Follow our live updates on the US election results. ABC's rolling coverage of the US election results. As Australia faces a postal survey on same-sex marriage, we are seeing a steady stream of articles arguing the Yes or No case. Many on the No side are prone to citing the Bible or appealing to "biblical values".
The Bible and homosexuality
What does the Bible teach about same-sex practice? | True Freedom Trust
At the heart of the claim that the Bible is clear "that homosexuality is forbidden by God" is poor biblical scholarship and a cultural bias read into the Bible. For the last two decades, Pew Research Center has reported that one of the most enduring ethical issues across Christian traditions is sexual diversity. Although its unlikely that the biblical authors had any notion of sexual orientation for example, the term homosexual wasn't even coined until the late 19th century for many people of faith, the Bible is looked to for timeless guidance on what it means to honor God with our lives; and this most certainly includes our sexuality. In this light, the Bible is often seen as the primary source that helps us figure out how the people of God should live. Whenever any person opens the Bible, they begin a process of interpretation. But, the question is begged, is this a fair and accurate assessment? Are there such things as neutral interpretations?
What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?
He has engaged them in private conversations, in public talks and through the organization he founded, the Reformation Project. He was recently invited by the Rev. Caleb Kaltenbach, lead pastor of Discovery Church in Simi Valley, Calif,, to talk privately with a small group of evangelical leaders to discuss what the Bible says about gay relationships. After the session , they were each asked to interpret some of the most cited verses relating to homosexuality in the Bible.
The Bible defines marriage in Genesis as a union between one man and one woman. Jesus Christ upholds this definition of marriage in Matthew , as does the Apostle Paul in Ephesians Further to this, same-sex practice is specifically highlighted as sinful a number of times in Scripture. Further references are made in the New Testament. For example, in Romans , amid echoes to the Genesis creation account, both male and female same-sex practice are treated as sinful.