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How To Effectively Respond To Homophobes August 22, 2005 5:30 PM

How To Effectively Respond To Homophobes ARE YOU a HOMOPHOBE? Are you a homophobe? If you are, you probably use the Bible to justify your hatred of gays and lesbians. But do you obey all the commandments of God and Jesus yourself? Here are some divine laws you probably transgress frequently: 1. You must not do any work on the seventh day, the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. (Exodus 20:8-11) 2. You must not eat pork, clams, oysters, shrimps, or rare steaks. (Leviticus 11:7,12; 19:26) 3. You must not cut the hair on the sides of your head, or trim the edges of your beard. (Leviticus 19:27) 4. You must not charge interest on loans to your countrymen. (Deuteronomy 23:20) 5. You must not pray in public. (Matthew 6:5-6) 6. You must give to everyone who begs from you; and when someone takes your things, don't ask for them back. (Luke 6:30) Many homophobes say they do not have to live by the laws of the Old Testament, only those mentioned in the New. They quote Paul to justify judging gays. Yet Jesus himself said: "Do not think that I came to abolish the law..." (Matthew 5:17) If you still think you are holier than gays and lesbians, here's what Jesus says about you: "Don't pass judgment, so you won't be judged. Don't forget, the judgment you hand out will be the judgment you get back. And the standard you use will be the standard used on you. Why do you notice the speck in your neighbor's eye, but overlook the timber in your own? How can you say to your neighbor, "Let me get the speck out of your eye, when there is that timber in your own? You phony, first take the timber out of your own eye and then you'll see well enough to remove the speck from your neighbor's eye." (Matthew 7:1-5 Scholars Version) Jesus also said: "You must love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 19:19; 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10;27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8) READ THE BIBLE  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 August 28, 2005 2:37 AM

Far easier August 31, 2005 4:50 AM

To tell them "judge not lest ye be judged", and walk away. I have no time for selective minds, and hate filled christian groups. Shannon  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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