Monday, October 17, 2011

Bible Does Condemn Homosexuality

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of 17 October 2011 (Page15A).

HOMOSEXUALITY

Bible does condemn homosexual acts

It is absolutely incredible that Mark Achtemeier, in his op-ed "Celebrating this servant of God," would argue that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality as sinful (Perspectives, Oct. 11).

I have read through the Greek New Testament multiple times, read the Torah in Hebrew, translated the Aramaic portions of the Bible, edited a book on the text of Scripture and teach Greek and Hebrew at the college and seminary level in the Milwaukee area.

Old Testament texts such as: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination" (Lev 18:22) and New Testament texts such as Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, and many others, mean, in Greek and Hebrew, exactly what they mean in English.

Achtemeier's denomination decided, in the 1920s, to turn away from its former faith in an infallible Bible, an act that led to the resignation of the cream of the faculty of his denomination's seminary, Princeton, at that time.

If he agrees with his denomination that the Bible is filled with errors, let him say so. But to argue that the Bible does not condemn homosexual acts is an egregious misuse of the plain meaning of many passages.

(Author's Name Left Purposely Out)

2 comments:

Miranda said...

Good job completely misreading, misinterpreting, and misusing those quotes for the sake of casting shame on God's creatures.

Anonymous said...

For the sake of sodomites' abomination acts, God destroyed Sodom as Ezekiel 16:49,50 shows for us. Ezekiel uses 16:50 Hebrew word towebah, which is the same Hebrew word in Lev 18:22 (and Lev 20:13) that describes homosexuality as abomination. It is very clear that in Ezekiel 16:50, abomination means homosexuality acts as the reason for destroying of Sodom. Sodomites pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness and hardened hearts towards poor and needy were sins, but destruction came for the sake of homosexuality, and the New Testament confirms this:

Jude1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Apostle Paul wrote very clearly that homosexuality (men having sex with other men; women having sex with other women) is a sin. Ro 1:27 is word error, which is in Greek plane, which means error, to deceive, deceit, one led astray from the right way, error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting. In this place, the Bible in the New Testament shows very clearly that same-gender sex is a sin and aberration from the right way. Apostle Paul taught very clearly that homosexuality is unnatural sin.

Many scientists believe that homosexuality is congenital, a matter and orientation that can't be changed as heterosexual. Paradoxical is that many scientists don't believe in God of the Bible, and they proclaim that God of the Bible is not existed. Nevertheless, God of the Bible is capable of change homosexuals individuals to be as heterosexuals.

Arsenos means male and koiten means bed. Lev 18:22 and 20:13 teach that a man cannot lie (sexual act) with another man as he lies with a woman. The origin of the word arsenokoites means homosexual activity and homosexual. Lev 18:22 and 20:13 prove very clearly that arsenos koitenmeans homosexuality sex, because the Jews scribes translated words' arsenos koiten to describe men who have sex with another men (homosexuality), which is a sin and against the will of God. Apostle Paul didn't make up the word arsenokoites, but it was already as the concept in the Old Testament, where it meant homosexuality.

It is very clear that the words' arsenos koiten meant homosexuality (man who had sex with another man) to Jews of the Old Covenant era. In the same way arsenokoites meant homosexuality (man who had sex with another man) to Jesus' disciples in the New Covenant era.

Jewish philosopher Philo lived in the same time as Jesus Christ and Philo has said that arsenokoites meant shrine prostitute (male temple prostitute), and not homosexual. Some people have made from this a conclusion that the word arsenokoites meant a male temple prostitute. Philo's interpretation was totally wrong, because the Bible proves this undisputedly and shows that Philo erred.

Lev 18:22 and Lev 20:13 doesn't use temple prostitute word, but words in which is denied that a man can't lie sexually with another man. Always when the Bible speaks for temple prostitutes, so the Bible uses words gedeshah and gadesh. If Lev 18:22 and Lev 20:13 told for temple prostitutes, so verses would mention them, but there isn't, because in those verses, the Bible forbids homosexuality. It is very clear and undisputable in the light of the testimony of the Bible, that arsenokoites means homosexuality.



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