Friday, 29 September 2017

Same Sex Marriage

Same sex marriage was in the news again yesterday with some church or other ripping itself apart over the issue.

When all's said and done, the church, whatever the denomination, is a club and all clubs have club rules. However, club rules change with the times and the opinions of the members, not to mention the law of the land.

Now the problem as I see it is that the church club is using a rule book from a long, long time ago. It's a bit like using Magna Carta or, more aptly, The Code of Hammurabi to resolve a legal issue today - plainly ridiculous. Hasn't someone thought to ask God what his opinion is today? There are many instances of God changing His mind in the Bible, after all, and if people are to be believed, they're constantly in contact with him, and prayer is meant to work.

The problem though, is that it's my supposition that if someone does indeed ask God for a ruling, He will be the consumate politician and give the person doing the petitioning the answer he or she wants - that's the way religion works, you invariably end up talking to and hearing yourself, rather than the alleged creator or all reality. 

How about a referendum? Perhaps not - they don't have a good history of providing a definitive answer, it would probably be 52% vs 48% - clearly unfinished business. A referendum following some prayer to guide those voting? I suspect you'd still be left with a schism. The various churches have a record of referendums, specifically on what comprises the Biblical Canon, but the results of asking for a bit of divine inspiration have been extremely divergent. Obviously God says different things to different people.

A sign, perhaps? A big sign across a red London bus! Now there's a novel idea...

I suppose the question to be asked is whether God is an all-loving entity, as some will have you believe, or something like a celestial version of Trump. Even those who maintain they're in daily contact with Him can't agree on this...


  1. If there is a god then that entity is beyond the understanding of the mortals that inhabit planet earth.

    1. I am in agreement with you - here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God....