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ammi
 
Joined in 2011
January 6, 2012, 19:35

Hi Sarab…


I like what your friend said about things BEING different for you already now… you have made significant changes – not only inside yourself in your inner landscape, but also in your outer world. It is really wise advice to just 'be'… to consolidate the changes you have made and live in the present, which is all that any of us has… words I need to hear too.


You have opened up yourself to greater vulnerability, even by particpating in such an honest way with us in this forum.. and this vulnerability will attract people to you so I trust you will find your relationship circle widens and deepens… that is really all we can do… and see what happens.


Take care today

ammi



Princess _Fiona
 
Joined in 2011
January 8, 2012, 01:27

Hi Sarab


Was nice to catch up with reading your postings, glad you are doing well and I hope that 2012 brings you all your hearts desires. Sounds like the new church is just what you were needing. Glad you have supportive friends who are now more accepting. Take care of yourself and may you be surrounded by love,hope, good health and happiness.



sarab
 
Joined in 2011
February 7, 2012, 22:15

Hi all,

It's been a little while since I last posted and I thought I'd just say hi and to let people know that I continue to read the posts, stories and responses on the site and find it so enormously encouraging and helpful. Thanks to all who post and to those who so wisely and sensitively respond.

After what seemed like a lot happening all at once in my mind – coming out to myself, leaving my church, finding a new GLBTI affirming church, coming out to a few friends… doing a lot of soul searching, crying and thinking about where my faith fits in, reading articles, posting on f2be, reading an evangelical anti gay book sent by a friend who is concerned about me, & writing to that same friend to express how I felt about the book and telling her that while I value our friendship I deeply disagreed with the stance taken in the book,,,,talking with a counsellor, and most recently deciding to discontinue going to the Bible study group I have attended for a couple of years (connected with my old church)…. well – after all this – things are kind of bit more quiet in my mind.


I am beginning to settle into the new church – and this has also been a huge shift. It is quite different from church as I have known it – and quite apart from knowing it's a safe space in terms of acceptance of same sex relationships – it has been liberating yet simultaneously a bit scary to be in a church that rather than telling me what to think…. encourages me to think.


On reflection – a lot has happened in my mind and also on a practical level in a relatively short period of time.


There is a part of me at the moment that is scared that I will just slip back into my complacent avoidant pattern… I have ignored myself as a sexual being or as a person who could love or be loved for so many years – I am a bit scared that I will just slip into this avoidance again. I have been so driven over the last few months to "address things" – to "move forward" – and now – I am not 100% sure of what I should do next.


Some wise people 🙂 have told me that things take time…. and that in fact change & growth can continue to happen even if we don't feel like it is or even if we are not actively "doing" anything. I think this is probably the case – but nonetheless – i do feel at a bit of a standstill.


I am a little bit disconnected from myself at the moment – find it hard to engage with or connect with the self that has been on this journey of new awareness and of accepting myself as gay. Maybe this is self protective – I am not quite sure.


Anyway – for the most part things are OK. I am so grateful to have found a church which I like. I am not out amongst the church community – and this remains an inner struggle.I am still figuring out how to represent myself to myself – let alone to others. However I am hoping that i will sort this out in time.


Oh by the way – my friend has not yet responded to my letter – although she has been in touch and sent me a Christmas present and has let me know that she will in time respond to what I have written. Undoubtedly she will be very concerned for my spiritual state of mind.


That;s about it for my update 🙂


Sarab



Anthony Venn-Brown
 
Joined in 2005
February 27, 2012, 11:22

Great to meet u yesterday. Hope u enjoyed meeting all the gang



sarab
 
Joined in 2011
February 28, 2012, 21:34

Thanks Anthony – yes it was really nice to meet some of the f2b people – and I was incredibly moved by the documentary – so well made – important for these stories to be told and so courageous of each person who shared their story.

Thanks for the warm welcome.

Sarab.



Princess _Fiona
 
Joined in 2011
February 29, 2012, 01:15

Hi sarab


Glad you got to documentary, its sounded so great and am so happy it was a sucess and well supported. Good to hear you got to meet some f2b people there. Sorry I missed going, would of loved to have gotten to say hi.


Hope your doing well, hopefully catch up with you at another time.


Hugs



sarab
 
Joined in 2011
March 1, 2012, 12:20

Hi Princess Fiona – yes sorry you weren't able to get to the doco too. Maybe another time 🙂

I continue to push through what at the moment seem like some pretty big issues. Questions around what it means to be authentic, confronting my own inner fears about being vulnerable, about allowing myself to open up to another person, about being seen as weak, needy or "high maintenance" – yep! Some cheery old questions i am currently sorting through!

However, I think I keep making small steps in the right direction -I am looking forward to a time when I can be less introspective, less self focussed and get on with being a bit more useful to others! All this navel gazing is a bit exhausting.


