The state of Maryland has approved Gay Marriage...the 8th state to do so. Before you say "Oh, here goes another Bible thumper who is going to bash homosexual marriage", that's not what this is about. As I read through comments on facebook and other social media sites, I see one common theme...someone brings up the fact that it's morally wrong and the immediate response to that comment is "Why must Christians butt in and Bible thump their beliefs on others?", or "separation of church and state, this Country is no longer a Christian country so why keep those old fashioned morals in this Country?", yada, yada, yada!
Well, news flash! It is NOT just Christians who have these moral beliefs. It's not just the Bible that says it's wrong...let's see what others have to say.
The Qur'an and Homosexuality:
There are five references in the Qur'an which have been
cited as referring to gay and lesbian behavior. Some obviously deal with
effeminate men and "masculine women." The two main references to
homosexual behavior are:
"We also sent Lut : He said to his people : "Do ye commit
lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? For
ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a
people transgressing beyond bounds." Qur'an 7:80-81
"What! Of all creatures do ye come unto the males, and
leave the wives your Lord created for you? Nay, but ye are forward
folk." Qur'an 26:165
Traditional Judaism considers homosexual acts as a violation of Jewish law (halakha).
In Leviticus 18:22, it is written: "And you shall not cohabit with a male as one cohabits with a woman; it is an abomination."
And in Leviticus 20:13, it is written: "And if a man cohabits with a
male as with a woman, both of them have done an abominable thing; they
shall be put to death; their blood falls back upon them."
(those who live outside the monastery) are expected to adhere to Five Precepts, the third of which is a vow "not to engage in sexual misconduct."
The Sikh sacred text, the Guru Granth Sahib, is the highest authority
in Sikhism. It is silent on the subject of homosexuality. However,
there are parts of the Guru Granth Sahib that have been interpreted to
mean that homosexuality is wrong.
There are five vices outlined in the Guru Granth Sahib that are to be
avoided by Sikhs. These vices are called the Five Thieves. They are
Pride (a’Hankar), Anger (Kr’odh), Greed (Lob’H), Attachment (Mo’H), and
Lust (K’haam). Many Sikhs believe that homosexual thoughts and behaviour
are just manifestations of lust, and that it is therefore forbidden.
Homosexuality is a complex matter in Hinduism because of the many
types of religious life. In general, "twice-born" Hindus are prohibited
from homosexual acts (maithunam pumsi), such as in Manusmrti 11:174, which mentions both men and women.
So, why is it when someone mentions homosexuality is morally wrong, people jump on the "you must be a Christian" bandwagon? I constantly hear "This country is made up of ALL religions...how dare you throw your Christian morals on me?"...well, they are partially right. This Country is made up of ALL religions, but guess what? MOST (not all...I'm not an idiot), but MOST believe that homosexuality is morally wrong!!!!! Can ALL these religions be wrong? If homosexuality is ok, then why is that some of the biggest religions in the world ALL say the same thing?
My point of this blog isn't to bash homosexuals. As a Christian, I am to love the person but hate the sin! (the Torah says this, too) But, the argument that "those darn Christians are Bible thumping again" is wrong. Maybe we are the loudest group? Who knows? But, before you bash the Christians for voicing their concerns on this matter, maybe these people need to look at who they are talking to. It might just be a Buddhist they are arguing with! ;)