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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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  • RealAmericanPatriot

    This page is pointless and slanted. As the moderators here are actually afraid to post peoples perfectly
    respectable arguments there is actually no way to have a productive
    debate because the moderators are editing the discussion in order to
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    • jose gonzalez

      Why you so angry? Religion is a PERSONAL belief. For Jesus said “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Not our fault you have to see to believe! In the end we both believe in this vast being that happened out of no where( our god, your big bang) difference is if we’re right we get to live forever. If your right you die forever! :) I hope you feel so good about yourself about being right when your in eternal sleep, forgotten forever.

      • RealAmericanPatriot

        If you are wrong, which all evidence supports. You waste the ONLY life you get following fairy tales. Believing things which are not true and ramming your religion down others throats forcing me to subsidize your belief in fair tales and the support you provide to hateful and crazy clerics that have righteously wreaked untold havoc and misery in the name of a fictitious god.

        What is the difference between you and me. You disbelieve in every god man ever created except for one. I take the last step and disbelieve in that one because there is no credible evidence to support such an enormous claim.

        There is a mountain of evidence supporting the big bang.

        Where did god come from? Who created god and where did he live before he created everything?

        Did you ever notice that the bible focuses on a land area only 150 or so miles in diameter. Pretty small understanding for an awesome god who created an entire universe that is over 10 billion light years across. Odd isn’t that. He didn’t even know about the rest of the world. Such a small god. If that is not a problem for you, you are not able to think critically.

  • diana

    God has said a lot about sex and that is that sex is for marriage between a man and a woman.

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