For women who are affectionate toward other women, I will briefly recap in the box below what the Scripture has to say about the subject:
And, true - while the Torah does forbid a specific act (AnalSex) regarding MEN with MEN: "If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely die; their blood guilt is on themselves." (Lev 20:13); -& (Lev 18:22): "You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." -- the Torah itself says NOTHING about women laying with women. Did you catch that? Torah itself says NOTHING about women laying with women. And the very nature of Law forbids expanding ANY statute to cover matters not expressly named within the statute
(which means that Lev 20:13 (above in
Hebrew) nor Lev 22:18 cannot lawfully
be expanded to cover women "laying with woman"). And anyone who would try to
expand those verses in the Torah to cover "women laying with woman" have committed a capital
crime (Dt 19:16-20)
- according to the Torah! The silence in this matter of "women
laying with woman" actually speaks volumes.
In law, the actual Latin term for this well settled principle is: "inclusio
unius est exclusio alterius". The omission of a parallel
commandment naming women is NOT a mistake. This is because the commandment is
one that forbids a very specific act and women are not named because women lack
the anatomy to commit the forbidden act of AnalSex with another woman. This is why the phrase "AS
he lays with a woman" "מִ שְׁ כְּ בֵ י" are in the commandments covered above from Leviticus.
It comes from the Hebrew root כְּ "kaf" (expanded: kaf-yod) pronounced "key" - which
carries the meaning of "AS/LIKE". A man who lays with another man
AS (in like fashion / penetration) with a woman - describes the act of
is what the phrase "lies with a woman" means in the legal sense within the
So, when you get to Romans 1:27 where the Apostle-Paul (a Hebrew lawyer) pens the same word (in Greek) - he is connecting PRECISELY the nature of the violation in what follows, - AS in what preceded. And that connection is connected to the Torah by the very LETTER ( כְּ ). And ironically - in this you've also learned the name-origin of the commercial sex-product "KY jelly"... (the manufacturer of which should heed closely the language of Romans 1:31-32).
And for those who think Paul covered the "lesbian-ground" in the New Testament (Romans); - Your theology sucketh. Paul himself (a Hebrew lawyer) was very specific that he would NOT go beyond the letter of the written Torah! "Brothers, I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the reasons why not to go beyond what the Scriptures say. Then you will stop boasting about one person at the expense of another." -I Cor 4:6 Paul. If the Old Testament law didn't forbid a thing - neither did Paul teach against it in the New. Duh!
So, if the Torah (Old Testament Law) doesn't say anything about women laying with women -- then what is Paul talking about in Romans 1: "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:" -v.26 ???
The answer is found in the next verse (27) when read in CONTEXT with Leviticus 20:13 above ... "Likewise ( כְּ ) 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 recompense of their error" -Rom 1:27
Romans 1:26 isn't about lesbians. It's about women who have AnalSex with men. It's a position where they "put aside the natural function" which is how they "receive within themselves" - the penalty (which is death via disease). Women don't have the anatomy of give other women the "penalty within' -lacking penises (which is also why lesbians have the lowest rate of STD'd of any demographic)! If you don't see what is so clear here -- then proceed to the top of this document and read the FULL paragraph beneath the empty box again.
Peter warned about people who would distort Paul's writings. "As also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction." - II Pet 3:16 ... Of course most people are astonished when they discover that it's lots of so-called "Christian scholars" doing the distortion of Paul's writings.
Paul was meticulous and would not have called "sin' in the New Testament what was not in the old. However, the Old Testament (Torah) DOES FORBID contact with feces (which is what AnalSex brings the participants into). These points are repeated elsewhere on the G0YS.org website.
So, -if you're a woman who happens to love women -- then the only principle to bear in mind is that "Love works no ill" and if what you're doing isn't hurting somebody else (lacking evidence of an injured party) then there is no mitzvot/commandment against it. If you've been called an "abomination" because you "like" women than you've encountered a form of false Christian teaching that is quite contrary to the principles within the Scriptures and likely damns those doing the teaching do to the grievous nature of the sin of false-testimony that they commit in doing so. "...if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against a fellow Israelite, then do to the false witness as that witness intended to do to the other party. You must purge the evil from among you." -Dt 19:18-19
And aren't these principles of love generally self-evident
(common sense) anyhow? Take a deep breath of relief. God loves you and
wants you to prosper and be in health and He wants you to share that same
attitude with everyone else. Jesus paid the price so you could have a
fulfilled life (& share it with others)! Don't let liars from some
semetary, - eh ... seminary - slander your constitution.
According to Galatians 3:28c, - God doesn't even categorize people based on gender! True!
I hope that genuine peace is the result of this analysis and that you see the Yeshua (Jesus) of the Bible in a better light.