The Episcopal Church moved to remove the bishop of the San Joaquin Diocese in California on Wednesday, in reaction to the diocese’s unprecedented decision late last year to secede from the church over theological issues.
Episcopal Church Votes to Oust Bishop Who Seceded
The particular “theological” issue is homosexuality and especially the ordinatiom and elevation to hishop of homosexuals. The seceding bishop is a fundamentalist who argues for a very literal interpretation of the Bible. The Old Testament has a num ber of references to homosexuality as abomination.
But Episcopalians are Christians and Christians believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. There are no words spoken by Jesus anywhere in the Old Testament. We have to turn to the New testament for those.
In the New Testament is the parable of the Good Samaritan [Luk 10:25-36]. But there is no mention of homosexuality in that parable. True enough, but then parables are meant to be applied and interpreted according to the social and cultural context of the reader. Here’s an extremely interesting and very relevant commentary on that parable. I urge the Episcopal secessionists to read it and take it to heart.
This dichotomy between the Old testament and the New Testament understanding of God and His Word dates back to the Marcionite heresy of the second century [cf my article on Marcion in the Heresiology book].
Christian apologists have been going through some incredible logical legermain in order to try and bring the two Testaments into harmony. Most Christians just accept their denomination apologetics without questuin. Hopefully now you will be a bit more critical of what your clegy spout about the relationship of the Old testament and the New.
One final point: Marcion argued that the God of the Old testament and the Father in the New Testament are not the same. But, as I’ve argued in other posts, God is Infinite and so can be all things to all people. He can be and is the God of an eye for an eye, snf he can be and is the Merciful and Compassionate. It is not God who changes; it is people. As we change (evolve), our spiritual needs and understanding grows, and therefore our understnading of God changes. Read the Bible verse below in the context of what I’ve said here.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11
Was the Apostle Paul Gay? is an article all good Christian fundamentalist homophobes need to read. The hypothesis that Paul was a homosexual sheds a whole new light on his theology and his life.