Jesus never mentions homosexuality, but He did condemn all forms of sexual immorality: what comes out of you is what defiles you. For from within, out of your hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile you. (TNIV, Mark 7:20-23).
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This verse has been translated in many different ways as there are different versions of the Bible, so we have to look at the original Greek to see what Jesus was really saying. The word translated here as “homosexual offender“ is the Greek word arsenokoites which means a sodomite, a person who engages in any kind of unnatural sex, but especially homosexual intercourse. There is a tendency to confuse homosexual tendencies and feelings with acts of homosexual intercourse because the English word “homosexuality“ is often used to describe both. However, regardless of how we interpret the Bibles‘ teachings about homosexual acts, it is important to note that the Bible does not condemn people for being sexually attracted to persons of the same sex.
It is sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex that is prohibited by Bible teaching, not tendencies or feelings. A man or woman who discovers homosexual feelings should realized that, like other interest and feelings, it may be only be a passing phase that will fade away in time. Meanwhile, he/she should avoid becoming obsessed with feelings or indulging in any kind of sexual activity. A homosexual christian man or woman is presented will great challenges, and great strength is often achieved by learning to deal with great challenges. Perhaps God has some special mission in mind for that person that is best accomplished outside the restrictions imposed by traditional marriage and family duties. In modern western culture we associate touching, kissing and the word “love“ with sexual relationship. But that was not at all the case in Biblical era culture.
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