I was recently listening to a podcast and the preacher said that he has looked through the entire bible and could not find anywhere where it says that homosexuality was a sin.
Where does the bible stand on this? What verses talk about it?
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There's an entire Wikipedia post regarding this subject. (Thus it's my source as it's easily referenced.)
Leviticus 20:13 is the first:
Genesis 18-19 has the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, where homosexuality was a big part of their culture. The town was destroyed for their wickedness.
Ezekiel even talks about this event here:
These verses clearly state that Sodom was destroyed because of they were haughty and did detestable things. While Ezekiel isn't clear which detestable things were done, the Genesis account only indicates rampant homosexuality (possibly alluding to public, homosexual orgies) as the cause for this phrase "detestable things".
This also echos the Leviticus scripture showing that God finds homosexuality detestable.
Looking at the account of Sodom and Gomorrah, we have to either conclude it was homosexuality that was detestable, or something that was not written about. But why would Moses have included homosexuality in Genesis if it weren't the "detestable thing" for which God was destroying the city? In fact, if it wasn't one of the primary reasons for God destroying the cities, why write about it at all? It simply becomes another attribute of the city.
It's hard (if not impossible) to separate the destruction of Sodom from the concept of homosexuality.
In the New Testament, there is Romans 1:26-27
Then there's 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and 1 Timothy 1:8–10, which refer to sexual sin on a more general basis. Those previous three are pretty solid references, though.
This is a partial answer, and I don't speak with authority on these matters.
There is an difficulty in condemning homosexuality and a truth.
This verse comes to mind:
But if you continue reading we find the point that Paul is making.
So it's a case of judge not lest ye be judged.
But why does homosexuality matter to God?
Fornication or adultery is figurative serving other gods.
Variations from the natural relationship of marriage, are "wrong" because it contradicts the correct figurative relationship between God and his people, or Christ and his followers.
The thing then is to consider then is whether abstaining from homosexuality is obeying the letter or the spirit of the law. (See Romans 7:6)
(Don't forget the weightier matters of the law. See Matthew 23:23)
Edit: I find a more excellent truth in 1 Corinthians.
It seems that this was covered pretty well. I have a few links that may help further.
I found this site while looking for side by side comparisons of what different bible translation say or are worded. Bible Study Tools This link is Leviticus 18;22 and shows that the wording has the same meaning no matter what bible you are using.
I found another article where Leviticus 18;22 is broken down and discussed. I didn't read all of the material found here , so it may not reflect what I believe personally. Just a reference that may be helpful.
Some reasoning from myself on the matter. Why would god create man and then create for him a partner if he would create in them a desire for their same sex? It doesn't make sense that he would do that and then later write a law that such a thing is detestable to him. The bible tells us that god loves justice. So why then would he do something like that? I conclude then that man created homosexuality not god and then we are not born inherently homosexual. I think Environment and upbringing effects that choice or lack thereof, but we are getting into a whole new can of worms here and is off topic.
Relative to the amount of attention homosexuality as a sin gets among Western Christians, the Bible has comparatively little to say on the subject. For instance, greed is condemned loudly and often in the Bible. So is hypocrisy. Jesus compared anger to murder.
But there are very clear warnings and even condemnations of people who practice homosexuality. Paul says:
There can be little doubt that Paul is referring to consensual homosexual acts of both the male and female variety. A little later, he provides a more comprehensive list of sinful behavior:
In the rest of the letter, Paul makes clear that the punishment for any sin is death (Romans 6:23) and that all of us sin (Romans 3:23). In terms of eternal consequences, homosexual acts are in the same category as, say, gossip. That is to say, it's a sin worthy of death. Thankfully, God provided a way out:
Many people like to have some kind of sin not categorized as sin. This question about Homosexuality is repeatedly asked by many, But bible clearly says that Homosexulal or Men having sex with Men will not enter in to the Kingdom of God. I also do not understand why no one refers to this passage written by Paul, which gives maximum clarity
Here: The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts.
In addition to Richard's post, it's important to keep Acts 15 in mind.
The clearest and most unambiguous prohibitions against homosexual acts in the Bible come from the Law of Moses. It's frequently pointed out that the Law was fulfilled in Christ and Christians aren't expected to be held to its many precepts and prohibitions, such as being forbidden to mix different types of fabric together in the same garment or various other precepts that are brought up to make the whole thing sound ridiculous and antiquated.
But in Acts 15, the apostles and elders hold a formal council about what should be done with regards to the Law, and how much of it Gentile converts should be expected to abide by. The final decision, which explicitly claims divine approval in verse 28, is that most of the Law doesn't matter anymore, as it was fulfilled in Christ, but the prohibitions on idol worship, fornication, (a general term for all sexual sins, including homosexual acts,) and the eating of blood are still in full force and ought to be observed by all Christians.