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Putting Words in God’s Mouth – talking same-sex marriage

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Many opponents of California’s Proposition 8 (ban on same-sex marriage) try to use the bible to present their case, claiming that God and Jesus actually support same-sex marriage, or at least that they aren’t against it. Note my emphasis of the phrase “use the bible.”

I’m not going to try and convince you that God and Jesus are against same-sex marriage. God did a perfectly good job of that already, as is recorded in His book. If you are a Christian and you also believe same-sex marriage is a good thing; well, your personal beliefs are just that, personal. I’m not going to argue with you.

After all, none of us are “perfect” Christians in that we usually have a hard time accepting everything that God and Jesus tell us in the bible. For example, I have a hard time accepting that people I dearly love, who do not know God and Jesus, will likely not make it to heaven. But I still love God and Jesus with all my heart (my mind just gets in the way sometimes). I believe that someone else can love God and Jesus just as much or more, and yet still believe that same-sex marriage is a good thing.

But if you are such a same-sex believer, and if in your efforts to convince others that you are “right” in your belief, you choose to “use the bible,” my post today is for you.

If you are so sure that same-sex marriage is good and “right,” I wonder why you feel you need to rely on God’s word to make your case. After all, marriage as defined in this context is not a religious union, but a civil union. Everything I read from advocates of same-sex marriage centers on civil rights. So why bring religion into it? Could it be that in your heart you know that God does not approve, and therefore, by your ego you feel it’s necessary to make it look as if God does approve? Does your ego require that God agree with you? (Now there’s an absurd thought: is it more important that God agree with you, than you agreeing with God?)

If God doesn’t agree with you, the solution is not to distort His word. Just accept it as is, and accept the fact that you believe in something that is not accepted by God. This is not a message for advocates of same-sex marriages only; this is a message for all of us who may succumb to the temptation to tweak God’s word a bit.

My request to those who distort the bible in order to make a case for their personal beliefs is this: humbly accept that you are on your own in your beliefs. Accept that God does not agree with you. I’m not asking you to let go of your beliefs (though I suspect God is). But please, do not be so arrogant as to put your own words and beliefs into God’s mouth. Do not misquote God or spin what He has said. And ask for forgiveness for any times where you may have misrepresented His word; He’ll forgive you.

Author: CJ Penn

First, my writing isn't about me. Don’t want the attention, don’t want to feed my ravenous ego (yep, I’m just a typical pride-plagued human). But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some writing before heading off to work. I write because I’m passionate about God, Jesus, His Spirit, and His truth. And, I feel the Holy Spirit gets shortchanged in the world we call Christianity. The truth is sometimes lacking too.

6 thoughts on “Putting Words in God’s Mouth – talking same-sex marriage

  1. I wish all religious people thought more like you do. It’s refreshing to hear someone thinking critically and honestly about his own faith.

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    http://www.atheistscorner.wordpress.com

    It’s an atheist site, so you may or may not appreciate it.

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  2. Exactly, so let me use your argument to clarify the religious hyprocrisy. Gos have nothing to do with sexual orientation. I repeat. The concept of God or an almightly being have nothing to do with sexual orientation. The entire notion that same-sex relationships and homosexuality is wrong is something imposed on men from the personal ideology of bigots. The bible is literature- men have molded most of their ridiculous prejudices into the bible. The bible tells people not to eat fish, and that they must attend every Sabbath, but people aren’t stones to death for missing church or eating Salmon are they. The ridiculusness of mankind is basing everything that they know and obey in life on one piece of literature that have been misinterpreted and translated for years and years and years. It boogles my mind how so many people are completely brainwashed. Sheep, as you refer to in another post, and weak dumb atomaton creatures, and that’s what many Christians act like because they refuse to think for themselves, and that include thinking outside of their religion. The fact that people have this artifical intangible force binding them and keeping them from thinking on any grounds of rationality or logic is sad. People use God to defend their weaknesses and to strengthen their arguments to justify their hatred and their bigotry (just as slave-masters used God to defend their bigotry), and they think that because “God” says to do it, it must be true. “God” didn’t tell them to do anything. Some bigot that’s been pounding his idiotic prejudices into the skulls of centeries of societies told you that. Why can’t you people evolve?

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  3. Griff,
    You have some interesting comments, though I do not agree with most of what you say. I’m not sure where you get your information on what the Bible says, but I don’t think it comes from the Bible I read. But I do appreciate your thoughts.

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  4. Some say Jesus did not say anything against gays, this ignores the fact that he came not to condemn anyone. Jesus states that in heaven there will be no marriages or divorces. This means a gay person who creates an unnatural union would have to bring their sin into a perfect heaven. It is beyond sad to think of gays parading around heaven. If you are gay or know a gay person, it is imperative that you tell them not to get married. If both gay people died then they would bring their sin into a perfect sinless heaven, that’s not going to happen. Some say Jesus did not speak against homosexuals but the truth is he has done far more. Put two and two together, there is no sin in heaven and no one is getting divorced. There are not many reasons for divorce, because there are not many reasons for one human to reject another.

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  5. N. Smith,
    It appears that you believe people who marry on earth will continue their marriage in heaven. At least that’s what I think you said.
    I believe you are incorrect. Please take another look at Matthew 22:29-30…
    “Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.’”
    Our life in heaven will not include marriage. Therefore, when I die and go to heaven, I will leave my sin and my marriage behind me. I don’t just believe this; I’m certain of it, by the grace of God. All it takes is faith in God and repentance of my sins.
    If I can leave my sin and my marriage behind me, so can anyone. All it takes is faith and repentance. I fully expect to meet people in heaven who were part of a same-sex marriage on earth; all they need do is have faith, acknowledge their sin, and repent.

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  6. No sorry there is no error in my part. “Given in marriage” means divorce. There will be no divorce in heaven. I was correct in saying that if two married people went to heaven they would still be married in heaven.

    Divorce is a sin on earth, if God brought you together. There will be no divorce in heaven. There is no error in my argument.

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