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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Bible Does Not Condemn Marriage Equality for ALL People

By Samuel Marcus Brown

The Holy Bible (King James Version) says in Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in ALL, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. It didn’t say homosexuals will be judged. Sin takes place when a heterosexual or a homosexual takes part in adultery, whoremongering, killing, stealing, lying, anger, idol worship, etc.

I know that the title and the quoting of this scripture will infuriate many in and outside of the traditional religious church world; please open your heart and your mind& continue to read. I quoted that scripture from the King James Version Bible aka KJV because it is historically the most accurate of all other English version bibles.

The demonization of homosexual & lesbian people has now become the bedrock of today’s Christian Fundamentalist organizations. Unfortunately the traditional African American church & the African American community that I love so very much has become the most common predator to those who have been marginalized and maligned in our society; all in the name of the God that I serve through Jesus Christ. That nagging pattern seems to always repeat itself; the victim becomes the predator in the worse way. Colonial Slavery & The Civil Rights Era was justified by “christians” who misused and abused scripture to uphold their passionate ideology (African slaves & African Americans were the victims then…)

Christian Fundamentalist and their passionate ideology that denounces innate same gender love & attraction has been abusing & misusing the bible outside of it’s scriptural context for many years to uphold their TRADITION: Leviticus 20:13 If a man ALSO lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
& 18:22 KJV seems to address bisexuality of sorts because the definition of ALSO means in addition to.
That was one of the Mosaic/Levitcal Laws given to the Israelites although as Christians who are to believe and accept the New Covenant of Jesus Christ; they seem to cherry pick those 2 verses from among some of the what would be considered barbaric laws for today to demonize a misunderstood population of people in the name of Jesus Christ who has never spoken a mumbling word against homosexual people or same gender love as he proclaimed in Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt LOVE thy neighbour as thyself.The story of Sodom & Gomorrah in the 19th chapter of Genesis KJV. The evil sin was attempted gang-rape on strangers; the deed was carried out in a similar story in the 19th Chapter of Judges yet Christian Fundamentalist refer to this story completely out of scriptural context to again condemn a misunderstood population of God’s children.
The ultimate demonization of homosexuality are picked from the verses of Romans 1st Chapter; which was an incident about a group of heterosexual people who turned their backs on God and abandoned their sexuality to worship idols gods of sex; so therefore God turned them over to their own lustful ways.
1st Corinthian 6:9 KJV has been defrauded by many other versions of the bible that has changed and added words to identify the "homosexual" who will not enter the kingdom of heaven when the word "effeminate" in Greek actually refers to male prostitutes.
The evil of those scriptural examples does not equal Christ likeness or same gender love. Comparing sexuality to alcoholism and other addictions is sheer ignorance. One chooses to sin not their sexuality.
The word homosexuality was first inserted in a version of a bible in the 1930s or 40s which is fairly recent history in order to uphold anti-homosexuality ideology.

I cannot and will not dispute that the examples of marriage in the bible are between men and women however it is a fact that God and his word does not speak against, condemn or prohibit same gender marriage, monogamy or covenants. USA marriage is a state certificate or a license for governmental spousal legal benefits. There is a very clear example of 2 men in the bible that shared a covenant of love.

Religious traditionalist feels justified in their judgment of condemning homosexuality by quoting from false modern versions of the bible that has changed (inserted & removed) certain words in and from the King James Version of the bible to fit their prejudiced ideology of homosexual & lesbian condemnation.

Keep in mind that the opponents of anything pro-homosexual are very passionate about their ideology; they sincerely feel that it is God who has given them their right to oppose marriage equality and to define same gender love as sin. Within scriptural context, does God really give them that right to assign their personal prejudice and their anti-homosexual theology & ideology to him? Absolutely not.
 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Psalm 139:14

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