Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly and sisterly love: in honour preferring one another. Romans 12:10.
There is an extreme amount of prejudice and hatred directed toward gay people and it would seem that this has had an influence in the translations of the Bible. Words with UNCERTAIN MEANING are translated as if there is no doubt that they refer to homosexuals. Words that quite obviously do not mean "homosexual" are BLATANTLY TRANSLATED, as in the transformation of "male temple prostitute" into "sodomite" or "perverted one". The passion to condemn often drives some people to IGNORE THE ACTUAL MESSAGE of the passage they cite from and, tragically, even the New Covenant of grace in Jesus Christ is abandoned in favor of castigating others through the use of the Old Covenant.
It seems a violation of the basic beliefs of "conservative" theology or "fundamentalism" to use verses or words as BLANKET CONDEMNATIONS without regard as to why the verses/words were written in the first place; or without accurately reflecting the meaning of a word; or without admitting when the meaning of a word is unclear.
The fact of the matter is that there is NO clear condemnation of people of homosexual orientation expressing their orientation anywhere in the Scriptures. The extreme ambiguity on the part of the few Scriptures concerned, coupled with the clear proclamation of the Gospel for all people gives gay and heterosexual Christians the freedom to believe that they affirmed and loved by God. Now, please take a moment and read the following section talking about God's ...
GOOD NEWS FOR ALL PEOPLE!
You, and ALL PEOPLE, are created in God's image! (Gen. 1:27) You are special! (Ps 8:4-5) There is NOTHING that can separate you from the love of God. (Romans 8:39) WHOSOEVER believes has eternal life. (John 3:16, 6:51, Romans 1:16-17, 10:13) God is with you-challenging oppression and injustice! (Isaiah 42: 6-7, 58:6, Amos 5:24, Micah 6:8, Luke 4:18-22)
You are a part of the New Covenant! The New Covenant is one of grace (which means UNEARNED LOVE) in Jesus Christ. It is not concerned with gender roles or sexual orientation for in Christ there is "neither male nor female". (Gal. 3:28)
The New Covenant accepts even those who had formerly not been acceptable because of their sexual or reproductive status. You do not have to bear children in order to be included in God's family! (Isaiah 56:1-5, Matthew 19:12) The Old Covenant was very concerned about such things. Deuteronomy 23:1 would not allow castrated men to be a part of the Old Covenant yet in Acts 8 we are shown that the New Covenant sets that prohibition aside. The Ethiopian Eunuch was baptized, accepted into the New Covenant, while still being a foreigner and a eunuch! God didn't have to change this person in order to love and accept them fully!
The New Covenant did away with distinctions of clean and unclean, which opened the door for ALL people to be a part of the New Covenant. (Acts 10) The Gentiles were treated by the Jews the way that many Christians of today treat homosexuals, yet God revealed to Peter that he had to set aside his prejudice and could no longer condemn and exclude others because they didn't fit into the rules of the Old Covenant.
God loves you and affirms the love of heterosexual and same-gender relationships! The same-gender relationship of David and Jonathan (II Samuel 1:26 - "Jonathan... your love for me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women.") is respected and honored.
God tells all people who have felt alienated because of the pain of prejudice and hatred, "in Christ Jesus, you who once were far away have been brought near... You are no longer strangers, foreigners or aliens, but fellow citizens with all God's people." (Ephesians 2:11-22)
Finally, God reminds us that no matter what our orientation is, or what our beliefs are concerning homosexuality, we need to remember that "God is love". (I John 4). We need to follow the law of love:
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,
LOVE ONE ANOTHER!"
(Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, Mark 12:31, 33, Luke 10:27, John 15:12, 17, Romans 12:9-10, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8)
p.s. please don't respond with "hate the sin, love the sinner"