The United States of America is supposed to be home of the free. However, everyone in America is not free to live. Today there are couples with and without children in the U.S.A. that are not allowed to express their love for each other in matrimony, because of religion. The last portion of church connected to state is seen through today’s views on gay marriage. President Barak Obama fully supports gay marriage, and publicly states this. While religious leaders like Pastor Curtis Knapp at New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas are totally against gay marriage. Pastor Knapp even went as far as to file a work order for the U.S. Government to kill all homosexuals (LGBT). You can hear Pastor Knapp state his views in his sermon at http://www.sermonaudio.com/playopup.asp?SID=527121350272 . This hot topic of legalizing gay marriage or not, is a decision that will pull apart or bind church and state,
Moreover, since most Christians claim the bible says no to homosexuality, let’s check out the truth of their statement. We will see if their religious word states gay marriage is wrong. Here’s what I learned on homosexuality in the bible:
Leviticus 20:13 KJV
If a man also lies with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely to be put to death: their blood shall be upon them.
An abomination in Hebrew is tow’ebah. According to Strong’s Greek/Hebrew Dictionary tow’ebah means something morally disgusting, but also has a strong implication of idolatry. Condemnations in Leviticus are more a condemnation of idolatry rather than homosexual acts themselves.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanders nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Here in this text when Paul writes about Men having sex with men it is in reference to male prostitutes not homosexuality. According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, the Greek word for male prostitute is malakos which means soft to the touch. However, in the bible malakos is used metaphorically in a negative way to refer to catamite. A catamite is defined as a boy kept for sexual relations with men, or as a male prostitute. Catamite is translated to English as a homosexual offender, which in Greek means the word arsenokoites which means sodomite. A sodomite is a person who engages in any kind of unnatural sex, but especially homosexual intercourse. The word arsenokoites refers to the men who kept catamites. No where in the bible does it say that it is not ok for adults to have sex with or marry adults of the same-sex, The bible was telling men to stop having sex with, and prostituting children.
Mark 7:20-23 KJV
And he said, that which cometh out of man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
As we read Mark &:20-23 we find that there are more sins punishable by no entrance into heaven listed in the bible. According to Wikipedia only 31-33% of the world’s population is Christian, but the number declines daily. More people are learning the truth about how religions started, and seeing the evidence that they are man-made. So what happens to the other 22% Islam, 22% non believers (atheist, agnostic, freethinkers, secular, and humanists), 14% Hinduism, and 5.9% Buddhism, that are not Christian, and do not practice Christian beliefs. You see the bible has been translated 42 different times from its original state. There are also 38,000 types of Christianity practiced worldwide today. So how can a religion that is so confusing, because it has an imaginary origin be an answer for everyone? Christianity should have no more control over U.S. Government. The bible states no proof of homosexuality amongst adults wanting to marry. The freedom of gay marriage in America will begin to show people who Christians don’t control the world or think for everyone.
Notes: KJV Holy Bible, http://en.m.wikepedia.org/wiki/list_of_religous_populations, http://www.twopaths.com/faqhomosexuality.htm