I don’t think Christ said a lot about abortion or even about single sex marriage

Some of the fundamentalist Christians seem to be performing or practising a kind of Christianity that I don’t think would be recognised by Christ. I don’t think Christ said a lot about abortion or even about single sex marriage. I don’t know where all these Christian doctrines came from but that had nothing to do with what Christ ever said in the Bible.

John Cleese, comedy actor, in a BBC Radio Merseyside interview. source

Well John, try the commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’  (that covers the murder of unborn human beings). I think you’ll find that Jesus was well in favour with the commandments as a cursory reading of the sermon on the mount would make plain. As for same-sex marriage, try Jesus’ words recorded in the gospel of Matthew (19.4-5)

4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast 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 not man separate.”

That ‘male’ and ‘female’ thing, John, is a bit of a clue on Jesus’ view on same-sex marriage, as well as the words ‘man’ and ‘wife’.

Have you not read, John? As you said yourself, “What Christ said in the Bible was profoundly important but it doesn’t mean that I approve of a lot of the people who practise Christianity.”

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One Response to “I don’t think Christ said a lot about abortion or even about single sex marriage”

  1. Ian G Says:

    The Matthew quote does not forbid same-sex partnerships, it doesn’t say anything about them, just points out that God created a world in which, yes, men and women come together and, when they do so, other people shouldn’t interfere. It doesn’t say: “And these are the ONLY partnerships acceptable”.

    If you interpret this way, then you’d have to say that, when Jesus only talked about the “lilies of the field”, he was thereby condemning all other flowers as sinful; or when he mentions the “swallows of the air”, then all other birds were condemned too, as only the “swallows” were mentioned.

    Jesus was actually teaching about divorce in Matthew 19, and was using the most common coupling in nature to illustrate his point. He said nothing about same-sex couples, nor does he ever. So, we cannot draw the conclusion that same-sex couples are “condemned” just because Jesus only uses the example of heterosexual couples to illustrate a point. This is just bigots reading their own prejudices in to things and “putting words in to Jesus’s mouth”. Stop it!

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