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Piazza, Dean of the Cathedral The Bible In our Judeo-Christian society, the documents collectively known as the Bible serve as the primary guide on most issues. It is interesting that many Christians take literally the references to homosexual acts, while interpreting other text with great flexibility.
One person reported listening to a nationally-known woman speak in her campaign against homosexuality. She spent quite a bit of time quoting impressively from Leviticus.
The listener accepted much of what the speaker said until he realized that, by Levitical standards, the crusader herself had broken many biblical laws — she spoke in church 1 Corinthians What does the Bible really say about homosexuality?
Most significantly, Jesus said nothing at all. Considering the relatively small amount of attention the Bible pays to the subject, we must ask ourselves why this is such a volatile issue. Other subjects about which the scriptures say a great deal e.
Before looking at specific passages, it is important to note that everyone understands the scriptures based on, and through, the light of what they have been taught.
The Bible was not written in a cultural void, and many of its instructions and laws are simply classified as less relevant today e. Nowhere does the Bible actually address the idea of persons being lesbian or gay.
The statements are, without exception, directed to certain homosexual acts. Early writers had no understanding of homosexuality as a psychosexual orientation.
That truth is a relatively recent discovery. The biblical authors were referring to homosexual acts performed by persons they assumed were heterosexuals.
In the story, two angels, in the form of men, are sent to the home of Lot in Sodom. The men of the city became angry and stormed the door.
As a result, they were all struck blind by the angels. There are several problems with the traditional interpretation of this passage. What is threatened here is rape.
The significant point, then, is that all rape is considered horrible by God. The story deserves another reading. It should be noted that not all of the men of Sodom could have been homosexual or there would have been no need to destroy them.
If they had all been homosexuals, they would have all died off leaving no heirs. Quite likely, they were a mixed group of evil men attempting to be abusive to people who were different.
Ironically, lesbian and gay people are often the victim of that same sin. Although the traditional interpretation of the Sodom story fails as an argument against homosexuality, there are several other Old Testament passages that do condemn homosexual acts.
Again, it should be noted that these passages do not deal with same-sex orientation nor is there any reference to genital love between lesbian or gay persons. Homosexual Acts Of thousands of Old Testament passages, only two make explicit reference to homosexual acts: Both of these passages are a part of the Levitical holiness code, which is not kept by any Christian group.
If it was enforced, almost every Christian would be excommunicated or executed. It has been logically argued that science and progress have made many of the Levitical laws irrelevant. For example, fundamentalist author Tim LaHaye states that, although Levitical laws prohibit intercourse during menstruation, medical authorities do not view it as harmful, and, therefore, it should not be viewed as sinful.
Ironically, though, in his book, The Unhappy Gay, the Levitical laws are one of the chief cornerstones of his arguments. Much of the holiness code is now irrelevant for us as moral law. Thus, having children, which was of exceptional importance to the early Hebrews, is now made less relevant by overpopulation, just as the prohibition against eating pork and shellfish has been made irrelevant by refrigeration.
The Bible never addresses the issue of homosexual love, yet it does have several beautiful examples of same-sex love. This ought to strike us as very odd in light of the great threat to Christianity, family life and the American way that some would have us believe homosexuality is.
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