“On sexuality: Homosexuality is lacking in love only to the extent it is based on the principle of exclusion. Everybody should love everybody. It is wrong to deny the beauty of some souls because of body structures of which you are afraid. This is essentially an unhealthy attempt to limit fear, but fear cannot be limited, just as love cannot have limits.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.18.3:1-4)
When we have homophobic attitudes, we limit ourselves from loving everybody is our world. Jesus takes a very all-inclusive view of people and their sexual orientations in the annotated and complete Course prepared by the Circle of Atonement. We learn that he wants us to focus on love and not to be limited by our fears of that which we might not understand. His statements on sexual orientation are very reassuring to all people.
We close ourselves off in a tiny circle when we fear. We limit our environment by shutting ourselves off from many others in this world. Our restricted views shut us down to love, giving our sometimes unconscious fears the upper hand. This will never do.
The newly published edition of ACIM has much on sexuality, passages that were edited out of previous editions. Jesus is seen to welcome all to his table, and he is seen to encourage us to do the same.
I would extend love to all I meet today and every day. This world needs barriers lowered, not raised. And our culture is beginning to see this more and more.
Be with us in the cultural change that is upon us. From passages by Jesus in ACIM, we see that he is for love, not fear, in our relationships each to the other.
8 thoughts on “Homosexuality”
thank goodness for your loving post – whenever homosexuality is discussed in the context of religion, I worry that it will be in the context of a bigoted rant. you are wise, brave, & kind – much appreciate this, Celia. best to you & yours for 2018
Totally agree. Really nice post. x
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Yes! I believe in an inclusive, loving God and I liked this blog very much. Thank you for sharing these wonderful, loving thoughts. “We are one in the spirit”
Thanx for the post
Hi, I’m curious to better understand the comments in ACIM about homosexuality and just found this article of yours. I’m a bit confused by what you wrote though. The quote you are discussing starts of by saying “Homosexuality is lacking in love”, which to me, seems to be saying that there is a problem with being homosexual. You, however, went on to say that there a problem with homophobia. I would certainly agree with that, but it doesn’t seem to be addressing what the ACIM quote was actually saying. From what you wrote, it seems as if you had read the ACIM quote to be saying “Homophobia is lacking in love”. But that’s not what it says. It says, “Homosexuality is lacking in love”.
So can you clarify what ACIM means by that statement?
I will return to ACIM and try to clarify. Love, Celia
The sentence in the COA edition, based on Helen’s notebooks, has a continuation about “only to the extent” that any sexual orientation “lacks by exclusion.” Homosexuality, pe se, does not necessarily lack by exclusion. This is very important. We are to love all. Here Jesus is not speaking of physical love of everybody. Love, Celia