Introduction

INTRODUCTION:

The Bible has long been used to condemn homosexuality.  There are six passages of Scripture generally used by conservative Christians in their condemnation of homosexuality.  The truth is that many Biblical scholars agree that a close study of the facts related to these passages of Scripture has nothing to do with same-sex orientation or same-sex love.

Additionally, the word ‘homosexuality’ and the concept of sexual orientation were not even introduced into the English language until the late 1800’s.  Ancient Biblical authors had no concept of same-sex orientation or same-sex loving relationships.

The purpose of this section of the website is to provide you with helpful information to bring about a better understanding of the passages of Scripture used by conservative Christianity in their condemnation of homosexuality.

I discuss the six ‘clobber passages’ and as you read this information, I pray that you will read it with open hearts and minds asking God to reveal truths to you about God’s heart in each of these passages.

Before we delve in it’s important to understand some key facts about Bible origins. First, the books of the Bible were written by 40 different authors living across Asia & Europe. They were written over a 1500-year span of time, using three (3) different languages, Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. Jewish scribes were used to hand copy and re-copy the books of the Bible throughout this time.

The accounts given in the Bible, primarily the Old Testament, were obtained predominantly through oral tradition, stories handed down through the generations. In fact, Genesis happened some 600 years before it was written!

When we read, and study the books of the Bible, we must understand that the Bible was written centuries ago to a people in a very different culture than our own.  We take into consideration the central message of what the book is teaching, considering the audience, the socio-cultural environment, and the purpose for the writing. What we see is that God is at the center working in and through the human race desiring relationship with God’s people.  The Bible tells the history of God’s unconditional love at work, rescuing humankind.

There are six (6) passages of Scripture that are generally cited by conservative Christian churches.

Six Clobber Passages

  • Genesis 19:1-13
  • Leviticus 18:22
  • Leviticus 20:13
  • Romans 1:26-27
  • I Corinthians 6:9-11
  • I Timothy 1:8-11

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