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a Bible Study

“I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense,
reason and intellect, has intended us to forgo their use.”
~ Galileo Galilei

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have concluded that the Bible condemns them. This assumption is based upon statements by many of the more prominent representatives of the Church who purport to know its contents. But there is a difference between tradition and what the Bible actually says. Traditional Christian teaching often condemns non-heterosexual people and their same-sex relationships.

In the same way, it was “tradition” in which Galileo was condemned by the Church, because he taught that the Earth revolves around the sun. The Church’s traditional view based its “stationary earth theory” on scriptures like the purposefully poetic Job 26:7 “He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.” I Chronicles 16:30 “Fear before him, all the earth; the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.” Psalms 104:5 “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.” I Samuel 2:8 “...for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he hath set the world upon them.”

The astronomer/scientist Galileo was therefore labeled a heretic, was told to renounce his claims because they were contrary to scripture, and lived the remainder of his life under house arrest.

In the same way, the traditional Church has taught you from birth their own biased interpretations concerning homosexuals and their relationships. But just as Galileo received a formal apology from the Church in 1979, 337 years after his death, read the explanations of what the scriptures are truly saying in the context in which they are given. Read the old words with new understanding. Let it set you free! First, the traditional “clobber” passages...

Genesis 19:4-13
The residents of Sodom wanted to violently rape the guests of Lot out of their arrogance and show of dominance, and is in no way a condemnation of loving, committed relationships.

Leviticus 18:22; 20:13
“Man shall not lie with man” is a small portion of “the Law” which was only given to the Israelites, to primarily keep them from being assimilated into the cultures of the surrounding nations. The vast majority of the Law is not practiced today.

Romans 1:24-28
A warning for heterosexuals to not go against their own natural sexual orientation for their religion, or in pursuit of pleasure. It says nothing against gay committed relationships.

I Corinthians 6:9-10; I Timothy 1:10
These are victimized by poor translations of “arsenokoites” and “malakos” in versions such as the Living Bible. Both scriptures are actually warnings against prostitution or being weak-willed, and do not condemn loving, committed relationships.

Jude 7
The controversy is centered around the term “strange flesh” which has been wrongly interpreted as same-sex relations, but a simple lesson in Greek reveals it is not talking about that at all.

Some will concede it is not wrong to be gay “as long as you don’t act on it.” They argue that the Bible lacks examples of where such relationships are affirmed. Again, they would be mistaken. Here are just a few...

The Centurion who seeks healing for his Special Servant

Jesus mentions Natural-born Eunuchs

Philip and the Eunuch

...and in the Old Testament...

The nature of Ruth and Naomi’s relationship

The nature of David and Jonathan’s relationship

In conclusion, here is a promise from Isaiah 56:3-5 for “Eunuchs”
which is a term many scholars conclude refers to intersex and gay people.