To the editor of THE EAGLE:

In the Nov. 3 article by Cheryl Lavin headlined, "Is choosing celibacy the last taboo?" Malania wrote: "There's no sin in being gay or lesbian ... Neither Jesus nor God are against same-sex marriage. Jesus never said anything against homosexuality. There are a few lines in the Old Testament that have been interpreted that way, but if the God of the Old Testament had thought it were important, He would have put it in the 10 Commandments."

Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" quoted scripture concerning God's stance on homosexuality. I've heard media pundits say that Phil's view is not "true Christianity." Why do people guess what the scriptures say? Why not just open the Bible and see what it says?

In Matthew 19, Jesus says that marriage is between a man and a woman. According to Old Testament law under Moses, God called for the immediate execution of certain people: adulterers, homosexuals (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13), witches and others. The reason homosexuality is not in the Ten Commandments is because, like witchcraft, it was uncommon and instantly dealt with. Therefore, there were no known homosexuals in all of Israel.

God is Holy, and if even a forgivable sin took place, only animal sacrifice was accepted because it looked forward to the cross. It is why Abraham was tested to kill his only son: God too would offer His Son. Paul, handpicked by Jesus, wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:9: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [homosexuals], nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

It's important to note that homosexuality is not the only sin listed here, but it is listed. Also very important to note is that it says, "such were some of you: but ye are washed," which means God stands ready to forgive those who are willing. If we truly believe in creation, then why did God make mankind, animals, fish, birds, insects and plants male and female? We know God's intent from observing His design.

This demonstration in nature bolsters the Bible's teaching that homosexuality is not God's best.

JEFF BRANCA

Pittsfield