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Friday, May 18, 2012

What the Bible Really Still Says About Homosexuality

On Tuesday afternoon, CNN ran an article on its Belief Blog by Catholic priest (sort of) Daniel Helminiak entitled "My Take: What the Bible really says about homosexuality." The article is amazing for including so many bad arguments in so little space. A quick trip through the piece will show you what I mean. Helminiak's writing will be in bold and then my response will follow.

President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage, like blood in the water, has conservative sharks circling for a kill. In a nation that touts separation of religion and government, religious-based arguments command this battle. Lurking beneath anti-gay forays, you inevitably find religion and, above all, the Bible.

We now face religious jingoism, the imposition of personal beliefs on the whole pluralistic society. Worse still, these beliefs are irrational, just a fiction of blind conviction. Nowhere does the Bible actually oppose homosexuality.

These two paragraphs perfectly depict how many see any Christian opposition to homosexuality or gay marriage. We are undercover (or not!) theocrats trying to impose our personal preferences on the rest of the country. But the charge of legislating our morality is not as simple as it sounds. For starters, the government legislates plenty of morality already-morality about killing, stealing, polluting and a thousand other things we've decided are bad for society or just plain wrong. Moreover, the arguments being made in favor of gay marriage are fundamentally about morality. That's why you hear words like justice, love, and equality. Most gay marriage advocates are making their case based on moral categories, if not religious and biblical.



Anonymous said...

"...ancient people, who thought the male was the basic biological model and the world flat..."

Those who are far from having a true relationship with God would make such an uninformed statement. Many, including Christopher Columbus, who came from true, practicing Christian homes, believed the world was a "circle", as stated by the prophet Isaiah (40:22) and written in the 8th Century B.C.

When you truly know God and you've committed your life to Him, the Holy Spirit of God (the Spirit of all TRUTH) will live in your heart and reveal the truths of God. Including the argument concerning homosexuality. It's all a part of the curse placed on the earth which won't be removed until Jesus the Christ returns to rule for 1,000 years.

Anonymous said...

It's funny when those who hate religion try and manipulate the Bible to try and fool

Anonymous said...

I love how these moral issues are the basis for CONSTITUTIONAL law.

Can't believe in GOD and the BIBLE but a small minority can force you to accept IMMORAL positions and try to pin it on their "constitutional rights"... Where does the constitution give ANYONE the right to get married???

Anonymous said...

3:11 PM

Under unalienable rights maybe? Even so, I am quite sure they were referring to man/woman marriage.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.