Jesus vs. Leviticus
David Pickett, a FB friend, suggested I read an article alleging that Jesus condemned homosexuality since the Torah condemns it. I’d like to share my response, which is different from some I’ve written in that it is short and sweet.
There’s an unspoken (and spoken) equation, a faulty assumption in this article, which runs like this.
The whole Bible is inspired by God,
God’s inspiration makes the literal Bible inerrant,
Jesus is God, therefore
Jesus inspired every literal word in the Bible, so
A quote from Leviticus or Deuteronomy is as valid as quoting the words of Jesus in Luke or John.
This faulty reasoning causes fundamentalists to scoff at Jesus Followers and Red-Letter Christians (also click here) who elevate the Jesus of the gospels above Paul, Moses, or David. For the fundamentalist, all of the words Biblical authors wrote or spoke were inspired by God, which is to say inspired by Jesus, making them of equal value in discussions of theology and doctrine.
Here is the problem with that reasoning scripturally speaking.
The author of Hebrews emphasizes how everything about Christ and the New Covenant is superior to what came before. Hebrews says that the words and ministry of Christ trump anything in the Hebrew Bible.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
The writings of the Hebrew Bible are often summed up as “the Law and the Prophets.” While Moses is often known as the Law-Giver, he is called a “prophet” in Deuteronomy 18:15 and Deuteronomy 34:10 (click here). The author of Hebrews says “but in these last days he has spoken by his Son.”
Of course I disagree with original author’s assumption that Jesus never mentioned homosexuals. (click here)
Nothing I’ve written here is a slam-dunk response to people determined to use the Bible as a club to subdue their scapegoats. But it works for me.
This is not denying the inspiration of scripture, or the utility of the Bible for teaching and training in righteousness. I have only one Lord, that’s Jesus. I don’t acknowledge Moses as Lord, Isaiah as Lord, David as Lord, or Paul as Lord. I don’t acknowledge the Bible as Lord.
For me, Jesus is Lord.