Jesus was all-inclusive. Jesus wouldn’t condone discrimination, and you are.
You took common myths and offensive stereotypes and put them in an email message without any sources. I spent 3 hours looking to affirm or deny those statements, and there weren’t ANY affirmations. I found hard data, you didn’t. The fact is, “Do unto others” is the greatest commandment. Affirming love between two people also affirms that commandment.I probably could have toned it down a bit. The whole, ” I found hard data, you didn’t” bit is mean. She just ignored all of the real information because I shot it down, so she used the Bible, which I had already said – multiple times – is often abused. I just get so upset when people use the Bible to condone and defend discriminatory practices. The Bible is one of the reasons why slavery existed for so long. It’s one reason why women were considered their husbands’ properties, and why there are still people who believe that non-white people are inferior. Frankly, if you think God outlaws homosexuality, then you have to admit that scripture condones slavery, incest, polygamy, sexism, and racism. To take the Old Testament, and quote portions of it, without considering all of its parts, that’s hypocritical.
That’s another reason this bothers me – the hypocrisy. The Bible is a living document, a bit like the Constitution. What it says often depends on the time and place of the people who read it. But people always take what they want and leave the rest. Which is fine from a scholarly standpoint, or even from a “this is how I’m going to live my life” standpoint. But when you start applying that randomness to deny the rights of others, or to judge others, that’s where the hypocrisy starts.
I like some of the Bible, from a spiritual perspective. But the more I learned, the more I decided that I’d work with what Jesus said and did. The rest of the Bible is nice, but the Gospels are, well, gospel. (Of course, their writers were also writing for a time and place. I have yet to read all of the Gospels, thanks to the early Church picking four of the many that existed. Funny how they never mentioned that in Catholic school.) So, What Would Jesus Do? is the main question I ask when it comes to deciding right and wrong.
Of course, I also could have pointed out, that it doesn’t matter what anyone’s interpretation of scripture is. In America, we decided that the “separation of church and state” was a good idea.
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