Reading the Bible can be a SHOCKING experience. Just as one example which I felt I needed to share: There is not a single verse in the New Testament where in Jesus commands his followers not to murder lesbians!
I mean, it should be obvious that if Jesus was opposed to rounding up Lesbians and killing them to make a meaty Lesbian Stew, meatloaf or pasta sauce, he would have SAID so! Right?
It would be a MAJOR oversight to not address this matter if he intended us to not kill and eat them.
But not only does Jesus never explicitly forbid the murder and eating of Lesbians, but none of the apostles do either! Read the book of Acts, or Romans, or any of Paul’s letters, and you will never ONCE see a verse that says, “Do not kill and eat Lesbians.” There aren’t even verses which condemn killing them OR eating them. I mean, if Jesus had said, “The pagans kill and eat Lesbians, but you should not,” we could make a case for it. But it never even comes up!
When I came to this realization, it was an eye-opening experience that made me realize that I have been choosing my actions and living a restrictive lifestyle based on certain interpretations of Old Testament commands and NOT on the clear teaching of Jesus in the New Testament. But as many modern preachers have pointed out- the Old testament is for the Jews, NOT for the church! There’s nothing in the New Testament that commands me to not murder and eat homosexuals! I have just been reading that into verses that don’t actually SAY it, such as the one where Jesus says love your neighbor as yourself, but isn’t that just forcing my cultural norms into the text of the Bible?
Jesus doesn’t actually say not to murder lesbians even if by chance they happen to be my neighbor. He really just expects me to love them. Sometimes you have to hurt the ones you love. And bake them into a pie.
The reason this apparent oversight in the teaching of the New Testament came to my mind is because there are a lot of people who have been arguing that Jesus never explicitly condemns homosexuality. Whole denominations have been arguing that, since Jesus doesn’t explicitly forbid homosexuality in the New Testament, then we who are followers of Jesus have no reason to condemn it either. The only problem is, Jesus DOES condemn this lifestyle. So, yes, I am saying that whole denominations have failed to read the Bible.
First, in Matthew 5: 27-28 Jesus says,
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Point number one- Jesus is reminding them of the Old Testament laws on sexual purity and telling them that the bar is HIGHER than they think. Jesus is saying, the Law says DON’T sin, but if you even LOOK sinfully and WANT sinfully, then you’re just as guilty even though you didn’t touch- because purity is about more than the body. It’s about the heart and mind as well.
So, Jesus is absolutely NOT saying, “You know that stuff which is forbidden in the Law? That’s stuff’s cool now. You can do all of it. You should even have parades celebrating it!”
Point number two- The law in Leviticus 22 has a LAUNDRY list of forbidden behaviors. Among those is “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” This chapter begins with an important phrase; “The Lord said to Moses…”
So Leviticus 22 is not some list of cultural norms which Moses gathered from polling the people at church. This was a list of instructions from God himself. But does Jesus agree with these rules? Is Jesus an OT OG, or did he come with NEW rules?
Here is the key point of doctrine which answers this question:
JESUS IS GOD. He wrote the Levitical Law!
So, yes, I am saying that whole denominations have failed to understand basic Christian doctrine. Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law and the prophets. He actually says exactly this in Matthew 5: 17:
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
If your denomination or pastor thinks that Jesus was in favor of homosexuality or “gay Marriage” because he didn’t explicitly condemn it, remind them that Jesus wrote the Levitical laws, and also that he said NOTHING against the killing and eating of Lesbians.
So let’s not go making any decrees based on what the New Testament DOESN’T say. Otherwise those potluck dinners are going to start getting REALLY weird.