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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Biblical Hypocrisy – Abortion is a sin. Homosexuality is a sin. So is90% of what you’re doing.

I have a real issue with Biblical hypocrisy.  I have encountered many people who very strongly believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman. The bible says so, they say. These same people are often pro-life – abortion is a sin they say, the bible says so. Ironically, premarital sex is a sin, is it not? Having children out of wedlock is a sin, is it not? Why is it that so many religious Christians seem to apply the rules to their lives that only doctrine their own agendas. If you’re pregnant before getting married, well having an abortion is a sin and you’d NEVER do that – really? Maybe you should’ve considered that before you had premarital sex, since that is a sin also, according to the Bible. Or perhaps you shouldn't have conceived out of wedlock, that is also a sin you know? Are some sins less sinful than others? I don’t remember reading that in the Bible?

I am Muslim. But at no time do I claim to be a religious person. The Quran states many sins and has an abundance of “rules” similar to the Bible. I choose to apply religion in my life as a guide in making decisions. Religion guides me, it doesn’t rule me.That’s my own personal philosophy. Many Muslims will shun my philosophy and that's okay with me. Because we will all meet our maker one day and that's who I will have to answer to. That being said, no matter what “rules” I find silly, what rules I hold true and what I may believe don’t apply to my life, I would NEVER try to govern what does or doesn’t work for me to the general population, like many fanatical religious Christians are trying to do. If it doesn’t work for you and your lifestyle, GREAT, don’t live by it – but STOP trying to force the rest of us to live by your own beliefs! If you’re pro-life, GREAT – don’t have premarital sex, don't get pregnant out of wedlock and don’t have an abortion - follow the guidelines that work for you. But pro-choice is a CHOICE. It’s not pro-abortion; it’s the ability to make the decision yourself as a sound minded individual! Same goes with marriage. You don’t believe marriage should be between anyone other than a man and woman – GREAT; don’t marry someone of the same gender! Why stop the rest of the world from making decisions that doctrine their personal beliefs?!?! The hypocrisy is disgusting. I know many religious Christians who are pro-life and against marriage in homosexual relationships, yet they prance around in bikinis – bodies exposed for the entire world to see. That, my bible thumping friends, is a sin. Exposing your body in a bikini is not following the teachings of the Bible. That is hypocrisy. I read something amazing recently. It nailed it!

So homosexuality isa sin… Abortion is a sin…So is not treating your body like a temple. Ladies should have their head covered (ironically so many religious Christians shun Muslims who choose to cover their head). In Deuteronomy, marriage is only valid if the woman is a virgin, and she should be executed if she is not.  Anyone who commits adultery should be stoned to death.  In Mark, divorce is prohibited.  I assume for homosexuality, you’re referring to Leviticus 18:6: “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female. It is an abomination.” A similar verse occurs two chapters later in Leviticus20:13: “A man who sleeps with another man is an abomination and should be executed.”  Leviticus is a holiness code written 3,000 years ago. It also includes prohibitions against round haircuts, tattoos, working on the day of the Sabbath, wearing garments of mixed fabrics, eating pork or shellfish, getting your fortune told, and even playing with the skin of a pig (there goes football)! I strongly believe in morality, which is doing right regardless of what I am told, not in religion, which is doing what I am told regardless of what is right. You’re welcome to your own interpretation of the Bible and of politics, of course, but for me, I need more than “the Bible says so” to justify certain things in this world and certainly to judge them.

Amen to that.


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