The Bible does not condemn homosexuality – that idea is a misinterpretation and a complete misunderstanding of what was originally meant – if you examine the Hebrew & Greek texts, and consider the culture, time & place they were written, it’s not about gays at all.
[vimeo http://vimeo.com/91714837]I’m not gonna lie about this. I wasn’t so sure of what I was going to hear when I started this video. Would he be like many other pastors and slam us, say we’re going to hell, and talk about our so-called perversions? Would he try to save our souls (because, of course, it’s impossible to be gay AND Christian, right?!)? But I decided to suspend my doubt and fear and give it a listen…and I”m so glad I did. It’s so insightful and makes some points I hadn’t thought of or heard before. And-get this. He is not only a Southerner (Birmingham, AL) but also a traditional Christian (Methodist). This sermon was a delightful surprise. My thanks go out to Wade Griffith, the pastor, for making this video accessible to me…and for giving me a little bit of faith in Christians…and Southerners! http://vimeo.com/91714837
As Father Helminiak points out, the Bible has no concept of homosexuality, which is a modern concept and word. What one can study is what the Bible says about what we would class as some forms of homosexual behavior. But the biblical authors lacked the concept, and so could not classify anything as homosexual. Therefore, there can be no general condemnation of homosexual behavior (our concept) in the Bible, like it or not. That’s the fact.
In this sure-to-be controversial book, former seminary professor and church official Jack Rogers argues unequivocally for the ordination of homosexuals and for the extension of full and equal rights in society to all people who are homosexual. Christianity, he observes, has moved through history in the direction of ever-greater openness and inclusiveness.
this article discusses OT verses –
Christian gays –
My Take: Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality? –Opponents of gay marriage aren’t defending the Bible’s values. They’re using the Bible to defend their own.http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/21/my-take-bible-condemns-a-lot-so-why-focus-on-homosexuality/
The study found that children brought up by same-sex couples are healthier and get along better with their families.
A common argument which the Christian Right tries to make against gays and their efforts to increase social acceptance of homosexuality is the idea that gays want to “recruit” others — especially children — into their “lifestyle.” People who know gays and understand homosexuality find this position absurd, but it does seem to follow logically from the starting assumptions which the Christian Right has about homosexuality generally.