What Jesus Said About It

While I am on the subject, I think it might be a good idea to counter the belief that Christianity ought not to be opposed to same-sex marriage since Jesus said nothing about homosexuality. Well, Christians believe that Jesus is God, the same God who gave Moses the Law on Mount Sinai so the prohibition against homosexuality in Leviticus is applicable.

22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. (Lev 18:22)

And in the New Testament Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit writes

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:24-27)

But if you want to consider what Jesus said during his ministry on Earth, well it is true that he did not directly address the subject. Still, he had something to say about marriage.

 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a]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’[b]? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”  (Matthew 19:1-9)

Jesus clearly held marriage in very high regard, so much so that he went further than even Shammai, the strictest Jewish teacher who taught that a man could divorce for only the most serious transgressions. I believe that Jesus did not mean for marriage to be simply a casual sexual relationship between two individuals, but rather a permanent union, created and blessed by God, of a man and a woman. The man and woman were created to love and complement one another and cannot be interchanged. In a sense then they meant to be no longer no separate individual but one being, or one flesh that makes a whole greater than the parts.

The real threat to marriage, and so much else, is not same-sex marriage, but the sort of radical individualism that our culture has embraced. The self, or personal conscience is regarded as the highest authority and if traditional morality, or even common sense say otherwise, than away with them. We want to do our thing without very much thought for the consequences.

This is why I am against same-sex marriage. Not because I am bigoted or I hate homosexuals. I don’t. I think that same-sex marriage is a perversion and mockery of something wonderful that God has created.