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Gnosticism, Sex, Marriage, Lust, Adultery, Homosexuality

The more I read and learn, the more I see so much error in the way we are taught in churches today. What is termed Christianity today is loaded with, for one, Gnostic beliefs and not even biblical teachings. If you look at the stories in the Bible there are stories of love between two men, two women, men with many wives, men sleeping with their wives handmaids, men sleeping with concubines, and even their slaves were fair game. There is technically, what is thought in the creation story to give us a standard for marriage, which actually has no statute of marriage biblically speaking that is highly proclaimed by the conservatives of today. Adam was androgynous when God created him, which in turn means that God may be also, as well as, the angels. We know they were sexed by some means, because they came down and mated with human women. Of course this is spoken very little of in Genesis, as Genesis is just a summed up version of Jasher, and there is one small snip it of Enoch in Genesis. Both of these books should be read by any who would read the Bible, along with several other books, but are shunned by most all modern day Christians. These books are historical documents and the best way for us to determine what God’s character is like, along with the history of this world, is by reading these documents.

“Marriage does not unite one man and one woman in one flesh for the purpose of procreation and sexual enjoyment. Instead, marriage unties free Israelite men with as many women and slaves as they can reasonably support.” – Unprotected Text by Jennifer Knust

When you get to the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy, you will discover that there are some listings of the way the free men were supposed to treat the women, be it slaves or other property, seeing as they saw women as property in those days. The only problem is they are not consistent. Even the writings of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are inconsistent and contradictory. So all in all there is no explanation of marriage other than property and estate clauses for those that traded according to the bridal account for women when they married them. It’s basically a legal agreement or contract and not a spiritual one.

“(Matt. 12:48-50 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? And who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.) From Jesus’s perspective, the family is made up of fellow believers, not kin with formal ties outsiders might recognize.

(Matt. 3:9-10 And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth forth not good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. ) and therefore all people must “bear fruit worthy of repentance”

(Matt. 3:8 Bring therefore fruits meet for repentence🙂 He makes a similar point later on in His ministry: When a disciple promises to follow Jesus after first burying his father, Jesus responds, “Follow me, and let the dead bury the dead”

(Matt. 8:22) Jesus devalues literal family ties to the extent that He would rather His followers ignore the death of a parent than miss the chance to follow Him.” – Unprotected Text by Jennifer Knust

The bond that we have with our blood relatives, is not the bond that Jesus found to be important, it was the bond with those that followed Him alone, that He found to be of the utmost importance.

The “marriage laws” of those days. There are laws about Hebrew slaves, if they are bought or brought into slavery with a wife, she is to go with him and when the seven years is up for them, they will go free together, but if the slave marries while already enslaved by his master, his wife and children remain the masters property and when the seven years is up, the slave man goes free but his family is left behind to the master at that point the slave can choose to stay a slave for life to remain with his family. That doesn’t technically speak of marriage as we see it today, this would be considered ripping a family apart or committing to a life of slavery. Then again in Deuteronomy, the women are to be freed just as the men (Deut. 15:12). Nothing seems to be consistent with these different laws or rights and things have changed over time. My thoughts on this is that most of the laws were written by men, but Jesus lumped all the true laws of God up into two when He walked the earth. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.

Even though the Exodus and Deuteronomy laws were a set standard, it doesn’t mean they were followed, just like laws now days. These laws were many, and as I stated before they were not consistent. One instance that will show that these laws weren’t possibly always kept, like the happening between David and Bathsheba. Bathsheba became David’s wife only after he stole his neighbor’s wife and got her pregnant, yet David and Bathsheba were not accused by Nathan of violating the covenant commandments. It’s possible this is because the laws only applied to Israelites, and Uriah was a Hittite so technically they didn’t break any laws. In our eyes today this might seem like an injustice, but that is how thing were back then.

If you read the Song of Songs, the poetry is in and of itself erotic, and not in some form of eroticism within marriage. The Songs of Songs was written in a way that you have to learn how they used different terms in those days. They are not how we use them today, for example one of the phrases they used was to uncover a man’s feet, when in that time meant to sleep with him. They were descriptive by using words they had in their vocabulary to compare someone or something to what things they had seen around them. The story of Ruth tells of Naomi and Ruth’s love for one another. The same Hebrew word that is used in Genesis 2:24 to describe how Adam felt about Eve (and how spouses are supposed to feel toward each other) is used in Ruth 1:14 to describe how Ruth felt about Naomi.

dâbaq, daw-bak’; a primitive root; properly, to impinge, i.e. cling or adhere; figuratively, to catch by pursuit:—abide fast, cleave (fast together), follow close (hard after), be joined (together), keep (fast), overtake, pursue hard, stick, take.

Her feelings are celebrated, not condemned. Naomi took care of Ruth as well and they stayed together. The story of 1 and 2 Samuel tells of King David and his love for Johnathan that, At Jonathan’s funeral, David declares that “he loved Jonathan more than any woman.”

When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was wearing, and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.” (1 Samuel 18:1-4)

This is just a couple of several Bible passages that describe and celebrate an intense love between these two men that went well beyond friendship. King David seen as a hero by most modern Christians, was technically a bisexual (which most Christians would see as an abomination, I do not), adulterous, murderer, and a thief.

Most of what you read of Paul’s writings are against women, free men being in control of women, children, and slaves. Basically, that it’s a man’s world and all should abide by anything that he says. He also said, it was better not to marry and to remain a virgin, when God told us to be fruitful and multiply to begin with, that makes his writings to be contradictory to what God ordained in the beginning. That’s not how things started out. He even put himself above all others in 1 Cor. 7:7 in his arrogance, he stated that he wished all others could be as himself. He recommended celibacy for the strong and marriage for the weak.

(This chart is taken from Unprotected Text by Jennifer Knust and is a summarization of what the different book stated about Desire, Sexual Intercourse, and Marriage.)

Author Advice about Desire Advice about Sexual Intercourse Advice about Marriage 
Paul Should be controlled as much as possible. Out-of-control desire is a principal sign of abandonment by God. Avoid it if possible but, if married, have sex regularly so as to avoid temptation. If one is a man, one should not submit to sexual penetration. IF one is a women, one must submit to sexual penetration. Avoid it unless desire is unmanageable. It is intended for the weak in faith. Those ineligible for married life are not considered and thus slaves are largely excluded from Paul’s moral program.
Colossians & Ephesians Should be controlled and managed within a hierarchical household. No specific advice is given regarding the frequency and purpose of sexual intercourse. Free men should love their wives, keeping them under control. Wives, children, and slaves should obey the male head of household.
The Pastor Desire is extremely dangerous, especially for women and young men. Women must procreate if they are to be saved by God. Widows must remarry so as to avoid sexual temptation. Husbands should display their own sexual self-mastery by strictly mastering their subordinates. Male church leaders should marry only once. Virgin “widows” must marry- celibacy is impermissible for them. Those ineligible for married life cannot be leaders in the churches.

 

A good book to read is Unprotected Text, which is where I have taken a few quotes from and the chart above. It will bring more light to how things were around Paul’s time and even more insight to what marriage is and is not. So many things that we have been taught to be certain doctrine, and that the Bible itself is infallible are lies conjured up by men. Along with the translations changed and indoctrinated because of false religious beliefs and theology. Even the Bible calls out certain books, that we are told not to forget, but that the mass majority of Christians of today, refuse to read.

If you believe as I do that the scriptures are divinely inspired by God, God seems to be endorsing these two books. As we are told, in the mouth of two or three witnesses you can establish if a thing is true are not.

Jasher means (Hebrew) “upright”, true, just account

The name refers to the fact that the record, facts, and history are upright, correct, and thus trustworthy.

It is referenced in:

Joshua 10:13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself onb its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

2 Samuel 1:18 and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):

2 Timothy 3:8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth.

Inferred here talking about Jannes and Jambres who opposed Moses. The only way Paul could have known this is through the book of Jasher.

Enoch was considered scripture and has been in and out of the Bible several times.

  • There are at least a hundred references in the New Testament that find precedence nowhere else in the Bible except the book of Enoch
  • Quoted by Jesus, Peter, and Jude
  • Widely known and read in the 1st Century
  • Viewed as Scripture by early Church Fathers
  • Still in Ethiopian Coptic Bible
  • Found in Dead Sea Scrolls

I have written other blogs about this if you want a deeper dig into those books.

To bring this discussion into and around marriage and see how we got our current indoctrinated point of view on sex, homosexuality, adultery, idolatry, and a few other things, we are going to discuss St. Augustine. St. Augustine of Hippo (Aurelius Augustinus) was a philosopher from A.D. 354 – 430 and was an Algerian-Roman, his philosophy infused Christianity with Gnosticism and Neoplatonism. He is famous for being an inimitable Catholic theologian and for his agnostic contributions to Western philosophy. When Augustine was young he was one to go about in sexual relationships with men and women and he was not shamed to speak of it, but when he got older he reflected on his youth and began to teach that sex is wrong. Manicheans criticized the scriptures, mainly the Old Testament and held chastity and self-denial in honor.

Augustine was “a lively, sensual, hot-tempered person, entirely taken up with his worldly concerns, and unfriendly to Christianity until the close of his life, he became a catechumen (a Christian convert under instruction before baptism) shortly before Augustine reached his sixteenth year (369-370). To his mother Monnica (so the manuscripts write her name, not Monica; b. 331, d. 387) Augustine later believed that he owed what lie became. But though she was evidently an honorable, loving, self-sacrificing, and able woman, she was not always the ideal of a Christian mother that tradition has made her appear. Her religion in earlier life has traces of formality and worldliness about it; her ambition for her son seems at first to have had little moral earnestness and she regretted his Manicheanism more than she did his early sensuality. It seems to have been through Ambrose and Augustine that she attained the mature personal piety with which she left the world. Of Augustine as a boy his parents were intensely proud. He received his first education at Thagaste, learning, to read and write, as well as the rudiments of Greek and Latin literature, from teachers who followed the old traditional pagan methods. He seems to have had no systematic instruction in the Christian faith at this period, and though enrolled among the catechumens, apparently was near baptism only when an illness and his own boyish desire made it temporarily probable.” (You can learn more about St. Augustine here: http://www.iep.utm.edu/augustin/ )

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lasciviousness is not about sex or lust. Many people think that this means that they were overwhelmingly sexual or lustful or full of desire. This phrase is about doctrine that leads to a certain mentality. Lasciviousness really means, our own selfish desires, our own selfish way about things. Hebrews Strong’s says, unbridled lust (not necessarily sex), licentiousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, and insolence. Being that he taught this theology in this Paradigm, he is the one who started the church towards anti-sex theology.

