Same-Sex MarriagePosted: December 18, 2008 Filed under: Apologetics, Questions & Answers, Questions that begged to be asked 2 Comments
Question: Dewalt, can you Affirm for me one’s Stance against same-sex marriage?
My Answer: I’ll try… However I am no expert. I would begin by stating that we all agree that man and woman together replenishes the earth? And if all were to be gay, then how would that be done? Passages like in the garden in Gen. 2:18 where God said, “It is not good for man to be alone” are of major importance. If God wanted the culture of the garden to then have a “buddy” or a partner of the same sex, then he would have place along side him one of the same sex. Farther in Gen. 2 after Eve is made God then explains in how marriage and a relationship is to be done, saying “she shall be called woman.” It was women made with man, not picking or choosing what one could have, or want, or think he needs, but God calling a woman to come along side of a man for a relationship. Now father more in doing so, God then in verses 24 & 25 of Gen. 2, God claims that one woman and one man become one in flesh when coming together. Now it one said 1 + 1 = 2 no one would argue that? Man + Woman = One flesh. Meaning Man + anything else, man, men, women, animals, etc. Any other formula = death. How? Easily seen in Romans 1:18-232, namely, verses 26 – 28 when they state:
“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
While I don’t disagree that homosexuality is forbidden by the Bible I’m not sure about the legitimacy of your argument against same-sex marriage. Clearly God put a man and a woman in the Garden of Eden but that choice doesn’t encompass every human relationship. Just because there weren’t two men or two women doesn’t mean that people of the same gender can’t have meaningful relationships. I’m not even referring to romantic relationships in this context – simply deep friendships. I’m not convinced the mere placement of a man and a woman in the Garden of Eden is a statement that says that is the only legitimate combination for romantic relationships.
My other confusion on the intense opposition of same-sex marriage by conservative Christians is this: Part of our religious belief systems says that worshiping anyone or anything other than God is sin. Part of our beliefs state that refusal to forgive someone for wrongs done is sin. We do not, however, suggest that legislation be passed to limit everyone in the United States to worshiping only the God that we know as the true one. It is the right of every American to worship or not worship as they see fit. I see opposition to same-sex marriage as a personal conviction brought about by interpretation of the Bible. While we may not condone it within our faith I’m not sure it is our place to encourage the government to impose this conviction as the rule of law.
With recent developments in science and technology, it is presumably possible (if it hasn’t already been done) to manufacture a baby in a test tube using only female dna. If all that is required for the legitimacy of a relationship is that one be able to produce children, it will soon be possible for women to do that with other women and men to do that with other men. What of your argument then? Simply saying that it is not natural is not enough. Cutting your hair isn’t natural, but we’re fine with folks doing that (provided they’re not Nazarenes, that is :P).
Your argument also precludes the legitimacy of same sex friendships. If the answer to man’s loneliness can be found exclusively in female companionship, what of friendship or brotherhood?
The Bible is pretty clear about God’s feelings toward homosexual sex acts. We don’t have to justify why; we only need accept it.