"he who is without sin, cast the first stone"..<quoted text>
So do you not see any bigotry coming from the Christian side? Are some peoples post even though ugly and vile toward gays okay since they believe it to be God/Jesus inspired?
Most of you believe homosexuality is a sin...I get that whether I agree with that or not. Does that Bible tell you that that it is okay to stone them to death? The words that have been thrown around in here are just as or more so hurtful than if someone had hurled stones.
If it is okay...what is going on in here...then why the lesson..."Cast The First Stone"?
There are a couple of things about that story...
First Jesus stood up to an angry mob...took the risk to protect a woman that had sinned. That had to take some courage to stand up for what he perceived as "right" knowing that he too could have endured some of those stones.
Second...He did not say...Ye that have not committed the sin of adultery cast the first stone...it was Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.
Maybe some of those that are casting stones are without sin.
I understand why you see bigotry from the other side...you feel as if your faith is being threatened. Might sound strange...but I have seen it too.
I think about that quote...something like this...those who fight monsters need to be careful not to become monsters.
I think that is what has happened here...both sides need to look in to that abyss...and see what is staring back.
I understand...hard not to fall in to the mud when it is on our perspective side of the fence.
As I have read here...I don't want to become that monster that I fight...I don't want to look in to that abyss and see that I am no better than what I fight against...as much as I like to walk in mud puddles...I do not want to become covered with the muck.
There are many good Christians...non-Christians... straights and gays...that are just trying to make this world a little better than what they found it.
Oh well...I suppose this battle will continue...both sides vilifying the other...I think...
I will empty my bucket of stones...
Wonder where Jesus tells us to then pick up the stone and
start casting it towards other's who sin?
Is He quoted somewhere telling us it's ok??
For - if no one is without sin, why do so many Christians believe
it is there God given right to stone others to "death" with their judgements upon their soul/ being?
I have been defending the rights of homosexuality ,on this
thread, since I first came here in early '08.
Many of my fellow posters know this. My thoughts have not changed.
Yet, I am in awe at the sheer hate and bitterness that is being
displayed today- in here- by so many professing to be followers of Christ.
My belief in Christ's Love for ALL humankind is being torn apart and
mocked by these very people claiming Jesus is there Lord and Savior.
So.. as it has turned from me defending a group of people's rights to -love- as you and I, to defending the Love of Christ- and it all has become quite personal for me..
I hear you about "becoming the monster you are fighting"..
Thank you for that quote- I indeed do need to check myself there.
I am sure the battle for what's right will continue, Annie..
As I think it should..
Just maybe without all the stone throwing?