I feel this deserves a mention here, if for no other reason than to clear the air.
Homosexuality The act of having sexual relations with a member of the same sex1, in both popularly quoted Holy Bible translations (KJV and NIV), is considered immoral. End debate. I have read them both, and in both the meaning is the same. One simply uses older, more subtle language to say what the New International Version simply comes out and says:
Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination.
Leviticus 18:22 (AKJV)
Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
Leviticus 18:22 (NIV)
That is simply the law at the time the Bible was written. Why then, are people still using a 1,400+ year old document to persecute and punish persons whose actions are considered neither illegal nor unacceptable in today’s society? The United States has changed in its moral stances, Humans have not.
Simply put, we are taught to fear and destroy that which goes against our nature. By our parents, by our elders, by our friends and peers. Christians hide behind the Bible, Muslims hide behind Allah, others hide behind science but the truth is, people who persecute others have not learned to love thy neighbor.
In the gospel of Mark, Jesus explains not only that our Lord is our most important commandment, but gives us a glimpse into the way we should treat others as well:
28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:28-31 (NIV)
It doesn’t matter if thy neighbor is gay, straight, bisexual, blue, purple, green… you get the point. We need to accept and love others for who they are, even if we disagree with their lifestyle choices. Love God first. Love thy neighbor second.
1Upon careful review of the scripture, it is determined that the condition of homosexuality is not condemned, but rather the act of having sexual relations with a member of the same sex.