I have read many opinions expressed this past year in the editorial section of this paper. But I have never become outright angry until Monday, April 13, when I read Brain Turkaly’s article entitled “Other Passages.” This letter was the most insulting article I have yet seen.
Brian, where did you come up with the idea that Jesus’ lifestyle could be paralleled to homosexuality? It is obvious you did little research into the Scriptures to write your article.
I challenge you, Brian, to read about Jesus. If you’ll take the time, read the book of John, not selectively but entirely. Jesus’ life reflected in every way the messages that he taught. Because of His purpose for coming to teach what he taught, in the ways that he did, you would see that Jesus was a coach and mentor to His disciples and loved them, as well as every human life to ever come into existence. The love he demonstrated throughout his life was completely NON-SEXUAL. Yes, there is such a thing.
To whomever is reading this, I need to let you know that the following two versus are copied verbatim from the Bible. God’s stance on this subject is clear:
“Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.”(Leviticus 18:22)
As Paul discusses the many ways in which people have fallen to sin:
“In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their provision.”(Romans 1:27)
I personally cannot see how in translation from the languages of old to English, that there was any misinterpretation. The translations are not vague, but instead very clear and to the point.
Leviticus does say “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But there is a verse just before that one that says “Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly, so you will not share in his guilt.”(19:17)
Homosexuality is a sin unto God, and we are called to at least point out when our neighbor is in sin.
Although I fail more than I succeed, I try to follow God’s word as closely as I can. I am prone to sin, but I’m trying to use Jesus’ life as an example, for my own. Jesus is my Lord and Savior.
As a final remark, the world will drag Christians like me through the mud for our failures but please don’t submit Jesus’ name to insinuation or accusation without researching ALL available sources of information especially the Bible.