Homosexuality, Marriage, and Matthew 19

Vigil Held For Marriage Equality Rights On Day Supreme Court Hears Prop 8“Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.”

Home many of you have heard that statement, dear readers? I’m willing to bet more than just a few. Reality, however, is completely different. Jesus had quite a bit to say about marriage, especially since he lived in a culture where Jewish men had been given the right to divorce their wives for almost any reason at all. Matthew 19:3 records that, “Some Pharisees came to Jesus asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?”

What I want to do today is examine the answer Jesus gives them.

Christ’s answer to the Pharisee’s question takes us back to the very beginning of God’s revelation, because he says in response,

“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

This is Christ Jesus Himself, the one who spoke and the worlds came into existence, telling us how He defines marriage. He goes to Genesis 2, and begins by noting that God is the Creator who made mankind as male and female. God’s right as the Creator is to define the parameters of male and female and what a family is. We who are created do not have the right to change the boundaries that God set.

He also says that the Father creates mankind as male and female, “from the beginning.” This is not a cultural construct, or something that was only true for those who lived contemporaneously with Moses, but it is a reality tied to creation itself.

Christ goes on to say that it is “for this reason” (that is, the creation of mankind as male and female) that “a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined two his wife…” Here you have Christ explaining that marriage is the expression of God’s intention that a man shall join with a woman, and that the two shall become one flesh. These are the necessary pieces for the creation of a family. God is explaining how He defined marriage to those who were abusing it horribly.

These words make no sense outside of the fact that marriage is between a man and a woman. The term “homosexual marriage” is meaningless from a biblical vantage point. Not a single person in the crowd of listeners as Jesus is speaking would have recognized the concept of “homosexual marriage,” much less affirmed the concept, given what Scripture says about marriage.

Just something for y’all to think about today.

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8 thoughts on “Homosexuality, Marriage, and Matthew 19

  1. “The term “homosexual marriage” is meaningless from a biblical vantage point. ”

    Perhaps. But as the USA is a secular republic, and not a theocracy, that doesn’t really matter to anyone other than the churches.

    • Perhaps the whole paragraph is worth quoting, seeing how context matters:

      These words make no sense outside of the fact that marriage is between a man and a woman. The term “homosexual marriage” is meaningless from a biblical vantage point. Not a single person in the crowd of listeners as Jesus is speaking would have recognized the concept of “homosexual marriage,” much less affirmed the concept, given what Scripture says about marriage.

      I am replying to the bad argument I referenced at the beginning of the post––namely that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.

      • He still hasn’t said anything about homosexuality. He merely spoke of marriage as he understood it at the time.

        I don’t think any Christians are arguing that Jesus explicitly condoned gay marriage or homosexuality. They merely point out that he doesn’t reference homosexuality…and if it was such an important thing to say that they were bad/sinners/etc, wouldn’t he mention that specifically?

        • Actually, there are those that name themselves Christian that believe that Jesus did condone monogamous homosexual relationships and homosexuality in general. I’d point you to the Metropolitan Community Church and their website.

          You can read more about that on this site here.

          Furthermore, Jesus doesn’t say anything specific about homosexuality for the same reason He doesn’t mention anything about incest––He didn’t need to because it was already seen as a severe offense.

          • He also didn’t say anything about slavery or stoning disobedient children to death, both of which were condoned by the OT and not condoned today.

            Things change. Interpretations change. Some Christians see that. Some hold on to the past for no good reason.

            • Given that neither slavery nor stoning disobedient children have anything to do with sexual sin, I don’t know what exactly you think they prove.

              You are right that times change, though. Fortunately, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

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