PAUL’S TOUGH TAKE ON HOMOSEXUALITY

     the word homosexual

     Shameful and unnatural are two words that sum up what Paul has to say about homosexuality. Some Bible translators punch up his criticism with even stronger words: indecent and perversion. “Men committed indecent acts with other men, and

received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion” (Rom 1:27 NIV). For many Christians, that’s uncomfortably close to name-calling: Perverts. Some Bible students-in what most scholars describe as creative Bible interpretation-argue that Paul isn’t saying what it sounds like he’s saying.

Their Theories:

  • He’s condemning naturally heterosexual people who try to go against their nature and experiment with homosexuality.
  • He’s condemning homosexuals who don’t lovingly commit themselves to their gay relationship. Instead, they’re always on the hunt for sex.

But most Bible experts argue that Paul is writing from a Jewish background that condemns this practice as “a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense” (Lev 20:13). Jews get their message across outside the Bible, too. In an ancient collection of writings called the Sybilline Oracles, the writer says that Jewish men “honor their marriage vows and don’t engage in evil intercourse with boys, as do Phoenicians, Egyptians, and Romans.” As the Oracles imply, Paul is also writing to a city that knows about homosexuality all too well. Nero-the emperor when Paul wrote this letter-married a young man named Sporus, who dressed like a woman, Some historians say that all but one of the first 15 Romans emperors had homosexual affairs, with Claudius as the sole exception.

Note: Homosexuality is a touchy topic so please read this at your own risk and remember the word of God is a sword, it is use to cut your soul God Bless.

 

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