Newsweek once again revealed their religious devotion to their ridiculously unbalanced, biased liberal agenda with the recent publication of the article “Our Mutual Joy: Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side.” I was not sure whether to laugh or cry at the rigorous regime of political correctness and media spin the author subjected to the Holy Book to get it to support her homosexual agenda and condemn the Christians that follow it.
The gist of her argument was thus:
- Many Christians (the bad, conservative ones who are still living in the Dark Ages, morally and socially speaking) believe that homosexual relations are an abomination and bane to our society and should be outlawed.
- These Christians claim that the Bible supports their beliefs, but they are stupid because it really says the opposite (ie: it supports homosexuality).
- Here’s my Proof:
- In the Old Testament many of the patriarchs had multiple wives. Christians don’t do that. They’re hypocrites. They should not be against gay marriage then.
- In the New Testament Jesus was not married. Then why are Christians? They’re hypocrites. They should not be against gay marriage then.
- Jesus said that people won’t be married in heaven and Paul said that people should only get married if they can’t remain single and not have sex. Obviously they didn’t think very highly of marriage so why do Christians? They’re hypocrites. They should not be against gay marriage then.
- There are some very clear condemnations of homosexuality in the Bible, but we don’t have to follow them. The times in Leviticus (“If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” and “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination”) don’t count because we don’t follow the Law of Moses anymore.
Paul was also quite clear in denouncing homosexual behavior as an abomination (“Neither […] homosexuals, nor sodomites, will inherit the kingdom of God.” ), but some “Bible expert” said that Paul wasn’t really against homosexuality but just sexual promiscuity (and gay couples never do any of that…).
- The Bible never mentions lesbians so obviously God had no views on them.
[Apparently the author forgot this scripture: “Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved.”]
- Jesus told people to leave their families and join his “community of believers” so he obviously doesn’t think highly of the traditional family unit. Instead, he wants us to live in loving “communes” where we accept whatever people want. (Ha ha! And you Christians thought you knew your Jesus! Oh … and Christians are hypocrites and should support gay marriage.)
- King David was actually gay. He liked to dance and loved his friend Jonathon “more than women.” Isn’t he a role model for Christians?
[Oh yes, we Christians all aspire to have the morals of David…]
- Even though God created Adam and Eve as the prototype marriage and says “Therefore shall a man leave his mother and father, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.”, it never specifically defines marriage as between a man and woman and never condemns “gay marriage” by name. Christians are therefore wrong about it excluding homosexual couples. (hypocrites…)
[How much more specificity do you expect from a document that was written 1960 to 8000 years ago and translated who knows how many times? It seems pretty clear to me…]
- The Bible was really written by men anyways (*wink wink*) and so we can change it if we want. It is a “living document” up for revision whenever society changes its views.
[No… just like our founding father’s words in the Constitution, God and his prophets wrote what they did for a good reason: they are universal commandments and truths that will bring about our salvation, both individually and as a society. They are not suggestions that you can strike out or re-write if it suits your fancy.]
- People have used the Bible to support slavery, anti-Semitism, executing adulterers and witches, etc. You can’t take it literally! Instead, you have to interpret it according to what society values at any given moment and I and my liberal friends feel society is ready for gay marriage. Therefore the Bible supports it.
[You can’t argue with this logic…]
- Jesus reached out to the sinners and adulterers in the Bible. That means that he doesn’t care if you sin or are sexually promiscuous and neither should Christians He just wants you to do whatever you want and be happy. (Hypocrites!!)
[That’s what God would do it he hated you. Would you let your kid repeatedly hit his hand with a hammer if it made him happy?]
These are my favorite quotes from this ridiculous article:
- “[…]the phrase “gay marriage” does not appear in the Bible at all.”
- “[…]the Bible was written by men and not handed down in its leather bindings by God[…]”
- “the Bible is a living document, powerful for more than 2,000 years because its truths speak to us even as we change through history. In that light, Scripture gives us no good reason why gays and lesbians should not be (civilly and religiously) married[…]”
- “Why would we regard [the Bible’s] condemnation of homosexuality with more seriousness than we regard its advice, which is far lengthier, on the best price to pay for a slave?”
- “A mature view of scriptural authority requires us, as we have in the past, to move beyond literalism. The Bible was written for a world so unlike our own, it’s impossible to apply its rules, at face value, to ours.”
And finally, the best one…
- “What Jonathan and David did or did not do in privacy is perhaps best left to history and our own imaginations.”
It never ceases to amaze me when atheists and agnostics have the foolish presumption to consider themselves experts on religious matters and correct practicing Christians on what they really believe. Why anyone who does not believe a given document is legitimate would use it to prove their argument (and actually think their opponents would even consider their argument) is beyond me. In my humble opinion, anyone who believes the Bible and thinks homosexual behavior is okay with God is an ignorant idiot. The Bible is not only clear in its condemnation of gay sex (and unlike Newsweek I believe “lesbian” sex can be safely included), but shows several examples of the destructive results of societies that engage in and support it.
I only agree with Newsweek on one point in this article: God does want us to love all people, even homosexuals. We are commanded to love all sinners but not the sins. We are commanded to abhor the sins. Imagine what would happen if we followed the liberal ideal and refused to judge anyone for any of their actions. Would we then support child pornography and sex rings, murderers, robbers, rapists, drunk driving, political bribery, etc? All of these things are outlawed because they are very bad for our society and could destroy it if left unchecked. It is much easier to accept homosexuality, it does not seem to directly affect our lives. But history is the warning. Sexual perversion and debauchery has been the downfall of many a civilization. Why do so-called “intellectuals” today think that they are smarter than the collective wisdom of ages. Every major religion historically condemned homosexual behavior. There is a reason for this: it is very bad for us. We must not stand idly by while it takes root and grows in our society. Homosexual acts must remain illegitimate and condemned in our society.