To quote the Bible....
Re: Modest proposal about immodest acts, Oct.9
To the Editor:
There are many things I could say to attack the legitimacy of the article published by Professor Mike Carroll in The Gazette on October 9, regarding the condemnation of heterosexuality. However, I am most abhorred by his out-of-context use of biblical scripture.
I could argue for pages about my conflicting beliefs. The suggestion that Jesus Christ, Saviour of mankind, could have advocated homosexuality and condemned heterosexuality is scandalous and ultimately falsely based. As a sociology professor, Mr. Carroll, I would have assumed that you would be able to distinguish between two types of love: erotic and agape. Erotic love is the kind of love and action you seem to be implying in your passages of Jesus and his disciples, yourself interpreting those acts to be implications of homosexual tendency. The true type of love existing between Jesus and his disciples is agape love, love for Christian brothers and sisters, the kind of love felt among close friends, not sexual love. With regards to the absence of female disciples, this is a true fact, however in Biblical days, men represented religious authority and influence, thus women would not have played a role in the niche exemplified by the chosen 12.
With regard to scripture verses relating to the practice of homosexuality, Mr. Carroll, may I indulge you to turn in your Bible at hand to 1 Corinthians 6:9b-10 which reads, "Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolators, nor male prostitutes, NOR HOMOSEXUAL OFFENDERS...shall inherit the kingdom of God."
There are countless verses which condemn the practice of homosexuality in the bible that I could mention, yet being a professor who may appreciate a straight-forward direct point of knowing once and for all that Jesus was NOT a homosexual, let me break it down very simply. Leviticus 18 contains an entire list of sexual sins. Verse 22 says, "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable." Thus homosexuality is identified as a sin. In 1 Peter 2:22, the apostle Peter confirms the prophesy of Isaiah, stating of Jesus "HE COMMITTED NO SIN and no deceit was found in His mouth." Thus, even by logical means, apart from religious means, we know if homosexuality is a sin (and Christ knew no sin), that Christ neither practiced, advocated, or took lightly the sinful practice of homosexuality.
In conclusion, Mr. Carroll, I would encourage you to look at the subject of homosexuality in Biblical Christianity a far deal more in context before you again attempt to slap down some loosely-pieced scripture verses and make such an outrageous claim. Do your research, before your report, not vice versa.
Social Science I