Good points Pyrete. But remember that both Both Jesus and Paul pretty plainly said that only the immature still nitpick over dietary law, rather, one should focus on the content of one's heart rather than the contents of one's belly.
That's one thing we have to keep in mind when discussing "Well if shellfish is okay, so's homosexuality".
The Bible has said more than once while the food on your plate is only as important as the nutritional value it provides, the people in your bed are vastly
more important. Sexual immorality was always
a big deal, in both testaments. Sex was never meant just for procreation, as the fundies say. Sex was meant to be this orgasmic pleasure that literally lit up all the neurons in your nerves. But.......that thrill was supposed to go part-and-parcel with joining
another's flesh. Sex is ultimate expression of companionship, so that's why it would never be just another thing like wearing cotton or eating pork.
(Sigh) Sadly, that means that...if you agree....homosexual expression is wrong, then so to is pre-marital sex. Hence, me and the gay guy are both "burning in hell" as the fundies would say.
And while we're at it, I actually know a few people who live with their brothers in family housing, it's not unheard of and happens more in poor economy — should widows from those houses be forced to marry the other brothers?
I get your point. Ah, but, this isn't Isreal, America is not run by prophets and judges, and it's quite clear the same rules don't apply. Remember, even if it wasn't specified as being specific to the old Hebrews, the writings in Timothy overturn such...draconian...measures.
Edit: Pyrete I dig your views. Debating Biblical passages with you and Shima is educational.
edited 22nd Oct '12 3:13:03 PM by TheStarshipMaxima