JUDE 7 AND SUMMARY
I promised to address the "seven texts of terror" so I'll quickly address the last one, Jude 7.
"Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
"Strange flesh" in this instance is translated from the Greek term heteros sarx, meaning "different flesh." If this doesn't mean angels then it must mean women, because a homo sexual doesn't "go after" hetero sex. Or, at least in the salaciously and selectively literal Biblical sense, it wouldn't be a sin if he did. Really quite silly.
A final argument used to justify the use of these verses to condemn homosexuality is, "What else could they mean if they don't condemn homosexuality?" What else, indeed? The Bible says we "see through a glass darkly" (1 Corinthians 13), in other words we don't understand everything. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55.
We don't make the Bible true by filling in the blanks with our own prejudices. If we are to err, let us err on the side of mercy and justice.
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Micah 6:8
People who claim to follow Christ need to get over their prejudices, fears, and control issues. We all are made and reflect God's image. For those who hold on to their prejudices and fear, Christ would say:
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
This first half of this series is for those who have been spiritually, emotional, verbally, and physcially abuse. You heard man's voice, but not God's voice to have you feeling all of the above. This is to uplift you knowing God doesn't condemn you, no more damning but to uplift you!