Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Take On Gay Marriage, and the Recent Supreme Court Ruling

Disclaimer:  I myself do NOT support gay marriage, but I'm not going to insult, or turn red in the face on the issue.



I felt compelled to write about this topic, but a friend of mine's take on the situation inspired me to post this today.  I might as well just quote his Facebook post word for word:

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Do I support gay marriage? Yes...Do I support religious freedom? Yes...Do I support States rights? Yes...Keeping all of those in mind, this isn't as simple as just making gay marriage legal and that be the end of it. It's a little more complex than that.First, does the federal government have the authority to force states to make gay marriage legal? No... It is up to each state to choose. That choice is protected under the 10th amendment.Second, should the churches be forced to marry gay couples despite their religious beliefs. No... Churches have the right to refuse marrying a gay couple based on their religious beliefs. That is protected under the 1st amendment.Now, how do we solve this?All governments, federal, state, county and local, need to relinquish control of marriage and give it back to the church. Marriage is a religious institution. Before religion, there was no marriage. The states then need to create a process for Civil marriages, aka "Civil Union".If a gay or straight couple want to join legally, they would have two options. First, if you want a "Marriage" you go to the church. Keeping in mind that the church can refuse based on their religious beliefs. I am sure there would be quite a few churches that would marry a gay couple but that decision should be the church's. If you get married through the church, gay or straight, you get two copies of the marriage certificate signed by the priest, pastor, etc, and take one of them to the county clerk so it can be filed.Now if you can't get married through the church or don't want to, gay or straight, you go to the county clerk and get two copies of a civil union certificate filled out, take them to a JP who would then join you in a civil union and sign both certificates. Then take one of the signed certificates back to the county clerk to be filed.Both marriage and civil union would be equal in the eyes of the law.In my opinion this is what would be best and make everyone happy.It's not so much a gay rights thing as much as it is a separation of church and state thing.

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I agree with my friend on this, of course with the exception of the first sentence.  Why is it that the LGBT community want to, "redefine marriage" when it always has been, and still is a religious institution?


Monday, June 15, 2015

Did Jesus Condemn Homosexuality?

*[[Mat 19:4-6/WEB]]* 4 He answered, “Haven’t you read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?’  6 So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, don’t let man tear apart.”

     As some of you may have argued that Jesus never condemned homosexuality, others may have been contemplating whether or not God accepts homosexuality,  and some however may be homosexual and wants to know what God thinks about it.   To let you know,  no Jesus never talks about homosexuality in a direct manner,  but rather describes heterosexuality as the reason God made man ama woman. Ultimately He had no reason to bring it up because He was already a Jew,  and Judaism condemns homosexuality in the Torah (first five books of Moses, aka the "Penteteuch" aka the books of the law of Moses, or Mosaic law) which are Genesis,  Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers,  and Deuteronomy.  The Apostle Paul also condemns it.
     I think it is safe to say that God does not approve of such activity,  and to say that it is okay for clergymen to marry or ordain such is plain scriptural ignorance.   Such people are greatly deceived. 
     Back to the original question: Did Jesus Condemn Homosexuality?   Jesus is God,  and God condemned it in the Old Testament.   He didn't directly speak of it in the New Testament, but it is safe to say that He doesn't approve of it.  
     Another question: Does God love homosexuals?  Yes!  God loves all of His creation.  If you trust His Word (the Holy Bible) the you must know that God doesn't approve of that which is against His original order.
     Please know,  God is forgiving to anyone who chooses to turn from their sins.

 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.  - Romans 10:9-10