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Ah, yes, the “committed same-sex relationships didn’t exist” argument.
What I believe this argument attempts to portray is that when the Bible condemns homosexual behavior (as if the revisionist would ever admit that), that it does so on the grounds that the behavior is lustful and objectifying. Seeing as there were no examples of committed and loving same-sex relationships, the biblical authors could not have imagined that they could exist and so did not think to specify what types of homosexual behavior were being condemned.
It’s a nice thought, isn’t it? That homosexual behavior, when done with commitment and fidelity isn’t actually wrong. The question is irrelevant, however, because it is the act that is condemned, not the intent. It doesn’t matter whether a homosexual act is committed in pure lust or whether there is commitment and monogamy in the act, the act still violates the natural order of the human body. The homosexual act still does not fall into the same category as the heterosexual act which God created when he made them male and female in Genesis and united them together with the command to be fruitful and multiply. And it doesn’t fit into the definition of marriage that Jesus gives. And that’s what really matters. Jesus tells us clearly what marriage is, what God intended marriage to be from the beginning because he is sick of his people destroying what God has created. Yet today, some of his people do the same thing. They don’t care what marriage was in the beginning. In the hardness of their hearts they try to take what belongs to God alone and shape into what they want. They pick the parts of marriage they like: mostly just commitment, discard the rest and then they call it marriage and cleverly say that the Apostle Paul would never have thought that they could do such a thing and thus his prohibition isn’t for them.
Commitment or no, Jesus Christ is emphatic in what marriage is and in defining what is he defines what is not.
Nice try. But no.
So this marks the end of the Bible part of month. There is tons more that could be said, more in depth study that could be presented, but I write a blog, not a book. I suggest that if you want to know more you look at rigorous scholarly material and specifically at Church documents, because only the Church is able to infallibly interpret Scripture. It is a spiritual book and it requires the Holy Spirit to interpret.
Next week will deviate slightly from the religious tone of the topic, and shift into the current secular approach to homosexuality and how it affects other Americans.