Is Heterosexuality Sin?
If a typical person on the street were asked what a heterosexual is, how would he answer? His answer
would be something like this: "It is someone who is sexually attracted to people (or individuals or
members or persons) of the opposite sex." How about if he were asked what heterosexuality is? The
answer would be something like this: "It is a sexual attraction toward people (or individuals or members
or persons) of the opposite sex."
Here are some online definitions of heterosexuality:
"Heterosexuality refers to a set of genetic, chemical and behavioral conditions which lead to an overall attraction to members of the opposite sex in an erotic manner" (Wikipedia)
"Sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex" (Houghton Mifflin)
"A sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the opposite sex" (WordNet)
"Heterosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by romantic love or sexual desire exclusively for members of the opposite sex or gender" (Labor Law Talk Dictionary)
"Having a sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex" (AllWords.com)
"Sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex" (American Heritage Dictionary)
Now, according to these definitions, is heterosexuality sin? Is it a good thing to be a heterosexual?
Please read the definitions closely. These are very typical definitions, and they are what almost everyone would consider to be heterosexual/heterosexuality.
According to these definitions, heterosexuality IS sin.
The key is the plural in the definition. Heterosexuals are sexually attracted to memberS of the opposite sex. Heterosexuality is a general sexual attraction toward personS of the opposite sex.
So let's take an unmarried person for example. If he/she is sexually attracted to ANYONE, he/she is sinning. Thus, heterosexuality in a single person is sin, no matter what definition we use.
Let's take a married person. If he/she is sexually attracted to more than one person, he/she is sinning. Thus, heterosexuality in a married person is sin, if we take the typical definitions (above). However, some of the older definitions of heterosexuality are along the lines of being sexually attracted toward a person OR persons of the opposite sex. Thus, heterosexuality within marriage, AS LONG AS it is sexual attraction toward ONE PERSON of the opposite sex (the spouse) is not sin. (I'm talking about Christians here. Of course any kind of sexual attraction whatsoever in non-Christians, whether married or unmarried, whether it is toward the spouse or not, is sin.) But since this is no longer the typical definition, the world would think that if you characterize yourself as "heterosexual" you mean attraction to more than one member of the opposite sex, and heterosexuality by this definition is sin.
Christians really shouldn't be saying heterosexuality is good while homosexuality is wicked. Both are wicked.