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Homosexuality in the Bible
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- "And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger
son had done unto him."
What did Ham do? Did he just look at his naked father or was there something more to it than that?
Some commentators have suggested that Ham committed homosexual rape on his drunken father, and that
this was why Ham's descendants were eternally punished with slavery. 9:24
Gay Bible Stories: Noah's drunkenness (What did Ham do?)
- This verse doesn't say what the Sodomites did to make them such exceedingly
great sinners, though most bible believers equate "Sodomite" with homosexual. (But
see Ezekiel 16:49, which claims the sins of Sodom were pride,
gluttony, sloth, greed, and failure to help the poor.) 13:13
- The two angels that visit Lot wash their feet, eat, and are sexually irresistible to Sodomites. 19:1-5
- God kills everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah. This was because, so say the
Christian Right, some homosexuals lived there (See 19:4-5). 19:24-25
- "And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking."
What did Sarah see that disturbed her so much? 21:9
Possibly Gay Bible Stories #1 - Ishmael and Isaac: What did Sarah see?
Jonathan Kirsch suggests in The
Harlot by the Side of the Road that the "play" between Isaac and Ishmael may have been of a
sexual nature, noting that the same word is used to describe the behaviour of
Ishmael and Isaac as is used in 26:8 to describe Isaac's fondling of Rebekah.
- Possibly gay Bible stories #2: There's something about Joseph
- After God killed Er, Judah tells Onan to "go in unto thy brother's wife." But "Onan
knew that the seed should not be his; and ... when he went in unto his brother's wife ... he
spilled it on the ground.... And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; wherefore he slew
him also." This lovely Bible story is seldom read in Sunday School, but it is the basis of many
Christian doctrines, including the condemnation of masturbation, homosexuality, and birth control.
- Strange fire before the Lord 10:1-2
- Homosexual acts are an abomination to God. 18:22
Explicit verse #1: It is abomination
- If a man has sex with another man, kill them both. 20:13
Explicit verse #2: Their blood shall be upon them
- "Every abomination ... the Lord ... hateth."
Including homosexuality. (Leviticus 18:22) 12:31
- Women are not to wear men's clothing and vice versa -- it's an "abomination unto the Lord." 22:5
- God says not to bring any whore, sodomite, or dog into the house of the Lord. For "these things are an abomination
to the Lord." Sodomites and dogs are biblical names for homosexuals. 23:17-18
- Gay Bible Stories, Part II: The Levite's Concubine
- Ruth loved Naomi as Adam loved Eve. (Or so say the folks at WouldJesusDiscriminate.org)
- Possibly Gay Bible Stories #3: Saul and David 16:21-22
- Were David and Jonathan gay? 18:1-4, 19:2, 20:41
Possibly Gay Bible Stories #4: David and Jonathan
- The special relationship between Jonathan and David. 20:3-14
- Saul is angered by his son's homosexual affair with David and says, "do not I know that thou has chosen the son
of Jesse to thine own confusion of thy mother's nakedness?" 20:30
- Saul sets an example for Christian parents that discover that they have a homosexual child: try to kill the child and his or her lover.
- Jonathan has a secret meeting with David in the forest.
David will be king, he says, and he will be right beside him.
"And they two made a covenant before the LORD." 23:16-18
- David loved Jonathan more than women. (And he loved a lot of women!) 1:26
- When Joab (David's captain) kills Abner (by smiting him under the fifth rib of course), David says that he
and his kingdom are not responsible. The blame, he says, lays with Joab. So David curses Joab, his family, and their
descendants forever. Let them all be plagued with venereal diseases and leprosy, starve to death, commit suicide, or
lean on staves. (The Revised Standard Version translates "leaneth on a staff" as "holds a spindle," apparently
meaning effeminate -- real men don't spin or weave.) 3:27-29
- "There were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations...."
