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Homosexuality in the Bible

All this hullaballoo about homosexuality and the Bible. Doesn't anyone understand that most of the Bible was written anywhere from 3,200 to 1,900 years ago — the Bronze Age and the Iron Age? Doesn't anyone understand that they didn't think out of anywhere the same terms, concepts, or zeitgeist as we moderns do? For heaven's sake, toilet paper wasn't invented until 1867!

The fact of the matter is, homosexuality was not a sin in Bible times. That won't do for today's holier-than-thou crowd, but it's a simple fact. In many cultures, including that of the Roman Empire, it was accepted that men on their way up in the world would have to pay their dues as an older man's catamite, and that successful men of the world deserved to have their own catamites. After all, women were not encouraged to leave their harems (private rooms, whatever you care to call them), and, then as now, men thought about sex roughly every four minutes, at least. How else were successful and powerful men supposed to (a) get their jollies and (b) flaunt to the world how successful and powerful they were?

There are exactly SIX verses in the entire Bible that appear to condemn homosexuality. Here they are:

So there we have it — a condemnation of homosexual gang rape; two prohibitions of a physical impossibility (and by the way, Lev. 11:6 says very clearly that hares chew their cud!); a scare-tactics announcement of what happens to heterosexual men and women who engage in idolatry; and two condemnations of homosexual rape. Six verses out of 31,174, which in case you're interested is 0.000192468 percent. The Bible also contains 321 verses that condone slavery (1.0297 percent).

The verse in Genesis dates from approximately 920 B.C.E., although it is probably older. The verses in Leviticus were probably inscribed onto parchment around 500 B.C.E., when the highest level of technology available was the war chariot. The verses in Romans and 1 Corinthians date from approximately 60 C.E. The verses in 1 Timothy probably date from approximately 90-120 C.E.

Anyone who claims to be a Christian, however, is compelled to ignore these verses altogether, since they are superseded by the two Great Commandments: to love God with all one's heart and mind and soul and strength, and to love other human beings as much as you love yourself. Period. No exceptions. Jesus did NOT say, “except black people, except women, except homosexuals, except left-handed people, except children, except Romans (or Roman Catholics), except feminists, except liberals.” Jesus said EVERYONE.

If you just said, “Yes, but—”, stop right there. “Yes, but” is NOT Christian.


 

21764 : 05Oct18


Mary W. Matthews


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