The Queen James Bible has been edited to make
homophobic interpretations impossible
—the QJV editor
We now continue, from part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4, considering a new version of the Bible is being published and in a way we Christians should take it as a compliment. The Bible is edited so as to conform to the authority of the homosexuality worldview-religion and is called the Queen James Bible.
If you just want to say, “The Queen James Bible is nonsense” or even “is a godsend” and leave it at that then; do not bother reading this series because we will actually details the issues involved.
Next up is Romans 1:26-27 of which we are told the following:
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against their nature: (KJV)
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (KJV)
After Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, these New Testament verses are frequently interpreted as evidence that the Bible takes a stance against homosexuality. Romans is written in some of the most obtuse language in the entire Bible making it very difficult to interpret and translate. As such, its translations are usually some of the most incredibly stretched to support homophobic agendas.
So what did the Queen James Bible do with this “homophobic agendas” favorite?:
Again we looked at the verse’s context in the rest of the chapter and book. Romans 1 describes how a group of Christians left the church to practice idolatry and were abandoned by God to continue on a downward spiral of sins including pride, envy, murder, and more.
It is actually reading into the text, aka not there, that it describes how a group of Christians left the church so let us start here:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1:18-32).
Thus, not specifically a group of Christians who left the church but anyone who denies God and practice idolatry fall into the “downward spiral of sins including pride, envy, murder, and more” with the generic “more” being homosexuality.
But that is not all the editor stated:
Anti-LGBT Bible interpretations cite “women did change their natural use into that which is against nature:” to mean that women engaged in lesbian sex and that lesbianism is “unnatural.” In historical context and with knowledge of ancient pre-Bible idolatry, we know that women were treated as less than men, and even less so in pagan ritual of the time. It is much more likely that Paul meant to express that women were ritually defiling themselves (sexually or otherwise). After all, these women weren’t “lying” with women, language one would expect from Paul, a devout follower of Leviticus. We can’t be exactly sure what Paul meant by the natural use of a woman, but we can be pretty sure he wasn’t talking about lesbian sex. Romans 1:28 calls the acts “inconvenient,” further bolstering our understanding of women’s use and/or abuse in ceremony.
As a side, but very important, note; it is true that “ancient pre-Bible idolatry, we know that women were treated as less than men, and even less so in pagan ritual of the time” although some also exalted women into the voice of the gods/goddesses. In counter distinction to this within the Bible we find that women were created in YHVH’s image, they owned land, received inheritance, were prophetesses (in both testaments), were judges, were disciples, were deaconesses, were teachers, worked and owned their own businesses, women were present at the day of Pentecost, books of the Bible are named after women, women were the first at the empty tomb while the male apostles were hiding in fear, etc. (for details see Find it Fast - Fast Facts: is the Bible misogynistic?).
Since you have already read the relevant Romans verses you know that this is utterly fallacious. Compare the claim, “It is much more likely that Paul meant to express that women were ritually defiling themselves…these women weren’t ‘lying’ with women…he wasn’t talking about lesbian sex” with the text of Romans, “vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly.”
And this within the greater context of “uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.” Thus, the correlation is clear; the “vile affections” were that women changed the natural use just as had the men who left the natural use of the woman and instead burned in their lust one toward another; men with men. If the women did as the men did, which is what they did, then they burned in lust one woman toward another woman.
Thus, when the editor goes on to claim the following, we know that they are merely desperately grasping at straws:
This would actually support 1:28: While the women were occupied with unnatural uses of their bodies (which could even have meant pagan dancing; we really have no idea), the men carried on in typical pagan sexual fashion like they always had done in pagan worship. And, being pagan, it was obviously “unseemly.”
In the next segment we will conclude considering this text.
For more info see:
Rev. Dr. Mel White on Christian Homosexuality (White is a pro-homosexuality activist who makes the same exact arguments as the QJV editor).
Much more relevant info at True Freethinker’s section on homosexuality.
Books of interest: