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  • Hehe, That's funny, the shrimp thing recently came up at a gathering I was recently at. Anyhow, all I can say about the shrimp thing, being a religious person, is that the Mosaic law they followed in the old testament went away with the death of Jesus, as he instituted a new covenant with his followers. However, homosexuality is clearly (well, clearly to me anyways) condemned in both the old AND new testaments. I'm not lookin for a debate, just throwin it out there. :)
    • Of the six biblical passages which are commonly associated with homosexuality, most are misinterpreted or viewed out of context.

      Genesis 19:5(Story of Sodom) The people were punished because of their inhospitable intentions toward their guests.

      Leviticus 18:22, 20:13 These passages include the "shrimp ban" as well as personal grooming requirements (no shaving your sideburns or beard) and body modifications (no tattoos) (both 19:27-28ish).

      Romans 1:26-27(Denounced acts against nature) The common argument against this section is that gay people aren't acting against their nature. Given that various animals, including birds, sheep, and apes (our closest relatives), are known to have bisexual and homosexual relationships, the people with this view argue that it is possible for people to be acting "naturally" while being homosexual. Plus, look at what Paul (the author of the Letters to the Romans) writes in that book about women, ethnic minorities, Jews, the mentally ill, slavery, and politicians--we (Westerners) have rejected all of these other negative views of Paul.

      I Corinthians 6:9, I Timothy 1:9-10(Homosexuals and depraved people) The Greek word (arsenokoites I believe) which is commonly translated as "homosexual" or pre-1940s as "sexual pervert" is not found anywhere else in the Bible or in other Greek works of the period. Some historians believe the word refers to male prostitutes with female clients (which was common in the Roman world).

      • Act 20:29,30 Chances are, we apply these scriptures to each other, therefore, we can go no further in the discussion. *shrug*
      • Romans 1:26-27

        Paul clearly says that homosexuality is "indecent."

        And your shallow glimpse at what "Westerners" view about Paul is rejected. Paul says nothing negative about ethnic minorities or the mentally ill, and he does not come out in favor of slavery. And Paul's words about women are not at all rejected in the West; indeed, they are one of the most controversial things about the New Testament (in America, anyway). And I personally believe Paul's statements about women being subservient to men we