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When Jesus mentions Sodom, hundreds of years later, it appears to be in a context of a discussion of hospitality, rather than one of sexual morality.There are several verses in the Bible which are similarly contested - there are however a much smaller number of seemingly clear statements.Both sides of the debate about homosexuality in the church, which threatens to split the worldwide Anglican church, hold their views sincerely and after much study. The Bible makes very few mentions of homosexuality - lesbianism isn't mentioned at all in the Old Testament - and as the examples below show, interpretations of the verses that do exist differ hugely.
PRO-GAY Of course the men's behaviour was wicked, but it was wicked because it's a tale of sexual assault and rape.
The crowd are not satisfied and break the door down - the angels then make the intruders blind and Sodom is eventually destroyed by "fire and brimstone".
ANTI-GAY An anti-gay argument might say this story demonstrates the immorality of homosexuality, as has been accepted for generations, hence the term sodomy.
The most famous of them is probably from Leviticus: "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; that is an abomination." ANTI-GAY An anti-gay position would be that this line is unambiguous. The speaker of the words is God, so this is an explicit indication that homosexuality is wrong in God's eyes.
It was one of the sins that justified God in giving the land of Canaan to the Israelites PRO-GAYA pro-gay argument might say that other verses in the same book forbid a wide range of sexual activities, including having sex with a woman who is having her period.
Some would say they are binding, since Jesus said he did not come to abolish the old laws.