Subject: Gays Shouldn't Marry
I don't think gay people should get married because in the Bible it says that a man should leave his parents and cling to his wife, a woman, not to another man or another woman.
It's true that the Bible says such things, but so what? Why should we care today? More importantly, why should this matter when it comes to civil laws?
The Bible says lots of things which aren't a part of civil law. The Bible authorizes slavery, but that isn't legal. Jesus rejected divorce, but that is legal. The Bible prohibits many things which are legal today; the Bible authorizes many things which are illegal today. Moreover, there is disagreement among Christians and Jews about what the Bible really does authorize and/or ban.
The standards laid out in the Bible for social and personal behavior are not and should not become the standards which everyone follows in modern society. Now, if someone chooses to try to adherent to those standards, that may be OK -- but there is no reason why everyone must be forced by the state to adhere to some people's interpretation of the Bible.
Biblical statements about men and women marrying simply are no more relevant to contemporary marriage laws than are biblical statements about women's social roles to contemporary marriages, or are biblical statements about permissible foods to modern restaurant regulations.
It doesn't bother me that a man or a woman love the same sex, I just don't think that they should marry the same sex. It's not that way in the Bible so, why change it?
Once again: lots of things have been changed about marriage over the past centuries and millennia. Divorce is legal. Women can own property. Polygamy is illegal. Why should those changes have been permitted?
Let's focus on polygamy for a moment: the Bible unambiguously endorses polygamy. It cannot be denied that polygamy is "the way in the Bible" and what "the Bible says." So, should polygamy be legalized today -- and precisely because of the Bible? Of course not. Christians wouldn't support such a change in the laws and they certainly wouldn't agree that it is authorized because it appears in the Bible.
Why not? Because society has moved on. Ideals about marriage and marital relationships have changed. Christians are willing to accept the change from polygamy to monogamy. Christians are willing to accept the change to legal divorce. Why aren't they willing to accept the change to same-sex marriage?
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