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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.

 
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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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  • Tamlew

    Right, sin is sin and every sin is equally heinous because all of it separates us from God because He is holy. Sin cannot exist in His presence, so if you want to be in His presence you need a remedy for your sin. Praise God we have one; the blood sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Repent, accept Him as your savior and be reconciled to Him. He will apply His holiness to you and you will be saved…. But, it is utter nonsense to say “Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality.” The ENTIRE word of God is the words of Jesus. Jesus is God. There is no separation between Jesus and the Father…. “I and the Father are one.” said Jesus. It’s so laughable that people actually think the only words of Jesus in the Bible are the red letters! All of the Bible is God/Jesus breathed, inspired, and the revelation of the mind and heart of God/Jesus. And, what He tells us in the Bible is for our benefit, so we can be safe and live forever in beauty, goodness, kindness, mercy, love, peace and joy. None of it is to condemn us or exile us. The heart of God longs to be pursued, loved, understood and enjoyed so He can raise us up out of the things that are killing us. Selah….

  • impeachemall

    No, Jesus would simply repeat his only commandment: “Love one another.”

  • hangman

    Matthew 19:4–6

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    4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, u‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

    • Jeffrey Quave

      by defining what marriage is he makes clear exactly what it is NOT…

      • Deanna Jones

        You realize that marriage existed prior to Christianity, right?

      • Joel Simon

        Oh Yeah it did. Are we discussing history here though? We are discussing Christian Morality on the subject. So Yeah Christ was real clear on the moral stand GOD took on the subject.

      • Deanna Jones

        Except Jesus didn’t talk against homosexuality. Perhaps because he had a better understanding of the true meaning of God’s love than those screaming in protest right now.

    • American Polyglot

      This bible verse is clearly referring to DIVORCE, and how you shouldn’t get divorced from someone you marry, he wasn’t defining anything other than the nature of marriage in terms of commitment. Reading anything else into that is incredibly disrespectful to the actual message Jesus meant to share.

    • knowitall

      Hold on! You forgot the rest of the chapter!

      Matthew 19:11
      But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”

      The word eunuchs is just another word for homosexual.

      • impeachemall

        What?? No, the word eunuch is NOT another word for homosexual. A eunuch is a man that has been castrated. That’s it, you uneducated moron.

  • PeeBee

    “… Jesus would have said…” Except that he didn’t did he?
    This is you putting words into Christ’s mouth.

    • Matt Ghazarian

      Yes pee that’s what the article is asking precisely what would Jesus say if he were here today and babear has hit it on the head imo. First off to even care what Christ said you must be Christian.. if your Christian you quit sinning by the Grace of God and belief in Christ. Your true love for Christ shall overcome your false love for sin. A heroine addict (and many say they are “born addicts”) and a homosexual who chooses Christ have the same burden and it is heavy but it must be carried in the name of Christ and Christ WILL lighten the load.

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