Beating people in the head with a Bible will defeat the goal of Christian witness. Gay bashing is wrong, and this posting is about quite the opposite. Since 6-26, there has been an incredible interest in what the Bible says about homosexuality and “gay marriage.” There are many that don’t know why “Christians are haters,” and they don’t just adjust their beliefs. Even the current president’s quotes indicate he doesn’t understand why his thinking doesn’t align with biblical Christianity. Current events have left a target-rich-environment for anti-Christian propagandists to twist and torture the Bible to prey on the unknowing.
Keep reading for some debunking in a moment.
In America, LGBT relationships, same-sex marriage, and gender neutral bathrooms have become legitimate. You may not be able to legislate a change in people’s minds, but you can legislate restraint upon behavior. Changing people’s deeply held religious beliefs, however, cannot be legislated. Scripture cannot be changed, under peril of eternal damnation. Yes, there is hellfire and brimstone in the Bible. God’s Word is well-rounded and not all “ice cream”.
Plenty of Christians have said unloving things about people who identify as LGBT and support a definition of marriage which is unbiblical. The angry outbursts and condescending social media memes from Christians, rather than helping, actually injure the Body of Christ. It is understandable, because the ignorant throw Bible-mocking terms around to deny the sinful nature of homosexuality. LGBT Bible-predators are now a cottage industry.
Google searches for “What does the Bible say about gay marriage” are one of the top searches of the past month. The bad information, of course, has risen to the top of the stack because people don’t want to hear the “offense of the Bible.” Let’s be clear. The Bible is air-tight on homosexuality, and any manifestation therefrom would be treated the same. Jesus affirmed marriage as between a man and a woman, in red letters, as a direct quote.
Matthew 19:3-6 (NIV)
3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’
5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?
6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
We who spend an inordinate amount of time reading Hebrew and Greek practice the art/science of hermeneutics; understandIng the meaning of the language from the original texts. The most important rule of hermeneutics is context. The Bible must be taken in context. When you look at passage of Scripture you consider who is writing, when they are writing, to whom they are writing, and the genre in which they are writing.
You start with a plain-language reading of a passage. Then you look at each word, and you consider it in context of the sentence. Sentences are taken in context of paragraphs, which then go into the normative language of whichever book they come from and the author’s normal usages of the words. You harmonize the context of the book’s passage with the known history, audience and surroundings that the passage is communicating about. Finally, you look at how the text harmonizes with the Old or the New Testament, and the Bible as a whole. If you take text out of context you can make it say whatever you want to say, and then it is no longer Scripture.
So we can be absolutely sure that the Bible speaks very definitively against practice of homosexuality as a sin against God. Charlatans have tried to hijack the Bible to justify homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Not a single one is telling the truth. Remember, a ½ truth is a whole lie. The final section is my ode to debunking a small fraction of the toxic stupidity claiming that same-sex marriage and homosexuality are biblically condoned. If you want to practice same-sex relations, fine… no one cares. If you want to drag the Bible into it, I will not leave you unanswered.
- Myth # 1 – Jesus never preached against homosexuality or same-sex marriage
- Truth # 1 – This is a ½ truth, but a whole lie. In the gospels, Jesus was largely addressing Jewish people, though a few times does He address Gentiles (non-Jews). The Law of Moses required death to any “man who lay with a male as with a woman” (Leviticus 20:13) There would be no reason or occasion for Jesus to specifically denounce homosexuality. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, did address homosexuality as “shameful”. Paul did travel amongst the distant Roman empire, addressing non-Jews far away from the where Jesus traveled. BUSTED
- Myth # 2 – Soon to be King of Israel David and Jonathan were homosexual lovers.
- Truth # 2 – This is a whole lie. In 1 Samuel 18:1, the King James renders the Hebrew “nephesh” as the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David. In context, crazy King Saul, father of Jonathan, publicly adopted David away from David’s home in the house of Jesse. Jonathan adopted David and loved him as his own brother, which is a foreshadowing of the torn allegiance that Jonathan will have with his father, crazy King Saul. Jonathan runs interference for David to keep Saul from killing him (19:1-7). Eventually, the love that Jonathan has for David leads to betrayal of Saul on the battlefield and Saul’s defeat. -0- language, explicit or implied, that this relationship was anything other than close, platonic, brotherly love. BUSTED
- Myth #3 – According to Romans 13:1-2, Christians must follow the law of the land, therefore they must accept “gay marriage”
- Truth #3 – Out of context and untrue. Let’s look at the passage in context:
Romans 13:1-7 (ESV)
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
As we can see from the context, Paul is giving a general admonishment to the Roman church obey the Roman authorities, culminating in the same “pay your taxes” exhortation that Jesus made in the Gospels. In Acts 5, Peter is commanded by Temple authorities not to preach the Lordship of Jesus Christ. His response is “We must obey God rather than men.” In context, Myth # 3 is absurd. Paul did not instruct the Roman church to flout God’s authority and follow the Roman Emperor Nero, who commanded that Christians confess the emperor’s deity. BUSTED
- Myth # 4 – In Matthew 8:5-13, Scripture depicts Jesus healing a centurion’s paralyzed slave, who was involved in a homosexual relationship with the centurion.
- Truth #4 – “Servant” is the Greek “pais”, which indicates a young child slave or servant. There is no language of a sexual nature at all in Matthew 8:5-13. Even if there was, every person Jesus healed in His 3 ½-year ministry was a sinner, so it would not have mattered. BUSTED
Many, many more have been asserted even by people calling themselves “Biblical Scholars”. Every time I research the background of the “scholar”, I find an axe to grind. Sometimes they are LGBT scholars who have invested an inordinate amount of time trying to make the Bible agree with their homosexuality. Others are religion scholars who are atheist, and they make a living as professional “experts” for the History Channel or other anti-Christian media. I would love to get some more of these to dig into. If you run across any more, please contact me through the “Reply” field at the bottom of this posting.