Bible Forbids Gay Marriage? Get Real
Its spirit of compassion does no such thing: CS Pearce
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2012 10:00 AM CST
More Christians are supporting gay marriage these days.   (AP Photo/ Fay Abuelgasim, File)

(Newser) – Conservative Christians make the case that the Bible forbids gay marriage, so why have so many middle-of-the-road churchgoers changed their minds to support the idea? Because a familiar pattern on church matters is repeating itself, writes CS Pearce in the Los Angeles Times. It starts when more conservative members cite Bible passages to justify their cause—as they did for the Inquisition, the Crusades, slavery, women's suffrage, and now gay marriage. Over time, however, most Christians reject the literal interpretation for one more in keeping with the Bible's "core values of compassion, justice and peace."

Pearce says most scholars agree that only three New Testament passages address homosexuality, though not "as we define it today but rather with temple prostitution and other abuses." And yes, the Old Testament says it merits execution, but the same applies to unruly sons and those who work on Sundays. "It will only be a matter of time before the majority of Christians of all stripes become allies rather than antagonists for justice and equal rights for gay people," writes Pearce. "Then we will come out on the right side of history once again." Read the full column here. (The Supreme Court may decide to take up the issue as early as Monday, reports SCOTUSblog.)

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Dec 5, 2012 6:59 AM CST
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Dec 2, 2012 12:50 PM CST
Just another reason why religion is on the way out! WELCOME ALL to the new age of enlightenment. where mankind will make great advances as we trade fairy tales for facts.
Dec 2, 2012 12:25 PM CST
most Christians all ready ignore most of the bullshit rules of the bible. Because people can smell bullshit even if they won't openly admit the book they worship is pure bullshit.