What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

That it is not something God wants us involved in.

Below are the major passages of the Bible that talk about homosexuality.

The first two verses are from the Old Testament book of Laws for ancient Israel.

"Don't have sex with a man as one does with a woman. That is abhorrent."
--Leviticus 18:22

"If a man has has sex with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is abhorrent. They must be put to death; they are responsible for their own deaths."
--Leviticus 20:13

These verses are to the men of Israel, thousands of years before Jesus. They clearly show that God was very strict back then when it came to gay sex. He was also strict about women's periods, washing, and every other aspect of life.

We do not have to live by these laws anymore. Jesus told us that He came to die for us because we could never follow the Law on our own. These verses do show that God did not create homosexuality, though, since He calls it abhorrent. It is a result of sin.

The next two passages are longer and come from the New Testament, after Jesus freed us from the Law of Leviticus.

"This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, 'It is through faith that a righteous person has life.'

But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. The result was that their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they became utter fools instead. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people, or birds and animals and snakes.

So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies. Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever. Amen.

That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved.

When they refused to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their evil minds and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, fighting, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They are forever inventing new ways of sinning and are disobedient to their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, and are heartless and unforgiving. They are fully aware of God's death penalty for those who do these things, yet they go right ahead and do them anyway. And, worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too."
--Romans 1:17-32

Here, Paul tells the story of how sin screwed up the world. Because people decided to go their own way -- not thanking God or respecting Him -- God let them go. Like a loving parent, He knew that it would not be right to force them to do the right thing. So, He let them have the life they thought they wanted, let them make their own mistakes.

And notice what happened. They got dumb ideas about who God was. And then they got dumb ideas of who they were and who other people were. And so they treated them badly. One of the things they started was homosexuality.

It is just one of the sins listed in Romans 1, but it is clearly shown as a bad way to live. Paired with the two verses from Leviticus, we see that God still didn't like His people to be gay even after Jesus changed everything.

So, let's look at one last passage.

"Don't you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers--none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.

You may say, 'I am allowed to do anything.' But I reply, 'Not everything is good for you.' And even though 'I am allowed to do anything,' I must not become a slave to anything."
--I Corinthians 6:9-12

I love this passage for two reasons. First of all, it puts homosexuality in with a list of other sins such as drunkenness and greed. Paul refuses to put homosexuality in a special category of "worse sins". Secondly, he admits that gays can change. Notice that it says "There was a time when some of you were just like that." Were! Even in the first century, God was raising up post-gay Christians as examples of His power!

Remember when reading these verses, that the Bible is a book, and you can't just rip one or two verses out of it. To really understand what God wants to say to you, you need to read the whole book. Start with the New Testament. You'll see that everything I say here is consistent with who God is.