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Mon, Aug. 9th, 2004, 05:51 pm
merrywandering: Coming Out as a spiritual journey

I've been working on a series of articles on "coming out" as a spiritual journey, and I have been trying to think of a Bible character who could serve as a metaphor or archetype. I finally settled on Paul, and would love to know what you all think.

I picked Paul because he started out as a Jew hating Christians, then he became a Christian and spent the rest of his life preaching good news of forgiveness and reconciliation to both Jews and Christians. While passages within his letters can be read as anti-semitic, I think Paul was actually trying to extend the blessings of the Jews on to Gentiles.

If we read Judaism as a metaphor for heterosexuality and Gentiles as a metaphor for homosexuality, then I think we have a powerful image. Jews/straights think they are the only ones blessed, and Gentiles/gays are sinners. Some Jews/straights think Gentiles/gays could only be blessed if they converted to being Jews/straights. But Paul says no, both may be blessed in their own way, by each being faithful to God. Gentiles/gays don't have to convert, because God accepts them as they are. So Jews/straights should be themselves, and Gentiles/gays should likewise be themselves.

What do you think? Does that make sense? Or can you think of a better metaphor in the Bible?