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HOMOSEXUALITY AS “AGAINST NATURE”: AN INTERPRETATION OF ROMANS 1:26-27

Peet H Botha & Fika J van Rensburg

The exegesis of Romans 1:18-32 confirms that the Bible portions referring to homosexuality are part of a much larger Biblical philosophy of life that consistently portrays only one model for sexual relations, that between a man and a woman in lifelong monogamous partnership. Paul’s own views did not depend on any one theory or model of causation but rather on the male-female complementarity embedded in creation. The phrase “against nature” is crucial, because it reveals the basis of Paul’s condemnation of same-sex relations. In Romans 1:26-27 it is doubtful that Paul is speaking of nature in the sense of custom. In Romans 1:26-27 there is an unambiguous indictment of homosexual behaviour as a violation of God’s intention for humanity. Read more.