A Jan. 10 Herald letter to the editor criticizes a previous writer's comments that one particular religion among many is superior to all others, and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution doesn't allow this. These comments need some clarification.
Christian believers have been called to present the gospel message to this day as Jesus did through the apostles, person to person. The First Amendment specifically excludes the establishment of any religion through the law, and the Bible fully supports this law. Christian believers who wrote the Constitution understood their calling perfectly and formulated the law accordingly.
After dismissing the religious issue with a listing of the previous writer's attitudes, Mr. Gerrard Wilbur launches abruptly into the unrelated issue of homosexual behavior. The institution of heterosexual marriage preceded the Old Testament, which Moses wrote about 1500 B.C. in Genesis, chapter 2: "a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife ... and they will become one flesh."
This ancient pattern of marriage and child rearing has been the basis of laws and the choice of most adults worldwide since then.
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But support for homosexual relationships and marriage of same-sex couples has burgeoned dramatically in the last few years, contrary to biblical teaching. The Bible emphasizes repeatedly that Christian's practice, promote, protect and defend heterosexual behavior because it is God's plan for his creation.
Homosexual behavior is described in a number of Bible passages as sinful and is the basis for universal condemnation by most Catholic and Protestant churches. Mr. Wilbur fails to understand this is why most Christians condemn homosexuality and federal recognition of same sex marriages.