The issue of homosexuality is the topic in many of today’s discussions. Should sexual orientation hold the same legal status as race or ethnicity? Should homosexual individuals that want to marry be allowed to marry and be eligible for all the benefits of marriage? Can homosexuals serve in the military? Should homosexuals have the same civil rights protections as does sex, race, etc? Many of those opposed use the Bible to justify their position. This page is dedicated to examining the relationship between homosexuality and the Bible.
It is essential to remember that the term homosexuality is strictly a 20th century term. Prior to this last century, individual were not defined by their sexual preferences. Sexual morality was defined by actions. Whether someone’s actions were right or wrong depend on the actions, where the actions took place, and what was the motivation behind the actions.
Killing another human could be either morally right or wrong. Killing the enemy during a war by military personnel is not murder. Killing someone in self-defense is not murder. Killing someone to protect a third-party from serious harm is not murder. However, killing someone because you do not like him or her or you want something that they have is murder.
There is a saying that states “that it is possible to prove anything from the Bible”—if you take it out of context. The best example is the phrase, “There is no God.” Since the Bible says there is no God, everything else from the Bible must be false. Nevertheless, when you read the full quotation from Psalms:
The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. (Psalm 14:1 KJV)
The obvious meaning from the full quotation is just the opposite of the part that was taken out of context. Another saying is “there is nothing new under the sun.” With each new generation, there are new groups of individuals that use the Bible to prove whatever it is that fits their agenda.
When slavery was popular in some states, the Bible was used to prove that God approved of slavery. The Bible was used to prove that the black man had no soul and, therefore, was not entitled to equal treatment. Later, the Bible was used to prove that interracial marriages were against the will of God. Others used the Bible to prove that attending a movie, drinking any alcohol, attending a dance, playing cards were all immoral, even a woman wearing pants was considered immoral.
We raise the question of whether homosexuality is clearly immoral or, as in times past, part of someone’s agenda and not so clearly condemn by the Bible.
When the word “homosexual” is mention, many times the first vision of many people is the stereotype of a decidedly feminine acting man that sleeps with a different man every night, but as with other groups—it is not typical. Furthermore, the term “homosexuality” refers to many different groups. The first group is those that have no attraction towards the opposite sex. This group will most likely argue that they were born gay and cannot alter their inner feelings.
The second group is those that engage in same-sex intimate relation, but do have an attraction towards the opposite sex. Many of these individuals begin their story with the statement: When I was young, an older man molested me. They became confused about their own sexuality. Under professional care, they can be helped to achieve a normal life. Because they have a sexual attraction towards the opposite sex, they can successfully engage in heterosexual relations. There are also those that were molested as a child; however, they maintain that those events have nothing to do with them being gay.
The third group is consisted of individuals that have put same-sex relations as a part of their religion. Sex has become part of their religion and an extension to knowing their god. Heterosexual relations, as well, can also be elevated to a religion. Rev. Moon and what many will remember as the Moonies, told his followers in Korea that if the virgins wanted to make sure they had a place in heaven, then they should have sex with him.
We found a comment on the ancient practice of combining sex and religion. The comment comes from the “Theological Workbook of the Old Testament” from Moody Press. In the section on “to lie” (TWOT reference number 2381), which discusses the use of the verb as used in Leviticus 18:22 and other passages, the following comment states:
Perhaps one of the most degrading features of pagan religions is the way in which religious and sexual expression were often one and the same thing. It was, however, not sacramentalizing of sex but rather an eroticizing of religion.
Does the passages in Leviticus and the other similar passages refer to homosexuality or are they referring only to this practices that was described in the TWOT? There are many competent scholars that would argue it is not a total condemnation of homosexuality, but only when sex is integrated into the worship practices of religion.
When sexual activity is decreed by religion, the results follow some mighty strange paths. Behavior that is considered right or wrong is elevated to a higher level. Gay children have been kicked out of their home and ostracized from their family, friends, and church peers solely because of their sexual feelings. Treatment methods that are supposedly designed to help homosexual children become heterosexual resemble methods that are more like forms of torture.
