Jesus Speaks on Homosexuality
The belief of certain circles is that Jesus did not specifically speak on the subject of homosexuality and since they believe He did not, then He must condone it and even bless it. It is a fact indeed that Jesus is never quoted as saying the word homosexual or the like. I will say at this point, however that when one person of the Trinity speaks they all speak.
When our Creator-Father spoke then Jesus was also speaking. When the Holy Spirit spoke Jesus was speaking too. In addition, I have always seen in God's Written Word Him protecting heterosexual monogamous marriage: God warns against adultery, promiscuity, lusting, divorce and even the coveting of another man's wife. All of these commands are directed for the protection of the heterosexual monogamous relationship. No other type of relationship is guarded by God as this one. The Lord never gives directives for a homosexual relationship (monogamous or otherwise). In fact he guards the heterosexual monogamous relationship from homosexuality! Let's look at his perfect intentions.
Mt. 19:3 "And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?"
Obviously the question is regarding divorce. Why, then does Jesus answer in the following way:
Mt. 19:4 - 5 "He answered, 'Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?' "
Jesus is quoting Gen. 1:27 & 2:24 above. Jesus has taken their question to a deeper level. It is not just a "man" and "wife" question, Jesus is desiring to bring the topic to include the Father's intentions for sexuality. He uses the words "male" and "female " to do this.
It is in this inclusive context that Jesus continues by saying, Mt. 19:6 “What therefore God has joined together. Let not man put asunder.”
The Father is commanding us to not put the male to female union asunder. Do not divorce the male to female union He says. The Creator-Father has designed male and female for one another specifically and exclusively.
Together male and female are the greatest reflection of the image of God.
Gen. 1:27 "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
God is protecting the male and female relationship (thus the husband and wife relationship). The father has put very clear boundaries on the male and female relationship. No other relationship is for the male or female. No male to male, no female to female unions, no bestiality, lesbianism, polygamy, promiscuity.... "What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder." (Mt 19:6)
Once again the Father is clearly showing us His divine intentions regarding human sexuality.
The Creator Father
male and female
for one another
Going back to the Pharisees original question--Jesus answers them, but only after affirming heterosexual monogamy.
Was Jesus silent on the issue of homosexuality? I think it is clear in Jesus' teaching from Matthew chapter 19 that Jesus was aware that man's sinful condition could seduce one into sexual relationships outside of heterosexual monogamy. Jesus says no to homosexuality.
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