This might seem like inside baseball, but it’s worth reading because what happened gives a solid indication of the new world religion that is taking shape.
Fr Martin tweeted this.
Interesting: “Where the Bible mentions [same-sex sexual] behavior at all, it clearly condemns it. I freely grant that. The issue is precisely whether the biblical judgment is correct. The Bible sanctioned slavery as well and nowhere attacked it as unjust…
“Are we prepared to argue today that slavery is biblically justified?”
That Martin is in favor of priests exploring the lower alimentary canals of their flocks is well known. So we are not surprised by his approval of the quote.
Where the Bible mentions [same-sex sexual] behavior at all, it clearly condemns it. I freely grant that. The issue is precisely whether the biblical judgment is correct. The Bible sanctioned slavery as well and nowhere attacked it as unjust. Are we prepared to argue today that slavery is biblically justified?…In the same way, fifty years from now people will look back in wonder that the churches could be so obtuse and so resistant to the new thing the Holy Spirit was doing among us regarding [sexuality].
It is well to highlight this self-own. There are many forms of slavery, including the one our oligarchs use now. So, yes, we are indeed prepared to argue the unarguable. Ignore that, too, since the question about slavery is not primary. What is is how the argument against slavery is used to justify sodomy.
What happened to bring about such a monumental shift on the issue of slavery was that the churches were finally driven to penetrate beyond the legal tenor of Scripture to an even deeper tenor, articulated by Israel out of the experience of the Exodus and the prophets and brought to sublime embodiment in Jesus’ identification with harlots, tax collectors, the diseased and maimed and outcast and poor…
That’s the first step. Cast doubt on the “legal tenor of Scripture”. If slavery is justified in Scripture, yet modernity says slavery is wrong, then Scripture itself is wrong.
This isn’t new territory: this argument is no different than a standard atheist argument. Man’s desire is better than God’s.
In the same way, women are pressing us to acknowledge the sexism and patriarchalism that pervades Scripture and has alienated so many women from the church. The way out, however, is not to deny the sexism in Scripture, but to develop an interpretive theory that judges even Scripture in the light of the revelation in Jesus.
It is true there is a strict separation of sexes in Scripture: men and women have different duties. St Paul would have women remain silent in Church, a wise rule, and a rule not denied here. Just as it is not denied that Scripture is against poopdick.
That’s the second, and clever, part of the argument. Every time an opponent says “Scripture condemns or forbids X”, the member of this new religion agrees immediately, and indeed insists on it. The scriptural condemnation is actually necessary for the conclusion of the arugment.
Here’s the twist and brilliant final part in the justification. Hold onto your shorts and read this slowly, for this is everything:
What Jesus gives us is a critique of domination in all its forms, a critique that can be turned on the Bible itself. The Bible thus contains the principles of its own correction. We are freed from bibliolatry, the worship of the Bible. It is restored to its proper place as witness to the Word of God. And that Word is a Person, not a book.
Now this is pure gibberish, because it is from the Bible that we learn of the man-God Jesus. You can’t say (as we can call it) the “spirit of Jesus” commands us to eschew Scripture and embrace poopdick and women priests while simultaneously citing Scripture as the basis of the “spirit of Jesus”. For then there is no basis to create this “spirit of Jesus”—except your own will.
This new religion is thus the religion of man, man the measure of all things. But it will use the notion of Jesus and of God to justify the primacy of man’s will. Whatever a man wants but can’t have makes him a member of the downtrodden, the poor, the victims. That’s when the spirit of Jesus comes to his rescue to give him what he wants, because no matter what he wants, there is nothing worse than being oppressed.
Jesus created the oppression by his Scriptural proscription, then he relieves it because Jesus hates nothing more than oppression.
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