Sequence of letters to the editor on same-sex marriage and the Bible

A letter to the editor that appeared in today's News-Gazette has prompted some response across the Internet, notably on Facebook. The letter refers to an earlier letter, which itself refers to an even earlier letter.

Here are all three letters, starting with the oldest:

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Same-sex marriage is never addressed in Bible

When commenting on some public issue, such as same-sex marriage, devout believers frequently write letters expressing their confidence that same-sex marriage is a violation of biblical standards.

If it is in the Bible, it must be true. However, in the biblical passages that are found in the book of Leviticus, if this is to be the final word on who should marry and how, the place of women — and the institution of marriage — is set out as a part of property codes.

Women were property, and men were owners of women. A man could own as many women as he could afford. Polygamy was the standard, not monogamy. Same-sex marriage is a subject that is never addressed in the Bible.

It is a modern question that has evolved over the past 50 years. Because the Bible is a collection of ancient writings, I would not expect any of these writings to address a question that is so recent.

BILL TREMBLEY
Champaign
(Appeared in print June 2.)

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Bible is clear on homosexuality issue

I write in response to Bill Trembley’s recent letter.

Homosexuality has been in question for thousands of years, and it is not a recent question. If you read 1 Corinthians 6:9, you will find a very blatant, very obvious statement against the homosexual lifestyle as a sexual sin. “Homosexuality” is placed in the category of “immoral living,” according to the Living Bible translation.

The King James Version refers to men who are “effeminate,” right alongside fornicators, idolaters, adulterers and “abusers of themselves with mankind.” The NIV classifies homosexuality along with “male prostitutes.” The Bible is extremely clear.

No, it is not mentioned by name often, but sexual sin is mentioned and condemned very often. That is the category in which homosexuality falls. The King James Version is so profound: those who “[abuse] themselves with mankind.” People who live in a homosexual lifestyle abuse themselves. Homosexuality is wrong because it isn’t God’s plan. It isn’t God’s plan because he loves us. And because he loves us, he doesn’t want us to participate in activities that hurt us. God wants more for us than that.

One more thing: Just because it is the standard does not mean it is right. That applies to the Bible as well. Polygamy was not what God intended for marriage, and if you read the accounts in the Bible of men with many wives, you’ll see their lives were more than just a challenge. There was jealousy, incest, adultery, murder and hatred as a results of these polygamous lifestyles. Pornography is rampant. Does that make it right?

LAURA ADRIAN
Philo
(Appeared in print June 7.)

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A rule for women: Please, stifle thyself

This is response to Laura Adrian. 1 Timothy 11:15 states, “Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or have authority over men; she is to keep silent.”

Now keep your opinion to yourself, it’s your God’s plan.

ADAM JOSLIN
Danville

(Appeared in print June 13)

 

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Jason Patterson wrote on June 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm
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Without attaching an arbitrary level of importance to these bible passages, that you or someone else has taken upon themselves to make… What would be the difference between using the government to stop Same-Sex Marriage and trying to pass legislation that would forbid meals that aren't Kosher, in America? There is a reason we have the separation between Church and State. If you believe that Same-Sex Marriage is wrong you need to prove that it somehow effects, hurts or infringes on the rights of other. Without using a religious argument. 

 

Giving other people equal rights does not and cannot take away your rights. thank you Mr. Joslin

rsp wrote on June 13, 2012 at 11:06 pm

The thing is, marriage is a religious sacrament, which was then codified into law. Originally you didn't need a legal authority to get married, just a church or a pastor. Now the weight goes to whether or not it's a legally valid marriage and you don't need the church involved at all. The argument they have been using is one man one women, a religious argument. They should also be fighting it on the grounds of the separation clause. The idea that couples marry so they can have children is absurd on it's face. I won't have more kids so I should never marry again by that logic. But I'm not that old so I should spend the rest of my life alone, or live in sin.  So are they about living God's Word, or control.

Spence wrote on June 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm
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If you marry a horse, your sister and a Corvette.... that doesn't harm me. But I would oppose you doing that.  I think those who want same-sex marriage should be forced to prove that they can't marry a member of the opposite sex. Everyone currently has the very same right to one man one woman marriage. There is marriage equality now.... just follow the rules

Treated wrote on June 13, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Bible FAIL!