This was an excellent and informative read. Thank you, Independent. The government should honor the work of individuals whom our country relies upon.
I have been missing Sudoku "X" for several weeks.
please bring it back!
No, it does not make sense for you to make me live by your beliefs. As an American citizen, I have the same right as you to legally marry whom I want. Changing the marriage laws do not affect your marriage, they don't threaten your marriage, they don't change your marriage in any way. If you don't believe in Marriage Equality, then don't marry a same sex person period. It is as simple as that, but denying me the right to marry is WRONG! You are denying my right to follow my beliefs within the laws of our great nation. That is why to deny Marriage Equality is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. You may do as you wish in your church, but don't tell us what we can do in ours. Plain and Simple.
Guru...in my church we don't grade sin. The bottom line is we are all guilty, but receive forgiveness in the midst our our attempts to repent, or somehow make the best of what we have been given. And Christ has mercy on us for balance due. I think on this we can agree and move forward.
Now, that does not mean we should call what is sin not sin, or develop liturgies to bless what we might call our best efforts, but bless only what God has directed. Does that make sense?
SIN IS SIN, TT. SO IS MY SIN GREATER THAN YOUR SIN? IS YOUR SALVATION GREATER THAN MY SALVATION? ALL ARE FORGIVEN IN CHRIST.
We are not to take the Bible out of context of to whom and when it was written: "Much of the idol worship in the Old Testament was associated with sexual immorality...." Todays LGBTIQ doesn't go to church to have sex with sex slaves for sexual worship to other gods. And this is why gays want marriage equality, so we can also be within a commitment to love and honor one another. Is that not why you got married?
Federal Judges Now Seeing The Simple Truth About Gay Marriage:
It's A Matter Of Love And Equality
North Dakota Is Now The Only State With An Unchallenged Gay Marriage Ban
SIN IS SIN, TT. SO IS MY SIN GREATER THAN YOUR SIN? IS YOUR SALVATION GREATER THAN MY SALVATION? ALL ARE FORGIVEN IN CHRIST.
We are not to take the Bible out of context of to whom and when it was written: "Much of the idol worship in the Old Testament was associated with sexual immorality...." Todays LGBTIQ doesn't go to church to have sex with sex slaves for sexual worship to other gods. And this is why gays want marriage equality, so we can also be within a commitment to love and honor one. Is that not why you got married?
Sunday Evening Sermon: Romans 1:18-25 The Description of Mankind’s Need for Salvation, Part One
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
Now we get our first therefore. This is a stronger word than “for,” which is kind of a connecting word. Therefore is a strong break a big connection giving the result of the idolatry of the hearts of the people. Notice that God gave them up. He didn’t cause them to sin but He did deliver them over to their sin. It gives the impression that God took His hand of common grace off of their lives to some extent. He let them go their own way. Whenever Paul says God gave them up he is pointing to the results of idolatry, the refusal to make God the center. Practically, the creature is exalted over the Creator. So there is a way in which you can say that all sin ultimately comes from a failure to prize and praise God as the giver of every good thing. So as we give ourselves over to sin, it is clear that God also gives us over to that sin.
It is very interesting to see where this turning away from God immediately goes . . . To sex. This is not surprising. Much of the idol worship in the Old Testament was associated with sexual immorality and clearly when we give up the worship of God we will seek to go to the place where we think we can find the next greatest and highest life, within sexuality. This is why pornography and affairs and romance novels and all the titillating TV shows and movies are so popular. They are promising something great. They are promising something worthy of worship.
Our sexualized culture holds out to us the promise of wonder and mystery and beauty and blessing but it is a hollow promise because it is divorced from the giver of beauty and blessing and sexuality, the Lord. So people are hurt, lives are ruined, relationships are broken and the whole thing sits before us as a shambles, as a memorial to our God-hating idolatry. There is something about sex that is supposed to be honoring. When we step outside of God’s design through lust or through acting on some sexual temptation, we dishonor our bodies and we are further down the road of darkness. And this is the great example of idolatry Paul gives, as we see in verse 25 . . .
