Christianity emodude on 18 Dec 2006 03:49 pm
Another interesting article out of the Boston Globe:
And why are they quitting? Because of recent decisions by the US Episcopal Church to consecrate a gay bishop and bless same-sex unions.
As one woman is quoted from the article: “… the issue is: Are we going to follow Scripture?”
Let’s examine what she’s talking about. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Turns out it’s quite clear.
Leviticus 20:13 – If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
– No wiggle room here. This is the word of the Lord.
Leviticus 18:22 – Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
– Again, quite clear. Let’s throw in one from the New Testament just to ensure it’s not just Leviticus here.
Romans 1:26-27 – For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
– Paul condemns both homosexual men and women.
Just as a point of reference, Leviticus contains several fascinating and detailed chapters on animal sacrifice, yet somehow I feel that no member of these 7 churches routinely participates in that. I wonder why not?
Anyway, it’s easy to understand why the church members felt the need to secede from their national organization. Verses like these absolutely polarize the issue of homosexuality, because Christians believe these statements are directly from God himself (in the quotes from Leviticus, they are).
What these members need to realize is that these are not quotes from an all-powerful, all-knowing Creator; these are the opinions of 2 Neanderthals. Moses and Paul do not know the opinions of any God because God is imaginary, and when they pretend to know the will of God that is exactly what it is, pretending.
As 21st century rational, intelligent people, we should be able to discuss the topic of homosexuality without being polarized by the opinions of others in a 2000 year old book. Once you discard these ridiculous statements in the Bible, it is possible to discuss homosexual issues in today’s society without the pretense of believing that an all-powerful Creator actually cares what 2 men or 2 women do behind closed doors.