Dear Kim Davis and all those others to whom this applies;
Do not quote YOUR Bible to me, because that may not be my bible. I may not share your beliefs or your interpretation. Just go to Barnes and Noble, they have a guide to the 16 different versions and translations of the Bible they carry. There are many more than those 16 versions of the original Bible that was around until the Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th Centuries. So it begs the question, “From which version are you quoting?”
Furthermore, do not quote the Old Testament to me, or more properly called the Hebrew Bible of the Jewish faiths. I am a Christian and my Bible consists only of the New Testament. Do not pick and choose what you are going to quote from the Hebrew Bible. You better be following the whole Hebrew Bible yourself. Do you eat pork? Do you eat shellfish? Do you where clothes of different fabrics? Is a man allowed to stone his bride in front of her father’s house if she is not a virgin? Do you stone the people who work or shop on the Sabbath, i.e. Saturdays? Are you an adulterer by divorcing your first spouse and marrying another? There are all damnable abominations according to the Hebrew Bible.
Jesus in the New Testament said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” And Jesus said nothing about homosexuality or marriage being between one man and one woman. In fact in Jesus’ time it was one man and an unlimited number of women. However, Jesus did forbid divorce, “He who leaves his wife and marries another, commits adultery; and she who leaves her husband and marries commits adultery.” He also said, “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” Isn’t that said my every Christian minister? Or do you just picking and choosing what Jesus said too?
And don’t quote Paul’s letters to me. Paul was a nobody. He was banned from preaching his private brand of Christianity by the Disciples James, Peter, John, and others. He was a “loose cannon” and was told to “cease and desist” preaching. James sent Peter to Antioch to reconvert and re-baptize all the people wrongly taught about Christianity by Paul. Paul came on the scene 10 years after Jesus died. Paul countered by telling his followers that if they listened to anyone, like those imposters in Jerusalem, they should be damned (Galatians 2). It is all there in Paul’s epistles. So either read Paul’s epistles or read the Gospels, but not both.
In my opinion, all the epistles of Paul should be stricken from the New Testament. Many of them are considered forged and were not written by Paul according to several Biblical scholars and linguistic experts who point out the difference in styles, structure, and vocabulary.
As far as our First Amendment rights, it does say “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof.” That seems pretty clear to me. The government shall not establish a religion meaning one religion shall not take precedence over any other religion. It goes on to say everyone is free to practice whatever religion they want uninhibited by anyone. Then the Fourteenth [Equal Rights] Amendment says that all natural-born citizens are entitled to equal rights and protections under the law.
For much more on this subject read my book Alternative Christianities – Volume I. Check it out on my website: www.vince-nicolas.com
— Vince Nicolas