Letters: Readers weigh in on the marriage debate
Will time really tell?
WITH regard to the letter Time will tell, Joan Gillies (GT June 9).
In her letter she states, "Marriage came about because puritans, long after Christianity was invented by men, suddenly got the idea that sex was sinful without some sort of religious ceremony".
One wonders if she keeps the 25th of December celebration and if so, does she use the name of Christ to justify it?
Matthew 19:3 (written, as such, a long time before the Puritans) states, "And the Pharisees came up to him (Christ) and tested him by asking, 'Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?'
He answered, "Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one'."
Christ, in this statement, was quoting Genesis 2: 24 which was written (as such) a long time before himself.
In Luke 16:16 to 18 Christ states, "The (God's) law and the prophets were until John (the Baptist); since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached (as well), ... But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the (God's) law to become void.
"Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery and he who marries a women divorced from her husband commits adultery."
From start to finish, in the view of man's creator, the scripture displays that marriage is only between a man and a women and regardless of whether there is a marriage ceremony or not.
I FIND it necessary to comment regarding a letter in (GT June 9) under the heading Time will tell.
Could the writer please explain where words supposedly from the Bible that point to the assumption that Christianity was invented by men as was marriage.
The writer goes on to say "as we know the Bible was changed and rewritten over the generations".
My questions to the writer are, who are the "we" referred to?
How do the "we" know?
Does the writer believe the present day version of the Bible has been changed from the original Greek and if so when, where and by whom?
And if they do know please show the proof to those of us who do not know these things.
The word of God
I WRITE in reply to a letter titled, Time will tell, where Joan Gillies makes some absurd statements about marriage and the Bible.
Her letter stated, that "marriage came about because puritans, long after Christianity was invented by men, suddenly got the idea that sex was sinful without some sort of religious ceremony".
Marriage has served mankind very well for some 6000 years and predates Christianity and Judaism.
Marriage was instigated by God not man and it was instigated for the blessing of mankind and also for procreation.
Marriage was God's idea, not man's.
It was God's idea to hallow a relationship and intimate relationship for male and female.
It was created to enable a male and a female to become one flesh.
God built the female from the rib of the man and so man became complete when joined together with his wife, see Genesis 2v21-25.
Joan continues to say, "As we know, the Bible was changed and rewritten over generations to reflect the views of the day".
Well Joan no, we don't know.
Could you please enlighten us as to what the changes were?
The Bible is God's word to mankind. It contains 66 books written over a period of 1400 years by various instruments (people) God chose to convey his message.
God's word, the Bible, today runs contrary to much of society's lifestyles.
Even in times past when mankind demonstrated their own darkness and sinfulness by partaking in activities that were abhorrent to God, instead of changing his message, God judged the people, for example the worldwide Flood of Noah's day.
Another example is the tower of Babel.
I am sure if there is a so called Bible that has in it the justification of same sex marriage, you can rest assured it is not from God nor authored by God.