From a Judeo-Christian perspective, I believe there to be a difference in scriptural reference and biblical law. For instance, the bible says in Leviticus 18:22 says, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” What does that mean really? If we take it literally, it is not physically possible to lie (have sex) with a man as you can with a woman as they are sexually not the same. You can pretend a penis is a vagina, but anatomically speaking, they are different. Even still, is this a sin for which God will punish by death?
Bacon Loving, Jesus Freaks!
“And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcasse.” –Deuteronomy 14:8
Leviticus says both pork and homosexuality are abominations, yet I’ve witnessed many a Christian chompin’ back on bacon. Leviticus 11:12 says. “Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales; that shall be an abomination to you.” There is scriptural reference to this as well, but somehow in the hierarchy of what God says for us not to do, Christian fundamentalists universally let this one go. Why will a woman go to hell for sleeping with another woman, but you can eat all the McRibs you want and still make it into The Pearly Gates?
Like I said, I think there is a big difference between a scriptural reference and a biblical law. In both passages in Levitcus it says lying with another man and eating shellfish are an abomination. Who is the arbiter of which abomination is more sinful than the other? If all homosexuals are to die because God said it was an abomination, then all people who eat crabcakes are going to hell, too!
There is a big difference between scriptural reference and biblical law. Context is everything. Just because the bible says we are or are not to do something does not mean it’s forever in perpetuity. For instance, Leviticus 19:19 says, “Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.” Do Christians still live by this? If this is the case, then it is a sin for a farmer to plant more that one thing in a field and for us to wear t-shirts!
Live At The Bottom Line
The 10 Commandments don’t say anything about homosexuality and it certainly doesn’t fall under The Golden Rule. Christians don’t get to decide which abomination is permissible and which is not. So either quit eating pork or leave the gays alone!
God is love.
– Nicholas Payton aka The Creator of #BAM aka The Savior of Archaic Pop