|Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 14):|
I wonder how many of the people who voted yes 'because the old testament says that sort of thing is wrong ' have ever eaten pork , or shellfish ( both banned in Leviticus) or consumed a cheeseburger ( breaking the old testament prohibition on mixing dairy and meat ) or worn a polycotton shirt ( wrong in so many ways aside from just the OT prohibition on mixing different types of fabric )
This is a fundamental misunderstanding of the Bible. It is true the Old Testament says this, however the new covenant that Jesus established before he left earth does not contain many of the Old Testament rules. It does however contain many passages that still assert homosexuality is a sin. So saying that it is only in the Old Testament and comparable to other Old Testament rules is just wrong.
|Quoting Slider (Reply 27):|
Actually, the reason I put quotes around it is because I happen to believe, as the majority of Americans, that marriage is a sacred bond between one man and one woman, and is a gift from our God. Anything else is a civil union and a secular legal contract. But just as the liberals like to do in this country, changing the nomenclature is a way to start winning the battle. I have no problem fundamentally with homosexuality as far as people’s free choice and what they choose to do (I’m a Libertarian after all) even if my own personal faith, as a Christian, may not agree with it. But I too do not believe ‘marriage’ in the correct term nor construct for what could be legitimate civil rights accommodation for homosexuals. Again, I’ll repeat: this isn’t about hate or homophobia or anything like that.
Well said Slider. I feel the same way and I'm not a homophobe and I certainly do not hate homosexuals. That in and of itself would be against Jesus' teachings. I think that homosexuals should be allowed the same rights as unmarried heterosexual couples.