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Answering The Atheist
August 12, 2007 / Volume 7, Issue 32

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
How should homosexuals be treated? Should they be killed (Leviticus 20:13) or exiled (1 Kings 15:11-12). Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
Indeed, the testimony of the Law of Moses was that those who were guilty of homosexuality were to be put to death. What did Asa do with the sodomites? The questioner assumes that he exiled them from the land of Israel, though the text does not say this. The Hebrew word Ďabar, though never specifically translated as "exiled" could indicate such, but it could equally indicate that he put them to death. Since 1 Kings 15:11 says that he did what was right in God's eyes, it would follow that he took them out of the land by putting to death, in accordance with the law of Moses.

There is no contradiction.

'abar
alientate; carry over; deliver; do away; overrun; pass away; perish; set apart; turn away; etc. (from Strong's Exhaustive Concordance)

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible