Jennifer Wright Knust is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Boston University. She also served as an American Baptist pastor (full bio here).
The Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins offers several reasons:
1. “God’s original intention for humanity was androgyny, not sexual differentiation and heterosexuality.” So “Heterosexual sex was therefore an afterthought designed to give back the man what he had lost.”
2. “Despite common misperceptions, biblical writers could also imagine same-sex intimacy as a source of blessing. For example, the seemingly intimate relationship between the Old Testament’s David and Jonathan, in which Jonathan loved David more than he loved women, may have been intended to justify David’s rise as king.”
3. “Confident claims about the forms of sex rejected by God are also called into question by early Christian interpretations of the story of Sodom. From the perspective of the New Testament, it was the near rape of angels – not sex between men – that led to the demise of the city.”
4. “It’s true that same-sex intimacy is condemned in a few biblical passages. But these passages, which I can count on one hand, are addressed to specific sex acts and specific persons, not to all humanity forever, and they can be interpreted in any number of ways.”
5. “Only a little more than a century ago, many of the very same passages now being invoked to argue that the scriptures label homosexuality a sin or that God cannot countenance gay marriage were used to justify not “biblical marriage” but slavery.” (entire article here, bold added)
Now you don’t really have to be a Bible scholar to see what is going on here. It’s simple. Professor Jennifer Wright Knust wants biblical justification for a sinful lifestyle. Ms Knust is willing to twist Scripture out of shape for her own ends.
“So why are we pretending that the Bible is dictating our sexual morals? It isn’t.” Really!