Hi – this is my first post and I thought I’d post a thorny one straight up. Hope I don’t offend anyone unnecessarily but I think it’s important to be forthright sometimes.
It’s been on my mind recently that Jesus said to the Pharisees that they should ‘judge for yourself’. It seems to me part of growing up in Christ is – as Hebrews 5 says – wrestling with issues of right and wrong and developing the ‘sense’ of these things. Not everything can be reduced to a blanket rule.
The other side of these things is what is marriage? Does cohabitation along with commitment fulfill Genesis 1 where it says that ‘for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.. ‘.
How does the fact that in many countries of the world people of the same sex can be ‘married’ affect things? Is it the case that John and Jim (gay couple) are not living in sin because they are married in the UK in 2014 but Derek and Samantha are (who are cohabiting)?