Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
Re divorce and the Bible. People take one or two passages out of the Bible and not the entire cross reference. God "permits" divorce under very strict guidelines. He (as well as most people) do NOT like divorce, but it is allowed.
If you research the entire Bible and cross refer and study the Word, you will find the truth. Not just in one or two lines.
Its the same with homosexality - you have to take the entire Bible and not one or two lines. In the OT, it does state about it being wrong for a man to lay with another man as he would with a woman and vice versa (for a woman). So that covers homosexuality.
So it's all cut and dried, huh? If we led our lives according to Leviticus in this day and age, there would be so many people breaking the laws, we wouldn't have places to put them.....guess they'd all have to be killed....just like the old days.
As has been said before, the Bible is filled with writings that are interpretations
, from old scrolls found centuries ago. The New Testament was written by men
who were inspired by Jesus to write about his life, or, in Paul's case, to write letters to the different communities to follow Christ's teachings. Paul's letters are some of the most beautiful writings I've ever read. They're letters
.....and written as such.
Let me tell you about my friend. He's a Lutheran minister here in NYC. He's in a committed relationship with his partner. They knew each other in high school, and re-connected a couple of years ago, after having lost touch. It turns out they had always loved each other. Now they're together. And now, thanks to the ELCA conference a couple of months ago, they can be open in the church, he can adminster the Sacrament as an openly gay man, and their relationship can be recognized.
He is one of the most spiritual people I know, and I'm proud to know him. He has dedicated his life to service (as Christ teaches us....."the last shall be first") and is a wonderful pastor.
But, according to your interpretation
of the bible, he and his partner should be shunned and turned out of the church.
I just have to shake my head at how some people can quote chapter and verse, but when it comes down to Christ's teaching, they coldly turn their backs.