Are you a Christian? If, yes, then you have most likely come across The Message Bible. The Bible’s author, Eugene Peterson, 84, in an interview with Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service Wednesday, said homosexuality is not wrong, saying he knows many gays and lesbians who “seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do.”
When asked about his thoughts on same-sex relationships said, “I wouldn’t have said this 20 years ago, but now I know a lot of people who are gay and lesbian and they seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do. I think that kind of debate about lesbians and gays might be over.”
“People who disapprove of it, they’ll probably just go to another church. So we’re in a transition and I think it’s a transition for the best, for the good. I don’t think it’s something that you can parade, but it’s not a right or wrong thing as far as I’m concerned,” the Presbyterian pastor added.
Peterson further said that he would conduct a gay wedding if asked to.
It is noteworthy that The Message Bible does not use the words “homosexual” and “homosexuality” in key texts.
A professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, Denny Burk, writing on his blog argued that Peterson did more than leave out the words “homosexual”, adding that he wasn’t surprised with his recent statement.
“[I]n the three New Testament passages that deal explicitly with homosexuality, Peterson obscures and conceals the Bible’s meaning altogether (see Rom. 1:26-27, 1 Cor. 6:9-11, 1 Tim. 1:10 in The Message),” Burk said.