published Monday, September 1st, 2014

Read the full Bible for better context and other letters to the editors

Read the full Bible for better context

Recently a letter writer asked if anyone reads the Bible, and he cited support for the marriage equality law as lack of biblical literacy. Readers who take verses out of the Bible to support their theological and political positions may be surprised to find what the Bible really says when it is read and understood as the library that it really is. Let's look at a few other verses: In Deuteronomy 15, every seven years there is to be remission of all debts (that would help our economy!) In Leviticus, we read about the year of Jubilee when all property goes back to the original owner (wow!). In Leviticus 19, "... you shall not oppress the alien (foreigner). You shall love the alien as yourself." This should help us with our immigration issue. In Proverbs 30, we are told to stone rebellious sons to death. Would that prevent juvenile crime sprees? Check Romans: "... there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (good public relations!). Also that thing about "love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12) being the greatest commandment is interesting. Suppose we really study the Bible.

PEGGY CLEVELAND, Mineral Bluff, Ga.

On gay marriage: Mind your business

If asked my position on gay marriage, I reply, "I myself am in a two-gender marriage, but anyone else's marriage is no business of mine nor yours. If you deplore bi-racial, same-gender, polygamous, incestuous, intra-species, tree-stump or whatever unions, then you should marry according to your preferences and stay out of others' business." Many run to the Bible to buttress their opinions on God-preferred unions, but that can be dangerous. Polygamy? The book is full of examples where Yahweh chose and blessed his favorites, Abraham among others, who had multiple wives. David, anointed by God, even murdered to steal an extra wife. Incest? In Genesis 20:12, King Abimelech curses Abraham, God's chosen, for representing his wife as his sister, but Abraham confesses, "She is truly my sister ... the daughter of my father, but not of my mother, and she became my wife." Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, but declared divorce and remarriage to be adultery, a sin the Ten Commandments forbids. A wise policy? Mind your own business and let others mind theirs. "Judge not ...," someone said.

THOMAS ROGERS, Dayton, Tenn.

Community left out of sign argument

Erica Smith's argument for revamping the city's sign code using the constitutional argument that all should be allowed as an individual right is both narcissistic and anti-community. Using her argument, a brothel should be allowed to put a large mural on the side of the building with nudes copulating! It is a business advertisement, after all. Yes, I think that murals should be allowed but by permit from the city involving community input. As my mother always said: "Your freedom only extends as far as it infringes on the rights of others." We are a community, and the businesses are part of a community, and the community has rights, too.


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moon4kat said...

Peggy Cleveland, thank you for an intelligent and informative overview of other verses in the Bible. Why is it that so many self-proclaimed, but severely ill-informed, "Christians" make a laughing-stock of themselves and their religion? It's hard not to laugh at the mean-spirited haters who so clearly fail to understand the main tenets of the book they profess to live by.

September 1, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Thomas Rogers, I agree with you. As someone in a heterosexual marriage, I find nothing threatening about gay relationships. I don't see how those relationships would threaten me even if I weren't happily married. And, what does "freedom" mean if people are not allowed to be with whomever they love?

September 1, 2014 at 8:53 a.m.


"Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?"

Our Lord Jesus Christ gave a kind of authority/'power of attorney' to His Apostles. They only wrote that which proceeded forth from The Spirit of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

All Holy Scripture which addressed Homosexuality as an abomination is from the Spirit of God The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Center for Disease Control [CDC] reports that 16 percent of people infected with HIV in the United States are unaware of their infection – more than 180,000 people.

For instance more than 10 out of every 100 people in Washington DC are reported to be HIV infected. Are you kidding me, do you think anybody wants to be living among something like that? And you say homosexuals (i know it is only about 70% of the homosexuals)don't hurt anything? Are you kidding me!? Most third world countries have less of an HIV/AID epidemic than Washington DC. Tennessee seems to be headed their direction at a terrible speed. If you enjoy/like tragic DISEASE epidemics due to people's unwise choices (Homosexual Lifestyle) to rebel against Jesus Christ, then, please seek help.

Malleus Deum Verum

September 3, 2014 at 7:39 p.m.
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