There has been some confusion over the Old Testament book of Leviticus, regarding certain provisions in the law of God which calls for death in specific matters of personal conduct. Does the Bible require the death of an individaul who practices adultery, fornication, homosexuality, or lesbianism, today?
In any attempt at understanding the Bible, we should first look at:
- Who the particular text is addressed to?
- What is the context?
- When was it written?
We notice that Leviticus chapter 20 is written specifically to: “the children of Israel.” Therefore, we cannot take this verse and universally apply it to the Christian church today. Nor can we apply it to the world, who are not addressed by this command.
Leviticus 20:1-2 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Again, you shall say to the children of Israel:
This is not to say that God does not require all people to conduct themselves in purity in matters concerning their bodies. The Bible is very clear that God did not creates us for immorality, but instead to be a people of virtue. (more…)