Clobber passage 2 - Strange Flesh - Jude 1:7

 

 

(Jude 1:6 NKJV) And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;

(Jude 1:7 NKJV) as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

The Christian Right has termed strange flesh in Jude as homosexual sex with reference to Sodom and Gomorrah. We have earlier seen that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was their wickedness and not homosexual sex. Notwithstanding, the reference to Sodom and Gomorrah was in connection to angels (Jude 1:6) who has left heaven as part of the rebellion. These angels had sex with mankind to produce "stange flesh" of supernatural beings - half human and half angelic.

The reference in Jude 1:7, further emphasised that the preoccupation at Sodom and Gomorrah was not about homosexuality which will produce no offsprings but heterosexual sex between mankind and angels producing "strange flesh" . The ancient people went after "strange flesh", i.e. they desired to have sex with Angels to produce supernatural offsprings.

(Gen 6:4 NKJV) There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

(Gen 6:5 NKJV) Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

The sexual unions between women and the fallen angels resulted in giants some who were very renowned. The bible did not specifically condemned these unions but the motives of the heart of men.

There was much wickedness in men and this wickedness resulted in sexual immorality where gang rapes were a common occurrence and sex was used as a weapon of terror and abuse and not for long term relationships. Jude is emphasising that the wickedness in the form of abuse of sex to that outside of the model of a loving monogamous relationship was so extensive that their many sexual encounters extended even to having sex with angels.

Jude is using Sodom and Gomorrah as a reference to certain men known to him who had slipped quietly into the Church, men who had misused the grace of God, the opportunity given to them to become part of the Christian community but instead did not actually believed that Jesus is their only Lord and Saviour. Jude draws attention to their carnal mind and their preoccupation with themselves - their own sexual lusts, ungodly deeds, self focused, ability to talk flattering words to mock at the move and work of God. They were 'carnal' believing what they can see, touched and reasoned with their physical senses but not having faith to believe in the God and his ways which is unseen and at times not comprehensible and requires faith. Such men did not walk according to the spirit of God but rather according to their own carnal desires and human mind and logic.

In summary, the book of Jude is about preoccupation and self centeredness that results in a carnal mind, one that could not have faith beyond that which is physical and can be reasoned out resulting in the focus on self - which is ultimately manifested in sexual lusts and mocking against God. But as Christians we are called to have supernatural faith,

(Jude 1:20 NKJV) But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

(Jude 1:21 NKJV) keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Whilst the Christian Right uses apparently moralistic and biblical arguments against Gays, it is nothing but flattering talk grounded upon their carnal self which brings with it fear of the unknown of those different from us, prejudice, homophobia , and ultimately cruelty. There is no biblical basis. Worst still, using Jude to condemned Gays only condemns those who raise arguments from this book. For Jude is about overcoming just such self centered homophobia by building up our faith to focus on God not ourselves. It requires supernatural means otherwise there need not need to be faith if it could be reasoned by our carnal minds. The spiritual means is to pray in tongues that we may built up our spirit man - resulting in faith to believe all that God has in store for us. Jude is not a book about condemnation, but it is a reminder to look away from our carnal self, from our prejudice against gays, and to look to the love of God in Christ Jesus, for His mercy through the cross not giving us death which we deserved that we to may give grace, not of our own, but of God having faith that we will receive all that God has promised in this life and in the life to come.

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