Some people use Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus
20:13 to say that homosexuality and
homosexuals are bad.

The facts are:

  • The 2 verses do not refer to homosexuality
    as an orientation, or to homosexuals, or to
    any sex between men except for

  • In one verse, God, through Moses,
    commanded the Israelites that a man must
    not have sex with a male as a woman
    would. (Leviticus 18:22)

  • This means that a man should not allow
    himself to be anally penetrated by another
    man.  In other words, men should not let
    other men do it to them.

  • The second verse repeats the prohibition
    and adds that the penalty for men
    penetrating men was death for both the
    men. (Leviticus 20:13)

  • However, the prohibition on men
    penetrating men  does not apply to straight,
    bisexual and gay men today because:
    (a)  it was a cultural prohibition of that time,
    (b)  no harm is done if the persons act with
    love and care.

  • Notes on, and literal translations of,
    Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13.

  • How we know that Leviticus 18:22 and
    Leviticus 20:13 prohibit only penetrative
    intercourse between men.

  • Reasons for this prohibition on men
    penetrating men  and false views about the
go to home
Author: Colin Smith