kylemittskus wrote:I believe, although I wish someone like Sparky were here to confirm, that the argument would be that the same law (or ban) is reinforced in the NT by Jesus, although he doesn't specifically speak to homosexuality; he reinforces marriage(and maybe sex?) between a man and a woman.
Assuming that this is more a philosophical debate than a political one. Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I investigated a little.
This link gives some NT verses which supposedly condemn homosexuality. I clicked on some of them, and I only found one which actually seemed to be about homosexuality as opposed to general lasciviousness, etc. It's one of Paul's nuggets of wisdom, not Jesus. Don't get me started on Paul.
This is the verse . I notice that it also lists a number of other sins, "They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless."
Why all the harping on homosexuality when damn near everything is a sin? I'll bet that with the exception of murder, most of us have committed those other sins to some degree, at some point. The Christian faith I was raised in very plainly states that we are all sinners and can only be redeemed through Jesus. I can only conclude that the emphasis on homosexuality as a sin comes more from personal dislike than from the bible, and even better when you can grab a bible verse and tell yourself you're doing God's work. It's not so easy to avoid all the sins (lust, dishonesty, malicious thoughts, envy, etc.) but it's a breeze to avoid homosexual activity if you're not homosexual in the first place. I think it's something we can grab onto to make ourselves feel a little more righteous.
This is just my opinion, but I think to persecute someone because of who they love is cruel. Is there a hierarchy of sins? I don't know, but I think cruelty would have to be way up there.