September 17: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible?

9-17-10

There will be no end to the skeptics. Those who protect their institution will watch silently over your shoulder and pick apart every word. Mark 2:6-7

Reconciliation demands that you stop surrounding yourself with everyone exactly like you. Who do you roll with? Mark 2:16

Everywhere Jesus went, no matter where he went, there also were his critics constantly watching, taking and plotting. Mark 2:23-24; 3:1-2

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/ PeaceByJesus

    Critics do not cease – on either side. And the ones who seek to make the gospel message more culturally palatable by resisting the negative aspects of it, and its call to repentance from immorality, are often the most deceptive and self righteous, being murmurers and complainers, while walking after their own lusts. (Jude 1:4,12,16)

    Notable among these are those who seek to join together that which God has (sexually) placed asunder. God created man and women uniquely compatible and complimentary, and they alone are joined by God in marriage, with opposite genders being specified by both Genesis and personally by Jesus Christ. (Gn. 2:18-24; Mt. 19:4) The Bible only condemns such – by design and decree, in principle and by precept – and never sanctions homosexual relations wherever they are manifestly dealt with, and the injunctions against them are part of the transcendent and immutable moral law. (Lv. 18:22; Rm. 1:26,27)

    Pro-homosexual polemics, in all their prolixity, are spurious, and ultimately require negating the authority of the Bible, and or the use of a hermeneutic which would negate any moral law.

    An extensive examination and refutation of such attempts can be seen here: http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/Homosex_versus_the_Bible.html

    Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.

    • Eugene

      “God created man and women uniquely compatible and complimentary, and they alone are joined by God in marriage, with opposite genders being specified by both Genesis and personally by Jesus Christ. (Gn. 2:18-24; Mt. 19:4)”

      Jesus doesn’t really say that only a man and a woman can be joined in marriage. In fact, he actually implies that the Old Testament verse (“…a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh”) is just a generalization because “eunuchs” don’t have to do this, and it’s morally right.

      • http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/ PeaceByJesus

        What Jesus really says is that God created humans man and female, and “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife”, thus linking how God created mankind with who/what they are sexually joined to. And which type or marriage is alone affirmed in the Bible, versus homosexual relations. But if you want to really on formalism, and demand an explicit statement that unconditionally excludes any same sex marriage, despite it being contrary to principle and precept, design and decree regarding who is to joined, then we can examine what it must overcome, as well as what else this hermeneutic will allow.

        Invoking eunuchs to support a radically new type of marriage fails because Jesus specifically states who/what is joined in marriage and why, and for how long, and not whether all must be married, which is the only general aspect of this teaching, as shortly seen here and elsewhere. What God joins is male and female, based upon creative distinctions, and they are to remain joined. When the requirements of marriage become an issue, then the accommodation for eunuchs is stated as regards that issue, logically because these would remain celibate, and could escape the difficult requirements of the married.

        And the idea that somehow Jesus is sanctioning sexual active eunuchs, which were a mark of paganism, is where pro-homosexuals polemics lose whatever pretense of Biblical exegesis they hope to convey.

        • Eugene

          So do you think that even gay men are “uniquely compatible and complimentary” with straight women? It seems to me that gay men are more compatible with each other. So if you believe in marriage based on Biblical principles, a marriage based on complementarity and lifelong monogamy can’t be “a radically new type of marriage”.

          You shouldn’t forget that Jesus was answering a question about a marriage between a man and a woman. So the fact that he mentions a man and a woman in his answer doesn’t mean that everything else is wrong. Of course, it’s wrong for straight men to marry each other – because they actually are “uniquely compatible and complimentary” with straight women. But you can’t impose this on gay people just because homosexual relationships “were a mark of paganism” two thousand years ago.

    • http://jontrouten.blogspot.com/ Jon Trouten

      PBJ: Your scriptures appear to fall out of sequence from Andrew’s daily scriptural progression.

      • http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/ PeaceByJesus

        “Progression?” I can only imagine. Where might this be?

        • http://jontrouten.blogspot.com/ Jon Trouten

          This blog entry is part of a series of one-sentence Bible verse summaries.

          Mark 2:6-7; Mark 2:16; Mark 2:23-24; 3:1-2

          Before that: Mark 1:24-28; Mark 1:33-34; 42-44; 3:12; Mark 1:43

          Before that: Mark 1:2-4; Mark 1:12-13; Mark 1:21-22

          Before that: Matthew 27:63-66; Matthew 28:11-15; Matthew 28:19-20

          etc. etc. etc.

          “Progression”.

  • http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/ PeaceByJesus

    After Mt. 19:4 should read: The Bible only condemns homosexual relations – by design and decree, in principle and by precept – and never sanctions them wherever they are manifestly dealt with, and the injunctions against them are part of the transcendent and immutable moral law. (Lv. 18:22; Rm. 1:26,27)

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    PeaceByJesus – This is just a quick warning to let you know if you continue to write comments on subjects that don’t line up with the topic of the post (in this case, my yearly on-going series of going through the Bible passage by passage – and these have nothing to do with sexuality), I will start deleting you posts without any further warning. Thank you.

  • PeaceByJesus

    I understand, as i see you have specific pages addressing this.


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