The Bible Supports Legal Gay Marriage

Should gay marriage be legal?

Any honest reading of the Bible would indicate that same-sex marriage should be legal. In today’s study we will open up the Holy Work of God and read what he wants to say to us about gay marriage.

Romans 1:26-27
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

The Bible does seem to condemn homosexuality as a sin. It’s hard to be clear on this; The parts of the Old Testament that condemn homosexuality also condemn eating shellfish. So it’s hard to know if that was Old Covenant or some sort of cultural laws that God had set up. There are a few verses in the New Testament that mentions homosexuality. They seem to refer to homosexuality as “shameful lusts”. Whether or not being gay is a sin or not is the subject of another study. It’s a very tough question, and one of the issues that the Bible is unclear on. Here today were are here to discuss law and marriage though, specifically gay marriage.

One of the overriding concepts of the Bible is love. As a child I was always told in church that the Bible was a gospel of love. It teaches us to love each other and it teaches to love our neighbors. Likely most of us had our parents teach how important love is. Loving and caring for one another seems to be one of those thing that is built into the human condition.

One of the things you have to ask yourself is if you think any sin should be illegal. There are many things that the Bible is pretty clear on that they are sins. Gluttony, divorce, anger, hate, envy and lying are all sins and these things are all legal. Should sin be illegal? I think that our better judgment tells us that would be wrong to do. So why then have me singled out homosexuality as one we want made illegal?

Matthew 22:21
Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Law and the Word of God are separate things and should be treated as such. Additionally, Now ask any gay person if preventing them from getting married is a hateful thing to do. You will find that the answer is yes. As children of God we should not be showing this kind of hate for one another.

Luke 10:27
He answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

We don’t outlaw the other sins of the world, so why should we outlaw this one? It goes against the love gospel that the Bible preaches. I think we all know that we should not like the sin and encourage those around us to end their sin. But putting it into a law is another issue. Laws against homosexual behavior are perceived as the most hateful thing you can do to a gay person. Should the goal not be to share your love with these people and welcome them and pray with them? You should not be trying to push them away with laws of hate. It cannot be doubted that accepting the sinner is the best way to spread the love of God.

Leviticus 19:17
You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him.

The Word of the Lord does not encourage us to spread a doctrine of hate. Why act in a way that encourages homosexuals to hate? Their marriage and having happiness and being with those they love does not effect your well being. If you find this hard, no one ever said that being a follower of Jesus would be easy. If accepting gays in society is a hard thing for you to do, then look at this as a challenge from the Lord on how to show love for others. We each have our ways that God challenges us. Go and meditate and pray on this, and leave here in the love of Christ.

Further reading:
You may also be interested in our Bible study discussion on how the Bible supports killing gays.

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10 Responses to “The Bible Supports Legal Gay Marriage”

  1. Michael Says:

    Homosexuality is discussed as being a sin in the new testament, in the very passage you are citing, the same people that God gave over to their lust knew it was wrong. Verse 32 clearly states that everything discussed up to this point in the chapter is a sin.

    Romans 1:22-32

    22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

    25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

    30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

    31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

    32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

  2. lock Says:

    That’s a stupid argument for claiming the Bible supports gay marriage, you could also say the bible supports pedophilia, terrorism and Cannabalism with the same logic because we are commanded to love all people. In your “interpretation” nothing is wrong with anything, just love no matter what.

  3. Matt Says:

    Yes, but terrorism, pedophilia, and cannibalism all do harm to innocent victims. Homo Sexuality does You no harm.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Divorce isn’t a sin. its marrying after you divorce (adultery) that is a sin. Now your whole entire article is invalid.

  5. John Says:

    I liked your killing gays study but this one, as lock said, is rather silly. You could use it to support pretty much anything.

  6. José Pérez Says:

    You are amazing! Congratulations (:

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