Archive for July, 2012

July 14, 2012

Stop Blaming God

The Bible is often used to give credibility to statements. Preachers back up their sermons by citing Biblical phrases offering book, chapter and verse, an invitation for the congregation to follow along and many do. The layman does the same but in a less rehearsed way. A favorite heard often lately “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death.” (Lev 20:13) is one of the Bible quotes concerning gay sex. Rom 1:26-27, 1 Tim 1:9-10, 1 Cor 6:9, Genesis 19:24-25 and Lev 18:22-23 also condemn the practice on threat of death and eternal damnation. You don’t have to actually engage in the act. Condoning and encouraging it counts the same in God’s eyes. Being an “accessory to the crime” is punishable too and God has inventive ways of retribution according to the stories of the Bible so it’s life and death serious.

It’s the Gospel

When a person is opposed to gay marriage, sooner or later, the Bible is usually part of their argument. That should be end of discussion. God condemns it and He is the highest authority. If you are for marriage equality you are against God and are therefore a heretic or at least misguided. To use the Bible as a moral compass and legal decree, one must assume the ancient text is the inspired word of the Almighty Himself. If that’s true then other Bible quotes are just as valid. The above passages pertaining to homosexuality are taken from the Old Testament as are these: 1 Timothy 2:15 says only women who have children will be spared hell. Prostitution is punished by burning the woman alive according to Leviticus 21:9. Exodus 21:7-10 says men can sell their daughters into slavery. This list of Bible quotes no sane person can condone could go on for page after page.

Not such a credible source

I don’t think any person ever decided to be against gay marriage because of the same book that tells them it’s ok to sell their daughter. Then again maybe they have. People claim the Heavens and the Earth was created by the same God that told them through the words of the Bible that the Sun revolves around a flat Earth. I think people who oppose gayness are repulsed by the sexual act which translates to immorality. If it grosses you out then it’s gross, period. Other people, such as me, draw the immoral line at harm. Allowing children to be hungry is immoral for example. Gay male sex is just as disgusting to me as any hetero male but it’s not immoral – as if it’s up to me to judge one way or another in the first place.

The Point?

It’s not God, it’s you. Admit it. I can somewhat respect an honest intolerance but how reprehensible is a cowardly person who hides behind an entity unaccountable to anyone? “How convenient” to quote the Church Lady of SNL fame.