The problems here are translation and culture, among others. The original meaning, in context, of many passages is open for debate. Considering that the nearby Roman culture practiced blatant pedophilia, and the Bible does not seem to comment on that very much, it would seem odd that it would blast a handful of guys who liked other guys so aggressively. I believe- as you apparently do as well- that this is mostly an error of proper translation. To claim that some genetic quirk or other origins out of your control should excuse you from trying to live a godly life, however, is disingenuous. Alcoholism has a genetic basis, and many culturally disliked sexual issues seem to be out of one's control. Is it appropriate to say that drinking is bad... unless of course you are predisposed to it? There is evidence that a tendency towards violence or psychopathy is genetic- would a violent person be able to use the excuse that they were made that way to get into heaven? Personally, I am a Christian who does not take every passage as equally inspired by God, and believe that what is written has to be filtered at least somewhat by who the audience was. Then, of course, there is evidence that Paul did not write some of this, like 1 Timothy, in the first place but that it was written some time later. I would be a lot more comfortable following some of the 'trickier' passages if we were more assured of their divine inspiration- but that is just not the case with the Bible we have, which has gone through 2000 years or more of revision and well-meaning distortion. Sigh.