That's how I understood her statement that David's and Solomon's wives and concubines 'served as symbols of their power and status'. Margaret Court understands 'literal' in the same way.
I would be in strife if I didn't read Whitaker's 'Note to Margaret Court' literally. Or, does she want me to put a postmodern or allegorical spin on it and make it mean whatever I, the reader, choose it to mean?
Whitaker objected further: 'Margaret Court is wrong to claim marriage is "a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible', as Court did in her open letter to Qantas'.
Which view has scriptural support, Whitaker's or Court's?
Since the beginning of time, according to the Old Testament (OT), God promoted heterosexuality: 'That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh' (Genesis 2:24). Jesus Christ affirmed heterosexuality as God's norm for relationships in the New Testament (NT), Matthew 19:5.
God does not promote a man leaving his parents and being united to his male partner. That's Bible!
What were the consequences for homosexuals in the OT? Male homosexual relations were regarded as 'detestable' and both perpetrators were 'put to death' (Leviticus 20:13). It is called an 'outrageous thing' (Judges 19:22-23).
In the NT, God's anger is expressed against all wickedness by human beings who suppress the truth about God in their immorality. An example is those who practise homosexuality in their 'sinful desires'. God has given them 'over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error' (Romans 1:18, 26-27).
How close to the biblical view was Wallabies' star, Israel Folau, in his statement that 'homosexuals would go to "HELL" unless they "repent their sins"'?
The literal truth is that those who commit a whole range of sins without repenting, including homosexuality, 'know God's justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too' (Romans 1:32).
Margaret Court's evidence served an ace to defeat Whitaker's proposals. Court promoted OT and NT teaching on heterosexuality and in opposition to homosexuality. Those who engage in homosexual sins 'will not inherit the kingdom of God' (1 Corinthians 6:9). If not in the kingdom of God, where will they be?
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