Still, the church has done the best it could. And again, where the NRSV uses the word "sodomite," other Biblical translations today use words such as "abusers of themselves with mankind," "abusers of themselves with men," "liers with men," "homosexuals," "practicing homosexuals," and "homosexual offenders. Why would they think otherwise? Whereas it would be impossible for a camel to cross through the eye of a sewing needle, it was possible for the animal to cross through the wall of Jerusalem. For those of you who don't know, Sodom and Gomorrah were two ancient Middle Eastern cities that were destroyed by God. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. More importantly, both "malakos" and "mollus" were used as synonyms for another Greek word, "kinaidos.
We must approach the Bible "with an openness to be transformed, not to seek out proof texts for our particular prejudices, cultural bias, theologies or philosophical presuppositions.
He only refers to Sodom as generally sinful. Men who had sex with other males were not considered eunuchs, however, because heterosexual men had sex with young boys on a regular basis. I think it has served a sacred mission and we should all be grateful for its effort to share the Word of Christ. I, on the other hand, believe I have been given the truth about homosexuality. After earning a masters and doctoral degrees from a conservative Biblical seminary, Rev. At one point in time, different clergy used the Bible to argue for or against one of these issues. Just before and after these verses, the author makes reference to other means of sexual misconduct such as incest and beastiality.
The following article was posted to MySpace by a gifted writer pictured at leftknown to MySpace as "Ross. However, the "church" is a worldly institution and thus subject to flaw. He also focused heavily on controlling all "passions" which he considered to be the disease of the soul. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. Because the Greeks placed a strong emphasis on idolatry, Paul strongly opposed the sin of worshiping false gods.