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I am aware of Paul’s list of three verses earlier. The point of this proposal is to move beyond the arguments that stem from that list because the conclusions to be drawn from it are not as clear they seem. First of all, there is not a word for a homosexual in scripture. "Homosexual" wasn’t coined as a term until recently. The same is true in I Timothy, Paul is not referring to homosexuality as we know it. He is referring to malakoi or arsenokoites. What those mean is up for serious debate, but I want to move beyond that. It does seem, however, that whatever Paul was referring to was not beneficial, not building up the community, and showed a type of slavery to something other than love.
This view does not fail to see Scripture as authoritative, but it sees Scripture as authoritative to the context in which it was written. What I’m looking for is way to do the hardwork so that it can by a living word and remain authoritative today. Considering the revolutions in the sciences, Paul can’t know as much as we do. Paul certainly knows God as well as we do, and I’m sure better than I do. I’m wondering if a what we’ve learned over the centuries would have changed Paul’s view, not of God, but of the world.
I didn’t mean speaking in toungues to be an equivalent example, but to show why Paul was critical of that practice in Corinth. Namely, it wasn’t beneficial or building up the community. As for marriage, I don’t think two gay people would consider themselves an exact likeness of one another simply because they share the same genitalia. If sexual acts of heterosexuals cannot produce the next generation, are they sinful?
Again, I am wondering why the list that Paul mentions in chapter 6 is included. Why these acts? It seems to me it’s because they are not beneficial and do not build up. So, now, what if those acts are benefiting some and building up the community as evidenced by fruitful relationships and fruitful ministries? Would Paul see things differently?
Thank you for your response. It will help me know what I need to clarify and anticipate.