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What Does the Bible Say (Part 1)?

Let's take a moment to see what the Bible says about homosexuality and same sex marriage. Let's start by defining homosexuality (yes, believe it or not there are people who will argue about the defmition). According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, homosexuality is defined as: "The quality or state of being homosexual" and "erotic activity with another of the same sex" Continuing with that, homosexual is defined as: "Of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex" and "of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex" The actual term "homosexual" was not invented until the late 1800's, even though the practice has been in existence for thousands of years. In Genesis Chapters 18 and 19, we witness the account of Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction due to their sexual perversion. In this account, Lot, the nephew of Abraham, is living in Sodom. Two angels travel to Sodom and after being invited into Lot's house for the night, the house is surrounded by "all the men from every part of the city of Sodom-both young and old... ""They called to Lot, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.'"

God never singled out and destroyed any other cities in this manner. The sin of homosexuality was so offensive to God that He annihilated both cities and everyone in them. The Book of Leviticus is where God laid down His laws to the Israelites. Homosexuality is addressed in both Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Leviticus 18:22: "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination." Leviticus 20:13 "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them."

Here God is clearly telling the Israelites that homosexuals are so detestable and an abomination to Him that they should be put to death and that their guilt is on their own shoulders. I'd like to make two points here: 1. The term "bloodguiltness" or in the NIV Bible "their blood will be on their own heads" indicates that a person decides to indulge in these deeds. Many homosexual activists would have us believe that homosexuality is a genetic trait and not a conscious choice. We'll talk more about this aspect of homosexuality later in this article. 2. God tells us that He is unchanging. He is the same, "I the LORD do not change".3 A question we must ask is, "If God finds something to be detestable and an abomination in past times, would an unchanging God find them to be good and normal today?" Of course He wouldn't. He's unchanging! Some might try to make the claim that because God, in Exodus 21:17, also commanded that any son who curses his mother or father should be put to death, this in some way diminishes the law stated in Leviticus, since of course these days, we would never put a child to death for cursing his parents. Actually it does not diminish the laws of Leviticus at all. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-18: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." One convoluted argument that I've heard is "that Jesus never spoke specifically against homosexuality". Well, Jesus never spoke specifically against murder either, but is there anyone who believes that murder is acceptable because Jesus never spoke specifically about it? I think most of us would say "no". Because Jesus didn't speak specifically about something does not absolve us of attempting to determine, from God's Word (the Bible), what God (and Jesus) would want us to do about it. It should make us very happy that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, thus removing the need for us to be put to death for violating the law.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward