When God said that all of creation was very good in Genesis 1:31, did that include homosexuality?

No, when God declared creation "very good" in Genesis 1:31 that did not include homosexuality, nor did it include any number of other diverse human behaviors or inclinations that would be found in mankind after the fall.

During the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, democratic vice presidential candidate and self-professed devout Roman Catholic Tim Kaine spoke to a lobbying group that promotes homosexual and transgender issues. In his talk, he said:

"My church also teaches me about a creator in the first chapter of Genesis who surveys the entire world, including mankind, and said it is very good. Pope Francis famously said ‘Who am I to judge,’ and to that I want to add ‘Who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family?’ I think we’re supposed to celebrate it, not challenge it."1

The argument falls flat on its face with even a cursory look at the text in view here. The verse that Senator Kaine is referencing is:

"God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day," (Genesis 1:31).

This is right at the conclusion of creation itself, and before sin and death enter into the equation. Humanity has been specifically defined as male and female (Genesis 1:27) and God has charged them to reproduce with one another and fill the earth with offspring (Genesis 1:28). Clearly, the two biological sexes coupling with one another is what is specifically in mind here. Genesis spells this out further in the very next chapter, explaining:

"For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh," (Genesis 2:24).

Father and mother, man and wife, two complementary sexes becoming one flesh. This could not be much more explicit. Monogamous pairing of heterosexual couples in marriage is plainly what is described here. This is what God called "very good." Jesus Himself defined marriage by these passages in Genesis, explaining:

"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,” (Matthew 19:4-6).

Jesus quotes from Genesis 1:27, "He made them male and female," alongside Genesis 2:24 about a man leaving his father and mother, joining with his wife, and two becoming one flesh. Again, that man was created as two distinct sexes, male and female, and these two are to join to one another in monogamous, heterosexual, fully committed marriage could not be stated much more plainly than this. The fact of the matter is that Genesis only mentions homosexuality in one context, and that is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, and there it is certainly not regarded by God as "very good." Genesis not only fails to offer any support for homosexual practice, it actually specifically defines God's design for human sexuality in terms of heterosexual marriage and openly condemns human rebellion against this design, even using the example of homosexuality. Contrary to Tim Kaine's assertion, Genesis does not teach that we should celebrate homosexuality as part of God's design for human diversity. We should recognize it as a sin, a deviation from God's design and a cause for His wrath, and we should therefore lovingly and compassionately call those who participate in or defend it to repentance, as we would with anyone else participating in any other sin.

  • 1. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tim-kaine-opens-up-on-reconciling-lgbtq-equality-catholic-faith-campaign-2016/ (Accessed 9/19/16)