Skip to comments.“Jesus Didn’t Condemn Homosexuality”
Posted on 06/30/2012 6:03:19 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
By and large, the American culture is aggressively promoting the sinful lifestyle of homosexuality. In the midst of such pressure, many people who call themselves Christians are caving in and accepting this perverted lifestyle in spite of Gods clear teachings against it (Butt, 2003). Just recently, the country singer Carrie Underwood stated that her Christian faith lead her to support gay marriage (Nilles, 2012). In truth, the life and teachings of Jesus Christ could never be accurately understood to lead a person to conclude that homosexual marriage is moral (Miller and Harrub, 2004).
One of the most common arguments made in support of homosexuality is that Jesus Christ did not explicitly condemn the practice. Supposedly, since Jesus never stated specifically: Homosexuality is a sin, then His failure to denounce the lifestyle can be interpreted to mean that He approved of it. This reasoning is riddled with error.
First, Jesus explained to His followers that He did not have time to teach them everything they needed to know. He told them that the Holy Spirit would bring to their remembrance all that He had taught, and would include additional teaching that He had not had time to cover. He told His disciples: I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth (John 16:12-13). When we look to the inspired writings of the New Testament, we see the authors boldly and specifically condemning the practice based on the revelation they received from the Holy Spirit (Miller and Harrub, 2004). Thus, it is wrong to suggest that only the words in red are Jesus teachings. On the contrary, He foretold that more teaching would be done after His return to heaven due to the fact that the apostles could not bear all of it at the time.
Second, even if Jesus did not explicitly condemn the practice (though He actually did, as will be noted later), that certainly could not be used as evidence that He condoned the practice. For instance, where does Jesus explicitly state that bestiality is wrong? Where in the New Testament does Jesus state that polygamy is wrong? Where are the words in red that specifically condemn pedophilia? Are we to suppose that the Son of God condoned using crystal meth because there is not an explicit statement from Jesus mouth that says do not smoke crystal meth? The idea that silence from Jesus on a subject means He approved of or condoned the practice cannot be substantiated.
Finally, it must be considered that Jesus did, in fact, speak against homosexuality. On numerous occasions, Jesus condemned the sins of adultery (Matthew 19:18), sexual immorality (Matthew 19:9) and fornication (Matthew 15:19). These terms describe any type of sexual intercourse that is not within the confines of a marriage ordained by God. Jesus then proceeded to define exactly what God views as a morally permissible marriage. He stated:
Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. (Matthew 19:4-6).
By defining marriage as between one male and one female, Jesus effectively condemned all other arrangements, including but not limited to one man and two women, one woman and two men, three men and one woman, three men and three women, one man and one man, one woman and one animal, etc. You can see the overwhelming logic of such. For Jesus to have to explicitly condemn every assortment of genders and numbers would be absurd. When He defined marriage between one man and one woman, He clearly showed that such an arrangement is the only one authorized by God.
Several years ago a man named Cory Moore legally married his 2004 Cherry ES-335 Gibson guitar (Man Marries Guitar, 2007). He said: The day I got her, I just knew she was the one . I know it seems weird, but I really love herlike, really love her, with all my heart. I just wanted to make it official (2007). Are we to conclude that because Jesus never specifically condemned a man marrying his guitar then the Son of God approved of such? To ask is to answer. In 2006, 41-year-old Sharon Tendler married a dolphin (Woman Marries Dolphin, 2006). Jesus never said one word explicitly about refraining from marrying a dolphin. Does that mean His silence should be viewed as approval? Not in any way.
Homosexuality is a sin. It always has been, and it always will be. The inspired New Testament writers repeatedly teach that to be the case. Jesus explained that the Holy Spirit would bring to the inspired writers information that they could not handle at the time of His departing. In addition, Jesus did explicitly define marriage as being between one man and one woman. The ruse to suggest that Jesus approves of homosexuality because He never expressly condemned it cannot be sustained logically, nor can it be defended on any type of moral grounds. The person who presumes to claim to be a Christian, and yet supports homosexuality, misunderstands the teachings of Christ and needs to repent and stop approving of a perverted, destructive practice that Jesus condemns (Matthew 19:1-9).
Turning Sodom into a smoking crater isn’t condemnation?
Did you read the article?
Well obviously not. Duh.
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Bad title, but excellent post.
Jesus did specify that pedophiles should get the death penalty.
He also.never said Jewish law, which condemns homosexual conduct, was wrong in any particular.
Homosexuality is unnatural, unChristian and just plain wrong. It’s not hard.
The immature are very talented at “parsing words.” Remember being told, “I better not catch you doing XXXX.” You and your friends interpreted as “I can XXXX as long as I don’t get caught.
The people looking for justification for sinful behavior are immature. If they were emotionally mature and still wanted to practice the behavior, they would simply do it without regard to justification.
Read the article.
He also.never said Jewish law, which condemns homosexual conduct, was wrong in any particular.
Jesus seemed to have removed the dietary laws and the ban on associating with gentiles, both in Acts Chap 10.
Freedom not Sodom!
There's freedom in America, the land of the red white and blue;
but there still must be laws, things you just can't do.
You can't marry your sister, your brother, or the family pet;
a sheep, or a goat - at least not yet!
That how is it with homosexuality, what the Bible calls sodomy;
men lying with men as with women, is perversity!
That they're not designed that way, tis easy to perceive,
but yielding to sinful desires, man is soon deceived.
A moral wrong is not a civil right; like the sin itself, that's confusion;
calling evil good and exchanging light for darkness, is sure delusion!
History tells us where this will lead, from societies now in dust,
When a nation casts off the laws of God, and follows it's own lusts.
Promoting a sin which sends one to Hell from an early grave,
dishonors God and robs man of the Life He gave.
There's but one answer: the Risen Jesus gave Himself for our sins;
Repent and believe, then truly follow Him!
Gal. 6:18 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Rom. 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
1Cor. 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
I pointed those scriptures to a coworker of mine. He said he wasn’t a Christian. Those were rules for us, not him. I stopped arguing right then and there.
Jesus Christ is God incarnate. His name is The Word of God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
The people already had the Old Testament. They already knew what God had said about immorality and sexual sins, including homosexuality.
God made man and women uniquely compatible and complimentary, in more ways than the physical aspect, and only joined them in marriage. (Gn. 2:18-24; Mt. 19:3-5) Homosexual unions are condemned by God in the Scriptures by design and decree, in principle and in precept.
However, some of the first Christians were likely former homosexuals, (1Cor. 6:9-11) and there is room at the cross for all who want the Lord Jesus over sin, and believe upon Him to save them who died for them, and rose again. And who thus are baptized and follow Him, to the glory of God.
The polygamists say that the LORD Jesus Christ also condoned serial adultery...
Nothing like an ill worded title to bring out the non-article reading Freepers. :>)
Homosexuality succeeded in certain societies. Eg. Greece & Rome.
It did not succeed in countries such as Judea and other countries that were small enough to not become despotic.
Islam was against Homosexuality but under Mohamed that started to change (very quickly).
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