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What Does the Bible Say?
people assume there are hundreds of texts condemning gays and lesbians,
but out of over 31,000 verses in the Bible, there are only 6 that reference same-sex activity. And not everyone is convinced that these texts refer to modern same-sex relationships.
6 verses are known commonly as the "clobber texts" because of the way
they have been used for centuries to denigrate sexual minorities.
All the Bible texts refer to heterosexual people (mostly men) and their actions are rightly condemned by both straight and gay Christians.
The texts refer to:
- attempted gang rape of two angels by heterosexual men
- male humiliation, a cultural taboo in ancient Israel
- worship of fertility gods and goddesses through sacred orgies
- temple prostitution
- pederasty and other improper power relationships
- promiscuity and sexual exploitation.
The texts only mention examples of deviant behaviour and must be read in context. None of the texts reference love, faithfulness or mutual support between two people in a committed same-sex relationship. Most importantly, Jesus did not utter a single word about homosexuality.
The Sin of Sodom (Genesis 19:1-11)
Idolatry, Rape and Abomination (Leviticus 18:13; 20:22)
Natural or Unnatural (Romans 1:25-27)
Softies and Man-bedders (1 Corinthians 6:9,10 and 1 Timothy 1:9,10)
David appears in the documentary "Here I Am" in which gay and lesbian Christians tell their own stories. Designed as a discussion starter for Christians to use with their families and churches, the 35 minute movie is available to watch free on YouTube and Vimeo. Or go to HereIam.watch
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