2b - What the New Testament Says about Homosexuality from Westar's membership magazine—The Fourth R 21,3 (May-June 2008) William O. Walker, Jr. Mainline Christian ...
I opened up The Daily O'Collegian recently and saw an article discussing Oklahoma State University's increase in admitting students with diverse backgrounds. I am proud and glad to see OSU actively promote diversity, and I love that we make an effort to encourage students of similar and different backgrounds to interact and learn from each other in a nonsectarian environment.
That being said, I want to comment on the more recent letters to the editor regarding the Dragonfly exposé on campus two weeks ago.
I was raised Catholic for most of my pre-secondary education, but at 15 I diverged from my parents' religious beliefs to find my own — if I had any. Currently, I am not religious and dislike organized religion, but I believe there are answers about our world that we simply cannot have any knowledge of in this life. Belief in a higher being is not inherently bad, but the hypocrisy, narrow-mindedness and judgment associated with many followers of organized religions — which I saw plenty of in these letters — is something I cannot stand.
Throwing Bible quotes at someone does not solve problems, but instead exacerbates them and promotes further disagreement. There are so many sects of Christianity (Baptist, Mormon, Catholic, Methodist, etc.) that are divided over how to interpret scriptures of the Bible or other sacred texts they follow.
Saying everyone is wrong if their beliefs differ from yours is counterproductive to your purpose.
Augusta Stidham ("United States of America founded upon Christian values," April 27) rebutted Patrick Connelly's ("Bible not a list of do's and do not's," April 18) assertion that the Bible is not to be followed exactly by saying he chose Old Testament quotes, and that we do not have to follow every old covenant law because Jesus died for our sins.
The Bible, to most Christians, is a sacred text and should be followed exactly as written, according to Stidham's logic, as she said Connelly's statement is not true. Stidham then states that loving one another does not disregard the fact that homosexuality is a sin.
But there is only one passage in the entire New Testament (Romans 1:26-27) that refers directly to homosexuality, according to the Westar Institute, a group of scholars who interpret and translate the Bible.
Even in this case, the "sin" of homosexuality, when taken in context with the nearby readings, is a consequence of worshipping false gods, not a willful, sinful act.
Following the Old Testament about this subject is, even in her own words, archaic and antiquated. Since those statements were made "before Jesus died for our sins," the "sin" of homosexuality would, by this reasoning, no longer be against scripture. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people simply have different sexual or emotional preferences, and to me that is not wrong, sinful or worthy of retribution from any perceived higher power.
If people truly love and respect one another, they should stop passing judgment, and let people with different backgrounds — sexual orientation, religion, race, childhood or otherwise — live their lives in peace.
Samantha Vicent is a Spanish language and strategic communications freshman.
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