I heard that beginner phrase alot when I was growing up in southeast Texas. I mean ALOT.
Dear God, if I heard that once I heard it a million times. On school trips which included overnight stays, extracirricular activities and so on. After spouting the "truth" my visible response is pretty much the same today as it was then. Pure puzzlement.
I offer scripture to prove MY point:
Some religious liberals believe that David and Jonathan had a consensual homosexual relationship - in many ways, a prototype of many of today's gay partnerships. 7 Some important verses which describe their relationship are: 1 Samuel 18:1
"...Jonathan became one in spirit with David and he loved him as himself." (NIV)
"...the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul" (KJV)
Most translations use the term "soul" rather than "spirit" to describe the bond. They speak of an "immediate bond of love", their souls being "in unison," their souls being "knit" etc. Genesis 2:7, as written in the original Hebrew, describes how God blew the spirit into the body of Adam that God had formed from earth, so that Adam became a living soul. This means that "soul", in the ancient Israelite times, represents a combination of body and spirit. Thus the two men appear to have loved each other both physically and emotionally." http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_bmar.htm
When you love someone completely and commit to be their spouse in good times and bad; that sounds like a union blessed, not a sin. But, that's just me. Oh, got one more scripture for you:
For why should my freedom be judged by another's conscience?"
--- 1 Corinthians 10:29
More Musings Later-