I have heard some religious folks say that they cannot condone or agree with same-sex marriage. It usually comes in the form of not “agreeing with the lifestyle” or not “condoning the continuance of sin.” Today, I will address the absurdity of this argument.
First, we should address the lack of a legitimate argument when these statements are made. No one is asking you to agree with it. No one is asking you to condone it. However, you will accept equal rights for all people because it is going to happen whether you like it or not. No one cares if it is against your religion or not. No one is forcing you to get a same-sex marriage so stop trying to force your religious rules and guidelines onto other people.
Second, you might try to get the plank out of your own eye before removing what you believe to be a speck in someone else’s (Matthew 7:5). I can already anticipate the outcry from the religious that I am quoting their book. You claim that it has all the answers and that you live by it, not to mention attempting to force others to live by it. It makes perfect sense, then, to use your own book to demonstrate the ignorance of your argument.
To continue, people that are “born again” are not supposed to habitually sin or continue on in sin (1 John 3:6,9) and this is the main problem they have with homosexuality, which is considered an offense punishable by death (Leviticus 20:13). The problem is that this is an extremely hypocritical position to adopt, unless you are not habitually sinning or continuing on in sin.
Religious folks always play the New Covenant card when it is convenient for them, but use the Old Testament to support their bigotry when needed. This is extremely disingenuous considering that the person who they believe is God—Jesus—says that the Law will be binding until the end of time (Matthew 5:17-19). It also turns out that if you turn a blind eye to the Law, everything, even your prayer, becomes an abomination (Proverbs 28:9). The Bible also says that if you continue to sin willfully after being born again, then you’re basically SOL (Hebrews 10:26).
There are many habitual things that Christians do that are sins. Let’s look at just a few of them.
Getting tattoos (Leviticus 19:28). Tattoos are in style and have been an accessory for much of recorded history, but that means nothing because they are prohibited.
Not standing in the presence of the elderly (Leviticus 19:32). Do you stand in the presence of every elderly person you know? Tsk tsk.
Working on the Sabbath (Leviticus 23:3). The Sabbath begins on sundown on Friday and lasts until sundown on Saturday. The rabbis who wrote the Talmud established 39 categories of work that cannot be performed on the Sabbath. These include cooking, washing clothes, constructing, repairing, writing, making a fire, cutting, fishing, and so on. Over the last century, rabbis have had to figure out how to apply the ancient laws to modern inventions. They have decided that, for instance, one cannot drive on the Sabbath because it involves both moving an object and igniting the fuel, both of which are prohibited.
Trimming your beard (Leviticus 19:27). That’s right, fellas. God likes beards and you better not trim them… or else.
Talebearing (Leviticus 19:16). You know all that juicy gossip that you want to spread to all your friends? Yep. It’s a sin and some of you do it every day.
Eating lobster and shellfish (Leviticus 11:10). Leviticus 11 is the basis of the Kosher law and outlines many of the things that you are not supposed to eat. Sorry, but shrimp and lobster are abominations.
Braided hair, costly garments and jewelry (1 Timothy 2:9). Ladies, God likes modesty and does not approve of your braided hair, expensive clothes and accessories, or your jewelry collection.
Divorce (Mark 10:8-12). The Bible is very clear on this one: No divorcing. You can’t do it. In fact, you are committing adultery every time you have sex with someone when you are divorced.
Additionally, there are six things that God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19). My personal favorite is haughty eyes, which basically describes someone who is arrogant and self-righteous while looking down on others.
Children that are born out of wedlock are frowned upon (Deuteronomy 23:2), as well as the premarital sex (sexual immorality) that created them (1 Corinthians 6:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5). In the biblical view, adultery includes any sexual activity carried on outside the bonds of committed marriage.
Also, I would like to list the a few of the verses that say that the old covenant, including the Sabbath, is everlasting and perpetual—and that God would never forget its importance (Genesis 9:11-16, Exodus 31:16, Exodus 12:14, Exodus 12:17, Exodus 12:24, Leviticus 16:29, Leviticus 16:31, Leviticus 23:21, Deuteronomy 5:29, Deuteronomy 11:1, Deuteronomy 4:30-31, Matthew 5:17-19).
Finally, you must perform works because faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26) and the branch that does not bear fruit is not really a believer, therefore, it will be cast into the fire (John 15:6).
Not agreeing with a lifestyle or condoning the continuance of sin (in the example of homosexuality) is complete bullshit. Well, unless you are living and owning up to the Bible in its entirety. If you aren’t, don’t you dare think that you can force this nonsense onto me or anyone else. Practice what you preach… Until then, I don’t agree with your hypocritical lifestyle.
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