The passages in the Bible that clobber gays, the Clobber Versus’, are presented in the new Queen James Bible as they were intended to be understood. That is, scripture did not condemn gay marriage.
From what I have read, homosexuality was practiced during the time of the Biblical writer, Paul. If Paul thought homosexuality was an out and out sin, there was language available which would have made that point clearly. Instead, he used more obscure language.
The growing acceptance of gay marriage and homosexuality means one of two things within the sphere of religion. One is people believe the Bible condemns any gay relationships but don’t care what the Bible says on the issue. The other is people don’t really believe the Bible condemns homosexuality.
When I was active in the national gay rights advocacy group, Parents and Friends of Lesians and Gays (PFLAG), several of my colleagues were ministers. They pondered about how to reach a broader audience that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality.
Locally, there are a handful of ministers who give seminars on interpretations of the Bible that rule out condemnation. All over the country such efforts go on.
I’m not sure at the end of the day these well meaning and serious efforts will make the difference needed to derail antiquated and, as it seems to me, incorrect interpretations of the Bible. What will work better is humorous ridicule.
That’s what is coming with the new Queen James Bible.
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