Leviticus, Homosexuality, and Haircuts

I love this picture (seen on AnyEveryNot):

leviticus gay

Another example (like my previous post about tattoos) of how homophobes pick the parts of the Bible that support their beliefs, and ignore the inconvenient parts.

I wanted to find the actual passage from the Bible on haircuts, but ended up stumbling upon something even better! Here’s a list of 11 things the Bible bans, but you do anyway.

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15 Responses to “Leviticus, Homosexuality, and Haircuts”


  1. 1 Ron November 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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  2. 2 xurizaemon November 9, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    did you really dig your way through all of leviticus looking, or just grep?

    since you asked:

    You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard. – Leviticus 19:27

    great pic … i doubt the placard would have read the same if it included full instructions.

    - someone who unexpectedly got good marks in “divinity” class at school, ‘cos i ate it up like a science.

  3. 3 EnlightningLinZ November 10, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I just grepped (hadn’t heard the term “grep” before, I love it!)…I haven’t read Leviticus…reading the Bible cover to cover is a goal of mine but I haven’t found the time. The only books I’ve really read in depth are Matthew, Mark, the 2 Peters, and John. Pathetic, I know! Oh, and I’ve read Revelation…it’s a bit insane.

  4. 4 Mark Sweat December 19, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Yet another reason why fundamentalism makes my stomach churn.

  5. 5 Brian Gray April 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I am the author of the recently released book, Leviticus Revealed, and this book shows with irrefutable fact and years of scholarly research that Leviticus 18:22 does NOT condemn homosexuality. For all of the proofs, please refer to my book. However, for a simple overview, Leviticus 18:22 is NOT dealing with gays, it is dealing with the practice of Israelites worshiping in the temple of Molech and the edicts being issued by the new leaders in Israel that this Canaanite practice would be forbidden to those who wished to worship in the new temple being re-built in Jerusalem at that time.
    In my book, Leviticus Revealed, I condensed nearly thirty years of research representing historical documentation, Paleo-Hebrew linguistic studies, cultural analysis, comparative scriptural analysis, ancient religious rituals, geographical relevancy and archival theses, just to name a few, so that I could verify with fact and irrefutable proof that the Bible does NOT condemn homosexuals. I am following up this book with another book that will deal with the real truth about Sodom and Gomorrah, as well as the truth about the writings of the New Testament that “seem” to condemn gays. I can assure you that the Bible does NOT condemn gays anywhere, anytime. I have a degree in Theology, I studied the biblical languages, and I was raised a Fundamentalist Christian who was taught that homosexuals were sinners bound for Hell. God does not make mistakes. He created gays with the same love He used to create every other spectrum of human sexual orientation (of which there are more variations than just the two), and God loves His creation just the way He made them. You cannot argue with God. If your idea of reality does not square with what He made, then you need to re-evaluate your ideas of reality, because God made gay people, He loves them just the way He made them, and woe be to those who try to twist the Bible to say that God does not love someone just because they seem different. Prejudice is wrong, it is childish, and it is pig-headed to cling to ignorance just because someone taught you that bigotry was okay. Learn the truth, and let the truth set you free. That is a commandment of God.
    Please visit my website, http://www.leviticusrevealed.com . Or, simply order the book through any major bookstore. Help spread the truth.

  6. 6 EnlightningLinZ April 22, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Brian – the problem is that whether or not Leviticus is meant to condemn homosexuality, people use it to justify their bigoted beliefs anyways. It’s easy to do some mental gymnastics to use the Bible to justify pretty much anything.

    It’s all fine and dandy that you’re trying to convince people that the God of the Bible isn’t as mean and nasty as he seems to be, but your ideas are just another of many interpretations, and people will tend to pick the interpretation that least offends their tightly held beliefs. Meaning you probably won’t convince any homophobes.

    If only people would stop using the Bible as a crutch, and start using their heads to think about whether condemning homosexuality is really reasonable (hint-it’s not).

  7. 7 BradWB June 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I’m not sure why everyone loves to go to the Old Testament to knock down anyone who disagrees with homosexuality, but I guess it’s because it’s easier to make an argument against a straw man. The fact is that the Bible doesn’t say that I’m to follow the Old Testament literally because that was meant for the nation of Israel several thousand years ago. It is meant to show God’s dealings with his people and the run-up to the entrance of the Messiah. The New Testament demonstrates how the Old Testament is to be applied. See Matt. 5-7 for examples on how the Mosaic Law was being missapplied even in Jesus’ time. As for homosexuality, I guess Brian Gray skips over Romans 1.

    “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”

    The bottom line is that homosexuality is a moral choice. If you choose homosexuality, that’s fine. Just remember that it’s not Christians you’re offending, it’s God. You can call that homophobia if you like, but it doesn’t change the offense or the One being offended.

  8. 8 EnlightningLinZ June 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    BradWB

    “I’m not sure why everyone loves to go to the Old Testament to knock down anyone who disagrees with homosexuality”

    In Matthew 5:18 Jesus says that the OT laws still apply.

    Not that it’s relevant, though, the sign in the picture is arguing against using Leviticus to support anti-homosexuality.

    But it doesn’t matter what the Bible says about homosexuality, the Bible’s full of shit.

    And ooh I’m so scared I’m offending god…PFFT!

    Homosexuality’s not a choice, asshole.

