The Bible’s teaching on homosexuality is one of the most dividing, important, and needed teachings of our generation1. If you are reading this you probably have an interest in understanding it better. And your interest may go beyond mere theory. Maybe you want to better understand the Bible’s teaching so you can then speak to others. Or, maybe a friend has challenged your formerly secure, yet ungrounded, views. Perhaps you are looking for answers to your own searching, yet neglected, questions. Whatever the case is, I pray that you would find help through these words.
This work has three main purposes. First, to show what the Bible itself says about homosexuality. Second, to answer a number of questions and objections about the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality. Third, to show that the Bible offers forgiveness and cleansing from every sin that we can commit if we turn to God through His Son, Jesus.
What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?
1.) What is marriage?
Genesis 2:20-24 looks at what marriage is,
And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper right for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, He made a woman, and brought her unto 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 shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
The animals which Adam named had an acceptable mate, there being both male and female of every animal (Genesis 1:20-22), but for Adam an acceptable mate had not been made (2:20). When God does make a right or acceptable helper for him, He makes for him a woman. As we see from this second chapter of Genesis, from the beginning only men and women were acceptable for each other in marriage. Only men and women can fulfill the command of God to be fruitful and multiply, seeing that they only can bring forth children, and only within this relationship is the sexual act permitted (Genesis 1:28; 9:1). By the terms “father” and “mother,” “man” and “wife,” we are helped to see that not only are men and women alone acceptable for each other in the marriage relationship, but with the terms “man” and “wife,” that only one man and one woman are to be in this marriage relationship. Continue reading