God says that no homosexual will enter the kingdom of God:
I Corinthians 6:9 "You know that wicked people will not inherit the kingdom of God, don't you? Stop deceiving yourselves! Sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, . . .
I know, I know, I know, I shouldn't bother. If you're still reading, here are my credentials: I am on the ordination track in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and start classes at Princeton in September. I have done a lot of research on this subject. I also happen to be gay.
Here's a shocker: the Bible wasn't originally written in English.
The word "homosexual" didn't exist until the 1800s, so any Bible translation you use that uses that word simply reflects the personal choice of the translator.
To wit, the translation team that came up with the King James Version in 1611 translated that same verse this way:
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
So is it okay to be a butch gay?
The word in Greek is μαλακοι (malakoi). It actually means "soft" and connotes effeminacy. Why your translator chose to make that particular leap is anyone's guess. So does this mean that the uber-butch bear will inherit (not "enter" BTW) the kingdom of God, but not the vagina-loving metrosexual?
There are better verses with which to make your case, but even with those, it's a weak, weak case. True, it's one that's had legs for quite a while in the western Church, but so did the incredibly weak argument from the Curse of Ham for chattel slavery of Africans.
I'm also curious about your ellipsis. Why do you cut poor Paul off in midsentence? Why do you remove the context that he's talking about church members filing lawsuits against each other
? Here's the whole quote:
1 Cor 6.1-11 (NRSV) wrote:
When any of you has a grievance against another, do you dare to take it to court before the unrighteous, instead of taking it before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels—to say nothing of ordinary matters? If you have ordinary cases, then, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to decide between one believer and another, but a believer goes to court against a believer—and before unbelievers at that? In fact, to have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—and believers at that.
Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites*, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers—none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
Context is a bitch, ain't it? The whole point of his argument is "don't sue somebody, no matter how wrong they were. Take comfort in the fact that they probably will get disinherited by God in the end anyway."
*Yes, this was a controversial choice of the NRSV translation committee, a translation that I think otherwise is one of the best available. As Jack Rogers
points out, the word "sodomite" appears nowhere in the original Hebrew of the OT (not even for a resident of the city itself) or the Greek of the NT. It was coined for use in other verses by the 1611 KJV committee and has attached itself, ticklike, to the English language.
Fact: Folks. Just "READ THE BOOK" or at least Genesis 18 FOR YOURSELF.
It is extremely clear that Sodom and Gomorrah's SIN and REASON why God burnt them up
with FIRE from Heaven was "Men having Sex with Men." As the account develops
these Male Perverts were trying to have SEX with the Male Angels.
If you come to that conclusion, you haven't been reading your Bible.
Ezekiel 16.49 (NRSV) wrote:
This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and properous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.
No less an authority than Jesus himself says the sin of Sodom was breaking the code of hospitality (crucial to survival in a desert culture):
Matthew 10.14-15 (NRSV) wrote:
"If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town."
But hey, what does he know?