To The Reader's Forum:
Two recent letters to the editor by two local preachers use the Bible as proof that Christians should condemn homosexuality, singling out one of our citizens in particular. However, isn't compassion for others the fundamental cornerstone of Christian ethics? The Bible contains over 31,000 verses. There are only six or seven passages in the Bible wherein homosexuality is mentioned, four of them from the Old Testament, the practice of which Christians do not follow today. On the other hand, there is a great deal in the Bible devoted to how Christian should behave. The New Testament insists upon fairness , equity, love and compassion.:
"Let any of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7
"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:8
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For
in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.- Matthew 7:12
Rather than judging others should not Christians follow the overriding message of Jesus, which was love? And are not Christians desiring to do and live the will of Jesus morally obligated to always err on the side of love?