Marriage and Morality

This post is for my gay friends and those who support gay rights, gay marriage, and the associated views.

I have a question for you: Should any consenting single adult be legally allowed to marry any other single consenting adult? Specifically applied, should an adult man be allowed to marry his own mother? Should an adult woman be allowed to marry her own father? Why or why not?

Let’s call this Oedipality (after the story of Oedipus, a Greek man who married his own mother). Obviously I take the biblical view, that based on passages in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, marrying your mother or father is wrong.

But I have heard a large number of people in the past decade clamoring for gay marriage, and their argument is that I cannot apply the standards of the Bible to our country. I have said, “If a man can marry another man, then what is to prevent a woman marrying her dog?” And the answer I get is that the dog isn’t human and therefore cannot give consent. So now I ask the same question for two consenting adult humans who happen to be directly genetically related.

Is it wrong? If you say no, it’s not wrong, then we can argue the issue on its merits. If you say that it IS wrong, however, I want to know why. And don’t just give me the easy answer “obviously.” Tell me WHY it’s wrong. And you can’t use the Bible, because by your own admission, the Bible cannot be applied to this issue. And you can’t say “because society says so” because society said homosexuality was “wrong” until the past several decades.
So what do you think?

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About Steve Picray

I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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