Thursday, June 15, 2017

Could God be wrong about homosexuality?

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. Rom 1: 26-27.

If this passage is inspired by God, and it really means that God opposes gay relationships (there is a serious interpretation issue here), could God be wrong about this?

I suppose on a very strong version of process theology, God could condemn something and then realize he made a mistake later.

But I still use this as a reduction ad absurdum.

4 comments:

oozzielionel said...

Victor said: "realize he made a mistake later"

I agree that this is an absurd OP.

Victor Reppert said...

But you would be surprised at how many people, purporting to believe in God, engage in reasoning that, if taken to its logical conclusion, leads to this position or thereabouts.

Mortal said...

Could God be wrong?

No, he can't. However (and I am NOT saying that's the case here!), our interpretation of His word can be. And that can most definitely change over time.

Classic example. It's fairly clear that a sizable percentage of 1st generation Christians believed that Christ would return fairly soon, perhaps even within their own lifetimes. But except for a small minority of Evangelicals, hardly anyone thinks that way nowadays.

Victor Reppert said...

I take it no Christians actually believe that Christ did return in the lifetime of the apostles. The JWs think he did make it back in 1914.