Posted August 23, As Australia faces a postal survey on same-sex marriage, we are seeing a steady stream of articles arguing the Yes or No case. Many on the No side are prone to citing the Bible or appealing to "biblical values".
A Harvard Bible scholar has claimed a passage in the Bible condemning homosexuality was rewritten. Idan Dershowitz said that he had studied the development of the Old Testament and found that the original version of Leviticus expressly permitted gay sex. Writing in the New York Times, he explained: "Chapter 18 of Leviticus contains a list of forbidden incestuous acts, followed by prohibitions against sex with a menstruating woman, bestiality and various other sexual acts.
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House Republicans at a conference meeting heard a Bible verse that calls for death for homosexuals shortly before the chamber voted on the morning of May 26 to reject a spending bill that included an amendment barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Whether the freshman member who gave the prayer intended to condemn members of the LGBT community has left Republicans and Democrats deeply divided. What's certain is that the Energy-Water appropriations bill that came to the floor later in the morning was defeated on a resounding vote, with a majority of the GOP caucus in opposition. Georgia Rep.
What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does scripture condone or denounce the behavior? Is the scripture clear?
In the wake of the Orlando shooting, I sensed a need to help our congregation carefully and biblically about the intersection of the Bible, the teachings of Islam, and the LGBT community. Because the events in Orlando, along with the subsequent social commentary, brought these divided communities together and laid partial blame at the feet of Christians, our summer intern Timothy Cox and I drew up a biblical-theological response for our church. In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, where 49 people were killed and over 50 injured at a gay night club, Christians weep for the loss of life and are left wondering what to say or do.
Until recent decades, same-sex behavior was placed in the same category with gluttony or drunkenness — as a vice of excess anyone might be prone to — not as the expression of a sexual orientation. Celibacy is a gift, not a mandate. The Bible honors celibacy as a good way of living — Jesus was celibate, after all — but it also makes clear that celibacy must be a voluntary choice.
Jump to navigation. The Bible doesn't speak of homosexuality very often; but when it does, it condemns it as sin. Let's take a look.