Letter: Bible must be taken in context

March 31, 2013

Bible must be taken in context

This message is in response to the letter from Bob Amstutz, of Bluffton (“There’s nothing gay about Bible teachings,” March 24, page D4)

Where do we draw the line in interpreting the Bible? Amstutz asked, “Can the word of God be wrong?”

Genesis 4:19-25

“Then Lamech took for himself two wives.”

This passage refers to Lamech having two wives. This is the first mention of many that refer to polygamy. If marriage is to be between one man and one woman, then why would God allow relationships such as this and many others throughout Genesis to exist?

Numbers 31:7-18

“Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that hath not known a man by lying with him, keep to yourselves.”

This refers to the Israelite army killing all the men women who were not virgins, then leaving the Israelite warriors to marry the surviving virgins. Should allow soldiers and armies to enter towns, killing all the non-virgins, then taking all the virgins for ourselves to use at our discretion?

We don’t live in 100 B.C., it is 2013. It is time for people to put their Bibles aside and focus their energy on something else. Marriage is about showing love and compassion for a significant other, and whether it is a straight marriage or gay marriage, that basic principle will be practiced in both types of marriage.

People should be free to marry who they love, whether or not you agree with the person they choose to love.

— Wes Burden, Lima