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Letter: In Bible, marriage means a man and a woman

12:20 PM EDT, October 11, 2012

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Regarding Todd Reitzel's recent letter (Sept. 27), one must realize that the interpretation of Holy Scripture is not based on politically correct consensus. Neither is it open to personal interpretation (cf. 2 Peter 1:20).

The establishment of marriage is seen from the first couple, Adam and Eve, a man and a woman. Genesis 2:24 is clear and should be pondered. God did not create other sets of couples alongside Adam and Eve.

We come from God and the reality is he loves everyone: both those with opposite sex attraction and same sex attraction. Whether it be adultery, fornication, sodomy, or homosexual acts, these must be avoided. Committing any of these acts would be an injustice toward one's neighbor and against God's law.

When Jesus mentioned the "Golden Rule" the context of God's law cannot be set aside. In Jesus's teaching on marriage in Matthew 19:5, he refers to the Genesis verse noted above. Jesus came to give humans true freedom, freedom from sin and he demonstrated true love on the cross. And his grace enables one to love in accord with the truth. Christians cannot set aside the teachings of the Gospels, but are called to live them.

Christians must respect the dignity and worth of every person but cannot contradict what the church has taught from her founding by Jesus Christ that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman.

Andrew Cook, Jr.

Columbia