All major religions have defined marriage as taking place between man and woman

March 03, 2004

Dear Editor:

Some of your readers have proclaimed that marriage is not a religious belief, and they would be correct. It is the belief of God. While it might be easy to assess the two as being one, that is clearly not true, as there are many religions but only one God. Marriage comes directly from the Bible - the word of God - not just from some religion, but from Christ's church - the church for which he suffered, bled, and died in 33 A.D. so that members of His church could have eternal life.

If homosexuality were such a "normal" thing, I would like to know why homosexuals did not get married 200 years ago, 100 years ago, 50 years ago? Why not? Because there was shame and a fear of God. Now everything is pleasure, pleasure, pleasure. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah? If homosexuality had been a normal thing then, surely these cities would not have been destroyed by God.


While it would be easy to okay this whole escapade by saying that "morals change as time progresses," that, too, would be a gross overstatement, as God's word does not change. For, if it did, then any attempts to live a Christian life would be outdated, but clearly, that is not the case.

Furthermore, marriage defined as a man and a woman is not just a Christian belief - all major religions recognize marriage between men and women, as do many atheists and agnostics, due to the fact that this is the only way natural procreation can occur.

In Romans 1:26-27, the Bible says that women and men changed the natural use of their bodies to that which is against nature and that they "burned in their lusts," men with men, and women with women. The writer also goes on to note that these actions were "unseemly," and that these people would receive the recompense of their error. If that isn't a clear language describing the ungodliness of these actions, then I do not know what is.

Some may even go as far to say that Jesus did not have anything to say about homosexuality; however, this is untrue. Homosexuality fits under the category of fornication which is shown in the Old Testament to include homosexuality (Lev. 18:22). One need only look at Matt. 5, 15, 19, Mark 7, and John 8 to know that Jesus regarded the various forms of fornication to be sin. Add to that fact that He said He would send the Holy Spirit to reveal His further teaching (John 16:13). The writings of Paul specify sodomy as sin (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9).

Fortunately, from this dialogue, one profound idea has been stated by the opposition, namely that the U.S. is not a theocracy. While our country is not beholden to any single religion, it is, despite what anyone will say, based on the Bible.

The American founders wanted to create an environment in which no single religious sect could dominate the country - not to remove God from society. And so long as the laws of the land do not usurp God's law, we are to obey them; however, Christians are to resist attempts by men who wish to designate temporal laws as superior to God's laws.

When people vote their conscience - whatever it is guided by - this country will be what the citizens want it to be, and that is, amazingly, just as our founders wanted it to be. Homosexuality is a sin, and those who practice it are sinners; however, they are given the freedom - by God and by the Constitution to make their own decisions on how they want to live their lives. Similarly, we are not required to accept their deviancy in any shape, form, or fashion.

While I realize that these words cannot begin to convince those "learned" men whose knowledge supersedes the Bible, I do hope and pray that it will cause others to ponder the true meaning of God's word.

Robert L. Thompson


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