I am very new to this discussion group, but have tried several times to post, but it never gets posted for some reason.|
I am encouraged to know that there is a place where Christians such as myself have a place to discuss their feelings, or the nature of their feelings. But some things really need no discussion.
For instance, there is no reason to believe that David and Jonathan were lovers. That is only in someone's imagination. Best friends, definitely. But unless your definition of a best friend means sexual activity, then you can't possibly see David and Jonathan as anything but best friends. (How I envy them both). Read the Greek, the Latin, etc. There is nothing that implies a homosexual relationship. Nothing. The verse about them (paraphrased)"loving with a love that was more than the love of a woman", is a beautiful way of describing their friendship, not their sexual activities.
The centaurion obviously was a good man, and cared deeply for those in his charge, whether it be the soldiers that he commanded, or those in his own household, including his servants. There is absolutely no reason that he was asking Jesus to heal his boy lover. In fact, it's stretching the text so far as to appear ludicrous to me.
As for marriage, a girl was considered a woman when she began her menstrual cycle regardless of the age, and therefore, ready for marriage. A boy was considered a man when the the appearance of pubic hair was undeniable (mustache, beard, etc.)
There is only one sexual bond or union recognized by God. The legal marriage of a man and a woman. There is no need to ponder any other possible unions. The Word of God does not support it, no matter how thinly you may stretch the Word.