Back and Forth: The Bible has two sides to homosexuality

CourtneySwessingerToday all you hear about is same-sex marriage, and how it will affect lives. Unless you live amongst the Westboro Baptist Church, most of the people whom the law affects are our friends, family, and neighbors. When was the last time these people ever did anything that you automatically assumed that they were LGBT? Or did they turn you LGBT? If you haven’t started liking the same-sex as yourself, I seriously doubt that once you finish this article, you will turn LGBT.

People use Biblical verses all the time to quote against same-sex marriage; but I am going to use them to explain my side of things.

To support gay marriage, all you have to do is look in the Old Testament at the story of David and Jonathan.

In the 1 Samuel 18, 1-4 it says, “After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4 Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.”

In this quote, the word covenant can be taken in a way to mean that they entered into a relationship with one another. So one can assume with the quote that it means that they took each other to be in relationship and became a couple, so to speak.

In the New Testament, in John 13: 34, Jesus is quoted as saying, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

Not to be too religious or anything, but if I recall correctly from my own Bible studies as a child( thank you eight years of religious education classes and three years of high school religion classes) if I remember correctly, in Matthew 5:43-44 it say, ““You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

You don’t have to love the person, but at least don’t judge them for something that they were born with being like. Last I checked, if you are shown something with LGBT material then you will not become LGBT.

How would you like it if someone judged you for how you walked and talked, and acted and who you liked? Why do people insist that LGBT people don’t mind being judged? It’s like being judged for being straight? You would not like it, so why judge others the same way you judge them?

One of my favorite quotes is from Elie Wiesel and it says, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

Whether we know it or not, in difference is around us. When we treat LGBT people like crap its because we are indifferent. We don’t care, but we should.

Love is love no matter what we do with it. I don’t care what I feel because, I know that everyone deserves a chance at love no matter WHO they love.

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