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Alcorn: Jesus wasn’t indifferent about gays

Published 6:31am Monday, June 25, 2012

Jesus never said a word about homosexuality, and of all the hypocrites he called such as “white-washed sepultures,” he never named any GLBTQs. He drove money-changers and merchants out of the Temple, but he expressed no concern about any gays.

Reaching moral conclusions on the four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and quotations from both his private conversations and public discourses, some take it that Jesus would be indifferent to homosexuality today and has left the questions about this and such related matters as same-sex marriage entirely to our wishes.

Yet, Jesus did teach moral principles directly relevant to the question of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. There is biblical guidance useable in today’s considerations by anyone regardless of religious preferences. Moreover, for those who believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and without error in its teaching, this rises above guidance offered to mandate imposed.

Just what, then, is this teaching? Starting where Jesus started in the Book of Genesis (remember, it too was in the Bible he used and is in that which has passed on to us), God created human beings “male and female.” He directly addressed the first man and the first woman: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and take charge of it.”

As the story is retold from a different perspective in Chapter Two, the Creator is reported as saying to himself, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help suitable for him.” So, God put the man in “a deep sleep” and took from his side and from this God “made into a woman and brought her to the man.”

At this primal wedding, the man looked at the woman brought to him by God and said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (there being a play on the Hebrew words “from Man, Woman”).

As the narrative was transmitted from generation to generation by oral tradition until it was put into written form by Moses, the conclusion is: “Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Things are now what God intended them to be: “And the man and his wife were both nude and were [nonetheless] not ashamed.” Their anatomical difference was natural and honest; it made sense, because they are now compliments to each other and biologically capable of reproducing themselves with progeny.

With this Jesus did agree and said so. He quoted the Genesis texts as authoritative for his disciples as he taught them the nature of life. Both Matthew and Mark recorded Jesus’ words. So, also, did the Apostle Paul in the Epistle to the Ephesians. So, the Hebrew Old Testament account and exhortation is quoted three times in the New Testament: a man shall leave his mother and father and be married to the woman God gives to him.

Jesus did not speak differently from the rest of the Bible, and everything in the rest of scripture is consonant with what Jesus taught. God’s Word is a good deal more than what he said through Jesus during the few years of his ministry.

The Bible is not a book written to oppose homosexuality, and it certainly is not hostile to homosexuals. It is, however, for the marriage of one man to one woman, as that which the Creator established for human relationships, for family.

Nothing in the Bible teaches to hate gays, but to love all persons as “God so loved the world.”

The Bible teaches, then, that when God gives that ultimate degree of human love to two persons that will mate them as one flesh, it is to one man and to one woman. No matter how one might torture Jesus’ words or the words of the rest of the Bible, it simply cannot come out any other way.

The crucial issue is not whether Jesus or the Bible forbids homosexuality or homosexuals or same-sex marriage, but whether a person is willing to believe and obey God’s Word.


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  • leftthehatebehind

    Man wrote the bible, and if you are going to interpret everything so literally, you better interpret it ALL that way. 

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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KM22PAESWOBJHWXYF263FIMAAQ Camillon

      another stupid  the holly spirt will lead you in all truth you can procrastanate all you want it is not for me to lead you or translate the gospel

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  • sblanken

    “It is, however, for the marriage of one man to one woman, as that which the Creator established for human relationships, for family.”  I give you points for creativity, Wallace, but what Bible are you reading? One man and one woman?   Tell that to Abraham, Ahab, David, Esau, Gideon, Jacob, Solomon, et al.   Even religious marriage has evolved throughout history and if you do some research you will find many instances of same-sex marriage in the Church in Europe during the Middle Ages.  But more importantly, the upcoming vote on the same-sex marriage amendment is not about your religious beliefs.  It is about CIVIC law and whether or not to specifically deny gays and lesbians the same rights and privileges granted to heterosexuals.  Back to religion, as happens so often when you write on this subject, your logic is stretched to the limits in trying to justify your position.  Jesus does indeed contradict/speak differently about the Old Testament writings.  Refer to  the comment by “leftthehatebehind.”

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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KM22PAESWOBJHWXYF263FIMAAQ Camillon

      oh well you are stupid no matter if it 1 man and 40 women it is still a man paired wth a woman

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      • leftthehatebehind

        Would your god like you calling people stupid? Some Christian you are… 

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  • Feiheit

    1/2 right again LeftHate like all elca’rs! 
    2 Peter 1;20-21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but Holy men of God spoke as they were moved the Holy Spirit”
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    2 Timothy 3;16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”
     

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    • leftthehatebehind

      You like to follow me around don’t you? First off, I am a former ELCA’er, and now I am not affiliated with ANY religion. Your little crush on me is getting sort of old… you need to try and convert someone else.

      Well said sblanken!

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      • Feiheit

        1/2 right again LeftHate, all elca’rs are now longer affliliated with any religion as they have turn their back on God and His Word.

        As far as a crush….no not at all but i would like to meet you over coffee someday.
        I really only rebuke those who attack my God and His Word and most important the unborn who the left has killed 54,559,615 since 1973.

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      • leftthehatebehind

        I have lost all faith I have because of the hypocrisy in organized religion. The ELCA actually had nothing to do with it, and I was only a member there for a short time. 

        Give them, Lord- what will you give them?
Give them wombs that miscarry and breasts that are dry.“Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there.
Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my house.
I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious. Ephraim is blighted,
their root is withered, they yield no fruit. Even if they bear children, I will slay their cherished offspring.” (Hosea 9:14-16)That is love for ya…

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      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KM22PAESWOBJHWXYF263FIMAAQ Camillon

        these are the reasons america is going sour

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      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KM22PAESWOBJHWXYF263FIMAAQ Camillon

        the gospel converts not a person jesus is the good shepard all of those that the father gave the son will not be lost

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      • leftthehatebehind

        How can anyone reply to you if what you type is incoherent? Please use punctuation and proper grammar. 

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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KM22PAESWOBJHWXYF263FIMAAQ Camillon

      yes thank you very much

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  • john cruzvolta

    Stop writing about homosexuals Mr. Alcorn.  Yes, I get it, you take the Bible very literally and blah blah blah.  Guess what?  We have learned a great deal in 2,000 years.  We no longer think the world is flat.  We no longer believe homosexuality is a mental illness.  You can pick and choose what to believe and what rules to follow in the Bible, but stop trying to impose YOUR interpretation onto the world.  You are not God.  No one is God.  We are still learning and growing.  Stop demonizing adult consensual loving relationships.  You are harming many—-  That is not the Christian way.  

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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KM22PAESWOBJHWXYF263FIMAAQ Camillon

      thank you very much

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  • http://twitter.com/KevinParnella Kevin Parnella

    Good word Mr Alcorn. Let me correct one misconception. God is the author of the Bible not man. Certainly a man’s hand put the words to paper but no man outside of Jesus Christ has the ability to write the history in advance. For those of us that have done our homework, he see the authenticity of the Bible for no other reason that because prophecy. While I certainly have a problem with certain religions causing others to lose faith, I do understand the dilemma. However what’s important is that we should never lose sight that we are all sinners and selfish and many in church history have caused others to fail because of their quest for power and riches. My suggestion is not to let a sinful society ruin a perfect redemption. I know I’m going to heaven not because of the church but because Jesus died on the cross for all of us. I know this because it was in black and white in both Hebrew and Greek three hundred years before Jesus was born.

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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KM22PAESWOBJHWXYF263FIMAAQ Camillon

      live long and prosper

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