Is God anti-gay?: And other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction by Sam AllberryIts the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? And what do we say, and how do we relate to to both Christians and non Christians who experience same-sex attraction.
In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures, and offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.
What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
Human sexuality is complex. It affects us physically, mentally and emotionally. After the fall, God gave us spiritual laws to ensure that sexuality could remain the blessing He intended it to be. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful This relationship — between a man and a woman within a lifelong, faithful marriage — is repeated again and again throughout the Bible, and is the only sexual relationship sanctioned and blessed by God. Genesis , Impure lusts were awakened, which would go on to plague their descendants throughout all the generations.
Outline of Bible-related topics. Passages in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament that have been interpreted as involving same-sex sexual acts and desires. Chapters 18 and 20 of Leviticus form part of the Holiness code and list prohibited forms of intercourse , including the following verses:. These two verses have historically been interpreted by Jews and Christians as clear overall prohibitions against homosexual acts in general. More recent interpretations focus more on its context as part of the Holiness Code , a code of purity meant to distinguish the behavior of Israelites from the polytheistic Canaanites.
Lusts and sexual immorality
If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? The book of Leviticus also prohibits what you can eat and prescribes animal sacrifices. Why do you disregard those rules but adhere to these rules? The only rules of the Old Testament that apply to us today are the rules that are repeated in the New Testament. We live under the new law of God.