The Sadducees and Pharisees, early versions of conservative Republicans and Libertarians, kept trying to trap Jesus. The Pharisees questioned whether it was “lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?”Jesus said, “Moses because of the hardness of your heart suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” Matthew 19: 3-8.
The Sadducees, who did not believe in life after death, also tested Jesus when they asked whom a wife would be with in heaven if she married seven brothers in turn after each brother’s death. Jesus said, “You do err, knowing neither the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” Matthew 22: 24-30.
A Pharisee lawyer then attempted to trap Jesus by asking him what the greatest law was, knowing there were conflicts between the many laws of the Jewish Bible and the Commandments. Jesus had evolved to answer with the ultimate of God’s laws in social relationships. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all of your mind. And the second is like unto it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22: 34-40.
Fundamentalists’ harsh judgments against same-sex-marriage come from the books of the Jewish Bible, a faith led by those who ended Jesus’ ministry. It sounds hypocritical to say same-sex-marriage is “not natural” yet supposedly accept the virgin birth of Jesus or his ascension into heaven in front of his disciples, if they really accept Jesus as the son of God and aren’t followers of the Jewish faith.
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