Post Number:#46 March 4th, 2012, 5:23 am
How does Kingcool know what 'most people ' believe?
To be charitable to Kingcool, I suspect he was talking about most people who follow an Abrahamic religion.
I asked dparrot whether he/she thought homosexual relationships morally wrong purely because of his/her religion. The reason I asked that is this:
I personally cannot find anything at all inside me that could possibly see homosexual relationships as in any way morally wrong. I'm not homosexual myself and, like a lot of heterosexual men, tend to be a bit "grossed out" by the thought of two men being... intimate with each other. But there are other things that "gross me out" too. For example, I find the taste of apple pie disgusting. But I don't think it's immoral to eat it! I don't want to ban it!
I would consider it morally wrong to condemn same sex relationships because it would cause needless suffering to people who gain happiness and fullfillment in them.
So, if for some reason I wanted to become, for example, Christian, I would face the problem of having to force myself to accept a moral judgement that I feel deeply in my "gut" is wrong. I don't see how that would be possible.
Of course, this is aside from the fact that some people seem to think that the Bible doesn't actually condemn same-sex relationships and that any such interpretation is a mistranslation. I don't know. I'm no Biblical expert.
I just read your last post on this subject (after I wrote the above). It sounds to me like a very good interpretation of Christian teaching. I certainly can't see any argument against it! It's just that many other Christians (and Muslims etc) seem to take a much more inflexible position and take the attitude that you have to accept everything in the Bible (Koran etc) or nothing at all. They say you can't pick and choose.
Personally, I do pick and choose! "Love thy neighbour" = great! "Don't be gay" = wrong!
But I can see why they would say that you can't pick and choose. Because picking and choosing basically means making up your own mind and ignoring the religious decrees. I guess they think there's a danger of the decrees becoming redundant.
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