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brgulker, I'm not sure this your argument is sound. Your argument is based on the fact that neither Jesus or his disciples suggested to abstain from same-sex marriage ceremonies. But we all know that just because they didn't explicitly mention it doesn't mean they automatically approved of it. Jesus never mentioned the immorality of child rape, so should we assume he had no opinion on it? Obviously not. A better outlook on this would be to look elsewhere in scripture, and we can get some ideas on what Jesus and his disciples would have said, if they did speak about it. Something specific that Jesus did say about marriage is in Matthew 19. We also know that God declared in the Old Covenant that homosexuality was immoral. Since Jesus was born under the Old Covenant, he would have had that view as well. So if God's view is that homosexuality is a departure from his perfect design for sexuality, and his view is that marriage is designed for a man and a woman, we begin to see why some Christians would be convinced that a same-sex marriage ceremony is dishonoring to God. Further, you must leave room for each Christian's conscience. Paul wrote specifically about this in Romans 14.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2015 on Bake for Them Two? at Stand to Reason Blog
Erica, as I mentioned in my previous post, the Matthew 5 passage is taken completely out of context in the "Bake for them two" blog post. Jesus was not saying to do anything an unbeliever asks you to do, then even more. We must read the all around the passage to get the proper context. So for you to still stand with the original article means you are agreeing with the author's misinterpreted approach to Matthew 5. Other arguments in that blog post may or may not stand, but they do not stand on Biblical backing from Matthew 5. All I did to realize that Matthew 5 was misinterpreted was to take the time to study commentaries: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/5-38.htm
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2015 on Bake for Them Two? at Stand to Reason Blog
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I'm actually not for certain Brett took the easiest approach to debunking this blog post. Matthew 5 is the passage she used as the foundation of her argument. If she misinterpreted the passage, her entire argument falls apart. Indeed, the author of that "Bake for them two" blog post completely warps the meaning of Matthew 5 to try to get scriptural backing for her personal idea. This is a prime example of proof texting (going to the text with an idea and trying to prove it). Almost no one has recognized it in the comments of that article, which is not surprising, considering most people don't know how to properly interpret the Bible or even just simply read passages in context. Never read a Bible verse! (or passage, in this case) Jesus was instructing Jews to not react to common injustices with evil, but rather to "turn the other cheek" and treat them better than they deserve. The strange thing is that the author said that if a same-sex couple come to you and ask for one cake, you should bake them two. But in the passage, Jesus says you should go above and beyond, but only when someone treats you unjustly. So are the same-sex couple doing something unjustly to the Christian? This absurdity is lost on the Biblically illiterate. I won't even go down the road, as Brett did in his video, of all the situations that Jesus obviously didn't have in mind (carving two idols for a pagan instead of one). I don't think it's necessary to go down that path, since the author's argument falls apart when you realize how badly she misinterpreted the Matthew 5 passage. The blog post is a well-written, emotionally-appealing piece that unfortunately is all based on a misinterpretation of Matthew 5. Sadly, she is leading many people astray who, like her, don't know how to interpret scripture properly.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2015 on Bake for Them Two? at Stand to Reason Blog
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