Romans 6:1-4 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Paul was dealing with Manikin Gnostic theology. The idea of the demiurge creating the physical realm and trapping the spirit light in these bodies. The Manikin Gnostics along with St Augustine believed that if you sinned the spirit light left your body. St. Augustine practiced and studied this for nine years before he became a Christian. You releasing the spirit light was seen as good, because you do your sin, you know it’s wrong, but you do it anyway because releasing the spirit light from your body is considered a righteous deed. This all ties into the Marcion Heresy that teaches that the god of the Old Testament is the demiurge. Basically, it was believed that this evil physical god (demiurge) trapped (Christ) the spirit light into your body and you had to let him out. Tertullian wrote against this belief. They went about this in two ways, you could commit evil acts and your spirit light is released, or you avoid doing evil period. These two ways of living were complete opposites based from the same theology.

St. Augustine’s own history reflects that he is a heretic. He had his own concubine that he was with but not married to yet he taught that all sex is sinful. He thought that God put up with people getting married for procreation. He felt guilty for being with the concubine and so he found a girl and married her but ended up divorcing her and went back to his concubine. He could have simply married his concubine and dealt with his natural sexual desires instead of fighting against what God naturally gave him as a desire. He even admitted having sexual relationships with men in his younger years, and possibly even as a Christian. So he taught about sex in general being bad, but all the while, he was doing the very things that he counted as sin. In doing so, he made something that is not a sin to be a sin in the eyes of others, and in turn causing the denial of such natural desires that were given by God to actually be sin because it is a rejection of a gift of God.

Something to note is that St. Augustine is considered number two in the church among Catholics and Protestants, that right there should tell you, that there is problem and a need to seek after God through guidance from the Holy Spirit and NOT the standardized church. I know some people fear that they are not smart enough to research and learn, but I’m no genius and have never claimed to be such. My drive to seek God was given by God, He gave me the ability to do the things I do, and I hated reading until I got a desire to know Him and to know I was not going to hell like I had been told so many times by others that follow the standard church. He gave me faith and has made that faith grow more and more over the years. It’s not a matter of smarts, but a matter of love for Elohim. The more you seek, the more the Spirit will reveal to you and you will find others that are likeminded to learn and grow with you, even if they are miles away. The world has many distractions like music and TV, things that are constant noise to drown out that still small voice. You have to have silent time with the Holy Spirit or you will never hear Her voice. I still enjoy these things, but I make sure to make a silent time to listen.

Now back to St. Augustine. St. Augustine’s theology was based off of Gnosticism and the things he taught about sex were lies as well as him being hypocritical while teaching them, right along with teaching things that weren’t biblical and stemmed from his past beliefs in Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, and pagan beliefs. St. Augustine was part of the Latin School of Theology and all the other schools of theology where shunned and shutdown which is why we do not hear about them, Rome was in charge and they forced the belief of the Latin School on all people (there is proof of this in the time of the reformation when Rome came against all Christians and killed so many of them).

It seemed that the concoction of Pagan, Gnostic, and Neoplatonism that Augustine carried with him was just melded into Christianity and has become a religion instead of the Spiritual based faith, the truth of our world and our Creator which is not religion, man created religion. So this is what Paul was referring to at that time, he was preaching against the Gnostic beliefs, they sinned intentionally because they thought that it released the spirit light from their body. This is why he wrote, “shall we continue in sin that grace may abound,” he was preaching against the Gnostics. These are the men that crept in unawares in Jude. This is why sex is seen as a bad thing now days in more ways than not, sex out of marriage is a huge deal today, sex between two women, or two men, it all stems from the Gnostic belief. We also get our theology on Hell, infant baptisms, the thought of women being evil, sexual desire being evil, erections being sinful, and many other things from St. Augustine which are also incorrect, he was one of the many that Jude 1:4 was warning us about. He believed that sin was transferred by seamen and if you were born, you would go to hell if you died a baby before being baptized. Seems like he missed everything that Christ was about.

Here is a document about Eternal Punishment in Augustine’s The City of God: “In many ways, Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) was the most influential post-Pauline theologian in Christendom…. Any disagreement with his writings is tantamount to heresy, and this applies equally to Catholic and Protestant traditions… Many major themes of Christian thought can be traced to Augustine. These include the Just War theory, the Trinity, and Original Sin. Augustine had a profound influence on the Doctrine of Eternal Punishment.” You can read more of this at: https://soundandsilence.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/eternal-punishment-in-augustine%E2%80%99s-the-city-of-god/

To learn even more about St. Augustine’s beliefs, you can watch this youtube video:  St. Augustine’s Philosophy and Theology

The reason Augustine taught eternal torment, is because he believed the physical was evil and it had to be tortured according to Gnostic theology. He basically tried to interpret the Bible through Gnostic eye glasses so to speak. The teachings stuck from the fourth century because Rome was in power and Rome promoted him and enforced this doctrine on the world, but this has been the age of darkness, the keys to the scripture had been hidden for so long, and now God has allowed the keys to the scriptures, back into the hands of His children. The only place that Rome had no power over was Ethiopia, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is the only place that still has the book of Enoch in its canon. Rome did try to go and enforce the canon without Enoch on the Ethiopian Church, which did not work, as well as worshiping on Sunday, but they knew it was wrong, so they apparently did it for short time and then went back to worshiping on Saturday. Rome had wiped the book of Enoch out of every other church canon. The main promoter of the removal of the book of Enoch was St. Augustine, he thought the book was evil. His doctrine was completely satanic, his doctrine came from Manichean Gnosticism, which was preached against by John, Paul, and Jude, and remember Jude told us to remember the book of Enoch. Enoch was forgotten beyond the Ethiopian Church, and still today most Christians refuse to read the book of Enoch, even though it has now been release back into their possession.

1 Timothy 4:1-5 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Note that here marriage was already a strong belief in the church, but in reading all the Old Testament text, you rarely if ever see one man and one woman in a relationship. Yet, this is another warning, that in the later times, people would forbid to marry as the Catholics require their priests to do(1120 A.D.) and they saw sex as sinful but if they were married they could have sex. The main group that does this is the Western Catholic Church, Rome. When they did this in 1120 A.D, all the priest that were married had to have their marriages annulled, so they ripped apart families. The Latin school of theology taught that it was sinful to have sex, so priest couldn’t have sex or be married in order to be holy. They took so many things that God meant for good and made them appear to be evil. Again, from 1 Timothy 4:3 they took these things that God created for good and forbid them or abstain from them. Note that Jerome went right along with St. Augustine.

Just to point out, hyper Calvinism is the same as Manichean Gnosticism. They think they can sin all they want, they think all they have to do is have faith. Basically, they can sin all week and go to church on Sunday and get right with God. Another thing to point out within all this is that these men (Pharisees) that try to keep themselves from having any desire for sex or women and can’t do so, so they have an inward hate for women. They can’t be freed from women, because of the drive that God gave us, they even said things like the woman is the root of all evil and numerous other things. The woman and Adam ate of the tree.

And do you not know that you are (each) an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must, of necessity live too. You are the devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man.     –Tertullian.

Here is a really great study by a brother in Christ pertaining to the same things we are talking about here, that might give you even more insight on how they perceived women and how the devil worked that in, over time. http://www.godrules.net/articles/earlychurch-on-sex.htm

St. Augustine, just like Tertullian looks at woman and sex as evil, but those are lies that the devil swayed them to believe to make the beauty of sexuality that God gave us as a gift, to seem like something awful.

It’s true that many people in the Christian religion believe that lust is bad, and they use Matt. 5:27-28, but there is good and bad terms for lust. Check this out.

What is “lusting”? Most of you have this definition coming to mind “any sexual thought for the opposite sex”. And yes, I used to have the same definition, until, again, I actually studied scripture and Greek to decipher what the term actually meant.

The term means to “covet” or “desire with intent to steal” plain and simple. This Greek word (1937) has no “sexual” connotation to it, as the very same word is used as “desire” in other passages, such as “desire the Office of Bishop…desireth a good work” – 1 Timothy 3:1. Now, do you remember which of the Ten Commandments mentions this type of desire or coveting? Yes, it is the 10th commandment. So, Jesus was quoting the “thou shalt not covet .. thy neighbor’s wife”. Why haven’t you ever heard that before? Doesn’t that make a lot of sense, seeing God is the same, yesterday, today and forever? So, quite literally, Jesus first stated the 7th commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, then he explained the theology behind the 7th commandment with the 10th commandment, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife“. He was showing how the people of the day were not looking at the intent behind the 7th commandment.

Here is further proof that Jesus was quoting the 10th of the 10 Commandments:

LXX- Greek Septuagint “γυναικα 1135 του 3588 πλησιον 4139 σου 4675 ουκ 3756 επιθυμησεις 1937 5692” – Exodus 20:17

 

Greek Textus Receptus “γυναικα 1135 προς 4314 το 3588 επιθυμησαι 1937 5658” – Matthew 5:28

Note the same key terms for “woman” and “lust” are present within both passages, showing Christ was paraphrasing the 10th Commandment. The IVP Bible Background Commentary explains:

“The Greek word here is the same as in the opening line of the tenth commandment in the Septuagint (the Greek version of the Old Testament): ‘You shall not desire your neighbor’s wife’ (Exodus 20:17)” – The IVP Bible Background Commentay: New Testament, Matthew 5:27-30

How do we know that the common viewpoint on Matthew 5:27-28 is irreparably in error? Well, if the Greek term “gunh” meant “any woman” and we take the Greek meaning of the term “lust” (which means any desire in general), we discover the passage to be saying literally, “whosoever looks at a woman and desires her has committed adultery in her heart”. Which means you literally cannot desire any woman in general and would have to conclude that all men have sinned being in any relationship with a woman, even if they had the most innocent of “desires”. So, revisiting Jesus’ statement, we see that woman is “wife”, lust is “covet” and adultery is “unlawful intercourse with another man’s wife”. –Godrules.net

So looking back at this passage that they cling to, to make sex and lust bad you can now see that it really means this:

Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery (unlawful intercourse w/ another man’s wife): But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh (sets mind upon) on a woman (wife) to lust (desire or covet) after her hath committed adultery (unlawful intercourse w/ another man’s wife) with her already in his heart.