God shows his homophobia by calling gay people "sodomites" and their sexual relations "abominations." 14:24
- Asa "did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD" by expelling homosexuals (or "sodomites", as the
good book calls them). 15:12
- Possibly Gay Bible Stories #5: Elijah stretched himself upon the child three times 17:17-22
- Jehoshaphat "did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord" and "took" the homosexuals (sodomites) "out
of the land," or as the RSV says, "he exterminated" them. 22:43, 46
- Possibly Gay Bible Stories #6: Elisha and the dead boy 4:11-35
- Were Jehu and Jehonadab gay? 10:15-17
- Josiah, with God's approval, broke down the houses of the sodomites. 23:7
- God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because they didn't "do well, see judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge(?) the fatherless, and plead for the widow."
(Not for homosexuality.) 1:10-17
- "They declare their sin as
Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul!"
The biblical god just doesn't seem to care
much for homosexuals. And he gets especially upset when "they hide it not."
- "I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies:
they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom."
What was Sodom's sin? 23:14
- If a man has a son who misbehaves by committing abomination
(Lev 18:22 type or otherwise) then that son must be killed. 18:10-13
- Sodom's sin wasn't homosexuality. It was pride, greed, idleness, and refusing to help the poor.
(Republicans are the new Sodomites.)
Or maybe not. Here's the next verse:
"And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good."
Was the "abomination" that the Sodomites committed the the one mentioned in Leviticus 18:22?
- "Ye work abomination."
According to Robert Gagnon (The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics
), "toceba [abomination] probably refers to homosexual intercourse" in this verse. 33:26
- "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire
of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all."
Some Christians think this refers
to the antichrist. (He'll be an atheist homosexual.) 11:37
- What was the relationship between the centurion and his slave? Were they a gay couple? If so, Jesus didn't seem to mind.
- "Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words ... It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of
judgment, than for that city."
What was Sodom's sin? 10:14-15
- "There are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb."
Is Jesus talking about homosexuals here? 19:12
- "Whatsoever city ... receive you not ...
it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city."
What was Sodom's sin? 10:10-12
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Pray to be gay! 17:34-35
- Was Jesus gay?
"There was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved." 13:23-25
"The disciple standing by, whom he loved" 19:26
"The disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper" 21:20
- Was the eunuch that Philip baptized gay? 8:26-38
- With his usual intolerance, Paul condemns homosexuals (including lesbians). This is the only clear reference to
lesbians in the Bible. 1:26-28
- Homosexuals (vv. 27-28) and their supporters (those "that have pleasure in them") are
"worthy of death" - along with gossips, boasters, and disobedient children.
Some fundamentalists say that those "without natural affection"
refers to homosexuals. (It doesn't. The greek word "astorgos"
("without natural affection" in the KJV) means "without family love" and has nothing to do with homosexuality or homosexuals.
Explicit Verse #3: Worthy of death
- Paul lists ten things that will keep you out of heaven, including homosexuality and being
Explicit verse #4: Abusers of themselves with mankind
- Homosexuals (those "that defile themselves with mankind") are included on
the list of lawless, disobedient,
unholy, and profane people. 1:10
Explicit verse #5: For whom the law was made
- In the last days people will become evil, "without natural affection." Some fundamentalists say that
this refers to homosexuals. (It doesn't. The greek word "astorgos"
("without natural affection" in the KJV) means "without family love" and has nothing to do with homosexuality or homosexuals. 3:3
- God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for living ungodly, filthy conversation, and unlawful deeds. 2:6-9
- God sent "eternal fire" on the people of Sodom and Gomorrah for "going after strange flesh."
A note about the "strang flesh" of Jude 7
- Are the 144,000 men that are "not defiled by women" homosexuals? Are only gay men to be saved? 14:1-4
- "The abominable"
John isn’t talking about the snowman here. According to Robert Gagnon
(The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics
), it’s homosexuals.
“The reference to ‘the abominable’ (ebdelygmenois) matches up with ‘dogs’ in [Rev] 22:15.”
- "Dogs [homosexuals?], sorcerers, whoremongers, idolaters" and along with anyone who ever told a lie will not enter
the heavenly city.
"[T]he term 'dogs' in Rev 22:15 primarily has in view emasculated male cult prostitutes, without excluding a wider reference to any who
engage in homosexual practice." Robert Gagnon (The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics)