Thank you for your very kind reply. You really hit the nail on its head saying that I take away their most precious safe harbor etc. It is what has to be done because as long as they look to the Bible to tell them about homosexuality the bigotry will continue.<quoted text>
Your post succinctly restates the matter of the thread topic. It is not at all as others have said: A statement of how the Bible irrefutably condemns all homosexuality.
Very few people ever get taught the true purpose of the Bible. That includes most priests, pastors, ministers and preachers. And then, having been insufficiently informed, those who incorrectly teach it, encourage their followers to become rabid dogs in search of percieved Hell-bent cause and effect. The fundamentalist/literalist way of seeing is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Rabbis, on the other hand, because they are steeped in Tradition, are more likely to get it. Still, because of an orthodoxy that goes hand in hand with Tradition, they are also vulnerable to acceptance into a very bigoted, self-righteous fraternity. Even so, they still have their Jewish mothers to keep them from getting to high on the rocking horse. Just ask Jesus about where the authority really rests.
Few want to see the evidence because most want something concrete and established that they can point to; something that they can see that others also respect as authority; Something that one can hang their hat on. They see the "incontrovertible authority and truth" vested in the "Holy Spirit inspired" Bible as a pillar of established stability in a world of political and social and financial constructs that seemingly have no foundation.
When the Bible, and other "inspired" scripture, is afforded such status, it is easy for the fearful to use it as an axe against the person who engages in any perceived misbehavior.
When you take that source of authority away from them, Alan, by revealing its inconsistencies,...
you take away their most precious safe harbor and set them adrift in an often violent sea with no land in sight.
Do we look to the Bible to tell us about slavery? Do we look to the Bible to tell us about the rights of women? Do we look to the Bible for dietary advice? No of course not.