What Does The Bible Say About Homosexuality?
Poor understanding of the Word of God may be the likely cause of numerous misconceptions.
With so much process and procedure that surrounds sexuality today, it might be challenging to see how our sexuality is God's gift to us. It is the way we stand up and express who we are and not just about what goes on in the genital arena.
In the book of Genesis, the divine judgment that befell Sodom and Gomorrah was interpreted as having happened as punishment for the sin of homosexuality, though some contemporary scholars dispute this idea entirely.
However, there are several instances across Scripture that also seem to refer to this topic.
Leviticus 18:22 - You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. Leviticus 20:13 - If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. Romans 1:26-27 - 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 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.
While it is easy to take a lot of these things literally, those who study and invest time in understanding the Bible will know much of it is about correct translation, prevalent opinions and perspective. So, it is possible that all instances referring to sexual orientation, instead see to the fact that the gentiles turned their back on the one true God and resorted to idolatry. Experts agree that much of the subject matter that refers to sexual relations can be seen in the context of orgies and other sexual acts connected to idol worship rather than the actions themselves in isolation.
Others argue that the verses from Romans 1 are more about going against a person's natural sexual orientation. So if it is natural for someone to be attracted to a person of the same sex, wouldn't it be unnatural to go against that natural sexual orientation?
So, how should the young and well-meaning Christian of today approach these loaded verses that seem to uphold only the traditional views on homosexuality? Instead of blindly following the opinions of others, it is far more wise to invest time in studying the Bible and its interpretation for ourselves.
Sodom and Gomorrah were guilty of several wicked acts and were frequently made examples of for people to be aware. But there is no specific mention to single out homosexuality anywhere. The Levitical laws were meant to help people on the run survive and multiply their numbers. They speak more to the perfectness of committed love between a man and a woman than about homosexuality at all. Besides, there are many other things mentioned in Leviticus, like not eating shellfish and not wearing garments of mixed fabrics that are all but obsolete in the context of today.
Even the New Testament verses are more about a lustful Roman society prone to excesses and extremes, a power that corrupted and an over-sexualised idea of being holy being called into question. As children of God, the judgement and condemnation of fellow human beings must end today. Instead, the enlightened Christian must make it a point to stand up for his fellow men irrespective of their sexual orientation.