One reason is that the nature of sex has been misunderstood in past times. For example, Robert Geis in his book “Same-Sex in Scripture“ in his chapter on “The Sin of Onan” discusses a passage from the Bible. God had killed Er for his wickedness. Because Er’s wife had no child, Er’s brother Onan was obligated to copulate with Er’s wife. Rather than fulfill is his obligation, Onan spilled his seed outside.
Many parents used this passage to punish boys severely for masturbating. Early understandings of how a baby developed assumed that life was in the man’s semen and that a women body was just a fertile field where the baby could develop. The natural conclusion was that masturbation was equivalent to abortion. Science discovered that semen consisted of millions of small sperm cells, and it requires one and only one for conception. It was obvious that masturbation and abortion were far from being the same.
There are many that find the terms homosexual and Christian as contradictory terms. They cannot imagine that a person that is gay or lesbian could also have faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. They talk about statistics that show that many homosexuals have many different sexual partners. However, the number of members of a group that have multiple sex partners says nothing about the remainder of the groups that are in a committed relationship. There are many individual that are in a committed relationship that do not cheat on their partners, and that claim they are Christians and serve Christ daily. The following video presents several gay and lesbians that are Christians that are maintaining a committed relationship, and that were willing to make comments on video even at the risk of possible persecution from others. Many have endured physical and emotion persecution, not for what they have done, but for who they are.
Jimmie wanted to contribute to this project. He, like many other gay Christians, has struggled to resolve the suggested conflict between their orientation and their faith. He talked about those that wanted to “put the fear of God” into him because he was gay. There were others who were open and accepted him for who he was. (Click here to read his full testimony.)
The Bible and Life: A Gay and Lesbian View of Homosexuality and the Bible
Are all homosexual child molesters?
With public opinion trending towards acceptance of homosexuality as an acceptable life style, many of those opposed to homosexuality based on Biblical interpretation have had to find other reason to reject homosexuality, beyond a position that they believe God condemns it as a sin.
Data complied by Gallup Survey. Graph from Dr. Herek’s web site.
It is amusing on how the legal decision and medical issues affects the belief system of the individuals in society.
Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D. does not believe the above question is true. In his blog “Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation,” he discusses the issue and presents evidence to refute the claims made by Timothy J. Dailey from the Family Research Council in his article titled Homosexuality and Child Abuse. There are 76 points, and Dr. Herek refutes each point in his article.
Many have used the assumed facts that homosexuals are more promiscuous than heterosexuals as justification for condemning homosexuals. It makes no difference what the statistics are for which groups has more individual that are promiscuous. This would be like arguing that married men visiting prostitutes as reflecting badly on committed heterosexual unions. It does not matter what the statistics are, they say noting about committed unions. The same is true about homosexual couples. It does not matter what the statistics are because they say nothing about committed same-sex couples.
Gay Promiscuity Causes Breakdown in US Society?
One evangelical pastor remarked that most homosexuals were promiscuous and that this causes a breakdown in society. When informed that most homosexuals were not promiscuous, he said he had seen statistics that proved his point. Patrick Strudwick’s article in the Guardian disagrees with the pastor statement.
We decided to graph the statistics to see what the data actually demonstrated. It is not an easy task to determine the facts. First, the official estimate of the percentage of homosexual in society runs from 2% to 4%. Second, the estimate of the percentage of the population that has had two or more partners in the last year runs from 35% for homosexuals to 12% for heterosexuals. The study also suggests that only 2% of the gay population is responsible for the multiple-sex partners. The article The John Next Door suggests that the heterosexual population is more promiscuous than the statistics suggest.
The current population of the United States is approximately 314,000,000. We created the following graph based on the above percentages. The units are in thousands of individuals.
Chart is showing the number of individuals that have zero, one and two or more partners within the prior year. The units are in thousands of individuals.
The chart shows that even considering the possibility that homosexuals are more promiscuous than heterosexuals the actual number of individuals in a society that are promiscuous is greater for heterosexuals than for homosexuals.
So, this leads us to the conclusion that heterosexual promiscuity is a greater threat to society than homosexual promiscuity, thus disputing the pastor’s assumption.