OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
Very interesting dialog so far, and one that is truly making me think. I do have some questions though that maybe someone can help with. One person said: I think that would defeat its entire purpose. Rather, I think that the
idea here is to look for larger principles which can guide our approach
to this divisive debate beyond the very specific (and therefore hard to
generalize) texts which everyone quotes.
Setting aside the questions of whether the current practice of homosexuality in "loving committed relationships" is what God through Paul had in mind, do we not in fact have some overarching principles that may help to answer this question? Genesis defines what marriage was to look like (for this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh). We see Jesus, and Paul, referring back to that original text in order to proclaim what I believe is God’s idea in marriage. If we grant that, and then refer to the same letter that started this thread, 1corinthians, doesn’t Paul address the issue of being joined to a harlot sexually as being one with her? So, in Paul’s mind, you were wrong to become one flesh with a harlot, meaning the one flesh was reserved for the man and wife. Any sex outside of those bounds would be wrong, whether it be between a man and woman not married, or a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, no? Even if Paul was addressing different practices in those passages, don’t we still have to deal with Genesis, and Jesus’ affirmation of what marriage, and thus sexual union, was to look like?