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Does Cal enjoy distorting Bible?

Published: Fri, May 25, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Does Cal enjoy distorting Bible?

A Cal Thomas diatribe about President Obama’s position on homosexuality that was published in The Vindicator on May 19 seems to set an all-time record for misreading Holy Scripture for fun and profit.

Rather than accusing the president of “holding a low view of the Bible,” it would have been more honest and fair to say that Obama, like many other people of faith, believes that The Good Book is divinely inspired but not just a cookbook for Christians. It must be understood in terms of the people and times for which it was written. It cries out to be read in context, not just picking out a verse here and another there that seem to support one’s rigidly held beliefs.

Consider, for example, the 18th chapter of the book of Leviticus, which was written at a time when the People of God were living in extended family groups in a great wilderness with little privacy and only crude tents for shelter. It makes sense that they would have firm rules about sexual behavior. In fact, Leviticus 18 forbids coitus with one’s parents, children, grandchildren, aunts, in-laws, and other relatives. Verse 22, which says, “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman,” lies near the end of this material, almost like an afterthought.

These words were written thousands of years ago, long before homosexuality was understood as we perceive it today. It makes no sense to insist that they necessarily, absolutely and eternally forbid gay relationships. It’s also irrational for Mr. Thomas to expect the president of the United States to be the nation’s chief nanny on the full range of intimate conduct.

The Bible says many wise and important things, but grown ups learned a long time ago to be wary of folks like Thomas who use it as a weapon for social warfare.

Robert D. Gillette, Poland


1rickking123(314 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

"Almost like an afterthought?" That's funny. Sounds like someone is distorting the Bible himself in an attempt to prove his point. I didn't think the Word of God changed over time.

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2bumbob(137 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

There is, honestly, nothing in the Bible that declares homosexuality to be immoral [http://bit.ly/LANUCL). The people freaking out about gay marriage are latching onto a very silly fear that they or their pastor have conjured for themselves, and it's unfortunate because of how much of their lives they are wasting on hate.

The Bible is a text that has been translated, re-translated, and edited over and over again to be seen the way it is today. What you call the "Word of God" may very well be quite different to your ears than to someone else's.

Welcome to relativism.

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3Sunny(25 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

There are several scriptures that declares homosexuality as an abomination against God.

Lev 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural,

Rom 1:28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct.

The Apostle Paul, writing by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, declares that homosexuality "shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (I Corinthians 6:9; 10). Now Paul DOES NOT SINGLE OUT THE HOMOSEXUAL as a special offender. He includes fornicators, idolators, adulterers, thieves, covetous persons, drunkards, revilers and extortioners. And then he adds the comment that some of the Christians at Corinth had been delivered from these very practices: "And such were some of you: But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the spirit of our God" (I Corinthians 6:11). All of the sins mentioned in this passage are condemned by God, but just as there was hope in Christ for the Corinthians, so is there hope for all of us.

Homosexuality is an illicit lust forbidden by God. He said to His people Israel, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is 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). In these passages homosexuality is condemned as a prime example of sin, a sexual perversion. The Christian can neither alter God's viewpoint nor depart from it.

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