Jesus Silent About Gays?

Non-sequitur. From Latin which literally means, “does not follow.” It’s a logical fallacy where one argues that “If A, then B must follow.” Sometimes, A does lead to B. For instance, if you jump off a 10-story building, you will fall and get seriously injured. It is possible to escape this outcome, but it is highly unlikely. This makes sense and is demonstrably true.

People like to argue that Jesus never mentioned the topic of homosexuality. The implied logic is that since Jesus never mentioned a specific topic, it must not be morally significant. Here are a couple of such examples:

This is easy to refute because there are an infinite amount of topics that Jesus didn’t address. No one would claim that since Jesus never mentioned pedophilia, it must not be a big deal. This is an example of non-sequitur logic. In order to determine if an action is sin, we examine the entirety of Scripture–not just Jesus’ actual words while he briefly walked the earth.

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  1. The Greek word “pais” (translated “servant” or “child” ) appears 24 times in the New Testament and never once is it even implied from the context of the texts that it speaks of a homosexual relationship. But even if he did heal a homosexual, what does that prove? Jesus healed and ministered to sinners of all types– prostitutes, tax cheats, liars, and religious hypocrites.

    Given the fact that “pais” doesn’t mean what you think it means and the fact that Jesus’ apostles unequivocally denounced homosexual acts as sin (among a myriad of other acts), your claim of a “striking endorsement of gay relationships” actually made me laugh a little bit.

    Peace to you.

    http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3816&t=ESV

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  2. Jesus did. He healed the Centurion’s pais. Given that this story immediately comes after his comments on marriage, that is a striking endorsement of gay relationships.

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