Marriage, the Bible, and the Law

Adam — I am not sure if he is theAdam, but it is fun to think maybe he is (and would be

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, a paint...

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah.  Is marriage really as bad as all of that?

my first celebrity commentator!) — commented on my post opposing the proposed anti-gay marriage amendment in Minnesota and elsewhere.

Adam the Commentator tells me “God created marriage to be enjoyed by one man and one woman” and cites Genesis 19:1-26 to prove it, arguing that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because the people there disobeyed that commandment.

Apparently, the interpretation is, the men of Sodom wanted to “know” two men — I think they are said to be angels, actually — who visited Lot, and the angels blind a group of men gathered outside Lot’s house as they try to get in or something and there is your proof that God wants marriage to be between only a man and a woman.  Yeah, ok, whatever…I know there is no logic there, but who needs logic.  We know what we know, right?  (It is in Genesis 18 where God tells Abraham he is going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.)

You really have to come to this story with a lot of presumptions to draw the conclusion that men knowing men means something homosexual in the first place.  And if God was angry about men knowing men and for that reason destroyed the Sodom and Gomorrah, well, what about the women??  And how about Lot’s poor wife?  Seems kind of reckless to me.  You have to wonder about Lot’s daughters, too.  Were they married before they got to “know” their first men?  I missed the ceremony.

For my part, it is a prejudiced stretch to conclude that God is out to destroy homosexuality in Genesis.  In Genesis 13 Abraham is prospecting for land and the original inhabitants are said to be “exceedingly wicked” and something will have to be done about that!  (Sound familiar?)  And in Genesis 18:18-22, we find out exactly what will be done.  The inconvenient locals well be dealt with.  In short, it appears to me that God simply is choosing favorites.  God likes Abraham because God thinks Abraham will be righteous and obedient.  To hell — literally — with the rest.  This freaking out about homosexuality is a side show built upon modern male insecurities.  (Tell me it isn’t.)

But If you want to believe that god destroyed the Sodom and Gomorrah because he doesn’t like homosexual men, go ahead and believe that — interpret ancient scripture as you wish and lead your life your way — but why should today’s laws governing us all be ruled by the beliefs of some?

Isn’t that the basic question here?

My advice to Adam and the rest supporting these anti-marriage amendments is simple:  Relax.  It seems obvious to me that God will take care of any wicked digressions without help or counsel.  It isn’t in the realm of mortal men to settle the issue.  After all, God didn’t send Abraham to pass judgement and destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, right?  In fact, didn’t the Lord command the righteous to leave the city?

Likewise, Adam, your complaints about same-sex marriage really isn’t something you need to resolve on behalf of your God.   It is an issue between Tom and Dick and God, is it not?  And we certainly don’t need to waste time and money promoting division among people, right?

If faith and belief is so power, what are you afraid of?  Read Psalm 23.  “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”  God has your back and the evil gays won’t get you if you believe.

Religion, regardless of your faith, is about peace, is it not?  It is transcendent and escapes the grasp of mere mortals such as us, correct?  In fact…Google your Christianity and you might find:  “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

In other words…chill.

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