Does the bible really prohibit gay marriage?

May 5, 2012 | By | 4 Replies More

Does the bible prohibit gay marriage, or are conservative Christians again up to their favorite trick, cherry-picking? The following excerpt from The Miami Herald suggests that cherries are being picked in earnest.

[Matthew] Vines is a Christian, a 22-year-old Harvard undergrad raised in a conservative evangelical church in Kansas. He is also gay and says he grew up being taught that the Bible condemns his sexual orientation. He took two years off from school to research and study whether or not that assertion is true. The result is The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality. It’s a video. . . Vines’ speech is a masterwork of scriptural exegesis and a marvel of patient logic, slicing and dicing with surgical precision the claim that homophobia is God ordained. So effective is the video that after viewing it, Sandra Delemares a Christian blogger from the United Kingdom who had, for years, spoken in staunch opposition to same sex marriage, wrote that it “revolutionised” her thinking.

Vines points out, for instance, that the frequently quoted condemnation (homosexuality is an “abomination”) from the Old Testament lawbook of Leviticus has no application to Christians, who are bound by the teachings of the New Testament. He explains that St. Paul’s admonitions about the “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” stem from modern mis-translations of ancient Greek terminology.

With that as an introduction, here is the video featuring Matthew Vines:

This is an impressive presentation. At the 16 minute mark, Matthew begins to examine the six bible passages that supposedly condemn homosexuality. None of them survive his scrutiny.


Category: Bigotry, Religion, Sex

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  1. He’s wrong. Let’s start with the New Testament, which he can’t say doesn’t apply to Christians … Paul talks about “even their women giving themselves over to unnatural inclinations.”

    I’ve seen plenty a person try to dismiss this and fail.

    That said, on the OT, Christians in general have cherry-picked what to follow and what not to, here. Didn’t Jesus talk about observing all the law?

    • Tom says:

      I dont recall Jesus emphasising observing all the law. Actually, he rejected some, but not all, of the Old Testament law. EG the Old Testament law called for capital punishment for adulterers (Leviticus 20:10), but Jesus seemed to oppose that, while still declaring adultery to be sinful (John 8).

  2. Adam Herman says:

    I think it’s a plausible argument that gays who are married are not sinning. However, the prohibition on fornication couldn’t be clearer. As for Christians being bound by the Old Testament, that’s another discussion, but it sure seems pretty clear to me that they are bound by it. Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. Why Christians would then interpret “fulfill” to effectively mean the same as “abolish”, I’m not sure.

  3. Tom says:

    Leviticus does not state “gay sex is sinful, unless you are married.” It just states that gay sex is sinful. Same for some New Testament passages such as 1 Corinthians 6:9. And Jesus described Christian marriage as inherently heterosexual (Matthew 19). Im not saying that non-Christians should be forced to follow Christian teachings, but I do think Christians should follow Christian teachings! Details of the flaws of Matthew Vines’ arguments are widely available via a Google search of his name.

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