellfish?

9. Follow up to Question #8: If you answered Yes to any of the grouped questions relating to Chapters 11 and 19 of Leviticus, then please explain in depth as to how you can use Leviticus 18:22 as a case against homosexuality without sounding like a hypocrite, especially if used alongside John 14:15.

10. If you believe that the story of Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction counts as a case against homosexuality (rather than inhospitality), then please explain why cities with a significant “gay” demographic such as San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, and Amsterdam are still standing.

11. Follow up to question #10: If you believe that the story of Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction has anything to do with homosexuality as it is understood today, then please provide the number of instances since Sodom and Gomorrah in which foreigners spent the night in a city, and all the men of that city came to the house they were staying in and demanded to have sex with them.

12. Read Genesis 19: 4-5. If all the men that were eager to rape Lot’s guests could indeed be labeled homosexual, does this then mean that all incarcerated men who commit prison rape are homosexual as well? Why or why not?

13. For those of you who are familiar with the story behind former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy’s extramarital affair with another man (you can get a quick briefing on it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_McGreevey) , let me ask you: while McGreevy was indeed committing adultery with a man, the fact remains that, beforehand, he had been married to a woman for 8 years and even had children with her. Does this then mean that he is a straight man nonetheless? Why or why not?

(depending on how you answered Questions 12 and 13, I might ask you to refer back to Question 1 and re-evaluate yourself)

There are also, of course, a few instances in the New Testament in which homosexuality is mentioned… although the only instance where it’s discussed in more than just one or two words is Romans 1:26-27. For now, however, let’s examine a verse in which Paul (the only author of the New Testament to say anything at all about homosexuality) merely mentions it in passing.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NLT)

Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers – none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.

Now, homosexuals are only one out of the 10 groups of people Paul lists in verses 9 and 10. Adulterers are another one, which brings us to question number 14 on this quiz:

14. (SPECIAL grouped question) How did Jesus define adultery in Matthew 5:27-28? Once you know Christ’s definition of adultery, ask yourself if you have ever been guilty of adultery, and if you have ever been guilty of it even after accepting Christ into your heart?

15. Follow up question to #14: If you answered No on question #14, please refer to Exodus 20:16 and Matthew 12:36, and explain what exactly those two verses mean to you, if anything.

16. Follow up question to #15: If you answered yes on question #14, but you use 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 to argue against homosexuality, and that homosexuals are indeed going straight to Hell, no questions asked… then please explain why you believe that Jesus is not referring specifically to you in Matthew 7: 3-4.

Now, for Romans 1:26-27. This, along with Leviticus 18:22, is probably the most famous verse used to condemn homosexuals. This is also the same pair of verses that should have gotten Christians (particularly those who are married) asking some serious questions once the issue of gay marriage became inescapable. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but I’ll ask it here. Before that, however, let’s see what the verse actually says.

Romans 1:26-27 (NIV)
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way, the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Let us assume, first and foremost, that you have chosen not to believe that this verse was taken out of the context of loveless, emotionally cold homosexual sex that was one of the many acts resulting from idol worship (see Romans 1:25), and that you are instead choosing to take these verses at face value. Now, let’s take a second look at the relations discussed in those verses:

“God gave them over to shameful LUSTS/ the men… were inflamed with LUST for one another”

Which now brings now to…

17. Since lust is the only emotion described in Romans 1:26-27, does this then mean that lust is the only emotion that homosexuals feel towards one another?

18. Follow up question to #17: If it is indeed true that a hunger for sex is all homosexuals feel towards each other, then please explain why they would have any desire at all to get married.

19. Follow up to question #18 (those of you who are married, PAY ATTENTION): Is marriage an act of lust? Please explain why or why not.

20. (specifically intended for Christians that are currently in loving, satisfying marriages) Please list the reasons why you married your husband/ wife.

21. Follow up to question #20: Did it ever occur to you that gay couples have a desire to marry for the exact same reasons you listed?

22. Follow up to question #21: If indeed gay couples desire to marry for the same reasons you did, yet their desire is sinful while yours is not, then please give an in depth explanation as to how you are not guilty of what is being described in Proverbs 20:10.

