There may be a divine plan behind gay people.
Christ accepted almost all kinds of people with various basic instincts, prostitutes, tax collectors, violent people etc. Recent debate in Church is about accepting Gay people. The social aspect is very clear that they will ruin the basic structure of family. But the supporting argument is more basic that their nature itself is love the same sex. Can we explain a love to same sex on the basis of history of the church?
I wish to say about Philokalia. It means love of the beautiful. The Song of Songs is one of the most beautiful books of the Bible and one of the most misunderstood. The book has sexual references, and through this book, God endorses sex within marriage. It is very interesting to analyse this book as this describes choosing the right love, waiting for love, a dark night of soul, suffering for a God’s love and a fulfilling of the love. St John of the Cross defines a love and journey in his book, The ascent of Mount Carmel. He says:
“a soul journeys toward that divine light of perfect union with God that is achieved, insofar as possible in this life, through love”.
And he sings:
“O guiding night! O night more lovely than the dawn!
O night that has united the Lover with his beloved, transforming the beloved in her Lover.”
So what is the context of this love in our life? Concept of a woman God is rare and only in some eastern religions. In Christianity God is always male. I believe love to same sex is an invitation to love God. The love of these saints to God is something above a natural love and the nature is they find a lover in God.
St Teresa of Avila describe it as this:
“The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.”
In the Soul’s Desire, St Teresa describes how passionate her love is:
“This mystic union of love divine
This bond whereby alone my soul doth live,
Hath made my God my captive-yet to me
True liberty of heart the while doth give”.
And again in Divine Beauty she sings:
“O Mystic love-knot, that dost bind
Two being of such diverse kind !
Thou fill’st my soul, which hungers still:
Thou lov’st where men can find but ill
Our naught grows precious by Thy might!”
Love of St John of the Cross is more warm:
“How gently and lovingly
you wake in my heart,
where in secret you dwell alone;
and in your sweet breathing,
filled with good and glory,
how tenderly you swell my heart with love”. (The living flame of Love)
“Our bed is in flower,
bound round with linking dens of lions,
hung with purple,
built up in peace,
and crowned with a thousand shields of gold. ……
There he gave me his breast;
there he taught me a sweet and living knowledge;
and I gave myself to him,
keeping nothing back;
there I promised to be his bride”. (The spiritual canticle)
So why we can’t assume the instinct of love to same sex as a divine will of God to love Him in a far more passionate way than many love Him? Since God give us the wisdom and prudence to change our instincts and direct and grow it for good why we can’t make our instinct to love same sex divert to love to God?
“If, Lord, Thy love for me is strong
As this which binds me unto thee,
What holds me from thee Lord so long,
What holds thee Lord so long from me?
O soul, what then desirest thou?
Lord I would see thee, who thus choose thee.
What fears can yet assail thee now?
All that I fear is but lose thee.
Love’s whole possession I entreat,
Lord make my soul thine own abode,
And I will build a nest so sweet
It may not be too poor for God.
A soul in God hidden from sin,
What more desires for thee remain,
Save but to love again,
And all on flame with love within,
Love on, and turn to love again”.
– St Teresa Avila