Saturday, June 11, 2016

Were there non-abusive same-sex relationships in New Testament times? 


Short answer: yes.

But why is this significant? Because some scholars try to make this case:

1. There were no loving, non-abusive same-sex relationships in New Testament times.
 - What relationships there were (so the argument goes), were abusive: master-slave, or older man with younger, teenage boy (pederasty).
2. So when New Testament authors condemn same-sex sexual activity, it's because those relationships were abusive.
3. Therefore, the New Testament does not speak to loving, non-abusive same-sex relationships. As a result, we can affirm loving, non-abusive relationships that involve same-sex sexual activity.

The underlying moral logic to this revisionist argument is: same-sex sexual activity condemned by Scripture is sinful because these relationships are abusive, not because they are two people of the same sex

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