In another thread, LadyEagle said, LadyEagle's assertion that the Bible is clear is correct. However, she neglected to include verse 25, which reads, "...Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever..." (Romans 1:25, KJV) Note that Paul in this context did not condemn homosexuality. He explained it. For Paul, homosexuality happens when God gives a people up to vile affections. Paul saw these vile affections, which lead to homosexuality, as a direct result of God's action. The question we should now ask is, why would God take such an action? The beginning of the passage explains it. It says: "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections..." What was that cause? Verse 25 has the answer. Paul described idolatry, that is worshipping and serving a false god, or raising a creature up into the status of the creator. According to Paul, when a group of people practice idolatry, God responds by releasing the inhibitions of that people so that they have vile affections which results in homosexuality. (Note that this also corresponds to the OT frequent use of male temple prostitutes in regards to temples of idol worship. According to Paul, God took the action of releasing vile affections as discipline for idolatry. The goal of discipline is to correct the behavior that is being disciplined. Paul believed that the subjects of this discipline should be so distraught over the prevalence of homosexuality in their midst that they would give up idolatry and return to God. You find this concept in the next following verse, which begins: "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind..." (Romans 1:28, KJV) According to Paul, a people committed idolatry, God took provisions to allow for homosexuality to become prevalent hoping that they would give up their idolatrous ways, and the people refused to be corrected. God responded by releasing the inhibitions even more, giving them over to a reprobate mind, which resulted in much worse sin. Now, that does not mean that homosexuality isn't a sin. Paul's not saying that. (While Paul was merely explaining homosexuality in this passage, he obviously considered it to be a grave sin.) The purpose of Romans 25-27 was not to address that topic. Elsewhere in the Bible, same gender intercourse is listed as an abomination, along with heterosexual fornication, lying & false witness (note that they're listed separately), shedding innocent blood, oppressive treatment of others, sowing discord among the brethren, and dishonest business practices.