Revisionist scholars have published several recent books that argue the Bible does not condemn same-sex behavior. In other words, if we can disregard rules like the ban on eating shellfish in Leviticus , then we should be allowed to disobey other prohibitions from the Old Testament. Today, I have to follow only the latter rule, since the former is no longer needed to protect me. In fact, it would now do me more harm than good.
Thus, even if homosexuality went entirely unmentioned in the Bible, the clear sexual ethic that runs through the Scriptures from beginning to end would exclude homosexual practice and make it clear that such acts are sinful. Sexual morality is an important topic throughout the Bible, and its basis was established in creation itself. At the beginning of Genesis we are told:. So, God made humanity uniquely in His own image.
A confusion arising from media misinformation on a biblical view of an evangelical minister on homosexual sins sparked a furious condemnation from the White House against his alleged evangelical view contrary to homosexuality. Media reports said that the evangelical minister, Ralph Drollinger, blamed homosexuality for the coronavirus epidemic. Even the conservative media had initially an interpretation not much different.
The short answer is, no. The bible is a collection of stories, songs, sermons, sayings, poems, and prayers covering centuries and continents and even a few languages. It is a rich and wonderful anthology that invites readers to think and feel, explore and imagine, heal and grow. In light of this understanding of our sacred texts, it would be difficult to think of them as being condemnatory. Lifted from the larger narrative or divorced from cultural, linguistic, literary, or historical contexts, any sentence or phrase from scripture can be used to endorse or vilify almost anything imaginable.