“Only last September, Mr Rudd joined Julia Gillard in a 98-42 parliamentary conscience vote that defeated a proposal to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
“Detailing the turnabout on his blog website, Mr Rudd, a practising Anglican, said homosexuality was not abnormal and the interpretation of scriptures had evolved over time.”
[The Australian 22 May 2013]
Kevin Rudd’s Blog
Kevin Rudd, in his blog http://www.kevinruddmp.com/ on 20 May 2013 justified his position on homosexual marriage on the grounds that “literalist biblical teachings” cause social evils such as the burning of witches, slavery, and wife beating. He says, “The Bible also teaches us that people ought to be stoned to death for adultery”.
According to Mr Rudd, since Christians don’t do these things today, they are not following the Bible’s teachings on these matters. His point is, that to be consistent they should not follow the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality either.
Mr Rudd shows his ignorance of the Bible. He doesn’t even understand the most basic fact that the law of Moses (the old covenant) is not to be followed by Christians. That one simple fact destroys Rudd’s arguments.
Paul’s statements in Romans 1:16-32 are to be followed by Christians, because they are part of the new covenant of Jesus Christ. Paul is so clear in this passage that no interpretation, “literalist” or otherwise, is necessary.
Rudd promotes the myth that cultural changes over time make Paul’s words irrelevant. In fact, the acceptance and practice of homosexuality was just as widespread in Paul’s world as it is in ours. Paul’s statement in Romans 1:16-32 did not reflect community attitudes and standards of the time. They revealed the teachings and will of Jesus.
Mr Rudd takes the view that secular law does not need to reflect religious law about marriage, so long as religious institutions can still follow their law and are not forced to recognise homosexual marriage. Why, then, has he so strongly argued against the Bible’s position?
If Mr Rudd had accepted that Christians need to be able to follow Paul’s clear teaching, and therefore should be exempted from any secular law opposing that teaching, perhaps his view would be respectable.
But that is not his position. He has attacked the Biblical teaching with disinformation, saying that if Christians followed the Bible literally they would be doing abhorrent things that don’t belong in our more enlightened society. This is quite untrue.
Many evils have been excused by twisting the Bible and perverting its teaching by sophistry. That is no fault of the Bible. The Bible shows us what God regards as sin, and what God regards as holiness. In that way, the Bible enlightens us. We must choose whether to follow that light or walk in darkness.
What God Says About Marriage
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Marriage is a “holy estate” instituted by God who created man and woman as equals to complement each other. Love is the first principle of marriage, where the husband sacrifices himself for his wife, and the wife submits herself to her husband. In holy matrimony, the two become one flesh with God’s blessing. Marriage is for life, and nothing but death should separate the married man and woman. God hates divorce. This lesson looks at those points about marriage.