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Homosexuality and the Bible

No article I’ve read has been able to articulate my views as effectively as Walter Wink’s recent(?) essay on how we should interpret references to homosexuality in the Bible:

The crux of the matter, it seems to me, is simply that the Bible has no sexual ethic. There is no Biblical sex ethic. Instead, it exhibits a variety of sexual mores, some of which changed over the thousand year span of biblical history. Mores are unreflective customs accepted by a given community. Many of the practices that the Bible prohibits, we allow, and many that it allows, we prohibit. The Bible knows only a love ethic, which is constantly being brought to bear on whatever sexual mores are dominant in any given country, or culture, or period.

  • I think it's a wonderful argument-but an unnecessary one, if I do say so. Religion allows for any person the right to accept or reject another's own personal experience of living-another person's truth. It gives the practicer an elevated place where they can judge nonbelievers. These judgements may be very small for eg. Non-believer is sick and therefore needs prayer, to more significant ideas such as Non-believer is gay, therefore is damned to go to hell, and needs to be saved/loved/killed?-that is the danger.
    In short, all the answers you have needed in regards to how to treat another human being,you do not need to find in a book. You, already have discovered,through living as an intelligent human being, the beauty and/or ugly nature of others. It is from this continued interaction that you learn who to love, trust, or avoid.
    If you have not figured out the mystery and nature of life, then KNOW, no one before you or after you- will either! So I ask, why give them power? Life on earth is in some ways insignificant, many ways painful, and always temporary. It is also beautiful in so many ways! Be present, and enjoy it.