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Another Misleading Meme

 

When Jesus preached “love your neighbour“, he didnt continue the sentence to say, “and have sex with them.” Neither did he continue the sentence to say “and kiss them passionately” or even “and marry them.” The statement was simply about loving others, platonically.

Later in the New Testament, ‘love’ is  even defined for us; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (NIV)

 

For some, not indulging in homosexual sin, may mean they live the life of a eunuch (Matthew 19), much like a Catholic priest. It may mean a life without erotic love, and a life without a spouse. But it does not mean a life without love.

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6 Comments on “Another Misleading Meme”

  1. jakekc says:

    “For some, not indulging in homosexual sin, may mean they live the life of a eunuch (Matthew 19), much like a Catholic priest. It may mean a life without erotic love, and a life without a spouse. But it does not mean a life without love.”

    In other words, an unrealistic life. Unless you’re asexual, you’ll always have erotic feelings, whether you act on them with someone else, or with yourself.

    • stasisonline says:

      Jakekc, youre right that it’s unrealistic for most people. But please note the context of the meme and of my post; ie being a Christian. Jesus said that following him was a path of sacrifice (Luke 9:23-25) and that only a few could handle it (Matthew 7:13-14). Yes most people will have erotic feelings. Likewise most people will also have feelings of jealousy, selfishness, laziness, resentment, ie many feelings which Christians are supposed to resist indulging. And yes, most people cant handle being that well disciplined. That being the case, they just have to accept the fact that they are deciding not to fully follow Jesus. And they need to own up to not wanting to be a true Christian.

      • jakekc says:

        That sounds Calvinistic if you think about it: only a select group of people would be able to be “true Christians” if most people have the predisposition of doing things God doesn’t like.

      • stasisonline says:

        Perhaps it’s Calvinistic. I tend not to study the debate on predestination etc. But Im not saying that some people have a predisposition to sinning and some dont. All people have a predisposition to sinning, but each of us vary in the types of sins with which we have higher predispositions. Every human being has sinned (Romans 3:23) apart from Jesus (Hebrews 4:15), and for [Christian hero] St Paul, his effort not to sin was clearly a struggle (Romans 7) as it is with everyone. The most pious Christians are not necessarily those who find it naturally easy to not sin, but it’s probably those who are the most committed.

  2. Mike Pemberton says:

    Why is THIS particular sin more upsetting to you than others? According to Leviticus which is the only place that seems to really say that gay is not something God is for. He also mentions that you shouldn’t eat pork, getting a haircut that is round or to trim your beard that way, seeking advise from a psyhic or fortune teller, getting a tatoo, even gossiping about others, So you don’t seem to have blogs running about any of those things, Why is the homosexual part rule stick over others that seem to not be something you need to set laws to stop.

    Now in Exodus it clearly states that if you work on the sabbath you be put to death, This is really spelled out as a BIG FAT NO NO that I haven’t seen anyone in congress legislate against. I really think you better start getting all the people that have no choice in this day an age to take a day off because the economy sucks especially for people that have multiple minimum wage jobs to help feed their families. Why is gay worse than that when the death is not as clear as the sabbath?

    I’ve seen the posts that state that Jesus was against gay marriage as well, It’s really reaching, but even if that were the case, the sabbath thing was still a bigger sin that no one seems to be screaming about outlawing.

    • stasisonline says:

      Why is particular sin? I suppose for the wider church, it’s just the sin of the moment. Nobody that Im aware of, is arguing for example that lieing is not a sin. There is no massive denominational schisms over whether divorce is a sin, for example. But lots of people are talking about homosexuality. There are church schisms about it, and there are people claiming that it’s not a sin.

      But I havent focused on homosexuality because I think it’s the biggest sin. It’s just the sin that Ive read the most about, and it seems that many Christians are not very knowledgable about it, so here I am sharing my knowledge about the debate.

      Leviticus is not the only place that states that God does not support gay sex. The same is stated in Romans chapter one, 1 Corinthians chapter 6 and 1 Timothy chapter 1. There are also implicit hints about it in other spots such as Luke 14:26 and Ephesians chapter 5.

      Yes Leviticus taught the Jews to not eat pork. But Jesus overruled this for Christians in Matthew 15:11. And yes, Leviticus is tough about the Sabbath, and is big on the death penalty. But again, Jesus didnt seem keen on the death penalty (John 8) and he taught that Christians do not need to serve the Sabbath as a burden (Mark 2:27). However Jesus didnt overrule what Leviticus states about gay sex. Instead, in Matthew 19 he seems to affirm it. But lets keep this in balance; remembering that Jesus’ highest priority is still love (Matthew 22).


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