Gay Marriage – a Biblical Perspective

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Gay Marriage – A Biblical Perspective

Introduction
It is clear that the Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin. For those with a Christian worldview who believe the infallibility of Scripture, this is likely enough to deter any controversy on the subject of gay marriage. However, there is also plenty of evidence outside of Scripture that further supports the argument against gay marriage. One does not have to be an evangelical Christian to recognize that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Biblical Arguments Against Gay Marriage
While the Bible does address homosexuality, it does not explicitly mention gay marriage. It is clear, however, that the Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin. Leviticus 18:22 states “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” This verse identifies homosexual sex as an abomination. Since both homosexual desires and actions are condemned in the Bible, it is clear that homosexuals “marrying” is not God’s will, and would be, in fact, sinful. Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage is in Genesis 2:24 which states “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” This verse describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman. Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family. Jesus reemphasized the difference between man and woman in both Matthew 19:4 and Mark 10:6. When Jesus was…...

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