The Bible is the ultimate source of God's word, and it addresses people's concerns about homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
After the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage recently, many people have begun searching for Bible verses that best answer concerns relating to gay union. The Gospel Herald decided to assist people in their quest by compiling a list of Bible verses that directly address homosexuality and God's definition of marriage. While Leviticus may be the most commonly quoted verse, the most important one for many non-affirming Christians is in the New Testament. Yes, I know about the verse from Hebrews but if that verse were true it would contradict Jesus in Matthew 5. Bible believers are beside themselves about the prospect that marriage norms and laws are changing, but let me tell you a secret about Bible believers that I know because I was one. If they did, they would know that the biblical model of sex and marriage has little to do with the one they so loudly defend.


The God of the Bible explicitly endorses polygamy and sexual slavery and coerced marriage of young virgins along with monogamy. Jesus is too clever for them and points out that in Heaven, that place of perfect bliss, there is no marriage. Having a brother act as a sperm donor isn’t the only biblical solution to lack of offspring.  The patriarch Abraham is married to his half-sister Sarah, but the two are childless for the first 75 years or so of their marriage. These stories might be irrelevant to the question of biblical marriage were it not that Bible believers keep telling us that God punishes people when he dislikes their sexual behavior. The point is that marriage has changed tremendously since the Iron Age when the Bible was written. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke or a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law [the Old Testament] until everything is accomplished. Concubines are sex slaves, and the Bible gives instructions on acquisition of several types of sex slaves, although the line between biblical marriage and sexual slavery is blurry.


Based on stories of sex and marriage that God rewards and appears to approve one might add incest to the mix of sexual contact that receives divine sanction.
As humanity’s moral consciousness has evolved, coerced sex has become less acceptable even within marriage while intertribal and interracial marriage has grown in acceptance.
Gay marriage is simply a part of this broader conversation, and opposition on the part of Bible believers has little to do with biblical monogamy. Very few Christian religions condone any of these today but somehow do allow for divorce which, as the author points out, is strongly condemned.



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