In the past 60 years, we have learned more about sex, by far, than in preceding millennia. Is it likely that an ancient people, who thought the male was the basic biological model and the world flat, understood homosexuality as we do today? Could they have even addressed the questions about homosexuality that we grapple with today? Of course not.
Hard evidence supports this commonsensical expectation. Taken on its own terms, read in the original languages, placed back into its historical context, the Bible is ho-hum on homosexuality, unless – as with heterosexuality – injustice and abuse are involved.
That, in fact, was the case among the Sodomites (Genesis 19), whose experience is frequently cited by modern anti-gay critics. The Sodomites wanted to rape the visitors whom Lot, the one just man in the city, welcomed in hospitality for the night.
The Bible itself is lucid on the sin of Sodom: pride, lack of concern for the poor and needy (Ezekiel 16:48-49); hatred of strangers and cruelty to guests (Wisdom 19:13); arrogance (Sirach/Ecclesiaticus 16:8); evildoing, injustice, oppression of the widow and orphan (Isaiah 1:17); adultery (in those days, the use of another man’s property), and lying (Jeremiah 23:12).
But nowhere are same-sex acts named as the sin of Sodom. . . .
– Daniel Helminiak
"What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality"
May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
For more of Daniel Helminiak's at The Wild Reed, see:
The Non-Negotiables of Human Sex
Spirituality and the Gay Experience
In the Garden of Spirituality – Daniel Helminiak
Beyond the Hierarchy: The Blossoming of Liberating Catholic Insights on Sexuality (Part 1)
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
The Bible and Homosexuality
Song of Songs: The Bible's Gay Love Poem
Jesus and the Centurion
On Civil Unions and Christian Tradition
A Christian Case for Same-Sex Marriage
Recommended Off-site Link:
The Bible and Homosexuality – Rick Lowery (The Huffington Post, May 15, 2012).
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