Much disdain has been directed to the argument against homosexuality from the Creation account. I agree that the way the argument is sometimes formulated is unsophisticated. However, there is truth behind this argument.
The original creation should not be dismissed when discussing homosexuality. The facts are clear. God created both the human race and the other creatures male and female. This creation of male and female was followed by the command to be fruitful and multiply. This assumed heterosexual relationships (Genesis 1:26-28).
In these three verses Paul lists ten sins. The list begins with the rhetorical question: Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? These ten sins are characterized by unrighteousness. Thus, those who practice these sins are unrighteous.
The result of being unrighteous is that one will not enter the kingdom of heaven. “Kingdom of heaven” refers to the future inheritance all Christians are promised at Christ’s return. Those who practice the ten sins listed do not have any future hope.
For the longest time the sin of Sodom was clearly connected clearly with homosexuality. In the United States in particular we had laws against sodomy, which made homosexuality a crime. Most people, if asked today, would say the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was homosexual behavior.
However, this assumption has been challenged of late. Bible scholars and students of the Bible have claimed that the sin of Sodom should not be linked with homosexuality.
The normal argument made against Sodom being an example of homosexual activity is that later Old Testament passages state a different reason for Sodom’s demise. Although most of the later Old Testament usage of Sodom is to illustrate how God will destroy a sinful nation, there are a few passages that speak of the sin of Sodom. One is Ezekiel 16:49, 50. It states that Sodom’s sin was pride and choosing not to take care of the poor and needy though they had the ability to do so. Another is Jeremiah 23:14, which states their sin was adultery, lying, and not repenting. A third is Isaiah 3:9, which states the sin is a lack of justice. The argument made from these passages is that the sin of Sodom is not homosexuality, but rather injustice, specifically toward the poor.
So far in this series we have dealt with some of the arguments from the Harding ezine (you can read those posts here, here, and here). We have also begun a study of Scripture on the subject of homosexuality. We started with Creation, and established God’s ideal for human sexuality (you can read the post here). We next moved to the account of Sodom (you can read that here). From those two sections it is clear that homosexual practice is outside God’s will and results in God’s wrath.
Anecdotes are the facts of our generation. Everyone likes a story. Truth told in story seems more believable. That is why I was not surprised when the first half of the Ezine at Harding (read background here) was a collection of stories. These stories are meant to draw sympathy from the reader and hopefully to persuade the reader to accept the position.
I’m not against stories. In fact I think couching truth in a story, or illustrating truth through narration is a great way to help people both understand truth, and be sympathetic toward it. However, stories have their limitations.