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What the Bible Says, or Doesn’t Say, About Homosexuality

While the issue of marriage equality has been settled by the highest court in the United States, the church is still divided on the issue. Congregations continue to struggle with biblical assertions on the issue of homosexuality.

Phillips Seminary Professor Lisa Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible, reflects on what the Bible has to say on the issue:

The most certain statement that can be made is that the bible does not address the same-sex relationships encountered in the church today. Some might even say that the bible is “silent” on this issue.

Those who still hold onto the idea that there are texts that condemn homosexuality, must ask themselves if they still support slavery or stoning sassy children (both of which are clearly sanctioned in the bible).

Despite their claims that they read scripture for the “plain truth,” they have had to do some “interpreting” of their own in the past in order to reject other unjust treatment of human beings.

Another suggestion is that Christians spend more time reading the texts of the Hebrew Bible and the gospels rather than the Pauline letters. If they did, they would note that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, but he did speak about judging others and welcoming all of God’s children.

With new eyes, persons can find, within the Hebrew Bible, a healthy understanding and appreciation of sex.

READ MORE: the bible and sexuality handout w bib trans lisa davison.pdf

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