Now, just because the Son of God came on the scene a couple of thousand years ago (give or take a few decades either way) with all this talk of liberation everyone being on a equal playing field, we are not being left off the hook that easily. For now we have none other than St Paul to deal with, who is responsible for supplying us with most of the New Testament. There are three texts (all NRSV) in particular to deal with:
Romans 1:26-27 … For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.
I Corinthians 6:9 … 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.
I Timothy 1:9-11 … This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers, fornicators, sodomites, slave-traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
Well, that seems pretty clear doesn’t it? Not when you look closely and especially at the original Greek and the context within which these texts were written .. . Remember, God is a God of surprises…. Jesus was the biggest surprise of all, come to think of it …
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