IS THE BIBLE AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY?
A scholarly response on what the Hebrew and Aramaic Bible says concerning LGBTI people.
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Is Homosexuality a Sin?
1st Note: The Greek translation of (1 John 3:4) literally reads: "... sin is lawlessness." The Aramaic text reads: "... sin (offense) is evil (iniquity, injustice, injury, wrong)." Sin is something evil which in turn is lawlessness or the "transgression of the Law." (Hosea 12:8 / 12:9 [Rashi]) implies something similar. 2nd Note: Yeshua seemed to indicate that even the thought of committing a sin, lust, adultery or hate were sin. However, the thought of sin isn’t necessarily implied as part of its meaning nor is it included in the meaning of the verb root of each noun. Secularly and even in the Bible most of the time, it doesn’t have that additional layer of meaning, which didn’t incur any punishment. 25. HOMOSEXUALITY AND ANIMALS: A Presbyterian pastor brought to my attention that homosexuality cannot be natural because it doesn’t occur in animals. In the first place, this is totally false. Homosexual behavior has been observed among many animal species in the wild as well as in captivity. 26. CREATION: Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27 NKJV). & “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (body or person). (Genesis 2:21-24 NKJV). It is true that God created humankind male and female, and that the Bible says that a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh here. However, God created every one different. God created white people, black people, lesbians, gay men, short and tall people, etc. If a person is born straight, then of course that person may choose to marry a wife and beget children, hence multiply. But what about the people that were born gay and lesbian? God’s plan for them is to remain single or marry someone of the same sex in a monogamous relationship. Is the Bible Against Homosexuality? by Preacher Mattai © (Ɔ) 2016. All rights reserved.