The Bible couldn't condemn what it never mentions. 'Homosexuality' isn't a term of holy scripture, even though the prefix 'homos' is derived from the language in which the Bible itself was written. In fact, the term scripture uses is 'heteros sarx,.'employing the antonym of 'homos' to describe the activities instead. 'Homos' means 'common to all' or 'familiar to all.' 'Heteros' is the antonym meaning 'strange, foreign or different' from the 'homos,' 'common.' These terms are the language of New Testament scripture called Greek koine. A 'homosexuality' would have to be one which most or all humans embrace. The only one that is even close is procreative sex. This makes the term 'homosexual' quite troubling and problematic to any genuine Christian with even a cursory knowledge of New Testament scripture.
The Bible clearly and unequivocally condemns 'heteros sarx,' which is any sexual contact between people other than male and female. The term literally means, 'strange flesh.' 'Strange' in this case meaning, that flesh which is not 'homos' or 'common.' This includes every form of sexual contact with lower order animals, other people or even divine beings that is not intended to create life, preserving or enhancing human lineages. Ecstasies are important but are supposed to come from other more uniquely 'human' activities. These 'strange' pursuits were all of the practices of the sodomites who sought mysterious forms of love and pleasure in sexual contact with every form of flesh instead of through psychological, emotional, intellectual and spiritual ecstasies.
The Bible does not condemn same gender love. In fact, it extols same gender love covenants above marriage covenants. It only condemns the sexual contact between people of the same gender. In 1 Samuel 18:1-4, two well recognized men of the Bible form a romantic love covenant during which they exchanged keepsakes and their psyches were knitted together into one psyche. Primal intercourse or sexual contact would have ruined such a deep union. Traditional marriage and intercourse only unites the two persons into one flesh (Genesis 2:24).
The reason that sex is condemned is because God extols love, and sex is never considered to be love. It can be done out of love for ancestors, clan, family or even sacred duty in preserving or enhancing lineages. However, the acts themselves are not love and are barely human. They are considered primal activities containing the only primal ecstasy that God allows. All of the other ecstasies available to human beings are unique to humans. There are 247 other ecstasies, all of which are more satisfying and pleasurable than primal ecstasy. They correspond with the 248 affirmative mitzvot of Torah, which are God's 'do this' commands. He gave us 365 'do not do this' commands for which there is no reward, since God expects us not to disobey Him. However, when we obey Him, He rewards us with an ecstasy. Many people have only experienced one of these ecstasies without even knowing what it is or why they experienced it and this is still enough for them to remain loyal to God and even represents their only personal idea of the presence of God or any basis for a belief in God. God is love (1 John 4:8,16) so God embraces every true form of it. Sex however, lurks in the background of every kind of relationship threatening it with betrayal, creating taboos and ruining developing intimacy that could otherwise form between people of any age, gender, background or culture. As beings of higher creativity and intelligence, we are not bound by the same limitations as the lower orders and we have a remarkable variety of better ways to create and deepen intimacy besides primal intercourse or deviant sexual contact.
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