Christianity

The Bible Says it's Wrong

Today I was reading the editorial section of a local paper. Within the editorial section was a survey asking random people what they thought about the legality of gay marriages. Two of the people answering the survey gave their reasons behind why they thought gay marriages should be outlawed: because the Bible says gay marriages are wrong.

I’m not here to argue gay marriage, so please don’t bring that up in any comments or trackbacks. What I intend to argue is that it is illogical to claim that something should be illegal or legal based on what the Bible says. Let’s start with some examples and use the United States law as a foundation.

The Bible is very blunt that people should not commit adultery or have divorces. Having adultery in the U.S. is not a crime and neither is divorce. If the U.S. law followed the Bible, however, then adultery and divorce would be illegal. The Bible also says that sexual immorality is wrong. Once again, if the laws followed the Bible, then pornography, masturbation, fornication, homosexuality, and a host of other sexual behaviors would be outlawed.

The laws following the Bible could easily turn into a slippery slope, which is exactly why it is illogical to claim that something should be a law simply because the Bible says a behavior is wrong. Furthermore, if every law conformed to the Bible, then everybody in the country would be forced to exhibit ideal Christian behavior. Christians would no longer have to rely on their faith to fight life’s temptations; Christians would simply have to obey the law.

I can see how lawmakers of a particular country would rely on the Bible for some of its laws, but the laws should not all be taken verbatim. Every country is different and even the Bible says to follow the laws of our own government (to an extent).

So is adultery and divorce wrong? Yes. Why? Because the Bible says so. Should they be outlawed? I leave that answer open.

Comments

  1. If legally a husband and wife can not see eachother, what would the bible want them two to do?? is it wrong in the bible to break that?

  2. @Ana,

    I would argue no. In many countries it is illegal to even read the Bible. Would it be wrong then, to break the country’s law and read the Bible? In the country’s eyes, yes. In God’s eyes, no.

  3. do you know any verses in the bible regaurding my husband and i being forced to be seperated? i wounder what God would say about it

  4. What do you mean “forced” ?

    Check out 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 –

    10To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

    It’s in the context of separation and divorce. Not sure if it applies in your situation, but at least lets you know that God doesn’t want married couples to divorce or separate.

    Also check out 1 Corinthians 7:1-6 (in the context of sex):

    1Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.[a] 2But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. 3The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. 5Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.

    So no, it’s not good for a wife and husband to be separated unless agreed upon. Of course there are always the situations out of our control, such as obligations to country, and even to church. Hope those scriptures helped.

  5. i mean that we have a court order to be seperated for 2 years!!! at first we were okay with it because we planned on divorcing, and now we want to work on out marraige with the Lord of course, which im sure we lacked of before, but this court order does not help, and we of course want to lift it, and get it removed but it will take time, and we have already been seperated for 2 months prior. So now we just despertly want to be with eachother now that we decided divorce is wrong.

  6. did u find any? i have come beleive since the bible says a husband and wife should agree upon (together) to be seperated, well i mean by law they passed it, but i signed nothing. Just was told, now i think that i should have a right to sign something if i agrees right? i mean the law is under God, so that just totally broke it….i dig deep 🙂

  7. If the Bible says its wrong then its wrong, period. We get in trouble by mis-interpreting the Bible and reading our own ideas into the Bible.

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