One of the most pernicious things the advocates of various deviancies and social pathologies are fond of doing in finding morally corrupt alleged “clergy” and getting them to endorse whatever perversion is in vogue. We’ve seen the homosexual marriage fascists to this with tortured explanations of how the Old Testament ban on sodomy doesn’t really mean sodomy but rather being rude to strangers. Keep in mind, if you believe this you have to believe that you have suddenly discovered a truth that was hidden to Jews of Palestine before the Christian era.
Now Planned Parenthood has weighed in, seeking to make abortion not a grievous moral wrong but rather something that is no big deal in the eyes of the Almighty:
This is bonkers on a couple of letters. There is a saying in theological exegesis, “text without context is a pretext.” Murder really isn’t mentioned in the Gospels, other than perhaps approvingly. Take, for instance, the Parable of the Talents found in Luke 19. How does it end:
But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.
Is Scripture sanctioning murder? Or is it even ambivalent on the subject? No. Because Scripture operates within the cultural context of the time in which it was developed. Murder was against the Decalogue. Homosexuality was proscribed. Scripture doesn’t need to speak to those issues because they were givens.
Secondly, and even more significantly, we need to read the whole Bible with reference to the approach of Jesus. To be a Christian is to be a Jesus-person: one whose life is based on his priorities, not on the priorities of subsequent theologians. And when we look at Jesus, we notice that he welcomed everyone who came to him, including those people that the (one-God worshipping) religious leaders rejected – and that Jesus said absolutely nothing about idols in any of the four Gospels. Conservative theologians, many of whom are friends of mine, often miss this point in the cut-and-thrust of debate, but for those who love Jesus, it should be at the very heart of the discussion.
Jesus had no problem with idolatry.
He included everyone, however many gods they worshipped.
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