Hope this note finds you feeling OK at the moment.


Sarab xx



ammi
 
Joined in 2011
March 1, 2012, 17:20

Hey Sarab… some pretty big issues and questions there.. no wonder it is exhausting… trust you are finding and making opportunities for re-creation and connection… such important parts of the journey of self-discovery…


Hang in there and be kind to yourself.

Gently.

ammi



ShadowBoxer
Moderator
Joined in 2005
March 1, 2012, 18:54

Hi Sarab


I´m glad you posted your story.

Many people here have had to work through reconciling their sexuality and their spiritual beliefs. This is something that takes time and everybody has a different journey and there are a lot of Unique answers out there….

Some find a way to remain in their church. Some move to new churches that are more accepting, Some retain their beliefs but don´t attend a church any more and others leave the church and find a new spirituality. Some are celibate and some are not.

Freedom2Be of course doesnt tell you the solution – but hopes to help you find support to find your solution.


I believe however – that you need to find what works for you. I can tell you that I believe that Gods perfect plan DOES involve same sex partnerships.

I took a long time to reach that decision and Im quite sure of it. The church once taught that the world was flat, that the sun revolved around the earth, that slavery was ordained by god and that women shouldn´t vote. These were things that the church was adamant was Gods Plan and now we know it wasnt.


The interesting thing is that the term ¨Christian¨ means ¨like christÎ… and for all the discussion over definitions of words – I think if you call yourself a Christian you should look to see what JESUS did and said.

Jesus did not have an obssession with sex as a sin. He felt that telling lies and hypocrisy were the main sins and these were the sins he taught against. What he did say was not to judge others…. and in the area of sexuality this is wise. I think Jesus didnt think sex stuff was such a big issue. He preached against different sins and those are the ones I would worry about – not the ones that people have made up which – by judging others they are actually disobeying Jesus.


Sexuality is a complex area. There are a range of sexuality covered by the term – intersex. For many of these you can not look at a person physically and decide whether they are male or female. In some cases, lab testing is needed – and in some – a person isnt male or female. My point here is that we know now that you cant tell someone´s gender by just looking at their genitals. Sometimes that will work – but not always and you wont know – just by looking – that you are wrong. There is also the tragic case of David Reimer – who was born male – but due to an accident was reassigned as female and brought up as female. Despite the upbringing – David knew he was male – and it ended tragically. But it and other cases show that we dont choose our gender – and upbringing cant change it.

Research shows that male and female sexuality are different, and it also shows that there is not a single pathway to homosexuality. What is clear is that it occurs naturally (as in its documented in many different species) and it occurs in human communities with a fairly standard rate – whether the community is accepting or not and all across history.


This tells is we were made this way (in the vast majority of cases anyway)…

Science and Medicine are fairly clear now that homosexuality is not a choice. There are many books on this subject – Im a big fan of a separate creation by Chandler burr but there are others.


Some churches are (as they were in the past) slow to come to terms with this but facts are facts and will remain facts.


So that leads us to the question – if this mattered – why would god create us that way – just as he created .

We can never really know the mind of God and people who say they do – are really showing they don't believe in an Omnipotent and omnipresent God and really just believe in an man as God because they limit him their experience and understanding.

I do believe tho that we people are created they way by God AND that its a gift to be homosexual. To deny that gift is – in fact denying God – and while people may have once have once had an excuse for denying Gods gift – we don't have that excuse anymore. Just as we have no excuse for denying rights to different races or Genders (or to people of indeterminate Gender)


These are my thoughts anyway – what is important is that you resolve the issue – not based on some people who don't know what you are feeling – but that you resolve it to your satisfaction.


I personally also recommend the ¨Study New Testament For Lesbians, Gays, Bi, And Transgender by A. Nyland¨

this is a new testament translation which is focussed on being correct rather than being theologically non controversial. Its a scholars translation and so it doesnt translate words a certain way due to political or finding issues – and these are significant issues and in many verses the translations are translated – not according to what that work actually means but what they want the verse to say.


Sorry to be so long – and we all need to find our own solution and also my experiences as a gay man will be socially different to yours in many ways (because society treats perceived males and females differently) – but I'm hoping that this (very brief) rundown of my solution it might help you start looking for yours.


Good luck and feel free to post more questions.



sarab
 
Joined in 2011
March 3, 2012, 16:23

Hi ShadowBoxer

Thanks for taking the time to offer some words of encouragement.

I have indeed found freedom2be a great support. I am also fortunate to have found a church and with it a community of people which is also supportive of GLBTI people – and where I can at my own pace sort through my own stuff without fear of judgement. This has been an enormous blessing – surely in itself a gift from God.

I will look out for the translation of the NT by Nyland as you have suggested – i am guessing it won't be stocked in your average Christian bookstore 🙂 so I will look out for it online.

Many thanks

Sarab.


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