What does Jesus say about homosexuality, birth control, abortion, and progressive tax rates?
Question from Being Liberal (FB Page):
The only time the Bible tells us Jesus every got angry was when he chased the money-changers out of the temple. That’s right; the one thing that really pissed off Jesus was greed.
There are literally hundreds of passages in the Bible where Jesus tells us to help the poor, the sick, and the elderly. There are zero passages in the Bible where Jesus condemned homosexuality, birth control, abortion, or progressive tax rates.
Today, conservatives invoke Jesus’ name in condemning gay marriage, birth control, abortion and taxes, while they stridently oppose anything that helps the poor, the sick, and the elderly.
D’ya think conservatives are thinking of some other Jesus?
When He chased money-changers out of the temple, Jesus was not simply angry because of the greed of the money-changers. This is what Jesus said: “It is written: ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a den of thieves.” The Temple is the Father’s House. And Jesus, being the Son, has the authority to cleanse the House and restore it to its original purpose. The second layer of meaning is as follows: the cleansing of the temple based on animal sacrifices would soon be gone and replaced by the most perfect sacrifice of the most holy Victim:
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight in. 7Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’” (Heb 10:5-7)
Jesus may not have explicitly condemned gay marriage, birth control, abortion and taxes, but his actions speak that he is for the traditional marriage, fecundity, and payment of taxes.
At the Wedding Feast at Cana, Jesus and His Mother were there, and even changed water into wine to give joy to the worried bride and groom (Jn 2:1-11). No, this is not a marriage of Adam and Steve or of Amy and Eve, but a real marriage of a man and a woman:
Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. 7 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother [and be joined to his wife],8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.9 Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mk 10:5-9)
Notice that Jesus says that there are only two sexes: male and female. Nothing else. And Jesus teaches the indissolubility of marriage.
If Jesus approved of abortion, he would have asked Angel Gabriel to tell His Mother, Mary, to abort Him after conception or to use contraceptive so that she won’t be pregnant even if the Holy Spirit overshadowed her, thereby making fruitless all efforts of God to save mankind through the Savior who shall be born by her. Also, welcomes and loves children:
Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. (Mt 19:14)
Regarding taxes, Jesus does not prohibit paying taxes. This is what he said when posed with a question whether to pay taxes to the emperor or not: “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God” (Mt 22:21). Also, when Jesus was with Peter, he also asked Peter to pay the temple tax for Peter himself and for him:
“What is your opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?”26 When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the subjects are exempt. 27 But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you.” (Mt 17:25-27)
There are still many things that Jesus did and taught that is not recorded in the Bible but were heard by his apostles:
“There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written” (Jn 21:25)
Jesus knows that he will soon be gone from the world. What will happen to His teachings? How shall He ensure that the apostles and their spiritual descendants the priests and bishops united in Charity would still teach the truth of Christ? Jesus did not leave his apostles orphan: He sent to them the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,17the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you….The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you. (Jn 14:15-26)
During the Feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit indeed came as Jesus promised, the Spirit who will teach the Church everything Jesus taught and remind the Church everything that Jesus did. It is the Holy Spirit which guided the Church during the Apostolic Age. The Holy Spirit chose Paul and Barnabas as one of those who are sent:
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. 3Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:2-3)
The Holy Spirit continues to guide the Catholic Church down to the present day, providing the Church the teaching authority or Magisterium to definitively teach truth from error in matters and questions that were not yet posed before during the time of Christ and the apostles–questions such as on homosexuality, contraception, abortion, and taxation. The Catholic Church has extensively taught on these issues; the ones summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church are but the tip of the iceberg. And I doubt if liberals has sifted through these issues in their fine details more than the Catholic Church as done. As Gandalf said to the Mouth of Sauron:
“Indeed, I know them all and all their history, and despite your scorn, foul Mouth of Sauron, you cannot say as much.” (The Black Gate Opens, The Return of the King, LOTR).