What does the Bible say about being gay?

The answer? Very little. Of the 23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 7,957 verses in the New Testament, homosexuality is mentioned only six times:

  • Genesis 19 — the story of Sodom
  • Leviticus 18:22 — prohibition of “lying with a man as with a woman”
  • Leviticus 20:13 — law stating that lying with a man as with a woman is an abomination, punishable by death
  • Romans 1:18-32 — Paul’s description of Gentile ungodliness, including “exchanging the natural function for the unnatural”
  • 1Corinthians 6:9-10 — Paul’s statement that “sodomites” (NRSV) will not inherit God’s kingdom
  • 1Timothy 1:9-10 — Paul’s statement that “sodomites” (NRSV) are among the “lawless and disobedient”

This is the first in a week-long series on Open and Affirming. The blogs that will appear this week are:

Tuesday: “What Does the Bible Really Say about Being Gay?”

Wednesday: “What About Sodom and Gomorrah?”

Thursday: “What does the Rest of the Bible Say?” (I will explore the above passages)

Friday: “What Does an Open and Affirming Church Look Like?”

Saturday: Ask me anything you want during the week and I will write a blog on it for Saturday.

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