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Hi your website says -
>>To provide support for Mennonite and Church of the Brethren gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people, their friends and families To foster dialogue between gay and non-gay people in churches To provide accurate information about homosexuality from the social sciences, biblical studies, and theology<<
I really fail to see how the Bible supports homosexual activity, or how biblical studies can support someone practicing such. And "foster dialogue? Is that to convince us God wants more homosexuals or it's a natural practice?
Thanks for the reply. I questioned, “how the Bible supports homosexual activity, or how biblical studies can support someone practicing such.”
>>Greetings Mark, Thanks for visiting our website. We do believe that God celebrates the love shared in the context of a faithful same-sex relationship. We do not believe the Bible is clear that sexual acts between same-sex partners are, in and of themselves, sinful.<<
If the Bible is not 'clear' how can you claim ‘God celebrates’ same-sex relationships? What verse verifies that? Since He clearly did say –
“And the Lord said…. You shall not lie with a man as with a woman: it is an abomination…. do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for in all these things the nations are defiled which I am casting out before you” (Lev.18:1,23,24) “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them”. (Lev.20:13)
The New Testament isn’t too complimentary either - Rom.1:24-27 1 Cor.6:9-10 1 Tim.1:9-10. This seems like displeasure not ‘celebration’.
>>Many people associated with BMC believe the Bible informs our lives in today's world differently than it did for those in the culture for which the Bible was originally written.<<
Surely we distinguish between those culture-bound aspects with no direct application today and those truths about the nature of God and humanity which are true and applicable in every age and context.
Because if ‘culture’ determines morality, anything normalized in culture today is acceptable. If it’s the ‘love shared’ surely any faithful ‘sex relationship’ is tolerable if culture accepts it. Ultimately we will place our own subjective opinions and preferences above God's Word. And anything the Bible says can be rejected because of the idea ‘today’s world’ is different.
>>For example, Walter Wink notes in his article "Homosexuality and the Bible" that in addition to the sex between people of the same gender, other behaviors were condemned that we now generally allow such as intercourse during menstruation, celibacy, marriage with non-Jewish people and naming sexual organs. In addition, certain passages in the Bible permit prostitution, polygamy, sex with slaves, concubinage, treatment of women as property, and very early marriage for women (ages 11-13).<<
But W. Wink also writes “The Bible clearly considers homosexuality a sin, and whether it is stated three times or three thousand is beside the point….the whole Bible knows it to be wrong. I freely grant all that”.
Theologians have always insisted there is a difference between the ceremonial Old Testament law (which longer applies) and the essential moral law (which still applies). To say "certain passages in the Bible permit" evil is rather naïve. The Bible's teaching about homosexuality flows out of its foundational teaching on the nature of humanity and the purpose of human sexuality. To be human is either male or female. Neither on its own reflects the full nature and glory of God. Both sexes are made in God’s image. Distinctions between male and female shouldn’t be blurred. Homosexuality blurs the sexes and denies their essentially complementary nature – a distortion of God’s creation.
>>We would be glad to send you Dialogue and some of the back issues if you would like to read more about our understanding of Scripture. In addition, you can find links to other Biblical resources that also look at the Biblical interpretation issues related to the welcome of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the community of faith. Send us your mailing address and we will see that you get back issues. In addition, our back issues are listed on our website if you want to request specific back issues. Peace to you as you strive with us to more perfectly reflect the love of Christ. Amy. BMC seeks to provide programming, support and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families and friends.<<
But isn't the BMC website “to foster dialogue between gay and non-gay”? Just posting 'back issues' without 'dialogue' does seem like 'programming' the public (Often done by those unwilling to dialogue about their ‘understanding of Scripture’).
How can one ‘perfectly reflect the love of Christ’ if one believes the Bible isn't 'clear'? Or if it “informs our lives.... differently than .... those in the culture for which the Bible was originally written”?
BMC has a strong desire to promote homosexual activity. What about those wanting to break free? Those successful, say their emotional attachment to their lovers was not replaced with loneliness, by going straight. So apparently, the 'love of Christ' has more to do the liberating truth of the Bible (1 Cor.6:9-11) which librates from a life of bondage, to reflect Christ-likeness.