Letter: Bible interpretations are many

June 27, 2013 

I will not attempt to dispute Pat Taylor-Cox’s interpretations of Biblical passages on same-sex relationships (“Bible is clear on these matters,” June 26). Such an attempt would be both endless and unsatisfying.

But I will point out what every literate person knows: Tens of millions of good Christians — Bible scholars, clergy and lay persons — have read the same Bible, sung the same hymns and heard the same sermons, yet reached opposite conclusions concerning the proper Christian attitude toward same-sex relationships.

Faced with such a division, no one on either side of the issue is entitled to great confidence in the correctness of his or her Biblical interpretation. Act on your beliefs, of course; waiting for certainty begets paralysis. But, whichever side you are on, act in the humble realization that there is at least a 50-50 chance that you are flat-out wrong.

— Dale L. Gerboth

Anchorage

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