Saturday, June 30, 2012

Unlawful Sexual Relations (Leviticus 18-21; Deuteronomy 22:13-30; Romans 1:18-32)

The following quotes are taken from

"Kill Homosexuals - "If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives."  (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)

"Death For Adultery - "If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death."  (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)

"Death For Fornication - "A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death."  (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)

"Kill Women Who Are Not Virgins On Their Wedding Night - "But if this charge is true (that she wasn't a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her father's house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father's house.  Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst."  (Deuteronomy  22:20-21 NAB)

"Infidels and Gays Should Die - Romans 1:24-32"

You can read the full Bible chapters concerning sexual laws here:

            Basically, all sexual laws were created for one purpose: to keep sex as God originally designed it, between a married man and woman (Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:3-9).  The Bible forbids sex with close relatives, sex with in-laws, adultery, sex with someone of the same gender, sex with animals, sex between unmarried people, and prostitution.  Any and all sexual acts outside of marriage are prohibited, according to the Bible.   
            Why is this the case?  God takes the sexual relationship very seriously.  Jesus emphasized this when he discussed the topic of divorce with the Pharisees: “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ (Genesis 1:27) and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24)? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matthew 19:4-6, see also Matthew 15:18-20). 
            When a man and woman come together to be "one flesh" in marriage, it is a sacred union, created and upheld by God (Hebrews 13:4).  Sex was created by God for this purpose.  It is a gift given by God to humanity for the marriage relationship, and should never be treated casually or flippantly.
            Again, it is important to note that capital punishment commands such as these were given specifically to the nation of Israel during the time period and culture of the Ancient Near East.  All of Scripture, both Old and New Testament, condemns sexual immorality; however, the capital punishments prescribed do not apply in our time period and culture (Romans 6:14; Galatians 3:24-26).