This is an especially helpful distinction.
One view, which has many defenders among Christians who believe that homosexual acts are sinful, is that the term “same-sex attraction” is the clearest and most precise term for describing the experience of those who are, from time to time, tempted to commit homosexual acts.
However, the distinction between carnal and spiritual friendship makes clear that there are different ways of desiring union with a person of the same sex, some of which are virtuous and some of which are vicious. Unfortunately, the term “same sex attraction” introduces unnecessary confusion by lumping all of these desires in under one category.
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Thanks for posting this. As a gay evangelical Christian who seeks to live out orthodox teachings regarding sexuality, I know that attraction can encompass many different types only one of which is sexual. This is one of the topics I look to explore in a new blog I just started about my journey.
Its all so very complicated, with do many different variations at each complicated level. One size does not fit all. It is up to us all to make sure those in our individual worlds know how we define things.