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What Did Jesus Actually Say…

December 23, 2013 4 comments

A recent post on the Religion page of the Huffington Post states that Jesus did not say anything about homosexuality (See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/22/what-jesus-says-about-homosexuality-_n_4489452.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003).  This can lead to the assertion that because the Gospels do not record Jesus as saying anything about homosexuality, he must not have had an opinion about it.  I suppose one could also make the argument that it was not an issue at the time of Jesus; therefore, nothing needed to be said.  Either way, the post succeeded in being provocative.

Either way you look at it, this is a good example of picking and choosing particular passages in Scripture to support your idea of what is right and wrong.  In this case, the author is only considering part of the Bible while ignoring the rest of Scripture.  It is true that the Gospels do not quote Jesus as saying anything concerning homosexuality, but that does not refute what other books of the Bible say.  Moreover, we do not know for certain that Jesus did not say anything about homosexuality.  As John records, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book.” John 20:30 (English Standard Version).

Just my thoughts.

Categories: Bible, gospels, theology, worldviews

Evolving Theology?

May 26, 2013 1 comment

I have become quite the fan of the Religion page of The Huffington Post. The articles represent such a wide variety of religious views and worldviews.

Take for instance an article I read today, The Theology of Unitarian Universalists. As the article says, we may have a misunderstanding of what the Unitarian Universalists believe. However, after reading the article, it appears that a member of this church can believe whatever they chose to believe. One of their core beliefs is that a person’s theology is always evolving. (For my views on that, read my previous post). That alone rings of postmodernism.

How much confidence can one have in a faith that is always evolving? How much assurance can one have if their theology is based on their own personal view? If the sand is always shifting, can you build on a solid foundation? Just food for thought.

Categories: faith, theology, worldviews

Can We Change Our Theology?

How Religion Is Killing Our Most Vulnerable Youth

I read the article, How Religion is Killing Our Most Vulnerable Youth, on the Huffington Post (click the link above to read it for yourself).  Do you agree with the author of this article that nothing short of changing our theology of human sexuality will save the young lives he refers to in this article?  My understanding of theology is the study of God.  With that understanding, changing our theology would mean changing God.  We cannot change God.

I think Bishop Robinson is using the wrong argument.  It is about changing our attitudes toward the LBGT children that needs to change; not our theology.  We must not alienate these children, but embrace them with the love of Christ.  If we all had that attitude, then perhaps things would change.

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