The Bible's condemnation of homosexuality is as clear and plain as the Bible's condemnation of murder, adultery, premarital sex, kidnapping, lying and idolatry. Further, for me to openly condemn homosexuality theologically makes me no more a "gay basher" than I am an "adultery basher", "premarital sex basher", "kidnapper basher" or a "murderer basher". If you disagree, your argument is with God's Bible.
The homosexual community has two ways of promoting their personal choices of being homosexual through the religious forum. First, some will claim the Bible actually promotes and condones homosexuality. Second, others try to get the Bible banned from public use by categorizing it as hate literature.
For any to use the Bible to condone rather than condemn homosexual activity in the theological arena just proves such a one has absolutely no idea what the Bible actually teaches. For anyone to suggest the Bible says homosexual activity is acceptable to God, is nothing short of willful blindness. So to set the record straight once and for all, here is what the Bible teaches on the subject.
Anyone who has heard of the cities of "Sodom and Gommorah" knows that they were notorious hotbeds of homosexuality. Gen 19:5-8 "and they called to Lot and said to him, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.' But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, and said, 'Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.'" The Greek word in the New Testament for homosexuality is literally "a sodomite". Jock is trying to redefine what the term "sodomite" means. (A term that has unchanged in 5000 years, even today- "sodomy") Apart from the fact the city was clearly destroyed by God because of homosexuality in the narrative of Gen 19, even the New Testament clearly states exactly the same thing in Jude 7 "Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire." Any sinner should always remember that the God who commands us to love our neighbour is the same God who will cast any and all unrepentant sinners into the "eternal fire". Here are more Bible quotes, Lev 18:22-23 "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination." Lev 20:13 "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death." 1 Cor 6:9 "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals" 1 Tim 1:9-10 "realizing the fact that (civil) law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers" Rom 1:26-27 "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error."
If the homosexual community chooses to practice homosexuality in privacy, that is there free choice. But let such persons know for certain that the Christian Bible condemns all such practices and God will judge them unfit for the kingdom of heaven if the continue to practice and openly promote homosexual sex.
The bible is a fairy tale. Teabaggers believe in fairy tales and wish to legislate based on those fairy tales. There is a name for that: "Sharia Law". Teabaggers cry like friggin' babies about their fear of "Sharia Law" yet they want nothing more than to have their own version of it. Hypocrites.
purebred_red, your understanding of the Bible, The Word of the Lord, is very poor. Your quotes are taken from rogue versions of the Bible and not from the accepted, Official Version. The Apocrypha and the Jewish Sanhedrin actions at Jamnia are proof enough of what you are doing. What you quote really has its genesis in 1 and 2 Esdras and The Prayer of Manasses.
In reality, homosexuality is more than condoned by the Bible. There are many examples in the Scriptures. I am surprised you are not aware of them. Are you surprised to learn that hermaphroditic sex is also practiced in the Bible as it is in real life? In his book "The City of God", St. Augustine examines the Holy Trinity and concludes that is the case in the evolution of God the Father and Jesus Christ. He also has an interesting and learned analysis of the Holy Spirit, formerly referred to as the Holy Ghost. St. Adelbertius of Tyre, a respected Church Doctor, is also someone you should read, especially his treatise on homosexuality in the animal kingdom and its relevance in producing mystical experiences in the human species.
John J. Goodman, DDE, DDIV
Thank you, Pastor Goodman, for setting the record straight. Homosexuality in the animal kingdom is rampant. And it is certainly rampant among humans. In fact, in Divinity School, where we had a lot of Irish lads, we used to joke that Patrick Fits(z)Gerald and Gerald Fits(z)Patrick. And needless to say, we all had and continue to have, a lot of good fun and spiritual experiences. A lot of us love taking turns playing Mary Magdalen.
We also had a few closet types like purebred_red. They liked to wear ballet tutu's and dance on their toes. They were the most passionate and they insisted on a lot of initial courting, during which they demurely quoted a lot of bogus Bible like purebred_red does. He fits the type. But be careful, they like to bite.