If you’re going to make an argument, no matter what it is, you’d better argue well. The protestor above is responding to some pretty weak arguments from Christians with a reply that shows he has better Bible knowledge than those who have been protesting homosexuality through obscure Old Testament verses.
The problem comes from a passage in Leviticus 18:22
which says, Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable
That seems pretty straightforward, but the very next chapter says that I can’t eat steak that are medium-rare and I can’t trim my beard in certain ways. Does your anti-homosexual protest sign explain why you are cherry picking obscure Old Testament references to observe while ignoring others? (For the curious, a simple answer to why the Bible includes obscure laws that are not part of Christianity – a very good question – read this
Radio personality Dr Laura, a practicing Jew, has also used this argument. A listener took this to its logical extreme
and sent her an email asking some follow up questions, including “I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
” and “I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
So we see that when we do not study logical fallacies before engaging in dialog we are prone to make embarrassing errors. (Read this
, and especially this
, for more information how to avoid making poor arguments.) What the protestor in the above picture has shown us is that there are called Christians employing illogical and poorly thought out tactics to fight homosexuality who have only succeeded in making every Believer look foolish. Thanks, a lot, for making us all look hateful and
stupid at the same time.
We don’t minister to people by shouting and griping at them – we can only minister by reflecting God’s love.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:35-40
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