With apologies to Dopey is a post by ColorStorm that comments on emerald isle’s decision to legalize something that does not exist, same-sex marriage. The phrase itself is an oxymoron. Hence observes:
So here it is in all its colorless glory: Same sex marriage is Disneyesque, where magic and enchantment are paraded just like Snow White and her short friends. Poof! The ability to alter words and the agreement by the masses to celebrate the changing of a time-tested institution, in what was once unbelievable, is now believable and according to Ireland, has officially been made credible. (from here)
Of course, ‘s post stirred up a good discussion. That include a post on another blog. siriusbizinus tried to counter ‘s post with this misleading little volley, MY GOD WILL HAVE ITS REVENGE. I am afraid ‘s post will be effective with those who don’t bother to read ‘s post and have little familiarity with the Bible. So I will deal with it here.
Since led with the graphic below (supposedly, it represents Biblical marriage), let’s focus on it (to read the graphic, click on it).
Other marriage arrangements do occur in the Bible, but the Bible — God — heartily endorses only what we call traditional marriage. One commenter on this graphic put it this way.
In one sense the graphic is “true”. The Bible does present all these, and more (some arguably worse) patterns of marriage. It is also true that God chose to work in and through many of these. Just looking at Abraham (the “father” of the three monotheistic religions) or Jacob (aka “Israel”) makes it clear that God does not turn aside from some convoluted and perverse human arrangements in choosing who to use as a channel of grace.
But, do any of these represent “a biblical view of marriage”. Hell no! It is time for some stakes in the ground. In terms of the teaching of Scripture it is clear that Gen 2 is a privileged text (Jesus and Paul both cite it when discussing marriage). This passage, and the teaching of Jesus and Paul make some basics clear:
- was ordained by God
- is the union of a man and a woman
- produces and nurtures the next generation
- provides necessary partnership
Why did God permit the nontraditional marriages? Why does God permit us to divorce? As Jesus explained, the problem lies within us.
Matthew 19:3-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
3 Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” 4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” 7 They *said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?” 8 He *said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
Given the title of ‘s post, I suppose we also have to consider the subject of God’s vengeance. Did say anything about God’s taking revenge? No. He referred to the Irish’s prime minister’s speech in support of same-sex “marriage.”
Here is what said.
But back up to the prime ministers allegation. The giving of rights and approving same-sex marriage is proof of our ‘generosity and compassion.’ This is typical speech that hands out candy to someone who is starving, something that will never satisfy, will always leave a hunger, and is purely driven by an emotional appeal to the prurient, guaranteed to have disastrous results to individuals, as well as the island itself, (ahem, in time.)
As one commenter observed, some people cannot see what is saying.
Handing out candy to the starving, that’s it precisely. There is cruelty there and so many people can’t even see it.
What is saying is that the people who show their concern for homosexuals by approving of their conduct actually do them the most harm. Homosexuals do not have a right to marry someone of the same sex. How can anyone have the right to force other people to respect a lie — to respect as real something that does not in fact exist?
Think about what it means to spoil a child. Instead of helping a child by correcting it, we let that child have its way. Thus, that child never learns self-discipline. Similarly, when we enable homosexual behavior (just to avoid childish howls of protest), we enable self-destructive behavior. Hence, God’s revenge is what comes from a lack of self-discipline and so-called caring friends.