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From: Kenneth Van Liew

Columbus

We read with interest the letter written by Bob DeWeese a few weeks ago, which was in response to a letter written by David Schrock. DeWeese’s letter explored the reason why some Bible passages, like homosexual relations, are clear and accepted, while others are not. Those included death for those who curse their parents (Lev. 20:9), death for those who desecrate the Sabbath (Ex. 31:15), and death for eating creatures from the sea that do not have fins or scales (Lev. 11:10). I think there is a bit of apple and orange here.

 

I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. Everything in the Bible is literally true, but not everything is true, literally. We should interpret Scripture with Scripture. The three laws mentioned above are part of over 600 ceremonial laws given by God through Moses to only Israel and not the Gentiles. An exception is the Ten Commandments, which are universal moral commands given to everyone.

The Old Testament leads to the first coming of Christ. Jesus said in Luke 24:44 that “everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Laws of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”

I believe that marriage is a lifelong union between one man and one woman, whose major charge is to populate the Earth. The last time I checked, gay marriages are not able to do that. Adoption is an excellent choice, but that gives a net increase of zero.

The greatest of all commandments is love — love your neighbor as yourself. I believe that Jesus loves a homosexual just like he loves me. He does not, however, approve of the things they apparently do. The action is the sin, not the person.

There is help and hope for our gay friends, just as there is help and hope for me and all sinners. Repent; be baptized; believe, and you will be saved.

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