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There are a number of passages in the Bible that hate groups have used to spew their filth against homosexuals. They call themselves Christians but they do not practise the love of others that Jesus teaches.

Let’s look first at Genesis 19:1-5 (KJV):

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

Some versions of the Bible have been translated to say ” … that we may have sex with them.” or ” … that we may know them intimately.” These apparently are not accurate translations. The Hebrew word used here is “yada” which means “know.” It has nothing to do with sex.

In chapter 14 of Genesis, Sodom and Gomorrah were under war with the kingdom of Elam. The battle was brutal with heavy casualties for the two cities but the tide was eventually turned with the defeat of King Chedorlaomer’s forces. This freed the cities from under Elam’s rule. In chapter 18, God told Abraham that He would destroy the two cities “because their sin is very grievous.” Abraham asks Him if He would spare the city if he could find 50 righteous people and God apparently agrees. Abraham then talks Him down to 10.

So now we have set the stage for the first verse of chapter 19 when two strangers appear on the scene. Lot knew who they were right from the start but the people of Sodom did not. Remember they had just finished a rather nasty war and I’m sure strangers were viewed with mistrust. If we take the word “yada” at it’s meaning then the people of Sodom want to know who these people are and not some spies indicating a forthcoming attack. This fits in with the other part of that passage where it’s ALL the men came out. I don’t think I have to explain that there was no way that all the men in Sodom were homosexual and came out to have sex with the new guys.

When translating from a dead language it is very difficult to understand some terms. The original Hebrew phrase “anshei ha’ir, anshei S’dom” can mean “men of the city, even the men of Sodom” or it can mean “the people of the city, the people of Sodom.” Did the women and children of Sodom want sex with these two men as well? Another point is Lot knew these people. If they were all men would he have offered his two daughters to them if they were gay? That would have been a rather useless gesture if this crowd were intent of having homosexual sex.

If you really must insist on thinking that all these guys wanted to forcibly stick their flesh into the two newcomers then the other point comes across and that it is rape. Rape is not sex in any language or at least not this one. And rape has nothing to do with homosexuality either.

If you doubt what I say is true then lets look to the Bible itself and Ezekiel 16:49-50 (KJV):

“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

There is not one word about homosexuality in there.

In the court systems in most free nations there is the principle of innocence unless found guilty “beyond any reasonable doubt.” This passage is nothing but reasonable doubt and to use it to condemn homosexuals is totally unjust.

The passage in Bible that we should be looking at is this, from the teachings of Jesus, Matthew 22:36-40 (KJV):

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

And I have to throw this one in too, Exodus 20:16 (KJV):

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

According to Susan McGinley who did a study entitled Children and Lying, there are four types of lies. They are: Pro-social – Lying to protect someone, to benefit or help others; Self-enhancement – Lying to save face, avoid embarrassment, disapproval or punishment. These lies are not intended to hurt anyone, rather they benefit the self; Selfish – Lying to protect the self at the expense of another, and/or to conceal a misdeed; and Anti-social – Lying to hurt someone else intentionally.

To take these Bible verses and to try and give them a meaning that just isn’t there to justify discrimination against a small group of people that have done no harm to you really fits into that fourth type of lying. And this study was done on children. I would have hoped that these Christian “adults” were a little more grown up.

My two cents.

So love your neighbour, do not preach hatred and do not spread lies but love them all. It’s really that simple.

Teresa

Links:
Hebrew Dictionary (Lexicon-Concordance) – #3045 – yada – know

Children and Lying – Study focuses on reasons why by Susan McGinley