Everyone has a right to an opinion and everyone else should respect that right. Sadly that is not always the case and is particularly evident in the question of the church and gays. Not all churches shun people because of their sexual orientation. Equally, not all churches judge or condemn people based on their sexual orientation. However, the sad fact is many denominations do judge and do regard gays as sinners. These people are not welcome in their midst, but of course they can be cured and would then be welcome???? To defend this attitude they refer to the Bible and quote their interpretation from some obscure verses in the Old Testament. Its my opinion the Bible can be interpreted in many ways, and is usually done to fit and suit a particular belief. Those who defend this attitude have difficulty when confronted with other interpretations. For example in Leviticus there are an amazing number of verses that begin “They shalt not, — do no unrighteousness in judgement, — Shalt not hate thy brother, — Thou shalt not avenge nor bear grudge, But my favourite and one that makes no sense in today’s World is from Chapter 20 verse 20 –And whosoever lieth carnally with a women, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband and not at all redeemed , nor freedom given her, she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free. How do we interpret that today??? should not get caught sleeping with another mans wife.???? Surely it can’t mean that?? no good Christian would do such a thing, right????
My conclusion is this, the Bible (particularly the Old Testament) is fraught with many vastly outdated versions of right and wrong. Perhaps if we follow the more simple lessons such as, Love thy neighbour, Judge not, Do unto others etc etc.
How about this for my punch line???
God Bless and keep reading.
With you all the way, and Ha Ha to your punchline. Cheers, Tony.