The word ‘homosexual’ was never in the original Bible. In the original Greek and Hebrew texts, the word that is now translated to ‘homosexual’ actually accurately translates to ‘pedophile; or ‘boy abuser’ or ‘boy molester.’
That is, according to the bible, homosexuality is NOT a sin. Child molesting is.
The ancient world condoned and encouraged systemic pederasty – sexual relationships between an adult (old) man and a young boy, usually 8-12 years old.
According to theologian Ed Oxford, “Ancient Greek documents show us how even parents utilized this abusive system to help their sons advance in society.” For most of history, these verses were interpreted to be obviously referring the pederasty, not homosexuality!
In summary, the original bible condemned pederasty, not homosexuality. The shift to attack homosexuality in the 1980s is not only a calculated attack on queer folks that came during a critical period for us (think: the AIDS epidemic) but is also disgustingly ironic coming from an institution with nearly 6,000 (old) clergy men charged with sexual assault of young boys. Think they’re covering something up? Hard to argue otherwise.
Here’s a timeline:
1534: Martin Luther’s original German translation includes ‘knabenschander,’ which means boy molester.
1800s: A German Bible reads, “Man shall not lie with young boys as he does with a woman, for it is an abomination,” (Leviticus 18-22) and reads, “Boy molesters will not inherit the kingdom of God,” (1 Corinthians).
1892: The Germans create the word ‘homosexual.’
1983: The American company Biblica pays for an updated German bible that uses the word ‘homosexual’ instead of ‘boy molesters.’ This was later put into the English bibles which read, “Man shall not lie with man, for it is an abomination.”