Letter: Don't put words into mouth of Jesus

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To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Yet another letter which professes to know exactly what Jesus thought and taught about homosexuality. ("Rights and duties of Christians," letters, Jan. 11) The writer, of course, is entitled to his beliefs and has every right to express them but, for the sake of accuracy, he should have his facts (not opinions) straight.

Searching through the Four Gospels, I could not find a word -- not a single word -- that Jesus uttered about homosexuality. His "Sermon on the Mount" had lots to say about how to live but nary a word about man’s love for man or a woman’s love for another woman other than saying we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

I would call the writer’s attention to the passage in Matthew 5:11 where Jesus speaks and says, "Blessed are you when people revile you, and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." Yes, one can find some admonitions in Paul but even here, his feelings were aimed at boys being kept as sexual objects (read: "rape"), a common practice in the Greco-Roman world. And when he does so, it is listed among a long list of things considered an abomination including "liars" and "adulterers."

Anybody willing to throw the first stone?

MICHAEL SYMONS

Otis


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