25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
The context of this verse is sexuality, both from verse 24 and the verses that follow. So Paul will is pointing to this self-worship through sex as the great lie. We turn for life to one another physically and sexually rather than turning our spirits to God and in so doing we serve the creature rather than the Creator. What could be such a wonderful gift in the right context has become incredibly corrupted through our idolatry. I just don’t see how biology alone could explain the massive sexual dysfunction in our world. Only the kind of description we see in Romans 1 is truly accurate.
So, is there any hope for us? The hope lies in verses 16-17. “The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.” In other words, because we are unrighteous, and in our unrighteousness suppress the truth, our only hope is that the righteousness God demands from us would be freely given to us, namely, God’s own righteousness, to be received by faith.
Ancient Roman custom saw nothing wrong with sodomy, or pederasty for that matter, and, so far as I know, this was a feature of Roman civilization from its very birth. Blaming the decline and fall of the Roman Empire on its sexual mores (or lack thereof) makes just as much sense as attributing the rise of Rome to those same values.
On the other hand, beginning with Constantine the Great, Rome underwent a significant transformation, from paganism to Christianity, which must have introduced the Biblical restrictions against sodomy and pederasty to Roman society. A sophist could make the argument that Rome fell as a direct result of rejecting these ancient customs.
My translation of Ezekiel reads, "This was the sin of Sodom, your sister: pride, surfeit of bread, and undisturbed peace were hers and her daughter's *but* the hand of the poor and the needy did she not support. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me, so I removed them when I perceived it."
I emphasized the word "but" because it changes the meaning of the passage dramatically. Furthermore, no Hebrew-English dictionary defines "toh-ai-vah" as "taboo." The Hebrew for "taboo" is "ah-soor." I do not know on what authority Michaelson adopts his definition.
The scholar and activist Jay Michaelson proposes a reading of the story of Sodom that emphasizes the violation of hospitality as well as the violence of the Sodomites.
"Homosexual rape is the way in which they violate hospitality—not the essence of their transgression. Reading the story of Sodom as being about homosexuality is like reading the story of an ax murderer as being about an ax."
Michaelson places the story of Sodom in context with other Genesis stories regarding Abraham's hospitality to strangers, and argues that when other texts in the Hebrew Bible mention Sodom, they do so without commentary on homosexuality. The verses cited by Michaelson include Jeremiah 23:14,[Jeremiah 23:14] where the sins of Jerusalem are compared to Sodom and are listed as adultery, lying, and strengthening the hands of evildoers; Amos 4:1-11 (oppressing the poor and crushing the needy);[Amos 4:1-11] and Ezekiel 16:49-50,[Ezekiel 16:49-50] which defines the sins of Sodom as "pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and did toevah before me, and I took them away as I saw fit."
Michaelson uses toevah in place of abomination to emphasize the original Hebrew, which he explains as being more correctly translated as "taboo".
Do you not bother to read anything else but the hate your church leaders promote?
Again, you are not interpreting the context and truth of Sodom & G- it is actually a very important lesson in "Hospitality" that was not only a part of the culture to welcome a stranger and give them sanctuary, but with Jewish law that Lot had to offer his daughters since he accepted into his home he had to protect them. And the townsmen (who were pagans) wanted the Angels not because they were homosexuals, but because they believe the Angels were ENEMIES of their town and wanted to shame and conquer them thru RAPE which is used in WAR against an enemy.
In light of the passage, the most common response to the question "What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?" is that it was homosexuality. That is how the term "sodomy" came to be used to refer to anal sex between two men, whether consensual or forced. Clearly, homosexuality was part of why God destroyed the two cities. The men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to perform homosexual gang rape on the two angels (who were disguised as men). At the same time, it is not biblical to say that homosexuality was the exclusive reason why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were definitely not exclusive in terms of the sins in which they indulged.
Abraham’s compassion for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah reveals the heart of a man who cared greatly for others, including those who did not follow God. In fact, the angelic visitors who visited Lot were threatened by men of Sodom who desired to have sex with them. Though Sodom’s citizens were wicked, Abraham did not wish to see their destruction.
And it is also a basis for most religions- "Do unto others" and the Greatest Commandment that Christ gave to his followers- "To love your neighbor as yourself!" Why? Because man needs his fellow man in order to survive in ancient times.
