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January 27, 2005

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bls

A very good article, thanks. I just linked you on my own blog.

Rachel

Studying the bible to determine how we respond to issues is a good thing. I agree, though, that there is a time to step back, look at the bigger picture of what Christianity stands for, and realize that the Bible wasnt written with a primary purpose to condemn homosexuality. I think that sometimes we focus so much on what the Scriptures say about one subject that we turn it into a bigger issue than what it was meant in context. For example, if I were to ascertain what scriptures primarily focus on just from listening to prominant Christains in America speak, I would imagine pages full of anti-homosexuality, abortion, and firy scenes of hell, rather than the pages and pages of economic justice and love that the actual scriptures have. So, yes, put down our bibles once in a while to look each other in the face as human beings, but also read the whole scripture, not just individual verses, to remember what the main message is all about. Thank you for your articles-this is the second one i've read and I cant wait to see what else you have to say.

rainbow pitta

I couldn't agree more with Rachel when she urges us to read the whole scripture. Not just on the issue of so called homosexuality but on many things, the Church in all its forms needs to take the long view, the helicopter view or whatever you want to call it. We have become so used to the micro examination of scriptures that we lose site of the fact that we have been for a long time reading the medium of the message, not the message itself. It is as if we are reading the fibers of the paper, believing these to be the very breath of God.

Worse, in Churches everywhere we learn to read only certain fibres.

Our spiritual leaders have a new but very old and challenging task. That is, they need to help us all step back and discern the story, not the just colour, the sexuality or even the richness of the paper.

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