WAKE FOREST, NC, March 27, 2013 ― Recently, TV talk show host Bill O’Reilly (who is a professing Catholic), reportedly defended homosexual (gay) marriage. O’Reilly declared, “The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. That is where the compelling argument is. We’re Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else.” He continued, “That’s a compelling argument, and to deny that you’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”
We on the other side … only thump the Bible. Really, Mr. O’Reilly?
If there is not God, then anything goes. And if there is no life after this existence (resurrection), then we all should (as the Apostle Paul said) “eat, drink (live it up), because eventually (tomorrow) we die.” This may seem to be an anticlimactic statement, but it is not. It is a very important point and basis from which the following will be explained.
The main hindrance to Christianity is that professing Christians live their lives as if there is no God. In his book with the same title as the following quote, author Craig Groeschel says, “A Christian Atheist is someone who believes in God, but lives like He (God) doesn’t exist.”
The Apostle Paul acknowledged that if there is no accountability to a real, living God, then we are fools to pass on the opportunity to “live it up.” He wrote in his letter to the church at Corinth, Greece,
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” (1 Corinthians 15:19) “If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die.” (1 Corinthians 15:32)
If the Bible is not literally true, then why should Christians believe any of it? If it is mythological or purely allegorical, you can’t blame those who reject the notion of scriptural authority.
But for those who do believe in the validity of the scriptures, marriage is not man’s idea. It is not a contract. Rather, it is a sacred covenant through which one man and one woman join together in the sight of God, and enter into a union that should bring honor to God.
When asked the question about the homosexual lifestyle and whether it is compatible with Christianity, Dr. Ravi Zacharias provided a very poignant, insightful, yet compassionate and balanced reply. I invite you to view and listen to his remarks:
If there is no God, the gay marriage issue does not matter. As a matter of fact, if there is no God, then what is the basis of holiness, or morality of any kind or form? If there is no God, we are not accountable to anyone but ourselves. Isn’t that what humanists believe?
If there is no God, then man the highest authority in the universe. It would also validate the notion that there are no absolutes. After all, if there is no God, then who determines what is right and wrong? Everything would then revert to moral relativism.
This is not a matter of equality; nor is it a matter of discrimination in the fundamental sense of the word. A viable remedy may be to reexamine the rights afforded persons who are in domestic partnerships. But the answer is not granting domestic partnerships equal status to that of holy matrimony. If there is a God, then marriage is holy. If there is no God, then anything goes, and all else are moot points.
As the title says, Christian homosexual marriage is OK, if … If there is no God.
You can’t have it both ways. Get right, or get left (behind).
Choose ye this day Whom ye will serve!
Bill Randall is a volunteer Community Chaplain in Wake Forest, NC. He is the author of the book: “Examining God’s Purposes through Fasting and Prayer” (Author House, 2005).
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