What is the meaning
of Leviticus 22-30?

by Howard
(Hampton VA)

It's not about gays and lesbians!

It's not about gays and lesbians!

Leviticus was written to the children of Israel as they prepared to enter the promised land. Thirteen times God and Moses say that Leviticus is for the children of Israel.

Leviticus contains the Holiness Code, which gives specific instructions which the children of Israel had to obey but which Christians do not have to obey because we are not under Old Testament Law.

Context is always important!

The context of the Holiness Code and the parts of Levitical law often used against gays is the false worship of pagan gods. The biblical cultural doctrinal historical linguistic literary and religious context in the Bible is NEVER gays and lesbians. The context is always about cult prostitutes, shrine prostitutes and temple prostitutes and using sex to worship false gods. Idolatry and idol worship are always linked to the sexual worship of false gods.

1. Lev 17:7 and goat idols, part 1

2. Lev 17:7 and goat idols, part 2

3. Lev 17:7 establishes context

4. To whom is the
Book of Leviticus addressed?

5. Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13
is about pagan worship practices.

6. How is Molech linked to
Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13?

7. Shrine prostitutes & ancient Israel

According to Acts 21:20-25, Jews did try to keep the law, v. 20 but Gentiles did not have to keep the law, v. 25. The Bible links the pagan practices of false religions with the prohibitions of the Holiness Code. These pagan practices included using sex to worship the fertility goddess. That is what God and Moses intended to prohibit in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13.

Neither God nor Moses was prohibiting two men or two women who love each other from partnering in committed, faithful, non-cultic relationship. That was not and is not the context of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 and therefore is not what those verses address.

Scripture cannot mean now
what it did not mean then.

The key to understanding the Bible is to
know for sure you are saved.

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Apr 06, 2014
by: Henry

Here's my question: The clobber passage in Leviticus says "Thou shalt not lie with a man as one lies with a woman", but this is clearly about pagan worship, not homosexuality in general. But what I'm confused about is - you said before that this pagan worship was done heterosexually as well.

So if the ritual was done homosexually and heterosexually, and homosexual marriage is as old as time itself, which you said on another page, then why did he word it the way he did to begin with? It sounds almost like he singled out the homosexual part of it, even though it was done with both orientations. With detail and context, can you help me understand, please?

Rick's comment: Hi Henry - the prohibition matched the transgression. The transgression was using anal sex rituals to worship false gods. That is why God forbad those pagan rituals.

In plainer words, God did not single out the homosexual part of it. He forbad a pagan practice which was used in pagan worship. The verse prohibits nothing except the pagan sexual rituals which accompanied worship of false gods.

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