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Does God Really Care Who You Marry?

Updated on December 31, 2012
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If he does, he's trivial, but this really shouldn't be a surprise. I mean, this is a god who is jealous, insecure, full of rage, a misogynist, and above all, a big fat liar. One needn't go too far into the bible, the book that all Christians seem to be quoting from in regards to this debate on same sex marriage, to see that the Christian god contradicts himself at any given chance. At best, he makes it impossible to obey his every command and follow in his footsteps.

Most Christians will argue that what god may have done or ordered to be done in the bible was necessary for those times. Things like genocide or stoning women to death for not being a virgin, are not endorsed in modern times. So my question is this: Why then do Christians demand that fellow humans, because of their genetic inclination to want to be with the same sex, are not deserving of equal rights because of what it states in the bible? Wouldn't this be regarded as merely one of those things like stoning women to death that are no longer advocated?

Why Should These Caveats Be Ignored?

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If your argument is that modern times demand a more modern interpretation of the bible, then you are clearly saying that morality has evolved since the days of the bible. If that is true, then you can't cherry pick a few verses that reflect your personal interests to try and dehumanize an entire population of people. If your argument is that the bible is the perfect word of god and it should be followed to the letter, then you Christians have a lot of work to do, because I don't think I have ever, at least not in my lifetime, seen any of the above biblical laws put into practice. So forgive me, Christians, if I look upon your crusade to obliterate the evil that is same sex marriage with little more than contempt and disdain. Trivial doesn't even begin to describe what you are pushing for here.

God Must Have an Awful Lot of Time on His Hands

Most Christians will agree with me in thinking that the Islamic view that Allah really cares how a women dresses is ridiculous. I mean, millions of Muslim men seem obsessed with making sure that all women are covered from head to toe and any woman that goes against the wishes of Allah is stoned to death. Pretty harsh, right? But most will agree that this is trivial. Why would a god, any god, with infinite wisdom and power, with more pressing issues at hand, spend even a millisecond worrying about a human woman's wardrobe? Well, if you think this is trivial, but you think your god has a vested interest in who a person you don't even know sleeps with, you are just as ridiculous.

It's just as ridiculous to think that even for one second, you are so important to your god that he will answer your prayers, give you what you want, while denying an entire continent of food and water. But, these same Christians that believe that homosexuals aren't worthy of equal rights are probably the same individuals that believe that their god is punishing Africa for their homosexual acts. Tsk, tsk, Christians. Not a very loving attitude. In fact, it's downright hateful. Yet, this is the kind and loving god you want to portray, right?

This is a Civil Rights Issue, Not a Religious One

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You can have your opinions, Christians, but keep them to yourselves. There once was a time when right-wing Christians believed that blacks were less than human and that they didn't deserve equal rights. Most of us today look back on that time in our history with shame. Not all, but most do. How different do you think the same sex marriage issue is to the plight of millions of black Americans in the sixties? It's not different at all. You can quote from your little book all you want, just like Christians did back then in an attempt to justify their bigoted beliefs. That's all you are doing now, Christians.

If history has taught us anything it is that humans will always fight for equality. We will not stop until we get it. Maybe in as little as five or ten years same sex marriage will be legal in every state in this country, and you, my Christian friends, will have revealed your true colors for naught. Keep fighting the good fight although this means different things to people on either side of the fence. But just like the blacks won their civil rights, so, too, will homosexuals. All you will be left with, Christians, is the bitter taste of defeat.

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      Druid Dude 4 years ago from West Coast

      I like the hub, so I'm voting up. What the real point is, is this. The christians tend to interpret the bible in such a way as to give creedence to those things they want to do. Some constructive criticism I might offer, since you point out that Islam isn't much different, would be to take the focus off of christians and simply blame God in general, since they, the muslims and the Jews all claim to follow the same deity, but, there again, the bible is a collection of stories about how man wants this deity to conform to their own desires. Good writing.

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      emmaspeaks 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Very good point, DruidDude. I guess my inspiration has been the recent Chick-Fil-A thing, and that has been a Christian movement. I know I didn't mention it, save for the witty Jon Stewart comment at the end, but that's what it is. And my point is also that Christians, or those who follow the bible, will cherry pick it, just like you say. Thanks for your wonderful comment.

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      Druid Dude 4 years ago from West Coast

      Isn't it possible that God sometimes picks someone of the same sex as our mate? And, if this is true, then who else's business is it?

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      emmaspeaks 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Well, if there is a god, and he supposedly knows all, past, present and future, one would think so. But yeah, how trivial of a god to worry about who a person sleeps with or wants to be with. He should focus on world peace, or world hunger.

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      Druid Dude 4 years ago from West Coast

      It is the focus of people hiding behind God. And, I agree that THEIR focus should be on world hunger, but all they try to do is absolve themselves of responsibility. I really don't think God likes that...but they surely don't want you to know that.

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      emmaspeaks 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Yeah, if they spent as much time doing something worthwhile as they did spreading hate this might just be a little hiccup in the history of humanity. Sadly, this is the accepted norm.

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      Titen-Sxull 4 years ago from back in the lab again

      Love the Jon Stewart quote. I was really shocked by all the support Chick-Fil-A got, I mean this is the 21st Century, I expect better of people I guess. It amazes me that people can't see how OBVIOUS the solution to gay marriage is.

      As for the Biblical basis for these beliefs it's tenuous at best, the Bible calls shellfish an abomination and, restricts women from wearing men's clothing (pants anyone?) and men from trimming their beards. It's laughably hypocritical for Christians to cherry-pick the anti-gay verses of the Bible to believe in and then turn around and eat bacon, shave their facial hair and make graven images of Jesus.

      Good hub Emma :)

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      emmaspeaks 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Yup, I agree Titen. I mean, if you want to follow the bible then follow all of it or STFU. I laugh when christians disregard the Old Testament except for this one verse about the abomination that being gay supposedly is. But when asked about those other verses, they say, "Times have changed." Hmmm... just say you're a bigot and I might respect you a little more than if you hide your bigotry behind a bible verse. Thanks for the comment.

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      Rachael Lefler 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Great article! I love how you ended with a joke from Jon Stewart. I love him!

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