.. saying, The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants forever.” He got up and left; and Jonathan went into the city. (1 Samuel 20:41-42) Finally at Jonathans death David concludes his grieve with his words: I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of a woman” (1 Samuel 20:41-42) This suggest that the relationship between Jonathan and David was more than a friendship and it leaves you feeling sorry for the boys that King Saul did not respect their relationship. Other examples of positive instances of homosexuality in the Bible is in the book of Ruth 1:16-17 and Daniel 1:9. There is no historical evidence in the bible to defend the homophobia of people today.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 states, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral..nor homosexual offenders..will inherit the kingdom of God.” The Hebrews words that are translated into homosexual in this text are arsenokoita and malokoi. The translations of these vary but we know the general meanings of the words. Malokoi has no specific reference to honogenitality. Various interpretations of this word are effeminate, boy prostitute, or sissy. The word arsenokoita on the other hand, makes reference to male same-sex acts. It is often interpreted as homosexual, sodomite, child molester, pervert, or person with infamous habits.
The translators of this combined the two words malokoi and arsenokoita into one and came up with homosexual. Although in a later (1977) edition of the bible the words were changed to read”sexual pervert” and then once again in the 1989 New Revised standard version translated the two words separately as “male prostitutes and sodomites.” As the author of What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality says, it seems that as prejudices changed, so have the translations of the bible”(Helminiak). The church is run by patriarchy and whatever they interpret to be evil is, therefore they view homosexuality as evil and everybody believes it. The parable written in Genesis 19:1-11 and in Judges 19:22-25 is the story of “The Sin of Sodom.” The parable is that of an old man who welcomes two angels into his house to stay the night in safety. Soon after the angels settled in, all of the men of the town of Sodom came to the old mans house and demanded that he turn over the two strangers to them so that they could have sex with the two strange men.
The old man told the men no and that this was a wicked thing that they wanted to do. Instead, he offered the men of the town his two young virgin daughters, and said that they could do whatever they wanted with them if they left the two young men alone. That night the daughters were raped by the men of the town and left on the porch to stay there until sunrise. The next day the angels left the city of Sodom with The old man and his family and the Lord destroyed the city of Sodom. This parable is one that is very famous for justifying homophobia among Christians.
The very word sodomite was taken to refer to someone who engages in anal sex, and the sin of Sodom was taken to be male homogenital acts. The old man claims that what the men of the town is a sin against God and is even willing to give up his daughters virginity to stop them from committing such an evil deed. The word for sex was originally interpreted as “to know.” In the days that this story took place “to know” did, sometimes, have sexual implications associated with it. Whether this story was one of those cases or not is disputable. It could have meant that the men of the town simply wanted to find out who these men were because they didnt like the fact that the old man was inviting strangers into their town. Another way of looking at the phrase “to know” is that it refers to not only male-male sex, but also male-male abuse and rape (Helminiak).
The author of The New Testament and Homosexuality thinks that the sin this parable is referring to is not that of natural homosexuality but rather that of homosexual acts by people who are not homosexual “a pervert is said to be a person who engages in acts contrary to his or her orientation. Thus a heterosexual person who engages in homosexual activity is a pervert, just as a homosexual person would be who engages in heterosexual acts” (p14 Scroggs). Although, some insist that this sin in this parable is nothing to do with homosexuality at all. They say that it refers to the sin of inhospitality. There was a cardinal rule in Sodom that said citizens of Sodom were to offer hospitality to travelers because the nights in the deserts were so cold the results of spending the night in the desert could be fatal to the traveler. This rule was so strict that people couldnt even harm an enemy who had sought refuge for the night.
So, The old man believed that he was upholding the law of hospitality by not exposing his guests to the abuse of the men of Sodom (Helminiak). There are many passages from the bible itself that proves that the sin in this parable was that of inhospitality. “The prophet Ezekiel (16:48-49) states the case baldly: this was the guilt of you sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, surfeit of food and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. The sin of the Sodomites was that they refused to take in the needy travelers” (p40 Helminiak). Jesus himself makes reference to Sodom, and the issues is rejection of Gods messengers in Matthew 10:5-15: “These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ..Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave..If any one will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.
Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than of that town.” In this reading there is absolutely no reference to sex but a direct reference to the rejection of Gods messengers. There are other less direct biblical references to Sodom: Isaiah 1:10-17 and 3:9, Jeremiah 23:14 and Zephaniah 2:8-11. The sins listed in those places are injustice, oppression, partiality, adultery, lies and encouraging evildoers. “The Bible often uses Sodom as an example of the worst sinfulness, but the concern is never simply sexual acts. Least of all is the concern homogenital acts” (p41 Helminiak).
The irony with this parable and how it is interpreted by todays society is that now the gay and lesbian community is not welcomed into society as God wants all people to be instead they are shunned and made outsiders. They are disowned by their families, separated from their children, fired from their jobs, and beaten and killed in the streets. All this is done in the name of religion and supposed Christian morality. This is the behavior that the bible truly condemns. “So those who oppress homosexuals because of the supposed sin of Sodom may themselves be the real sodomites, as the Bible understands it” (p41 Helminiak).
Thorough this essay the question of whether or not the Bible really opposes homosexuality has been asked and answered with the belief that the Bible does not oppose homosexuality. With careful examination of the texts in the Bible that is used by Christians to attack homosexuals for being what they are it has been proven that homosexuality is not a sin but is merely used by homophobics as a justification for their homophobia. The belief that Gays and Lesbians choose their sexual orientation to defy the word of God is wrong because they have no choice whether to be homosexual or heterosexual, we are the way we are because that is what God intended. “God doesnt make Junk” is a famous Christian saying, its time that Christians paid attention to what it is saying. Numerous people have analyzed the quotes taken from the bible that was stated throughout this essay and they agree that there is no reference to homosexuality being a sin.
If these points are not enough to convince fellow homophobic Christians that their homophobia is coming from the wrong place then it is asked of them, did the bible not say that God loves EVERYONE? Well which one will it be: God screwed up when he made homosexuals and they are evil, or God loves everybody? The choice is yours to make. Bibliography Hekminiak,Daniel A., Ph.D. What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality. Episcopal Bishop of Newark NJ. 1994 Moberly, Elizabeth R. Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic. James Clarke & Co.
Ltd. 1982 Siker, Jeffery S. Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate. Westminster John Knox Press Louisville, Kentucky. 1994 Scroggs, Robbin. The New Testament and Homosexuality. Fortress Press Philadelphia.
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