Cox columnist Rhonda Swan thought she was on a roll but she only proved how uninformed she is. She or one of her sources (she does not delineate some statements) declared that the Bible condones polygamy and even gives instructions how a man with multiple wives should distribute his estate. So? That was very thoughtful of God. Multiple wives were common (and evil) at that time, so God gave commands how each wife should be treated. No other nation on earth was as thoughtful and generous as Israel! Yet, modern critics are critical of God’s graciousness toward women! And no informed person says God ever condoned polygamy, although He did put up with it for a while.
Rhonda quotes my old nemesis, Rev. Barry Lynn, a minister in the United Church of Christ, the most liberal denomination in America. (Barack Obama was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.) Barry Lynn said “We have a secular government, and dogma should not and cannot be transformed into law.” Barry must not know that our main laws are based on, are you ready, the Bible. Where does Barry think we got, “Thou shalt not kill,” or “Thou shalt not steal.” Let’s really get personal and mention, “That shalt not commit adultery.” Jerry Falwell said Barry was “as reverend as an oak tree.”
History proves that criticism of same-sex marriage (homosexuality) is not of recent origin as charged in Rhonda Swan’s column. Sodomy goes back at least to Sodom as the following shows.
Today, it is common for people to discuss homosexual “love” in Greek and Roman times; however, it was not common for a male couple to prefer homosexual acts over heterosexual acts and refrain from marriage, after all, the dumbest of the dumb knew society could not continue with such a practice.
Plutarch (died 120 A.D.) was a Greek historian who became a Roman citizen and refers to homosexuality as “immorality or assault.” Plutarch was a Greek philosopher, historian, and biographer who became a Roman citizen. He was not a Fundamentalist!
Justin Martyr condemned sodomy in his First Apology 27, about A.D. 150. He was born in Israel although he said he was a Gentile. Looking at various philosophies, he finally met some Christians who were more convincing than the pagan philosophers, but he became a Christian primarily because of the bravery of Christian martyrs. He would be a “Fundamentalist” before the use of the term.
Clement of Alexandria condemned perversion in his Exhortation to the Greeks 2 about A. D. 190. He also wrote, “The fate of the Sodomites was judgment to those who had done wrong… [they were] burning with insane love for boys” The Instructor 6, ca. A.D. 193.
The famous Tertullian, sometime called “the Baptist,” wrote about A.D. 200, “The coupling of two males is a very shameful thing” Early Church Fathers, 3.509. Tertullian was not politically correct.
John Chrysostom wrote, “[The pagans] were addicted to the love of boys . . . . As for their passion for boys, whom they called their paedica, it is not fit to be named” Homilies on Titus 5, A.D. 390. Later, he wrote, “All of these affections [in Rom. 1:26–27] . . . were vile, but chiefly the mad lust after males; for the soul is more the sufferer in sins, and more dishonored than the body in diseases” Homilies on Romans 4, A.D. 391. He added, “[The men] have done an insult to nature itself. And a yet more disgraceful thing than these is it, when even the women seek after these intercourses, who ought to have more shame than men” Homilies on Romans 4, A.D. 391.
Chrysostom, who died in 407 and was known as “the golden mouth,” said that homosexual acts are worse than murder. That took courage but then he also criticized the Emperor’s wife (and other women) for dressing extravagantly! He was banished for his faithful preaching. I don’t think that has happened to any preacher recently.
Augustine wrote, “[T]hose shameful acts against nature, such as were committed in Sodom, ought everywhere and always to be detested and punished” Confessions 3:8:15, A.D. 400.
Jumping to the thirteenth century, Thomas Aquinas thought homosexuality second only to bestiality, and historian R. W. Southern opined that “the only relevant generalization which emerges from the penitential codes down to the eleventh century is that sodomy was treated on about the same level as copulation with animals.” Maybe modern preachers should be even tougher on perversion and only a loser would declare that such preaching or belief is hateful.
So, dare I say that the modern Bible haters are wrong about condemnation of homosexuality being of recent origin! Of course, real scholars are aware of the above facts.
Rhonda closes with her final shot–love, and who can argue with that? We are supposed to permit same-sex marriage in the name of love. So, why not forgive and overlook murder, rape, and thievery on the same basis? Love is one of the most important things in life but love must always be coupled with truth. (It’s interesting that Liberals never show love toward Bible-believing Christians and they are not interested in truth!) And Christ said, “I am the way, the Truth and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by me.”
Well, how about that Rhonda?
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Fact, Fraud or Faith?
by Don Boys, Ph.D.
Only an uninformed fanatic says that evolution or creation can be proved scientifically. Christians believe in creationism because we believe in the veracity of the Bible but we also have scientific evidence to support our position. In every debate I’ve had with evolutionary scientists, the arrogant, asinine accusation is made, “Well, evolution is scientific while creationism is religion.” Evolution is about as scientific as a voodoo rooster plucking ceremony in Haiti. Almost.