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:
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.
(Appeared in print June 2.)
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?
(Appeared in print June 7.)
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.
(Appeared in print June 13)