But the idea of inappropriateness in the bible did get the cogs moving in my brain and I have decided the whimsical thought may have more of a cutting edge than might seem likely at first reading. The bible is delightfully vague and ambiguous and allows theologians and defenders of gay rights to interpret the bible as it best suits their cause. What we know to be the Christian bible has passed down through the centuries having been translated, edited and interpreted many, many times. What we have in the King James Version is what the bishops wanted the public to read and believe in. It is gospel, though not literally.
In Romans 1 26-27 Paul has this to say: In consequence, I say, God has given them up to shameful passions. Their women have exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and their men in turn, giving up natural relations with women, burn with lust for one another; males behave indecently with males, and are paid in their own persons the fitting wage of such perversion.
In Corinthians 6 9-10 Paul makes no bones about his abhorrence of homosexuality: Make no mistake; no fornicator or idolater, none who are guilty either of adultery or of homosexual perversion …… will possess the kingdom of God.
Then there is Timothy 1 9-10 where Paul goes on at length that murderers, the irreligious, fornicators, perverts, liars and perjurers are no better than vermin in the eyes of God.
Even the tax collector Matthew quotes Jesus on the matter: For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become as one flesh.
And Mark confirms the idea that a man is a husband and a woman a wife. While in the Old Testament it is said in Leviticus: If a man lies with a male as a woman both of them have committed an abomination.
Now let me make my opinion on this matter clear: I have no problem with homosexuality. As long as it doesn’t frighten the horses I can live with it. Or without it. I am a godless atheist. To me the bible is as much fiction as Harry Potter or Paddington Bear. Jesus was a good guy who wanted to rid his homeland of the Romans and for his people to live in peace and harmony. A parable very much for today.
I am aware that the word toeval can be interpreted both as taboo or abomination and that certain scholars believe Paul was referring to the violent rape of slave boys, not to men having sex with other men. The problem with that particular interpretation, though, is that is not the message the church has preached for thousands of years. If Paul and the bible creators meant the abomination was the act of pedestry then why not come out and be clear about it? Why allow homosexuals to carry a heavy load of guilt for many centuries?
The Church cannot be flexible on this subject. The bible is either the word of God and must be respected and adhered to or the books of the bible are out-dated and should be confined to history. In declaring equality to homosexuality the Church is aligning itself to public opinion and should be praised and encouraged but in allowing gay bishops and gay clergy it is disrespecting the holy word of God and His spokespersons of antiquity. Paul would be livid if he knew of their treachery.
If I or anyone else put into the public domain rampant anti-gay rhetoric all hell would break out. Yet the bible is riddled with God’s displeasure with homosexuals, with Paul particularly upfront with his view that homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of God.
Peace and harmony will only be achieved on the Earth when the truth becomes sacrosanct and all segments of society treat each other with kindness and consideration. Society cannot punish a man for the writing and saying of anti-gay propaganda and yet allow the Christian Church to publish material that includes similar hostile views.