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|Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot, Genesis
God's messengers visited Lot and the townspeople wanted to
know the visitors ... the Hebrew verb to
know occurs 943 times in the Old Testament, but
refers to carnal knowledge only ten times. Well, it
is possible it refers to carnal knowledge, because
Lot then offers his daughters sexually in an attempt to appease
the townspeople. The Lord was so displeased with the
treatment of his servent Lot and his messengers, he destroyed
the idol-worshipping Sodom and Gomorrah.
Whether the whole wanting to know
them scene is referring to sex or just that the townspeople were
curious about Lot's visitors is open to individual interpretation.
And, remember, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their
idol-worship, greed and general wickedness. Not because
What I find most curious about the whole Lot
thing is, after God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot and his
daughters set up housekeeping in a cave. His daughters,
fearing they would never marry, decided to seduce
their own father! Genesis
19:30-38 Isn't it interesting that Incest
is more acceptable than being Queer? What kind of a
of the bible is that???
The book of Leviticus was handed down to the children of Israel
as a guideline during their exodus from slavery in Egypt. This
exodus supposedly took 40 years (40 years, 40 days, etc. 40
is a common number used in the books and is widely thought to
mean a verrrrrrry long time ... but no one knows fer sure ...
Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic, the language
of the ancient bible, did not contain an easy way to say "many things"
and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This
means that when the bible in many places refers to "40 days", they
meant many days. this bit came to me from Nia
The exodus took the tribes of Israel over severe terrain and
even across/through the Red Sea. If you scan the book
of Leviticus, you'll see references to what to eat or not,
how food should be prepared because of the lack of long term storage: ie,
can't eat pork or shellfish
because pork is loaded with bacteria and shellfish spoil rapidly;
how to dress to protect yourself from the elements, etc.
Along with these guidelines, (or laws as the original hebrew
word for guidelines has been translated into modern texts,) were
the laws regarding maintaining the progeny of the tribes. A
great deal is mentioned in the book of Leviticus about what a
man can and cannot do with his seed. And, with whom ...
The famous quote used to disparage gays and lesbians is from
this section of Leviticus (chapter 18:22). That quote
is: It is abomination for man to lie
with mankind as with womankind. The
preceding verse (18:19) prohibits sex during a woman's menses;
a woman in menses cannot conceive. There are also prohibitions
about sex within bloodlines, i.e., a man with his daughter, a
man with his aunt, etc. We now know, through medica
science, the abnormalities and health risks inbreeding can cause.
It is important to note that the summarization of these chapters
specifies the people of Israel shall
not commit any of all these abominations Leviticus
18:26 which leads one to believe breaking any
of the laws given is an abomination.
22:10 through 21 the punishments are cited.
|A man with his mother or step-mother
|A man with his daughter-in-law
||DEATH "for they have commited perversion";
| if a man has sex with both a woman and her
||DEATH BY FIRE
|if a person has sex with an animal
|| BOTH the person and the animal must DIE
If you take the entire book of Leviticus, especially chapters
18 and 22, you can probably surmise that the guidelines are given
to assure the continuation of the tribes. The main
focus of this chapter, IMHO, is the assurance that any emission
of a man's seed is used for the purpose of creating a healthy
new life, not for pleasure.
If you understand that the book of Leviticus was given the jews
just to help them stay alive and maintain their numbers during
the exodus, it makes sense. As ususal though, preachers
and priests always just pick and choose the verses they want to
take out of context. I wonder how many preachers start their
sunday mornings with a bacon and egg breakfast, sometimes cooked
by their wives during her period. hmmmm ....
Remember, according to Leviticus, it is an abomination to eat
pork, shrimp, be served your food by a woman
in her menses, have sex with her during her period, wear clothes
made of multiple blends of fabrics, etc.
- Other Abominations deserving death
If you're a woman, engaged and the dowry's been paid,
don't fool around with anyone else!
Don't adopt the customs of another land!
Don't eat that ham sandwich! Or that shrimp! And
woe to those who enjoy grilled rattlesnake or aligator!
Somebody call Dionne Warwick and tell her she and her Psychic
Hotline buddies are sentenced to death!
A strong argument FOR the death penalty!
Okay, this one is a bit tricky ... If someone donates something
to God, and, in turn, that gift is sold, the gift
must be put to death!
- And, woe to y'all wearing your cotton/rayon blends! Leviticus
This passage is one admonition of many about the activities of temple
prostitution. Modern scholars disagree on whether the
passage specifically means male-to-male protitution or male-to-female.
Depending on the version
you prefer, this passage has been interpreted
to mean either morally weak, cowardly men or male prostitutes. Although
there are several words which explicitly mean homosexual
in the ancient Greek language, why would Paul choose one so ambiguous?
Well, if us queers are gonna go, so are you boyz that pay a prostitute!
The new testament reference is from Paul who, it is now believed,
suffered from internalized homophobia and self hate.
Paul states in his letter to the Romans, that women
did change the natural use into that which is against nature
and that those who lie with mankind
as with womankind are dispised by the Lord.
Modern scholars believe these verses are more concerned with idolotry,
prostitution, rape, and the archaic belief that women are inferior
OK, Paul was a conservative Jew and a stoic, believing in
reason rather than natural impulse. As
a result, Paul is extremely sphincteristic in his handling of all
His beliefs were shaped by his education and conditioning as a Palestinian
Jew. He was shocked and contemptuous of other cultures.
Also, Paul's command of writing in ancient Greek is highly questionable.
In the original text of I Corinthians 6, Paul refers to malakoi,
which in translations has been misinterpreted as homosexual.
The word literally means soft. There were
several words for homosexual in ancient Greek.
If Paul was referring to queers, why didn't he use the word arrenomanes
or paidophthoro or one of the other words that specifically
- Using marriage as last resort, Don't get divorced
Paul dictates that (1
Corinthians 7:9) It is good for
a man not to touch a woman and as a last resort,
one should marry to avoid fornication and
(1 Corinthians 7:11) if a woman divorces or seperates from her
husband, she must remain celibate!
Uh, also remember Paul is the one who said women should be silent
in church and subservient to men yeah,
Jesus Christ said
absolutely NOTHING about queers.
- What Jesus Christ said about Queers
If you want to read an excellent book that details some of what
I've told you, check out Bishop Spong's "RESCUING THE BIBLE
FROM THE FUNDAMENTALISTS." It is thorough and written by a true
bible scholar who is honest and non-judgemental. It's
also a relatively easy read and not too long!
Here is Dean Worbois' THE
BIBLE and the HOMOSEXUAL, a very interesting read!
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