Like Abraham, we are called to have great compassion for others, including those whose lives do not follow God’s ways. Also, we must ultimately accept God’s judgments, even when His decisions are not our desired choices.
Abraham’s request for these cities to be spared was denied. God sometimes says “no” to our requests, too, even when we pray with good intentions. The Lord may have other plans that we do not understand, yet which are part of His perfect will.
Finally, consider how God did answer Abraham’s request by rescuing Lot and his daughters. Although Abraham’s mediatory work did not result in the sparing of the cities, it did bring about the salvation of Abraham’s nephew. Abraham’s prayers on behalf of others were important, just as our prayers are today.
Sodom and Gomorrah, the downfall of Rome were about your perversions, not anyone else's. Be on the right side of history Guru and give up justifying your insecurities by sleeping with women, and live as God intended.
LMAO!!!- Ky. Gov. Claims Marriage Equality Threatens Birth Rates, Economy
In appealing a February ruling that struck down Kentucky's ban on marriage equality, lawyers for the state claim that allowing same-sex couples to marry would cripple the state's economy, since those couples can't procreate.
Just like your stealing an icon that doesn't represent your beliefs, you stole my picture joke, you have no originality. You are a SHEEP being lead to the slaughter by deceivers that feed you the spoiled milk and you gladly drink of it. LMAO!
Guru...Anderson Cooper has a portrait of his mother over his bed...and rarely leaves NY. Do you really think that is a mind worth exploring for truth?
ANOTHER LYER LYER YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE: Op-ed: Is Megyn Kelly Helping Homophobes?
Though Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has been deemed a voice of reason on the network, she's also giving a platform to professional anti-LGBT activists.
Megyn Kelly was supposed to be a harbinger of the Fox News Channel's "gay rights revolution," but she's used her prime-time spot to enable some of the country's most extreme anti-LGBT activists.
During his segment, Hooper urged Kelly to hold Perkins accountable for his extensive history of bigoted rhetoric. "What specifically? Because I'll ask him," Kelly promised. Hooper pointed to Perkins's endorsement of a Ugandan bill that would have imposed the death penalty for homosexuality, his claim that gay people face "eternal damnation," and his comparisons of gay people with terrorists.
In the segment that followed, however, Kelly didn't ask Perkins to explain his virulent antigay rhetoric. Instead, she introduced him as the leader of "a group whose mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and culture from a Christian worldview"
Legal fights over gay marriage spread across US
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by four gay couples in Montana leaves just two states — North Dakota and South Dakota — with gay marriage bans and no legal challenges aiming to overturn them. But that's likely to change as same-sex marriage advocates there gear up for a fight.
State marriage bans have been falling around the country since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Now, in 29 states, judges are being asked whether gays should have the right to marry.
Hey, TT. What are you going to do when Marriage Equality comes to Colorado? I sure do hope you don't run out and divorce your wife of many years for a younger MAN. LMAO!
Anderson Cooper Responds To News Anchor Who Stormed Off Over Michael Sam Kiss
The Huffington Post | by Katherine Fung
• Anderson Cooper put Dallas anchor Amy Kushnir on the Ridiculist Monday night over the way she reacted to Michael Sam's kiss with his boyfriend.
• During a recent debate with her co-hosts, Kushnir argued that it was inappropriate for ESPN to broadcast the kiss in front of children, and ended up storming off the set. She said that ESPN would not have aired a football player kissing his wife or girlfriend, and if they had, she would have said, "get a room!"
• Cooper mocked Kushnir on Monday, airing a segment in which she kissed two male strippers. He acknowledged that "a lot of people" share Kushnir's opposition to Sam's kiss, but said that her argument was just disingenuous. He continued:
• "To Amy Kushnir's argument that nobody shows football players kissing their wives or girlfriends, that's simply not true and I don't think she's being honest when she wouldn't want to see that either or she yells 'Get a room' whenever she sees that. If you're uncomfortable seeing some kind of affection... why not just say that and leave the excuses about why you're uncomfortable where they belong: on 'The Ridiculist.'"
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