We are told in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that there is nothing new under the Sun, and homosexual behavior is most definitely not exempt from this generalization in the Bible. In Leviticus 18:22 (Written around 1446 BC) there was a law put in place to prohibit it, and within the Roman Empire, wealthy men were known to have male sex servants which was taken as a sign of status in their culture1. So we can see that this isn’t something that’s been going on for just a few decades, it’s something that’s been going on as far back as we have records.
So what’s the big deal? Why can’t Christians just leave them alone, let them have their way and simply move on from this issue? While I could simply point to the Bible, I understand that not everyone accepts what it has to say regarding this issue. So in effort to make my point as strong as possible, I will appeal to ‘;non-Biblical’ information which I believe establishes my point well. This will likely be an article which will warrant me lots of ‘;hate-mail’, but I believe the facts speak for themselves and anyone reading this should know that what follows is not ‘;hate-speech’ but highly established knowledge from which I hope and pray people will come to a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.
While there are several reasons why myself and many others believe that homosexuality is harmful to society and people, for brevity and attention spans, I will only refer to two in this article.
Consequences of Homosexual Behavior
Homosexual Behavior is Contrary to Nature
Basic Biology tells us that in regards to homosexual behavior, two bodies of the same gender are not sexually compatible. When this evident fact is ignored and actions such as anal sex take place between two men, very harmful side-effects are the result. For starters, mixed with the rectum’s fragile tissue, its parasitic contents and the physical trauma that takes place during anal sex, the likelihood of permanent damage and exposure to blood, infectious diseases and fecal matter are highly increased.
Homosexual Behavior is Physically Unhealthy
Secondly, with the introduction of semen into the rectum, the immune system recognizes it as something that is not supposed to be there and can fight it for up to seven years, which can drain resources and run down the body. The weakened immune system is a contributing factor that makes an even easier pathway for STD’s to enter the body. For example, the diseases found in an extremely high occurrence in homosexual males includes: HIV, Anal Cancer, Chlamydia trachomatis, Cryptosporidium, Giardia lamblia, Herpes simplex virus, Human immunodeficiency virus, Human papilloma virus, Isospora belli, Microsporidia, Gonorrhea, Viral hepatitis types B & C and Syphilis2. Other health issues include: hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anorectal trauma and retained foreign bodies3. These findings make sense out of the study that examined the life span of gay men and found that they lose roughly 20 years off their life expectancy4 whereas the average life span reduction for someone who smokes is around 13.5 years.
To give some examples of the devastating numbers, typically believed to be due to the radical promiscuity typically practiced by the homosexual community, in King County Washington (1999), approximately 85% of the incoming Syphilis cases were from self-identifying homosexuals5 and within San Francisco, Syphilis is considered to be at epidemic levels within men6. As far back as 1988 the CDC identified that 21% of incoming Hepatitis-B cases were homosexually transmitted whereas only 18% were transmitted heterosexually7. Since homosexuals make up such a small percentage of the population (Roughly 1-3%)8, the fact that they made up over a fifth of the incoming cases is simply shocking.
Homosexual women, while often seen as exempt from these consequences, sadly are not. Though there is currently less documentation for this than for males, there has been significant findings in studies that have been done. But it must first be said that collecting accurate information on homosexual women has proven much more difficult than that of homosexual men, because less than 7% of self-described lesbians have never had sex with a male and of the 93% who have, they were found to be 4.5 times more likely to have more than 50 male partners in their lifetime9, twice that of heterosexual women, and much more likely to have sex with men who were at high-risk for STD’s and IV drug abuse10.
What the information does reveal however, is that bacterial vaginosis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, heavy cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, intravenous drug use, and prostitution are much more common in lesbians than heterosexual women11. IV drug abuse alone is nearly six times as common12 and in a study of women who had sexual encounters with only other women within the prior year, 30% had bacterial vaginosis13.
Effects on Mental and Emotional Health
In numerous studies, homosexual individuals have been found to have dramatically increased cases of psychiatric illnesses, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and attempted suicides14. One study has shown that approximately 47% of homosexuals have attempted suicide at one point or another. Often times the GLB (Gay, lesbian, bisexual) community responds to the data by stating that the numbers show that people’s homophobia is the root cause of such issues15.
While that should be taken into consideration, a thorough study done in the Netherlands - which is much more accepting of same-sex attraction than most countries, to the point of allowing same-sex marriage16 - showed a very high rate of psychiatric disease compared to heterosexual individuals, across nearly all pathologies measured in the study including: major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, alcohol dependence and obsessive compulsive disorder17.
In light of the evidence and facts presented here, it makes sense that scripture would forbid this lifestyle (Rom 1:26-27). Due to its biological incompatibility, harm to the physical body, extensive emotional and mental damage and its likelihood to spread diseases which is not helped by its tradition of rampant promiscuity, I honestly don’t see how this lifestyle should be considered normative or socially beneficial.
