RE: Gay Marriage/Homosexuality

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Wed Jun 09 2004 - 10:53:30 EDT

Christ indicated what love is when He said; “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34. Christ’s love was essentially sacrificial and humans can emulate that to a certain extent. Some have taken such verses to indicate that Christ had a homosexual relationship with the one or more of the apostles. Such people are trying to justify their following their natural tendencies so that others will find their behavior acceptable. However, the criminal can do the same. The criminal can say that he was born that way and so he is justified in following his natural tendencies. Note that both the homosexual and the criminal are breaking God’s law. God is offended by their actions. We also ought to be offended since we were created in His image. Moorad



The following letter was published in The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

February 24, 2003


Unnatural acts


In defense of "tolerance," a Feb. 14 letter-writer disparagingly referred to our society as "homophobic" and wrongly affirmed the "naturalness" of a homosexual orientation. Our nation was founded on the Christian faith and many of our policies, e.g., Abstinence Until Marriage, are based on Christian teachings and morality.


We are forewarned in Scripture, according to the New American Standard Bible translation, that "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." Must we, therefore, consider all such acts as natural and give hearty approval to those who practice them?


Diversity is really based on knowing that each one of us is created in the image of God, the Creator referred to in our Declaration of Independence. Tolerance and knowledge of who we are is best practiced when we "love the sinner and hate the sin."


Moorad Alexanian




        -----Original Message-----
        From: on behalf of Cameron, Leslie
        Sent: Wed 6/9/2004 9:36 AM
        Subject: RE: Gay Marriage/Homosexuality

        I feel we (humans, I mean) need to be very careful when "enforcing" for others what we perceive as the law of God. We tend to default to legalism, and Jesus warned us about that.
        When asked, Jesus summarized the entire law by saying (1) love God and (2) love your neighbor. It was love He wanted from us, first for God and then for each other. From this I take it that if it is not about love, it is likely not about God.
        I also remember Peter's vision (Acts 10 and 11) -- the sheet which contained all kinds of animals defined as unclean by the law. In that vision, a voice told Peter to kill and eat. Peter objects, saying he has never violated the law in that way -- as a God-fearing Jew, he seems truly appalled by this idea. The voice (in the vision) says "What God has made clean, you must not call profane."
        People have a wide variety of views on being gay or lesbian and what God thinks about that. I have heard many say they "hate the sin but love the sinner." I don't think anything resembling love comes across in that message.
        The evidence tells us that gay and lesbian people are as "born homosexual" as straight people are "born heterosexual." As in the past, when the church has needed to wrestle with Bible verses that seemed to support the slavery of human beings, and verses that have placed little value on women, I think the wrestling we must do today is about this issue.
        It is very distressing that God-fearing gay and lesbian people so often have no place to go, because they are not welcome in our churches. Or maybe they can come, as long as they pretend, or lie about who they know themselves to be. Based on what Jesus has told us about the Father, this does not seem as though it would be ok with Him.
        Leslie Cameron
        -----Original Message-----
        From: []On
        Behalf Of Robert Schneider
        Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 4:52 AM
        To: Mike Tharp; 'John W Burgeson'
        Subject: Re: Gay Marriage/Homosexuality
        This is a subject that you will learn, Mike, I have done some thinking and
        writing about. One of my pieces is posted on Burgy's web pages on the
        subject of homosexuality: "Sodom and Gomorrah: What is this Story Really
        About." One of the best pieces I have read recently deals with the
        interpretation of biblical passages dealing with same-sex relations in the
        light of the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson in the Episcopal Church,
        and all of the turmoil that the approval of this act has created in the my
        Church over the past several months.
        The title of this address is "The Biblical Case in Favor of Gene Robinson's
        Election, Confirmation and Consecration," by the Rev. Gray Temple at Holy
        Innocents Church, Atlanta, GA, 3/11/03. The URL for this address is, and requires Acrobat
        Reader. It's a long piece but well worth the reading. Fr. Temple's
        dissection of biblical passages used by opponents against recognizing
        faithful same-sex relations in their historical contexts, and his larger
        reflections on biblical interpretation and the invocation of Tradition are
        well worth the reflection.
        Bob Schneider
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Mike Tharp" <>
        To: "'John W Burgeson'" <>
        Cc: <>
        Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 3:00 PM
        Subject: Gay Marriage/Homosexuality
> Hello Burgy,
> Thank you for the reply. I will peruse the information available on your
> website (probably during the weekend) before I reply in any detail. I
> suspect, however, that my conclusions will differ from yours and that we
> will disagree on this issue. I do very much enjoy your "Today's quips",
> though. :-)
> In Christ,
> Mike
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John W Burgeson []
> Sent: Monday, June 07, 2004 4:43 PM
> To:
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: Shapes of a Wedge
> >>How can any Christian advocate gay marriage when the Bible (both old
> and new testament) so clearly speaks out against it? I understand that
> you are not personally advocating that position, but you don't seem to
> see such a position as contradictory to the Word of God. Please explain.
> >>
> Lots of material on my website, page 2, section 10, on all sides of the
> issue. Some people here get bent out of shape when I mention this stuff,
> so I will not go over already plowed ground.
> The issue (#1) of whether ALL same-gender intimacy is sin is one issue.
> The issue (#2) of Gay marriage is another issue. I have a position
> statement on the first issue on my website, written after a several years
> study in 2001; it is still my position.
> I have not (yet) taken a position on #2, Gay Marriage, although I think
> the arguments for permitting it are strong ones -- yes, "conservative"
> strong ones. There is at least one argument against it which still gives
> me pause; it is a variation of the so-called "slippery slope" logic.
> Briefly stated, if I can approve Gay Marriage, on what grounds can I
> still oppose polygamy? I have not (yet) worked through this.
> In any event, the Bible does not speak at all to either issue, except by
> strained interpretations. The material on my site will explain why I do
> not see scripture as speaking "clearly" on either issue. There are quite
> a number of Christian scholars, clerics and lay people who argue this
> point quite better than I can. Is Paul, in Romans 1, speaking of ALL
> same-gender intimacy, or only of the kind he clearly knew about, acts
> which took place in a pagan temple between men and children?
> One of the neatest example of this is a debate between Tony Compolo and
> his wife, who hold differing views on issue #1. A link to this debate is
> on my website.
> Scholars Wink and Mauser have written position papers on issue #1, each
> on a different side. Worth reading them both; links on my site.
> The issues are not easy. The temptation to just "believe what one has
> always believed" is great. I started there; I know.
> Best
> Burgy
> Today's quip: They told me I was gullible -- and I believed them.
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