What Does the Bible Say about Homosexuality?
If one accepts the accuracy and authority of Genesis (again, see the conservative vs. liberal divide discussed above), then God's marriage model is clearly articulated in the Garden of Eden. And that model is presented as one man and one woman (see Genesis 1-2).
Additionally, the Mosaic Code is replete with condemnations (and penalties) for homosexual conduct. While the Old Testament penalties for homosexual conduct (and also witchcraft, teen rebellion, adultery, etc.) are not practiced by the Christian church today (and, say evangelicals, shouldn't be -- based on the New Testament dispensation), the moral principles remain.
In his letter to the church at Rome, the Apostle Paul adds his condemnation to homosexuality, when he writes:
"For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due."(Romans 1:26-27, NKJV)
In Homosexuality: A Biblical View, Greg Bahnsen puts it bluntly:
"God’s verdict on homosexuality is inescapably clear. His law is a precise interpretation of the sexual order of creation for fallen man, rendering again His intention and direction for sexual relations. When members of the same sex (homo-sexual) practice intercourse with each other...they violate God’s basic creation order in a vile and abominable fashion."
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