People once thought that the world was flat. The bible said that the world was flat, so people were taught by religious leaders that the world was flat. When the church ruled the over Europe, scientists who said that the world was round were considered to be against the church and were forced to reject their research in front of the Vatican. But now we know that the world is round. It is round and it spins. It has a North Pole and a South Pole and there are 5 major oceans and 7 continents that were formed by the movements of tectonic plates. The bible was wrong. The planet we live on is round.
The church also taught the Europeans that the earth was at the center of the Universe. The sun, the moon, the other planets, and heaven surrounded and circled Earth. They were wrong. The Earth circles around the sun and the sun is but a speck on the edge of the Milky Way. Our galaxy is smaller than a speck compared to some of the other galaxies in the universe. The Church once again was wrong. All of the astronomers were correct and yet they were forced into silence because they proved the New Testament was false.
How could the bible be so drastically wrong about things that are so important? How could it have taught the majority of Europe these lies for so long? As a Jew, I don’t know because my people were never taught that the earth was flat or that we were at the center of the universe. I don’t know how the Vatican could have made such an important mistake.
These mistakes allow me to ask questions that many people are uncomfortable with, but I must ask them anyways. If the church was wrong about humanity’s role in the universe, what else was it wrong about? Evolution and the creation of life? What about the concept of heaven being above the clouds and yet we have never seen angles in space? Is homosexuality bad?
Science and the bible have been clashing with each other for over a millennium. And yet, it seems that science has won the majority of the battles due to photography and being able to go into space. Fossils and preserved life from long ago also show that evolution does exist so creationism becomes more and more far fetched. In a world where science, logic, and ethics are key in society, we must learn to form our own opinions about society before consulting a book that was written by god knows who over 2000 years ago, sometimes longer.
With that being said, am I allowed to marry the person I am dating (assuming I am at a socially appropriate age to marry)? Am I allowed to have a wedding? Would I allowed to be able to sleep with my chosen counterpart? If you said yes to these questions, then congradulations! You just said that I, a woman, am allowed to marry my girlfriend, another woman!
Morality and ethics dictate that you cannot go back and change your mind because now you know the sex of my make believe partner. It is ethically wrong to tell someone who they can and cannot marry. Human to human marriage is a sacred tradition in hundreds of cultures all around the world! These rituals have some strange traditions, including shaving the brides head, spitting on the bride and groom, marrying a tree to get rid of a curse before marrying your chosen partner, but the basics is the same.
The church has been wrong about many things from how the universe operates to how life began. So now you tell me: could the church be wrong by saying that homosexuality is an abomination and that homosexual marriages should not be allowed?