The crux of the matter, it seems to me, is simply that the Bible has no sexual ethic. There is no Biblical sex ethic. Instead, it exhibits a variety of sexual mores, some of which changed over the thousand year span of biblical history. Mores are unreflective customs accepted by a given community. Many of the practices that the Bible prohibits, we allow, and many that it allows, we prohibit. The Bible knows only a love ethic, which is constantly being brought to bear on whatever sexual mores are dominant in any given country, or culture, or period.
No article I've read has been able to articulate my views as effectively as Walter Wink's recent(?) essay on how we should interpret references to homosexuality in the Bible:
Posted by David Chen Tuesday, December 27, 2011 5:16 PM