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People On Social Media Say The Bible Was Mistranslated; Doesn't Say Anything Against Homosexuality

People On Social Media Say The Bible Was Mistranslated; Doesn't Say Anything Against Homosexuality

"The way Leviticus 18:22 is truly written is "Man shall not lie with young boys as he does with a woman, for it is an abomination"."

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History is a tricky subject; it is not something one can research on and find out what exactly happened. We only have books and even that is easy to manipulate. Back in the day, the languages used were also very different from the ones we are now familiar with, and in turn, a lot of vital information gets lost in translation. The Bible is one such topic where people believe several facts and statements have been mistranslated, especially since the holy book was written around 2700 years ago. There's been a lot of debate surrounding homosexuality with some claiming that the bible mentions how it's a crime. However, some people believe the word “homosexuality” was mistranslated in the Bible.



 

Some say it wasn’t added to the Holy Book until 1946 and it’s causing quite a stir among some people who believe otherwise. It all started on June 28th when a woman named Destini Robinson spoke about homosexuality being mistranslated in the bible. She wrote: The word “homosexuality” wasn’t added in the Bible until 1946, but y’all aren’t ready to have that conversation. The word it replaced was “arsenokoitai”. Which translates to a child molester, not homosexual. So that means your homophobia is man-made and has nothing to do with God.



 

The way Leviticus 18:22 is truly written is “Man shall not lie with young boys as he does with a woman, for it is an abomination.” Jesus sat with the marginalized and stood up for the oppressed. He never spoke about gay people. Stop trying to use his name or your religion to validate your hate. Her post was shared around 45k times. This later made its way to Tumblr where a user named sunshine-tattoo who claims to be Jewish, says it's incredibly important to them. They shared: Christians in my experience know very little about the culture that is found within the stories of the old testament. All of our stories are deeply rooted in the time and place that they occurred. Leviticus, for example, was when the Greeks were exploring and coming into contact with us.



 

They had a tradition of adult men having sexual relationships with boys (ages 12 to 17) as a form of mentorship. The Hebrew people were like “uh no? Fucking gross.” Thus it ended up in our holy texts. Sodom and Gomorrah are a big one too. The smiting that happened there wasn’t because of homosexuality, but rather the nonstop eating, drinking, and fucking to the point of ruin. The person goes on to explain in detail. Basically, everyone was so busy with pleasure that the rest of the aspects of life no longer mattered to them. this was both a spiritual disaster and a very literal one for people outside the city who depended on it for goods and services.



 

So the two stories that Christians hold as anti-gay evidence can be summed up in two parts: - Pedophilia is fucking evil. - You can’t be a selfish and just party all the time because then your community will fall apart. So yeah we have never seen gay stuff as bad and neither did your homie, Jesus. Also, we have words in Hebrew for several different genders and many scholars believe that King David was gay. During an interview for Forge Online, Ed Oxford, a graduate of Talbot School of Theology and a researcher in how the Bible has been weaponized against LGBTQ people, spoke in detail about the translations of the Bible.



 

“I wanted to see how other cultures and translations treated the same verses when they were translated during the Reformation 500 years ago. So I started collecting old Bibles in French, German, Irish, Gaelic, Czechoslovakian, Polish… you name it,” Ed explained. “I had a German friend come back to town and I asked if he could help me with some passages in one of my German Bibles from the 1800s." "So we went to Leviticus 18:22 and he’s translating it for me word for word. In the English where it says ‘Man shall not lie with man, for it is an abomination,’ the German version says ‘Man shall not lie with young boys as he does with a woman, for it is an abomination.’ I said, ‘What?! Are you sure?’ He said, ‘Yes!’ Then we went to Leviticus 20:13— same thing, ‘Young boys,'” he continued.



 

Ed goes on to explain how he met up with a friend who’s fluent in Swedish and Norwegian to ask her the same thing: “She’s going through it [the verses] carefully, and then her face comes up, ‘Do you know what this says?!’ and I said, ‘No! That’s why you are here!’ She said, ‘It says boy abusers, boy molesters.’ It turns out that the ancient world condoned and encouraged a system whereby young boys (8-12 years old) were coupled with older men. Ancient Greek documents show us how even parents utilized this abusive system to help their sons advance in society.” He concludes by saying that “for most of history, most translations thought these verses were obviously referring to the pederasty, not homosexuality!”



 

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