“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, they have committed an abomination; the two of them shall be put to death; their bloodguilt is upon them.”
I was getting into a debate with a close friend who does not approve of homosexuality, saying homosexuals should not have rights.
This really struck me because I know Jesus tells us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves and what not.
But then he used this quote from Leviticus to justify his hate of homosexuals.
Why does God tell us to put homosexuals to death, but also tell us to love our neighbors?
Is there a deeper historical or biblical context as to why homosexuals were put to death?
What about the new testament? We see Jesus as advocating for love, but in the old testament telling people to kill homosexuals. Why is that?