Another thing to point out as well since we are talking about lust, is adultery. Here is another bit that will help you understand that a little better.

The “gist” of the term adultery, if you research the Greek and Hebrew it has to do with a “contractual agreement” between you and your wife (wives) or between you and God. This is why adultery can also refer to idolatry (same also with the term “fornication”), as idolatry is a form of cheating on God, by worshipping a false god. So, even though adultery’s original definition takes into consideration polygamy, in the case where you commit yourself only to one woman, you make a contractual agreement with her. So, this means, going out and cheating is equivalent to adultery, even though, technically, it does not fall directly under the definition of adultery. It is the Spirit of the Law, as you can see and the point is, you made a contract with your wife and you are to abide in the contract. –Godrules.net

You can read more on this as well as the above statements about lust, here: http://www.godrules.net/articles/mat5.htm

God made us to have desire for another, be it man or woman that is part of being human.  So amidst all the religion that has come about because of man, this is one thing that has apparently had a lot of influence on it.  I’ll remind you religion is the beguilement of God’s people, none of it is for the good of human kind, it is varying and continuously causes division amongst people, self-mutilation, self-denial of things God meant for good, and there are many other aspects of it. Though there may be churches that support the homeless or do other things for a good cause, if they are religious and not spiritually focus, they are likely one that causes division, and one thing that shows the lack of Christ within, is a place that causes division among people.  Christ ate with sinners, which no one on this earth can say they are not a sinner, we all need our Creator to sustain us and even more so to save us from our own sins, and the fallen angels and the evil they have developed since they made the decision to war against God Himself.

Augustine argued as I stated above, that physical erections are a physical expression of the sin of lust. It’s a natural thing and I’m sure you have noticed that the priests and preachers that deny themselves to fulfill their natural desire end up committing even worse acts because their desire becomes so overwhelming for them, that they end up doing something that actually is bad. Augustine felt that he was a slave to his sexual impulses, because they are natural impulses and he kept denying himself, so he ended up going back and doing what he was teaching was wrong, because it was natural. His concubine even had his son, and he admitted to his sexual happenings throughout his life. He made sex and women his enemy. He felt that this is why the world was corrupt, which he got from Genesis, the statement about being against nature which was all because of the fallen angels coming down and mating with humans. When you read against nature in the story of Sodom, it is stated that way because they were trying to rape angels, it has nothing to do with the fact that they were men, because they were not men, they were angels. You can confirm this if you will read the book of Jasher chapters 18 and 19, and the Bible actually tells you that the book of Jasher is a good book in multiple places as I stated above. It explains the kind of people that were in Sodom. These people might have been bisexual or heterosexual, but they were not homosexuals because it states that they were married. Those people just committed evil acts towards one another and terrible things to those that entered the cities as foreigners. The book of Naphtali also talks about angels and humans. To find anything close to the truth, you have to venture outside of the Biblical canon of today, you have to look in the Greek and Hebrew, and in history in general. The biggest and most important thing is you have to make time to listen to the Spirit, She is wisdom and She will teach you the truth if you will allow Her to do so.

The base points of this study are that there are so many different things that have been construed because of religion.  We have to really dig and make sense of this in the view of God and not the view of man.  We have to see marriage for what it is, it is a legal contract, not one man and one woman.  Sex is not bad, sex outside of the marriage contract is not bad, stealing another person’s husband or wife is bad, and lust is not bad unless it is a lust for another person’s husband or wife with intent to steal.  Adultery is the breaking of the agreement with your wife by going outside the contract basically or even with God by worshiping false gods. God gave us so many things in this life that are meant for good and Lucifer and his followers want to destroy those gifts and us or to make it hard on us in any way they can, because they can’t hurt God physically. God loves His creation so much, that creation being us and the heavenly being as well, the fallen ones want to hurt us in place of seeking to hurt God.

I talked to a friend this past weekend about God and some of the ways we see His character and how difficult it is basically through the fog of what we are given and taught to really see who He is, but our need more than anything is to desire that relationship with our Creator and the Spirit of that Creator, so that we can learn more from the source instead of always just listening and following along like sheep lead astray by wolves. The fact is we do sin, but some of what religion has made out to be sin, is not sin until we follow along with it, because it is denial of God’s gifts, the parable of the talents teaches us this (Matt. 25:14-30). God says again and again in Revelation that we must be overcomers, and we really need to see spiritually as well as physically what He meant by that, we have to overcome the lies of this world, and seek after the truth, God’s truth and not man’s false truth.

So to sum this up, you see that they made women and lust out to be evil, and sex to be bad and of the devil basically. They forced out all the schools of theology but the Latin school of theology. Even after the protestant reformation, they still carried on Augustine’s theology. Augustine is the central reason we have eternal torment in hell, that sex before or outside of marriage is bad, and that any form of desire is bad.  A few of the ways you can learn all this and find the proof of it is by taking an old Strong’s Concordance and a new one and you will see many of the terms have changed meanings (An example would a word like fornication, it meant idolatry and adultery, it did not mean sex before marriage, and orgies meant sacred rites worship (Idolatry) where today it would mean a sex party.), you can look back in the Greek and Hebrew and find many things skewed, and just taking a look at the history of the times and seeing what was going on around these people when they wrote these books will help you see the light in the matter.  Note that the Hebrew Masoretic text is not as accurate as the Greek, it does not match up with the Dead Sea Scrolls, but the Greek does, and the Hebrew Masoretic text is what our Bibles today are based off of. If you have read all the way to this point, something in you is telling you to dig and seek God through the Holy Spirit. So be an overcomer and overcome the lies of religion.

One other thing that I want to reiterate that I’ve covered in my other blogs is Romans 1.

Romans 1:22-25 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

People assume that it is automatically talking about homosexuals here, but we don’t all worship falsely, there are many of us that worship God, we love God. What this is talking about is someone who worships creation and does unclean acts at the same time, so they are basically committing an idolatrous act right along with an adulterous act. This kind of goes back to Genesis where the whole earth is corrupt and then also the book of Enoch where the fallen angels came down, and mated with animals as well as humans.

Romans 1:26-27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And 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 recompense of their error which was meet.

These people are using sex to worship fallen angels (false gods), it’s idolatry, that is why it is stated that they are working that which is unseemly, this was done in Leviticus 18:21-22 as well, they were having sex in worship to Moloch. The men and women stated in these verses are temple prostitutes or the people in general having sex be it heterosexual sex or homosexual sex, to a false god. So if one human being has sex with another human being, it is not against nature, but if a human has sex with an animal or angel that is against nature. Again, you can read in the books of Enoch, Jasher, and Naphtali about things being against nature. That’s why God said in Genesis 1:24-25 about each beast that he created being with its own kind and God saw that as good. It’s not bad when we are with our own kind, what is seen as bad by God is when we mix with other kinds that are not our own. People try to make it seem liken gays are bad, because of their point of view they have been taught by the corrupt translations that gay is sinful in their eyes just like sex before marriage, they don’t even try to see what is really stated here. If we look at the animals of the world today, you will find many of them that will have sex between two females or two males, but they will not go outside their kind.

And lastly I leave you with this…

2 Timothy 2:15 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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Infiltration of Christianity

[This is a short summary of some of the things I’ve learned as I’ve been researching.  I will be adding more to my blog as time permits.]

Christianity today has had Gnosticism and sol invictus aka Sun god worship melded into it. In the same way you would mix metals, these things have crept into Christianity. It has given it the shine of the truth with lies weaved in and made it weak. If we are weak because we have beendeceived, the devil can utilize us more and more. We are warned of this throughout scripture because Jesus and all the Apostles point out the Pharisees and the scribes as being evil like their father the devil. People never have paid attention to this until now. They have just always followed the earthly leader who we were warned about and listen to what they were told to do.

I’m very grateful to God (now) for making me gay for so many reasons, but the most powerful reason is because I had to fight so hard just to be me, I have in turn fought so hard to find Him and the truth.

If you don’t know anything about Gnosticism or sol invictus are now is the time to dig in and learn about it so you can see how it has affected Christianity. This all happened in the 4th century when they also removed the book of Enoch, which is a vital key to the rest of the scriptures. With that book missing, we see God as a genocidal maniac. Genesis refers to Enoch in one verses pretty much about the angels coming down and mating with humans, but it tells of nothing else as if they just disappear which we all know is not true. We are told of giants in the Bible but nothing is elaborated on as to why they were giants, unless you read the Book of Enoch. That’s a huge deal. HUGE.

Being that the book of Enoch is removed, people are taught that the flood was God killing people because they were bad instead of what actually happened and God destroyed the Nephilim, God saved humanity in the flood. Noah was perfect in his day as the Bible says, this does not mean perfect like Jesus, because we all know no one is perfect like Jesus, but perfect as in his DNA was perfect. Then you look at all the cities that God condemned, and they were of the same manor, God was trying to protect humans from the Nephilim. (Nephilim, the children of fallen angels and humans.) So we have been given a completely backwards view of God in the Old Testament because of the removal of the Book of Enoch.

St. Augustine with his Gnostic beliefs fused Hell in as eternal torment and that it was basically only one place, when throughout the Bible we are told there are levels to what the Bible references as Hell, some translations even leave those out when they are speaking of the different places, and they are very different places with different purposes. Hell is not eternal torment, I’ve shown this to be incorrect as well in some of my research.

Sexuality goes through a Gnostic view which is where we get that anything to do with sex is deemed bad. Sex before marriage, homosexuality, and things of that nature. Gnostics saw sex as a bad thing when God gave us that as a gift. In no way am I trying to say it’s good to just go out and sleep with everyone, we are to have self-control and that is in the Bible too. Again, when you look in the Bible, many men had multiple wives or even had children with their wives hand maids or concubines. So that is disproved right there. I’ve also disproved homosexuality as being sinful in my research. All this is theology.

