The Christianity Of Modern Homosexuality

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Romans is one of the places that modern homosexuality shows up within the bible. This is to say that the writer Paul had no idea of the modern term used today to describe homo eroticism. The bible clearly states,
“Therefore, God gave up them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason, God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts
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144). This quote exemplifies what Paul was trying to reverse or change. It could be said that he is not writing against homosexuality, where the term was not even invented, he is writing to change the current culture. The culture that he is trying to change puts certain people in groups that, with only one group being the best. Paul is trying to get rid of the stigma were there were only two categories.
The passive role or “unman” would be someone not born a Roman, women, and slaves. The other words that would be associated with this role in society or anyone who would be penetrated, soft and passive. This could be in the case of when the Roman “man” penetrated the Persian soldier, this could be taken that person’s masculinity away from them. No longer was the impenetrable man the emasculated soldier was now a penetrable “unman”. This could also be extended to all the acts against convention and nature. This thinking would be especially female to female interactions, because then who would be the dominate, or penetrator, in this case, there would not be one. Pseudo-Phocylides states that “Women are not intrinsically equipped—not anatomically equipped, that is –to display these “natural” relations of dominance of social hierarchy, in the sexual act” (Pg. 145). In this society, this would be clearly against the
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