How the bible really is gay friendly
Author: Samuel Kader
Publisher: Canyonwalker Press
Publication Date: December 19, 2013
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The Bible really is gay-friendly and affirming says Rev. Samuel Kader as he shows in his ground-breaking book what lessons can be learned from Scripture, history and experience. Here is direct language we find what is really contained in the Bible regarding homosexuality and gay relationships, and the results are truly surprising. Jonathan, an Old Testament lsrealite, was probably not only gay but in love with the same man (David) as his sister. Both brother and sister had a marriage ceremony of life commitment to King David in the Biblical account. But David declared he loved Jonathan the most. Ruth proclaimed undying love and commitment to her dear Naomi, and the words were so powerful that at heterosexual weddings ever since, people repeat the same vows at the altar. These issues and more are explored by Rev. Samual Kader, a pastor in the flow of the gay Christian movement since 1975. Scriptural and anecdotal evidence is given to show that “gay and Christian” is a powerful move of God on earth. Rev. Kader’s pastoral and personal insights make this pioneering book a must read for all people.
Rev. Samuel Kader retired after being the senior pastor of Glory of Christ Community Gospel Church in Dayton, Ohio and is the founder and President of S.K. Ministries. Rev. Kader began to pastor in 1980 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and later accepted the pulpit at MCC Melbourne, Australia for two years. He has been a guest speaker for conferences, Ministry Training Schools, colleges and churches.
By james nelson on February 6, 2014
I have read several books about ‘the bible and homosexuality’, they were all rather good at the topic they were presenting, but this book delves into the very words that are used in the bible and their meaning. To start with, the author addresses the usual six passages that are used to condemn gay people; the “clobber verses”. He references the Strong’s Concordance and the number system to identify various words in the original languages and their meanings. When translating some of these words, some of the meaning and implied understanding can be lost. On one level they are correct, but on a deeper level there is more to the word than just the one translation. Greater understanding can be had when a full definition is understood. For example “man” can mean a male human, individual, or it can mean “mankind, both male and female; everybody”. This is helpful when it comes to the two verses in Leviticus; 18:22 and 20:13.
Then there is the story of Sodom and it’s destruction, and the very similar story in Judges 19, which ended up in a civil war which nearly destroyed the Benjaminites. On the surface one might only see or read that a group of men want to have sex with a male visitor. But a deeper look at the customs and the reason for the attack brings out a very different view of what happened. The author looks at the words in each of the stories and shows where they are used elsewhere in the bible to give the reader a broader perspective of what is meant. By shining this light on the bible, more light comes out of it, and a different picture emerges.
When It comes to the New Testament there are really only two (2) words focused on to condemn gay people. They are found in 1 Cor 6;9 and 1 Tim 1:10 (arsenokoites and malakos). These words have been translated different ways in different versions of the bible, and different ways even in the same texts. Various meanings are given to ‘malakos’ in other parts of the bible which have nothing to do with sexual activity or orientation, and ‘arsenokoites’ is only used twice (scholars believe Paul made it up to express something that the recipients of his letters back then would understand clearly. Context and meaning has largely been lost to us.).
The book goes beyond just the ‘clobber passages’ and looks into various “relationships and connections” that several bible characters have; David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi, Daniel and Ashpenaz. He also addresses eunuchs, and the various meanings of that word.
The final part of the book compares our modern “gay vs. Christian” debate with the early church and the Jew vs. Gentiles debate. There are many similarities. The author references more things than I can write here, I don’t need to re-write the book here, but it is well worth your reading. When one wants o better understand a topic, it is good to look at as many different views as one can. To avoid “hot topics” because you don’t like that other side’s view is, in my mind, willful ignorance. Now I don’t mean “stupid”, I mean it as in “to ignore” a thing, maybe because it is uncomfortable or inconvenient.
The book is nicely presented. It suggests ‘conversation’ and openness with its “talking bubbles” on the cover. And that’s what we need, more communication and understanding.
I found one little note in the book that said something I have told many people, in essence the word “homosexual” in NOT a verb, it is a noun just like heterosexual is. So many people (Christians in particular) connect “homosexual” with behavior, while seeing “heterosexual” with who the person is. When these “Christians” stop seeing an act, and start seeing people, the people that they are hurting, then a change of heart can happen. This book is a good starting point to that healing; a healing that needs to happen if we are going to get anywhere with this topic.