The same-sex marriage debate has been all the rage in America. You have people who support it, Christians (and other faith groups) who don’t and Christians who do. You’d think with a book to detail exactly how Christians should think and act, there wouldn’t be so much confusion.
However, this isn’t so. Take for example the Massachusetts Catholic Church that put a sign on their front yard that read: “Two men are friends not spouses”.
In this article, I will attempt to show why the Bible is unreliable when it comes to the same-sex marriage debate. It shouldn’t even be a debate, since America is supposed to be a secular country and the laws based on evidence and proof (which is all on the LGBT community’s side) but sadly that isn’t the case.
Below I will use a few Bible verses to illustrate how contradictory the Bible is on this subject. Here are some examples:
-“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22)
-“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)
A bigot may read these passages and realize that the Bible backs his bigotry. He would then clap himself on the back for being squarely in God’s corner on this issue. It’s right there in black and white, baby!
-“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)
-When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)
Someone who is a little more tolerant may see these passages (and passages like them) and decide that forgiveness is more important than condemnation. They also have the added bonus of being said by Jesus Christ himself. They might ask themselves if they should forget the hateful bull they had just read in Leviticus and go with these passages instead. They might even decide that Jesus replaced the Old Testament law, while someone else might say that Jesus was sent to uphold the law.
Looking deeper they might find something like…
-Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)
Hmmm…maybe forgiveness is the way to go. Didn’t Jesus command us to love one another? Is condemning homosexuals and same-sex couples really what a supposedly all-loving God would want me to do and does that really represent a forgiving nature? After all, I’m a sinner. I was born a sinner and Jesus forgave me so who am I to judge?
These may be some of the thoughts going through a believers head. They are struck with contradictory, garbled instructions throughout the Bible. Some may be convinced that God despises homosexuality, while others may ignore those passages in favor of ‘nicer’ ones instead. Some may even take the halfway road and think to themselves that while they won’t agree with homosexuality, they won’t try to condemn it either.
Of course, the decision they make might be heavily based on what church they go to. When they have questions and approach their pastor for advice, they may receive different advice depending on the church or pastor’s stances on homosexuality.
Hey, might as well take an already confusing subject and make it even more so. No wonder there are over 30,000 sects of Christianity, all with varying interpretations of the Bible.
This is why the Bible is completely unreliable when it comes to the same-sex marriage debate or pretty much any other moral question you can think of. It’s written by multiple people at different times and then translated and edited several more times on top of that. It’s a self-contradictory, haphazard, confusing, unreliable, unclear roadmap into the realm of superstition, ancient morality and philosophy.
That is why you can find a directory of over 6000 gay affirming churches in America at the same time as you can find churches that put up anti-homosexual signs on their front lawn, like the story I used at the beginning of this article.
This is why secularism is the way to go. We create laws based on evidence and reason and not a 2000 year old book. What might be considered by one Christian to be an everlasting truth might be viewed by another Christian as a sign of the times or a minor opinion.
When even Christians can’t make up their mind about what God commands, you know you have a problem. That problem is theirs and theirs alone. It shouldn’t have anything to do with the laws of the land or the rights of entire demographics while they squabble amongst themselves over the ‘correct’ interpretation.