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Letter: Why do people pick, choose parts of Bible?

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From: Bob DeWeese


I read with interest the article by David Schrock concerning Scripture in the ongoing discussion concerning same-sex marriage in the March 29 issue. He is correct that the Bible is clear about not condoning homosexual relations. I have to wonder though, why so many people readily recall these passages but so readily forget other passages.

For instance, the Bible is clear that if our children curse us (or dishonor, depending on the translation), we should kill them (Leviticus 20:9). One might argue that it’s because the Bible also says you should not kill, but I assume that means the innocent, and children who curse their parents are clearly not innocent. Why are we not seeking an amendment to the Constitution that would decriminalize killing our children if they sass us?

The Bible is equally clear that anyone who works on the Sabbath should be put to death (Exodus 31:15) and that eating anything from the water that doesn’t have fins and scales is detestable (Leviticus 11:10). And yet, it is not uncommon to see churchgoers head to Red Lobster to enjoy a shrimp dinner after Sunday service. Shouldn’t the servers and cooks be put to death after the detestable meal is regurgitated?

In the interest of brevity I will skip other passages that we completely ignore. But I have to ask: Why must we so carefully follow the Bible concerning homosexuality but feel free to ignore other parts?

I can’t pretend to know what is in anyone else’s heart, but one possible explanation is that we don’t kill our kids (or sell them into slavery) because we love them. We don’t kill our servers on Sunday and feel free to eat our shrimp dinners because we love shrimp and love eating out after service. Yet we remember the passages concerning homosexuality because we don’t love homosexuals.

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