Sunday, December 25, 2005

Why Can't I Own a Canadian?

Not so much about Canadians per se, but about the usefulness of the Bible (in particular, the Old Testament) in buttressing one's moral arguments... Thanks to The Levee Breaks for this amusing and empowering link. :)

5 comments:

levee said...

Thanks for the linkback, LP. I think as many people as possible should be allowed to read this piece of writing. They'll be teaching it in schools, mark my words!

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A thinker said...

Sorry for all the "comments deleted".

This is a very interesting and thought-provoking link. It also makes a very valid point.

As a Christian, I would agree that you cannot use the Old Testament law this way, and that Christians who do so are misguided. In all fairness, most Christians would agree. Apart from certain extremists, for whom I don't presume to speak.

However Christians' belief that homosexuality is wrong, is not based solely on this passage in the Old Testament. The New Testament clearly repeats it. And ultimately it has its basis in creation, when God made mankind male and female and commanded them to multiply. The relationship between a man and a woman in marriage is said to be a picture of the relationship between Christ and his church.

It's not intended as a hateful statement. Just that God did have a design in mind when he created us, and it was intended for our good.

My model, and that of the majority of Christians I know (very underrepresented) is that of Jesus: who loved and accepted people his society rejected, while affirming that their actions were harmful. Sadly, some of those who speak in his name do not do the same. Neither do I, perfectly.

But I plan to write something about this on my blog soon. If you're interested, check there. If not, don't! You're also welcome to email me at any time, particularly if you think what I've said is unfair (I don't want to clutter up your blog comments section).

Thanks.