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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Well, I knew this would happen. There's gay marriage going on everywhere. It's all over the news today. What is my opinion as to what the position of the United States government should be, you ask? Well, civil unions are inevitable, and if the governments of the several states wish to allow it, or even the Federal government itself, it cannot be stopped. That includes all monetary and tax benefits, as well. That said, "gay marriage" is an oxymoron. It's like "carnal Christian." Forget what the state says, a homosexual couple is no more married than is a brother and a sister. The bottom line is this: Marriage is the binding of one man and one woman, for the purpose of ruling together over the creation, with the hope of being fruitful, with God's blessing. If the Bible is the true revelation of God's will to humanity, (big 'IF' for some of you) he cannot countenance, he cannot bless, that which he hates. I bear no ill will, no irrational anger toward anyone who is gay. But the Word of the Lord speaks for itself. There are those who will go through some pretzel-like exegetical contortions to escape the obvious truth on this point. But to allow this would cast doubt on the very meaning of words themselves, and all other doctrines we hold so dear.
Mel Gibson doesn't strike me as a Christian, (even putting obvious disagreements with Rome aside) based on what he said last night when interviewed by Diane Sawyer. He said even non-Christians could get into the Kingdom. You may want to check the Catechism of the Catholic Church on that one, Mel. He took 1 John 2:2 to say that "Jesus died for all men, regardless of creed." It's hard to square that with John 3:18, wouldn't you say? Acts 4:12 also makes things very clear: If you don't believe Jesus is the Christ who alone saves you from your sins, you will go to Hell. That's really harsh. I probably wouldn't say that to your face unless you asked, but it's high time somebody said it. The New Testament is not a set of values; it's primarily about the person and work of Jesus Christ, and what true disciples should do as a result of who he is, and what he has done. I'm your friend, but what friend would lie to you when the truth is so plain?
1 John 2:1-10: To Know God


Is there a verse in this passage that strikes you in a unique way?



Why does John write this letter?



What is an advocate?



Why is Jesus able to be our advocate?



What is atonement? (my Bible says, “propitiation.” By the way, atonement, propitiation, and satisfaction are all synonymous, according to The American Heritage Dictionary)



What kind of knowing is meant in v. 3? Is it the same as knowing that 2+2=4, for example? How is it different?

What are the two most important commands Jesus gave us? What did He say about them in relation to the rest of the Law? (Matthew 22:37-40)



What does the Bible say of us if we ignore Jesus’ commandments?



What is the word that they have heard?



Can we love God and hate one of our brothers? Are we allowed not to get along?




What do you make of v. 10? (Read 1 Peter 4:8)