Christians are increasingly divided over the issue of the acceptance and inclusion of gay persons into the church. The debate itself is usually framed as essentially pitting the Bible, on one hand, against compassion and social justice on the other. Our Christian hearts, runs the usually impassioned argument, compel us to grant full moral and legal equality to gay and lesbian people; our Christian faith, comes the usually impassioned rebuttal, compels us to cleave, above all, to the word of God.
House Republicans at a conference meeting heard a Bible verse that calls for death for homosexuals shortly before the chamber voted on the morning of May 26 to reject a spending bill that included an amendment barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Whether the freshman member who gave the prayer intended to condemn members of the LGBT community has left Republicans and Democrats deeply divided. What's certain is that the Energy-Water appropriations bill that came to the floor later in the morning was defeated on a resounding vote, with a majority of the GOP caucus in opposition.
This extensive collection of Scriptures is provided as an aid for those who wish to study what the Bible says about homosexuality. Genesis But for Adam no suitable helper was found. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
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. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? The book of Leviticus also prohibits what you can eat and prescribes animal sacrifices.
The gift is only to be enjoyed within a marriage between a man and a woman. There are no exceptions suggested, such as homosexual partnerships. From Genesis on, the Bible praises the marriage of a man and a woman, but it speaks only negatively of homosexual behavior whenever it is mentioned.
Outline of Bible-related topics. Passages in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament have been interpreted as involving same-sex sexual acts and desires. Chapters 18 and 20 of Leviticus form part of the Holiness code and list prohibited forms of intercourseincluding the following verses:.
Actually, a whole lot less than you might imagine! That may be hard to believe given the fierce rhetoric Christians often employ when talking about homosexuality, but there are really only seven passages in the Bible that refer directly to homosexual behavior, and none of them are associated with Jesus. Compare that to the more than verses on the proper use of wealth or more than on our responsibility to care for the poor and work for justice, and you appreciate quickly that homosexuality was not exactly a major theme of the Bible.
They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. Rejoice in that day and leap for joybecause great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
He has engaged them in private conversations, in public talks and through the organization he founded, the Reformation Project. He was recently invited by the Rev. Caleb Kaltenbach, lead pastor of Discovery Church in Simi Valley, Calif, to talk privately with a small group of evangelical leaders to discuss what the Bible says about gay relationships.