'#SODOMY- The bible's Old Testament reference to the city of Sodom is scant and Christ mentions this place once in the New Testament. It behoves us all to 'know' the extant evidence and, if you are a homophobe, weep at the fact that no city called Buggery ever existed.
The 'sin' of the citizens of Sodom was not in the least cited as sexual but rather refers to their lack of hospitality and their abiding loathing for outsiders. It is these characteristics, plus their renowned lack of charity and empathy for others, that Christ makes reference to with no hint of alluding to sexual practices. On this basis I know of masses of such 'sodomites' who keep it piously in their pants. LOL.
An ancient extremely homophobic scholar [they are not a new thing] wanted a vehicle to hang his bigotry on. He chose the enigmatic biblical references to Sodom and Gomorrah- urban sprawls between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, arguably the seat of all knowing. Knowing became the key construct in his propaganda- by his time 'knowing' had garnered a sexual implication to itself. And, indeed, today, the words 'know' and 'knowing' are in a growing group of terms that have multiple meanings- so writer and reader beware.
When the biblical passages were scribed the words 'know' and 'knowing' had no inference of intimate 'knowing' whatsoever infused in them. Their meaning then was 'to be open and presented up as plain'. Lot showed his daughters to the irate crowd that they may 'know' them, ie see openly in plain sight, that they were unafraid of the visitors that had so enraged the garrulous citizens of Sodom. It had little effect.
The visitors [angels or emissaries from God- the wrathful one] and Lot's family had to escape in fear of their lives. Such is bigotry gone wild.
God got cross and organised the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah- he/she/it threw 'his' super-powers out of his crib.
The idea that this was all about homosexuality and anal sex is a complete fib.
The scholarly homophobe is the one to blame. He totally invented the term sodomy. Through the centuries all the homophobic bigots rallied to his flag of zero empathy, zero human charity. With enormous irony, in truth, he was the first of billions of subsequent 'sodomites'- intolerant people whose 'sin' is intolerance.
However [returning to yesterdays theme of semantics] the word and the meaning stuck poisonously and remains in place today despite its total lack of veracity on any level.
All of your friends will be aware of the supposed sin of 'sodomy' and its connection to the legend of Sodom and Gomorrah. They are all sadly the victims of a prolonged campaign of misrepresentation of 'the word'.
You have been had. And because of your innate bigotry it will be nearly impossible to put you straight about it. LOL.
Do your own research and prove me wrong if you dare.' CM
From Philo's own diseased mind:-
Philo Judaeus of Alexandria(c. 20 B.C- 50 A.D), a prolific author of Hellenistic Judaism who was educated both in the Jewish faith and in Greek philosophy and culture and a user the Greek Old Testament(the Septuagint) helps us understand what Paul had in mind in Roman 1:26 with “para physin“(contrary to nature)
In Special Laws Book III Philo wrote:
(37) Moreover, another evil, much greater than that which we have already mentioned, has made its way among and been let loose upon cities, namely, the love of boys, which formerly was accounted a great infamy even to be spoken of, but which sin is a subject of boasting not only to those who practise it, but even to those who suffer it, and who, being accustomed to bearing the affliction of being treated like women, waste away as to both their souls and bodies, not bearing about them a single spark of a manly character to be kindled into a flame, but having even the hair of their heads conspicuously curled and adorned, and having their faces smeared with vermilion, and paint, and things of that kind, and having their eyes pencilled beneath, and having their skins anointed with fragrant perfumes (for in such persons as these a sweet smell is a most seductive quality), and being well appointed in everything that tends to beauty or elegance, are not ashamed to devote their constant study and endeavours to the task of changing their manly character into an effeminate one.
(38) And it is natural for those who obey the law to consider such persons worthy of death, since the law commands that the man-woman who adulterates the precious coinage of his nature shall die without redemption, not allowing him to live a single day, or even a single hour, as he is a disgrace to himself, and to his family, and to his country, and to the whole race of mankind.
(39) And let the man who is devoted to the love of boys submit to the same punishment, since he pursues that pleasure which is contrary to nature, and since, as far as depends upon him, he would make the cities desolate, and void, and empty of all inhabitants, wasting his power of propagating his species, and moreover, being a guide and teacher of those greatest of all evils, unmanliness and effeminate lust, stripping young men of the flower of their beauty, and wasting their prime of life in effeminacy, which he ought rather on the other hand to train to vigour and acts of courage; and last of all, because, like a worthless husbandman, he allows fertile and productive lands to lie fallow, contriving that they shall continue barren, and labours night and day at cultivating that soil from which he never expects any produce at all.
On Abraham, Philo also helps us understand Genesis 19, Sodom and Gomorrah account :
(135) As men, being unable to bear discreetly a satiety of these things, get restive like cattle, and become stiff-necked, and discard the laws of nature, pursuing a great and intemperate indulgence of gluttony, and drinking, and unlawful connections; for not only did they go mad after women, and defile the marriage bed of others, but also those who were men lusted after one another, doing unseemly things, and not regarding or respecting their common nature, and though eager for children, they were convicted by having only an abortive offspring; but the conviction produced no advantage, since they were overcome by violent desire; (136) and so, by degrees, the men became accustomed to be treated like women, and in this way engendered among themselves the disease of females, and intolerable evil; for they not only, as to effeminacy and delicacy, became like women in their persons, but they made also their souls most ignoble, corrupting in this way the whole race of man, as far as depended on them.
At all events, if the Greeks and barbarians were to have agreed together, and to have adopted the commerce of the citizens of this city, their cities one after another would have become desolate, as if they had been emptied by a pestilence.
(137) But God, having taken pity on mankind, as being a Saviour and full of love for mankind, increased, as far as possible, the natural desire of men and women for a connexion together, for the sake of producing children, and detesting the unnatural and unlawful commerce of the people of Sodom, he extinguished it, and destroyed those who were inclined to these things, and that not by any ordinary chastisement, but he inflicted on them an astonishing novelty, and unheard of rarity of vengeance; (138) for, on a sudden, he commanded the sky to become overclouded and to pour forth a mighty shower, not of rain but of fire; and as the flame poured down, with a resistless and unceasing violence, the fields were burnt up, and the meadows, and all the dense groves, and the thick marshes, and the impenetrable thickets; the plain too was consumed, and all the crop of wheat, and of everything else that was sown; and all the trees of the mountain district were burnt up, the trunks and the very roots being consumed.
OMG! What a bender of the truth he was. LOL.