See Meme Grinder #26 – ‘An Example of a Really Bad Atheist Argument.’
See Meme Grinder #28 – Coming soon.
This is some nasty behaviour on the part of this specific atheist given the timing in which it comes. If religious people do something good in uniting to pray, hosting vigils, and showing their love for victims and the families of the victims always expect some atheist to try and pull it all down. Sad times such as these are always prime opportunities for many atheists to jump on the bandwagon that blames all religion for something evil done in a specific religion’s name, or by a religious person.
Well, what do we make of this Old Testament law?
This law, and many others like it, were for the Jews living under the old covenant. They were civil laws, meaning that it was a government practice to put such people to death. The point was to keep God’s people holy and to banish evil from the theocracy. The Bible calls homosexual behaviour an abomination, even to the extent that under this ancient law the penalty for practicing homosexual behaviour was the death penalty. Exegete Paul Copan explains that “The Israelites seemed to have laws covering everything—food laws, clothing laws, planting laws, civil laws, laws regarding marriage and sexual relations… they were to be viewed first as visible reminders to live as God’s holy people in every area of life… God was concerned about holiness in all things—the major and the minor, the significant and the mundane. In such legislation, Israel was being reminded that she was different, a holy people set apart to serve God” (1). Thus in the context of Christian theology scripture ubiquitously holds homosexual practice to be an evil. However, how are Christians, today, meant to consider this law?
Christians aren’t under these laws as a result of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Rom. 4:15, 6:6, 6:8) since, as the Apostle Paul writes, that “we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound” (Rom. 7:6). In this way Christians are never to harm but love those with whom they disagree; homosexuals included. This has its basis on Jesus’ teachings to “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).
I think we all, regardless of religions/beliefs etc., need to show our love for the victims that are suffering from this act of terror. And where this meme is concerned we needn’t pay much attention to it or to the atheist who made it.
1. Copan, P. Is God a Moral Monster. p. 102 ( Scribd Ebook Format)