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H2 Born Gay: Scientific Fact or False Idol of Bad Science?

The science of whether sexual orientation is biological is pretty sparse and full of disparate, mixed and unreplicated findings.i

I’ll get right to the point. The above line from a USA Today article challenges the simple rallying cry of the gay rights movement, born gay, that is the basis for the huge shift in both the cultural and political attitude towards the LGBTQ community,

The article goes on to elaborate that using that slogan has been “central” to moving the population to their cause, The pro-gay argument is that if people can’t be helped then denying them political rights is wrong.

Christian gay rights activists have extended the logic to how gays should be treated in the church. The Christian gay movement has grown to now include a new theological framework that revises the previous teaching on homosexuality and teaches that homosexual sex in a monogamous marriage is blessed by God. The basis of this is traced back to the born gay mantra. As one pro-gay writer put it, “It’s simply who you are” (so its wrong call the behavior wrong.) ii

The USA Today article further articulates on the born gay debate. It quotes Jane Ward, a university professor and author of Not Gay, Sex Between White Men. Regarding the being born gay issue, Ward says that anyone that supports gay rights has to believe the “born gay” mantra even while many LGBTQ don’t believe it claiming it shouldn’t be necessary for them to have their rights. Ward calls it “almost an obligatory story”. But she further explains that it really isn’t that simple and she says that over time people do take ownership of their queerness (as opposed to being born that way).

The concept that is at stake is fixed versus fluid nature in sexuality. If people are born gay then that sexual nature is fixed. But if it is not fixed then it is called fluid because it can change.

Its a great article (the link is on the endnotes). But, the article dismisses the idea that the opposite of born gay is a simple choice, rather elaborates on the history of the science of sexuality pioneered by Alfred Kinsey and goes on to explain that sexuality is not purely biological but a combination of biology, psychology, and social interaction. Gayness isn’t turned on with a simple decision, rather a complex interaction of biological, social, and psychological factors from the toys kids play with to social interactions to physiological conditions interacting behind the process. Everything points to it being a complicated process scientifically with no clear answers yet. Read the article for all the details but here are some key points.

Identical twins are great cases to show the genetic component involved in an aspect of people lives. The article points out that if one of the twins is gay it is more likely that the other is straight than gay, powerfully suggesting that DNA alone is not determinant in the process that results in a person becoming homosexual.

There are many LGBTQ who do not identify themselves as born gay, rather they say that their sexuality is fluid. They argue that their rights should not need this false slogan, but argue the legitimacy of their cause for other reasons.

Studies that show differences biologically between gay and straight don’t determine whether biology caused the difference or the difference caused the biology. There is an interesting study by Simon Levay of the size of the hypothalamus being different in the autopsies of gay vs straight men that is used to illustrate that point.

This article highlights some of the issues in of same-sex marriage and the promotion of individuals promoting LGBTQ in the church.

Remember, it’s not just Conservatives that cry that the science of “born gay” is flawed, its Pro-Gay groups that argue also that the science is not only not there but shouldn’t be needed. iii “The false belief in biological determinism does considerable damage.” iv The article with that line goes on to say that the reason that scientists and activists alike have promoted this fiction is the fear of the perception that the opposite of born gay is a simple choice. The article also argues the complexity of the process that ends in the way that sexual nature is expressed. This article, by a sociologist, argues heavily on the importance of social construction. In fact, he argues that gender, as well as race for that matter, does have some biological underpinnings, but is more due to social construction than anything else. He cites as an example the Brazilian saying that “money whitens” and enables people of color to move up the social ladder. In the article he calls the born gay argument the “false idol of bad science.”v Yes, the part of the title of this article referring to bad science doesn’t come from a conservative Christian, it refers to a pro gay article written by a sociologist.

This is a huge debate. You can see a pro and con debate side by side at borngay.procon.orgvi. This page is not a debate by average Joes, rather, everyone has a string of initials after their name. The pro side shows actual participants who swear they didn’t make the choice to be gay. They affirm the APA statements ruling homosexuality as normal as scientific proof of the legitimacy of their claim. It includes statements by people who believe that their gayness is absolutely in their DNA.

The Con challenges the scientific basis, begs for the proof of the genetic component of homosexuality and cites the counter cases: people who have changed from gay to straight, the prison phenomenon where individuals become “gay” for their term and then revert to straight when released.

Statements of any type including that homosexuality is not outside the realm of normal behavior by the APA and the AMA are not scientific proof. They are opinions of people with training in their field. Scientific proof requires tests that show reproducible results in a laboratory. Not too long ago both groups had very different stances on this and a host of issues. Of course, everyone believes that both medical science and psychology have advanced with the times. And I certainly go to the doctor and have talked with psychologists, both with good results, although, like a lot of people, not always. But these are organizations that in my lifetime, while I was young, performed vibrator treatments on women to cure hysteria and lobotomies to cure mental illness. My point is that these groups have always been capable of promoting policies that everyone now agrees are unsound. To use their statements now as scientific proof to revise biblical interpretation is at the very least, premature. People don’t normally go to a medical doctor or psychologist for spiritual advice, and this area is no exception.

Sexual issues are very powerful, and complicated. Consequently, they are very hard to deal with. The multiplicity of issues involved in the LGBTQ world are no exception.

The above statement does not mean they are beyond God’s power. As Christians, we say we believe that God has the power to change, to heal, and to deliver. Programs and examples that haven’t worked are not proof that God can’t work in this powerful, emotional, complicated area.

Consequently, Pro-gay Christian proponents that argue the born gay argument and say that the homosexuality as sin doctrine has to be revised because it produces the negative fruits of depression, despair, and even suicide because they were born that way are misguided. That argument only holds if it’s really true that gays are born that way. Not only is there not any proof to justify that position, but counter-proofs like the existence of ex-gays, the testimony of scientists including pro-gay scientists that teach that sexuality is fluid and the testimony of some current gays that sexuality is not fixed besides all these ex-gays professing that fact all lead to the conclusion that the born Gay slogan has been a powerful argument that is still heavily promoted, but is, in fact, fiction.

iUSA Today article “’Born that way’? It’s way more complicated than that dated June 15, 2017 and updated April 10, 2018 located at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/16/born-way-many-lgbt-community-its-way-more-complex/395035001/

iiGod and the Gay Christian, Matthew Vines, Convergent Books, New York, 2014, p. 29

iiiAeon, Why Should Gay Rights Depend on Being Born This Way?, at https://aeon.co/essays/why-should-gay-rights-depend-on-being-born-this-way




August 21st, 2019 Posted by | Homosexualtiy, Koine (Biblical) Greek | no comments

Speak Koine (Biblical) Greek 26 – Lord’s Prayer 6

We are working on the Lord’s Prayer, one piece at a time.  We are now on Matthew 6:13.

Play the link below to learn the verse in Greek and to practice.

Lords Prayer 6 Audio (click link to hear audio, opens in new tab)

And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13)

Matthew 6:13 in Greek

(“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever” is not in the Critical Text or modern versions so I have not included it here.)

Here is a breakdown of the Greek words and their meanings.
Matthew 6:13 Words:

Matthew 6:13 in Greek Breakdown

Practice makes perfect.  Practice saying the verse, as well as the individual words and meanings.


© copyright 2012 Mark W Smith, all rights reserved.



January 18th, 2012 Posted by | Koine (Biblical) Greek | no comments

Speak Koine (Biblical) Greek 25 – Lord’s Prayer 5

We are working on the Lord’s Prayer, one piece at a time.  We are now on Matthew 6:12.

Play the link below to learn the verse in Greek and to practice.

Lords Prayer 5 Audio  (click link to hear audio, appears in new tab)
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)

Matthew 6:12

Here is a breakdown of the Greek words and their meanings.

Matthew 6:11 Words:

Matthew 6:12 in Greek Breakdown

Practice makes perfect.  Practice saying the verse, as well as the individual words and meanings.

© copyright 2012 Mark W Smith, all rights reserved.



January 17th, 2012 Posted by | Koine (Biblical) Greek | no comments

Speak Koine (Biblical) Greek 24 – Lord’s Prayer 4

We are working on the Lord’s Prayer, one piece at a time.  We are up to Matthew 6:11.

Play the link below to learn the verse in Greek and to practice.

Lords Prayer 4 Audio (click link to hear audio, opens in new window)
Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11 EMTV)

Matthew 6:11 in Greek
Here is a breakdown of the Greek words and their meanings.

Matthew 6:11 Words:

Lords Prayer In Greek Breakdown-4


Practice makes perfect.  Practice saying the verse, as well as the individual words and meanings.


© copyright 2012 Mark W Smith, all rights reserved.



January 16th, 2012 Posted by | Koine (Biblical) Greek | no comments

Speak Koine (Biblical) Greek 23 – The first part of the Lord’s Prayer is full of praise.

We have been working on the Lord’s Prayer.  Here is what we have worked on so far:

Lord's Prayer Section 1
(Matthew 6:9b- 6:10 GNT)

Our Father, who art in heaven.
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth, as it is in heaven.

Play the link below to practice the whole section in Greek.

Lords Prayer Section 1 Audio (click link to hear audio)

Practice makes perfect.  Practice saying the verses, as well as focusing on the individual words and meanings.

It is important that we don’t lose focus on what the Scriptures are saying that we are learning here in Greek. The first part of the Lord’s prayer is full of praise. Praise is a very important element in the believers walk. In this prayer Jesus teaches us to praise God, noting how holy his name is, that his kingdom is coming, that his will is done, both here on earth and in heaven. Those are great words of praise.

Isaiah declared:

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise. (Isaiah 43:19-21 ESV)

Isaiah was one of the greatest prophets in the old testament. In these verses he is giving God’s words to us. He is stating, that is. God is stating that he made man to praise him. That makes praise hugely important.

You know, praise is for everything.  I’ve made a list of things for which we can praise God.  Feel free to add whatever you like.

We can praise God (pick all that apply to you):

  • for the new day in the morning
  • for our family, our spouse, kids, parents, siblings, grandchildren, and so forth
  • For the roof over our heads
  • for the clothes on our backs
  • for the food in our bellies
  • for transportation, the ability to get from place to place
  • for the birds singing
  • for the sun shining
  • for the rain that makes things grow, and nourishes us
  • for the snow that makes things bright in winter
  • for being able to move
  • for being able to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel
  • for being able to talk, and communicate, and think
  • for having people to talk to, for friends, associates, coworkers, caregivers, other believers, and so forth
  • for pets
  • for the wonders of the Earth; mountains, valleys, planes, lakes, seas, and all the beauty contained therein with the incredible assortment of trees, plants, animals and creatures
  • for so many creatures from the little ant that teaches us to work in teams and the bees that make the sweet, sweet honey to the ferocious lion, magnificent elephant, statuesque giraffe, and the massive whale
  • for all the current wonders and technologies; cars, cell phones, laptops, TVs, video phones, air travel, space travel, and so forth
  • for sending his only begotten son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, to save us and lead us
  • for giving us his Spirit that we can connect to him and other believers
  • for giving us such a great hope that we will be forever with him

© copyright 2011 Mark W Smith, all rights reserved.

November 14th, 2011 Posted by | Koine (Biblical) Greek | no comments