An Open Letter to My Children: Should Christians Support {Blank} Marriage?

Endnotes

1 If you get a chance, check out Don Carson’s (http://amzn.to/Nuf0yP ) Intolerance of Tolerance or, for a quick hit, search for the audio lectures on the same subject.

2 From the minutes of the APA Board of Officers: “The Board passed a motion amending the APA Nondiscrimination Statement to disallow JFP advertising by institutions that would not commit themselves to complying with the Nondiscrimination Statement.” (page 40 of the May 2012 Proceedings) http://bit.ly/LXKVoc and http://bit.ly/LcZHaJ

3 Most of the argument can be read in this article http://www.gaychristian.net/justins_view.php  even though there are some responses linked to from there, there are actually more fundamental problems with the argument. James White gets into that in a five hour examination on a young man who does the same thing here http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php?itemid=5086

4  In my day they had a site over here http://biolaunderground.webs.com/ which stated: “To clear up this issue, we are in favor of celebrating homosexual behavior in its proper context: marriage. We do NOT believe that being gay or queer is a sin, whether in a relationship or otherwise. We do NOT believe that "acting upon" homosexual desires for intimacy in a loving marital relationship is wrong. We hold to the already stated standards of Biola that pre-marital sex is sinful and outside of God’s plan for humans and we believe that this standard also applies to homosexuals and other members of the LGBTQ community. We believe that the Bible is God’s Holy Word, we simply hold a different interpretation of the scripture on the issue of homosexuality.”

5 Quote (http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143  ): The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. "Holocaust" is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, deemed "inferior," were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

6 Tolkien, J.RR. Fellowship of the Ring “The Council of Elrond”

7 John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

8 John 1:18; 5:16-30; 10:34-39; 14:5-14

9 Acts 2:22-24; 1 Corinthians  1:18-31; 2:6-10;

10 1 Corinthians 15

11 The reference here is specifically to Paul in Romans 1:4 but I wrote some on the importance of the resurrection of the dead (http://biblearchive.com/blog/2010/christ/easter-blogging/ ) because it’s important. (http://rreynoso.com/reysapoint/church/the-resurrection-and-me/ )

12 John 3:16-21; 15:18-25

13 I’m not basing any theology on this passage. Even though the story might be historical, there’s just not enough textual evidence in my day to think it’s actually part of the original Gospel of John. Check Wallace, Daniel B. ‘Reconsidering “The Story of the Adulteress Reconsidered.”’

New Testament Studies 39 (1993): 290–96.

14 Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 3:1-4

15 Revelation 21

16 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Romans 8:15-17; Revelation 20:1-6; Ephesians 2:6;

17 Leviticus 18:16; 20:21; Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9; Acts 24:25;

18 John 15:26;

19 Luke 20:27-36 Asked by the Sadducees who deny the Resurrection of the Dead

20 Deuteronomy 25:5-6; Genesis 38:8

21 Matthew 19:3-12, Mark 10:2-12 “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”(Matthew) and ““Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” (Mark)

22 Genesis 1 – 4

23 Genesis 1:26-27

24 Exodus 22:19; Leviticus 18:22-23; 20:13-16; Deuteronomy 27:21; Galatians 5:16-21; Mark 7:21-23; Matthew 18:1-14; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:9-10

25 Genesis 18-19 and Ezekiel 16:49-50

26 John 4

27 “Sexual eros points to something deeper in a second way. As we have just seen, it is a sign or type of a deeper reality, a kind of love for God of which we now just have hints and intimations. It is also a sign, symbol, or type of God’s love—not just of the love God’s children will someday have for him but of the love he also has for them. “ Alvin Plantinga, Warranted Christian Belief, p318.

28 John 17

29 Ephesians 5:25-32

30 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

31 Here’s someone named Matthew Vine from my time that pretty much argued that the problem is that people who practice homosexuality just wanted to have the right to love someone like heterosexual people do: “Straight people are never really forced to think about their sexual orientation as a distinctive characteristic, but it’s still a part of them, and it affects an enormous amount of their lives. What sexual orientation is for straight people is their capacity for romantic love and self-giving. It’s not just about sexual attraction and behavior. It’s because we have a sexual orientation that we’re able to fall in love with someone, to build a long-term, committed relationship with them, and to form a family. Family is not about sex, but for so many of us, it still depends upon having a companion, a spouse. And that’s true for gay people as well as for straight people. That is what sexual orientation means for them, too. Gay people have the very same capacity for romantic love and self-giving that straight people do. The emotional bond that gay couples share, the quality of love, is identical to that of straight couples. Gay people, like almost all of us, come from families, and they, too, long to build one of their own. But the consequence of the traditional interpretation of the Bible is that, while straight people are told to avoid lust, casual relationships, and promiscuity, gay people are told to avoid romantic relationships entirely. –Matthew Vine, http://matthewvines.tumblr.com/,  College Hill United Methodist Church”

32 Pope John Paul II gave a bunch of teaching on the Theology of the Body. Some of it goes way out there and you probably won’t agree with it, but it’s probably some of the best thinking on sex, marriage, and the body for a long time. If I were you guys, I’d try to look some of it up to see the things he highlights.

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