Homosexuality and the Bible

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I haven’t talked much about homosexuality on this blog, which is surprising considering there are over 160 posts here, but today I’ll be discussing some of the arguments used against homosexuality, and some useful rebuttals. Most of these arguments have been countered time and time again, and what with the legalization of gay marriage earlier this year, the ‘war’ is pretty much won. But I ought to make at least a few posts dedicated to homosexuality, after all, it is tied in with religion quite a lot.

One of the main claims against homosexuality is that it goes against marriage in the Bible. But who cares? The Bible didn’t invent marriage, it didn’t even invent monogamy. We see polygamy throughout the Bible, and God never condemns it. He may have said a few things, and there are a couple of verses that make it seem as though having too many wives is not a good thing, but God ever out-and-out says that polygamy is wrong. Mark 10:6-8 is quoted often times, but this is an example of a Christian doing what they accuse atheists of doing so much – taking a verse out of context. In Mark 10 Jesus is talking about divorce, not marriage. Most of the Leviticus commands about gay marriage can be ignored like the rest of them, and Paul does most of the hate speech about gays, and he still gives no decent reason for it.

But arguing the details of whether God approves of polygamy or not is besides the point. The point here is that Biblical marriage is not the only type of marriage, and it is not a good excuse to condemn homosexuality. Just because it’s ‘God’s way’ doesn’t mean it should be outlawed. Keep your religion to yourself.

Another argument so often made is a fallacy of personal incredulity. Just because you don’t think it is right does not make it so, and it is not a reason to force your beliefs and opinions on other people. Not agreeing with it is fine, but trying to stop people from being homosexual is not. This is quite an interesting comment that I found on this Yahoo answers page, perhaps many Christians feel this way:

I see homosexuality as a sin like any other. I feel no differently about them than I do about any sinner including myself. Not my place to condemn. It’s between them and God. I do resent when they want to change our society to conform to their whims (gay marriage) or have us embrace or celebrate their sex choice. I also do not agree with this being pushed down our kids throats in school. The only difference between them and any other sinner is that they want us to celebrate their sin. Nobody else asks us to do this.

Why not allow them to legalize gay marriage? It doesn’t affect you, at least, not much. Preventing gays from getting married is against the constitution. Celebrating and embracing their sex choice is perhaps a bit extreme and unfair – just because we allow them to get married does not mean we need to celebrate or embrace their lifestyle, but so far I haven’t seen any examples of this.

As a final note, I shall show that Christians should stop complaining about the legalization of Gay marriage, abortion, or anything else they don’t want, because of Romans 13:1-7

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

So clearly, according to the Bible, the people that are in charge are there because of God, and the decisions they make are a result of God’s will. Rebelling against the government is rebelling against God.

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5 thoughts on “Homosexuality and the Bible

  1. I’ve heard a number of Christians use the argument that God will destroy our country because of homosexuality like he did with Sodom and Gomorrah, so in this way it does affect them very much. The problem with this is that, even in that account in the Bible, it is specifically said that God agreed to spare all those who were righteous (and actually that he would spare them all if there were enough who were righteous). Hence, the Christians shouldn’t have anything to worry about. If there are enough of them, then we will all be spared. If not, they themselves should still be ok

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