Mar 05, 2008 5:29 AM GMT
Ok I need your help guys. I'm writing about how gays are going to hell. Anyone know how this came about? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Trance23 saidFor your paper: The concept of hell likely evolved also from older greek mythology. Everyone who died went to the underworld as they called it.
Squarejaw saidIt certainly wouldn't be enough merely to cite Biblical passages that call homosexuality sinful. You need to take it a step further and analyze why those passages are in the Bible in the first place -- i.e., what cultural forces led the authors of the Bible to regard homosexual acts as sinful.
EricLA saidI suggest checking out "The Good Book" by Peter Gomes, an openly gay pastor of Harvard University's Memorial Church and a professor of theology. The book is about how Bible passages have been used to defend slavery, the subjugation of women, and the demonizing of gays. Here's the write-up on Amazon:
Remember the Bible has been translated and interpreted from different languages. There are arguments that man shall not lie with mankind as with womankind has been mistranslated, that the original intent addressed prostitution, not a judgment on homosexuality per se.
bwg77 saidI ran across this quote the other day. I thought it was clever:
"The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they need more supervision." Lynn Lavner