Some people use Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus
20:13 to say that homosexuality and
homosexuals are bad.
The facts are:
- The 2 verses do not refer to homosexuality
as an orientation, or to homosexuals, or to
any sex between men except for
- In one verse, God, through Moses,
commanded the Israelites that a man must
not have sex with a male as a woman
would. (Leviticus 18:22)
- This means that a man should not allow
himself to be anally penetrated by another
man. In other words, men should not let
other men do it to them.
- The second verse repeats the prohibition
and adds that the penalty for men
penetrating men was death for both the
men. (Leviticus 20:13)
- However, the prohibition on men
penetrating men does not apply to straight,
bisexual and gay men today because:
(a) it was a cultural prohibition of that time,
(b) no harm is done if the persons act with
love and care.
- Notes on, and literal translations of,
Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13.
- How we know that Leviticus 18:22 and
Leviticus 20:13 prohibit only penetrative
intercourse between men.
- Reasons for this prohibition on men
penetrating men and false views about the
Author: Colin Smith