The practice of homosexuality and lesbianism which in today’s parlance is simply referred to as gay relationships dates back to Biblical times. Not many know that the chief reason why God decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah was rooted in the infamous same-sex practises.
Homosexuality had been so endemic in the ancient city that there was a clear instance of where men of Sodom wanted to sleep with angels of God who came in form of humans on a visit to Lot’s family.
The story is told in graphic detail in Genesis 19:1-13 where, despite the pleadings of Lot for the men of Sodom not to hurt his visitors who had come to spend a night at his place, they insisted.
Their violence and uncontrollable lust could only be extinguished by the angels who had no choice but to strike them blind.
God still hates the practice even today.
Men and women, particularly those who are in the public eye have today taken the culture of tattooing their bodies to the realms of absurdity, while the world applauds it as a new-world-order trend.
But God hasn’t hidden His disdain for the practice as He stated in Leviticus 19:28, “You shall not make gashes in your flesh to the dead or incise any marks on your body. I am the Lord”, it says.
Some people have faulted this command, saying it only alluded to engravings in the body made by the ancient tribes of the Biblical era to mourn the dead. But some contemporary rabbis insist that incisions or writings on the body which come in form of engraved words or symbols are seen by God as alterations or modifications to what He created man to be originally.
The argument Apostle Paul made about what the human body represents to God then becomes quite convincing. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and you are not your own?
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”(1Cor. 6: 19-20)
Bestiality wasn’t expressly stated in the summarised version of the 10 Commandments. But in expatiating the Law in the book of Leviticus, God was specific on the issue of bestiality and the prescribed punishment to those who practice it.
Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relationship with”. (Leviticus 18:23)
It goes further to say in Leviticus 20:15-16, “If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he must be put to death, and you must kill the animal.
“If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Cursed is the man who has sexual relations with any animal.”(Deuteronomy 27:21)
From these verses, it is sufficiently clear that God hates humans that He created in His image having sex with animals.
Idolatry or idol worship negates the commandment God made about humans not committing their allegiance, loyalty to idols or graven images. God specifically said in Exodus 20:3, ” You shall have no other God’s before Me.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
“You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For, I the Lord, your God, am a jealous God, visiting the inquiry of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me.”
Evidence of man’s refusal to worship the only true God is widespread as the consequences remain quite devastating.
There many scriptural references backing the fact that God hates cannibalism, the practice of eating human flesh.
However, there are still places in Nigeria and across the world where people kill other humans for food. “Every living thing that moves should be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs,” God was speaking after making peace with humanity in the aftermath of the flood in Noah’s era.
“But you shall not each flesh with it’s life, that is, it’s blood. Surely, for your lifeblood, I will demand s reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.
” Whoever sheds man’s blood. By his blood shall be shed. For in the image of God He made man. And as for you be fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth. And multiply in it.”(Genesis 9:3-6)
Probably the most contentious issue in the Bible, the subject of masturbation continues to generate interest amongst christians and non-christians alike.
Many say, because it’s not expressly stated word for word in the Bible, it is not a sin while others insist it is. Prominent Bible scholar, Heather Riggleman does not mince words when she says, “Let’s be clear. Masturbation is an act of instant self gratification.It is quite the opposite of the self-control that we are constantly reminded of in the Bible.
“Self-control is an act of obedience to our Holy God and a fruit of the Spirit.(Galatians 5:22-23), an act that requires restraint, thought, intentionality and delayed gratification,” she submits.
Now, since sexual immorality is a sin (Ephesians 5:3), it therefore falls within reason that masturbation which thrives on imagination and fantasies through lustful images of copulation with real or imagined partners, is also a sin.
Apostle Paul is clear on the issue when he says in 1 Cor. 6:18, ” Flee sexual immorality. Every single that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.”