09 June 2006

Bush's "Marriage Amendment"

Mr. Bush, the good Christian leader of the free world is at it again this week, to get out the vote this fall among his Christian "core". For the second time, he uses the word "marriage" with the word "gay" - as such oxymorons brings out the lexic folks en masse. For us, dyslexics, "civil union" are the right words. Both sides should put down the word "marriage", especially Christians who rarely read their Book and have no idea of what their founding "father" has been said to have said about "marriage"- for your interest:

First, Christianity was to have been a high speed, short term, SINGLE generational (Matt. 24.15-21, 34) escape strategy from the tainted planet Earth for the “chosen” people - no marriage assembly required - we would be "as the angels" (Matt. 22.30). The shackles of family and earthly concerns were to be thrown down (Matt. 10.34-37, 1 John 1.15-17). St. Paul suggested celibacy (1 Cor. 7.1-7). Jesus recommended much, much worse (Matthew 19.11,12)- "Not all men can receive this precept, but. . .there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs, for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it." Ouch! John the Revelator allowed that the 144,000 saints who surround Christ “the Lamb” on the heavenly Mount Sion “were not defiled with women” (Revelation 14.4). Defiled by women?

"Christian marriage" is the oyxmoron.

1 comment:

Gary Regester said...

"If all of those saints and things were suggesting celibacy, what ever happened to when god told Adam and Eve to "Be fruitful and multiply" Did he not say that?"

FH- as for God and multiplication - if we think that typical "sacred" writings are probably the narrow view of some (not all) scribes in the tribe - "fruitful and multiply" is always a big winner and appears in all collections of sacred writing in all cultures / religions - the bigger the tribe, the more women to cook and the more warriors to wipe out the competition.

Conversely, the hermits and ascetics were trying hard to avoid the rather difficult life of mixing with the normal folk, feed/clothe a family, with a wife and paying the "mortgage" - so, with clever slight of hand, they came up with sitting around atop poles (Simon Stylites) or hiding out mid-desert (St. Anthony) writing about "higher" thinking sans society - so celibacy, sainthood, harps and clouds.

Better path? carefully chose your best BS, not to bludgeon anyone with it overnight and review it in the morning. Probably beats sitting on a pillar for 35 years or scaring yourself silly with bumps in the desert night.


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