RE: What is "natural" anyway?

From: Shuan Rose (
Date: Thu May 16 2002 - 14:20:59 EDT

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    i I agree with Tim that natural law arguments are unhelpful. I
    accept your
    distinction between immoral and unnatural. I think that Christians today
    would not define sinfulness as just being contrary to God's laws, if God's
    laws include men not cutting hair, etc.I agree that Paul is clear that he
    regards homosexuality per se as sinful.The question is, Do we regard that as
    cultural?THere are things that Paul regarded as sinful that we no longer
    think sinful-there are things that we regard as sinful that Paul thinks
    I know you place great store by the Scripture quoted below, Alexanian. But I
    think that Scripture was meant to apply to marriage.Maleness or femaleness
    is not at issue:homosexuality is.

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    There is a difference between doing unnatural things and doing immoral
    things. The latter, for the Christian, is defined in Scripture as
    unlawfulness (behavior contrary to God's laws). I again say that Christ
    Himself said: "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning
    MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE." The key is to understand what Christ meant by
    "beginning." If that means the time of creation, then the next question is,
    are humans today different from what they were when initially created? If
    so, then human beings are fallen creatures and will behave in a way contrary
    to God's laws.

    All of us are sinners, not only the homosexuals---"Or do you not know that
    the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived;
    neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor
    homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
    swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you
    were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of
    the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." 1 Cor 6:9-11.


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    Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 12:00 PM
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    R Right on, Tim. The plain fact is that most humans do at least half a
    dozen unnatural things before nine o' clock each morning(shower, put on
    clothes, eat processed food, watch television, drive to work, check email,
    for example).
    Nature just is, and it is bad theology to take our presuppositions and likes
    and label it nature.

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    Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 11:17 PM
    Subject: Re: What is "natural" anyway?

    Kamilla writes:
    > The equation of pregnancy with the practice of sodomy is grossly
    > offensive. It is a fallacious argument which I will not glorify
    > with any further response.

    I'm sorry you are offended, Kamilla. For me, this is not an
    emotionally charged topic and I remain somewhat detached. But YMMV.

    Quick reminder and a few clarifications:
    The complications of pregnancy and the relative benefits of Biblically
    mandated circumcision were introduced primarily for contrast in the
    discussion of "natural law" and medical arguments relating to
    prohibitions against anal intercourse. Pregnancy was *never* equated
    with anal sex. Beyond the first couple paragraphs of my past two posts
    were longer discussions about the problems of linking Biblically-mandated
    moral edicts with concepts about what is "natural". I think this remains
    an interesting problem that seems to have been glossed over in this
    thread. Despite early claims, I do not feel that this linkage has been
    firmly established. I'm still not even sure what people mean when they
    say that something is "natural". There appears to be some unspecified
    mixing of an idyllic notion of how things should be, statistical
    averaging, and epidemiology. Perhaps what is driving this form of
    "special pleading" is the notion that divine commandments should
    necessarily make sense to us.

    Tim Ikeda

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