Are Eunuchs in the Bible the same as homosexuals?

Now, some people would like to think that God was speaking euphemistically when he spoke of how Eunuchs might inherit an everlasting name. Personally, while I think it might be possible that that is the case, I doubt it.  The reason is that sex between a man and a man or a woman and a woman is repeatedly mentioned as a sin. Plus, I think its clear that in most places where God mentioned eunuch, he was speaking about those who can not reproduce.

Merriem-Webster’s Dictionary defines eunuch as:

  1. a castrated man placed in charge of a harem or employed as a chamberlain in a palace
  2. a man or boy deprived of the testes or external genitals
  3. one that lacks virility or power <political eunuchs>

A eunuch was someone who was did not burn with passion. He could be a man who is castrated. Or he could be a man who is missing testicles by some process other than castration, such as crushing, or by atrophy due to illness. Alternatively, a eunuch could be was simply born without testicles. Such a eunuch would be, technically speaking, not castrated. But he would still be a eunuch. Such people do not burn with sexual passion – for men or women. 

Since there are many homosexuals who have had sex and reproduced, it is evident that at least some homosexuals can reproduce. Homosexual sex is when a man lies with a man or when a woman lies with a woman. God defined that as bad (Romans 1). God defined marriage as between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24).

Matthew 19:3-12 reads,

“Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate. They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. The disciples said to Him, “If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry.” But He said to them, “Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.”

Note that Jesus quoted Genesis 2:24 as he defined marriage and at least part of its purpose. Also, Christ  mentioned eunuchs in reference to abstaining from marriage – the thing God created which allows people to ‘join together’.

Where Christ said, “there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb,” He refers to people who had physical limitations so as to prevent them from being able to reproduce. Where He said, “there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men,” He refers to castrated men. Where He said, “there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven,” He is speaking of those who choose to control themselves and not marry and reproduce, so they can focus on the work of the Lord, much like Paul when he wrote to the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 7:7-9).

Some want to believe that Christ was speaking about homosexuals, which since many homosexuals have had children, is very unlikely. But even if God WAS talking about homosexuals when he mentioned eunuch (which I doubt, but I’m willing to entertain), Isaiah 56:3-5 reads,

3 Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.” And let not any eunuch complain, “I am only a dry tree.” 4 For this is what the LORD says: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.

Note that the eunuch was to do what pleases God and hold fast to His covenant to get an everlasting name. So, again, belief, love, obedience are what was required for the eunuch to not have to worry about having an everlasting name – which is what is required to have eternal life. And such a person would have to refrain from sin, which includes homosexual sex, since Isaiah was written after the law of Moses defined some of the things God hates in a concrete fashion.


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