I’ve always wondered if the causal link made by St. Paul between paganism or idolatry and the development of homosexuality in Romans 1 is universal or merely specific to the context of his letter.
[quote=Romans 1:22-29]Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.** For this reason** God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error.** And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct**.
Do we take from this the idea that people have same-sex attractions because of worship of self and worship of idols prior to the development of homosexuality? I find this very interesting, but also very worrying, because of my own struggle with this problem.