Below are 6 common objections to the Bible’s stance on homosexuality, with answers:
The Bible barely talks about homosexuality. Jesus never even mentions it. Why should we give so much weight to so few verses?
Answer: If you are going to the Bible for moral advice, it doesn’t matter how much or little it says something. We should take each verse seriously. If the Bible is the “Word” of God, than every word matters!
It doesn’t matter how many times I tell my daughter not to do something — in fact, once should be enough, right?
It says in the OT that homosexuality is wrong. But, it also says not to eat shellfish and not to mix your clothing material. Isn’t that hypocritical to pick and choose laws to follow? More than that, didn’t Jesus abolish the law when he died on the cross? Why do we need to follow any of it?
Answer: This is misrepresentation of our stance. Christ tells us in Matthew 5:17 that he came to fulfill the entire law for his people, not abolish it. Paul also tells us in Romans 10:4 is that Jesus is the “end (completion) of the law”. What this means is that in his life and death, Jesus came to fulfill every aspect of the law for us and in us, that we might become the righteousness of God. The point of Jesus’ life was not to abolish any or even some of the laws.
The Bible lays this out for us. For instance, Jesus became the true temple (John 2), where we can enter into God’s presence. He became the true Exodus (Rom 6), where we escape the bondage of sin. He became the true Sabbath, (Heb 4) where we find our rest. What all of this means is that in Christ, the ceremonial laws of the OT are fulfilled in us. We no longer need to participate in Jewish ceremonies, because they are completed in Jesus (cf. Col 2:16-23).
But what about the moral aspects of the law? How does that work? Do we still need to follow them, and why? Paul explains for us in Romans 8:3-4:
“God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit”
So what does Paul say? The point of Jesus’ coming is to fulfill every aspect of the law in us. What this means is that by faith and union with him, by the power of his Spirit, we can actually begin to embody the law from the inside out! By faith in Jesus, we become true temples of the Holy Spirit, empowered to, from the heart, live out true holiness.
I was born gay. Why would God create me gay and tell me not to be who I am?
Answer: Many people may have homosexual desires they were either born with, or didn’t ask for. But what the Bible says is that God did not create them this way. The Bible says that sin has affected us negatively in so many ways! We are all born with “inborn” sin as a result of the fall, with desires contrary to God’s law.
If homosexuality is wrong, and I am attracted to the same sex, that means I must live single all my life! That is unfair, and wrong.
Answer: For some Christians who have same-sex desires, they will have to live in singleness to obey Jesus. However, it is not wrong to ask that. Why? Jesus is Lord of every aspect of our live! And he tells us, that if we want to follow him, we must take up our cross. All of us are called to give up something to follow Jesus as King and Lord. This process can and will be painful, and for some, immensely hard; but the trade off is worth it! Paul says in Philippians 3:8: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”
More than that, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7 that singleness has many benefits. Marriage and sex is certainly not the end all. Paul says that the celibate Christian is able to devote more of his time to the service of the Lord. His time is not as divided. Paul wished that all would follow him in this single devotion in celibate singleness!
Doesn’t the Bible say that “God is love”? So, doesn’t that mean that love is all that matters? Why should gender roles really matter, as long as two adults simply love and commit to one another?
Answer: Yes, God is love. But he isn’t just love. His love doesn’t swallow up all of his other attributes; God is also perfectly just and perfectly good and perfectly holy and righteous. God is many other things, and this puts his love into a certain context.
More than that, when the Bible talks about love, it speaks of it less in terms of romance or emotions, and more in terms of action. Agape, the common term given in the Bible, means to consistently desire the good of another. To be loving means to desire human thriving, and to desire God’s highest good. This means that love desires God’s design above else, even when that means saying “no” to other things. Sometimes love is “tough”! Sometimes love is “intolerant” of things which would destroy the common good!
And actually, it is because God is love, that he does everything to redeem and restore his creation back to his design. This means he condemns sin, displays wrath against the evils of this world. This is why Jesus took the wrath of God! It was to redeem from the destruction of sin.
You’re on the wrong side of history; Science has disproven many things Christians used to believe: Christians used to believe the earth was flat! They also believed that the sun revolved around the earth! How can we possibly believe that homosexuality is wrong with all we have discovered?
First of all, not everyone believed the earth flat! Every educated person in Columbus’ day knew the earth was round. This is a perpetuated myth. And actually, many of the best scientists were Christians!
But second of all, this theory presupposes that as history moves on, we become more civilized; that the past is always dreary. This is simply untrue. History is known to repeat itself. For instance, Darwinian evolutionary theorists applied their new-found science by arguing for sterilization of the “lesser stock”, in order to help evolution along. Surely this is wrong, right?