>Besides, the TEN commandments which are the ONLY things in the bible
>etched in stone refer to adultery NOT homosexuality. <
Although certainly not identified as a scholarly attempt at exegesis,
such dubious interpretation seems common in popular attempts to claim
that homosexuality is Scripturally acceptible. Like the sloppy
science common in young-earth contexts, it makes me wonder, if better
arguments exist, why are they not used?
This particular claim suffers from two related problems. First,
there is the assumption that the decalogue is a full enumeration of
all moral regulations that apply to us today. Secondly, it gives an
extremely narrow interpretation of the command. In contrast, Jesus
declared that lustful thoughts were in violation of the command.
Interpreted in such a broad sense, the decalogue does provide a
complete summary, but this means that Do not commit adultery rules
out all types of sexual sin. This does not establish whether
homosexuality is a type of sexual sin; for that, other passages must
Another claim of this sort that I have encountered is that Lev. 20:13
actually only prohibits sexual relations between males in a woman's
bed. It may be grammatically possible, but silly, to interpret the
passage in that way. Again, the claim that the prohibition of
homosexuality is a mistranslation of in the KJV, slavishly copied in
all later versions, merely displays ignorance of history, especially
the history of translation and of views on homosexual behavior.
(E.g., Geoffrey of Monmouth was not influenced by the KJV when he
identified homosexuality as a sin a few hundred years before 1611,
nor were the translators of the Geneva Bible in the mid-1500's.)
>Seems to me people in the church never reference a good chunk of
>folks in church who have been, or currently are in an adulterous
It is a legitimate criticism that homosexuality is often singled out
as a preeminent sin, whereas heterosexual sin is ignored. However,
this does not mean that all sexual sin should be condoned. A good
counterexample comes from Harvest
Ministries (http://www.harvestusa.org/) who seek to address
"homosexuality, pornography, and other sexual addictions".
Dr. David Campbell
University of Alabama
Biodiversity & Systematics
Dept. Biological Sciences
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 USA
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---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Shuan Rose" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 12:00:10 -0400
>This from my brother. Forwarded without comment.
>Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 11:26 AM
>Subject: Re: FW: What does a liberal think?
>Thanks Shu, I sometimes wonder why people make such a big deal about
>something that people have no control over. Seems to me there are much
>more pressing issues in the world. Besides, the TEN commandments which
>are the ONLY things in the bible etched in stone refer to adultery NOT
>homosexuality. Seems to me people in the church never reference a good
>chunk of folks in church who have been, or currently are in an adulterous
>situation. Maybe conservative folks need to focus their energy on hunger,
>war, famine, poverty etc than whom one finds to love in this world.
>Especially after 9/11, these conservative folks need to BACK OFF and
>think about more important things, Okay I have ranted enough, hope all is
>well, lets talk later this week so we can catch up, okay, Love, G. Oh, if
>there are any such folks you want to forward this ranting to, don't
>hesitate to do so. Another book that addresses this and other issues and
>is a really good read is THE GOOD BOOK by Peter Gomes.
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