Matthew 5: 27-30
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye makes you [w]stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you [x]to lose one of the parts of your body, [y]than for your whole body to be thrown into [z]hell. 30 If your right hand makes you [aa]stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you [ab]to lose one of the parts of your body, [ac]than for your whole body to go into [ad]hell.
Ouch!! Sounds like He is talking about changing behavior.
So, now that we have all that out of the way, how would you like to support your position that discrimination against gays based on religious beliefs is different than that same religiously-based discrimination against blacks or women in the past?
Jesus loved us while we were yet sinners - and then commanded that we go and sin no more.
Love is indeed better than approval, but you have mixed up the definitions of each.
Loved them so much, in fact, that He would refuse to simply accept their self-destructive behavior, as opposed to insisting that it change. He would not "appreciate the differences" he had with someone who thought adultery was acceptable.Yeah, adultery is pretty bad. And yet I suspect he even loved adulterers.
Jesus defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman that shouldn't be broken (Matthew 19:4-9) and then prescribed how those unable to live out that standard should live (Matthew 19:10-12). The sinfulness of homosexual conduct wasn't a question in any crowd he addressed, and so there is no reason for him to have pulled it out specifically (he also, for example, never specifically mentioned rape). When the apostles were writing to Greek, Latin, or other non-Hebrew audiences, they did have to contend with a culture in which homosexual conduct was accepted, which is why they did have to discuss it specifically.While we are on the topic can you post where he specifically mentioned homosexuality?
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