Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer
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Christianity and Homosexuality -- Different approaches yield different results.

I was directed to read this post, in which long discussions in the comments about translations from Leviticus, which is a Jewish document, followed a link to an article about an (allegedly) Christian perspective. I haven't (yet) read the article to which it links.

So many arguments claiming to come from a "Christian perspective" cite Jewish literature.

scarlatti asked me "Well, doesn't Christianity have its basis in Judaism?"

I could caricature the differences between the two faiths: Judaism says "God gave us The Law -- these are all the ways in which you can break your relationship with God"; Christianity says "God loves you -- these are all the ways in which you can mend your relationship with God".

That's a fairly fundamental difference of approach -- even if the backgrounds of the two faiths are very close.

So when people from the "Christian Right" make arguments based on texts lifted from the Torah, they end up saying things like "God hates homosexuals", and when other Christians make arguments based on texts from the New Testament, they end up saying things like "God loves you, unconditionally". Different approaches yield different results.

It's entirely likely that I've grossly misrepresented the Jewish faith. I don't think, however, that I've misrepresented the Christian Right's interpretation of the Torah. I'm open to correction.
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