Est. May 2008

23 April, 2014

'Jesus Never Said Anything About …'

‘Jesus never said anything about homosexuality’.  You hear that trotted out more and more often these days by folks who are trying desperately hard to use the Bible to justify the act of homosexuality and homosexual marriage.  The argument is, since Jesus didn’t denounce it (at least, not directly), then He didn’t have a problem with it.

The counterarguments usually deal with Jesus’ teachings on divorce and remarriage, and His quotation from Genesis that ‘ Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female…’.  But there may very well be another reason why Jesus didn’t speak directly against homosexual acts and same-sex marriage: because He didn’t have to.

Who made up Jesus’ main audience?  Jews.

Jews had Mosaic Law.

Mosaic Law stipulated that homosexual acts were an abomination before God, worthy of death.

Since the Jews knew this, it’s unlikely they were engaging in homosexual activity; if they were, it was few and far between, and Jesus may have dealt with it on a case-by-case basis and none of the gospel writers recorded it (even John admits he hadn’t recorded all of Jesus’ sayings and doings).

A modern example: it would be silly to remind your friends and neighbors (here in America) not to drive on the left side of the road; after all, it’s common knowledge you stay to the right.  Same principle applies here: it was common knowledge that homosexual behavior was verboten by Mosaic Law; it would have been a waste of time to speak of it.
Had it been a problem, I think you can bet Jesus would have dealt with it; in the same way, you’d likely be warning your friends to stay to the right if they and others were frequently driving on the wrong side of the road.

So why did Jesus not speak out directly against homosexual behaviors and homosexual marriage?  He didn’t need to; it wasn’t a problem.

Paul, on the other hand, wrote about it quite often in his epistles.  The ‘why’ of that hinges on his audience as well.

But more of that in a later post.

Trying To Ram The Genie Back Into The Bottle

So, back in January, Colorado’s new legalized pot hit the streets.

Two people have died so far, and there’s every indication that marijuana was the driving factor.

So what are Colorado legislators planning?

They’re planning on more legislation, this time to ‘tighten laws governing the sale of marijuana-infused edibles’.

If you read the article, though, you’ll note that it wasn’t lack of legislation, or labeling, or warnings, or anything else that’s the problem; the problem is the availability of pot-laced ‘edibles’, like cookies, brownies, and suckers.

‘Course, none of this legislation is going to help out the two dead people, will it?  Nor will it help their families.

And you can bank on it that, no matter how ‘tight’ those new laws are, it’s not going to stop the deaths.

Colorado legislators, you’ve released the genie; now you want to ram him back into the bottle.

Good luck with that.

21 April, 2014

Reading Out Loud

Have you seen this one yet?
MAURICE RIVER TWP. — A Cumberland County woman argues that the state Motor Vehicle Commission’s alleged denial of issuing an “8THEIST” license plate violated her First Amendment rights, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday.

Shannon Morgan, of the Leesburg section in Maurice River Township, identifies herself as an atheist, according to the lawsuit, and attempted to personalize her license plate to read "8THEIST."

“There is nothing offensive about being atheist,” Morgan said. “I should be able to express my sincerely held beliefs with a license plate just like everyone else.”
And I agree with her; there’s no reason that I can think of to deny her her choice to put her ‘sincerely-held beliefs’ on her license plate.

But here’s the problem: if you read her license-plate choice out loud, what do you get?

That’s right: ‘Ate theist’.

I can totally get behind denying a license plate which advocates and/or promotes cannibalism targeting religious people.

20 April, 2014

Not In Vain

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:12-14, ESV)

16 April, 2014

Powder-puff Christianity

This picture happened to pop up on my Facebook feed today, and I immediately flinched: