Today it seems that admitting homosexual behavior is a necessity, not only among psychologists but also among christians. Even evangelicals say that homosexuals are not rejected by Bible doctrine. Most evangelical Christians believe instead that Bible unequivocally condemns homosexuality. The Book of Leviticus calls male-male sex “detestable,” while in the Book of Romans, Paul condemns men who commit “shameless acts” with other men.
But the evangelical Matthew Vines says that homosexuality was seen differently in the ancient world, and believes the biblical passages against homosexuality are about lasciviousness, and do not apply to loving same-sex couples. Vines says that the scriptural message is the commitment between two human beings, normally man and women, but the same commitment can also be found between same sex persons. For him this is the way to not change biblical doctrine but at the same time to not condemn homosexuals.
Another evangelical, David Gushee, professor at Mercer University, says that only 15 out of 31,273 biblical verses are against homosexuals and we cannot judge their sexual orientation starting form such a poor dates. He also says that homosexuals are suffering people not because Bible condemns them, but because of what they have to hear from their parents, friends and from their churches. Gushee even says that “gay issue is just another example of biblical distortions resulting in what he calls un-Christlike behavior … we’ve been wrong on slavery, on race, on women, on a whole host of issues.”
Are Vines and Gushee right? Even these evangelical Christians quote the famous words of pope Francis “Who am I to judge them if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith?” These words are not a papal blessing on gay couples, but it is an admission that God loves everyone, homosexuals too! God loves everyone who seeks him in truth; he loves persons that make dramatic decisions when they have discovered truth … so the problem is not homosexuality, but hypocrites that believe to lie even to their consciousness. And without any doubt we can say that hypocrisy is an “un-Christlike” behavior”! (Post based on the article appeared in Voanews)
Biblical passages that mention homosexuality:
Leviticus 18:22 – Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
Leviticus 20:13 – If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Romans 1:24-27 – Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
I Corinthians 6:9 – Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.
1 Timothy 1:10 – 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. (Source: biblegateway.com)