Judeo-Christianity and homosexuality


Various interpretations of what
the Bible says and means about
same-gender sexual behavior

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Various religious, scientific, and secular groups disagree about the fundamental nature of homosexuality: including:

  • What the term means.

  • What causes a homosexual, bisexual and heterosexual orientations: Is it nature or nurture?

  • What the Bible says about same-gender sexual behavior.

  • Whether such behavior is ethical, moral, or not.
  • The frequency with which persons having each of the three main sexual orientations are found within the general population.

This section of the ReligiousTolerance.org web site covers the above topics, and goes into detail about what the six or so "clobber passages" in the Bible say and mean. These are passages that have been historically used to attacks homosexuals and bisexuals.

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Topics covered in this section:

bulletPlease read these two essays next:
bulletA very brief glance at passages that appear to discuss homosexuality:

bullet Major or "clobber" passages

bullet Minor passages
bulletFor more detailed information, read

bullet Overview: Diverse Christian interpretations of the Bible concerning homosexuality. Rigidity of beliefs.

bullet Detailed introduction, Part 1: Quotes; Bible's passages, analysis, mistranslations, & use of the word "homosexual."

bullet Detailed introduction, Part 2: Same-sex activity in biblical times; people's beliefs about the Bible; translation biases.

bullet Are the Bible's moral teachings still valid and meaningful today? 
bulletAnalysis of individual passages from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament):

bulletMore detailed coverage:

bullet Genesis 1: Be fruitful and multiply....

bullet Genesis 19: The story of God's destruction of four Canaanite cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim

bullet Other verses from Genesis: about Adam, Eve and Noah

bulletThe Mosaic code & the meaning of the Hebrew word To'ebah

bullet Leviticus 18:22

bullet Leviticus 20:13

bullet Deuteronomy, Judges, Kings

bulletLess detailed coverage:

bullet A brief description
bulletAnalysis of passages from the Christian Scriptures (New Testament):

bulletLess detailed coverage:

bullet A brief description

bulletMore detailed coverage:

bulletMatthew, John, and Jude

bulletRomans 1 and perhaps Romans 2

bullet1 Corinthians 6

bullet Translations of 1 Corinthians 6:9 from various versions of the Bible

bullet1 Timothy 1


bulletPossible meanings of the Greek word "arsenokoitai" (arsenokoitai)

bullet Conclusions

bulletOther material:


star Christian teachings & beliefs about homosexuality by the full range of Christian faith groups: fundamentalist and other evangelical Christians, Roman Catholics, mainline and liberal/progressive Christians

bullet A series of essays donated by Anthony Ashford: "Six biblical reasons why Christians should accept same-sex relationships." Menu

bullet Three same-sex relationships described in the Bible

bullet Meanings of the Greek words "Pornea" and "Akatharsia" (fornication and uncleanness) in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament)
bullet If you approve of same-sex marriage (SSM), study this chart. If you don't, then please study this chart, unless you are easily offended


Books and links to other web sites that deal with homosexuality and the Bible

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References used:

The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Embryology," Wikipedia, as on 2015- at: http://en.wikipedia.org/
  2. "God's view on homosexuality (Must See!!!)", You Tube, 2012-AUG-10, at: https://www.youtube.com/

  3. dvd cover Daniel Karslake, "For the Bible tells me so," DVD, 99 minutes. First Run Features, 2008). Read reviews or order this DVD safely from Amazon.com online book store
  4. "What does the Bible say about homosexuality?," BeyondToday TV, 2012, at: http://youtu.be/

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