So, we have dedicated an entire section to the topic. What They Should Have Taught You in Sunday School … Does it sometimes seem as if Christians tend to choose passages from scripture to support a certain political or theological position? For example some Christian leaders have claimed that the Bible condemns homosexuality based on six Bible verses none of which describe loving consenusal relationships between same-sex partners. Ongoing classes and seminars focus on how Biblical passages and stories have often been misinterpreted instead of understood within their original social and historical contexts. This includes gay men and lesbians. How tragic it is that the Christian Church has excluded and persecuted people who are homosexual!
Share via Email The Bible is often appealed to on issues of sexuality, and those who use it to condemn homosexuality often turn to it in support of heterosexual marriage. Here, though, the Bible is against them, for nowhere do we find an exemplary marriage explored in depth; nobody to whom a parish priest could point a young couple in a marriage interview and say: Only in one place in its exploration of relations between women and men does it place them on an equal footing and protest against the brutalities and nonsense of patriarchy. The Song of Songs, a series of erotic poems, composed almost certainly by women, celebrates the subversive, pre-marital sexual love of a pair of teenagers, where the girl has escaped the confines of the family - and the brothers who would board her up to protect her virginity - and has run into the arms of the boy she loves. It contains some of the most beautiful love poetry ever written, but not quite what those who insist sex be confined within heterosexual marriage are looking for. The Bible also celebrates same-sex relationships, despite what those persuaded by a few verses in Leviticus and the epistles might believe.
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By Sam Allberry It is a surprise to many people to discover that there are only a handful of passages in the Bible that directly mention homosexuality. The first two passages that directly mention homosexuality come from the Old Testament, the other three are from the New Testament. Genesis 19 Sodom has become so associated with homosexual conduct that its name was for many ears a byword for it. But is 'sodomy' really what Sodom is about?