When it comes to society these days, one person is always persecuting someone for some minor offense or other. The big one presently is homosexuality. Why is it that suddenly the country is filled with religious zealots? It’s not like they adhere to every statute written down in the Bible, yet they are quick to point out the violations of others. They burn with hatred for people that aren’t like them. Whatever happened to love thy neighbor? It sickens me to see such hypocrisy among the American people.
The fact of the matter is if you don’t believe in God, you shouldn’t have to follow the rules of the Bible. And if you do believe in God, then who are you to interpret the word of God? It’s laughable to think that mere mortals can think that they know exactly what God is thinking. Is there some phone number where I can contact him or something that I don’t know about? Seriously, when was the last time you spoke with God and he answered back?
What every preacher says these days is “the biblical definition of marriage is one man and one woman”. Where exactly does it say that? I have read the bible my self and have never come across a definition of marriage. Where then, are they getting this ridiculous notion that there is one? I spoke to a preacher the other day regarding this issue and he gave me this when I asked where the bible defines marriage as between one man and one woman:
“Matthew 19:5-7 5 and for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh 6 so they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
Here’s the problem. I analyzed this passage very thoroughly and noticed that not only does it not define what marriage is or how to do it, it never defines marriage as being solely ONE man and ONE woman. It doesn’t define anything at all. Nor does this example state that this is the only way it can be done. In reply the preacher stated that clearly wife meant woman. Here’s the problem with that logic, the bible never defines wife as woman either, wife could mean man or woman. For a guidebook the Bible sure does a crappy job of explaining things.
Here’s another problem with the logic that this quote is the be-all-end-all regarding marriages. The quote is merely an example of a wedding, not the wedding. It never defines what a wedding is. There could be multiple scenarios, one of which includes a woman and a woman or a man and a man.
Then the preacher got angry. “The Bible is not a dictionary” he said. “Some of it has to be interpreted”. Then I started getting angry. “Who’s interpretation?” I said. “Yours? Who are you to interpret the word of God?” At this the preacher threw me out of the church. That was all it took for me. In that moment I lost all respect for Christianity.
Here’s the thing that really makes me angry. I can guarantee that that man did not sacrifice a lamb to God after the birth of his firstborn. Nor does he sacrifice an ox as a sin offering every time he goes to the bathroom (that’s right, the Bible states that it’s a sin to excrete and that you must atone for it). And what about what you can and can’t eat? The Bible clearly says you can’t eat pork, but that’s never anything Christians cared about. If you’re going to throw the book at someone, you better follow every letter in that book exactly so that you’re prepared when they throw it back at you. Otherwise, don’t even bother.