Sol invictus is very visual in a lot of Christian paintings and statues, because there are suns that appear behind the beings portrayed in these images. Which in turn is something else we are not supposed to have, graven images that are worshiped or prayed too. Those are all over the world and people bow and pray to them all the time. This is idolatry.

This is just a summary of what is going on within Christianity today. There is so much more to it than just this. A few other things I have researched are the false trinity that the devil has created through Christianity which was pulled from the false worship before the tower of Babel where God separated the language of men. They all worshiped the same false gods at that point, but when the languages became different, so did the gods.

Original: Nimrod / Semiramis(Queen of Heaven) / Tammuz Chaldeans: Bel / Rhea / Ninus Egypt: Osiris / Isis / Horus Assyria: Kronos / Rheia / Muth Lebanon: Baal / Ashtoreth / Tammuz Phoenicians: El / Astarte / Bacchus Babylon: Belus / Ishtar/ Tammuz Scandinavia: Odin / Frigg / Balder India: Vasudeva(Vishnu) / Isi(Devaki) / Iswara(Krishna) Asia: Atys(Attis) / Cybele / Deoius Rome: Zeus / Leto / Apollo (ALSO: Attis / Cybele / Jupiter) Greece: Iasion / Tyche(Eirene) / Plutus Germany: Njörðr(Saturn) / Hertha(Nerthus-Mother Earth) / w child China/Japan: Pan-Ku / Shing Moo(Ma Tsoopo) / Heng-O

All that brings you to god / Mary / Baby Jesus. Mary was His mother, yes but she is not to be worshiped.

 

 

Homosexuality Is It A Sin?

Proverbs 18:13

“He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him.”

Did you know?

* Of 32,000 verses in the Bible, only five directly mention homosexuality.
* The Qur’an only directly mentions homosexuality once.
* Leviticus, the book of the Bible which supposedly stipulates death for homosexuality, if you look at it closely, you will see it has to do with worship of false gods and idolatry.
* The Biblical Jesus does not condemn homosexuality.
* The destruction of the Biblical city of Sodom was due to their mistreatment of strangers, the poor, and each other in some instances.
* The Bible never condemns same sex marriage.
* The Biblical David and Jonathan had a formal same-sex union.
* ‘Traditional marriage’ in the Bible includes polygamy.
* No known sacred text forbids same sex marriage.
* Very few sacred texts even mention homosexuality.
* Hindu and other far eastern sacred texts do not condemn homosexuality.
* Homosexuality is not unnatural; it is practiced by hundreds of species of animals.

The Bible

There are about half a dozen direct references to what we today term homosexuality in the Tanach and NT, and a few others which are relevant but not direct. Two of the most negative passages are found in the book of Leviticus, alongside a mass of ancient Jewish food and incest taboos, purification rituals and medical protocols. In the New Testament, there are several instances in the Epistles where Paul belittles homosexuality. At no point in the Gospel does Jesus condemn homosexuality.

Another point to note is that there was no word for homosexuality, in the sense that we now use the term, in ancient Hebrew or Greek. The text of the Tanach and NT periphrasis these scriptures to try to describe what they are trying to get across to us.

Romans 1:26-27 states, 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 1:27 And 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 recompense of their error which was meet.

If you notice through this text, it is focused much on the topic of idolatry with much of it pointing towards temple harlotry, not homosexuality (idolatry and sex acts, not orientation). This is spiritual harlotry just as much as physical, as they are doing these things in worship to false gods. This is also the only place in scripture that could possibly state anything against two women. With that, we need to understand that there is more than just one action that is said to be against nature so we will go through some.

Things that could be termed against nature:

  • Idolatrous Sex which is referenced in a book called Testament of Naphtali which was written about 200 years before Paul’s writings. This book indicates that “against nature” means sexual idolatry or sex with angels (Genesis and Enoch). In the Testament of Naphtali 3:3-5, there is a connection between the Genesis 3 account of angels having sex with humans and the Sodom story of men trying to rape men and angels. This is most likely what Paul was referencing in the Romans 1 account men trying to have sex with men unto a false god. Perhaps these temple priests in Paul’s time were indeed representatives of the false god, making it into a change of nature’s order sex is to be between humans, not men or women and animals, not men or women and angels, and not men or women to false gods in any combination.
  • The common understanding of sexual identity in Paul’s time, this could also be referring to how women ought to be passive and men active, yet in the case of Rome’s idolatrous atmosphere, the temple prostitute women would sleep with many men which would put them as being “active” – against nature and the consecrated eunuch men used as temple prostitutes unto false gods like Molech were passive as many men would have anal sex with them against nature (physical and spiritual idolatry). So against nature would be referring to women and men exchanging their passive/active roles which very well was a rule or way of the past.
  • There is also, the heterosexuals that are forced by society to practice homosexual acts, often to desensitize, control or humble. Sometimes it is combined with the practice of the occult, witchcraft or idolatry as well. The Didache (First Christian Handbook) states regarding sexual sins: “You shall not commit adultery; you shall not commit pederasty (sex with boys).” – Didache (c. 80-140, E), 7.377 . In Hitler’s book, “The Pink Swastika, Lively exposes what secret homosexual activists don’t want you to know about Nazi Germany: that although the Nazis did persecute homosexuals, the homosexuals the Nazis persecuted were almost exclusively the effeminate members of the gay community in Germany, and that much of the mistreatment was administered by masculine homosexuals who despised effeminacy in all its forms.” – Truth about homosexuality and Nazi Party. Homosexuals were thrown in concentration camps, while those who were forced into homosexuality become male predators burning with lust and desiring to control and abuse men and boys. Occultism was heavy through the Nazi Party as well as Hitler’s Youth.
  • The conservative 21st Century view that refers to homosexuality does not however, fit with the early fathers that I have read. They thought it was anal and idolatrous sex, and as mentioned above, the Testament of Naphtali and other readings from this time, do not agree with 21st Century conservative ideals.

**I will put a link to the book of Naphtali in the links below for you to do your own reading through this book.**

Conservative Christians seem to be misidentifying the root of the problem and minimizing spiritual sin along with elaborating on the physical aspects of it. The two main causes to this error in modern Christian thinking is two old heresies: Gnosticism and Marcionism. Gnostics teach that the physical is evil and spiritual is good, and Marcions reject Old Testament claiming it is a different god, while they accept the New Testament. We seem to be completely blind to spiritual harlotry today. For example, the word adultery is “unlawful intercourse with another man’s wife”. That is not it’s only meaning though, it is also “unlawful intercourse with a false god”, which is why God speaks in Revelation of the whore of Babylon, she is not a person, but a false religion that deceives God’s people. Religion in and of itself is the beguilement of God’s people, do you not remember the one time Jesus got furious in the Bible in John 2, it was at the Pharisees, the very men that were responsible for religious laws of men. They made rules around God’s commandments and deceived the people even then.

Idolatry and spiritual harlotry are one in the same, and they are rampant through the churches these days, from prosperity preachers, teachings of other false religions making it to heaven, making the focus us and not God, along with many other issues and heresies.

The King James Version

King James I, who commissioned the King James Version translation, was undoubtedly homosexual. It was whispered that “Elizabeth was King: Now James is Queen.”

James I was responsible for reaffirming the Buggery Act of 1533, which criminalized sodomy in the UK. However, James I had several well-documented homosexual relationships. Although he had eight children with his wife, Anne of Denmark, they eventually decided to live apart. In 1607 he met Robert Carr, then age 17, at a joust, and had an on-going relationship with him for nearly a decade, which ended in a messy breakup. In 1614, he started a relationship with George Villiers, a commoner, eventually making him Duke of Buckingham in 1623. In 1624, James wrote Villiers a letter in which he asked “whether you loved me now…better than at the time I shall never forget at Farham, where the bed’s head could not be found between the master and his dog.”

Tanach

In the beginning…

Some esoteric Jewish traditions hold that God is hermaphroditic in nature, and that Adam was originally an hermaphrodite. This is based on a reading of Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” This theme is developed with great detail in the Kabbalah; For instance see this passage from the Kabbalah Unveiled. Rabbi Samuel-bar-Nachman is quoted by Carpenter as saying “Adam, when God created him, was a man-woman (androgyne)”. Maimonides (ibid.) is quoted likewise: “Adam and Eve were created together, conjoined by their backs.” This is similar to the androgyne mentioned in Plato’s Symposium.

The Sin of Sodom

Now let’s talk about the story of the destruction of the city of Sodom, (Genesis 18:16-19:29; Jasher 18:11-19:53).

First lets point out Deut. 23:17-18 (link below to reference more on this verse) “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” Here the word whore meant “female prostitute”, and sodomite meant “male temple prostitute”. You can see here gadesh and kedeshah meanings:

Word: YCW

Pronounce: kaw-dashe’

Strong: H6945

Orig: from 6942; a (quasi) sacred person, i.e. (technically) a (male) devotee (by prostitution) to licentious idolatry:– sodomite, unclean. H6942

Use: TWOT-1990c Noun Masculine

Grk Strong: G1863 G4203 G4204 G5055

  • male temple prostitute

 

Word: DYCW

Pronounce: ked-ay-shaw’

Strong: H6948

Orig: feminine of 6945; a female devotee (i.e. prostitute):–harlot, whore. H6945

Use: TWOT 1990c Noun Feminine

Grk Strong:

1) female temple prostitute, harlot

(Check out 1 Kings 14:22-24, 15:22, 22:46, and 2 Kings 23:7)

Genesis 19

1 And in the evening there came two [a]Angels to Sodom: and Lot sat at the gate of Sodom, and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face to the ground.2 And he said, See my lords, I pray you turn in now into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early and go your ways. Who said, Nay, but we will abide in the street all night. 3 Then [b]he pressed upon them earnestly (Why do you think Lot bid them to not stay in the streets? He was trying to protect them from what is spoken of in Jasher they raped travelers, starved them, stole from them, and etc. every kind of cruelty you could imagine.), and they turned in to him, and came to his house, and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they [c]did eat.

