What is the scriptural basis for mainstream Christianity's obsessive opposition to homosexuality?
S&G were condemned for the sin of inhospitality to strangers.
Leviticus is from Moses, not Jesus.
What CHRISTIAN text justifies Christian opposition?
Condemning sex outside of marriage while also banning marriage is a circular argument, ie., invalid.
- iammclaneLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
UPDATE: In view of your interest in "CHRISTIAN TEXT", by which I assume you mean quotes from Jesus - there are none. However, as we all know, Saul aka Paul took it upon himself to reformat Jesus' words and acts into what we today recognize as "Christianity". And HE did have a couple of things to say about men laying with men. His epistle to the Romans 1:26-27 is typical. His first epistle to the Corinthians 6:9-10 more of the same.
He's joined by whoever wrote Timothy. The first Timothy 1:9-10 also touches on homosexuality in a similar drive-by shooting. Not Paul, but just as loony.
There's also Jude verse 7, which is again a side-swipe, with Jesus' manservant simply trying to warn the faithful of the dangers of APOSTASY by presenting (among other examples) the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah, which he definitively attributes to their "sexual immorality and perversion" (as opposed to their inhospitality). But ok.
As for Jesus himself, Christians make a big to-do about his explanation in Matthew 19:3 about God's design being for a man (male) to leave his parents and take unto him a wife (female), in the course of explaining his view of divorce. This, they believe, means that two men should not marry, nor two women. BUT one must read further to find Jesus admitting that his view of divorce (and, one could assume, his view of marriage also) would not be everyone's cup of tea. He ends by saying "Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given...Let anyone accept this who can."
Again, even though these are ostensibly all Christian writings, NONE of this justifies or supports (or explains) the obsessive opposition of some self-styled Christians to homosexuality. I've already explained below where that actually comes from.
It's Leviticus...gimme a sec & I'll look it up for ya.
18:22 and 20:13
There's also the whole bit about Sodom & Gomorrah in Genesis (which is where Islam takes its opposition from, since they aren't too worried about the Levite Holiness Code) but that's pretty far from conclusive - there are lots of ways to look at that story.
But Leviticus doesn't leave much room for argument. Technically, you could argue that it prohibits sexual intercourse between two men, rather than sexual attraction between men, so it wouldn't be "against homosexuality", per se. But that's kinda splitting hairs.
REALLY, THE OBSESSIVE OBJECTION DOESN'T COME FROM SCRIPTURE AT ALL. Scripture isn't terribly concerned about homosexuality. It certainly didn't even merit a mention when God carved out His Ten Commandments. But many a so-called Christian will happily tell you that it's the WORST of all sins. Where does that come from? From prejudice. From fear. From ego. From a prurient fascination. It's not from scripture. (Yes, Leviticus calls it an "abomination", but read on: Leviticus calls LOTS of things "abomination".)
So how is it the worst sin if it's not mentioned in the Commandments? If Jesus didn't even mention it once? If it only crops up a couple times in the whole 6000 years that scripture covers? Well...it's just NOT. Not in scripture, anyway. But in the mind of many self-styled Christians - that's another thing altogether.
- ANONYMOUSLYLv 61 month ago
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT THE HOLY BIBLE SAYS>>>
In Jude 1:5-10, St. Jude warns us all about what will happen to the unbelievers, who revile God:
"Now I desire to remind you, though you were once for all fully informed, that he who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels that did not keep their own position but left their proper dwelling have been kept by him in eternal chains in the nether gloom until the judgment of the great day; But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, disputed about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you." But these men revile whatever they do not understand, and by those things that they know by instinct as irrational animals do, they are destroyed." just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.Yet in like manner these men in their dreamings defile the flesh, reject authority, and revile the glorious ones.
Notice also in the above Word of God that practicing homosexuals and the lustful who do not repent before death do not get a pass.
- UserLv 71 month ago
#1 - Old Testament passages condemning homosexual acts
#2 - New Testament passages that explicitly condemn homosexual acts
#3 - New Testament passages that indirectly condemn homosexual acts
A - the condemnation of Sodom and Gomorrah's sexual sin
B1 - the defining of marriage as a thing between a man and woman
etc. (several others)
B2 - and the additional prohibition against fornication and adultery (i.e. all sex outside of marriage)
etc. (several others)
- nineteenthlyLv 71 month ago
Several verses in the written Torah, Romans 1:27 and some other verses in the Epistles.
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- mandbturner3699Lv 51 month ago
The Lord created man and woman for each other and instituted marriage which He ordained to be between a man and a woman.
Homosexuality undermines the very fabric of society and scripture, the Lord's Word to us, outright condemns this sordid practice.
You may take to the time yourself to search out the answers in the Bible as they are all there.
Contrary to one of the answers received here, it was for this very sin that the Lord destroyed the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah as the places were full of homosexuals.
In the new Testament, Concerning homosexuals, it clearly states that for those who are involved in this sordid practice, the Lord has already given them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient however their end will be according to their works.
Note here, the word reprobate translated into "Morally Bankrupt"
If you had read the Bible which is available to everyone, you would have answered your own question.Source(s): King James Bible, Bible teacher, Born again.
- CrustyCurmudgeonLv 71 month ago
It's one of the wedge issues that switched a lot of Southern Democrats to Republicans. It's not really a theological contest but a political ploy. I am beginning to believe that the bedrock theology of evangelical fundamentalist christians is that abortion is a sin to be wiped out, gay people are a threat to real christians (I haven't figured out how) and that a rotten human being can be used for the greater good by a loving God.
- Ernest SLv 71 month ago
That's right, the Scriptures identify homosexuality as an abomination.
Maybe you should read them for yourself?
- Anonymous1 month ago
Leviticus 18:22 KJV — Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
The message is the Lords. He is the Judge of all. He warns you in hopes you will heed him and live.
Ezekiel 18:23 — “Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign LORD. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.
Ezekiel 18:32 — For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
When Christians warn you, it is an act of love
James 5:20 — Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
But some portray it as an act of hatred because they dont want to give it up.
- NoddyLv 41 month ago
The hidden agenda of Christianity is...in case it hasn't dawned on you..world domination, saving souls is merely a smokescreen...so they hope to achieve that in two ways..1)...by going around and converting superstitious folks wherever they find them...and 2)..by Christians having heaps of kids..That's why birth control and same sex marriage are opposed..
- 1 month ago
Despite popular opinion it is not based in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. The great sin of the residents of those cities was being inhospitable and violent.
- rustbucketLv 71 month ago
To give you the benefit of the doubt you have heard of Sodom and Gomorrah and you expect it is now a blessing you deserve what you get.