Today I would like to take a look at a couple more of the claims about homosexuality and the Bible found on the Would Jesus Discriminate website. They look at Romans 1:21-28, Leviticus 18 and 20, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:10. They claim that these passages don’t apply to their homosexual lifestyles because they are not talking about people in their situations. They say the Romans passage is only talking about people seeking “new thrills” and idol worship through homosexuality; that the Leviticus passages are only talking about idol worship; and the Corinthians and Timothy passages are only talking about the morally weak and people who use power to get sex.
If you read the entire Bible this way then none of it would apply to us today. The Bible was indeed written to a specific group of people who experienced specific circumstances, including the ones mentioned above. But these circumstances cannot be read as the only instances where the Word of God applies. For examples, we cannot say the command “do not make for yourself an idol” does not apply to us today because it was written to a group of people who fell into worshiping a golden calf, and we don’t worship golden calves. People today make for themselves all sorts of false gods, be it a physical thing to bow down to or something like money or power. These too are false gods people worship with their lives in place of the one true God.
I found something else interesting about this page of “biblical evidence.” It uses an example out of the novel Huckleberry Finn where a woman uses a passage of Scripture to justify her owning a black slave. They point to it and say “she allows her prejudices to mold the way she reads the Bible.” How is this website’s reading of Scripture different than this character’s?