How often did Jesus get things wrong? They must be put to death. Revisionist hermeneutics can seem pretty silly when we consider who Jesus was. Jesus, a first-century Jewish theologian, would almost certainly have held the traditional Jewish belief about same-sex relations—that is, he would have believed such sexual activity was sinful. Had Jesus departed significantly from Jewish tradition on this front, we can be sure that his disagreement would have been recorded just like his reconsideration of divorce or his new interpretation of adultery. Any confusion about this seems motivated by contemporary politics, not ancient history. So, if Jesus would have been against homosexuality, then, at least for Christians, that ends the debate, right? Well, no, actually. And I say this as a devout gay Christian who confesses both the divinity of Jesus and the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures.
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There has been a near universal agreement among Christians for the past years that the Bible prohibits same-sex sexual activity. In recent years, however, other voices have emerged, taking the contrary view. The purpose of this paper is to first outline and then refute this counter argument. Advances in science mean that we now know more about same-sex attraction than the ancients. A gay man or lesbian woman should not be penalised for something over which they have no moral choice. Gay and lesbian people have suffered significant oppression and discrimination simply because they are different from the majority. This has been, and continues to be, psychologically harmful. Sexual intimacy is a good gift from God. It is unjust to deny sexual intimacy to those who have no opportunity for heterosexual sex, simply because God made them differently.
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