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Homosexuality Blessed By God?
Sinful or Blessed?
From a Biblical perspective, homosexuality is a sin.Listed in the old and new testament, it is described as detestable, impure, shameful, unnatural, indecent, perverse, degrading and immoral.Clearly the stance that is taken it is wrong.
Today, many people including Christians, view homosexuality as an accepted lifestyle and blessed by God.Many use the account between David and Jonathan, saying they had a sexual relationship and a love for one another.Ruth and Naomi are also listed as an example of a same sex relationship.Sodom and Gomorrah is said to have been destroyed due to their rape and not homosexual behavior and among other sinful acts.
Let’s look at David and Jonathan’s relationship.It starts in 1 Samuel 18, after David killed Goliath and finished talking with Saul, the King.It begins saying that, “Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.”First, we need to look up what “one in spirit” and “loved” meant in Hebrew/Greek.Since the Bible was not originally written in English, this is necessary to understand the true meaning.The King James Version used the work “knit” (Qashar) meaning to bind, tie, bind together, league together, conspire.“Loved” (‘ahab) meant human love for another, includes family, and sexual.Included is human love for or to God and an act of being a friend.It goes on to talk about a “covenant” being made between David and Jonathan then he gives David his robe, tunic, sword, bow, and belt.David as a shepherd probably didn’t own many items to fight with.Knowing Saul was keeping him for the purpose of fighting; Jonathan gave David his things because he loved him; just as most of us would do today for our friends.
In chapter 20, it talks about David fleeing to get away from Saul.Saul had developed jealousy towards David.David went to Jonathan to see what had happened since Jonathan was Saul’s son, he might know.Jonathan vows to help David.Verse 16 -17 says, “So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "May the LORD call David's enemies to account. “And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.”Later in verses 41-42 it says, “After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side [of the stone] and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together--but David wept the most.Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.”
The Hebrew word for kiss is nashaq meaning to do homage, kiss, kissed, kisses, threw a kiss, or touching.To do homage is to show respect to someone.
These scriptures tell of a deep relationship between two men who respected one another.It never mentions anything sexual between them.And reading through, it tells of David getting married, mentions descendants of both, and their sworn friendship.
In the book of Ruth, it describes Naomi requesting her daughter-in-laws to go back home after their husbands had all died.In Ruth 1:8-10, it talks about this and says, “Then she kissed them and they wept aloud.”The word “kissed” is the same “kissed” used between David and Jonathan.
In many cultures, people kiss each cheek on a person’s face to show respect.
In Leviticus, located in the Old Testament, chapter 18 verse 22 states, ‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.
Leviticus 20:13 reiterates, 'If there is a manwholies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act ; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.”This is in reference to the punishment for the act.
Even though these lists of rules in Leviticus were meant for the Israelites, these two in particular are supported in the New Testament.
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
- 1 Timothy 1:9-11
Even if David and Jonathan were in a sexual relationship, which I do not suggest they were, it would still be a sin and not something God approves.
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their sinful nature.Many say it’s because of the rape that frequently occurred but it tells of homosexual activity, men preferred other men to women.Genesis 19:4-10 states, “Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom--both young and old--surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof."9 "Get out of our way," they replied. And they said, "This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We'll treat you worse than them." They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. 10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door.”
Lot offered his daughters and the men wanted other men, refusing the women and exposing their homosexual behavior.If the cities were destroyed because of rape then the men would have raped the women.Right?
God is the same yesterday, today and forever.His word is truth and never changes.He blessed marriage between man and woman.Genesis 2:24, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Whether we think it is a sin or not, doesn’t change the fact that it is. Always hate the sin but love the person.