Slavery and Homosexuality: A Comparison (Part 2)

In my last post, the idea was presented that, as society and culture change, so should the church’s view on certain societal and cultural issues. While this idea is not explicitly stated by the people that believe it, it is the underlying issue between pushing the church to relax it’s view regarding homosexuality.

The current idea is, since Christians used the Bible to first condone and then condemn slavery, then Christians should now look at the Bible and decide to stop condemning homosexuality and start condoning it, especially within the walls of the church.

This is an issue I have touched on before, and I do not want to flesh the entire argument out again, so I am simply going to give you a basic outline regarding the biblical view of homosexuality and why, no matter what, the church should not, under any circumstances, bow to the wishes of society.

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Slavery and Homosexuality: A Comparison (Part 1)

I recently read an article by Adam Hamilton, a delegate to the general conference of the United Methodist Church, in which he compared homosexuality to slavery, in that he said that Christians condoned slavery because the Bible taught it as acceptable, so we had the right to practice slavery. When it was decided that slavery was culturally unacceptable, slavery was condemned by Christians, who also used the Bible to condemn.

(Note: the Bible never actually condoned slavery. Rather, it regulated something that was already going on in the Israelite culture. Just because it was condoned in the Bible [particularly the Old Testament] doesn’t mean God actually supported it. Rather, God saw fit to regulate something the Israelites were already practicing before it became much worse.)

(For a good, yet long, explanation of slavery in the Bible, check out Dr. Peter Williams’ lecture here.)

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Is Homosexuality a Sin?

I want to end our discussion about the post by nextyearsgirl with a look at what the Scriptures say about homosexuality.

Many have pointed to various passages over the years to condemn homosexuality, a lot of them coming from the Old Testament and the laws set forth for the nation of Israel. This can be dangerous, because there are some laws that don’t hold the same weight today as they did back then because of the purpose of the law (more on that later).

However, looking at some of the laws in the Old Testament can point to a clearer understanding of how God views certain acts in our lives, including homosexuality.

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What is Finished?

We all know the famous last words of Jesus on the cross: “It is finished.” (John 19:30) Many believe that these words indicate the end of reign of the law in the lives of Christians, just as our friend, nextyearsgirl, indicates in her post, where she writes:

“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.”

I have to say that this is a grave misunderstanding of Jesus’ death on the cross and the significance of those particular words, “It is finished.”

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Why Did The Son of God become Man?

I really wanted to title this post, “Why Did Jesus Come to the Earth?”, but I felt like that would’ve been too obvious of a question. So, we’re going to stick with the question we have, which is simply, “Why did the Son of God become man?”

Honestly, most people would say that the answer is the same for both questions. I’m sure our poster #nextyearsgirl, the author of post found in the first part of this series, would agree. In her own words:

“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.”

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What is the *REAL* Purpose for Animal Sacrifices

Hey everyone. Today, I want to continue our discussion regarding the post I talked about earlier in regards to homosexuality and the Bible.

Unfortunately, the entire post is such a theological mess, that it needs to be unpacked and reworked entirely in order to get to the meat of the post. So, once again, I ask that you bear with me as we look at the actual reason for God requiring animal sacrifices from the people.

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Did Jesus Condemn Homosexuality?

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.

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