I’ve been questioning a lot of my beliefs lately. When you’re a kid and your parents take you to church, you don’t really have a chance to question what you’re being told, you just accept it. It’s all in what you believe, really. This made me think.
In light of what today is – Purple Day, in my mind just to keep it simple – as well as some thoughts that I’ve been pondering for a while, this was awesome.
Person 1: Homosexuality is a sin, and it is in black and white in the Bible.
Person 2: So is not treating your body like a temple. And ladies should have their head covered. And in Deuteronomy, a marriage is only valid if the woman is a virgin, and she should be executed if she is not… and anyone who commits adultery should be stoned to death. In Mark, divorce is prohibited. I assume for homosexuality you’re referring to Leviticus 18:6: “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female. It is an abomination.” A similar verse occurs two chapters later, in Leviticus 20:13: “A man who sleeps with another man is an abomination and should be executed.” Leviticus is a holiness code written 3,000 years ago. It also includes prohibitions against round haircuts, tattoos, working on the Sabbath, wearing garments of mixed fabrics, eating pork or shellfish, getting your fortune told, and even playing with the skin of a pig. (There goes football!) I believe in morality, which is doing right regardless of what I am told… not in religion, which is doing what I am told regardless of what is right. You are welcome to your own interpretation of the Bible and of politics, of course, but for me, I need more than “the Bible says so” to justify certain things in this world and certainly to judge them.
I posted this as a note on Facebook as well, so hopefully people will give feedback.