Alan responds to the question of whether or not the classical biblical teaching on sexuality causes violence.
00:05 Doesn't the Christian position that homosexuality is sin inflame violence
00:10 against the LGBT community? Now, there are at least three reasons why I don't think
00:15 this is the case. Here's the first: The view that homosexual behavior is sin has
00:20 been around for like 2,000 years and in fact, much longer if you consider Jewish
00:25 teaching. Has there been 2,000 years of violence against people who engage in
00:29 homosexuality? Now, of course there's obviously been violence against these
00:33 people at times, but the burden of proof would have to be on the people who claim
00:37 it's because of the Christian view that people have attacked homosexuals. You'd
00:43 have to show, for example, that because of Jesus' is teaching on sex and marriage in
00:48 Matthew 15 and 19, for example, that people are committing violence. You can't
00:52 just assert that and think that makes it true. Second, if the Christian position
00:57 that homosexuality is sin inflames violence, why doesn't the Christian
01:01 position on other sexual sins also inflame violence against those sinners?
01:05 Of all the religions out there, Christianity holds that there are many
01:09 people engaged in sin: fornicators, idolators, adulterers, liars, thieves,
01:15 swindlers, you name it. Yet there isn't an epidemic of people out there beating
01:19 other people up because they think the Bible says those people are in sin. And
01:23 third, normal healthy people don't just commit violence against others. Look, I
01:29 mean I hold the Christian position that
01:32 homosexual behaviors is sin, yet I've never committed violence against anyone
01:37 in the LGBT community nor have I ever been tempted to do so. Now, why is that?
01:42 Well you might say, "Well Alan, you know, you're not crazy. You're normal.
01:46 You're a well-adjusted person." Okay, and that's right. Normal healthy people just
01:50 don't commit violence against other people because simply they just think
01:54 they're wrong. Only people who are not mentally healthy do that, which goes to
01:59 show that the Christian view – in itself – does not inflame violence.