Leviticus 18:22–24—Is the curse of barrenness the reason God condemned homosexuality?
Problem: According to Jewish belief, barrenness was a curse (Gen. 16:1; 1 Sam. 1:3–7). Children were considered a blessing from the Lord (Ps. 127:3). The blessing of God in the land was dependent on having children (Gen. 15:5). In view of the stress laid on having children, some have argued that it is not surprising that the OT Law would frown on homosexual activity from which no children come. Thus, they conclude that the Bible is not condemning homosexual activity as such, but only the refusal to have children.
Solution: There is no indication in Scripture that homosexuality was considered sinful because no children resulted from it. First of all, at no place in the Bible is any such connection stated.
Second, if homosexuals were punished because they were barren, then why were they put to death? The dead can’t have any more children! Since it is against the desires of homosexuals, heterosexual marriage would have been a more appropriate punishment!
Third, the prohibition against homosexuality was not only for Jews, but for Gentiles (Lev. 18:24). But Gentile blessings were not dependent on having heirs to inherit the land of Israel.
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