The Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is not appropriate. Consider these verses:
Genesis 1:27, 28; Leviticus 18:22; Proverbs 5:18, 19
As for what Jesus taught, Matthew 19:4–6 tells of the true nature of marriage and sexuality.
I don't really see how anyone could interpret this another way, but I have been amazed before.
The reason I submitted this question is because I hear different answers from different people. Conservatives, or traditionalist think that the bible is evidence of homosexuality being a bad or evil thing. Progressive or liberal Christians think that the bible is not against gay marriage or homosexuality in general. I tried to look for evidence in the bible for either side and I found this:
Leviticus 18:22 "thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.
This seems to support the traditionalists' position. "thou" means the singular you. "lie," in this context means to have sex. "Mankind" means all males and "womankind" means all females. "as with" is used to make a comparison between mankind and womankind so in other words, "in the same way as." And we all understand that an abomination isn't a good thing so something is definitely being condemned here.
It still seems ambiguous though. But this makes it clear:
Leviticus 18:23 "Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyseld therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion."
This line shows us that the writer assumes that the reader or "thou"(you) is male. So when you applythis to the initial quote, the interpretation becomes "men should not have sex with men, in the same way he does with a woman: this is a disgrace."
So as a believer in the bible and its accuracy, you would have to see homosexuality this way, right? If I am wrong, I am open to any evidence to the contrary of my own.
24 That is why a man will leave his father and his mother and he will stick to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
4 In reply he said: “Have you not read that the one who created them from the beginning made them male and female
22 “‘You must not lie down with a male in the same way that you lie down with a woman. It is a detestable act.
Proverbs 5:18, 19
18 May your own fountain be blessed,
And may you rejoice with the wife of your youth,
19 A loving doe, a graceful mountain goat.
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times.
May you be captivated by her love constantly.
1 Corinthians 6:18
18 Flee from sexual immorality! Every other sin that a man may commit is outside his body, but whoever practices sexual immorality is sinning against his own body.
So yes God was very clear about gay marriage. But God also told his peole not to hate those who have chosen to become gay, we are to love them and treat them like any other human, however we do not have to agree with what they do, or why. That is for God to judge them.
1 Peter 2:17
17 Honor men of all sorts, have love for the whole association of brothers, be in fear of God, honor the king.
Homosexuality should be considered an abomination for sure.In the book of genesis it defined Gods creation and on the last day he created man. He discovered that it is not good to leave man alone he created a woman. Not man again and called them Adam and eve. After his creation he stared his ministry in earth. That is when ever single verse was written by people inspired but God. He also defined to us the end times for us in the book of revelation that man will turn to fellow men. There will be every kind of immoral activities and this is what we are experiencing now.
The 'no' vote opinion suffers from cognitive dissonance (abhorrence/repudiation don't equal condemnation) while neglecting Romans 1:26-28 specifically addressed Lesbianism. The Bible unequivocally forbids it as a sin and this is amplified by the history of Christianity for centuries. Voting no on this question only signifies a willingness to distort a clear teaching to bring Christianity into line with a particular sexual fetish.
Jesus instituted marriage to be between a man and a woman. So when homosexuals get married they are sinning. St. Paul said in his letters that homosexuality itself is not a sin but acting upon it is a sin. One of the ten commandments also says that having intercourse with a person that you aren't married to is a grave sin. Since same-sex "marriage" isn't real marriage, this is a sin.
The bible condemns homosexuality up and down. Does Jesus mention it directly? No. But if you believe as a Christian should believe, that is, taking the bible as the word of god, then yes it does. Notice that the 'yes' side of this column has numerous verses quoted while the 'No' side doesn't.
This is just another reason to dump the bible and stop picking and choosing bits that talk about how much god loves everybody. The OT says they should be stoned to death - Jesus says "I haven't come to destroy the old laws but to fulfill them". Spinning that into, "I have come to destroy the old laws and make new ones" is done far too often and far too often it is unchallenged.
Either be a Christian or don't. Stop "half-waying" it.
"Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites ... Will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."
—1 Cor. 6:9–11 NKJV
Leviticus 20:13, "If a man has sexual intercourse with a man as he would with a woman, the two of them have done something detestable. They must be executed; their blood is on their own head." Leviticus 18:22, "Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable."
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. ----Romans 1:26-27
Thou shalt not lie with a man, as with a woman, it is an abomination---Leviticus 18:22
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 with mankind.---1 Corinthians 6:9-11
If a man also lie with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death----Leviticus 20:13
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband----1 Corinthians 7:2
And we all know why Sodom and Gomorrha was seared off the face of the earth.
Whether or not you believe the Bible, it plainly speaks against homosexuality. What is the confusion here?
Maybe it condemns acting on homosexuality, but feeling emotions trying to make you..... I can't see a just God condemning that. As Candor18 says, it specifically says that the passage is against males having sexual intercourse. Feeling love for another man is not technically spoken against- only intercourse. So long as they don't actually have that, I don't know any passage from the bible that speaks against homosexuality, only passages that speaks against acting upon homosexual feelings.
You can say its a choice, but if its REALLY choice, then why don't you try to be gay for one minute? Do. Try it. Could you do it? Alrighty then. You cant force someone to love someone. Love comes naturally and can not be controlled. And god said he made us in his image. Jesus said to love thy neighbor. Love everyone. And everything in the bible could say against it, or not, but nobody will ever TRULY know what its meant to mean. And it doesn't even matter. Because god doesn't hate gays. An extremist christian will tell you "God loves everyone!" But will then turn around and hold signs saying "God hates gays". Seriously? Make up your mind. Does he love everyone, or does he only love straight people? You cant have it both ways.
In the Torah homosexuality was considered an abhorrence meaning to have a feeling of repulsion or being something to loath. Condemnation was not mentioned at this time. The Torah in its original form only found male homosexuality to be abhorrent and said nothing about prohibition of lesbianism. Lesbianism became prohibited later when Jewish rabbis added it to the Jewish laws. A good question to ask is, why was one bad enough to mention and not the other?
Few know that laws were given to Noah after the flood to help man maintain the world's moral equilibrium. There were 7 of these laws which forbid: 1. Denying God, 2.Blaspeming God, 3. Murdering, 4. Engaging in incestuous, adulterous, bestial, or homosexual relationships. 5. Stealing, 6. Eating a limb torn from a living animal, 7. To establish courts to ensure the other laws are followed.
This was a time according to the Bible no one was left alive except for Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives. Homosexuality would put a holt on repopulating the planet. It was not said to be something to be condemned for.
Homosexuality is something that has been recorded for thousands of years from all parts of the world, from Asia to North America. These acts were seen as a normal attraction and only started to become taboo with the Laws of the Bible that Moses wrote in which God had told him to write. Now an interesting note here is that Jethro, Moses's father in law, meets with Moses before Moses speaks with the Lord and is given the laws by God. During his visit with Jethro, Jethro see's that Moses is having a hard time keeping up with the people and working out their legal problems. Jethro suggests that Moses tell the people what Gods revelations are and how to behave and then appoint judges to help him sort out the concerns and problems. Now how can Moses do such a thing if he has not spoken with the Lord yet? Leaving the question, was it God's laws given or was it Moses and Jethro's laws.
Condemnation of homosexuality was never actually stated, but that the act was abhorrent to God. But one should ask if this law was passed on the basis of repopulating the planet or boosting the population of a tribe, or if the law was made between to men, Moses and Jethro, before speaking to God, or if God spoke the law and just decided that only homosexuality between men and not women is abhorrent.