A thorough, yet concise, commentary on these passages is provided in the pamphlet, Homosexuality: Not a Sin, Not a Sickness, by Rev. Scripture was written by people. These chapters of Leviticus form part of the Holiness code. Those who committed a sex crime stuprum against a freeborn male minor were penalized by death or a fine, depending on the circumstances. Ruth Although used in heterosexual marriage ceremonies for years, this is a vow between two women! This article has multiple issues. James makes it clear that we must treat others with mercy, not with judgment criticism or condemnation or partiality prejudice or discrimination :.
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Our Story Too…Reading the Bible with “New Eyes” Part III: ’Same-Sex’ Relationships in the Bible
There are also support groups for gay and lesbian Muslims. We're not dealing here with a question of whether speaking in tongues is for today or whether Christians are required to tithe or whether Jesus is coming before the tribulation. As a concept, homosexuality is relatively recent, even if there is plenty of evidence for homoerotic pleasure in the past — albeit illicit in religious terms. To do so is to do a disservice to those in the LGBT community. And if you'd like to read my book by the same title and you genuinely can't afford it, email me your story, include your address, and I'll send you a copy for free.
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In the story of the rich young ruler Mark 10 , "Jesus looking upon him loved him. Whether or not Ruth and Naomi were physically intimate, we believe it is the mere idea of two women living in loving, covenantal relationship that many Christians object to. It is argued that the story of Sodom and Gomorrah had never been interpreted as relating to one single particular sin, until Byzantine emperor Justinian the Great instituted two law novellizations, in the 6th century. What of Lydia Acts 16 , the independent, Gentile businesswoman, seller of purple and the first European Christian? Namespaces Article Talk.
A close reading of the story, along with some simple research on the meaning of the words used proves this. What of Lydia Acts 16 , the independent, Gentile businesswoman, seller of purple and the first European Christian? There are only 7 Bible passages on this topic, and it is not one of the major sins mentioned in the Ten Commandments or by Jesus. In the Qur'an, Lut says:. This was also the interpretation taken in the rabbinic interpretations in the Mishnah and Talmud ,  which also extended this to include female homosexual relations, although there are no explicit references in the Hebrew Bible to this. We will select what might be the most difficult example: that of a homosexual, ex-Fundamentalist Christian who believes that the Bible is without error in its original form and whose denomination condemns homosexual behavior.