23. Assuming that you refuse to believe the basis of question #20, and that the only single reason gay couples desire to marry is because of sexual desire, then can you provide solid, credible, factual proof of that? If so, please review Questions #1-2, and more importantly #5-7, THEN provide your proof here. And while you’re at it, be sure to also explain what is so sexual/ lustful/ frivolous about this

The purpose of Proposition 8 here in California was to ban gay marriage and make it illegal. It’s main slogan? Protect Marriage, or the sanctity of marriage, to be more specific. Which brings us to…

24. Is the union of a man and a woman the ONLY thing that is required to make a marriage sacred?

25. If you answered Yes to question 24, does this then mean that arranged marriages, marriages done out of convenience, marriages done for the sake of money, and marriages that occur between two drunkards in the Elvis chapel at Las Vegas are ALSO sacred, just so long as it is between a man and a woman? And if not, why are there no constitutional amendments trying to put a stop to those kinds of marriages as well?

While discussing the sanctity of marriage, it should be noted that marriage has been very commercialized and publicized in our culture today. Here’s a short list of the number of reality TV shows that have been based on marriage. The titles are more or less self explanatory, but you can always look them up if you want more details on them:

Who Wants To Marry A Millionaire?

Who Wants To Marry My Dad?

Joe Millionaire

Married by America

The Bachelor/ The Bachelorette

Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica

Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave

26. Do any of these reality shows desanctify marriage in any way, shape, or form? And if so, why do many Christians spend more time in front of the TV watching these shows instead of protesting at the studios/ locations in which these shows are filmed?

27. Please explain how one could be against gay marriage to protect the sanctity of marriage, and be entertained by marriage reality TV shows (in which many of the televised couples either fail to marry at all, or end up divorcing sometime after) without sounding like a hypocrite.

28. Seeing as to how divorce is the one obvious thing that completely destroys a marriage in the most obvious way, why is there no Constitutional amendment banning that? Is it because gay marriage is a larger threat to the sanctity of marriage than divorce?


In relation to question #28, please keep in mind that the national divorce rate in America stands at about 50% for a couple’s first marriage. The divorce rate for 2nd and 3rd marriages are even higher. Now, the percentage of people who identify themselves as homosexual is widely believed to be around 10%, although some argue that that percentage is even lower. Either way, it then means that the percentage of homosexuals who desire to marry must consist of either that entire 10% or lower.

And finally….

29. Refer back to the questions 17-23, which discussed Romans 1:26-27 in relation to gay marriage. If, by some miracle of God, you have finally come to understand that the issue of homosexuality is something that goes much deeper than being a mere issue of the flesh (refer back to Question #1 and start this quiz again if you still believe otherwise), then how would you deal with the issue of homosexuality and gay marriage when you realize that it is an issue of the HEART?

30. Please explain, in as much detail as you can, how and why this is disgusting in the eyes of God, and not merely in your own opinion.

If the point I’ve been trying to make with this quiz still hasn’t sunk in, I’d like to offer you one last opportunity to be a good Christian:

Leviticus 20:13The penalty for homosexual acts is death to both parties. They have committed a detestable act and are guilty of a capital offense.

Well, there you go! While I have been celibate since accepting Jesus into my heart, the fact remains that I’m gay and have “committed homosexual acts” in the past. Feel free to buy a rifle at your nearest gun shop! And once you have, guess what? The next time you come across a rally in which gay people fighting for the right to love each other without fear, you can take your rifle, start a little massacre, and tell everyone you did it because you love Jesus!! After you’re done with that, feel free to contact me via RedBubble. I’d be happy to give you the address to my house so you can pay me a little visit as well. You can aim the gun at the door right after you ring my doorbell.

After I open the door to greet you, you can pull the trigger… and as you watch my brains splatter on the opposite wall, you can hold your head up high, and expect that when you finally see God face to face, He will say

“Well done, my good and faithful servant!”

It’s not like you can refuse the offer, right? After all, a Christian who merely picks and chooses what he likes from the Bible isn’t worthy of being called a Christian, yes? The only kind of Christ follower who deserves that title is one who follows every single command in the Bible literally, correct?

So I suppose if you stand by Leviticus 18:22, you might as well follow up and carry out Leviticus 20:13. Sounds like tons of fun, doesn’t it?


Just remember that when you do it, you’ll need to be unshaven, tattoo free, wearing 100% cotton with no mixed fabrics, and you’ll need to have never eaten shellfish or rare meats during any time in your life (see chapters 11 and 19 of Leviticus). After all, it’s just like Jesus said – only the one who’s never sinned is really qualified to throw a stone. I suppose the modern day equivalent would be along the lines of “let he who is perfect be the first one to pull the trigger”

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