Hey everyone. Sorry about the delay, but a lot has been going on and I have been busy playing catch-up. I want to touch on the topic of homosexuality and what the Bible says about it and the theology behind it, again, because there are quite a few people, even Christians, that don’t understand it at all.
Not too long ago, I found this post on my Facebook news feed:
The quality on the photo isn’t very good, so I’m going to type out what the person said and then, over a few posts, I’m going to unpack this and make sense of what this person says and try to help them, and us, better understand this hot-button issue.
“This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:
The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.
According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.
When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.
So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.”
“This is a theological point that doesn’t come up often enough.”
I hope you are able to see the Colbert Report quote, which states: “I would like to read to you what the Jesus said about homosexuality…I’d like to, but he never said anything about it.”
I’m going to work on that one point there (sorry, I know I wrote out all that just to talk about the caption, but bear with me for a few posts).
One thing we need to remember, especially as Christians, is that God and Jesus are the same person. Yes, there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, but they are God nonetheless. What God said in the Old Testament was also the words of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, as well as the words of the Father. God is God, no matter what portion of Him we experience.
So, since God, in His laws, condemns homosexuality, it stands to reason that Jesus does as well. Just because it’s not among His earthly teachings doesn’t mean it isn’t a part of His divinity.
Over the next few posts, we are going to unpack the rest of this passage and explore the Scriptures to find a suitable response to #nextyearsgirl and #mediapathic.
Stick around. The best is yet to come