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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Abomination

No argument here; Scripture plainly states, 'If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.' ( Leviticus 20:13a ). Right after this politically incorrect state, Scriptures goes further & states that 'They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them'. Some might make the argument, 'Well, that's the OLD Testament' & in a sense, they'd be right! In context, Scripture also says thing like, 'For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him' & 'If a man lies with a woman during her sickness and uncovers her nakedness, he has exposed her flow, and she has uncovered the flow of her blood. Both of them shall be cut off from their people' ( there are many more such, but these will suffice here )!

We as Bible-believing Christians believe that our God, the Living One & Creator of Heaven & Earth is Eternal & Unchanging! Given that He is unchanging, we are faced with two different propositions; either what Scripture says about Him is a lie, or what our English Bibles say about Him is a lie! Now, to clarify, I differentiate between Scripture & the Bible; the Scriptures are those given through inspiration & are written in Hebrew, Aramaic & Greek. Our English Bible is simply other's mail; the laws & letters were written for another people in another land, long ago. The Scriptures are useful to us, yes, because they show us how our Creator dealt with the problem of sin long ago & they also give us certain principles to live by that are universal. To say that the law against homosexuality ( if that was the true intent ) is  still in force is to say that stoning of disobedient children is lawful & that a man who has sexual intercourse with a woman on her period must be removed from his standing in the congregation. I serioiusly doubt if many Christians today would argue thus!

We have discussed previously how it is against the created order, as we read in the Bible anyway, for a man to have sexual intercourse with another man, or a woman with a woman; although it is possible, especially in this modern age of technology, nothing good will ever come of it, it may bring instant relief/gratification, but that's about all it offers. A penis was made for a vagina, not an anus; on the other hand a vagina was not made to interact with another vagina! The Creator God instituted marriage when He brought Eve to Adam; He didn't bring Steve to Adam & so on & so forth!

In this modern day & age, although the homosexual lifestyle ( some call it a 'death-style' ) seems to be gaining ground, even many non-Christians have a natural aversion to that lifestyle! Most Christians have a very strong objection to it for biblical reasons, but even those who do not claim to follow the Bible realize that it is not what Nature intended, so to speak. Scientists may be closing in, but a man cannot become pregnant; he just doesn't have the necessary parts. On the other hand, neither can a woman, through natural means anyway, impregnate another woman, SHE does not have the necessary parts ( even if they attach a penis, she still bears no seed!

The traditional Christian God has been called by many ( even some Christians ) a mean, vindictive & petty God! Because of the way we have been made to understand the Old Testament, many Christians reject this reading of the Hebrew Scriptures because it seems to give a somewhat different picture of our Creator. Although this is not evidence in & of itself, whether because His Son tamed Him or what, the Living God that we see in the Greek Scriptures ( not so different from the Hebrew ), though He exacts judgement & justice, is a Loving God! Jesus did not ( in so many words anyway ) condemn the homosexual lifestyle. There are some ( Christians even ) who loudly & proudly proclaim that Jesus was Himself a homosexual. I am not here to say 'yay or nay'. but simply to say that though Jesus condemned sin, He did not list the 'sin' of homosexuality ( like the 'sin' of have sex with your menstruating wife? ) among them. Again, I am not here to say 'yay or nay' on that either, but if it be a sin for a man to lie with another man ( in a sexual way ), then must we not as well say that it is a 'sin' to have intercourse with ones own wife at certain times of the month?

Much has been said recently, what with the Supreme Court legalizing homosexual marriage LICENSES ( which is only the next logical step ) & the whole Kim Davis debacle, about whether homosexuality ( deemed a 'sin' by most Christians ) should be licensed/permitted by the State or Federal Government. It may be rightly said ( it's only logical, after all ) that if the Government can give license ( a permit for something otherwise illegal ) for heterosexual couples, then why can't it do the same for homosexuals? The real issue at hand is not whether homosexuality is a sin or even whether they can marry; the real issue at hand is whether or not the State or Federal Governments have the right to ( or even need to ) issue licenses for a marriage to take place!

Is homosexuality still to be considered an abomination? If so then we should be stoning those children who become a curse to their parents! We should also abstain from sexual intercourse with our wives until such time as the rag comes clean! Right?! That may be a matter of personal preference & many children who become a curse to their parents do get cut off, in essence becoming dead to them, so again, 'is homosexuality still an abomination in the eyes of the Creator God?' I leave you with that question, but as for me & my house, we will serve the Lord!

Charles Haddon Shank

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