August 7th, 2013, 10:21 PM
Re: whay has the Christian myth got such a magnetic pull on some people?
The word "abomination" isn't a very good translation because it has emotional baggage on it that doesn't belong to the original term. That original is a technical term which doesn't indicate anything evil or wrong, just something placed off limits.
Originally Posted by Nemothepanda
It's also a term subject to change, as God demonstrates when He tells Peter in Acts that he can eat anything he wants: among the list of things eaten by humans are foods listed in the Old Testament as "abomination", but here God is saying that designation is done with.
Given that later in the same book the Apostles tell the entire church, all believers, that Leviticus and all the rest don't apply (except perhaps to Jewish Christians at the time), it is reasonable to presume that male-male sex (if that was ever all-inclusive) is no longer listed as "abomination".
I respectfully submit that just as Jesus and Paul set forth that certain Old Testament rules were given for human reasons (as Jesus says it, "because of the hardness of your hearts"), we can reckon any prohibition against gay sex the same. It may thus now be considered null and void, and the only operative guide left is the admonition to be faithful, i.e. no promiscuity or cheating.
As for why the Christian message has such a pull, its because most people are aware that they are to a great extent fuck-ups, and thus in need of a repair job or rebuild.
"Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "
--Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000
*the number is now forty
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