How anti-gay is the Bible?

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The answer is pretty obvious, but just how bad is it?

Some of the most-quoted verses against homosexuality come from Leviticus:

“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.”  Leviticus 20:13

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” – Leviticus 18:22

But Leviticus also lays out a ton of ridiculous rules – you’re not allowed to eat certain foods, wear gold, shave, wear clothes made from two or more materials, and all sorts of other crazy things. If Christians don’t follow these rules, why follow the ones about homosexuality? I also find it amusing how the Bible only talks about if men lie with with other men, it says nothing about women being gay!

So Leviticus can be ignored because of the illogical and hypocritical cherry-picking that takes place. Also because some people claim that the OT doesn’t matter anymore because Jesus came to abolish the law, except for the fact that he said he didn’t.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” – Matthew 5:17-18

The funny thing is, Jesus himself never said anything about homosexuality. If it was that bad, why did the son of God himself not say anything about it? Mark 10:6-9 is often cited as evidence against it, but Jesus was talking about divorce, so those people are guilty of quote-mining their own Holy Book!

Paul went on a handful of rants, but there are some issues there too:

Firstly, Paul never gave any reasons about why homosexuality is bad. As far as I can recall, he only ever said that it was immoral and detestable, without giving a good reason. Secondly, Paul said a bunch of other things that are ignored today. For instance, Paul said that no women should teach or have authority over a man.

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” – 1 Timothy 2:12-15

So with all of these things combined, Christians don’t have much of a reason to condemn homosexuality. Plus, why can’t homosexuals just repent? Some say they can’t because they are actively practicing sin, but the Bible condemns divorce, so why do divorced people get a free pass?

Christians don’t have much to worry about when it comes to homosexuality anyway. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is used as an example of what will happen to places that are full of homosexuality and corruption, but God let Lot escape, and even promised that he would spare everyone if he could find a handful of good people there.

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3 thoughts on “How anti-gay is the Bible?

  1. Neither Christians nor Jews murder homosexuals as a matter of faith.

    As for all the ancient, biblical regulations, the atheist commits the logical fallacy of equating apples and oranges.

    It is recommended that the atheist learn to distinguish between cultural rules, and rules that are normative for all of mankind.

    Not eating pork is a cultural rule. Thou shalt not kill, is a rule that applies to all of mankind.

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    • First off, I never said anything about killings happening in real life, and who’s to blame, but I must ask the question, if not in the name of faith, then why?

      In a book that is supposed to be interpreted, it should make a pretty obvious distinction to what rules apply to who, but it does not. How do you know which are cultural and which are not? How can you accurately, objectively argue that your interpretation is correct?
      Jesus also said that all of God’s commands must be held, and that not a single stroke of a pen shall be rendered obsolete.
      Looks like you’re basing your opinions on cherry picking.

      My argument is that it is stupid to argue against homosexuality so actively from a religious perspective because there is not much in the book that even discusses it. And what with the cherry-picking that is done, it makes it even harder.

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  2. per the bible itself, the sin of S&G wasn’t homosexuality, it was not helping the poor and needy (Ezekiel 16). Considering how many Christians don’t want to help the poor and needy here in the US, you’d think they’d be more concerned. Of course, as SOM has shown us, Christians just make their god into their own image and show that their religion is nothing more than wishful thinking.

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