A 17-year-old told his parents, “I don’t believe in God anymore. I no longer want to be a Christian.”
His father listened and then said, “Tell me what else is going on in your life.”
That was it. It’s called cognitive dissonance. According to Wikipedia, “In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time; performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas, or values; or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.”
In short, the teenager was involved in sin. Consequently, reading the Bible or approaching God in prayer made him uncomfortable. People involved in sinful activity typically begin looking for reasons not to believe in God.
Fortunately, there are former homosexuals who have come to Christ and left the lifestyle. Their testimonies give hope to those who are homosexual but don’t want to be. You may read some of their stories on this website: http://ex-gaytruth.com/ex-gay-testimonies/
Here are some interesting comments from a former homosexual at the above website: “I consider homosexuality sin and sickness. Therefore, I think it would be a mistake to accommodate it. I also feel betrayed by fellow Christians who reject the biblical perspective on this issue and for one reason or another have decided to declare homosexuality not only legitimate but pleasing to God. Those who would hold this view devalue Christians who earnestly seek truth and deliverance from the Lord. Don’t ignore us.
“Thanks to God’s grace, Jesus’ redemption and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, the weight of any oppression—in this case, homosexuality—can be lifted. There is hope!
“I am still tempted sometimes to return to the homosexual lifestyle. My hope is in the Lord. I sometimes fall. My hope is in the Lord. I was depressed, beaten and hopeless, but my hope is in the Lord. I was dead and filthy in sin, but the Lord washed me and redeemed me and my life is in His hands.”
- According to www.gotquestions.org : The New Testament says that homosexuality is a “shameful lust” (Romans 1:26), a “shameful act,” an abandonment of “natural relations” (Romans 1:27), a “wrongdoing” (1 Corinthians 6:9), and “sexual immorality and perversion” (Jude 1:7). Homosexuality carries a “due penalty” (Romans 1:27), “is contrary to the sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:10), and is listed among the sins that bar people from the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9). Despite the attempts of some to downplay these verses, the Bible could not be clearer that homosexuality is a sin against God. Homosexuality is not the cause of a society’s decline, but it is a symptom of it; it is the result of people making themselves the final authorities. Romans 1 gives the natural digression of a society that has chosen idolatry and sinful pleasure instead of obedience to God. The downward spiral begins with denying that God has absolute authority over His creation (Romans 1:21–23).