Here’s a gay-friendly interpretation of the Bible from a Christian: The Bible says that homosexual relations is a sin in the same way that heterosexual sexual relations is a sin outside of marriage. The famous verse used to condemn homosexuals or accuse Christians of condemnation is Leviticus 20:13. The surrounding verses are often overlooked. Leviticus 20:10-16 contain death penalties for four different types of sexual immorality among heterosexuals, two types of sexual immorality concerning bestiality and one mention of immorality concerning homosexuals. In the same way, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 condemn not only homosexuals, but also the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, drunkards, revilers, swindlers and the greedy. Although verses 9 and 10 condemn, the following verse, 1 Corinthians 6:11, justifies stating that this is how man was while he was stuck in his sin, but now man has been washed, made clean and justified in the name of Jesus Christ.

Does the Bible show proof that homosexual relations are a sin? Yes. The Bible has much more overwhelming proof that God loves ALL humans and will stop at nothing to provide all men with the opportunity to gain salvation, no matter their sexual orientation. Jesus Christ came to earth to save man while man was stuck in his sin. He did not give man a list of rules to achieve salvation; He put in all the work for us. In the same way, Jesus will save ALL who believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9-11).

The Bible would say that homosexual relations is the same as any other sin, condemnable by nature and that Jesus Christ provides salvation for all human beings, despite their sexual orientation.

Robby Vaughn is a third-year economics major.