The Bible and Homosexuality
What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
The Bible does not discuss homosexuality. Sexual orientations, as we understand
them now, were not understood by the Bible writers. The New Concise
Bible Dictionary says the Bible talks about homosexual conduct, but says
nothing specifically about homosexuality. The second edition of Tyndale's
New Bible Dictionary, a dictionary opposed to same-gender
sexual relationships, notes that even though the Revised Standard Version uses
the "misleading" translation homosexual, the Bible mentions nothing "specifically"
about homosexuality as a "condition." Because the Bible does not discuss sexual
orientations, the Bible cannot be used to condemn homosexuality or bisexuality as
sexual orientations. The debate must focus only on if the Bible condemns
same-gender sexual relationships.
The Bible is the Word of God and outstanding literature. As with all good
literature, one can read passages of the Bible many times and get new insights
with each reading. Understanding the many messages God is giving us in His
word is more of an art than a science. Unlike science, we cannot perform
an experiment with a Bible text and guarantee we will get the right answer,
the right interpretation. Because interpreting the Bible is an art, and not
an exact, precise art, people are urged to accept those who do not agree with
their interpretation of a specific passage from the Bible.
Those to be distrusted
and feared the most are those who take a dogmatic position about the meaning
of Bible texts where the meaning in the Christian community is in dispute.
Beware of those who claim to be speaking for God about these Bible texts.
There are a few references in the Bible to what could be sexual activities
among members of the same sex or the same gender. The same-gender sexual
activities mentioned in some Bible passages may be references to very specific
situations, as opposed to a general pronouncement about homosexuality.
Some of the passages typically used to show gay relationships are wrong
are as follows:
Genesis Chapter 19
Leviticus Chapters 18 and 20
Judges Chapter 19
Romans Chapter 1
1 Corinthians Chapter 6
1 Timothy Chapter 1