  9. 9 Brian Gray May 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

    BradWB, sorry it took me so long to see your post and respond. I have not been on here for a while, but I saw your remark about Romans. Actually, Paul says nothing against homosexuality in Romans. The very first mistake that people who mistakenly think that homosexuality is a sin make in reading Romans is to not know what Paul is discussing at all. They love to think that this passage refers to homosexuality, and even modern translators have tried to enter their prejudices into this passage, re-wording it to sound much more anti-homosexual, and such translators deserve the judgment of God for distorting the Bible.
    The first thing necessary to properly translate what Paul is discussing in Romans is to simply look at the verb tense of the passage. Paul begins his discussion addressing the Jews in Rome at a time when a great and deadly division had arisen between Jews and Gentiles. The protection of being Jewish, and thereby recognized by the State as a protected religion, was being removed from the Christian converts, and this was leading to the persecution of Christians by Nero, since this was making them a heretical religion. Paul was speaking in the past tense here. Why? This is very important to begin with.
    Paul was reminding the Jews that they were just as guilty as the Gentiles for the practices that he begins listing. In other words, the Jews had no right to consider themselves righteous and superior to the Christians. And he speaks in the past tense, because he is reminding them that they have a history (past tense) of doing these things. And what were these things? The main one on the list that people like to misinterpret as homosexuality was the occupation of temple prostitute. Paul commented often in his writings about the temple prostitutes in Corinth, as well as the street prostitutes called the porneiai.
    In my new book, I thoroughly discuss all of this, and I completely expose the misinterpretations of New Testament passages that have been erroneously used against homosexuals. In the original Greek, Paul speaks of temple prostitution (the galloi) and street prostitution (the porneiai), and he speaks to the Jews of Rome with regard to their own past practices of these same occupations. When one reads Romans properly, with knowledge of history, linguistics (Greek and Hebrew), culture, as well as Paul’s education as a student of Stoicism in Tarsus, a legal education in the Pharisaic school of Judaism under Gamaliel in Jerusalem, and his eventual dismay with the Jews, one finally sees that Paul was addressing the great and deadly schism that had erupted in Rome, which schism eventually cost Paul his head.
    Paul never spoke against homosexuality, he never spoke against the horrific slave trade, and he was accepting of women being viewed as inferior to men, just to name a few things that modern readers should be aware of when trying to understand his writings. In fact, there were many in the Early Church who were anti-Paul and refused to allow any of his writings to be considered part of their church teachings. Many still wrestle with this situation today, since much of what Paul writes is contrary to what Jesus teaches. Remember this, Paul was not a first-generation disciple of Jesus. He never got to study under Jesus. He learned what he thought he needed to know by listening to the disciples of Jesus who did study with Jesus personally. Paul was second-generation, and as we can see throughout history, each generation began to add and subtract more and more from the original, and very simple, message of Jesus, that being: love God with all your heart, mind and soul, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
    By the way, homosexuality is not a “choice” any more than is heterosexuality, nor any of the other myriad sexual identities. Heterosexuality is not the only sexual orientation, with all others being some sort of deviate “choice” that people “experiment with.” In fact, as you age, you will develop your own sexual likes and dislikes based mainly on your genome structure and your environmental experiences, and you will not find one other person who will ever match exactly your sexual profile. Human sexuality is very fluid, and its expression defies neat little compartments, especially the fallacy that there is only heterosexuality and no other. That thought is beyond laughable. God gave us all a variation that is unique to each and every one of us, He made sex as something beautiful and natural, it is not dirty and disgusting, and humans can choose to either embrace and enjoy what God gave them, or they can continue to struggle with it, but whatever you choose to do with this gift from our Creator, it is not going away.

    Brian

  10. 10 Elysium March 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Brian,

    I was just wondering if your book explored any other misconceptions of the Bible aside from homosexuality. It sounds like it would be an interesting read.

  11. 11 Julia May 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    whether homosexual or heterosexual … God says that sex outside of marriage is a sin …. so, if you’re not married and you’re engaging in sex then you’re sinning … period!

  12. 12 ednosramblings May 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    You have no idea how useful this post has been to me recently! Your blog looks like a fascinating read actually, I’m going to have some fun digging through the archives!

  13. 13 keepitreal June 23, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Okay, you try to say that one verse is about homosexuality is really about Molech. What about Lev.20:13 and all of the other scriptures about lying with mankind as women. ITS WRONG. Don’t try to twist the bible. Homosexuality is wrong point blank. Think about it, God makes sense. His laws make sense, He is not a God of confusion. Why would he make it acceptable for to men to be together? They cannot procreate. When God made Adam and Eve he told them to be fruitful and multiply. How can two men be fruitful and multiple? It’s impossible. Not one time in the bible does it say that God loves a homosexual. The Lord hates iniquity. If the Lord wanted two men to have sex with each other, he would never have made Eve. Stop trying to make homosexuals feel better, tell them the truth.

  14. 14 Kara July 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I know I know…..God did not make Adam and Steve he made Adam and Eve (the two biggest sinners of all time).

  15. 15 Joshua September 29, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Brian Gray : I also Have a Degree religion and biblical studies. I would have to ask where did you get your education from speaks volume. You will not find any proof other then the last hand full of decades supporting your interpretation of the text. I would have to say anyone can write a book publishers love the money to make off such books.


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