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Conclusions about homosexuality in the Christian Scriptures:

Various Christian groups interpret Bible passages in totally different ways, and reach mutually exclusive conclusions:

bullet Conservatives: The New Testament refers repeatedly and consistently to homosexuality as a forbidden, detestable practice deserving of punishment by God or mankind - one that leads directly to hell and eternal torture. These passages fully agree those of the Old Testament. A born-again Christian cannot be a non-celibate gay or lesbian. According to 1 Corinthians 6, if they were truly saved, then they would be cured of their homosexuality; they would be converted to heterosexuality.
bullet Liberals: The Christian Scriptures are ambiguous on the topic of homosexuality. Paul's epistles and Jude's writing may have condemned:
bullet homosexual orgies outside of a committed relationship, or
bullet heterosexuals engaging in homosexual sex, or
bullet homosexual ritual sex in Pagan temples, or
bullet sexual rape of young boys by adult males, or
bullet pimping, or
bullet men raping angels.

The Christian Scriptures, in their original Greek do not contain any clear references to consensual homosexuality within a committed relationship, and certainly do not contain any unambiguous condemnation of gay and lesbian sexual activity. However, after having been filtered through the belief systems of the translators, many English versions of the Bible clearly condemn homosexual behavior. Now that the famous "anti-homosexual" passages of 1 Corinthians 6:9 and Romans 1:18 have been so long identified as being critical of homosexual activity, it would be impossible for Bible translators to offer alternative explanations; their Bible wouldn't sell.

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Copyright 1996 to 2002 incl. by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2002-AUB-26
Author: B.A. Robinson

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