Sunday, November 1, 2015
But Jesus didn't say it was wrong
At the time, I mentally shrugged and didn't think much of the point being made. But lately, I have been reconsidering that point and am wondering if that person may be right.
Recently, I had a comment made on a blog post I did several months back. The gentleman that commented said this: "The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John show us that neither Jesus nor anyone who walked with him during his life, spoke against homosexuality." This has become a common argument by those trying to say the Bible doesn't really condemn homosexuality. The argument has probably been used for other sins and issues, but it is most commonly used in reference to homosexuality.
The arguments for a pro-gay God theology are weak and the people who use them are grasping at straws, but this has to be the weakest pro-gay argument of them all: That because Jesus didn't specifically mention it in the Gospels, then it must be OK with God and not a sin after all.
A few problems with this thinking:
1) Not everything Jesus said is recorded. John closed his Gospel by saying "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written." Jesus very well may have mentioned it and other things that didn't get written down.
2) The whole Bible is God's Word. 11 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God. The Gospels may not have Jesus specifically condemning it, but it is condemned several other places in the Bible..... and it is all God's Word.
3) Jesus also didn't mention incest, bestiality, beating your wife, cruelty to animals, or a host of other issues and sins we believe to be wrong because they are mentioned elsewhere in the Bible or because we know because of principles in the Bible that they are wrong.
4) Jesus didn't mention homosexuality or gay marriage, but He did say this in Matthew 19:4-6
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
The only marriage He refers to is between a man and a woman. Period, end of discussion.
5) I have read this by more than one person: In Jesus time on earth, He ministered mostly to the Jews, other than a side trip to Samaria. Homosexuality was most likely not much of an issue in Israel, but it was in Rome and other areas outside of Israel; which is why it was addressed in other books of the Bible.
6) Jesus said in John 10:30 "I and the Father are one." And in John 14:9: "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father."
Jesus and the Father are one. The Bible is God's Holy Word spoken to men to write down, so if you want to get technical about it, then yes..... Jesus DID condemn homosexuality since God did and God the Father and Jesus are one.
The Gospels contain most of the words spoken by Jesus that are recorded in Scripture. That is four books out of the sixty-six that comprise our Bible, God's Holy Word. To say that only what Jesus spoke that is recorded is all we have to do, is a weak and pathetic argument. Our Bible is so much more than just the Gospels. One cannot ignore the rest of the Bible and declare what they want to do is OK with God since it isn't mentioned in the first four books of the New Testament.
And really, if you are going to use that argument, then you may as well toss out the rest of the Bible and just live by the Gospels. But while you are living by the Gospels. don't forget the same Jesus who you claim is OK with living a sinful lifestyle said to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him..... and you cannot do that and put your desires and wants above what He wants.
And if you are going to use that argument, remember it can be used to excuse a lot of things you do believe are wrong.
The words in red are not the only parts of the Bible we must follow, and aren't any more important than the rest of the Bible.