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Elizabeth posts - An example of a 'rule' has found its way into Australian law this week with the passing of the legislation banning gay marriages. There can be no doubt in my mind that the idea of gays being unable to marry, originates from religious dogma. In fact the concept of marriage originates in religion...It seems to me that such a god is unlikely to concern himself [herself or itself] with the issue of whether gays in Australia should be able to marry or not.

There are several points that should be considered here.
1st -- you say that "It seems to me that such a god is unlikely to concern himself..." etc. This leads to a bigger question -- whether God concerns him/her/itself with us at all. Either he does or he doesn't. If not, you are expression the position of Deism. From such a perspective, of course God would not be concerned with gays marrying, because God from such a perspective does not care about marriage at all.
2nd -- You say -- "It seems to me..." -- that fact is God either does or does not care, regardless of how it seems to any of us. So for any of us to say "it seems to me" is just an expression of our opinion about an entity, which if existing, is farther beyond us as we are beyond your typical bug.
3rd and finally, IF God DOES care about us on the personal level (the non-Deist perspective), THEN in fact God may be against gay marriage.
Reasoning:
(a) If God cares about us, he will communicate with us.
(b) God will communicate various things, but some of those things are rules about how to live our lives.
(c) The Christian biblical prohibition against gay activity is usually listed along with other practices such as -- don't steal, don't drink alcohol to the point of drunkeness, and so forth.
(d) If in fact such writings really are transmitted from God, then it is not reasonable for us to "pick and choose".
Therefore, it is perfectly possible that God may be against gay marriage. Whether one believes that in fact God does care or not, and whether one believes that if God does care that in fact the biblical writings are authoritative, is a personal consideration that each person must individually make.

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God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 558 Elizabeth Newton 06-Jun-04 05:57
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 183 fiascohoho 06-Jun-04 07:01
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 231 Elizabeth Newton 08-Jun-04 04:50
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 218 Maria KA 08-Jun-04 06:08
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 220 essenerev 26-Jun-04 03:20
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 241 Maria KA 06-Jun-04 10:25
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 253 Elizabeth Newton 06-Jun-04 10:53
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 275 wirelessguru1 06-Jun-04 20:57
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 226 Elizabeth Newton 08-Jun-04 05:02
Look at the bright side... 238 David L 07-Jun-04 01:32
Re: Look at the bright side... 239 Elizabeth Newton 08-Jun-04 04:56
Re: Look at the bright side... 248 David L 08-Jun-04 13:53
Re: Look at the bright side... 245 Joyeuse 26-Jun-04 00:04
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 266 SunSword 08-Jun-04 15:48
Re: communicating with God 234 Nebankh 08-Jun-04 16:08
Re: communicating with God 195 Joyeuse 26-Jun-04 00:06
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 322 essenerev 26-Jun-04 03:33
String Theory 243 Trygve Hogebol 08-Jun-04 18:58
Re: String Theory 257 Hoppy 08-Jun-04 20:40
Re: String Theory 228 Elizabeth Newton 10-Jun-04 05:55
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 209 Kboldt 08-Jun-04 20:12
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 250 Nebankh 08-Jun-04 21:08
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 234 Kboldt 08-Jun-04 21:12
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 199 Nebankh 08-Jun-04 21:20
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 257 Kboldt 08-Jun-04 21:25
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 252 Mark Staab 09-Jun-04 05:38
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 241 Milo 09-Jun-04 15:34
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 265 Maria KA 08-Jun-04 21:56
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 235 Hoppy 08-Jun-04 23:01
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 226 Mark Staab 09-Jun-04 05:39
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 230 Maria KA 09-Jun-04 10:40
Re: Well said Maria! n/t 199 Nebankh 09-Jun-04 10:44
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 277 Mark Staab 09-Jun-04 15:31
I think he was Mark! N/T 226 Maria KA 09-Jun-04 21:52
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 243 Maria KA 09-Jun-04 00:18
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 258 Mark Staab 09-Jun-04 05:44
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 256 Milo 09-Jun-04 15:40
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 267 Thirdwave 09-Jun-04 19:38
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 250 lovejoy 09-Jun-04 19:48
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 249 Thirdwave 09-Jun-04 19:54
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 238 Nebankh 09-Jun-04 20:03
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 245 Mark Staab 09-Jun-04 20:19
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 198 Nebankh 09-Jun-04 20:39
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 237 Thirdwave 09-Jun-04 20:22
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 205 Nebankh 09-Jun-04 20:50
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 211 Thirdwave 09-Jun-04 21:09
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 250 Nebankh 09-Jun-04 21:28
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 193 Milo 09-Jun-04 20:15
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 241 Thirdwave 09-Jun-04 20:25
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 250 Maria KA 09-Jun-04 21:59
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 237 Nebankh 09-Jun-04 22:18
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 204 Maria KA 09-Jun-04 23:47
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 204 Mark Staab 09-Jun-04 19:52
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 216 Milo 09-Jun-04 20:13
God never wore blinkers 229 Thirdwave 09-Jun-04 20:39
Re: God never wore blinkers 215 Hoppy 10-Jun-04 03:59
Re: God never wore blinkers 233 Elizabeth Newton 10-Jun-04 04:42
Re: God versus the 'rules' & rituals of religion 319 Joyeuse 26-Jun-04 01:31


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