Next week, Newsweek Magazine will feature this brilliant piece by renowned theologian Lisa Miller. Let the below excerpt from this precious gem of truth be a blessing in your life:
Let’s try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife Sarah was infertile? Or to Jacob, who fathered children with four different women (two sisters and their servants)? Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon and the kings of Judah and Israel—all these fathers and heroes were polygamists. The New Testament model of marriage is hardly better. Jesus himself was single and preached an indifference to earthly attachments—especially family. The apostle Paul (also single) regarded marriage as an act of last resort for those unable to contain their animal lust. “It is better to marry than to burn with passion,” says the apostle, in one of the most lukewarm endorsements of a treasured institution ever uttered. Would any contemporary heterosexual married couple—who likely woke up on their wedding day harboring some optimistic and newfangled ideas about gender equality and romantic love—turn to the Bible as a how-to script?
Sorry Ms. Miller, you are really going to have to do better than that. No one who reads Scripture at face value (you know, how you’re supposed to read it) is going to be taken in by cherry picked, out-of-context Bible verses and fuzzy feelings.
Despite three pages of faulty arguments, the author ultimately fails to address one critical point: the Bible very clearly and plainly condemns homosexuality in numerous places. There is no way to negate this straightforward fact. Even if one disregards the Old Testament, which many theological liberals like to do, the New Testament warns its readers that those who practice the sin of homosexuality will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
The truths contained in Scripture can’t be sugarcoated to make them go down easier. God tells us that a person who practices sin of any kind is worthy of death in eternal Hell. This includes not only homosexuality, but also lust, hatred, adultery, fornication, murder, thievery, lying, cheating, blasphemy, idolatry, and many others. These are God’s laws given from Him to us, and the person who breaks even one of them will have to stand before Him in righteous and holy judgement. The only hope that person will have lies in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Repentance and faith in Jesus Christ will allow one be considered righteous in the sight of the God, worthy of His Kingdom. Only with Jesus Christ as an advocate before the Father can a condemned criminal go free.