"...I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me..." [Deuteronomy 5:8-10]

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

"Paul" On Homosexuality (From a post to IMDb::Boards::Saved!)

"The Apostle Paul who wrote over two thirds of the New Testament and whose writings have greatly shaped the Christian faith speaks sharply about homosexuality in Romans 1:20-27. Read that passage and tell me what you think.
While the true extent of Paul's contribution is disputed, I'd certainly agree that he was a homophobic bigot. But then, that was very much the culture of his time.

Paul also had some interesting ideas about woman, including these:

'But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.' [1 Cor 11:5-6]

'But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence... And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression... Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. ' [1 Tim 2:12,14,15]
Tell me... If the NT says that homosexuality is wrong, does it not also say that women who pray with their heads uncovered should have their heads shaved in punishment?

Or should we just ignore the parts of the Bible that we don't like?

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