[They raped their own women and swapped them off several times a year. The sin of Sodom was not homosexuality by any means. There were a great many things these people did against other people.]

Genesis 19:4-11 19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, [even] the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where [are] the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them. 19:6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as [is] good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. 19:9 And they said, Stand back. And they said [again], This one [fellow] came in to sojourn, and he has become a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, [even] Lot, and came near to break the door. 19:10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. 19:11 And they smote the men that [were] at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

These men wanted to forcefully rape the visitors, of Sodom. It would be classified as gay sex, but homosexuals do not go around gang raping visitors. These verses as well as many others do no state that. They where trying to gang rape people (well technically angels which is an abomination). Lot offered them his daughters, because they were human at the very least, as well as in those times, the protection you were to have over the guests of your house was held to a high responsibility. Near Eastern hospitality, to this day, implies a responsibility to protect guests under one’s roof. The fact that Lot was ready to make a huge sacrifice by offering up his virgin daughters to the mob instead of his guests underlines this.

You can check out these verses to get even more of an idea and I’ll post a couple below. (Deut. 29:23, 32:32; Wis. 19:14-17; Isa. 3:9, 13:19; Jer. 23:14, 49:18, 50:40; Lam. 4:6; Ezek. 16:46-48; Amos 4:11; Zeph. 2:9; Matt. 10:15; Luke 17:29; Rom. 9:29)

Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication (They have changed the meanings of the words over the centuries the 17th century meaning of fornication or porneia in English meant idolatry and prostitution, it has been changed.), and going after strange flesh (Idolatry or going after another species of flesh. Sodom was completely ungodly they were cruel people and they tried to rape angels which is the reference to strange flesh non-human flesh (aka not gay)), are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

2 Peter 2 6 and having reduced [the] cities of Sodom and Gomorrha (S&G completely rebelled against God’s will. If someone came into those cities, they would beat them and laugh at them, rob them, chain them in the city square and watch them starve to death, and not to mention going after strange flesh (angels). They raped and did all these things to travelers, the poor, and even to some of their own people. In fact Lot’s daughter got killed by a Sodomite, because she felt compassion for a beggar that they chained up to allow him to starve and die because she fed him. (Jasher 18:11 – 19:53)) to ashes, condemned [them] with an overthrow, setting [them as] an example to those that should [afterwards] live an ungodly life;

Sodom is described as a ‘wicked’ place not a place where homosexual acts are done. In an often ignored part of the story, Lot’s daughters have incest with him by getting him intoxicated, (Gen 19:31), they were said to have done this, to repopulate the country; a similar motif is found in the story of Noah. As in other Biblical narratives, even the heroes end up committing horrendous sins, driven by circumstances. But many ignore the entire context of the story in the rush to justify their own bigotry (ignorance is not bliss).

The sin of the city of Sodom was originally considered to be the violation of the rights of Lot’s guests. Defining the ‘sin of Sodom’ to be male homosexuality was a later interpretation, which was made by medieval Jewish and Christian writers, as a reaction to Pagan acceptance of homosexuality.

There is abundant Haggadah, ancient Jewish folklore, which tells of the cruelty of Sodom to strangers, and their mistreatment of the poor and homeless. Among other stories (i.e. Jasher spoken of earlier), travelers are given gold but not food; when they starve to death, everything is stolen including the gold and the clothes off their backs, and their bodies are left to rot. We talked about Lots’s daughter, but there was also another woman who assisted a poor man and was smeared with honey and left to be stung to death by bees. Some of these stories are suffused with dark comedic twists. A poor man is assaulted and robbed. Eliezar, a servant of Abraham, is hit on the head when he intervenes. A judge rules that he must pay his assailant for medical treatment! (Bleeding was considered a surgical procedure). Eliezar then hits the judge on the head, drawing blood, and tells the judge to pay his fine.

More References: Ginzburg’s Legends of the Jews and Polano’s The Talmud: Selections, for many more stories along the same lines. After reading these, you will want the Lord to rain down fire and brimstone on the cities as well.

There are also numerous Biblical passages warning about mistreating strangers, (with the story of Lot being implied), for instance this one in the NT: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” [Heb. 13:2]

Between the original concept of a violation of the law of hospitality and the medieval focus on a particular sexual act, there is an intermediate stage where Sodom was criticized for other reasons entirely. Where Sodom is mentioned in later books of the Tanach and in the New Testament, it is used as an example of a city, which was corrupted by luxury, lacking in values such as charity and humility. Nowhere is this made clearer than in Ezekiel 16:49-50, where Ezekiel, speaking for ‘the Lord God’, enumerates the sins of Sodom:

Ezekiel 16:49 – 50
[This is several different translations all together as I have added the different terms in parenthesis. Notice not one mentions homosexuality.] Behold, this was the iniquity (guilt/sin) of you sister Sodom; pride (arrogance), fullness of bread (excess of food), and prosperous ease (abundance of idleness) was in her and in her daughters; neither did she strengthen (aid) the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Jasher 18:11-19:53

http://www.scriptural-truth.com/PDF_Apocrypha/Jasher.pdf

You can find this here as this is a lot to read, so you will need to research this on your own.

I wanted to give two references from the accepted Canon to Jasher, as there are many people out there that refuse to read the books that are not considered accepted Canon, but remember also, it was the Pharisees that removed them.

“Is not this written in the Book of Jasher?”–Joshua, x. 13.

“Behold it is written in the Book of Jasher.”–II Samuel, i. 18

Note that in this context ‘abomination’ means human sacrifice and idol worship not homosexuality. The primary sin of Sodom, by this account, was that their society was materialistic, greedy, and uncharitable. Social and economic justice is a thread that runs through the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament alike, and it is not difficult to extrapolate this to modern struggles for equality, such as those of LGBT people. “When government and religious institutions and their leaders perpetuate oppression, it would not be farfetched to say that they are committing the actual sin of Sodom.” ~John Hare

Leviticus

The book of Leviticus was likely composed during the Babylonian exile, from 550 to 500 BC. Leviticus speaks about ritual purity and proscribed behavior. It is traditionally attributed to Moses and it is part of the Pentateuch (Pen-ta-toock) which is the first five books of the Bible.

Wellhausen, in his Prolegomena to the History of Ancient Israel, presented evidence that there were four separate authors of the Tanach (Old Testament). The Levitical laws were added to the text of the Bible at a very late date, by an author high in the religious hierarchy, a priest (hence the ‘P’) which is why the modern scholars believe P was the writer of Leviticus. These are the legalisms that Jesus is constantly deprecating in the New Testament, and the Talmudic Rabbis are always picking apart. Given the force of divine law by fiat, they ruled every aspect of daily life. Once the ancient Jewish ritual complex was destroyed, many of these laws simply became impossible to follow. Others were fossilized prohibitions from the time when Jews were striving to preserve their cultural identity in a sea of paganism.

Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 are the two Bible verses which are most often cited as support for scriptural condemnation of homosexuality as an Old Testament Commandment, but it is in the context of idolatrous male homosexual acts in worship to Molech as temple prostitutes used for worshiping the false god. Idolatrous sex of any form is condemned, and it is possible the early church fathers thought that anal sex was considered the same. This does not mean that two men cannot have a close relationship like David and Jonathan did.

Now, this could be referring to the common homosexual activity of men having sex with other men yet, there is some odd wording surrounding the passage in chapter 18 & 20, making it appear potentially to be saying men cannot have sex with men in religious related situations. I believe it is likely focused on gay temple prostitution unto Molech, but could also refer to anal sex in general if you reference the early church fathers and possibly Romans 1. Now, some may argue that this passage only applies to that time period, to distance themselves from the culture around them, but God used many of the stories in the Bible as parables for us today, to reach out to us as well so you can’t disregard the old testament you just need to research the times, the history to better understand some things and how they termed them or referred to them. It is very likely that God maybe ok with male same sex platonic relationships, but we cannot simply conclude that God is ok with same-sex unions, where the men are having sexually anal active together. I believe men can be potentially born gay due to Jesus comments on “natural born eunuchs” (which I will talk about more below) and the usage of the word in Jesus time. However, I am concerned that anal sex is a sin, because of a few scriptures and some health statistics allude to its harmful nature (See this link below the video: 1.). It should be pointed out; it does not mention women lying with women. Assuming God is logical in his method of writing, we can see in Leviticus 18, that “men lying with beast” and “women lying with beast” are both sins, which indicates his style of talking about men and women individually in this section of scripture.

There is a condemnation of both male and female cross-dressing in Deuteronomy 22:5 as ‘an abomination’. This “law” doesn’t seem viable, as we were not born with clothes and were clothes really ever an issue with God? Even so, no particular punishment is ever specified for do this. The same chapter specifies harsh punishments for other transgressions like death by stoning of non-virgin brides [Deu 22:13-21], likewise both participants in an act of adultery [Deu. 22:22], and some instances of premarital intercourse [Deu. 22:23].

The Jews were in conflict with Pagans who also resided in ancient Palestine. There was a lot of pressure for Jews to adopt various practices of the Pagans, to become just another religion stirred in with all the false religions. So they developed scriptural precepts (words) which prohibited certain specific Pagan beliefs and practices. Pagan religions of the ancient Near East had male priests who, to honor a Goddess figure, mimicked women. You can read The Syrian Goddess to see more about the belief system of those times, I’ll provide a link below. The priests, called Kedeshim in the Tanach, cross-dressed, took on economic and social roles normally associated with females and in some cases they would even castrated themselves. They also engaged in sexual acts as part of their religious ceremonies, which were similar to Tantric practices, again this is idolatrous sexual worship of false gods.

In 1 Kings 14:24 (listed above), it states ‘there were also sodomites in the land, and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.’ Abomination here should be translated ‘idolatry.’ Using these mistranslated verses to condemn homosexuality in general is misleading.

The rules against males cross-dressing and having sex with other men were based on opposition to the priesthood. It was generalized to the behavior, and the fact that it was a spiritual act to a false god has seemed to have been, forgotten. Homosexuality in Leviticus was used for hundreds of years as a tool for the persecution of gays, and has been quoted in legal reasoning, debates, and many forms of verbal and physical attacks upon gays even today.

