Among the many apocryphal sayings attributed to the theologian and Catholic Saint Thomas Aquinas was “hominem unius libri timeo”.
A very loose translation of the Latin phrase is still used, usually by those positively allergic to any mention of biblical wisdom: “Beware of the man of a book.”
While their place in modern argot is definitely not what Aquinas originally intended, the message is clear: if you’re going to believe in this dusty ancient scripture, go ahead, but don’t you dare use it as a guide to life use or publicly advocate one of its more restrictive bids.
Thanks to the prevailing cultural currents, the Man of the One Book is despised, ridiculed and dismissed as old-fashioned and intolerant.
On Wednesday, however, it’s safe to say he’s clinched a small victory – because it turns out he’s a book ahead of The View co-host Joy Behar.
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Behar and her co-panelists discussed a speech by Mike Pence at the University of Virginia Tuesday night that asked the former vice president, “If one of your children came out as gay, how would you react? What would you tell them?”
“I would look them in the eye and tell them, ‘I love you,'” Pence replied.
“I believe marriage was ordained by God and enshrined in law,” he said. “But we live in a pluralistic society and the way we move forward and come together as a united country, I believe, is when we respect your right to believe and my right to believe what we believe.”
Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former Pence assistant who filled in for Whoopi Goldberg on the show, said she felt it was a sign Pence’s views on same-sex marriage might be changing.
Another co-host, Julia Haart, spoke about her own daughter’s same-sex relationship.
“To me, having the right to choose who you want to be and not having to be ashamed is democracy,” Haart said.
“Who decided that a traditional marriage is a man and a woman? Who came up with this plan? Everything that exists in nature – right?
“People say it’s unnatural. But isn’t everything that exists in nature natural?”
What happened next – well, beware the woman with zero books.
“Is homosexuality even mentioned in the Bible? I don’t think it is,” Behar said.
“It is,” the rest of the table assured her.
“I know that much about the Bible,” Behar joked.
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The rest of the discussion revolved around the idea that no matter how Pence’s views might develop or not, he’s a man with a book, and if he doesn’t spend the rest of his life wearing a rainbow-colored hair shirt tied to a 40-pound Boombox, who plays nothing but the Pet Shop Boys, he’s still an obnoxious fanatic for believing what the Bible says. (This wasn’t the exact language used, but I’d like to think it’s a fair summary.)
But…while we’re at it, let’s talk about what’s in that one book and why Behar’s co-hosts seemed so eager to break free from their ignorance about it.
Leviticus 18:22: “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination.”
Leviticus 20:13: “When a man lies with a man as with a woman, both have committed an abomination; You will surely be killed; their blood is on them.”
1 Kings 14:24: “… there were also male cult prostitutes in the country. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord had driven out before the people of Israel.”
Jude 7: “…just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which also indulged in sexual immorality and unnatural desires, serve as an example by subjecting themselves to punishment by eternal fire.”
And we’re not even going to get into that whole Sodom and Gomorrah thing that’s taking a while to get through. Joy should look it up though, as it will explain a lot.
But this is the Old will, right? This is the God of the old covenant. Soft Christians and non-believers with only a cursory knowledge of the Bible like to think of him as an irascible, capricious despot. When that hippie Jesus came and was crucified in his Birkenstocks, the new covenant eliminated all that wild homophobia—right?
You can see where this is going. Here are some New Testament wisdom:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the miser, nor drunkards, nor blasphemers, nor swindlers shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Romans 1:26-27: “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their wives exchanged natural relationships for unnatural ones; and men also gave up natural relations with women and became consumed with passion for one another, men commit shameless deeds with men and receive due punishment for their mistake.”
1 Timothy 1:9-10: “… understanding this, that the law is not for the righteous, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who beat their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the immoral, Men who practice homosexuality, slaves, liars, perjurers, and anything else contrary to sound doctrine.”
Matthew 19:4-6: “He answered: ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female and said: ‘Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife and the two become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What God has joined together, let no man separate.”
Yes, there is Jesus, who not only explicitly prescribes marriage (and thus sexual relations) between man and woman, but also touches on transgenderism (“who created them from the beginning made them male and female”) and divorce (“ So what God has joined together, let man not separate”) and to make it clear that both are sinful. That’s a three for!
Do you think the Bible is clear in its views on homosexuality?
Yes: 99% (1829 votes)
No: 1% (21 votes)
So, TL;DR: Yes, homosexuality is in the Bible, and God is not exactly hesitant about it.
It’s not that I resent another segment of The View where we hear what a crowd of people think who don’t think – and get paid to explain what they don’t think, included. It’s also not that I like diving into Joy Behar. It’s like beating the computer on easy mode in a video game you master; at a certain point it just gets boring.
Rather, Behar’s slip is symbolic of where “hominem unius libri timeo” has led us.
Aquinas, of course, meant that learning should not be limited or centered solely on Scripture. In recent centuries – and particularly in recent decades – the caution of the man of the one book has turned into a caution of that one book, period.
For most who are not Christians – and, unfortunately, even for some who are – the Bible is not actually read, but rather studied in outline and used to confirm personal prejudices. The true message of the Bible for many people is contained in just one verse, Matthew 7:1: “Judge not, lest you be judged.”
Don’t care about the context of the passage (for it is almost never taken in its proper context) and don’t care about the other 66 books in the Bible. Jesus is love, and their version of love is what they already believe in—which usually contradicts the rest of biblical morality, but it isn’t you know that.
As for those of us who have read the rest of the Bible and applied its commandments accordingly, well, we’re the unloving, intolerant ones. If only we had not If we had made the mistake of reading and following God’s word, we would be just as lovingly like Jesus as were the people who remained in blissful ignorance of who Jesus really was.
We have become a culture full of men and women without books, and we should rightly be wary of all of them.
However, most of them don’t voice their lack of knowledge quite as openly or hilariously as Joy Behar did. If only more of them would do us this favor.
https://www.westernjournal.com/mike-pence-segment-goes-sideways-joy-behar-instantly-corrected-homosexuality-bible/ Mike Pence segment goes sideways while Joy Behar is immediately corrected on homosexuality and the Bible