Bi­ble mes­sage

The Church of England - - LETTERS -

Sir, Ser­ena Lan­caster is quite right (7 March) to em­pha­sise the need to con­sider the whole of the Bi­ble, but your cor­re­spon­dent seems con­tin­u­ally in a state of con­fu­sion be­tween eise­ge­sis and ex­e­ge­sis, the read­ing into the Bi­ble what is not there and what the Bi­ble clearly states - one of the great dan­gers when the Bi­ble is sub­jected to spec­u­la­tions that lead people to con­clude that the Bi­ble can say what one wishes it to say in ac­cor­dance with the cul­tural mores of the day.

Ser­ena Lan­caster draws at­ten­tion to John 8:1-11 whilst ig­nor­ing that our Lord here con­demned the bi­b­li­cal sin of adul­tery. As ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and adul­tery are both bi­b­li­cal sins your cor­re­spon­dent can­not pick and choose be­tween the two. Ei­ther both ac­tiv­i­ties are sin­ful or nei­ther are.

Your cor­re­spon­dent’s use of the im­age of slav­ery is flawed in that she is er­ro­neously us­ing the Bi­ble to pro­mote ho­mo­sex­ual prac­tice in the same way that was used to pro­mote slav­ery - namely ig­nor­ing and dis­tort­ing the spirit, let­ter and tra­jec­tory of Scrip­ture in the at­tempt to dis­credit the un­am­bigu­ous con­dem­na­tion of ho­mo­sex­ual prac­tice.

The com­pas­sion of Christ is in­deed for all and this is why God has given bound­aries for sex­ual be­hav­iour in or­der to pro­tect people from their own in­cli­na­tions and the of­ten-dis­as­trous re­sults that fol­low.

Alan Minchin, Strat­ford upon Avon

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