Bible: Homosexuality
-In the Quran
-In the Book of Mormon

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(From Chapter 1 of Strange Flesh: The Bible and Homosexuality by Steve Wells)

Explicit Verse #5: For whom the law was made

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine. 1 Timothy 1:9-10

In this passage, we learn for whom the law was made. It was made for homosexuals! Well, OK, not just for homosexuals. It was also made for other ungodly, disobedient, lawless sinners; for whoremongers, and mother/father murderers.

Liberal responses:

  • The same word “arsenokoitai” is used in this verse as in 1 Corinthians 6:9, so we can be sure that what the KJV translates as “them that defile themselves with mankind” does not refer to male homosexuals.1

  • And even if “arsenokoitai” does refer to male homosexuals we can safely ignore this verse since 1 Timothy is a forgery.2

  1. “The next key phrase in this passage [1 Corinthians 6:9-10] is rendered in the King James Version as ‘abusers of themselves with mankind.’ A similar phrase appears in a list of sins in 1 Timothy 1:10. Both phrases are derived from a single Greek word, arsenokoitai….” Miner and Connoley, The Children Are Free, p. 18.

  2. Liberal Christians recognize that Paul was not the author of 1 Timothy (see, for example, Tom Horner, Jonathan Loved David, p. 100 and John Shelby Spong, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, p. 94), however I’ve never heard any Christian, liberal or conservative, suggest that 1 Timothy and the other known forgeries be removed from the Bible.