The Definition of Marriage
by: Kim Tracey Konash
“MARRIAGE – n. The act of uniting a MAN and a WOMAN for LIFE; wedlock; the legal union of a MAN and WOMAN for life. Marriage is a contract BOTH civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and FIDELITY, till DEATH shall separate them. Marriage was instituted by God himself for the purpose of PREVENTING the PROMISCUOUS INTERCOURSE of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance and education of CHILDREN.” – American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
Yes, any definition that is different than this one REDEFINES the term, it doesn’t just seek to establish EQUAL RIGHTS.
Some say that the Bible does not prohibit sex with men, yet there are bible verses that state homosexual behavior is an abomination. Some indirectly and illogically try to argue that because our system of law and government does not have or allow the same kind of punishment for these wrongs, that they are, in fact, not wrong.
Some say that Christians are hypocritical if they do not go out and kill indiscriminately anyone who does anything wrong. The Bible never condones VIGILANTE acts.
Leviticus addresses both the MORAL issues and the PENALTIES that THOSE IN AUTHORITY were authorized to carry out. They are two different things. Both the Old and New Testaments say that homosexuality AND disobedience to parents are immoral and wrong, for example. Traditionally, our laws and social mores have been based on the same Judeo-Christian values, though our penalties for things are different than they were under Old Testament Jewish law.
The New Testament tells Christians to obey those that are in authority over us; killing people for violating moral standards would itself be a violation of this instruction. But it does not make the moral standards themselves wrong or those who believe in them and the importance of them for the sake of society and society’s health hypocrites.
Condemning an action is not equivalent to hatred. Individuals have every right to believe that certain actions are wrong for everyone and individuals have every right to dismiss the concept of relativism. ”Religious” people are not the only ones who do this.
There are groups that believe pedophilia is okay. NAMBLA, for example. That, at least in some cases, children are able to “consent” to such behavior. Does that make any sense? If “religious” people are forbidden from “setting standards” for others, what gives homosexuals (or anyone else) the right to do so? Because no matter what “behavior” we are talking about, there are individuals and groups in the world who believe they have the right to do it. That leads to anarchy.
I doubt we could find a group of 100 (or even 10), even all “non-religious” types, who could agree on what is and is not morally acceptable. Even the concept of something being okay as long as it does not interfere with the rights of others falls on its face in practice. Because we now have gay people suing people of faith for exercising their constitutionally protected free exercise of religion and attempting to FORCE them not only to ACCEPT homosexuality within consenting adults own bedrooms, but to CONDONE it through their own advertising, MEMORIALIZE it with their own photo and media equipment, ALLOW it under THEIR OWN roofs in inns, and SANCTION it in churches.
This is hardly “equal” rights, it is a mission to eradicate faith and traditional values in American society.
Kim is a married mother of six children. She studied music in college and is currently attending school to become a paralegal. She enjoys writing, singing and fitness. Kim describes herself as a very conservative, Christian – Independent Baptist.
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