Gay Analogy may sound off-putting to some Christians but analogy is a biblical way to understand God’s will in the Bible.
Jesus used analogy to convey biblical truth when He taught that, "The kingdom of heaven is like..." Matthew 13:44.
Our blessed Savior was clearly teaching by analogy. From Jesus' example, we learn that teaching by analogy is not being sneaky or trying to find a spiritual loophole. It is doing precisely what Jesus did.
According to Dr. Robert Gagnon, Anti-gay Evangelical author and Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University:
"The proper purpose of engaging in analogical reasoning is to assess what categories best fit the issue in question through comparison-cases that share the greatest number of correspondences."
Amram and Jochebed, the parents of Moses, spent their adult lives in an incestuous marriage relationship, which, in spite of the forbidden incest, was richly blessed by God. Amram married his paternal aunt, his father’s sister, Jochebed. Their relationship is forbidden in the Holiness Code.
“Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s sister [your aunt]: she is thy father’s near kinswoman.” Leviticus 18:12.
“And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister [your aunt]: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.” Leviticus 20:19.
“And Amram took him Jochebed his father’s sister to wife [his aunt]; and she bare him Aaron and Moses...” Exodus 6:20.
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These strict biblical criteria, if met, prove that God blesses gay relationships, because He blessed the Amram-Jochebed relationship.
Non-gay Christians make the argument that God prohibits all gay and lesbian sexual relationships. I do not concede the spurious premise of that argument because it is a false premise, that Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are universal prohibitions of gay relationships.
Diligent students of the Bible know that Lev 18:22 and 20:13 are about shrine prostitution to worship the Canaanite fertility goddess, not a committed, faithful, non-cultic relationship between two people of the same sex.
But for the sake of argument, let's say the non-gay, conservative Christian interpretation is correct. Amram and Jochebed still enjoyed a forbidden sexual relationship which produced three famous children, Aaron, Miriam and Moses, Exodus 6:20, 15:20. It is an unquestionable fact of scripture that God blessed the forbidden marriage of Amram and Jochebed.
Scripture is clear that it is wrong for a man to marry his aunt, his father’s sister, yet that is precisely what Amram did when he married Jochebed and God richly blessed their marriage with incredible children, Aaron, Miriam and Moses, who changed the world.
Amram was alive while the Holiness Code was instituted by God and Moses. Scripture does not tell us when Jochebed died. She may still have been alive, living with Amram in the incestuous marriage relationship at the time the Levitical Holiness Code was in force.
Their relationship apparently violated the Holiness Code, just like committed gay relationships apparently "violate the Holiness Code," if the traditional, anti-gay interpretation which has become popular among modern Christians, is believed.
Yet nothing in scripture even hints that God required Amram and Jochebed to end their incestuous marriage.
Moses wrote Exodus 6:20 and Leviticus 18:12 and 20:19 at God’s direction. God, Moses and presumably all Israel, knew of their incest yet no one told them to end the relationship.
There is a huge difference between licit sexual activity in a committed relationship and illicit sexual activity outside a committed relationship. I am saying that culturally accepted legal gay marriages are fine with God.
I am saying that the Holiness Code was aimed at Israel, in a specific place, the land of Israel, in a specific time period, while Israel was living under the Law.
Some Christians wrongly interpret gay analogy and Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 as a universal prohibition of all gay relationships when, in reality, those verses prohibit shrine prostitution in worship of the Canaanite fertility goddess.
If Moses or God intended us to understand that Amram and Jochebed were living in sin, Moses or God would have said so in scripture.
As we thing about gay analogy, does anyone believe the American Family Association or Concerned Women For America would approve the forbidden, incestuous marriage of Amram and Jochebed? Amram and Jochebed raised three of the greatest believers in the Old Testament.
“By their fruits ye shall know them” Matthew 7:16.
Would Amram and Jochebed, in their incestuous relationship, be allowed to teach Sunday School in your church? If not, why not?
They raised three incredible believers, all of whom, God greatly used. Are there any believers in your church who come close to the spirituality of Aaron, Miriam and Moses?
But you still wouldn't want Amram and Jochebed teaching Sunday School in your church? Why do you hold them up as heroes of the faith and tell your Sunday School children about them when you wouldn't even let this wonderful couple teach in your Sunday School?
Isn't that just a wee bit hypocritical when dealing with gay analogy?
Sometimes, in their zeal to follow God, Christians misuse the Bible against gay people and don't even realize they are misusing God's word.
God blessed Amram and Jochebed’s forbidden relationship and used their children, Aaron, Miriam and Moses, to lead Israel out of Egypt. God used Moses, their youngest child, to write five books of the Bible.
Apparently then, it is possible to be in a forbidden, committed, faithful, non-cultic marriage relationship where the children turn out wonderful.
Therefore, we reason by analogy, that a married gay or lesbian couple can enjoy the blessing of God and also do a wonderful job of raising children who love and serve God.
Because our gay analogy meets these strict criteria and God blessed Amram and Jochebed’s forbidden relationship, we conclude that God can and does bless loving gay marriages which, by the way are culturally accepted and legal in all fifty states in the USA.
There are four popular analogies which are used to validate Gay Relationships as blessed by God. Click here to examine these four popular analogies.
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Sep 04, 20 12:30 PM
Romans 1, in historical context, is about ancient Roman fertility goddess worshipers who engaged in shrine prostitution to worship Cybele, not gays and lesbians.
Sep 04, 20 12:29 PM
Gay Christian 101 - Presenting accurate biblical and historical info defending LGBT Christians from those who rip verses out of context to condemn.
Aug 13, 20 05:46 PM
Rick Brentlinger Answers - Thanks for such an interesting question. Same sex activity is mentioned in ancient writings as far back as 4000 years ago.