Christian Way of Life

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MODULE 6: The Christian Way of Life Assignment Topic: From a theological perspective, examine a contemporary social issue. (E.G. Euthanasia, homosexuality, nuclear disarmament, care for the environment, Aboriginal deaths in custody, youth suicide, gender equity, detention of asylum seekers, stem cell research or rights of the disabled.) REFERENCE TO HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE BIBLE: There are many references to homosexuality throughout the Bible which in turn are open to interpretation. Translation from varying languages can in turn illicit a different interpretation. From a theological perspective let us take a look at a number of biblical passages where there is reference to homosexuality: They had not gone to bed when the house was surrounded by the townspeople, the men of Sodom both young and old, all the people without exception. Calling out to Lot they said, 'Where are the men they came to you tonight? Send them out to us so that we can have intercourse with them.' (Genesis 19: 4 – 5) This bible passage outlines a confrontation between Lot and the men Sodom, due to the fact that Lot allowed two men, believed to be angels stay in his house. The biblical passage refers to a place known as Sodom. Analysis of the word Sodom indicates that this place was a corrupt, sinful and vice – ridden place. From this we can deduce that the men of Sodom were showing a sense of bravado. The act of intercourse with a man was not as such to be an act of love. It was to be an act of humiliation. This is supported by the work of Walter Wink. Wink states that the Sodomites carried out the act of homosexual rape on the intent of humiliating and de - masculinising strangers that entered the town. In this circumstance it was the two men that entered Lot's house that the men of Sodom wanted to humiliate. We can see from this interpretation that the act of homosexuality was not
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