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RELIGION: Strain out gnat, swallow camel

Letter by Arne Herstad, Gig Harbor on May 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm with 20 Comments »
May 3, 2012 4:09 pm

Re: “An eye-opening speech about the Bible and homosexuality” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 5-3).

Pitts rightly decries the twisting of Scripture for political gain. But don’t we do the same thing with other revered documents? So why should the Bible escape our agenda-driven clutches?

Pitts further teaches us that “You don’t go to the Bible to hide. You go there to seek.”

Taking his advice, one finds a city worse than Sodom mentioned in the New Testament, Capernaum. Christ denounces that city, saying “… if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But now it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you” (Matthew 11:23-24).

So how did Capernaum earn that withering rebuke? Clearly it had nothing to do with sexual proclivities. Maybe it had something to do with the testimony they rejected.

Leave a comment Comments → 20
  1. sandblower says:

    Quoting the bible is a waste of time most of the time.

  2. whitman411 says:

    But it is great fun. And for the believer there is a message from God.

    Find these favorite passages where modern day issues are dealt with:

    Smoking? “And when Jacob saw Rachel, he lit off his Camel.” Toliet paper? “And I looked, and behold a flying roll!” Motorcycles? “And Joshua’s Triumph was heard throughout the land.” Bad habits? “Make a count of all those who piss against a wall. The number of those shall be warriors for your army!”

  3. RLangdon says:

    Capernaum became the headquarters for Jesus’ Galilean ministry (Matthew 9:1).

    Jesus taught in the synagogue of Capernaum (Mark 1:21; 3:1; Luke 4:33-38).

    Jesus healed the servant, who was about to die, of the centurion of the military garrison stationed at Capernaum (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10).

    Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law and many others (Matthew 8:14-17; Mark 1:21-34; Luke 4:31-41).

    The man with a palsy was healed when his friends let him down into the house where Jesus lived after removing the roof (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26).

    Jesus raised the daughter of Jairus from the dead (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:22-43; Luke 8:40-56).

    Jesus healed the woman who had an “issue of blood” (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48).

    Jesus healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath day in the synagogue (Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11).

    Capernaum, Korazin, and Bethsaida were the venue for most of Jesus miracles (Matthew 11:20-24).

    Jesus revealed Himself to be the “bread of life” in a sermon delivered in the synagogue of Capernaum (John 6:30-59).

    and then…

    Jesus pronounced a curse on the city of Capernaum because of the unbelief of so many of its inhabitants (Matthew 11:23-24; Luke 10:15).

    Jesus was saying that He did all these things in Capernaum, and still many of the people of Capernaum refused to believe in Him. He went on to say if He would have done these same miracles in Sodom perhaps more people of Sodom would have believed in Him and Sodom might have been saved from its destruction. But there’s nothing about homosexuality in any of that, except the relationship between the city name Sodom to the word sodomy. But Jesus didn’t say that!

  4. Frankenchrist says:

    I always get a kick out of the letters written by the religious Some of them actually believe the things they read in the Bible.

  5. Frankenchrist: I am sorry that you are so full of evil which shows in every one of your posts. How sad it is the way you think, you must have been an abused child to be so hateful of the truth.

  6. BlaineCGarver says:

    Pfffft…half or so believe the fairy tales that the ‘Crats wretch forth….The Bible is easy to believe compared to that filth.

  7. Know your enemy – read the bible.

  8. norsey says:

    In biblical times, teaching and conveying was done primarily by parables and the like – using stories to underscore a lesson or teaching. Why is it that so many insist that the biblical authors bucked this trend and instead went strictly non-fiction? Did not the main characters in the bible, including Jesus, use parables? Why do some insist on such a literal reading of everything else in the bible? Newsflash: the world wasn’t created in 7 days.

  9. RLangdon says:

    It’s so hard to believe that anyone who would choose the screen name Frankenchrist would ever have anything negative to say about Christ or Christians. Weird!

    Also, I am surprised LornaDoone33 hasn’t appeared her in this topic to use the opportunity bash Catholics as he seems so fond of doing at every opportunity.

  10. XBJ98N says:

    I’ve been following the various comments in this paper for quite some time.

    When people bring up the many and varied forms of the frankenchrists, lornadoones and kluwers we see constantly bellyaching, it causes me to think, if people like that, and there seem to be a lot of them, are the reflection of the people of Tacoma, I certainly don’t want to know anyone in this town!

  11. kluwer says:

    Far better than the aislanders, ct7, frosty, sosos and their ilk.
    If that is who represents Tacoma it’s no wonder business is leaving!

  12. RLangdon says:

    And I am very happy to see that RLangdon is NOT included in either of those groups listed by XBJ98N or kluwer! Thankyou! Thankyouverymuch!

  13. Setting aside the truth arguments – there is one thing about religions and churches that are necessary for we puny humans – Community, a social group, a sense of being with others like you, a knowlege that others will be there for you when you need them.

  14. RLangdon says:

    Good observation xring. So true!

  15. Darlin says:

    I’m with you XBJ98N. There are just too many liberal, negative aetheists on this thread which is why I hardly ever read it anymore.

  16. Darlin….Most likely because “liberal, negative atheists” have no job, have no life, and have little else to do but make this their calling.

    Spreading their hateful, mindless venom against anything remotely normal while spreading the dogma of liberalism seems to be their only strength

    I get quite tired of it myself. I feel like I need a shower and a penicillin shot every time I come in here to read this junk.

  17. then why do you keep coming back?

  18. Darlin says:

    Mainly to dispute your anti Christian babble.

  19. LOL

  20. RLangdon says:

    XBJ98N, seriously now. If it disgusts you so much to come to these blogs, then why don’t you do yourself a favor and stay away?

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