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Bible no textbook on morality

Published:Monday | December 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

That the Bible speaks in negative tones about homo-sexuality, there can be no doubt. But the Bible was written, redacted and canonised many centuries ago. We cannot change history; therefore, the Bible will always say what it says.

The real debate, therefore, is not whether the Bible condemns homosexuality, but whether the Bible's attitude towards homo-sexuality is of any more relevance today as a moral guide than is its teachings, for example, on divorce and remarriage (Matt 5:28-32), the inferiority of women (I Cor 11:3-10) or slavery (I Tim 6:1). I could cite tons more but for constraint of space.

Jesus wrote nothing. Everything attributed to Him in the Bible is second-hand information of what others claimed he taught. And there is plenty of scepticism in scholarly theological circles concerning the authenticity of much of those attributions.

The Bible is not a textbook on morality. Just take some time to read for yourself and you will discover the same. Those who want to prevent otherwise are deluding themselves and attempting to deceive others in the process.

We live in a day and age that emphasises rigorous scientific investigation and the application of logic and sound reasoning. These are far more reliable methodologies to employ in seeking to understand questions of human sexuality and the moral appendages, than turning to the Bible or conservative church folk who feel there is virtue in clinging to superstitions of the past.

I close with a quotation, courtesy of Wikipedia: "... While some still believe homosexuality is a mental disorder, the current research and clinical literature demonstrate that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviours are normal and positive variations of human sexuality, reflecting the official positions of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association."

DEVON GRAY

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