The book of Leviticus contains many harsh commandments and regulations, and much of it does not meet contemporary standards of justice and human rights. Jesus said that the law should consist of two rules, namely love for God and love for one’s neighbor; this is very conflicting against all the Levitical laws.

David and Jonathan

There is a very bold description of a same-sex relationship in the Bible, the story of David and Jonathan, in 1 Samuel 18:1-5, 1 Samuel 19:1-7, 1 Samuel 20:30-42, 2 Samuel 1:25-6. While their bond is not described as sexual, it is difficult to characterize it as purely one of friendship as it states that David’s love for Jonathan surpassed the love of a woman. Their souls are described as ‘knit together’. David and Jonathan ‘made a covenant, because David said he loved Jonathan as his own soul.’ The word covenant is significant, because in the Tanach this word always implies a formal legal agreement. To mark this covenant, Jonathan literally gives David the clothes off of his back, as well as other gifts such as weapons. Jonathan successfully intercedes with Saul to spare David’s life. At their last meeting, 1 Samuel 20:41, they are described as kissing one another and weeping together. David’s lamenting for Jonathan and he states as I said above, that his love for him surpasses the love of women. 2 Samuel 1:18-27 is known as ‘the Bow,’ and it is one of the most beloved passages in the Hebrew Bible.

1 Samuel 18:1-4; 20:3-4, 20:41 and 2 Samuel 1:25-26 18:1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 18:2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. 18:3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 18:4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that [was] upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

20: 3And David answered Jonathan, and said, Thy father knows surely that I have found grace in thy sight, and he said, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he refuse his consent: but as the Lord lives and thy soul lives, as I said, the space is filled up between me and death. 4And Jonathan said to David, What does thy soul desire, and what shall I do for thee. 41And when the lad went in, then David arose from the argab, and fell upon his face, and did obeisance to him three times, and they kissed each other, and wept for each other, for a great while. 42And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, and as we have both sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, The Lord shall be witness between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever— even so let it be.

2 Samuel 1:25How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, even the slain ones upon thy high places! 26I am grieved for thee, my brother Jonathan; thou wast very lovely to me; thy love to me was wonderful beyond the love of women.

Looking at these scriptures at face value, especially 20:41and 2 Samuel 1:26, you would think it’s possible you are reading about two men who are in love. Reading these scriptures I cannot assume they are in a sexual relationship nor can I assume they are not, as we are not given all the details of their relationship. This does not give enough detail to say for certain that they were in an actual relationship, but how many guys can say that their love for another guy surpasses that of a woman?

So, knowing that God said David was a man after His own heart and David being in a relationship in some form with Jonathan, that would cause them to make a covenant together and their love be more than the love either of them shared for a woman, that God does not see two men in love being as sinful. What is still to question is the anal sexual relations between men because of the way the early church fathers spoke of it, the possible disease or health risk from it. Although, much of what is spoken of against it in the Bible and other books surrounding the accepted canon that have been removed to hide the truth of so many things, it seems to be idolatrous or sexually immorality driving descriptions are those of men having sex with men in worship to false gods. Idolatry today seems to have been put on the back burner and other so called sins pulled forward and made as a bold expression using words like homosexuality instead of the actual term that was stated to begin with.

New Testament

The Gospels

In the four Gospels, Jesus is portrayed throughout with a message of love and tolerance. Not once does he condemn homosexuals, demand that they be put to death, yet many of His so called modern followers persecute and cause much strife in the gay community in so many different ways.

Side Note: Growing up in this kind of atmosphere and people telling me I’m going to hell, I’m wrong, I need to be fixed, saying that I’m an abomination and threatening to kill me with a gun in my face was not and is not an easy thing to deal with. I, to this day get ugly looks, get yelled at that God hates gays, that I’m going to hell, that I need to be prayed for (I’ll take all the prayers I can get to help me stay strong in the Lord and be able to withstand all the hate), and many other things. Thing is if people would get to know me they would see and realize that God alone sustains me in so many ways and has since I was young. What I do today is not something that I have just always loved doing; it takes a lot of prayer for God to keep me focused and motivated. I’m not one who likes to read or research, and this has become a huge part of my life because of God, not because of me.

The first thing that pops into my head when people speak or show hate towards me, is what Jesus said in Acts 9 and Acts 22:7-8: 1But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him.4And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?5And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

When we breathe hate towards others, we are persecuting Jesus Himself according to these verses. Be mindful when you speak hate towards others, as you could very well be persecuting the very one you claim to love.

These things are a profound departure from the rest of the text. For instance, in Matthew 22:37, Jesus is quoted as saying:

22:37 …You shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. 22:39 And the second is like unto it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

John 13:34, he is additionally quoted as saying: 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 13:35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.

So Jesus turning around and saying ‘He Hate Gays’ would be a bit out of character. The Byzantine Emperor Constantine, put in place discriminatory laws against homosexuals, and then proceeded to use those laws to blackmail and marginalize rivals. You can read Secret History of Procopius, e.g. Chapter XVI, p. 163.

Gay Marriage in the Bible

The Tanach

Actually this is kind of a trick topic. There is no mention of gay marriage in the Bible except, the account of the ‘covenant’ of David and Jonathan. For the vast majority of Christians and Jews including those that believe in Biblical inerrancy, just because something isn’t mentioned in the Bible doesn’t necessarily mean that it is sinful or forbidden. The Bible is a smorgasbord for those who need just one out-of-context quote to justify their personal views on marriage. Depending on which pinhole you look through, the Bible can be cited as approving or forbidding polygamy, monogamy, divorce, and lifelong celibacy. So it is no wonder that there are quotes that can be manipulated in the same way to condemn gay marriage. This is why I have stated multiple times in my blog that there are many mistranslations of the truth. The devil has had plenty of time to sink his ugly teeth in and lead God’s people astray with all the translations of the Bible today, this should be very apparent. Sadly many people believe that in every instance, God steps in and strikes down those who would try to corrupt it and lead us astray. God warns us many times, that we must overcome the world, He warns us that the devil is the father of lies, we have a warning from Jesus about the scribes and Pharisees with His anger towards them in John 2 (these are the ones who have removed many of the books from the accepted canon), and He warns us that we will be deceived if we are not diligently seeking after Him.

Genesis 2:23-4: 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

This passage has mystical overtones which literalists are apt to completely miss or ignore. It implies that Adam was at one time united with Eve in the same body, and the reason that people seek companionship is because they are searching for their missing half. This is similar to Plato’s theory of the androgyne. Also, both in the Tanach and the NT, marriage is used as a metaphor for the union of the soul with God.

In the Tanach, marriage practices such as bigamy, polygamy, ability to have concubines, arranged and Levitical marriages are described as normal, as in fact they were at the time. All of these types of marriage are today either illegal in most western countries or considered highly unusual, much more so than monogamous same sex unions.

  • In Genesis 16 Sarah, Abraham’s wife, encourages Abraham to impregnate her handmaid, Hagar which is where Ishmael came from. At the time Sari was barren and they did not trust in the promises of God as they should have. Later (Genesis 25) Abraham takes another wife, Keturah, who is described as a concubine.
  • In Genesis 29 Jacob marries the sisters Rachel and Leah, after their father Laban tricks him, Laban was also his maternal uncle. Jacob has two sons by Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid, two sons by Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid, then two sons by Leah, and then Rachel bears Joseph.
  • Six wives of David are named in 2 Sam. 3:2.
  • Solomon is said to have seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. However, the Talmud (Tractate Sanhedrin) states that a king may have no more than eighteen wives.

Out of all of these examples, only marrying two sisters is explicitly forbidden in Leviticus 18; but it is permitted to marry a deceased wife’s sister.

The New Testament

In at least one passage in the NT, marriage is defined as monogamous.

Mark 10:2-12) 10:2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? Tempting him.10:3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 10:4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 10:10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. 10:11 And he said unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, commits adultery against her. 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she commits adultery.

If you take this at face value, it says that remarriage after divorce is equivalent to adultery. The passage 10:6-9 is just a restatement of the passage from Genesis, leading up to the conclusion ‘let no man put asunder’. In 10:10-12, Jesus explains the concept again, just in case we missed the point the first time around.

1 Timothy 4:1-5: 4:1 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Here Paul disapproves of the prohibition of marriage, as well as the practice refraining from meats. This is probably a reference to a Gnostic group; Paul was against the Gnostics, which is likely why he condemned it. A few Gnostics and early Christians were opposed to marriage period, which would include monogamous and heterosexual marriage. Marriage was considered a sin by some of the early Church fathers, and the only way into the kingdom of heaven was to be the lifelong mortification of the flesh. This passage by Paul from the Epistles weighs in against this concept. On the other hand, some Gnostics and early Christians practiced group marriage or what today is termed as polygamy which is also considered to be against the law now days.

The sanctioned form of marriage in Judaism and Christianity has continued to evolve over the centuries. Policies on divorce have varied widely. There was a celebration or observance for same sex unions in one branch of the Eastern Orthodox Church. During the Middle Ages and well into the renaissance, the majority of European marriages were ‘common-law,’ and had no religious sanction: church weddings were far too expensive for most people (still are today). Mormons originally practiced polygamy, although most of them ceased that as a condition for Utah statehood. Today, same sex unions are consecrated in some liberal Jewish and Christian denominations.

Society has changed the definition of marriage widely, and religion has followed by sanctioning it. Some interpret the passages above to imply condemnation of gay marriage, or to justify their prejudices against LGBT people.

1 Corinthians 6:9 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. 1:10 nor whoremongers, nor them that defile themselves with mankind, nor men stealers, nor liars, nor perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

1 Timothy 1:10 references the term “effeminate” or mal-ak-os’ 3120 means either a male prostitute, or a boy slave used for gay sex, or a male who submits himself to unnatural lewdness. If you take the root meaning of the Greek word it is: “male bedder”. A lot of words in the Greek New Testament are derived from doctrines and scriptures in the Old Testament; it appears to be an illusion to Leviticus 18 and 20.

