What the Bible says about homosexuality
Does the Bible really have anything to say about homosexuality? Many people and some pastors would have you believe that the Bible is silent on this topic. Let's take a walk through the Bible and see what the Bible really has to say on this issue.
But before we even start you need to use a real Bible. The new translations are not the Word of God. There is a whole section on this topic located here: http://www.godsholyspirit.com/christian_desk/assault_word/assault_on_the_word.htm for further study.
Lets start in Genesis, we find that the very first commandment that God gave to His creation is found in Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
There are two things to note here, 1) God created male and female. He did not create two males or two females but one male and one female. 2) God commanded them to have children and to fill the earth. We find that the homosexuals break this very first commandment given by God way back in Genesis.
What does the God of the Bible have to say about this practice?
1Kings 14:24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. The word sodomy means Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French sodomie, from Late Latin Sodoma Sodom; from the homosexual proclivities of the men of the city in Genesis 19:1–11 as defined in merriam-webster dictionary (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodomy). Some people claim that the word sodomy only means a male prostitute. But we can see from the dictionary that it refers to a male having a sexual act which we will see with a further study of the Scriptures.
Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not
lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Here we have a clear picture that a man
shalt not lie with an other man as a man lies with a woman.
Here the word lie shaw-kab' means; to lie down (for rest,
sexual connection, decease or any other purpose). And
the word abomination means properly something disgusting
(morally), that is, (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or
(concretely) an idol: - abominable (custom, thing), abomination.
Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. The penalty for this abomination in the Old Testament was death. However since we are living in the day of grace a homosexual has the opportunity to repent and turn from this abomination.
Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: (26) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. Here again you cannot escape the fact that the lust of men and women are to have relationships men with men and woman with women.
displeased with this practice. The men and women mentioned here have
totally rejected God from their thoughts and hearts, so that God
gave them up. He abandoned them to their own course, and thus it was
shown to what depths men will fall without God. To vile passions.
Vile, shameless, sensual indulgence, such as cannot now be named.
The sodomy referred to here was common in the first century among
the Romans, and is often spoken of without a sense of shame by their
writers. It was prohibited neither by religion nor law, and was
acknowledged without shame.
How is marriage defined in the Bible?
Genesis 34:9 And make ye marriages with us, and give
your daughters unto us, and take our daughters
Genesis 38:8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
Exodus 21:10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.
Deuteronomy 7:3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
Deuteronomy 25:5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her.
Isaiah 62:5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Matthew 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
1Corinthians 7:36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.
1Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
All of the above versus are marriages between a man and a woman. There is never ANY mention of a man marrying another man or a woman marrying another woman among Gods people or anywhere else. But we are explicitly told that men should not lie with men and women with women.
Fornication, the illicit sex acts of unmarried persons which is likewise forbidden
As mentioned above God does not recognize same sex marriages. This means that two people of the same sex can not marry in the eyes of God. This would place them in the same category as a fornicator. Here what the Bible has to say about fornication.
1Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
1Corinthians 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
1Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
1Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit
the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves
In the Bible sodomy is a synonym for homosexuality. God spoke very plainly on this issue when He said in Deuteronomy 23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. The whore and the sodomite are in the same category. A sodomite was not an inhabitant of Sodom nor a descendant of an inhabitant of Sodom, but a man who had given himself to homosexuality, the perverted and unnatural vice for which Sodom was known. Let us look at the passages in question:
Genesis 19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city,
even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and
young, all the people from every quarter:
Genesis 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
Genesis 19:6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
Genesis 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
The Hebrew word for "know" in verse 5 is yada, a sexual term. It is used frequently to denote sexual intercourse (Genesis 4:1, 17, 25; Matthew 1:24, 25). The message in the context of Genesis 19 is clear. Lot pled with the men to "do not so wickedly." Homosexuality is wickedness and must be recognized as such else there is no hope for the homosexual who is asking for help to be extricated from his perverted way of life.
The city of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their gross wickedness which included the act of sodomy. This is confirmed in Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
The Bible never states that a man and a man or a woman and a woman should ever get married. However you will find that a marriage between a man and a woman are common place through out the Holy Scripture as stated below.
Matthew 19:4 And he answered and
said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the
beginning made them male and female, (5) And said, For
this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to
his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (6)
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God
hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.