It will perhaps help to review the main points from comments of our readers re same-sex marriage …
Jim noted that some groups and individuals—even some ideas—need restriction in that they harm one’s culture and community. There’s the rub, of course—who decides what gets restricted? He makes the further point that bad ideas, like bad seed, corrupt a society. He places same-sex marriage in that category.
Marilyn applauds the question to non-Christians as to how they determine the rightness of same-sex marriage. Philip gave his basis for how he makes his decisions but did not show how he applied it to determine his support for same-sex marriage. DJ gave a clear basis which most Christians could accept—that God’s Holy Spirit and His word determine the authority for what he does.
Philip posed the excellent question: Isn’t Christianity “simply creating one’s own truth”? He goes on to equate opinion and religion as one and the same but offers nothing more than his opinion to support that view.
I would interject this response: Christianity is not simply the application of individual opinions to practice our religion. Believers take the Bible as the literal word of God—not subject to the whims of human opinion. Time doesn’t allow exposition of this point now but let the reader know that Scripture states that the gospel is not a matter of human opinion. Thus, believers differ from Philip’s view in that we cannot mold our views to fit our comfort zones; we are beholden to obedience to God to speak our truth based on His word, the Bible.
Others might readily say that scripture is subject to human interpretation, which leads to it devolving to that dreaded status of “opinion.” They may be right in some points but the Bible is very clear in God’s view of same-sex relationships. The issue then becomes that of whether one believes the inerrancy of scripture. We believe solid scholarship, science, archaeology, geology, the testimony of witnesses, etc., all support the inerrancy of the Bible.
Philip gives his view on how he thinks this issue will be resolved—by the courts, in favor of same-sex marriage. The Christian view would be that truth is from God and that neither human courts or private opinion can modify it. However, we should be diligent in expressing that truth, in love, as we seek to honor Christ Jesus in all we do.
Jerry (and Philip) do not see the harm that would come to Christian marriage if same-sex couples were given the right to marry. I referred back to my posting of 06.05, Item 3a, to show specific injury that has already been attempted by perverse groups. Jerry does bring up the important issue of legal rights.
Both sides are missing some of the basic beliefs of the other group. As we continue this discussion tomorrow, let’s be very specific and listen very carefully. As Christians, we should pray.
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