Just recently Newsweek magazine produced an article which attempted to make a scriptural argument in favor of homosexual marriage. Space would not allow for one to deal with all of the errors that the writer makes in regard to biblical text. If nothing else, it demonstrates the ignorance that many people have in understanding God’s word. It also shows how far people in the media have moved away from fairly and reasonably dealing with a biblical issue. Thus, the article is aimed at proving that conservatives are wrong in maintaining that biblical marriage is between a man and a woman.
The article begins by arguing that the Bible does not give any clear pattern of what biblical marriage is really like. The writer seeks to prove her point by discussing the polygamous marriages of the patriarchs. While it is true that no polygamous marriage resulted in an overtly successful union for all involved parties, it never was according to God’s plan for marriage. In Matthew nineteen, Jesus outlines and restores God’s original purpose for marriage—one man for one woman for as long as they live.
The writer closes this section by saying “Would any contemporary heterosexual married couple…turn to the Bible as a how-to script?” Where else should one turn? If one considers the vast majority of world religions, not one defines marriage or the rights of a woman in a more comprehensive, compassionate, or time honored manner. Ancient Near Eastern religions allow for divorce, but not for the well-being or economic status of the wife. Only the Old Testament allowed for her re-marriage or return to her family (Deuteronomy 24. 1-4). Most world religions treat the woman as a slave to the husband in the marriage relationship; in Christianity and Judaism this is not the case.
The writer goes on to say that “the Bible and Jesus…neither explicitly defines marriage as between one man and one woman.” Jesus says in Matthew 19.5 “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh.” I do not believe that the Bible could be any more explicit—marriage is for a man and a woman.
Having moved from this wrongheaded conclusion, the article makes another ridiculous assertion. “Scripture gives us no good reason why gays and lesbians should not be (civilly and religiously) married—and a number of excellent reasons why they should be.” Scripture is replete with verses that teach otherwise. As a matter of fact, the Bible calls it an abomination in Leviticus 18.22. While we are not under the old covenant, the principle remains and is reinstituted in the New Testament—many scriptures echo these same sentiments.
Next, the writer asserts that “Jesus never mentions homosexuality, but he roundly condemns divorce…” Again, this is not true. Jesus condemns it by implication in Matthew 10.15 when he says, “Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of...