We’ve all seen them standing on street corners, screaming at the top of their lungs while tiny bits of drool run out of the corners of their mouths, giving a general appearance of functional insanity. They hold signs reading “God hates fags” and make arguments contending that horrific natural disasters are the result of the “homosexual corruption” in American society.
The vast majority of rational people have grown to hate them (and thus their religion) in one way or another. The truth is that if one were to sit down with one of these “holy-warriors” and quiz them on scripture, the average atheist would, in fact, know significantly more about the true h and mythological construction of both the Old and New Testaments.
The ways in which Evangelicals obtain information from scripture require the grammar of sentences to be absolutely perfect (It is the literal word of God, you see). Therefore it follows from this that, just as the legal code is concerned, every word and phrase counts (in the most microscopic sense). In an analysis of scripture and varying English translations it’s obvious that there really is no clear stance against homosexuality.
When there are references (those most commonly used by Evangelicals: Genesis 19:1-11, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Jude 1:7, Judges 19, Romans 1:18-32, Corinthians 6:9-11, Timothy 1:8-10) which evangelicals use liberally and interchangeably (inconsistent with it being the divine word of God) they are either cherry-picked and out of context (Genesis, Leviticus 20:13, Judges), or else refer to maintaining temperance in the face of worldly desire (Leviticus 18:22, Romans, Corinthians, Timothy). The latter are focused on the control of sexual behavior.
Technically-speaking, being a homosexual does not constitute a sin. Sexual immorality (becoming consumed with lustful desire), or similarly “idolatry” is what is to be avoided by Christians, not that which is inherent in them. It is also extremely important to note that there is a lack of scripture relating to female homosexuality, indicating that the homosexual “sin” perceived by evangelicals is, in fact, completely unrelated to the doctrinal Christian notion of unquenchable desire (sex, money, power, etc.) which leads to suffering in the physical world.
(Original article): http://quietmike.org/2014/06/25/homosexuality-technically-even-sin/
Hi guys, this is a good article re bible etc. The time period of a million years or more of religious nonsense has been used as a weapon of power abuse on the humans. This is ongoing abuse of the human population, used for power& fame by so called wise men etc. They cannot get any contact or interaction from outer space or the void etc. The hatred of the gays by these wise men etc is mainly caused by the failure to change their brain to so called normal action inline with the standard religious belief systems. The actions of torture of various forms have been used & have failed. Well until these religions can give us proof of daily contact with the void , the whole thing is a waste of time.
I agree, Gallup; sorting through all that hateful, superstitious xian crap is exhausting.
But, sorting through all that hateful, superstitious xian crap that year after year makes it into GOP platforms entertains me . . . until I realize there's no longer a rational and competitive GOP that keeps the Dems about equally rational and competitive.
I've never heard a Christian of any flavour claim that the bible had to spell things out in grammatical perfection. Most state that it comes from the infallible word of their god but make endless excuses regarding poor translations and evolving languages when they need to cover their tracks. In the end, even when you pin them down on the ancient Hebrew words used and cite their definitions in scholarly works, they just say that no one actually knows what it originally said so one must simply follow the`teachings' of their god - meaning the cult leaders.