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Cherry-Picking: The Foundation of Christian Faith

Emma is a creative writing and history student who enjoys sharing her thoughts and writing with others.

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Most people reading this—Christians, I should say—will argue with me that this is just not true and that they are not cherry-pickers when it comes to their faith. They take the Bible as a whole and interpret it accordingly. Right. According to your own personal desires. That's called cherry-picking.

And yet some, many actually, will still argue that there's nothing wrong with finding more meaning in certain parts of the Bible. Okay. Sure. I agree. If you have read the whole Bible and found that certain parts of it "speak" to you personally, I have no problem with that. What I have a problem with is using the Bible to justify your personal views when you only agree with certain parts of it, and when you clearly ignore or are ignorant of the rest of it. This, too, is called cherry-picking.

If you want to read the Bible because for whatever reason it gives you something, okay. But, Christians, come on—why must you quote lines from Leviticus to support your stance on gay marriage when, for instance, there are lines in Deuteronomy that call for wives that aren't virgins upon marriage to be stoned to death?

Deuteronomy 22:13-21

13 If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,14 And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:15 Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:16 And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.18 And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;19 And they shall amerce him in a hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

Not All Christians Feel This Way

No, they don't, and that is why cherry-picking is the foundation of their faith. Look, I applaud those of you who, despite being Christian, have stood up for same-sex marriage. Good for you! But, unfortunately, this too makes you a cherry-picker. I have to ask, then, what exactly is the basis of your faith? It's obviously not the Bible.

Many a Christian has answered that it is Jesus and his teachings. Okay, cherry-picking, again. Christianity springs from Judaism which comes from—that's right—the Old Testament of the Bible. And even Jesus states plain as day that the Old Testament is to be followed to the letter.

Matthew 5:18

18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

John 10:35

5 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside

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2 Peter 20-21

"Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God."

Well, if this is the case and there is a god then, yes, being homosexual is an abomination—but then so is not being a virgin upon marriage, and a number of other things that Christians seem to ignore.

Really, Rush?

Really, Rush?

Blatant Cherry-pickers

I love how the GOP claims that same-sex marriage is a threat to traditional marriage. This is the GOP—which is 99% Christian, by the way. So, you have people like Rush Limbaugh (who has been married how many times?) calling President Obama's recent shift on gay marriage a "war against marriage." Hmmm. I guess he never read these verses:

Matthew 19:6 and Mark 10:9

“So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder”

Mark 10:11 and Luke 16:18

"...whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her"

Yep, cherry-picking. You can't have it both ways, Rush. And Christians, come on! I'm only talking about marriage here, but if you have read the Bible, you would know that there are a multitude of things in it that are just blatantly ignored by Christians. And yet, you claim this as your faith. Things like not eating pork, not shaving your hair, not getting tattooed, not wearing poly-cotton blends . . . all of this is stated clearly in the Bible. And I have already quoted the Bible where Jesus himself says that no part of it shall be "interpreted," so you can't use that as your excuse. You can't use the excuse that the Bible was written during a different time for a different people, either. Because then why do you read it at all? And Jesus himself said that it is eternal. These are your rules, Christians. Why don't you follow them?

So, You See the Point

Christians, you can argue with me, or you can analyze this critically and come up with your own answer. You have to admit that it makes no sense to claim that you follow a faith based on a book that most of you have not read in its entirety, and even if you have, you ignore about 95% of it. It makes no sense. I have my own suspicions of why this is, but I will refrain form voicing them here now.

As for President Obama's shift on same sex marriage--bravo! It's about time. Civil rights should be for everyone, not just who the powers that be choose based on an ancient text that no one adheres to. Let's move forward, people.

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