As I recall - Jesus did not get married and have wonderful children - so perhaps "imitate" is the not The best word to use there.
As I recall, Jesus in his Ministry mostly stressed the way we treat the poor, the oppressed, and the vulnerable. It seems to me that nowadays, this is often spun to make it seem the Jesus mostly stressed obedience and conformity. I am afraid I missed that part of his teachings.
I would have to agree there.
And I also agree with Ian... just because they've claimed to be "cured" doesn't mean that they are. After all, the attraction to men are STILL THERE!!!
The only difference is that they don't act on it anymore.
there's plenty of gay men out there that doesn't act upon their impluses, whenever it be of cultural, religious upbringing or something else. They're still gay.
I've known a number of people that have been "cured" by applying the teachings of Jesus to their lives, not just one teaching here and there, but imitating Jesus as much as possible. In fact, the people I am thinking of are happily married with wonderful children.
there's been TONS of gay men who tried too hard to be straight by having wives and children. Guess what? After a number of years, they finally realized it was pointless as seeing they could NEVER be attracted to their wives at all the same way they were attracted to men. That was the very end of marriage.
the men you pointed out is just deluding themselves in the same way.
I knew a lesbian who's the same way.... I knew her for many, many years. before she got "cured by Jesus" she was an sweet, outgoing person who did many great things for the community....doing blood drives, donating to Karina relief, etc.
But when she got "cured" and got married to some guy... she changed greatly.
She was no longer sweet, became judgmental of nearly everyone and acted pretty much generally like an asshole. She got fat too, because she was overeating as a way to bottle up her real feelings. And you know what she complained often to me and her other friends about? That the sex with her hubby was lousy, that she couldn't even get aroused with him. Well, duh... she's an frickin' lesbian!! she can't even get aroused for ANY men, period!
And you know why she went ahead with that so-called "cure" that was making her so frickin' unhappy? It was because of her religious-crazy family pressuring her to do it... They called her such awful names, said that she was an demon for sinning in such a manner, etc....
it's not just something you do in terms of an choice in your preferences. it's just a part of who you are.... it's part of NATURE!!! something God created, so therefore it can't be against god.
"Cures" like that... What a joke!!
Also... I would just like to say this:
I think the method of "curing" where they have the gays marry the opposite gender is completely evil and vile!!! They're basically toying around with the sopuses' feelings, you know. They didn't marry the opposite gender because of love, it was because they were trying too hard to be "cured". It's basically such things that is denstined to be doomed in the end... snice the gay people can't be attracted to thier spouses. Sure they can get it up, can have children but it's not the same thing. They can't be aroused mentally and feel pyshically attracted to that person... they can't be in love with that person that they married as an form of "cure".
So how will their husbands and wives feel when they find out one day? How will they feel when their gay spouses turns to them one day and says: "Sorry, but I don't think this is working....you didn't cure me at all!!"
And how will their wonderful children handle that fact too when they find out? They just basically found out that their parents' marriage is an big scam, that one of their parents don't even love the other parent at all. And what happens if the gay parent leaves the marriage...?
plenty of kids out there are already having diffculties with their straight parents going though an divorce, etc.. but at least those kids can say that their parents loved each other at one point, and didn't use the family as an attempt to "cure" something that one of the parent thought was wrong with her/him.
Jeez, that's just as bad as kids finding out that his/her gold-digger mom only wanted to get pregnant with them on purpose so that the mom could use them to get a lot of money... and that they're basically nothing more than just moneybags to her.
***** Mod Edit: Sorry, Aurora Moon. I know you feel strongly about this, but the large text is rather jarring. - Hawk