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Our readers asked:

What did Jesus have to say about homosexuality?

Ann Naffziger Answers:

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If you were to read all four gospels thoroughly in search of Jesus’ teachings on homosexuality it would be a futile endeavor. Not only would you come to the end of the gospels without finding anything attributed to Jesus on the subject, you wouldn’t even find a single reference to the issue in any context.

In fact, there are only a handful of references to homosexuality in the entire Bible, but they are found in the Old Testament and Paul’s writings. (To put it in perspective, while there are only seven references to homosexuality, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of references to economic justice and the laws governing the accumulation and distribution of wealth.)

Jesus’ silence on the subject suggests that an issue which can be controversial and/or fraught with emotion these days was simply not a central issue in his lifetime 2,000 years ago in the land of Palestine. The fact that he didn’t address this issue leaves us all to ponder what he might say were he here today.

The Author : Ann Naffziger
Ann Naffziger is a scripture instructor and spiritual director in the San Francisco Bay area. She has has written articles on spirituality and theology for various national magazines and edited several books on the Hebrew Scriptures.
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  • john

    Sin is being called sinful. We are all guilty and its a grace and gift of God when He shows it to us, then we can know to repent and turn to Him for the salvation of our souls and receive the help to break the sin in our lives. God showing us our sin is truly a Grace and a Gift!!! It saves us from OMG you cant even Imagine the horrors of what He is saving you from!!! It might be time to speak of salvation John 3:16

  • Sam Saalwaechter

    2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.
    3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?
    4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.
    5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
    6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
    7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
    8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
    9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

    Jesus gave them God’s view on marriage & then said: Verse 9 – What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
    God made them male & female & put the two together as one, in marriage, everything else is contrary to what God ordained. He did make provisions 4 divorce as stated above, but His divine will never made provision for any other form of marriage.

    • john

      Amen. Thus said the Lord

  • Ava

    And in Matthew Jesus speaks of sex outside of marriage which he defines between a man and woman. Jesus did speak out against homosexual acts, like it or not

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