Cutting through the rhetoric.

I have made a number of in-your face comments, posts and statements over the last year about a variety of subjects. It seems that the most controversial ones stem around my views on the subject of same sex marriage within society; which appear to go against mainstream Christian teaching. And because of these; some have questioned my faith and belief system.

I would like to note that I have a deep abiding love for the Scriptures. I have a deep abiding love for God and his creation. I have a deep abiding love for Jesus and what he has done for me on the cross. I have a deep abiding love for the Holy Spirit who filled me to overflowing upon and has transformed my life in many ways.

Because of my love for the Scriptures; I don’t take the study of the word lightly. For we are talking about the word of God and we have to be very careful that we don’t tread on the word of God and make it say something it doesn’t. For if we start saying the word of God says one thing; when in fact it doesn’t say it and therefore it doesn’t support our stance…we are guilty of lying about God and misrepresenting him.

So when we come to the interpretation of the Scriptures we need to be sure that we are taking the context of what we think is being said into consideration. This means we can’t just open our Bibles, pick a verse and say this is the absolute truth; without first taking into account who is saying what and within what context.

We take a lot of things at face value as having Scriptural support within a Christian framework; such as Tithing and Godly nations to name two. Yet, the truth be told there is no Scriptural support to teach that Christians should tithe 10% – rather Paul encourages us to be generous. There is no Scriptural support for us to endeavour to create a Christian nation; for the Kingdom of God cuts across all national, gender, class and age boundaries.

Therefore in cutting through all the rhetoric and platitudes within the current debate about marriage in society; I would like to point out that the church does not have a biblical mandate nor an ounce of Scriptural support to marry anyone.

The apostles didn’t marry a single person. Jesus didn’t send his disciples out to marry anyone. Paul didn’t lay out any ground rules for pastors to follow in how to marry anyone. Instead what they did do is to lay out the ground work as to how Christians should live within society.

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About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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2 Responses to Cutting through the rhetoric.

  1. I have to agree with a lot of what you’ve said here.

    On the specific issue of Marriage, I’m fairly certain that the marriage traditions of the church came about due to the religious nature of Marriages in Greek and Roman society (invocations of blessings from the God’s of love and the household for example) and a desire to provide an alternative for Christian couples. That’s really oversimplified (I don’t have the time or knowledge of the Early Church to comment further), but something to consider. Also, what I’ve said isn’t support for people only being married in churches – just a reason some of those traditions arose.

    • Craig Benno says:

      You made some good points and raised some interesting questions Ben. We need to ask if through out the ages its the local culture that defines marriage and how marriage takes place and is recognised; or is it recognised on a societal level through the religious institution. This question of culture needs to be looked at and answered – because within that framework of questioning it allows for the questioning of what actually constitutes the churches authority and what makes it right or wrong within our church practices and how we are to engage with society.

      I can confidently state that most of what we take for granted as being “Christian” is in fact Christianised culture meaning we have taken parts of culture and adapted them for our own means.

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