Biblical idea of marriage cherry-picks passages

There is no Biblical definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, writes Rev. J. McRee Elrod

Kyle Slavin, in “Want gay fries with that?” (The Gen-Y Lens, Aug. 10), said, “… the majority of those who don’t support same-sex marriage probably operate … on biblical principles ….”

What Biblical principles are those? There is no Biblical definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. There is 1 Timothy 3:12, which states: “Let deacons marry only once” (in contrast to Catholic unmarried priests). There is no indication of the gender of the marriage partner.

Many Biblical marriages were polygamous. Abraham pretended his wife was his sister, and pimped her out for his personal safety, as well has having a child by a servant. Noah had children with his daughters. The two most beautiful Biblical love stories (whether there was intercourse or not) are between two men (David and Johnathan), and between two woman (Ruth and Naomi). There are same-gender marriage ceremonies in early church documents, discovered by John Boswell.

Most who base their opposition to equal marriage rights on a verse in Ecclesiastes seem content to ignore more numerous instructions forbidding pork, certain sea foods, mixed fabrics, women speaking in church (1 Timothy 2:11-14), as well as the injunction not to judge others.

If one is to cherry-pick Biblical verses, there are better verses to select.

It is a pleasure for me to perform weddings for loving couples, regardless of gender.

Rev. J. McRee Elrod, Unitarian minister (retired), Metchosin

 

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Missing 12-year-old girl found

Victora police say missing youth has been found and is safe

The blind lead the blind at the Pacific Training Centre

Centre specializes in teaching visually impaired people everyday skills to live an independent life

Fewer Greater Victoria residents collecting EI benefits

The number of local EI recipients dropped by 5.5 per cent from January 2018 to January 2019

Sidney woman hosts charity shabby-chic furniture sale

Upcycled and refurbed furniture sells to benefit the Alzheimer’s Society of BC and Crohn’sColitis Canada

Student Voice: Reynolds ReyBots qualify for Texas-sized Robot championship

ReyBots robot met premier, ‘dodged’ the competition

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Jr. B Cougars advance to both league finals and provincials

Victoria beats Nanaimo 4-3 in Game 6 Friday night to win series

Most Read