From what i've read, the Bible clearly attributes such activity (homosexual activity) to a deviant lifetyle,
The idea that there is anything clear about the Bible's treatment of homosexuality seems pretty naive to me.
Besides, the issue of the status of homosexual behavior is distinct from the issue of the status of homosexual orientation, which is what I thought we were currently talking about.
Well I suppose my priest and I are naive then. I am quite familiar with what the bible has to say about such matters, and it seems to be rather explicit to me. Perhaps someone could enlighten me as to "alternate" interpretation of these verses which does not outrightly condemn homosexuality?
1 Cor. 6:9-10, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
Rom. 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."
Orientation (in this sense) is nothing more than a tendency or propensity to indulge in one particular sin. Christ makes no distinction between our passions and the sins that they invoke. We are to remain pure in thought and in deed.