Religion Essay

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Carrie Boike Religion In America Condemnation of Homosexuality in the Christian Church Over recent years, homosexuality has become more publically displayed and more questioned in today’s society than ever before. Debate whether it should be accepted in the Christian position or not is controversial throughout the world. In deliberation, the four sources of authority come into consideration- Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason- but without declaration of one trumping or outweighing the others, it is difficult to say which source of authority should be accountable for the final decision on homosexuality. On this topic, the authority of Experience along with other outside topics portray one side accepting homosexuality, whereas Scripture and Tradition play vital roles in condemning the practice of it. According to its own scripture and sources of authority, homosexual relationships and marriages should not be accepted in Christianity. Scripture is the sacred writings of the Word of God that are displayed throughout the Bible. Within these texts, Christians are provided with guidelines and rules of what they should and should not do. Thus, rejecting the Scripture would result in detesting the Word of God. In regards to homosexuality, the Bible doesn’t speak in either a positive nor neutral manner. In the Old Testament, the Bible condemns homosexuality. According to Leviticus 20:13, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood is upon them” (NRSV). This verse relates homosexual practices to sexual offenses such as adultery and incest, and is unacceptable to the extent that one shall be punished by death. In turn, critics of this statement argue that the Old Testament is irrelevant and is trumped by the New Testament. One example critics provide deals with the dietary rules of

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