Should we stone people nowadays?
Date: 01 Jan, 1970
Posted by: admin
In: christianity, faith & religion
@MWeather, you may have noticed that there’s a New Testament right after the Old one.
That’s the bit where God sends Jesus and the Christian faith starts (though it’s called “The Way” and other such things until later on). Jesus says:
“The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.”
(John’s Gospel, from the Message, a modern paraphrase)
when faced with the exact challenge which you attempt to make.
Whilst all of us have sinned and fallen short of the expectations of God (letter to the Church in Rome, aka Romans 3:23), Jesus – who _is_ righteousness (eg 1 Corinthians 1:30), was made as the propitiation for our sins. All those who turn away from sin and accept Christ’s sacrifice will be judged to be righteous (as if never having sinned) and so able to approach God. It’s called Grace.
And yes the NT considers the question of whether or not we should go on sinning so that “grace can abound” (you may be able to guess the answer! or see Romans 6).
If you’re going to use the Bible to establish an argument you might want to choose something which isn’t directly and clearly addressed in that same canon.
Can people with homosexual desires go to heaven, yes. Can you be a Christian and be an active homosexual, no:
“Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
(1 Corinthians 6:9)