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Three Lexical analysis of Homosexuality and pedophilia

Three Lexical analysis of Homosexuality and Pedophilia in the German and Greek vocabulary

Woke Christians today assume that because the word homosexual did not appear in the Bible until 1946, God is not against it. After all, “love is love.”

Three words about homosexuality and pedophilia in the Bible

1. Knabenschänder: “Child molester”

The confusion began with the Luther Bible, which was published in 1534. Martin Luther used the German word “Knabenschänder” to refer to “homosexuality” in 1 Corinthians 6:9. However, the term “Knabenschänder” refers to a “molester of boys” or a pedophile.

Hence, the supposed word for “homosexuals” in 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:10, and Romans 1:26-27 was referring to pedophilia, which assumes God wasn’t against same-sex relationships.

1 Korinther 6:9
Wisset ihr nicht, daß die Ungerechten das Reich Gottes nicht ererben werden? Lasset euch nicht verführen! Weder die Hurer noch die Abgöttischen noch die Ehebrecher noch die Weichlinge noch die Knabenschänder.

Pederastry is “mentorship

Pedastry is pedophilia, justified as a “right of passage” or mentorship, but it’s a sexual relationship of an adult male (erastes) having sex with a younger boy (eromenos). After all, Zeus had a sexual relationship with a beautiful and beardless adolescent boy, Ganymede.

Pederasty is a gay relationship

At the time when Apostle Paul wrote these verses, pederasty (adult males mentoring and having sexual relationships with young boys) was an acceptable norm among Greeks and Romans.

It makes sense for Paul, who was both Roman and a Jew, to rebuke pedophilia (Knabenschänder) from creeping into the Christian society. However, it does not mean that homosexuality was OK for Paul.

2. Malakos and Arsenokoites lexicon

Paul uses two Greek words in 1 Corinthians, “μαλακοὶ” (malakoi) and “ἀρσενοκοῖται” (arsenokoitai) but debate exists on their intended meanings.

  • Malakos: It can denote soft or effeminate men, a boy for a relationship with an adult male (eromenos), or a male prostitute.
  • Arsenokoites: A compound word that means “he who lies with a male as with a female,” a sodomite or homosexual in modern usage.

Using a lexicon (common meaning to Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic words), Malakos means an “effeminate man” (a man who acts like a woman), and Arsenokoites is actually two words (Arseno and kotai) which means “men who bed with males.”

The apostle’s view on homosexuality

Regardless of the alternate linguistic approach, “gay sex” is explicitly condemned by God. Hence, even if Paul was referring to pedophilia alone, it is still a homosexual practice called pederasty.

Without referencing the passage that mentions “Knabenschänder,” the critical question to ask is if Paul and the rest of the apostles were against gay sex and pedophilia.

Interestingly, there is no direct passage that condemns pedophilia, though it was understood that such an act was detestable and akin to homosexuality.

  • Jude 1:7: Apostle Jude spoke of sodomy as perversion.
  • 2 Peter 2:6-7: Apostle Peter spoke of sodomy as depravity.
  • Luke 17:28-30: Apostle Luke emphasized the judgment o sodomites.
  • Romans 1:26-27: Apostle Paul referred to same-sex relations as shameful lust.

3. Arsenokotai lexicon: “Men who bed other males”

The Greek word used by Paul was “arsenokoitai.” These are two combined words (arsen and kotai) which literary means “men who bed other males.”

  • Arseno = male
  • Kotai = mat or bed

Therefore, the English word “homosexuality” in the Bible, which first appeared in 1946, comes from the context of having sex with the same gender in the Old Testament.

Arsenos and Koiethe in the Old Testament

Homosexuality is clearly a sin and abomination in the Old Testament. Therefore, even if Paul used a word that refers to pedophilia, it does not negate the fact that God is against homosexuality.

  • Leviticus 18:22 – “Kai meta arsenos ou koimethese kolten gynaikos bdelygma” (“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination”).
  • Leviticus 20:13 – “Kai hos an koiethe meta arsenos kolten gynaikos bdelygma” (“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination”).

1 Corinthians 6:9
 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality (arsenokoitai)…

1 Timothy 1:10
The law is for sexually immoral people who practice homosexuality (arsenokoitai), are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching…

The bottom line: Homosexuality & pedophilia are sins in the Bible

The prohibition against homosexuality and pedophilia is clearly condemned in the Bible. Pedophilia is a form of exploitative sex (Mark 9:42), and homosexuality is unnatural. Both are an abomination before God. (Leviticus 18:22)

Repent from it!

Sin doesn’t come from God but from our desires, which can lead to sin when we give in to “sinful pleasure.” But like all other sins, a child of God must refuse and repent. Satan is the father of lies, and when we listen and act on our own volition—it gives birth to sin. (James 1:15)

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