There are two Old Testament Scriptures that are commonly used as a weapon against the LGBT community and are held up by religiously bastardized bigots as proof that “God hates gays.” First off, God doesn’t hate any of His/Her creations, why would s/he create every person to be unique only to have part of what makes them unique be their downfall, essentially creating a human that is condemned to hell at the moment of inception? That is a very sick view of our Creator and one that has no justification in Scripture.
As most gay people that have ever been in contact with a religiously bastardized bigot can attest to, these Scriptures are in the books of Genesis and Leviticus, today’s wisdom comes to us from the book of Leviticus via Brianna in Atlanta, GA (@BriMarie__ on twitter).
Leviticus Chapter 18, Verse 22… “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” so don’t say God made you gay -_-
Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13
22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It [is] an abomination.
13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood [shall be] upon them.
Leviticus is an interesting book because as most Christians know it is the basis of Jewish Purity Laws, these are religious codes necessary for worship not moral codes. Jewish Purity Law is still practiced today by orthodox Jews around the world, notice that I say Jews not Christians. Rarely will you find a Christian that adheres to Jewish Purity Law as that would defeat much of the purpose of Christ’s life; freeing us from the bounds old laws. Christ even rebuked the Pharisees for following Old Law in Matthew 23:23:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier [matters] of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
In Galatians 5:1 Paul explicitly tells us that Christ has set us free from the yokes of slavery that were the Old Law:
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
He also says in the book of Galatians that since Christ has freed us from the bounds of the Old Law there is a new law, and it is solely to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
With the understanding that Jewish Purity Law does not apply to modern Christians we can safely assert that this Scripture is not applicable to the Christian “moral” argument against homosexuality. These laws were written with a certain context in mind, ancient Jewish worship. At this time, Baal worshipers in Canaan practiced same-gender sex as a religious ritual please note that this is same-gender ritualistic sex, not a same-sex relationship. As discussed in Romans, at this point in history the writer would not have any concept of a homosexual relationship as society did not recognize homosexuality as anything more than lust and sex so this action refers to heterosexuals performing ritualistic gay sex acts not homosexuals participating in a mutual loving relationship.
Jewish Purity Law includes many laws that modern Christians would consider archaic by today’s standard such as not eating the fruit from a tree until its fifth year, being paid for work on the day which it was performed, and not mixing meat and dairy. That’s right, Big Macs are a sin. Believe it or not, Kosher McDonalds’s in Israel do not serve cheeseburgers or have any dairy inside the building as this would be violating Jewish Purity Laws. These laws make up a good portion of the Holiness Code that actually contains 39 different things that cannot be done on the Sabbath, Sunday in layman’s terms:
ploughing earth, sowing, reaping, binding sheaves, threshing, winnowing, selecting, grinding, sifting, kneading, baking, shearing wool, washing wool, beating wool, dyeing wool, spinning, weaving, making two loops, weaving two threads, separating two threads, tying, untying, sewing stitches, tearing, trapping, slaughtering, flaying, tanning, scraping hide, marking hides, cutting hide to shape, writing two or more letters, erasing two or more letters, building, demolishing, extinguishing a fire, kindling a fire, putting the finishing touch on an object and transporting an object between the private domain and the public domain, or for a distance of 4 cubits within the public domain.
Four cubits by the way is roughly six feet, so rearranging the furniture on Sunday is a big no-no as is working and buying a car as it is also against the Holiness Code to drive or use electronics on the Sabbath which also means that driving to church on Sunday is a sin under this code. Actually, even gathering for organized worship on Sunday is against the Holiness Code which is why Jews worship on Saturday and rest (as did God) on Sunday. So the next time someone starts spouting off about Leviticus ask them when the last time they had a cheeseburger was because it is hypocritical to hold the world to one law and pick and choose for yourself.
Also, as Brianna from Atlanta, GA obviously fails to realize, the Scripture she and many other religiously bastardized bigots quote has nothing to do with whether a person is a homosexual and was created that way or not and everything to do with religious worship and ritualistic sex so this is a moot argument from the start. Remember, everyone won’t will always see eye to eye but it is important that we engage our detractors from a point of knowledge and with a genuine respect for their opinions; it is equally as important that we enlighten them to the truth of Scripture and how they relate it to themselves.