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 penetration.

  • 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, and
    (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

  • Reasons for this prohibition on men penetrating
    men  and false views about the prohibition.
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Author: Colin Smith