"'I'm 13 and I'm gay. I'm also very worried that no matter how good of a person I am, I'm going to burn in hell for all eternity because I am gay. Is this true?
Dont worry, I think about the exact same thing every single day of my life. But no, you will not go to hell for being gay! As long as you are a good, honest person then you have nothing to worry about. Even tho I'm always worrying about going to hell for being gay, I know that I'm a friendly and honest, good person.
Here's my answer:
Regardless of what you might have heard there is nothing wrong with being gay! You don't mention whether you belong to a particular religious group, but you should know that often times people will tell you that the Bible clearly opposes homosexuality and this is made clear in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. This story is found in the book of Genesis and tells of the inhabitants of the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah who were destroyed for their sinful ways.
One passage, Genesis 19:5 says, "And they called unto Lot, and said unto him: Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them."
People usually interpret the the word "know" as meaning "to have sex with." Some people claim that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were punished because the men of the town "knew" other men.
However, others believe that it was not gay sex that got the town in trouble, but rape. This interpretation is strengthen by the fact that nowhere in Genesis is "homosexuality" mentioned. Interpreting this one passage as being a discussion of homosexuality is often seen as a limited view.
Really, the idea that the Bible is opposed to being gay is just based on individual interpretations. It isn't fact! It is also possible to be religious and gay. The guide to gay life put together a great list of gay-friendly religious groups. You might also want to check out the article on religion and sexual orientation on this site.
Though religious leaders may use the threat of "hell" to deter people from doing things they disapprove of, many people don't believe in hell, even if they are members of a religion that does.