@bellagio: The other interesting thing is that only male homosexuality, not lesbianism, is mentioned in the Old Testamant. And there is only one reference in the New Testament to homosexuality. It is Romans 1:26-27, which reads (in the King James version) as follows:
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
This is the one passage that the fundamentalists use to justify their hatred for homosexuality. However, consider it in context (Romans 1:21-27):
21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Clearly, the sin described is not homosexuality. The sin is failing to glorify God, and making images of God as a corruptible man or an animal. The punishment is that God made them homosexual. (And one can see why that would be a punishment, in a society in which having children was the only way to provide for one’s old age.) Two things are clear from the passage in Romans:
- If in all the words spoken by Jesus, not a single mention was made of homosexuality, then it was clearly not high on the list of crimes.
- The very passage cited says that people are made homosexual by God, rather than choosing it on their own.
Thus, no part of the Bible ever says that lesbianism is sinful. And the only part of the New Testament that discusses homosexuality treats it as something imposed by God, not a sin. The antipathy toward homosexuality can in no way be justified by the Bible.