People have used many excuses to justify their sins and sinful lifestyles ever since Adam blamed Eve for his sin of eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Children, teenagers, criminals and politicians are notorious for coming up with excuses in hopes of deflecting responsibility for their actions and decisions. Back in the 1970s Laugh In, a popular television program, made the phrase ‘the devil made me do it’ very popular and thousands were using it justify doing wrong. I also recall a Time Magazine cover article from years ago that said infidelity is in our genes, linking adultery with the habit of some apes that are not monogamous. The scientist was trying his best to justify man’s unfaithfulness by claiming it’s our evolutionary heritage.
One of the prevalent excuses used today to justify a sinful lifestyle is the claim that homosexuality is genetic and people can’t help it. Supposedly, homosexuals have no choice in the matter believing they are born gay. This is part of the argument that has been used to pass laws making it illegal for parents to seek reparative therapy for their gay and lesbian children. They claim that therapy only damages the child, even though there are many instances when it has helped lead children out of the sinful lifestyle.
If homosexuality was genetic and people have no choice in their sexuality, then shouldn’t both identical twins be straight or homosexual? They share identical DNA which has proven to be a problem in some criminal cases.
Dr. Neil Whitehead has correlated the results of 8 different studies conducted on identical twins in Australia, Scandinavia and the US. He says the studies prove that homosexuality is not genetic, saying:
“Because they have identical DNA, it ought to be 100%. If an identical twin has same-sex attraction the chances the co-twin has it are only about 11% for men and 14% for women.”
“No-one is born gay. The predominant things that create homosexuality in one identical twin and not in the other have to be post-birth factors.”
Whitehead explains that identical twins may share identical DNA, but they don’t always share identical things growing up. He refers to ‘non-shared factors’ that can influence how each twin develops. One twin may be exposed to porn or homosexual people or material when the other twin has not been exposed to the same things.
Whitehead also explains that studies conducted on identical twins shows another factor that led to his conclusion that homosexuality is not genetic. He explains:
“Neutral academic surveys show there is substantial change. About half of the homosexual/bisexual population (in a non-therapeutic environment) moves towards heterosexuality over a lifetime. About 3% of the present heterosexual population once firmly believed themselves to be homosexual or bisexual.”
“Sexual orientation is not set in concrete.”
He also points out that the vast majority of cases where the sexual orientation changed from homosexual to heterosexual took place without any therapy or counseling, explaining:
“These changes are not therapeutically induced, but happen ‘naturally’ in life, some very quickly. Most changes in sexual orientation are towards exclusive heterosexuality.”
There have been other studies done that also prove homosexuality is not genetic and that people do and can have a choice in their own sexual orientation. The truth of the matter is that humans are sinners and will naturally gravitate to a variety of sinful habits and lifestyles. Genesis 6:5 tells us:
“The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Romans 3:23 also tells us:
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Here’s a question to ask those who claim to be Christian and homosexual: if it is genetic, then why did God call it an abomination and that it is punishable by death? One of the basic and foundational tenets of Christianity is believing that God is all knowing, so shouldn’t He have known whether or not homosexuality is genetic or a sin?
If they don’t believe that God is all knowing, then that completely undermines their Christian faith and the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Their faith becomes hollowed out, empty and meaningless. They lack a true understanding of who God and Jesus really are and I often ask these kind of people why they would worship and put their hope of eternity in an inadequate God?