God, the Garden, and Gays: Homosexuality & the Creation Story

In the beginning seems like a good place to start right? The beginning. In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Wait! It doesn’t really say that. If we’re going to look at scripture to see what it means for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, then Genesis seems like a good place to start, right? So, let’s begin This is the Cliffnotes version of the story that I was told growing up: God created Adam God created Eve for Adam God placed them in this garden called Eden where they could have anything they wanted except the fruit of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil. If they ate that, well, God would kill them They did, but God didn’t kill them instead, God kicked them out of the garden, made it really hard to grow food, and made it hurt like hell to give birth and from that we’re also supposed to
extrapolate that it’s all women’s fault that things got
messed up and that every man is supposed to marry a woman or, I don’t know, something like that That’s basically what I was told and what I believed growing up and then one day, I did something radical I sat down and I read Genesis 1, 2, and 3 and what I found was something more
beautiful and complex and deep and spiritual and inspiring than I had ever imagined. In the beginning there was nothing and out of that nothingness, God created everything I mean everything God created it all And in one account creation —there’s two and they’re different, but that’s a video for another day— In one account of creation, a man is the first living creature that God creates, Adam. And that man is all alone so God sets out to help him find companionship. God creates a lot of animals I guess all of the animals, really and he brings them to Adam one at a time
as possible partners I just sort of think it’s funny that God is trying but not really knowing
exactly how to help Adam find his partner I sort of picture Adam saying, “Uh, thanks but no thanks God, but I guess we can just call that an otter” And then eventually God creates a woman and, and this is the remarkable part of the story It’s Adam, not God, that chooses the woman as his partner. Adam says, “Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh” He looks at the woman and says, “This is the helper that is suitable for me” “This is the partner that I want to be with.” He could have just as easily choose a peacock but he didn’t. There’s choice and agency and kinship and partnership there We see the importance of choice in other parts of the scriptures Jesus talks about the eunuchs He says, “Some were born eunuchs and some were made eunuchs by men and others choose to make themselves
eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom of God.” and Jesus goes on to say, “Let he who can accept this, accept this” And then there’s Paul. Paul talks about choice also Paul encourages his followers to pursue a life of celibacy and singleness but of course only if they choose that and can accept that for themselves Choice God gave Adam the choice of his partner It was there all along Staring me in the face So, maybe the creation story in Genesis isn’t this one-size-fits-all “Dating for Dummies” manual Maybe it’s something bigger and grander
than that When I read Genesis, I see a story that points to the bigger questions Who are we? Where did we come from? How did things get to be this way? And this is what I see Genesis telling me I see that we’re all connected all of us all genders, all nationalities, all ethnicities. We’re all part of this big human family And I see that there’s something special about the life that we’ve been given I see that it’s good that it’s very good and I see that we’re social, relational creatures I know that’s a truth that resonates in my own life. If I hole myself up in my bedroom for too long, and don’t see anyone, I start to go a little bit crazy. So, if the creation story in Genesis points to and answers these big questions of who we are and where we came from it only makes sense that it would begin
with man and a woman capable of producing children I mean, right? But this is the beginning of the story not the ending The story continues and in scripture and in the world around us, we see all different types of relationship configurations. We see, lifelong singleness We see deep, abiding friendships We see happy couplings We see polygamous relationships We see in the Bible, no less than in the world around us, also some relationships that are messed up and hurtful and harmful We see that we’re not perfect in the way that we interact with each other But from each of those, there is
something to be learned I know that my parents are straight but what I learned from their relationship, applies to my own relationships and likewise the Garden of Eden story of Adam and Eve and creation can resonate with and be instructive to
people that don’t find themselves in life-long, opposite-gender relationships When I read the creation story in
Genesis, I see myself in that story I see myself as a lonely person in this
world that sometimes feels big and empty and overwhelming But I’m not alone I see myself as a person trying to find
and make meaning in the world around me and it’s good it’s very good and I see myself as a person who desires relationships and to be in community and, I’m excited to know that God ready to play wing man to help me find those relationships that are right for me and to ultimately trust my decision now, that’s a story that I want to be a part of and, it’s only the beginning of

33 thoughts on “God, the Garden, and Gays: Homosexuality & the Creation Story

  1. You should read the first 3 chapters of Genesis again. Male and female of each animal were created. God made Eve from Adam. Amimals could never have been Adams partner. Only Adam was created in God's image!

    Lord bring revelation knowledge to this young man. Overwhelm him with your power and presence and show all of the people on this planet your plan. May your Kingdom come and your will be done! Show us Lord! In Jesus Name! Amen!

  2. You are totally misrepresenting the biblical text by imposing a 'reading' of the text that is governed by by a desire to support an a priori position regarding this issue. The Bible makes it clear about God's view on the matter. People are free to 'choose' as you have said-however this choice must be within the context of 'His revealed word.

    We do not have the freedom to choose an interpretation of the Bible in ways that make us comfortable, but we must see the written word as God intended.

