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What exact verse in the bible says it is wrong to be homosexual?

Asked by berocky1 (698points) July 14th, 2008 from iPhone

exact chapter/verse. And do you think it’s wrong?

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tirithalui's avatar

well in Leviticus the same book where the texts your probably refering to are it says things like slavery is ok and that shrimp are am abomination. Now I’m sure that I’m taking those out of context but so are the comments about homosexuality. They are mutations and mostranslations TS

chatnoir's avatar

I’m a christian and I don’t think there is one. I don’t think God would create a person who has an attraction for the same sex and then make it a sin to show love, affection and caring. I think anything said about Christ that sounds small minded, unloving, uncaring, unsympathetic and just plain ignorant to the heart of a thinking person and prayerful person means something has been misinterpreted over the years for human motives that may serve the simple-mindedness of man, and not the wide open heart of a loving and forgiving God.

tirithalui's avatar

sorry my typing went weird at the end of that.
They are mistranslations of words that have occurred over time. It is highly likely a lot of them were made more explicit or manipulated around king James time in england as he was suspected to be gay and people wanted to spread propaganda that would hurt him.

tirithalui's avatar

all the anti gay stuff is pretty much in the old testament which is a fairly freaky book if you take it all literally. Jesus doesn’t say anything on the subject apart from preach universal love and kindness.

mdy's avatar

This turned up in a search…

1 Corinthians 6:9–10 (NIV translation)
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor the greedy nor the drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

zepoman's avatar

@ tiri: I glanced at that last word and thought it read “monstranslations”—I was most impressed with this creative and apt conjoining of monstrous and translations. My wife makes up new words like this all the time—I always tell her she should publish a new dictionary.

zepoman's avatar

@chatnoir: very well stated answer. I come from a conservative Christian background and have pretty well given up on the faith due to the tendency of all denominations to pick and choose through scripture to suit their own agendas. If we could see the bible for what it is—a variegated compendium of archaic conflicted advice with perhaps a few overarching noble themes—we could free ourselves to discover what makes rational and ethical sense for living and loving in our plualistic world. I respect your take on

chromaBYTE's avatar

Leviticus 18:6 reads: “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female. It is an abomination.” A similar verse occurs two chapters later, in Leviticus 20:13: “A man who sleeps with another man is an abomination and should be executed.”
Leviticus is a holiness code written 3,000 years ago aimed specifically at the priests of that time. This code includes many outdated laws, such as prohibitions against round haircuts, tattoos, working on the Sabbath, wearing garments of mixed fabrics, eating pork or shellfish, getting your fortune told, and even playing with the skin of a pig. (There goes football!)
Jesus and Paul both said the holiness code in Leviticus does not pertain to Christian believers.
The source I used is here , it’s a fantastic resource I read the other day, incredibly interesting. I suggest everyone to read it if they want a PROPER understanding of the Bible’s views on homosexuality.

rockstar's avatar

No where in the Bible does it say homosexuality is ok. God created the first man and woman-the first marriage. Also one of the reasons He created marriage is so they could produce godly offspring. You can not do that with in a homosexual lifestyle. Malachi 2:15: “Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.”
Jesus addressed homosexual lifestyle in Matthew 19:4–6: “And He answered and said to them, ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?” So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.’
The Bible also talks about it in other parts of the New Testament Romans 1:26–27—“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” You can also take 1 Corinthians 6:9–10â from above and 1 Timothy 1:9–10 So there are many versus in the Bible that do deal with homosexuality.

chromaBYTE's avatar

Another extract from the page I linked before :

We must remember that Jesus, the Jewish prophets, and even Paul never even comment on the responsible love a gay man or lesbian feels for another.

The Bible is completely silent on the issue of homosexual orientation. And no wonder. Homosexual orientation wasn’t even known until the 19th century.

The discovery that some of us are created and/or shaped in our earliest infancy toward same-gender attraction was made in the last 150 years. Biblical authors knew nothing about sexual orientation. Old Testament authors and Paul assumed all people were created heterosexual, just as they believed the earth was flat,
that there were heavens above and hell below, and that the sun moved up and down.

In 1864, almost 3,000 years after Moses and at least 18 centuries after the apostle Paul, the German social scientist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was the first to declare that homosexuals were a distinct class of individuals. It was a big moment for all sexual minorities. It’s our Columbus discovering the New World. It’s our Madame Curie discovering radium used for Xrays. It’s our Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. It may seem like one small step for the rest of you, but it’s a giant leap for us.

Ulrichs assured the world of what we who are homosexual already know in our hearts. We aren’t just heterosexuals choosing to perform same-sex behaviors. We are a whole class of people whose drive to same-sex intimacy is at the very core of our being from the very beginning of our lives.

EnzoX24's avatar

Now I don’t have a bible with me, but I have been told that right by that quote in the bible of says that having multiple fabrics in clothes was also a sin.

jasonjackson's avatar

@rockstar: nowhere in the Bible does it say that Fluther is ok, either. So what?

monsoon's avatar

@chrom, that’s a good point. I’ve never heard of the bible addressing the issue of a loving homosexual relationship, only gay sex.

Nullo's avatar

First, we have that whole business with Sodom and Gomorrah, which does not resolve into short blocs of verses. You can find the account in Genesis 19.

Leviticus 18:22
22 ” ‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

Then to recap

Leviticus 20:13
13 ” ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Romans 1:26–27
25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

1 Corinthians 6:9–10
9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 1:8–11
8But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, 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 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

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