Those opposed to same-sex marriage often point to biblical passages that prohibit polygamy and what would today qualify as incest. These texts are not unreliable, however, and Christians have frequently updated their interpretations of Scripture as new knowledge has emerged about people and the world around them.
For example, the sex Paul condemns in Romans 1:27 is usually described as a form of male prostitution or abusive power-seeking behavior. It is not a natural form of love.
God’s design for marriage
Throughout Scripture, the marriage metaphor has been used to illustrate, portray, and describe a relationship between God and His people. It is a covenant for life, and it includes sexual intimacy. However, the Bible doesn’t condone homosexual relationships outside of committed marriage between a man and a woman. The biblical text, from Genesis 2 through Matthew 19 and Ephesians five, clearly states that God only blesses sex within the context of marriage between a man and woman.
The Bible clearly defines marriage as a unique union of one man and one woman, in public covenant before God, to enjoy a oneness (in all its dimensions) not appropriate in other relationships, culminating in the bearing of children and the glory of God. God designed it that way so that a husband and wife would be a complement to each other. The man needs the wife as a helper, and she needs him as a companion. The Song of Songs lifts up the love in married relationships, and many psalms also speak of the beauty and worth of marriage.
The arguments against homosexuality based on the Bible’s prohibition passages and the broader biblical narrative are flawed. The biblical writers were speaking to the culture and customs of the ancient world, not to committed same-sex partnerships today. In fact, the amount of cultural, historical and linguistic data about how sexuality functions in the world today makes it impossible to conclude that these six biblical passages condemn any kind of same-sex eroticism.
God’s purpose for marriage
Many times, Christians who are attracted to other people of the same sex are told that they are elevating their personal experience over Scripture. This is a reasonable claim, but it is not necessarily true. The fact is that throughout church history, new information about the world and about people has frequently led Christians to reconsider their beliefs. This is not a reason to reject the Bible, but it is a good reason to consider how your personal experiences can influence your interpretation of Scripture.
The biblical view of marriage is a lifelong, sexual and public commitment between one man and one woman. This union is meant to be a model of the covenant relationship between Christ and his bride, the Church. It also reflects the loving commitment of God towards His people.
It is also important to note that God’s plan for marriage is not simply a way to promote happiness, but also a way to steer people in the right direction. This is why the Bible teaches that it’s not enough to just be happy; you need to love and serve your spouse.
Some people argue that since the Old Testament allows polygamy and what would today be considered incest, then monogamous same-sex relationships should be allowed. But it is important to remember that those passages were discussing perverted and idolatrous forms of same-sex relationships, not the monogamous, loving marriages that are commonly practiced in society today.
God’s plan for marriage
The Bible reveals God’s plan for marriage, which is an intimate and committed union between two people. It is also a place where people can grow in relationship and experience God’s love. This is what Jesus calls us to, and it is why Christians should uphold God’s plan for marriage.
One common argument against homosexuality is that it violates the biblical command to avoid sexual immorality. However, this is not true, and it is based on the assumption that Christians should ignore the teachings of Scripture. This is a dangerous mistake, because it undermines the authority of the Bible and can lead to false interpretations. It also denies the dignity of homosexual persons, and it contradicts the command to love your neighbor.
Another common argument is that homosexuality is sinful because it can’t produce children. This is a false and misleading argument, as the Bible doesn’t equate sin to childbearing. The Bible instead focuses on the divine design of man and woman, which is complementarian. It is also important to remember that the Bible doesn’t prohibit all forms of sexual pleasure, including masturbation.
In addition to promoting the Gospel and serving the community, Christian couples can show their support for gay marriage by supporting organizations that promote marriage as a holy union between a man and a woman. These organizations should be committed to teaching the truth of the Bible and supporting the rights of all people.
God’s promise for marriage
One argument that many Christians make is that human design reveals that same-sex relationships are not a good thing. They say that the Bible warns against sexual immorality because sex is necessary for childbearing, and it says that marriage should be between a man and a woman. They argue that same-sex couples can’t produce children, and that this makes them not fit for marriage. However, this is a logically flawed argument. It ignores the fact that the Bible lifts up love in marriage as a virtue, including the Song of Songs and psalms. It also ignores the fact that sex in marriage is not solely about procreation.
When Jesus Christ spoke of marriage, he quoted Genesis 2:24, which states that “a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.” He emphasized the importance of marriage as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman. He also said, “What God has joined together let no man separate.”
These biblical passages teach that the Bible is not neutral about same-sex marriage. In fact, every time it speaks of this issue, it does so negatively. This is why it’s important for Christians to reconsider their interpretation of these scriptures.