4. On Homosexuality
If you are like me, you have reached your threshold concerning the topic of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Mine came when an article appeared talking about a gay Spiderman
The question is, why does every character, every person, etc., have to be turned into a homosexual? is the homosexual community so intolerant that they cannot stand having heterosexuals in existence? It certainly seems that way.
Last night I was perusing the book Old Testament Parallels by Victor Matthews and Don Benjamin and I came across this little tidbit on page 117:
If one citizen has homosexual intercourse with another, then, following due process, the defendant is castrated (Middle Assyrian Code)
An interesting law and one that shows that some ancient civilizations had no patience or tolerance for homosexual activity. We must be careful though, as the English word ‘homosexual’ is a recent invention, originating somewhere around the late 19th century
So people searching the ancient languages for evidence of the illegality of the homosexual preference will be surprised to find out that the ancients did not use that word . They had their own words to describe that sexual preference and modern researchers must be open-minded when looking for anti-homosexual behavior, laws and so on. The Bible uses words like ‘have sexual relations’ (and I am not going to go into the Greek and Hebrew words at this time) and other similar terms
“‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does witha woman; that is detestable.
Leviticus 18:21-23 (NIV)
So one must be careful not to dismiss phrases that refer to homosexuality simply because they do not contain modern words referring to that sexual practice. Some translations have updated English biblical terminology
for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine
1 Timothy 1:9-11 (NIV)
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [f]effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6 NIV)
But you cannot rely on having the same service rendered with all ancient documents. Now just because some ancient civilizations had a tolerance for homosexual behavior doesn’t mean that behavior is correct or not sin.
It just means that today’s permissive attitude towards that sexual preference is not new. The ancient Greeks and Romans seem to have a permissive attitude concerning homosexuality:
The largest amount of material pertinent to the history of homosexuality is from Greece, from notable philosophers and writers such as Plato, Xenophon, Plutarch, and pseudo-Lucian, to plays by Aristophanes, to Greek artwork and vases. James B. De Young notes that homosexuality seems to have existed more widely among the ancient Greeks more than among any other ancient culture.
After Greece, Rome is the next most significant entity in the history of homosexuality, and this cultural practice in both is understood by scholars as being what the apostle Paul is immediately referring to in condemning homosexuality in Romans 1. Romans emperors were sometimes the most notorious examples of homosexuality. Edward Gibbon, in his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, wrote that “of the first fifteen emperors Claudius was the only one whose taste in love was entirely correct (not homo-sexual]
This historical attitude towards homosexuality does not make the preference normal or equal to heterosexual unions. It does tell us that the ancient societies disobeyed God and that we should not be following their example.
Now many modern homosexuals tend to say that Sodom and Gomorrah were not destroyed because of homosexual practices but because of their selfishness, their intolerance, their greed etc. Well, if you look at the behavior of many of the homosexual community today and you would see selfishness, greed, intolerance, abuse of government rules and process, abuse of the courts and so on.
In other words, homosexuality begets sinful behavior and attitudes towards others. There is nothing of God in that sexual preference. We see it today as the homosexual community refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer and appeal their case to a like-minded judge who has no tolerance for other people’s preferences or wishes.
Or in legal cases where homosexuals are suing heterosexuals simply because they were refused services. The homosexual doesn’t care about the beliefs or preferences of others and try to force people to do as they wish.
These are not isolated incidents but a demonstration that homosexuality does not have love, brotherly kindness, patience and other biblical characteristics within its boundaries. The homosexual preference is not rooted in God instead it is rooted in evil thus we see more and more evil practiced by those who choose to adopt that alternative sexual lifestyle. The bullying of heterosexuals, politicians, and the democratic process is rampant among homosexuals.
So we can say that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their homosexual preference and practice. Nothing good comes from the acceptance of homosexuality and all it brings to society is not constructive behavior but destructive.
People can spin their facts any way they see fit and the modern researcher must be careful when reading works on historical or ancient issues as we are told that history is in the eye of the historian. We cannot blindly accept what ancient writers said for they are not God nor can we blindly accept what modern historians tell us about the past for the same reasons.
This is why we do not take archaeology, science, history etc., over God’s word. Those topics are subjective and can be used to support the agenda of anyone. God’s word provides right and wrong for all generations and it does not change with the latest fad or popular cause.
5. Homosexuality Will Always Be Sin
It seems the sports world in America is all afire right now by the confession of a basketball player who plays for a storied team. You can read the story at the following link
keep in mind it is a yahoo link and may not be active for a long time, so here is the player’s name and you can search for the different articles about his announcement: longtime NBA center Jason Collins.