  3. the bible in its self is an interpertation of God's word.. God didnt write the bible himself… he spoke to his followers threw dreams an visions… thus its not truely written by the hand of god… written by the hand of man… divined by the word of god… the thing bout religion is that its all a choice an a matter of how u take it to ur heart… the bible is not the absolute… it is a guide line to how u should live ur life not define it

  4. Youtube: 4: the creation of humanity. It clearly explains that God is considered ANDROGYNOUS in the first words of the Bible. The Bible (the unaltered version) also indicates that all angels are also Androgynous, as they were made in the image of their creator. Male and Female, are split aspects of the creator physically. However Masculine and feminine aspects are placed in both genders. Some men are more feminine, others are more masculine, etc. The key is balance. Watch that video 🙂

  5. Hi, I just wanted to say that these things you list from the Old Testament are not valid in an argument against Christianity. I'm not calling you a fool, but you should understand something about Christianity that may take you past this classic and ignorant tactic of blindly spurting out old testament laws. Jesus fulfilled the old covenant (which required the Israelites keeping these laws) and brings believers into a new covenant. If you're going to to use human logic, then start with this.

  6. Revelations, another classic rebuttal. So, here's an illustration that may help you to see what a God of righteousness, judgment, love, and grace is like: A man guilty of owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt stands before a judge who upholds justice, so the man is sentenced to pay it or go to jail. He has no way of being able to pay that huge debt. The judge swings the gavel, takes off his judge gown, then steps down to the man and offers him the money that would save him.

  7. Sorry, I forgot that youtube is not supposed to be used for things like this. I will leave by saying that if you want to see a human-like angry, no good god, you will find it even if it is not true. With that mindset, one cannot study the Bible. Also, I don't make up anything. What you call the "actual content of the Bible" is the stuff you want to see and keep in your arsenal. I encourage you to actually read it all with a neutral view instead of turning away with accusations. Rock on!

  8. That example was my attempt. You're putting words in my mouth, I never called you a fool. You must be talking about things like when God orders the complete annihilation of all the Canaanites, right? I know it sounds horrible, but if you just leave it at that and not try to understand why "good" people still choose to follow this God, then you will never understand what I'm trying to say. So please, be open to delve deeper. A believer does not believe by ignoring different sections of the Bible.

  9. Okay, you've made your point. I wish you the best, and I'll be praying for you, my friend. Remember that Jesus loves you. Rock on!!

  10. Amazing, wonderful, beautiful, inspiring video. Wow. I can't even tell you how much I love this.


  11. Aww, thank you so much for your comment. You touched my heart.

    You also might be interested in what my friend and I are doing over at Queer Theology [dot com]!

  12. Leviticus 20:13
    The translations of this verse found in most English Bibles cannot be supported by the Hebrew text.
    If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
    So not with male as with woman, but with male and also woman (bisexuality)
    Also watch these videos:
    youtube .com/watch?v=P-WZ4ixtE9M
    youtube .com/watch?v=o_D5Oa5n1nY
    Im not gay but must correct yu and lead yu to god

  13. Nobody follows the Levitical laws anyway. Most Christians just ignore those verses or throw them out. So Lev. 20:13 can be thrown out too. It's funny how Christians say the Bible is 100% true when they don't follow the OT laws anymore.

  14. Thank you soooo much for this. This gave me strength and showed me that god made me for a reason and that I am NOT wrong or a mistake. Thank u

  15. Haha, I toy with the idea of seminary or div school but I'm not sure I'm made for running a church… maybe preacher but not pastor 🙂

  16. only religious folk belives its a sin to be gay, genuine Christians KNOW its OK to be gay….shame on the religious folk and no wonder Jesus hated religion!

  17. God brought the animals He created to Adam for him to name them, not have sex with them or to be his partner. The animals had mates, Adam didn't, so God formed a woman from Adam & brought her to him. Adam's statement is a confirmation of what God created for him. The only choice Adam had was given by his Creator to name the animals. God was totally in charge of the entire creation process. God was never at a loss of what to do with what He created.

  18. This is a great observation of the beginnings. ..I never really thought about it from this veiw, but I think this a brilliant way to say that God made EVERYTHING and that he loves EVERYONE…..not just straight people but ALL. people… It's sad that all these people who say they want to be in Gods image just don't seem to get it. You can't be in God's image if you don't LOVE as he loves. I am a Christian and I do plan to see God someday. I can only hope that the haters will be there too…..Great video!!!!!

  19. Brian, I think the first thing you need to ask yourself is, "Is the bible true?"  "Is there evidence for a god?" 
    God is either useless or malevolent. Here's a multiple choice question, courtesy of Ricky Gervais:
    Why does god allow terrible things to happen?
    A) he can't control them
    B) he causes them
    C) he doesn't care
    D) god doesn't exist

    make your choice…

    What kind of god requires faith instead of evidence?

    "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
    Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
    Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
    Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"
    ― Epicurus

  20. When I finally took a closer look at the creation story I realized so much church people seem to ignore. Like the so called "rib" wasn't a rib but the female "side " of Adam and Eve was called woman because she was taken form the "womb" of man which suggests Adam could have very well been a intersexed being. Or that widely accepted gender roles are a curse and weren't in the original plan of God at all.

  21. If you believe in God, (and I do not), then where do you think homosexuals come from? If your God did not create them,who then ?….The Devil . If you want to know if gays were born this way, (and obviously they were),just ask them.The overwhelming majority was readily tell you "yes"….what more needs to be said on the matter ?

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