Gay marriage and Christianity: can both coexist?

Under the law, everyone should be equal. In essence, this is what propelled the five American justices to allow the legality of gay marriage. It makes perfect sense: people should be free to love whom they love, whether they are of the same sex or not.

I believe in Christ, however. While that does not make me a Christian, as I am extremely sinful, the foundation of my belief lies in one book known to many as The Holy Bible. God loves us all: he does not choose among us, and loves us all equally, whether one tends toward the same sex or not. It is, however, also clearly stated in the Bible, no matter what translation you look at, that sodomy is an abomination to God.

Leviticus 20:13 (NIV): ‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.’

These terms are in no way unclear: the act of sodomy is detestable to God. Homosexuality is not a sin, but if you are going to get married legally and still be within the tenets of Christianity, then the marriage should be platonic. If you are to remain a believer in Christ, there must be nothing carnal within a homosexual marriage. If one can’t tolerate this, then better change religions – or be an atheist.

The Philippines, with a very strong church, will make the passage of a law such as this nigh-impossible. It is very hard to put the idea of ‘gay marriage’ in consonance with Catholicism.

I made this post in response to the people who speak of homosexuality not being condemned in the Bible. In a way, they’re right. But there has to be little else. The sensual and erotic side of such a marriage must never exist within the bounds of Christianity. There is, after all, a reason why male-to-male intercourse is known as sodomy: God destroyed Sodom.

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3 Responses to “Gay marriage and Christianity: can both coexist?”

  1. Shinji Says:

    It’s so easy to cherry pick verses that agree with what you’re comfortable with. Your holy bible likes to talk about slavery a lot yet we seem to have outgrown that.

  2. miharusshi Says:

    I don’t think it’s much of a debate over religious beliefs anymore. It’s more of a matter of fighting for the same legal rights that only heterosexual married couples are granted with.

    Also, regarding the Bible verse, I read somewhere that the Old Testament, well, is a record of all the old ways. With the first coming of Jesus came the new ways. Isn’t the life of Jesus supposedly God’s way of showing that he wants to make the covenant with his believers anew. New laws. No storms and floods. No fires. Just love, forgiveness, watchful reprimand amidst all the adversities we face in life. While the Old Testament is not worthless as it still contains stories from which we could learn something on morals, some of it is just not applicable in our generation. The world then had a different context to what we have now. Isn’t looking at the context important in studying issues like this?

  3. Michael Says:

    miharusshi:

    I am all for legal equality. The freedom to choose whom one loves should be there. I think the Philippines should follow suit. I guess I’m reacting against those people who say that homosexuality is approved of in the Bible. The New Testament preaches love and forgiveness for all. I’m going against a specific group who speak as if MSM sodomy was acceptable in the Bible. It just isn’t.

    I do believe that I was a bit myopic. I also have to take context into account. Exegetically speaking, however, the text is quite clear.

    Shinji:

    You’re right. I’d been an atheist once because I read that only 144,000 people would be saved.

    I’d surely go to hell. Context is surely important. I’m just decrying those people who say that the Bible says nothing about homosexuality. In one verse, it does so quite clearly, and I pointed that out.

    Thanks for reading, guys!

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