Let’s not return to the Dark Ages

To the Editor:

I read many letters that state the Bible supports marriage to be only between a man and a woman. The Bible has many excellent rules, but people with good moral values have had to change many of these.

We no longer stone a woman to death if she is not a virgin at marriage. (Deut. 22:13.21).

We no longer practice polygamy. (Gen. 4:19, 16:3, 21:1-3, 25:1).

Men can no longer have concubines and slaves in marriage. (Gen. 25:6, 30:4, 30:9). Solomon had more than 1,000 wives and concubines. (Kings 11:3).

We now accept interfaith marriages. (Nu. 25.6:11, Deut. 7:3, Exra. 9:2-12, 10:2-3 and Gen. 24:3-4).

We accept interracial marriage. (Num. 12:1, Exodus 34:12-16, Deut: 7:104).

We no longer allow incest in marriage. (Gen. 11-14,19).

Marriage was not always a Christian sacrament. Prior to the Council of Trent, it was a civil ceremony. In 1562, it was established as a Catholic Sacrament, now costing from $300 – $2,000.

We cannot go back to the Dark Ages and deny people their rights to enjoy life as we do. — Sue G. Kowal, Brainerd