EDITOR:

Writers of the Bible were inspired by God. That's why the Bible is the Word of God.

However, the Bible was not written in English. The issue becomes whether the many translators were also inspired by God. With no proof, translations could have been, and probably were, influenced by human prejudices.

For example, the word homosexual first appears in an English translation in 1946, 2,000 years from the original writing. Prior translations were "boy molesters," or words indicating sexual abuse. With 31,000 verses in the Bible, only six say all homosexual acts, including committed adults in a loving same sex relationship, are sinful. These six verses were written in Greek by Paul. He used the word arsenokoital for Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, and 1 Timothy 1:9-10. That was not the word for homosexuality at that time. Had he intended all homosexuality, he would have used the word paiderasste.

Jesus never spoke about homosexuality, and that speaks volumes. I do not believe people choose sexual orientation. We are born heterosexual or homosexual, some with both characteristics, and some trapped in the wrong gender.

Regardless, they are our neighbors. We should accept and love them.

C. Mark Blankenship

Murray

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