Hey there everyone! Just got m'self one of these Catholic Answers accounts today and decided to go ahead and put it to good use, so here's my first ever post!
So, I've got a friend who seems to have been raising several questions about Christianity and is getting slightly confused with exactly what we believe. Essentially he's made a claim that religions in general cause only more harm than help (I'm certain that several of you have gotten this argument before), and in response, I gently responded that most of the conflict is more than likely caused by misunderstandings about doctrine instead, citing the examples of the WBC and how they treat homosexuals. He then states that the bible is full of contradictions and begins citing some scripture, and sends me this article from the Huffington Post to read, saying that it's relevant to the debate:
Now, sadly, I'm not exactly a scripture buff (yet), and I knew these examples of polygamy and odd sexual behaviors were already in the bible, specifically in the old testament, but to me, it deems itself obvious that a religion that's over 2000 years old would have a perfectly logical reason to oppose things like polygamy, homosexuality, and other sexual acts that contradict monogamy. The extent of my Catholic knowledge doesn't reach far enough to make an appropriate response yet, so I wanted to ask you guys...how would you defend the church's stance on marriage in this case, and what scriptural examples would you use? What would be your explanation?:shrug: