- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013 - UK
Biblical marriage is a very complex institution, as PPs point out. It is also very confusing from the perspective of covenant vs marriage. This is something I’m still trying to understand. When does a covenant become what we would consider a marriage, especially seeing as covenants are also sacred, may or may not be sexual, and can be between same sex couples, or even a mother and daughter in law (see the book of Ruth… obviously, I’m not saying Ruth and Naomi were having sex, but they had a covenant)? I don’t know the answer! But I know it’s far more complicated than some people say.
“the problem I have is when homosexuality is forced on believers” I don’t actually know what you mean… maybe I’m being very dense. Do you mean that, by redefining what marriage means legally, this causes religious issues? Because nobody is redefining religious marriage in the US, as far as I can see… Europe is a different story, for all sorts of reasons.
“I feel that Homesexuality and same sex unions should not be put under the same category as a man and woman marrying.” Only… believers actually don’t have the power to define marriage legally (Matthew 22: 15-22). We are bound by earthly laws, unless they contravene G-d’s law. And seeing as religious and legal marriage are two very different entities, I see problems with your argument.
“legal rights can bestowed to a civil union. What is wrong with that?” Absolutely nothing, as I make clear in previous posts… at least, if you live in the UK. PPs, in answer to me, have made clear the issues with this state of affairs in the US! Sure, you could try to replicate the UK situation in the US… but it would be really hard to implement, I see that now.
“I do not feel that church’s or other religious organizations or believers should be penalized for their beliefs.” Again… I can think of ways in which organisations and believers really could be penalised in the UK (the fear is quite genuine) for refusing to marry same sex couples. I can also think of ways in which the new UK marriage law indirectly penalises religious LGBT couples. But I can’t see how same sex couples in the US could be penalised. How would that work?