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Bible literalists, if you're going to use The Book to justify your condemnatory stance on homosexuality, then please also consider selling your daughter to me. The Bible says you can; Leo's team, Seymour, and I all agree that we could use some more help around here; and a slave would generate none of the paperwork necessitated by IHSS. Thanks! *Cough*dickheads*cough*
It probably says something about by mental state that this made me cry: "look nobody's watching, it's time to spread some hate."ReplyDelete
So sad. I wanted so much for the "bright obama day" to be unblighted by the dark spot of prop 8.
squid, I love your website, and your opinions are your own and you are entitled to them, but it always annoys and aggravates me when people talk about the Bible as you (and to be fair, many folks)just did...I have two college semesters of systematic theology under my belt and what you are stating is kinda, well, displaying a basic, well, total misunderstanding of a pretty complicated topic. In other words, it would be like me trying to discuss theoretical physics. Or, the average person's understanding of autism, would be a better analogy.ReplyDelete
I am not offended when people decide they don't agree with the Bible's teachings, but let's just say that book and those teachings are a lot more nuanced and intricate than most folks would expect it to be. And that unfortunately would include a lot of average Christians...
signed, a Christian who eats shrimp.;-)
@Connie, I don't think a nuanced understanding is required for this discussion. If the Prop 8 folks are going to cherrypick The Bible only as suits their purposes, then it's fair to point out the absurdity of their actions.ReplyDelete
I consider The Bible to be full of good, but also incomplete, contradictory, frequently impenetrable, and the end product of one of the world's longest-running games of Telephone.
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss things Biblical with someone like you, who has taken the time to go beyond chapter-and-verse recitation. But I have no patience with anyone who lifts The Word straight from the page, and uses it to bludgeon others. As I say over and over, Jesus would never have approved.
squid, please send me your email address. i have a very old one and the msg i just send bounced back. and it has nothing to do with this post!ReplyDelete
squid, I'd be more than happy to discuss with you but I don't think you would be happy with my particular understanding of the subject.ReplyDelete
But I'll just leave you with this right now-when you are talking about Mosaic Law you have to remember to differentiate things like ceremonial law and moral law-and Jesus Himself said one had to be more righteous than the Pharisees to enter the kingdom of Heaven. For example, He pointed out that it was not enough simply not to commit adultery-instead, the very act of looking on a woman to lust after her is considered adultery in God's eyes.
To put it in my vernacular, even the best of us is a pretty sinful critter when compared to God's standard of what is good.
Anyway, I am totally fried from a) an over ten hour day at work and b) fighting a cold my husband thoughtfully is trying to share with me (ha) so I guess I will leave it at that.
@Connie, I just don't think we're talking about the same thing. But I hope you feel better soon.ReplyDelete
@Jersey Girl, you know it.
I haven't even watched the video yet - too busy laughing at the "sell me your daughter" thing! Love it.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Squid-it truly is hard to communicate cogently when one's nose needs a Roto-rooter. Sigh....ReplyDelete