THE THEOLOGICAL CASE AGAINST FOR GLBT INCLUSION – A Series on the Errors in Leviticus.
When scriptural evidence for particular stands or opinions is argued, experience has taught me that, many times, some or all of these components may be lacking.
Without a pattern of use, how an interpretation yielding “you [a man] will not lie down with a male on a woman’s bed” can have any appreciable effect on the traditional understanding of the passages remains to be seen.
While the Levitical laws do not specifically allow for homosexual relations, neither do they condemn them, except when they represent an episode repeatedly condemned in scripture – adultery.
The anti-homosexual understanding of Leviticus developed as a cultural response of generations of ensuing interpreters, culminating in the strongest prohibition against same-sex relations in scripture. The only problem is that the prohibition is unscriptural when a literal translation of the original languages is undertaken.
Honest, knowledgeable, theologically reflective and humble dialogue on the subject of homosexuality requires removing the smokescreen of scriptural certainty, and dealing with the core visceral objections that have more to do with cultural tradition and social or economic fears.