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
(a) it was a cultural prohibition of that time, and
(b) no harm is done if the persons act with love
- 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.
Author: Colin Smith