The Bible suggests that those who divorce and remarry should be put to death.
Why? Well because the New Testament defines divorce as adultery; the Old Testament prescribes death for adultery.
Again, this doesn't sound very good.
The Bible suggests that slavery is morally acceptable.
People don't believe me when I tell them this.
And I say, "Okay, I'll read to you."
This is from Leviticus 25:44-46: You may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are round about you.
You may bequeath them to your sons after you, to inherit as a possession forever.
Who says this, according to the Bible?
God says that, according to the Bible.
And yet, we have a hard time imagining how an all-good, all-loving God could condone an institution like slavery.
And it's not just the Old Testament, either.
St. Paul says in Ephesians, "Slaves be obedient to your earthly masters, in fear and trembling, in singleness of heart as you obey Christ."
Again, you look at this and say, "Well, what's a believer to do?"
One thing I think you can do is to say maybe the Bible is wrong about certain things.
This does not mean that God is wrong.
Rather, maybe human beings have been wrong in discerning God's word.
After all, we should not confuse complete faith in God with complete faith in our ability to discern God's voice.
And, in fact, any honest look at history should tell us that we should be wary of people who are too certain that they speak directly for God.
But, some people want to say, "No no no, the Bible is God's word.
The Bible is infallible.
The Bible contains no error."
And, I say, "The Bible contains no error? What are you going to do with those slavery passages?"
And you know what the people say to me? They say, "John, you are pulling those passages out of context.
You can't just take passages out of the Bible and quote them as if they mean the same thing today as they did for the people at the time.
You can't just pull the passages out of context!"
And I say, "Well, wait a second! If it's not okay to do that with the slavery passages, why is it okay to do that with the homosexual passages?"
Because, after all, the context surrounding same-sex relations was very different in Biblical times than it is during our own day.