CNN's Belief Blog has published op-eds from the opposite perspectives of whether the Bible condemns homosexuality.
Daniel A. Helminiak went first with his What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality. Now they have published the other side of that debate, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.'s The Bible condemns a lot, but here's why we focus on homosexuality.
From a purely objective standpoint, I think Mohler did the better job of explaining the Bible in context. Helminiak gets points for creativity, it has to be granted. But that his interpretation is a reach is obvious from the fact that it is a novelty which flies in the face of centuries of biblical interpretation.
Helminiak is as convincing as are those scientist Bible teachers who attempt to fit the ancient biblical creation myth with modern understandings of astrophysics, biology, and geology. Hey, it's creative, but is it what the original authors intended?
If these types of interpretations are allowable, even necessary, it seems clear to me that the Judeo-Christian religion was never a revelation from God in the first place.
Helminak makes that clear at the end of his piece when he admits:
Were God-given reason to prevail, rather than knee-jerk religion, we would not be having a heated debate over gay marriage. “Liberty and justice for all,” marvel at the diversity of creation, welcome for one another: these, alas, are true biblical values.
Yes, if everyone were to agree to go by reason rather than the "revelation" of the Bible, this whole debate about extending equality to everyone would indeed be moot. (And I don't see how anyone upon an honest reading of the Bible can declare that "Liberty and justice for all" is a true biblical value.)
When I examined for myself the question of whether the Judeo-Christian Scriptures were "God-breathed" and found that theory woefully lacking, it opened to me a whole world of possibilities.
One of these possibilities was that of ceasing to attempt to reinterpret these old writings in light of modern knowledge and just dismissing them as ancient prejudices and errors of thought.
That is also the explanation of why I am no longer a Christian.