Does the Bible Support Same-Sex Marriage: Part 2
Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was recently on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” with Lisa Miller, author of Newsweek recently controversial cover story, A Religious Case for Gay Marriage.
From his blog, Dr. Mohler had the following to say about his time on the broadcast:
I appreciate Lisa Miller’s candid acknowledgment of the fact that the November 4 passage of Proposition 8 in California had just about everything to do with the timing of the story. Beyond that, I appreciated her explanation of her argument for same-sex marriage. In essence, her dichotomy between those who see the Bible as a document with a “living” interpretation and those who see it as a binding document gets to the heart of the issue. As much as no evangelical I know would ever accept the dichotomy framed this way, she does explain her own perspective well. She believes the Bible contains “universal themes” that should be preserved, but no binding rules that are to be obeyed.
That does clarify the issue. Her understanding of biblical authority (if you can even call it that) allows her to deny the truth status of passages she prefers to disregard (The audio of the interview can be heard here).
It is important for a person to understand the foundation that one, such as Lisa Miller, is working from in conducting linguistic gymnastics in having the Bible say something that was not meant to be said (this goes for any historical document for that matter).
Just like any other letter, book, or e-mail, when the Bible was written, there was an intent by the author of the individual book that is grounded in history, unchanging. Since this is the case, we are to begin by observing what was said by the author and to whom it was written. Once we understand the historical intent of the text, then we are capable of interpreting and applying it to our life today.
The Bible – or any other historical document – is not to be considered a “living document” in the sense that the original intent takes on a new meaning today or tomorrow.
As before in Part 1, I encourage you to take 28 minutes and watch the following video by Robert Gagnon, Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This video lays the basic groundwork for a Biblical response to homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
Sit back, get your pen and paper ready, and watch and learn.
Further Food for Thought: