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Or just frightened / October 16, 2014

Dear Viewpoint:

If the pastor of Grace Baptist ultimately answers to God and not to man, as he claims (Viewpoint by David Cline, Oct. 10 edition), he would understand that what he and everyone else, including myself, truly know about God could fit on the head of a pin.

M. Scott Peck, a brilliant psychiatrist and theologian, understood that we can define only things that are smaller than we are. Please, Pastor, stop trying to put God in a box and words in his mouth. Whichever translation of the Bible you believe to be the inerrant word, it is a translation of a translation of a translation, and therefore, by definition, far from inerrant. Holy and Spirit-inspired, to be sure, but inerrant? Not a chance. Furthermore, Jesus himself, the most inclusive pastor who ever lived, said absolutely nothing about same-sex relationships.

Moreover, how does a gay marriage affect a straight marriage? If I am married to another man, what in a man or woman’s personal, private and intimate relationship with his or her opposite-sex partner is threatened? Absolutely nothing. If straight people were less frightened of their own sexuality, the world would be far better off.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

(Very Rev.) Christopher Ross
South Boston

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