Many advocates of gay marriage claim that Jesus never spoke about homosexuality, an observation based on the Bible. Do the Gospels actually contain all that Jesus said during three years of public ministry?

Gospel passages state that Jesus taught large crowds for up to three days at a time, but the teachings are not recorded. Other biblical passages mention that Jesus gave commandments to his apostles, including orders to his apostles to teach all nations to obey everything he had commanded them. The Bible doesn’t name those commandments.

During the first 400 years of Christianity, there was no Bible. The teachings of Jesus were spread by preaching, beginning with the apostles, as found in 2 Peter 3:1-2, “…I have aroused your sincere mind by way of reminder; that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandments of the Lord and Savior through your apostles.”

The apostles (including Paul and Jude, biblically) taught that homosexual acts constitute a serious sin. Those teachings were not their own; they came directly from Jesus himself.

It must be understood that the Bible is not meant to be a catechism. It is a book assembled by the Catholic Church in the 5th Century to be an instructional aide for Catholics. The commandments of Jesus not contained in the Bible are found in the catechism of the Catholic Church, the church that Jesus and the apostles founded in order to preserve and uphold their teachings until Jesus comes again.

Mike Martin, Farmington

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