what is bible's view of hormosexual, and how can we apply leviticus 20:13 in our life as christians?
The Bible's view of homosexual person is the same view as that of heterosexual - both are human beings and made of dust. We need to be clear on that fact.
Hence God is concerned with our well being. He understands our predicament and challenges.
However what makes it different and abhorrent/repugnant to Him is the ACT.
What I mean by this is the practice of homosexuality. The IMMORAL lifestyle that goes with it. That's what is condemned in the Bible.
In other words, even though a person is "homosexual in (his/her present) nature" but does NOT commit homosexuality or homosexual acts but remains chaste, then he or she IS acceptable to God. So it's not the outward appearance that God looks at but the heart, the inner person.
On the other hand, if a heterosexual person fornicates or commit adultery with the opposite sex, then that person IS condemned by God. He or she IS NOT acceptable to God, unless he or she repents and abandon such acts. No future in God's Kingdom is reserved for such person.
So in both cases - it's really a choice. One is free to do what one wants to do. But remember:
“. . .Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap; 8 because the one sowing with a view to his flesh will reap corruption from his flesh, but the one sowing with a view to the spirit will reap everlasting life from the spirit.” (Galatians 6:7, 8)
As the Scripture says:
“Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral
, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality
, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom
. 11 And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
All of the persons mentioned above were in a condemned state, but they STOPPED and changed their ways (practices) and thus became approved. Worthy to be called Christians as they were "declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God".
So God's holy spirit in the name of Christ IS POWERFUL! Nothing in this world can stop it. No matter how entrenched a habit is or whatever is in our nature, God's spirit can changed it - IF WE ONLY ALLOW IT TO OPERATE ON US - work on us.
But if a person persist (and continue to do such acts) inspite of the warning given, then in the eyes of God - such persons are already dead.
Dead, like these ones mentioned here:
““‘If a man lies down with a male the same as one lies down with a woman, both of them have done a detestable thing. They should be put to death without fail. Their own blood is upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)
So as Christians, whether by nature we're heterosexual or (presently) homosexual, we must be very careful on what we do. Always mindful of the consequences.
Of course a homosexual person has double the challenge because the URGE to do homosexual acts/practices are much stronger in addition to the pressure of this wicked system of things. Hence he or she must persevere in prayer. Constantly be asking for God's help to fight such strong inclination. And avoid ANYTHING that will promote or arouse homosexual urgings.
Point to remember also:
"Homosexual in nature" is NOT natural by nature but a product of IMPERFECTION we inherited from Adam and Eve.
As such, it's NOT an excuse nor can be used as an excuse to do such "obscene" acts (as in this is what I am so I can't help it). No, just as weakness to pornography is NOT an excuse to indulge in it. Or the propensity to get easily angry is not an excuse to lose control. Failure to fight against such imperfections (or inclinations) will result in God's disfavor. Remember 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, they did it. They changed for the better (became members of the anointed - the holy- ones) in spite of their struggles. So it can be done!
In short - NOTHING is impossible to Jehovah God!
But a dire warning to those who persist - the Scripture says:
“Therefore, God, in keeping with the desires of their hearts, gave them up to uncleanness, so that their bodies might be dishonored among them. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for the lie and venerated and rendered sacred service to the creation rather than the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen. 26 That is why God gave them over to uncontrolled sexual passion, for their females changed the natural use of themselves into one contrary to nature; 27 likewise also the males left the natural use of the female and became violently inflamed in their lust toward one another, males with males, working what is obscene and receiving in themselves the full penalty, which was due for their error.” (Romans 1:24-27)
Hence, the command is:
“... I say and bear witness to in the Lord, that you should no longer go on walking just as the nations also walk, in the futility of their minds. ..
20 But you did not learn the Christ to be like this, 21 if, indeed, you heard him and were taught by means of him, just as truth is in Jesus. 22 You were taught to put away the old personality that conforms to your former course of conduct and that is being corrupted according to its deceptive desires. 23 And you should continue to be made new in your dominant mental attitude, 24 and should put on the new personality that was created according to God’s will in true righteousness and loyalty.” (Ephesians 4:17, 20-24)
“Do not lie to one another. Strip off the old personality with its practices, 10 and clothe yourselves with the new personality, which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it,” (Colossians 3:9, 10)
Once we acquire the knowledge and the "mind of Christ" "continue to be made new in your dominant mental attitude"
And in the New System of Things, all will be brought back to its original purpose and any WRONG inclination will be done away with.
The struggles and the heartaches and pain we're going through right now (no matter what it is) will never be remembered. For God promised:
“. . .And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”” (Revelation 21:4)