Why do those who claim to be homosexual need to make such public announcements? For decades the members of the homosexual community have been complaining about the violence they endure because of their sexual preference. Their argument against homosexuality as a choice is, ‘why would we choose a lifestyle that brings us so much abuse, hatred, discrimination and violent attacks, and so on?’
So if their lifestyle is so terrible why do these people have this compelling need to tell the whole world about their choice? They might as well strap a target on their backs and go into the woods during duck hunting season. They are pointing the arrow right at themselves and saying–‘here I am come get me.’
Here are some things that homosexuality is NOT:
It is NOT…1. …news. No one cares about your sexual preference except for you, your mate, and your parents, possibly other relatives. the world doesn’t care and doesn’t want to know about it.
2. … brave or courageous. Homosexuality has been around for thousands of years and it is not going away. Any person ‘coming out ‘ is not the first person to declare themselves as gay. This has been taken place for millenia and everyone is used to the idea that some people refuse to be straight.
3. …a badge of honor. There is nothing to be gained by making such announcements. World peace does not hinge upon the idea that each nation needs a certain allotment of homosexuals in their population to stop wars or conflicts. You are not going to get a medal for declaring oneself a queer.
4. …something to be proud of. Homosexuality contributes nothing positive to society or a homosexual’s life. declaring oneself as a gay is not like winning the various marathons, the Stanley Cup, the Presidency. It is a declaration that one is practicing sin and that is nothing to be proud of.
5. …becoming one with one’s lover. Sorry but to be one with a mate two people cannot have the same apparatus on their bodies. It just doesn’t work and the two are not producing what God intended–a joining together as one body and reproducing another human being out of love. Homosexuals can’t reproduce nor can they join together emotionally, romantically, and physically. Doesn’t matter how hard they try to justify their attempts with other ideas, the two remain two separate people and have no hope of becoming one with each other.
What homosexuality is:
Homosexuality is… 1. … an abomination to God. Why is that? Because it is throwing God’s creative gift to mankind back into his face and saying it is not good enough. it is saying God’s way is wrong and that God was wrong for not allowing sexual alternatives.
2. …sin. No matter how many people ‘come out’, no matter if the whole world turns homosexual, no matter if a person alters every translation of the Bible to make homosexuality okay it still remains sin.
God has said what is or isn’t sin and he is not going to be swayed by the homosexual’s argument to the contrary. Yes, you can alter those passages of scripture which speak against homosexuality but God didn’t make those changes thus homosexuality remains a sin.
Billy Graham could stand in the pulpit and declare homosexuality is good but guess what? Homosexuality remains a sin and not good. Why? Because Billy Graham is not God and he does not have the power nor authority to alter what God has declared sin.
3. …abnormal. Yes, it doesn’t matter if lesbians and male homosexuals love each other and live committed lives to each other. Homosexuality still isn’t normal. it is not what God created in the beginning, it is not what he blessed and it is not what he gave the command, to fill the earth to. Those honors belong to the heterosexual couple.
The heterosexual couple is the normal and no matter how accepted into society the homosexual union becomes, it is still not normal.
4. …bad for civilization. Sodom and Gomorrah need to be highlighted here as Jesus said those cities stand as an example and lesson for all generations. Yes, people try to provide all sorts of reasons for those cities destruction but homosexuality was still rampant and part of the reason why they were destroyed.
Think about it. There were not even 10 righteous people in those towns which means that the people of those cities were doing all sorts of evil, probably on the level of the pre-flood society, and homosexuality was practiced in those cities.
God destroys evil. He hates it and he has declared homosexuality evil and sin thus any society calling that preference good is calling sin and evil good and that is a mistake. People should take a hard look at the punishment meted out to Sodom and Gomorrah and change their ways–rejecting evil and repenting from it, turning to Jesus and embracing his ways.
Nothing good comes from homosexuality but destruction follows it like a dog following a scent. Instead of going with secular society and calling evil good, separate yourselves from evil doers and call sin what it is–sin. Let the world know what is God’s right and wrong and let them make a choice but do not follow the crowd into sin.
God said, ‘he who is not for me is against me’ and those who support homosexuality are not for God at all.
Jesus said ‘let your light shine…’ but it can’t shine if you follow and accept the secular world and its ideas. There is no light to shine in that case.
Coming out is not a big deal. It is not brave because the world supports it. A person is brave if they ‘come out’ for Jesus and stop following the crowd.