Did Jesus ever talk about homosexuality?


#1

Did Jesus ever call homosexuality an abomination? I seem to remember reading He responded to someone that "for a man to lay with another man was an abomination."Thank you, Ann


#2

No, Jesus did not say that. The Scripture verse you are referring to is from Leviticus 20:13. Jesus never quoted it.
It is questionable whether Jesus ever said anything about homosexuality. Jesus did make references to Sodom and Gomorrah (Luke 17:28-32; Matthew 10:15; 11:24) but those were rather general statements about judgment.

It has become somewhat popular today to claim that because Jesus never said anything about homosexual sexual activity that Christianity is wrong to claim it is sinful. However there's a good reason Jesus never directly mentioned it: no one disputed it was wrong in ancient Israel. Numerous sources from ancient Judaism reject homosexual relations. There was no debate in ancient Jewish society and thus it was probably never an issue/question that was posed to Jesus. If Jesus wanted to challenge this aspect of Jewish theology He most certainly could and would have done so.

Jesus does, however, say quite clearly that God created man and woman for each other in marriage (Matthew 19:4-5). The only time Jesus mentions sexual activity as part of God's plan is within the marriage of a man and woman.

On the other hand, this was an issue in various Gentile societies. That is why St. Paul, in his writings to different Gentile Christian communities, makes clear that homosexual relations are considered wrong by Christian theology (Romans 1:24-27; 1Corinthians 6:9-10; 1Tim 1:10).


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