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What did Paul mean by "Arsenokoitēs"? Was he condemning homosexual activity as we know it today?

The below two paragraphs often pop up when one discusses/debates about Biblical stance towards homosexuality. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not ...
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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

I have heard some progressive Christians claim that Leviticus 18:22 was only condemning homosexual activities for idolatrous rituals. I know that 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 was using the ...
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Jude 7 - What Does "Strange Flesh" Mean?

Question: Is there any textual basis (in the Septuagint, or extant secular literature), to find that "strange flesh" refers to homosexuality? Is "σαρκὸς ἑτέρας" ever idiomatic in Literary or ...
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How to understand Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13

In Leviticus, there are two different texts which deal with homosexual intercourse. The first is in 18:22 and the second in 20:13 (all citations NIV): Lev 18:22: Do not have sexual relations with a ...
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In Romans 1:26-27 what are "unnatural" relations or "use beyond nature"?

Romans 1:26-27 reads: For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned ...
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What is the "due penalty" mentioned in Romans 1:27?

As I went through my study of Romans, I was caught off guard by this verse - because there didn't seem to be any readily apparent answer given the context as far as I could discern it. 26 For this ...
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Who are the unrighteous whom Paul refers to in Romans 1:18-27?

Upon initial reading of Romans 1:18-27, it seems like Paul is talking about everyone who is not a believer (and therefore he is also talking about those who are unrighteous, as the passage implies). ...
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Bible viewpoint on those who have physical characteristics that make them come under the Intersex (or hermaphrodite) category

In my opinion, it seems that the following verses emphasize the gender binary classification (i.e, Either male or only female, but mutually exclusive from each other) Genesis 1:26-28 (NASB) 26 Then ...
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( Romans 1:26 ) firstly associating women, and then secondly only mentions men in the sin of homosexuality

Since most English translations of the Bible use the masculine nouns and pronouns for gender, what kind of deeper understanding can we get from the fact that in ( Romans 1:26 ) verse that starts off ...
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Is desire or action sinful? Matthew 5:27–28

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. One thing that ...
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Why is ekporneusasai (Gr) from Jude 1:7 translated as “sexual immorality” when “fornication” is the primary use according to Strong’s 1608?

Although I’ve read different interpretations of what was the actual sin of Sodom in Genesis 19 (homosexuality vs. various from inhospitality to rape), Jude provides a shockingly direct answer-“sexual ...
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αρσενοκοίτης (Arsenokoites): Compound words in Greek

In two texts in The Bible, the word αρσενοκοίτης (Arsenokoites) appears. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; ...
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Why did NASB translate μαλακος in 1 Cor 6:9 as "effeminate"?

Why did NASB translate μαλακος in 1 Cor 6:9 as "effeminate"? The NASB footnote for μαλακος says that the effeminacy refers specifically to "effeminate by perversion." What does &...
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In Genesis 13 and 18 was the grievous sin in Sodom and Gomorrah homosexuality?

An outcry had gone against the two cities of Sodom & Gomorrah as early as the thirteenth chapter in the book of Genesis concerning a grievous sin. Genesis 13:12-13 NKJV 12 Abram dwelt in the ...
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Is Paul's appeal to nature in his rejection of homosexual behavior an example and vindication of naturalism?

Prior to Paul, the only Jewish objection to homosexual behavior was penetration and ritual prostitution: [Lev 18:22 NKJV] (22) 'You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. [...
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Do Bible verses such as (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; compare Leviticus 20:13.) condemn homosexuality, or do these verse refer to pedophilia? [duplicate]

Do Bible verses such as (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; compare Leviticus 20:13.) condemn homosexuality, or do these verses refer to pedophilia? There seems to be some controversy over the exact meaning. Is ...
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In John 13:23-25, is Jesus reclining at dinner cuddling with "the disciple that he loved" an intentional dismissal of Leviticus 18:22? [closed]

Is this behavior a dismissal of the proscription of Leviticus 18:22? [Jhn 13:23-25 NKJV] (23) Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. (24) Simon Peter therefore ...
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What is the literary relation between the stories of the Levite's Concubine (Jdg. 19) and Sodom & Gomorrah (Gen. 19)?

The Book of Judges contains a disturbing story known as the Levite's Concubine, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the story of Lot's daughters in Sodom. As they were making their hearts ...