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Jim Metzger: Biblical anti-gay arguments

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In response to the recent approval of the marriage amendment in both the state House and Senate, several residents have written in expressing their support, often basing their positions on what the Bible says about homosexuality. Yet rarely are letters accompanied by specifics. “Scripture is clear,” many have said. But, what exactly does scripture say?

Christians who use the Bible to denounce homosexual relations generally point to two statements from Leviticus (18:22; 20:13) and two statements from Paul’s letters (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Jesus says nothing about them.

Although it is true that Leviticus forbids gay sexual relations, the book also includes a wide array of commands ignored by Christians of all persuasions today: Adultery, for instance, is to be punished by death; persons with skin ailments are to be exiled from the community; couples are not to have intercourse during a woman’s period; no one is to procure a tattoo; no man is to “mar the edge of (his) beard.” On and on one might go. Christians who wish to cite Leviticus in opposition to homosexual relations face the formidable challenge of stating by what criteria they’ve decided 18:22 and 20:13 remain in force while almost everything else does not.

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Why is truth avoided?

Seems to me this gentleman has done a lot of spouting info, but has not set forth anything as a basis for truth. That should say something. The Bible is my basis for truth. And if homoesexuality is right, or acceptible and we all chose that lifestyle, then in less than 100 years man would be nonexistent. Doesn't that tell us something? Just because a person writes a book and is allowed to teach doesn't mean he has a basis for truth. I Timothy warns us of this. Pal of God

Christ may not have mentioned

Christ may not have mentioned homosexual relations per se, but he did say the following: Mat 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, Mat 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Mat 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And since the commentary failed to mention I Timothy 1:9-10, I will post it for the sake of edification: 1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 1Ti 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; Also, Luke 17:28-30 informs that before Christ returns it will be "as it was in the days of Lot." In case one is not familiar with what transpired during Lot's time, it is recorded in Genesis 18:16-33 and Genesis 19:1-29. A sign of the times indeed.

furthermore --

Jesus also mentioned Sodom in Matthew 10:14,15 -- "And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city." The reason those two cities are set forth as examples of judgment is obvious, given the passages in Genesis 18 and 19 noted by Cam above. Sodom is also mentioned by the Lord in Matthew 11:23,24. So to say that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality is not quite accurate -- He very definitely mentioned it indirectly, in speaking of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrha. As for the article's author implying that the Bible isn't a safe guide due to its age, he simply doesn't understand the nature of the Creator. God lives beyond time (which is a dimension He created), and "....one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2 Peter 3:8. He doesn't change; Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8. If the Bible gave guides for human behavior 2000 years ago, it also gives the same guidance today. Human nature hasn't changed, in spite of technological advances.

not qualified

Rather than get into a long analysis here, I'll just say that this man doesn't understand the Bible well enough to write an intelligent commentary regarding its content.

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