In the debates that roil our politics and our pews over gay clergy and marriage equality, some argue that Bible homosexuality passsages are ignored. Bible homosexuality passages written by Paul the apostle are oft-quoted; his writings drip with harsh condemnation. "Degrading passions", "unnatural intercourse", "debased mind", and "shameless acts"--the man from Tarsos spits out the words in his Bible homosexuality verses.
What if these were the words of a self-loathing gay man, squirming in his own skin, filled with guilt and self-hatred over impermissible urges? That is the premise of a critically acclaimed new novel called A Wretched Man, a novel of Paul the Apostle. As a Pharisee learned in the ancient law of the Hebrews, he knew too well the Bible homosexuality passages of the Leviticus holiness code. According to these Bible homosexuality passages written by ancient priests, he was an abomination.
"I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?" These too, are the words of Paul taken from the same letter as the Bible homosexuality passages. Do they fit together? Are they opposite sides of the same coin?
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