Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Why we should listen to the bible...

It seems anyone who is anti-gay (NO, the Church argues, we are not anti-gay, we just do not believe that this is the right way to lead your life!) has stepped up their campaign this week to end our proposed right to marry the people we love. In view of the fact that the Church of England have published, in every possible place, their view that gay marriage is wrong and should never be allowed, in addition to talking with a friend whose parents have stepped up their verbalisation of disgust in the fact their daughter is marrying a girl, I thought it was only right to talk about where all of these views originally stemmed from. The bible. Ah yes, that well known source of nothing but sense and truth, that book that was written thousands of years ago telling us all how to conduct very good lives that will lead to us being accepted into the kingdom of heaven. God will be waiting there, ready to judge us, and if deemed 'good' enough - we will be allowed to enter this kingdom of never ending happiness. Well whether or not this fictitious place exists is a whole new argument altogether. But I digress - back to the bible. 

Right, so, Responding to a consultation in England and Wales, the Church of England said government proposals to allow same-sex marriages by 2015 would "alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, as enshrined in human institutions throughout history". Right, great, the message is quite clear; as written in Leviticus 20:13 "if man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." OK so we get it, two men shouldn't be having sex, it's wrong. 

So let's just briefly consider the context in which this exact phrase was written. Was it written for life in Britain, 2012? No! It was written for priests in Israel, and was meant to hold them more accountable than other priests, in places such as Greece, where homosexuality was practiced, celebrated and enjoyed as a healthy part of a man's life. 

But hang on, argues the Church, just because it is taken out of historical context, morally it is still relevant to life today, we should not go against the teachings of the bible just because we no longer live in the era in which it was written. 

Fine - no problem, we'll apply all of the prohibitions to modern day life and see where we end up. In the exact same chapter of the bible, 'Leviticus', it is quite clear on how we should live our lives. Let's have a quick look and see how many of them the Church are jumping up and down screaming that it still applies to modern day life - 
1) No wild haircuts
2) No tattoos
3) No wearing of mixed - fabric garments (silk tie on a cotton shirt? How dare you!)
4) No eating or pork, or shellfish
5) No playing of football except on Sundays 
6) No use of leather for wearing of garments, including shoes

So as long as you are a man and a woman, neither of whom have tattoos, silly haircuts, have ever worn  leather or mixed fabrics, eaten pork or shellfish, or played football on a Sunday then the Church will marry you. Great, that narrows down the population to about four. BUT, the Church argues, you are taking those statements out of historical context. Oh wait, isn't that exactly what they are doing with gay marriage?! 

Here are a few more passages from the Bible, just to highlight that yes, we should indeed apply these to modern life. Just like homosexuality, please remember to always apply these prohibitions to your life today. And if you don't, then you are going against God's will, and shall not be accepted into that magical kingdom of heaven...
  • If no proof of the girl's virginity can be found, she shall be bought to the door of her father's house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death (Deuteronomy 22 : 20-21)
  • Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. Divorce is not permitted. (Mark 10:1 - 12) 
  • If a man dies childless, his widow is ordered by biblical law to have sex with each of his brothers in turn until she bears a male heir (Mark 12: 18 - 23)
  • If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them tries to rescue her husband, her hand should be cut off (Deuteronomy 25:11 - 12)
So are we all agreed? The bible should be strictly at adhered to at all times!


  1. Hahaha - you make such a great point! All this time I thought we were all equal, and that gay marriage should be legal, but that was just silly - I mean, who wouldn't agree with having sex with your brothers-in-law to bear a child? It's just morally correct.

    Renouncing my ways -

    Laura xo

  2. HAha great post & well put!! Gosh, there are some IDIOTS out there. Fair enough to be religious and follow the bible to a certain extent, but they can't pick and choose what is right and wrong according to the bible, when as you showed- many that is 'wrong' is now deemed 'right.

    M x

  3. Love this post! Cori and I have this conversation all the time. Christianity can be a beautiful religion, but their are a lot of people who give it a bad name. Like Wegan said... you can't pick and choose.

  4. Love this post. I so needed this. Fed up of feeling guilty for who I am.

  5. I know this post is old but it is fabulous. I love it and love looking at it now a year on!!!


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