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Dear Susan, At the heart of the claim that the Bible is clear "that homosexuality is forbidden by God" is poor biblical scholarship and a cultural bias read into the Bible.
Homosexuality in the New Testament
But what does the Bible actually say about human sexuality and homosexuality in particular? In regard to marriage, it's important to remember that the Bible was written in a patriarchal culture that assumed men were in control and women were subject to them. Languages Deutsch Eesti Edit links. For example, Malick op cit writes that a significant expression of this usage is found in a letter [note 2] from Demophona wealthy Egyptian, to Ptolemaeus, a police official, concerning needed provisions for a coming festival. Since the nineteenth century many scholars have suggested that First Timothyalong with Second Timothy and Titusare not original to Paul, but rather an unknown Christian writing some time in the late-first-to-mid-2nd century. There absolutely is hope for homosexuals.
It does, however, give us an ethic to guide how we treat one another: Turning to the New Testament, Romans 1 has much to say about the nature and character of homosexual behaviour. This event is referred to in both Matthew 8: John Chrysostomin the 4th century, seems to use the term arsenokoitai to refer to pederasty common in the Greco-Roman culture of the time and Patriarch John IV of Constantinople in the 6th century used it to refer to anal sex: It is the source for what God says is holy and righteous or sin and abomination.