So…how about that Bible?
About a year ago I took it upon myself to read the Bible. I recently finished and whether you’re christian or not, you might find this interesting.
The Bible was clearly not meant to be taken literally. There are mentions of monsters and other mythological-like figures that some Christians take as “the work of the Lord.” That’s sweet and all, but why would we take a flying monster as literal, and not other things? For example, Jesus said “I am the vine, you are the branches” to his disciples. Nobody ever suggested that at that moment Jesus turned into a plant and sprouted his disciples as branches (as funny as it is to imagine) He of course meant it figuratively.
It’s true that there are verses that forbid homosexuality (such as in Leviticus) but if you read the whole passage God actually spends a whole lot longer forbidding sexual intercourse with relatives, other people’s partners and animals. All these people “shall be put to death”. But people today do have sex with people who are already in relationships, and relatives, and animals (that last one is rather uncommon, but it does happen) and we don’t put them to death. However, there’s change in attitude in the new testament. Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, so it clearly wasn’t something that bothered him too much. People often quote Paul’s letter to the Corinthians where he refers to “homosexual offenders”, but Paul was a disciple, not God himself. I think what Jesus said or did not say if far more important than what Paul thinks.
My point is that you can’t zoom in on certain parts of the Bible and ignore the rest because you don’t like it. You can disagree with things, but you can’t just act like it’s not there. It is also just common sense to interpret things figuratively. After all, if you believe God created us, with our super-complex brains, it’s not unreasonable that he would expect us to use and understand symbolic thinking from time to time.