As a rabbi, I have always viewed Jesus of Nazareth as a rabbinic colleague of mine from two millennium ago. While studying at seminary, I wrote my 125 pages rabbinic thesis on his words: “The Lord’s Prayer.” He is referred to as “rabbi” 16 different times in Scripture Christians call the “New Testament.”

In Mark 12:31, Jesus, the rabbi, taught: “‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” In Judaism, our similar teaching by the Rabbi Hillel, of the same period, is: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.”

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Rabbi Stephen Roberts,

MBA, BCC, and his family have deep roots in the Appalachians. He and his family have summered here for more than five decades, he has immediate family that are year-rounders and he is in his third year serving a congregation in the region.

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Chester Draws

"Go, and sin no more" is what Jesus teaches.
It really is that simple.

Ernest T Bass

Well Chester Draws! I would assume from your comment that you no longer sin in any form. Reality is that the congregations of most churches are no different from the general public with regards to greed, lust, adultery, thievery, gossip, and slander, and about any other form of avarice or sin or failure to love thy neighbor as thyself that you can name. That's why people are leaving the church in droves. So, go and sin no more!


Mr. Roberts,
Thank you for your post and your discussion of this issue. We discussed 1 Corinthians 6-9-20 today in church this morning and discussed how during the time this scripture was written that many viewed their to be a difference between the body and the spirit. Many today still hold this view, that the body is defiled and that we are separated from Christ in our bodies and only our spirits can come close to the father. Many disregard, the rest of the scripture that we are the temple of the holy spirit and that Christ dwells in our bodies and that we are called to glorify God with our bodies.

I believe that Christ despised the proud and the religious because they believed that they were perfect and that Christ was unnecessary for them to be rectified to God. Christ came to set the captive free. Now, I don't think that Christ would approve of LGBTQ, but I also don't think that Christ would approve of idolatry, adultery, greed, or other immoral issues. The problem here is that we are trying to promote morality in an immoral culture.

Now, I am sure that we both disagree on LGBTQ issues and the notion of choice. I hold to the 1 Corinthians 6 standpoint that while we all may have a longing for somethings, it is how we act upon those things that leads us to unrighteousness. Christ came to free us from our bondage and those things that would dominate us. I do not claim to be perfect or to be a religious standard for others to follow. I am free through Christ.

I am sure that we disagree on many fundamental issues in the LGBTQ community and I am open to discuss these things with you anytime. I greatly value your opinion on this matter and thank you for sharing. Peace be with you.

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