What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
Important: temptation is not a sin. Accepting it, is. There is a big difference between spotting a cliff and jumping into it. Same sex attraction is not a sin, in a similar way it is not a sin to feel attracted to someone of the opposite sex.
Any homosexual consented sexual desire and activity is a mortal sin: if someone dies without repenting, he/she goes to hell, forever, forever, forever.
Humble prayer, Repentance, determination to avoid occasions of sin, self-mortification, and above all, the frequent use of the Holy Sacraments, will prevent you from falling into temptation.
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Homosexuality under reason and natural law (not God)
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The cause of homosexuality
* The wrath* of God* is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickednessp of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness.For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them.qEver since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.r As a result, they have no excuse;for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.sWhile claiming to be wise,t they became foolsand exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes.u
Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts* for the mutual degradation of their bodies.vThey exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.wTherefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural,and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.xAnd since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper.y They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossipsand scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents.They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.Although they know the just decree of God that all who practice such things deserve death, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
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6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
7 Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come!
40 And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
45 He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’
46 And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Saint Augustine said "Love the sinner and hate the sin":
If we don't correct the sinner, then we love sin and hate the sinner. If we tolerate or love sin, we love Satan and hate God.
Jesus paid for all future sins through his Crucifixion: supra-temporally, more sin means more pain for Him. Less sin, less pain. If we love Jesus, we fight against sin. God is Love. If we love mortal sin, we are incapable of loving, in fact, we hate, because sin harms our neighbors, whether we acknowledge it or not.
What about Old Testament prescriptions like stoning homosexuals?
Just like violating a red light brings a fine, sin brings an intergenerational curse up to the 4th generation. Before Adam's sin God took the "seed" of the Immaculate Conception from him and reinserted it after sinning (when the gates of Heaven were shut). This Eucharistic sacrament was passed from generation to generation by a special blessing: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, following Christ's geneology until it reached the hatching point: the fire of love of Saint Anne (and St. Joachim). You see, God is 100% perfection and thus 100% incompatible with sin, so with the Creation set of rules, He wouldn't be able to incarnate and save us. That’s why mankind needed the genetical and spiritual purity of the Jews, by not mixing with sin and pagan sinners (even if it meant killing the homosexuals or neighboring people). If not, we would never be able to enter Heaven, not even the Just ones. After the incarnation all those non-mixing rules (which survive in Orthodox Jews and even in Indian casts) were unnecessary: baptism erases the inter-generational curse and that's why we baptize children as soon as they are born. All this explains the apparent inconsistency that if God is Love and that if you love someone, you want to be next to the loved one, God didn’t incarnate as grandson of Adam.
Homosexuality in Scripture
Gen. 1 & 2 - we see from the beginning that the complimentarity of the sexes reflects God's inner unity and His creative power and Fatherhood. God created man and woman to become one flesh which is consummated in the act of marital love.
Gen. 2:18 – throughout the creation story, God says “it is good” seven times. But when God pointed out that man was alone, God says “it is not good.” God then created woman. Man and woman therefore belong together by God’s design, according to His natural and supernatural law.
Gen. 2:24 – God created man and woman so that they could share communion. This communion is consummated in the marital act (which must be between a man and a woman). This communion is also a reflection of the eternal communion of the Blessed Trinity, who created man in His own image and likeness.
Gen. 19:24-28 - the Lord rained fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah as punishment for the sin of homosexuality. Homosexuality perverts God’s covenant with humanity.
Gen 13:13; 18:20: while homosexuals argue that the sin in Genesis 19 was the sin of “inhospitality,” these verses show that the Sodomites were evil and wicked people before the alleged sin of inhospitality. That is because the Sodomites were guilty of homosexuality, not inhospitality. In fact, 2 Pet 2:6:8 says that Lot witnessed their evil sexual practices “day after day.” The Sodomites’ sin was daily and pervasive.
Gen 19:5: this confirms that the Sodomites’ sin is homosexuality. Here, the Sodomites mistaken the two angels for men and, surrounding Lot’s house, ask to have sex with them. When the yell to Lot “bring them out that we may know them,” the Hebrew for “to know” (yadah) in Gen 19:5 means having sexual relations. See, for example, Gen 4:25 where “yadah” refers to sexual relations between Adam and Eve.
2 Pet 2:6-10: Peter also proves that the Sodomites were guilty of homosexuality. He says God condemned them for “licentiousness” and “lust of defiling passion,” which is where we get the title “Sodomite” for a homosexual. The Greek “aselgeia anastrophes” for lustful behavior is also found in Rom 13:13; Gal 5:19; Eph 4:19 and Jude 4.
Jude 7: Jude also confirms the Sodomites’ sin is homosexuality. Jude says they “indulged in unnatural lust” (Greek, ekporneusasai) and went after “strange flesh” (Greek, sarkos heteras) in reference to their homosexual sins.
2 Peter 2:4-6: Peter also reveals that the Sodomites are suffering in hell for their sins by comparing the Sodomites’ punishment to the eternal punishment of the evil angels. Just as God did not spare the angels when they sinned but cast them into hell, so He did the same with the Sodomites when He “condemned them to extinction and made them an example to those who were to be ungodly.”
Jude 5-7: Like Peter, Jude confirms that the Sodomites are in hell by saying that they had the same fate as the evil angels. Jude says just as the evil angels were condemned to hell, the Sodomites “likewise” (Greek, hos) acted immorally and are undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. “Undergoing” (Greek, upechousai) is a present participle which means their suffering is ongoing. See also the clear polarity between those who are saved (v.5) and those who are condemned (vv. 6-7,11,13).
Lev. 18:22, 29 - God commands a man never to lie with a male as with a female, or he will be cut off. This refers to supernatural death which is eternal separation from God. While the Old Covenant laws have been abrogated by the New Covenant, the Church has adopted their moral principles. Thus, the moral prohibitions on homosexuality still apply in the New Covenant, as Peter, Paul and Jude demonstrate.
Lev. 20:13 - God says that if a man lies with another man, he shall be put to death. From the very beginning, God has revealed that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered, unhealthy, and mortally sinful.
Deut. 22:5 - cross-dressing is also considered an abomination before God.
Matt. 19:6 - after referring to God's divine plan for man and woman, Jesus says a husband and wife become one flesh, which ultimately reflects God's union with humanity through the Church. Homosexual unions pervert this divine truth of God’s love for and union with the human race.
Rom. 1:26 - also, when a woman lies with another women (lesbianism), this is unnatural and a perversion. God wants His children to be pure and holy as He is holy. Paul condemns all homosexual acts, whether committed by men or women.
Rom. 1:27 – Paul calls the practice of homosexuality shameless, unnatural and a perversity. It is contrary to the natural law, as it eviscerates the life-giving aspect of human sexuality and reduces it to a selfish, pleasure-seeking end.
1 Cor 6:9: Paul teaches that sodomites will not enter into the kingdom of God. The Greek word for “sodomite” (arsenokoites) literally means “male copulation” or “male sexual relations.” The Greek “arsen” means “male” and “koites” means “coitus” or “sexual relations.” Paul uses the same word in 1 Tim 1:10.
1 Tim. 1:10 - sodomites are called ungodly and sinners, unholy and profane, lawless and disobedient. They are called by God to chastity. It is important to note that homosexual attractions and inclinations, while disordered and dangerous, are not by themselves sinful per se. It is the acting out on homosexual attraction that is sinful. Those with homosexual desires can still live a life worthy of Christ by remaining chaste and pure as they abstain from acting out on their desires.