How to create a god in your own image:
Just days before Christians worldwide commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus, a college student’s production of a play depicting a Christ-like character as a homosexual is infuriating local residents who plan to protest this weekend’s event.
“Corpus Christi,” written by Terrence McNally, is the Tarleton State University project for student director John Jordan Otte, a 26-year-old homosexual who also says he’s Christian.
“The play is about acceptance and tolerance,” Otte said. “I chose this play to direct and produce because I am a Christian and I believe that this play can bring people together in a story of acceptance and realization of the alienation we in the gay community feel from most of our churches.”
Otte is a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – known to many as the Mormon Church – which condemns homosexuality, and told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “I was extremely faithful. I did everything you were supposed to do.”
Saturday’s production in the small town of Stephenville, Texas, features the Jesus character named Joshua kissing Judas during their prom at Pontius Pilate High School and performing a same-sex marriage for two of his disciples.
Before the ceremony, a disciple named James pauses and quotes the Old Testament Scripture: “If a man lies with a man as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.”
Joshua then responds: “Why would you memorize such a terrible passage? ‘And God saw everything that He had made, and behold it was very good.’ … God loves us most when we love each other.”
Christians by definition believe that Jesus is God. Jesus was the author of that “terrible passage”. This is proof texting at its most self-serving.
If you don’t accept Jesus as the God of the Old Testament, then you are in no meaningful sense a Christian.