Have these passages been

misinterpreted?

There are suggestions that those passages have been misinterpreted, or are not relevant to our current discussion. We will consider each passage individually. As we do so, it is important to remember the following: 1. Our task is to discover the truth, not to justify our own preferences. 2. While there might be many interpretations, God is not confused about this issue. There might be many human interpretations but there is only one truth. Anyone interested in truth will be motivated to discern what God is saying and will then conform to that. 3. Hermeneutics is the science/art of interpretation. There are rules of hermeneutics that help us discern what God is saying through the scriptures. We need to be faithful in that discernment and to do our best to present ourselves to God as ones approved, workers who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). 4. It is sometimes assumed that if you can come up with a different interpretation, that then is as valid as any other. Similarly, people may suggest that you can simply apply a different hermeneutic and come to a different result. Or, it is popularly asserted that the Bible can be made to say anything you want it to say. That is not true. We cannot believe whatever we like. Christians must be committed to hearing what God is saying, not simply find a rationalisation for their own beliefs. What does God say about homosexual acts? That is the question, and the answer must determine our beliefs and actions.

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Have these passages

been misinterpreted?

There are suggestions that those passages have been misinterpreted, or are not relevant to our current discussion. We will consider each passage individually. As we do so, it is important to remember the following: 1. Our task is to discover the truth, not to justify our own preferences. 2. While there might be many interpretations, God is not confused about this issue. There might be many human interpretations but there is only one truth. Anyone interested in truth will be motivated to discern what God is saying and will then conform to that. 3. Hermeneutics is the science/art of interpretation. There are rules of hermeneutics that help us discern what God is saying through the scriptures. We need to be faithful in that discernment and to do our best to present ourselves to God as ones approved, workers who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). 4. It is sometimes assumed that if you can come up with a different interpretation, that then is as valid as any other. Similarly, people may suggest that you can simply apply a different hermeneutic and come to a different result. Or, it is popularly asserted that the Bible can be made to say anything you want it to say. That is not true. We cannot believe whatever we like. Christians must be committed to hearing what God is saying, not simply find a rationalisation for their own beliefs. What does God say about homosexual acts? That is the question, and the answer must determine our beliefs and actions.

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