Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Going the rounds on BYU and Gays

I enjoy going the rounds with my fellow bloggers, especially when we can get to a combined fourth post without calling each other names. It's nice to know that I'm not completely preaching to the choir.....

For reference purposes:

The Third Avenue: Dis-Honor Code
The World, According to Me: BYU's Honor Code and Gays
The Third Avenue: I am no theologian but...

And to start off with, I have to admit that I was wrong on something. I said that Oldenburg was wrong about the new BYU policy singling out gays.

However, he points out that, indeed, "not-married heterosexual couples who hold hands and kiss on BYU campus are not targeted by this "hate the sin, love the sinner" honor code, whereas homosexual couples that did the same thing would fall under its purview."

I good point.

Now, onto his other point. Yes, the Bible contains no references by Jesus to homosexuality. However, Mormons don't rely on the Bible as our only source of scripture.

However, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price have but two small references to homosexuality.

However, these aren't the only sources of knowledge of truth. "We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God." (Ninth Article of Faith)

Also, "whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same." (D&C 1:30)

I think that the teachings of Jesus would only be relevant if they were contradictory to BYU's Honor Code.

However, while he ate with sinners, he admonished them to "Go and sin no more."


1 comment:

Reach Upward said...

Thanks for your observations. After chewing on Oldenburg's post for a while, I came to the same conclusions. However, I never typed them out.

Mormons believe that the men they sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators speak for God, just as did Moses. Mormons believe that these men communicate with and speak for Jesus Christ. Thus, the Mormon view of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not limited to history; it is current and is happening today.

I know that makes many people uncomfortable. But people have always been more comfortable following dead prophets than living ones.