Much like smoking, alcoholism and anger, these are lifestyles that people are free to participate in, but at such a tragic cost that they are not and should not typically be smiled upon. I don’t say that out of anger, but out of confusion and compassion for those harming themselves. Much like we don’t call smoking the same as ‘;breathing clean air’, alcoholism the same as ‘;sobriety’ and anger the same as ‘;happiness’, I don’t see the reason for why we should say that homosexual behavior is the same as heterosexual behavior.
- Hubbard, Thomas K. Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: a Sourcebook of Basic Documents. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California, 2003. 4. Print.
- (a) Anne Rompalo. "Sexually Transmitted Causes of Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Homosexual Men." Medical Clinics of North America 74. 6 (November 1990): 1633-1645. Print;
(b)"Overview - Safer Sex & STD Prevention for Gay & Bi Men." LGBT Health Channel. 01 Aug. 2001. Web. 01 Oct. 2010. <http://lgbthealth.healthcommunities.com/stdmsm/index.shtml>.;
(c)"Overview, Anal Anatomy, STDs, Anal Health, Anal Cancer - Anal Health." LGBT Health Channel. 01 Aug. 2001. Web. 01 Oct. 2010. <http://lgbthealth.healthcommunities.com/analhealth/index.shtml>.
- (a) "Overview, Anal Anatomy, STDs, Anal Health, Anal Cancer - Anal Health.";
(b)J. E. Barone, et al.. "Management of Foreign Bodies and Trauma of the Rectum." Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics 156. 4 (April 1983): 453-357. Print.
- (a)R. S. Hogg, S. A. Strathdee, et al.. "Modeling the Impact of HIV Disease on Mortality in Gay and Bisexual Men." International Journal of Epidemiology 26. 3 (1997): 657-661, p. 659. Print.
(b)Death as the result of HIV infection has dropped significantly since 1996. "Life Expectancy Hits New High in 2000; Mortality Declines for Several Leading Causes of Death," CDC News Release, October 10, 2001, www.cdc.gov/nchs/releases/01news/mort2k.htm. Nevertheless, it remains a significant factor in shortened life expectancy for homosexual practitioners.
- "Resurgent Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Disease Among Men Who Have Sex With Men - King County, Washington, 1997-1999." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC 48. 35 (September 10, 1999): 773-777. Print.
- Figures from a study presented at the Infectious Diseases Society of America meeting in San Francisco and reported by Christopher Heredia. "Big spike in cases of syphilis in S.F.: Gay, bisexual men affected most." San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2001. Web. <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/ article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/10/26/MN7489>
- "Changing Patterns of Groups at High Risk for Hepatitis B in the United States." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC 37. 28 (July 22, 1988): 429-432, p. 437. Print. Hepatitis B and C are viral diseases of the liver.
- (a)Laumann, Edward O. The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1994. 293. Print.;
(b)David Forman and Clair Chilvers. "Sexual Behavior of Young and Middle-Aged Men in England and Wales." British Medical Journal 298 (1989): 1137-1142. Print.;
(c)Gary Remafedi, et al.. "Demography of Sexual Orientation in Adolescents," Pediatrics 89 (1992): 714-721. Print.
- Katherine Fethers, Caron Marks, et al.. "Sexually transmitted infections and risk behaviours in women who have sex with women." Sexually Transmitted Infections 76. 5 (October 2000): 345- 349, p. 347. Print.
- Barbara Berger, Shelley Kolton, et al.. "Bacterial vaginosis in lesbians: a sexually transmitted disease." Clinical Infectious Diseases 21 (1995): 1402-1405. Print.
- (a)For example, Judith Bradford, Caitlin Ryan, and Esther D. Rothblum. "National Lesbian Health Care Survey: Implications for Mental Health Care." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 62. 2 (1994): 228-242. Print.;
(b)Richard C. Pillard. "Sexual orientation and mental disorder." Psychiatric Annals 18. 1 (1988): 52-56. Print. ;
(c)Mubarak S. Dahir. "The Gay Community's New Epidemic." Daily News. 05 Jun. 2000. Web. <http://www.gaywired.com/storydetail.cfm?Section=12&ID=148&ShowDate=1>.
- (a)Katherine A. O'Hanlan, M.D., et al.. "Homophobia As a Health Hazard." Report of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association. Web. <http://www.ohanlan.com/phobiahzd.htm>.;
(b)Laura Dean, et al.. "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health: Findings & Concerns." Journal of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association 4. 3 (2000): 102-151, pp. 102, 116. Print.
- "Lambda Legal: Netherlands Ends Discrimination in Civil Marriage: Gays to Wed." LambdaLegal.org. Web. 01 Oct. 2010. <http://www.lambdalegal.org/news/pr/netherlands-ends.html>.
- Theo Sandfort, Ron de Graaf, et al.. "Same-sex Sexual Behavior and Psychiatric Disorders."Archives of General Psychiatry 58. 1 (January 2001): 85-91, p. 89 and Table 2. Print.