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Great News! Huffington Post Determines the Bible Does NOT Condemn Homosexuality

Adam Phillips posted in a Huffington Post story that “The word “homosexuality” didn’t even show up in English translations of the Bible until 1946, so why do we say the Bible condemns it?”

Let us investigate his proclamation.

The Old Testament says in Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”  In Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

So far Phillips is right; the word ‘homosexuality’ is not there.

The New Testament says in Matthew 10:14-15 “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.”

So Jesus made a reference to the sodomites in Sodom and Gomorrha and how they would fare better than those who do not hear the word of God. But, again no incident of the word ‘homosexuality’ has occurred.

Jesus also said in Matthew 19:4-6 “And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Jesus qualified marriage between a man and woman, but again the word ‘homosexuality’ does not appear here either.

In Jude 1:5-7 the New Testament says “But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

Doing good so far Adam Phillips, still not one time has the word ‘homosexuality’ shown up.

The book of Revelation 22:18-19 states “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Is this not saying that if you add to the Holy word or take parts out that you do not like God will punish appropriately?

Phillips states that as a gay Christian he is trying to create an understanding where Christians and the homosexual community can be together in peace. Yet he is omitting the parts of The Holy Bible that tells him that his lifestyle is against God’s law in an attempt to include himself even though he turns his back on the word.

Yes, Adam Phillips, the word homosexuality may have not shown up in a version of The Holy Bible until 1946, but God’s word and God’s law have shown it to be sinful from the beginning. It might not be recorded that Jesus said homosexuality is a sin, but he made reference to the lifestyle as previously mentioned, and as he said to the woman who committed adultery “Go and sin no more.” If you perpetuate the sin you have not repented the sinful way.

Finally, I would say that the simple and truthful reply to Phillips is “There are plenty of references to the sin of homosexuality in The Holy Bible without using the word. The Bible does not use the word manslaughter either, but killing is still a sin.”

Personally I do not care what lifestyle a person chooses because no matter what I say, that person will not hear if they do not want to. I will leave judgment up to my God as I have my own sins to deal with; but don’t try and remake my God in your image for your own solace.

Have a blessed day.

PS – As with too many things in the virtual world today, some try to read malice of heart into what is being communicated when it disagrees with their own attitudes.  It is because you cannot hear the mood in which the communication is written and if what you read is not in line with your own beliefs, people tend to get defensive and to justify that defensive attitude, they must consider the communication as offensive.  I have not written a single word here with condescending attitude or ill will.


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I am the Rural Iowegian of a published author and an award winning photographer. I use this space to speak my mind. God Bless.
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