The New York Times Wants Xtians to Rewrite the Bible
Dr. Michael Brown wrote a response on Charisma News:
In his April 3rd column, “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana,” Bruni, himself gay, recognizes that Christian beliefs are not necessarily grounded in hatred. The problem, he claims, is that, “beliefs ossified over centuries aren’t easily shaken.”
According to Bruni, what we believe about homosexuality is a choice and not derived from God’s word.
After all, he argues, the belief that homosexual practice is sinful “prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since—as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.”
So, Bruni thinks he can simply dismiss the Scriptures as “ancient texts,” explaining that “all writings reflect the biases and blind spots of their authors, cultures and eras.”
But for devout Jews and Christians, the Scriptures are not just any writings, full of biases and blind spots.
If that was the case, there would be no basis for our faith whatsoever and no absolute moral foundations of any kind.
Bruni also repeats the common misconception that there are just a handful of “scattered” texts that deal with homosexual practice.
To the contrary, every law dealing with marriage and family, every positive example and precept, every illustration in the Bible about sexuality morality is based on heterosexual relationships (see, for example, Gen. 2:24; Ex. 20:12; Matt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:22-33).
That’s why there was not a need to condemn homosexual practice on every page. Everything in Scripture was against it.
Bruni claims that our biblically-based faith “elevates unthinking obeisance above intelligent observance,” which is why “our debate about religious freedom should include a conversation about freeing religions and religious people from prejudices that they needn’t cling to and can indeed jettison, much as they’ve jettisoned other aspects of their faith’s history, rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity.”
So, those of us who hold to biblical morality are “unthinking” and “prejudiced” people who need to be “freed” from our antiquated beliefs.
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