Skip to comments.What Jesus said about homosexuality -- Part 2
Posted on 12/01/2011 12:14:40 PM PST by ReformationFan
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You asked, I said. If, to you the Bible is not infallible, true and life-changing, then why have it? Of what use is it to you? Sure, it has nice morals, but with what authority? Why is it any better than Marx?
IF you wish to discount the Bible and its truths, feel free to do so. It’s your peril, not mine.
Biblical Morals, which you said you believed in will not grant you Salvation. That is The Law, which is not able to be kept.
‘What about the passages and gospels that were not selected? Are they not the word of God because the men that were ordained by God to chooses the passages at the Council of Nicea to be included in the New Testament did not choose those?’
What? Not sure I can follow that thought process.
Simply read history from Alexander the Great to Louis XVI. There is more than enough writing that homosexual acts were normal throughout ancient Greece and Rome in the Classical period. There is less evidence betwwen Rome and the Renaissance as far as popular culture is concerned, but there were many of European monarchs that swung both ways in that period.
Choirboy crap? Not. These are the FACTS
(As I linked in post #10 above)
The Canon of the NT was “chosen” by the Holy Spirit nor any man or men. Men only acknowledged what the Holy Spirit had already wrought. The Word created the Church not the other way around.
Not to be disrespectful, but isn’t Christianity (as we know it) a state sponsored and state created religion? Created by a pagan emperor at that?
Isn’t it ironic that Jesus wasn’t a Christian?
Because it is based on striving to be more like Christ... or the story of Christ. Everyone teaches their kids morals one way or another and I believe Christian morals, and I do believe in the divinity of Christ, makes for the best possible human. That doesn’t mean Christ himself penned the bible and thus every word from it needs a literal translation. As far as authority, do I beleive that God is going to cast all homos, Jews, etc. to hell? No I don’t. If all biblical sins resulted in hell, Christ himself would be the only one in heaven.
You have to give Constantine credit though. Rome was falling to the barbarians from the North and East and by relocating Rome to Constantinople, he saved Europe for 1,000 years. Without the Eastern Empire, Charles Martel would have been surrounded and we’d all be shooting for the 87 virgins today.
You are not being disrespectful, in fact, you are underlying my point: from Christ’s death to today, the shaping of Christianity had been created by man, who is inherently imperfect. And yes, Constantine’s Christianity was a power grab and a method of control on the populous that had become distrustful of Roman paganism and, with the decline of their society, no longer believed it... and I say this as a practicing Catholic. I would say the original Christians and even the gnostics might have been more right. The reason I stay with Catholocism is their 1700 years of knowledge, writing and translations (after all almost everyone was illiterate though 1,000 years of that period aside from church hierarchy). I trust that they have a better grasp on the foundations of Christianity since they created it. That said, I recognize that the Catholic church, as well as all other churches, are subject to the imperfections of man.
Is a man poking another man fornication? What do you think, hell with trying to figure out the Greek.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ... Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Leviticus 18:1,22)
Jesus hates sodomy.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law before, till all be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17,18)Jesus still hates sodomy.
He said he came to fulfill the law, not to alter it. He was born a Jew, of a Jewish mother, and was observant. being more like the Pharisees whom he condemned, than we realize. Evidentally he came often to Jerusalem to observe the Great feasts. Now on thing that distinguished such Jews from the pagans was a rejection of their lifestyle, including their sexuality. Ritual prostitution was part of the worship of the pagans, as was infant sacrifice. That was not always bloody. An unwanted child would simply be taken to an altar and there left to die, as an offering to that god. Pederasty was an integral part of Greek life, and the gymnasium was not unlike some place sin San Francisco, a place where men hooked up. The Jews rejected all that. Such sex would be ritually unclean. Where Paul speaks in Romans of such practices, where he speaks of such things to the church in Corinth, he is speaking as a Jew but also as the apostle of Jesus.
“As far as authority, do I beleive that God is going to cast all homos, Jews, etc. to hell? No I dont. If all biblical sins resulted in hell, Christ himself would be the only one in heaven.”
But, all sins DO result in going to Hell. Any sin will do. All it takes is one. So, for all, this is the destination. It is Only through the saving Grace of Jesus that we are acceptable to Heaven. Without Him we would be judged under the Law, which all have broken.
So under that logic, everyone before Christ went to hell? Sorry, but I am not buying it.
Hello ReformationFan. Good article and the links you sent me on the Robert Gagnon are great. I was listening and viewing some of his stuff and he has an amazing depth and breath — more than I need for the essay that I have to write for this course. I’ll have to par it down (especially without going into the Greek meanings and derivation of words which probably can fill volumes of text books). Still it is very helpful and the Ruth Institute (on his site) is wonderful too — I especially liked the introductory speaker video and her remarks on the family. It coincides with my ideas about the future and the need to conserve Christianity and traditional values in the face of a new hedonism and paganism. I have to run to class... so thanks again!
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You really, really need to read more of that book.
Since the Messiah, the Savior, Jesus has come, and said in His own words, that the ONLY way to the Father is through Him, I would heed that. You may ‘buy’ it or not, your perogative. Christ is the ‘new deal’. Since He came, without Him, a person has chosen Hell. Easy concept, and cheap to ‘buy’.
I used to have a ‘problem’ with that concept (pre-Jesus people being in Hell even though they had no opportunity to know Him). But:
During the three days before He rose from the grave, Jesus redeemed those who had died before His time here, if they accepted Him. He is, after all, God the Son and could do that you know.
We will just have to chalk this up as an honest disagreement. Your beliefs, which I respect, are based on a literal traslation of the Bible that you believe is the literal word of God. I disagree, but we aren’t going to convince each other.
Peace FRiend, work out that salvation with fear and trembling. The only chance we have is here, the book tells us how. I do shudder at the thought of that very divine and Godly Jesus saying “Depart from me” rather than “Well done”. It is eternity afterall.
“So under that logic, everyone before Christ went to hell?”
These passages provide a good response to that.
Romans 4:1-3 ‘1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’
So per Paul the apostle, Abraham was saved by faith in Christ prior to His coming.
Hebrews 11 discusses the faith of the Old Testament saints:
‘1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him;[a] for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child[b] when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitudeinnumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[c] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, In Isaac your seed shall be called,[d] 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the kings command.
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaohs daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in[e] Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted,[f] were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.’
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