Is Homosexuality Condemned in the Bible?

Topics: Homosexuality, Bible, Sodom and Gomorrah Pages: 10 (3907 words) Published: September 26, 2008

This essay seeks to definitively answer if contents from the Holy Bible condemn Homosexuality. Within the essay is a clear definition of homosexuality and the debate between Conservative Christians and Liberal Christians about the answer. Biblical verses and passages are analyzed from a Conservative and Liberal point of view, including Genesis 1:27-28 (the passage concerning God’s command to Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply”), and Genesis 19 (the passage surrounding a possibly homosexual intimacy offense attempt before God destroyed the city of Sodom). Isaiah 1, Jeremiah 23:14 and Ezekiel 16:49-50 are analyzed from a Liberal point of view in support of the Liberal claim that an accurate interpretation of Genesis 19 does not present text in clear and convincing condemnation of homosexuality. Leviticus 18:22, 20:13 and Romans 1:26-27 are analyzed to give support to the Conservative claim that homosexuality is condemned within biblical text. Overall, it is concluded that the Holy Bible while it doesn’t condemn homosexuality in as many places as Conservatives argue, does however condemn it in selected places.


Homosexuality is defined as a person’s sexual attraction to people of his own gender. To many people, its practice is considered a crime, a sin against society and the higher power they choose to believe in and worship. There is a significant minority of “religious” people (adamant believers who practice a particular religion) who will claim that it is morally acceptable for a person to be a homosexual. Not only will they protest it, but they will condemn the homosexual to a life of spiritual damnation, which will be followed by eternal suffering once physical death on earth has occurred. The complexity of some religions is that even though believers are taught on one hand, in one way or another to treat each other impartially and with unconditional love, they are compelled on the other to openly protest homosexuality and its offenders. Christianity is a prime example of a religion in which its believers as a whole condemn homosexuality. Although there are Christians who choose to live a homosexual lifestyle, they are in the minority. Many pastors, deacons, and ministers preach that homosexuality is an abominable sin, which its participators choose to practice just like anyone can choose to practice any other sin such as gluttony, wrath, or slothfulness. Preachers use the Holy Bible as a resource to back up their claim against it. In modern days, their argument can be considered valid. If you look in modern day text, you can find passages within the biblical books which can be used as evidence arguing against homosexuality. Many believers who look up to preachers for spiritual guidance accept the argument and therefore condemn the practice. However, modern day skeptics and critics who advocate for the acceptance of homosexuals in society argue that the Holy Bible itself doesn’t make any clear and convincing arguments against homosexuality. They critique the interpretation of the passages as well as the translation of the books from its original Hebrew hieroglyphics. In fact, they argue that the resource of Christian life in actuality condones it. The argument of whether the Holy Bible condemns homosexuality may be divided into how the bible is interpreted and which translation or version is read to be interpreted.

Perhaps the earliest passage used by Conservative Christians was Genesis 1:27-28 in which God commands Adam and Eve to mate and reproduce so that their offspring can help in taking care of the earth.

The King James Version: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (KJV...
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