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Stash Hempeck, Hendrum, Minn., Published May 19 2012

Another reading of books of Bible

In response to Pastor Tom Eckstein’s May 8 comments on homosexuality, Christian Scripture actually has very little to say, directly, on the matter of homosexual behavior. In essence, it is a minor issue, especially compared to, say, the area of economic injustice.

These limited amounts of discussion on the topic are of more or less equal proportion in both the Old and New Testaments. For the former, they appear in the Pentateuch, in particular in Leviticus and Deuteronomy; most of us are familiar with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. For the latter, certain Pauline Epistles, primarily that of Corinthians, are the passages most quoted by conservative Christians seeking to malign homosexuals.

What is more interesting to note, and about which Eckstein says nothing, is that there are no quotes by Jesus himself, in any of the Gospels, relating to direct homosexual behavior; in other words, God the Son appears to deem the issue of little value. All New Testament commentary on the topic comes from books by the man Saint Paul, to whom, if I am not mistaken, 13 books are attributed, though many biblical historians would argue he is responsible for only about half of that number.

The most intriguing aspect of this entire debate, however, is one rarely mentioned by those who argue for the sinfulness of homosexuality: Why omnipotent God would choose to bestow upon certain men and women the burden of such a specific sin.