It gets more complicated it appears when folks have married in on state then try to divorce in another.
Maybe this is the direction to go; get rid of divorce altogether, that should satisfy the social conservatives no end....until of course they get caught in bed with a transexual hooker, banging their intern assistant, hooking up with a male boyfriend...shall I go on, begging for forgiveness on television LOL
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The handful of the typical 'gay-bashing' verses in their original historical cultural contexts and original languages are about:
- Sacred male temple prostitutes worshipping ancient Canaanite fertility gods. eg Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 (Nothing at all to do with gay men, especially those in loving relationships)
- Heterosexual men threatening to rape male strangers. eg Genesis 19 and Judges 19 (Nothing at all to do with gay men, especially those in loving relationships). Male rape throughout history has mostly been about heterosexual men dominating and humiliating other men by treating them like they would a woman.
-Heterosexual men having ritual vaginal then anal sex with women and then anal sex with other men to worship Greek fertility gods in 1st century Corinthian pagan temples. eg Romans 1:26-27 (Nothing at all to do with gay men, especially those in loving relationships).
*Sex acts between two women are not mentioned at all. (please don't bother quoting Romans 1:26 before reading what Augustine and several other early church fathers had to say about it. ie that the women were having anal sex with the men.
Leviticus 18:22 is most likely referring to male temple prostitutes who worshiped pagan gods like Molech:
After the command not to give your offspring over to Molech in verse 18:21, they are being reminded who is God -and not to worship other gods like Molech.
"I am the Lord" - Meaning "I, not Molech, am the Lord.
Molech is associated in several places in the OT with giving over sons and daughters to be male and female temple prostitutes.
Look up references to Molech in the OT to see the connection to shrine prostitutes HERE: Blue Letter Bible .
Read a brief summary of the historical and cultural context of ancient Canaan:
Canaanite culture and religion
It's very obvious to me what the texts are referring to in Leviticus 18:21, 22, 23 and 24:
Here is how it flows:
- Leviticus 18:21 was about not giving sons and daughters over to worship of Molech
- Leviticus 18:22 was specifically about male temple prostitutes (qadesh).
- Leviticus 18:23 was specifically about female temple prostitutes (qadesha) -(who also had anal sex with men as well as with animals to worship the gods)
- Leviticus 18:24 was about warning that other nations (Egypt and Canaan) became defiled by worshipping other gods so don't follow their practices.
There are more than half a dozen verses in the OT about not giving over sons and daughters to be temple or cult prostitutes, yet never again outside Leviticus does it state that men should not lie with a male and women should not lie with an animal.
eg Deut 23:17: "None of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute (6948), nor shall any of the sons of Israel be a cult (6945) prostitute.
Strongs 6945: qadesh - male temple prostitute
Strongs 6948: qĕdeshah - female temple prostitute.
(Strong's Number H6945 matches the Hebrew קָדֵשׁ (qadesh), which occurs 23 times in 9 verses in the Hebrew concordance)
In Leviticus 20:13 the context is also Molech worship.
BLB - Lev 20: Law of Moses - Leviticus 20 (Blue Letter Bible: NASB - New American Standard Bible)
To me, it's so obvious that Lev 18:22 and 20:13 are references to male temple prostitutes when you follow simple honest Biblical hermeneutics. That's not a description of homosexuality or homosexuals or 21st century gay men.