Are there really examples in the animal kingdom of homosexual behavior?
Notice the presuppositions in the question. This question shows how much the evolutionary mindset has warped our minds. Animals are intrinsically different than Humans. This is another reason why the Bible will never be able to coincide with macro-evolution. Humans are created in the image and glory of God (Gen 1:27). One of the distinctions between Man and Animal is moral capability. When a lion eats a zebra we call it dinner not murder. We may struggle with this concept because we attribute human emotions to our household pets but we must never forget animals work from instinct. Humans have the ability to make moral choices. This is exactly what the Bible says. Speaking of perverse men who enjoy unrighteousness the Apostle Peter says,
"But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children" (2nd Peter 2:12-14)
Dr. Dean Hamer, a gay scientist once said, “Pigs don’t date, ducks don’t frequent stripper bars, and horses don’t get married.” (Click here for source) We see that the animal kingdom is driven by heterosexual behaviors. I grew up with female dogs. When they would go into heat it would always attack a few male dogs from the neighborhood. It did not attract the other female dogs. Do people really want to disagree with this? Who seriously wants to say that when a male dog wraps around your leg and starts doing what dogs do that he is acting gay?
But someone will object that I am begging the question. What about those examples of "gay behavior" among animals? I would suggest there are other explanations than same-sex attraction among animals to which I will give two.
- Dominance--I hate to be crude but I've seen dogs go to town on cats. Is your poodle giving up the natural affection for other poodles and going for a cat? Of course not. Instead he is trying to show his dominance. In the prison system males will rape other males or force them to perform sexual acts. It has nothing to do with being homosexual and everything to do with showing dominance. In this case they are acting more like unreasoning animals as the Apostle Peter says rather than animals acting like humans.
- Sexual Release--Again, 2nd Peter 2:12-14 tells us animals work from instinct. God instilled in them sexual desires so that they would reproduce. For without animals reproducing they would all go extinct. But animals do not have moral obligations to keep the marriage bed pure. God did not create animals with the ability to make moral choices. You never see animals writing a declaration of independence, a set of 10 commandments, or sending other animals to jail.
For the sake of argument let us say there are homosexual behaviors in the animal kingdom. This leads us to our second questions. Should we really point to the Animal Kingdom in order to show what is "natural"? All we need to do is point out some things animals do which we all agree is wrong for humans. This will show we shouldn't use animal behavior as our standard for human moral obligation.
- Some animals eat their babies.
- Sharks take vicious bites out of their female partners during sex
- Lions eat Zebras in cold blood but we call that dinner not murder
- Dogs sometimes eat their own feces
I have only listed four things that animals do that I pray we all agree would not be appropriate for humans to do. Therefore, how can we point to supposed "homosexual behaviors" and say this is how humans should act.
In summary we should say:
- Animals and Humans are intrinsically different since Humans are created in the image of God
- The animal kingdom is driven by heterosexual behavior
- Supposed homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom can be attributed to other factors (dominance, sexual release) rather than sexual orientation.
- Animals work from instinct whereas humans can make moral choices
- Animals are a poor standard to base our moral obligations on since they do acts that would be deplorable for humans to do.