However, Leviticus 18 and 20 also seem to have some odd wording surrounding them, which brings about some circumstantial evidence that it may be focusing more so on the practice of male temple prostitution (idolatry). So, to me, this one is a little difficult to know if it is referring to all sexually active two men. I believe it is referring to male temple prostitutes and maybe those who enslave men to use for sex. I do not believe it is referring to men who have a love or close friendship with another man, otherwise King David would not have been a servant of God, due to his strong love for Jonathan. We cannot conclude that anyone who is not “straight” is going to Hell.

Eunuchs

Matthew 19:10-12 10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry. 19:11 But he said unto them, All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to whom it is given. 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from [their] mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive [it], let him receive [it].

Note this scripture; it is said that a “eunuch” that was “born from mother’s womb” is what we would today call a “homosexual”. A eunuch according to the Greek is one who abstains from marriage, or one who is castrated, or one who serves to protect women in harems, etc. And the one definition from the Greek that homosexuals are referring to is “1c) one naturally incapacitated”. So the debate would be, are they born without penis/testicles, or is it referring to them born naturally disposed to not want women (hence wanting men). It could mean a man who just doesn’t want to get married to a woman or a celibate man who has love for a man. It is though very possible they were what is now termed gay, as most eunuchs in Jesus’ time were gay, as can be seen in the usage of the word in various other Greek writings of that time. You would assume then, if they do not want to marry a woman, they would want a man, which may or may not be the case. I guess, the point is, you can’t assume gay male anal sex (as stated above) is ok because of this passage, but we can say that Jesus is saying some are born gay. So, it is likely Jesus was referring to gay men when he spoke of naturally born eunuchs. The problem is there just isn’t a lot of data in the Bible to make strong declarations either way other than the lack of stating any bold facts as God does with so many other things. Again, just because something isn’t mentioned in the Bible doesn’t necessarily mean that it is sinful or forbidden.

References:

Deuteronomy 23:17 – http://www.godrules.net/para/deu/paralleldeu23-17.htm

Testament of Naphtali – http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/fbe/fbe287.htm

Meaning of Eunuch – http://www.well.com/user/aquarius/thesis.htm The Syrian Goddesshttp://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/luc/tsg/index.htm

 

Does God Expect Perfection From You? / Story of David

Does God demand that the body of Christ be sinnless and perfect of their own accord?

The carnal mind cannot accept the things of God. There are people in this world who do not want to know or have anything to do with the truth. They want to live and be however they want and answer to no one or nothing.   Thing is that we are all a slave to something, be it either the world and the devil, or Jesus and freedom. Those who are of the body of Christ are not burdened with extra things because they have a relationship with Christ; we are given a standard to live by that is best for everyone. God says we should not do these things, because they hurt us and others. God doesn’t expect perfection in us, we are human and flawed, we have fallen, and we make mistakes. His greatest command to us which covers all others is to love your neighbor as yourself, and love God with all your heart so mind and strength. If we strive to do the greatest command, all the commandments (Ten Commandments) will be covered in and of this one. We are going to fail at times, we are going to be humbled by our failures and we will reap what we sow, but through it all God will not forsake us.

There are stories in the Bible that tell us that we are not perfect and He knows we are not perfect, which is why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to cover our sins with His perfection. The verse that states that we should be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect, means that we should know Jesus, because He is perfect, we should strive to be like Him, because He is our teacher, leader, and friend. God has to look on Him in the day God judges the world, if God looks on us alone, we will fail and be imperfect, but if God see Jesus, we will be seen as righteous and perfect before God. The Bible also tells us that there are none Perfect but one and that is Jesus Christ.

The Bible talks about David in Acts 13 and 1 Samuel 13. Acts 13:22 And after he had taken him away, he raised up David to be their King, of whom he witnessed, saying, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which will do all things that I will. 1 Samuel 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a [k]man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be governor over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord had commanded thee.

Those verses talk of David being a man after God’s own heart, yet David committed adultery with Bathseba and had her husband Uriah the Hittite murdered. God was angry with David and sent three punishments to David using Nathan, he said that God would caused his wives to be taken from him, his child with Bathsheba would die, and that David’s house would never depart from the sword. David repented (he was truly sorry for what he had done) but his child with Bathsheba still died.

Another thing to note is that David and Jonathan had a relationship, they loved each other. Some people will say that it was just a brotherly love, but this love they shared is not spoken of between the apostles and they shared a love and a bond that could not be undone unto death. Jonathan loved him so much that he went against his father to warn David of his plot to kill him. It states that David declared that he loved Jonathan more than a woman.

1 Samuel 18
1 And when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, the [a]soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him, as his own soul.
2 And Saul took him that day, and would not let him return to his father’s house.
3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant: for he loved him as his own soul.
4 And Jonathan put off the robe that was upon him, and gave it David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

41 As soon as the boy was gone, David arose out of a place that was toward the [y]South, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept both twain, till David exceeded.

2 Samuel 1:26 Woe is me for thee, my brother (we are all brothers and sisters in Christ) Jonathan: very kind hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women: how are the mighty overthrown, and the weapons of war destroyed!

“There is an extensive and very sympathetic description of a same-sex relationship in the Bible, the story of David and Jonathan, e.g.: 1 Samuel 18:1-5, 1 Samuel 19:1-7, 1 Samuel 20:30-42, 2 Samuel 1:25-6. While their bond is described as non-sexual, it is difficult to characterize it as purely one of friendship.

Jonathan was the son of Saul, David’s nemesis. Their souls are described as ‘knit together’. David and Jonathan ‘made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.’ The word covenant is significant, because in the Tanach this word always implies a formal legal agreement. To mark this covenant, Jonathan literally gives David the clothes off of his back, as well as other gifts such as weapons.

Later in the narrative, Jonathan successfully intercedes with Saul to spare David’s life. At their last meeting, 1 Samuel 20:41, they are described as kissing one another and weeping together. David’s grief at Jonathan’s death is profound and moving. In David’s lament for Jonathan he describes their friendship as ‘(sur)passing the love of women’. This elegy, 2 Samuel 1:18-27. known as ‘the Bow,’ is one of the most beloved passages in the Hebrew Bible.”

There was no mention of God being angry or doing things to David as if he had sinned with Jonathan. He did pay greatly with the life of his son for murdering Uriah and stealing his wife Bathsheba.

Sin of Sodom

The Sin of Sodom

Then there is the story of the destruction of the city of Sodom, (Genesis 18:16-19:29). Sodom has given its name to the now somewhat quaint-sounding term ‘Sodomy’, which originally meant a specific male homosexual sex act. Eventually it was expanded to mean any form of sexual expression which happened to be illegal, including things that married heterosexual couples do every day.

However, a close reading reveals the name to be a bit of a misnomer. To start off, Sodom is described simply as a ‘wicked’ place. Lot, Abraham’s nephew, goes to live there to see if even one righteous person can be found there. The sexual theme starts when two disguised angels visit Lot. A mob, described as consisting of the men of the city, ‘both young and old’, attacks Lot’s house and demands that Lot allow them to ‘know’ (in the language of the KJV) the two men. To ‘know’ is, of course, the famous KJV circumlocution for having sexual intercourse.

The next passage bears closer examination. Lot (Gen 19:8) asks the mob to ‘do’ his two virgin daughters instead, but not the two guests, ‘for … they came under the shadow of my roof.’ The rest of the story is well-known: divine wrath ensues, the mob is blinded, the cities of the plain are destroyed by fire and brimstone while Lot and his family flee, Lot’s wife is turned to a pillar of salt because she looks back, and only Lot and his daughters escape. In an often ignored coda to this story, Lot’s daughters have incest with him by getting him intoxicated, (Gen 19:31), presumably to repopulate the country; a similar motif is found in the story of Noah. As in other Biblical narratives, even the heroes end up committing horrendous sins, driven by circumstances. But many ignore the entire context of the story in the rush to justify their own bigotry.

The sin of the city of Sodom was the originally considered to be the violation of the rights of Lot’s guests. Defining the ‘sin of Sodom’ to be male homosexuality was a later interpretation, which was made by medieval Jewish and Christian writers, as a reaction to Pagan acceptance of homosexuality. Near Eastern hospitality, to this day, implies a responsibility to protect guests under one’s roof. The fact that Lot was ready to make a huge sacrifice by offering up his virgin daughters to the mob instead of his guests underlines this.

There is abundant Haggadah, ancient Jewish folklore, which tells of the cruelty of Sodom to strangers, and their mistreatment of the poor and homeless. Among other stories, travelers are given gold but not food; when they starve to death, everything is stolen including the gold and the clothes off their backs, and their bodies are left to rot. One of Lot’s unfortunate daughters is burned to death for the crime of giving a starving man food. Another woman who assists a poor man is smeared with honey and left to be stung to death by bees. Some of these stories are suffused with dark comedic twists. A poor man is assaulted and robbed. Eliezar, a servant of Abraham, is hit on the head when he intervenes. A judge rules that he must pay his assailant for medical treatment! (Bleeding was considered a surgical procedure). Eliezar then hits the judge on the head, drawing blood, and tells the judge to pay his fine. See Ginzburg’s Legends of the Jews and Polano’s The Talmud: Selections, for many more stories along the same lines. After reading these, I guarantee you’ll be rooting for the Lord to rain down the brimstone on the cities of the plain…

There are also numerous Biblical passages warning about mistreating strangers, (with the story of Lot being implied), for instance this one in the NT: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” [Heb. 13:2]

Between the original concept of a violation of the law of hospitality and the medieval focus on a particular sexual act, there is an intermediate stage where Sodom was criticized for other reasons entirely. Where Sodom is mentioned in later books of the Tanach and in the New Testament, it is used as an example of a city which was corrupted by luxury, lacking in values such as charity and humility. Nowhere is this made clearer than in Ezekiel 16:48-50, where Ezekiel, speaking for ‘the Lord God’, enumerates the sins of Sodom: “Saith the Lord GOD…Behold, this was the iniquity of … Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness … neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good”.

Note that in this context ‘abomination’ means human sacrifice and idol worship, not shared tax breaks for long-term same-sex couples, or sexual practices you can see on cable after 10 o’clock. Furthermore, ‘abomination’ is at the end of the laundry list. The primary sin of Sodom, by this account, was that their society was materialistic, greedy and uncharitable. Social and economic justice is a thread that runs through the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament alike, and it is not difficult to extrapolate this to modern struggles for equality, such as those of LGBT people. When governmental and religious institutions and their leaders perpetuate oppression, it would not be farfetched to say that they are committing the actual sin of Sodom.

Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication (They have changed the meanings of the words over the centuries the 17th century meaning of fornication or porneia in English meant idolatry and prostitution, it has been changed.), and going after strange flesh (Idolatry or going after another species of flesh. Sodom was completely ungodly they were cruel people and they tried to rape angels which is the reference to strange flesh non-human flesh (aka not gay)), are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

2 Peter 6 and having reduced [the] cities of Sodom and Gomorrha (S&G complete rebelled against God’s will. If someone came into those cities, they would beat them and laugh at them, rob them, chain them and watch them starve to death, not to mention going after strange flesh (angels). They raped and kill etc. In fact Lot’s daughter got killed by a Sodomite, because she felt compassion for a beggar that they chained up to allow him to starve and die. (Jasher 18:11 – 19:53)) to ashes, condemned [them] with an overthrow, setting [them as] an example to those that should [afterwards] live an ungodly life;

Ezekiel 16:49 – 50
[This is several different translations all together as I have added the different terms in parenthesis. Notice not one mentions homosexuality.]
Behold, this was the iniquity (guilt/sin) of you sister Sodom; pride (arrogance), fullness of bread (excess of food), and prosperous ease (abundance of idleness) was in here and in her daughters; neither did she strengthen (aid) the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Genesis 19
1 And in the evening there came two [a]Angels to Sodom: and Lot sat at the gate of Sodom, and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face to the ground.

2 And he said, See my lords, I pray you turn in now into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early and go your ways. Who said, Nay, but we will abide in the street all night.

3 Then [b]he pressed upon them earnestly (Why do you think Lot bid them to not stay in the streets? He was trying to protect them from what is spoken of in Jasher they raped travelers, starved them, stole from them, and etc. every kind of cruelty you could imagine.), and they turned in to him, and came to his house, and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they [c]did eat.

[Along with all the cruelty they showed travelers, they also killed one of Lot’s daughters for helping a man in need of food. They raped their own women and swapped them off several times a year. The sin of Sodom was not homosexuality by any means.]

Genesis 19
4 But before they went to bed, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom compassed the house round about, from the young even to the old, [d]all the people from all quarters.

5 Who crying unto Lot said to him, Where are the men, which came to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

6 Then Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

7 And said, I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly.

8 Behold now, I have two [e]daughters, which have not known man: them will I bring out now unto you, and do them as seemeth you good: only unto these men do nothing: [f]for therefore are they come under the shadow of my roof.

9 Then they said, Away hence: and they said, He is come alone as a stranger, and shall he judge and rule? we will now deal worse with thee than with them. So they pressed sore upon Lot himself, and came to break the door.

10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

[Lot offered them his daughters, because they were human at the very least, as well as in those times, the protection you were to have over the guests of your house. Near Eastern hospitality, to this day, implies a responsibility to protect guests under one’s roof. The fact that Lot was ready to make a huge sacrifice by offering up his virgin daughters to the mob instead of his guests underlines this.]

Jasher 18:11-19:53
http://www.scriptural-truth.com/PDF_Apocrypha/Jasher.pdf

You can find Jasher at the link above.

Two references from the accepted Canon to Jasher.
“Is not this written in the Book of Jasher?”–Joshua, x. 13.
“Behold it is written in the Book of Jasher.”–II Samuel, i. 18

The Deceivers Distractions

The devil, Lucifer, satan, great deceiver, or father of lies among so many other names we refer to him as, is just as these names state. Are people not listening? Read them again. The last two really point out a descriptive name of him. He will do anything, and I mean anything to get your attention off of Jesus. There is so much chaos, war, debate be it political or otherwise (gay agenda), do people not think that he is using this to keep your attention away from God. There are a million and one opinions on how things should be done no matter which debate or what part of the chaos that you are swimming in. If you are constantly battling against it what time are leaving for God, to focus on Him and His Word (Jesus) and His Spirit (The Holy Spirit). If you feel you need to battle with it, pray about it, ask God to help those who are in the struggles, or to reveal to you the truth of whatever it is and if it is truly a struggle.

I’m going to ping off of the gay agenda, well, because I’m right smack in the middle of it weather I want to be or not. I don’t pay much attention to it other than the posts I see about and all the hateful responses people throw out with each of their opinions. I can vote and will but other than that I’m not in the debate of it much other than my learning God’s Will for my life and researching why He made me this way. It’s an ocean of debate that the media and the father of this world, one in the same as the father of lies. The great deceiver is just giddy about people being so deep into this and not focusing on God. Just to clarify only reason we want and need “marriage” is because we want to have rights to each other, our families, children, homes, finances, to be there when our partner is sick, and not have that ripped away from us. It is not a Biblical issue that we are trying to change, since the government has decided to stick it’s dirty hands in the institution, it has opened a door of necessity for us. Those things I listed have happened too many times, to many people who have lost the ones they have been with for so many years. There are stories like Bridegroom Movie that will highlight the heartless acts of those people who call themselves Christians, but do not show it in their actions. Those who would do anything to thrust hate at anyone like me.

They say we are condemned to hell, but do they know what hell is and the different levels of it, have they researched it? Do they know what we are, Jesus talked about us, have they researched it? Or do they just listen to the world and the deceiver and follow along with all the lies he is throwing our way (including in the translations of the Bible). Do they research the history of the Bible and of the times to verify the translation are indeed true, the devil has had what 6,000 years to put his lies in and twist the beauty of God’s Word? Are they too busy to seek the truth of God? It takes time away from their life and what they want to do; it takes time away from all the distractions the devil has crated to keep us focused on anything but God.

TV is one of the biggest distracters we have with all its reality shows, news (much of which is just entertainment for the masses), and weekly or daily shows you just can’t miss. Step outside your box, you will see. It consumes you, sit next to someone and watch them watching it, they are zoned out, zombified, if that is even a word. So many distractions and those distractions fill our time so much, that there is so little left for God in the business of the day. Last time I checked, to have a relationship, you have to have time together, or you will never grow to know the other person. It’s the same with Jesus, He needs and wants time with us, He wants us to seek Him in HIStory, seek Him in Prayer, and wants to be in every aspect of our lives. We have free will and if you truly don’t want Him in a part of your life, He will not be there, if you block Him out of your life for a time, He will not be there, think about it (Free Will).

You can make a difference today by praying and asking God to reveal to you His truth through The Holy Spirit. Research and study before you form an opinion you might be completely shocked at what God gives you. It might go against what you’ve been taught all your life, get ready, those are really hard rivers to cross, but once you do, God will start to open up so much to you. The Holy Spirit is there waiting and the books of the world are there to give you a vision of how things where in the times of the Bible, open them up and reach for the truth. As always bring it back to the Bible and be sure that the words used in the most recent translations are on key by taking it back to the Greek text, Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Enoch, and others. If it’s truth, it will all connect and God will give you confirmation on it.   You always here, don’t just be hearers of the Word, be doers also, but we should be seekers and speakers of the Word also. It’s up to you from this point on to be not only a hearer and doer of the Work, but to be a seeker and speaker of the Word also.

Remember preachers are not flawless and without error, they are not perfect, they are human and humans make mistakes. Unintentional at times, but mistakes nonetheless, and we have help with them from the devil and our own selfishness. Diligently seek after Him and He will show you the truth, His Truth.

Abusers of themselves with mankind

In the KJV it says “abusers of themselves with mankind”. So many people try to throw this out as meaning homosexuality, please research your sources before you go proclaiming translations as something they are not. This is one of the only translations that actually gets it remotely correct on 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. The ancient Greek term is hard to find in Greek literature, but when it has been used it is used as a class struggle, where a person in a HIGHER POSITION abuses someone in a LOWER position. Also, the term has another more known meaning in shrine prostitution. Where a male would castrate themselves and be on the receiving end of sex unto a false god, such as Molech (which I have mentioned before).

Philo, The Special Laws, III, VII, 40-41: “(40) And I imagine that the cause of this is that among many nations there are actually rewards given for intemperance and effeminacy. At all events one may see men-women (androgynes) continually strutting through the market place at midday, and leading the processions in festivals; and, impious men as they are, having received by lot the charge of the temple, and beginning the sacred and initiating rites, and concerned even in the holy mysteries of Ceres(Cybele)”

This indicates they were in charge of the Temple unto Cybele. This was part of the term (which cannot be separated). Reguarding the first definition(abuse of someone lower than you), which is stated above, only a few ancient Greek texts use it in such a way (Sibylline Oracle 2.70-77.10 – one of the more ancient texts that uses the term).

http://www.clgs.org/arsenokoit%C3%A9s…

Section “On Justice” from Sibylline Oracle 2: “(Never accept in your hand a gift which derives from unjust deeds.) Do not steal seeds. Whoever takes for himself is accursed (to generations of generations, to the scattering of life. Do not arsenokoitein, do not betray information, do not murder.) Give one who has labored his wage. Do not oppress a poor man. Take heed of your speech. Keep a secret matter in your heart. (Make provision for orphans and widows and those in need.) Do not be willing to act unjustly, and therefore do not give leave to one who is acting unjustly.”

This would qualify “slave owners” from the 19th Century, due to how they abused slaves. “Abusers of themselves with mankind” WERE slave owners!!!

NOW DAYS, we are expected to believe and many do, that it is referring to homosexuals. (=ignorance/hate/lies/false doctrine) This is dishonest and causing so much hate in our country alone, not to mention the other countries. Just how the devil wants it, people have allowed it to be.

The only definition that is related to “homosexuality” is one that also includes “false god worship” as part of the definition. First, NO homosexuals castrate themselves. Second, they are not worshipping false gods such as Cybele or Molach while having sex! Lord knows I don’t!

The sin was idolatry, mixed with sex acts. This is what has been lost in its meaning. So “slave owners” and those who rape and abuse others are ALSO being discussed when this term is used. I am guessing Paul was referring to both meanings when he spoke of this, but he by no means was talking about homosexuals.