Index of FAQ about Homosexuality

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The Old Testament Law consisted of three categories of law:

1) Ceremonial: This consisted of such things as dietary matters, rituals, cleansings, sacrifices, and priestly duties.
2) Civil: Israel was a Theocracy, so God established laws for social order.
3) Moral: These laws were based upon God’s eternal character.

The ceremonial and civil laws were rescinded in the New Testament, but not the moral law (Acts 10:9–15; Rom. 13:1–9). Instead, the moral law was taken to a higher level (Matt. 5:20–48). Jesus never contradicted or negated the moral law. When Jesus spoke of such things as sexual immorality, murder, theft, etc., He was affirming the common understanding and practice of the moral law found in the Old Testament (Matt. 5:19–20). However, Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial law in His ministry on the cross (Matt. 5:17). Thus, what was considered abominable based upon ceremonial law—such as eating shell fish, wearing clothes of mixed fibers, and touching pig skin—was only abominable to the Jewish people, and that only for a set period of time. These are not considered by God to be abominable practices for us today.

Laws such as killing those who partook in homosexual practices or stoning rebellious children were limited to the Jewish nation when they were governed by a Theocracy. This is not how God expects His people to handle these civil matters today. Repeatedly throughout the giving of the Law, God declared the ceremonial and civil laws to be for the children of Israel (Lev. 1:2; 11:2; 17:2; 26:46; 26:46). These were never universal laws for mankind. Today we are commanded to follow the civil laws of our nation’s particular government regarding these matters (Rom. 13).

In contrast to these other laws which were given for a time, God’s moral law preceded the giving of the Old Testament Law, and it has remained in effect subsequent to the fulfilling of the Old Testament Law (Lev. 18; 20:13, 23; 1 Cor. 6:9–10).


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Author: Timothy Zebell, 2015