Gay Marriage: Do We Follow The Bible Or Follow Our Hearts?

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Gay Marriage: Do We Follow The Bible Or Follow Our Hearts?
Are anti-gay marriage Christians defending the Bible or using it to defend their own values?

And back to the sin is sin comment—sins are equal, which makes murdering a child equally as horrible in God's eyes as wearing polyester or planting two crops side by side or touching the skin of a dead pig. We can't choose which sins we want to see as sins and which ones we want to ignore, the Bible doesn't work that way. For most religions, sins of omission carry the same weight as sins of commission.

In the end, it's all up to God. Unless of course God doesn't exist, in which case it won't matter anyway. But gays, like ALL people, should have the right to be recognized as people, as couples, and as Americans. They should have the same rights as any couple—the right to hold their dying partners hand in a hospital, the right to file joint tax returns, the right to raise children in a household full of love! Even our Judeo-Christian government has passed laws to this effect. Why Gay Rights Make Me Proud (Even Though I'm Straight)

Denying homosexuals rights is less about protecting the rights of others and more about supporting discrimination of God's children. I believe we should love each other regardless, if for no other reason than because we're all human, because we're all "God's Children." If God has a problem with homosexuals, then one should assume God will sort it out.

I urge you to read My Take: Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality?, an article by Yale Divinity School graduate, Jonathan Dudley (author of Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics) who concludes that "opponents of gay marriage aren't defending the Bible's values. They're using the Bible to defend their own."

In less than a month I'll be 70 years old. I hope to see another 30 or 40 years, but I know that my day will come sooner than later. And when I get to wherever I'm going, if any such place exists, I'd like to hear God say, "Welcome, my child," instead of, "THAT'S NOT WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT!"
 

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