How Can Sexuality Be Genetic? - 10/05/2008
To say I'm confused is an understatement. To say I'm
baffled would be a gross underestimation. Recently I stated asking my
friends questions about this sexuality being tied to genetics bit, and
I'm not getting too many straight answers.
The whole idea
seems to break down on basic and fundamental concepts of science and
principles of basic reasoning. Unfortunately I don't have an in depth
understanding of the idea, I have a mind after science and logic, but
I just haven't really researched this topic much and even when I try
I find little to no conclusive information. I don't want to straw-man
the idea either, I want the truth, truth is the only thing with real
meaning to it.
The following are the flaws I see, please
correct any errors you can find in them and augment any points or
present new points of information that are not listed:
If one's sexual orientation is based upon genetics alone it would
stand to reason that the attraction would be uncontrollable, those
attracted to the same sex wouldn't be able to have sex with the
opposite sex and then turn around and make out with people of the
same sex. If seuality isn't a choice like the claims are how would
arousal be possible? It would have to be at best for the sake of this
argument a combination of both genetics and mind.
does bisexuality fit into all this? Is there also supposedly a
bisexual gene? If so, where does it occur in the human genome? In
fact where does the homosexual gene exist in the human genome? What
makes it distinct from the gene that would alternate it as the
3) How does a scientist go about
discerning the function of genes? Do they simply hunt for commonly
occurring structures in DNA strands that people of a certain trait
posses and thus conclude that that gene discerns the function of the
If you can answer my questions I would be quite
grateful to you! Thanks for your time!
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi God Chaser. You've raised some great questions that expose flaws in
the reasoning that sexuality (particularly homosexuality) is genetic.
For years the main argument against such came
from Scripture. Homosexuality
is called a sin in God's Word, and God would not regard something
as sinful that was not a choice. In other words, He wouldn't
genetically dispose someone to sin. Every sin in the Bible is a
Building on that were arguments of reason and logic. They start with
the "round hole and square peg" analogy, and move on to examples like
those you've mentioned. Now, however, the human genome has been
decoded. If there were a "gay gene", scientists would have found it.
But alas, that has not happened. Dr. Francis S. Collins, Head Of The
Human Genome Project, has concluded that homosexuality is
NOT hardwired. Among many media outlets, NPR
reported on a study that determined there is no gay gene. This
study was published
in Science Magazine. Even a noted
homosexual activist has agreed with the conclusion that there's no
genetic cause to homosexuality.
As you noted, if homosexuality were hardwired, it would be next to
impossible to go against that biological programming. But people DO
leave homosexuality if they want to, through the power of God. Stephen
Bennett is a former homosexual who has a wife, children, and a ministry to homosexuals.
Another organization that has helped many homosexuals use the power of
God in their lives to leave homosexuality is Exodus International.
People who claim that they can't be anything BUT homosexual - that they
don't have a choice - have not claimed the power of God to conquer the
sin in their lives.
I hope this information and the links I've provided will help you
understand and explain the truth about homosexuality. God bless.