PUBLIC VIEWPOINT: Eureka Springs Makes Wrong Choice

Posted: December 19, 2012 at 1:33 a.m.

As a former resident of Eureka Springs and present member of a retirement community in Fayetteville with other retirees who called Eureka Springs their home, I’d like to express my concern about the demise of the Passion Play and the town’s embrace of gay marriage rights. ... It remains in my prayers. As a town which was, and is, the home of an exceptional number of churches... I find it hard to think the town has become so far away from religious teachings that it chooses to embrace homosexual marriage. Jesus loved all — but he hated and abhorred sin — and the Apostle Paul made it clear practicing homosexuals would not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

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Opinion, Pages 5 on 12/19/2012

>>In essence, what the city has done is condemn these gay couples to a life far away from the gates of heaven, by opening their doors to them.
Do you still want to pat yourselves on the back?


Yes, Eureka Springs leaders should pat themselves on the back for having their noteworthy couples registry.

They should also pat themselves on the back for keeping their tourist city alive and thriving since sales tax collections for 2012 were above those of 2011.

Dixie has enough shame for 10 people. Maybe she needs to move back and shed some shame.

Posted by: cdawg

December 19, 2012 at 7:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Jesus loved all - but he hated and abhorred sin." That may be, but he said precious little about it in the Bible.
The only mention of sin in Jesus' words that I can remember is "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."
He never mentioned homosexuality.
The NT is not the OT, folks.
Quit turning Jesus into a wrathful Jehovah.

Posted by: Coralie

December 19, 2012 at 5:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I think that if homosexual's want to marry, have sex, and have children, God shouldn't interfere.

Posted by: JailBird

December 19, 2012 at 5:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I could care less about what ES does regarding the Passion Play. What bugs me is the fact that during the Christmas season, of all times, the merchants more or less close up shop at 5:30. Not much point making the drive to shop there. Do they want our business, or not?

Posted by: SPA

December 19, 2012 at 6:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Moneymyst - He doesn't interfere. Not yet, anyway.

Posted by: mycent

December 19, 2012 at 7:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

CD is correct in stating that sales tax collections in Eureka Springs are above last year (9.4 percent after eleven months), but there are a lot of factors that enter into that equation. In fact, many communities, tourist or not, have seen sales tax revenue increase.

It is sad that the Passion Play closed, but I suspect that Eureka Springs will survive it.

Posted by: IrishMensa

December 19, 2012 at 11:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

God does interfere, God left off the necessary equiptment on men or women to procreate without a man and a woman, and "bahahahahhhh" its just not right.

Posted by: JailBird

December 20, 2012 at 2:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

And I'm so glad he did "interfere".

Posted by: mycent

December 20, 2012 at 7:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The troll and the Christian--a marriage made in heaven.
How neatly you sidestep the issue of what Jesus said or didn't say about either sin or homosexuality.
If you are Christians, then follow Jesus Christ.
If you follow the OT, then call yourself something else.

Posted by: Coralie

December 20, 2012 at 1:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ah, Coralie, Jesus did have a few words about homosexuality. "Haven't you read,"he replied, "that at the beginning the the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." One man, one woman.

I do follow the OT and you can call me "Mr. Something Else" or "EliOT" for short.

Posted by: JailBird

December 20, 2012 at 1:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sorry, thats found in Matthew 19:4-5 NIV

Posted by: JailBird

December 20, 2012 at 1:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

That's descriptive, not prescriptive.
It describes the usual way of things (95% of the time).
On the other hand there are always some people who remain celibate and do not marry.
In the OT there are several mentions of polygamy, which was also treated as the normal way of things at that time.
As for homosexuality, note the story of Jonathan and David:

Posted by: Coralie

December 20, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Coralie -That disgusts me when you soil a story of a strong brotherly love between two OT men and make it sexual. That is all liberals do is make everything about sex so they appear normal. I am very familiar with the story of Jonathan and David and have never read anything your website probably infers about them. I would not give that websit the time of day. All I have to do is read the name of the site to know it is nothing but liberal garbage, just like they twist everything.

Posted by: mycent

December 20, 2012 at 9:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

First its not there, then it is there, but it doesn't mean what it says because Coralie thinks it means something else.

Posted by: JailBird

December 20, 2012 at 11:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Even if she knows what it means, she will add her own as fact or twist it.

Posted by: mycent

December 21, 2012 at 8:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Bible says "one man, one woman". It does not say "one man, one woman at a time." If we are going to nitpick what the Bible says, I don't think we can accept a 50% divorce rate and multiple marriages as any less sinful than a same-sex relationship.

Posted by: Vickie55

December 21, 2012 at 8:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sin is sin, that is true. But distorting God's word and adding things to it is not.

Posted by: mycent

December 21, 2012 at 9:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I meant to say 'distorting God's word and adding to it is not acceptable'.

Posted by: mycent

December 21, 2012 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I'm glad Vickie admits that a same-sex relationship is sinful. There is, however, a cure for sin and that is the Blood of the Lamb. One condition for its application is that you renounce the sin and commit it no more.

Posted by: JailBird

December 21, 2012 at 2:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Exactly, Moneymyst.

Posted by: mycent

December 21, 2012 at 4:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proverbs lists the 7 Deadly Sins:
1.A proud look.
2.A lying tongue.
3.Hands that shed innocent blood.
4.A heart that devises wicked plots.
5.Feet that are swift to run into mischief.
6.A deceitful witness that uttereth lies.
7.Him that soweth discord among brethren

Posted by: Coralie

December 21, 2012 at 4:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pope Gregory revised this list in the 6th century as follows:
1. lechery/lust
2. gluttony
3. greed
4. sloth/apathy
5. wrath
6. envy
7. pride

I don't see homosexuality in there.

Posted by: Coralie

December 21, 2012 at 4:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I think the people voted with their feet and their dollars in the demise of the Passion Play, and it wasn't an either/or proposition or "decided" by the city. These things happen.

Posted by: hittyone

December 21, 2012 at 4:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What makes Pope Gregory an authority on anything? Scripture is the only and final authority. If a Pontiff or the whole Roman Catholic Church declares anything that is contrary to Holy Scripture, then they are no better than Joseph Smith and the bound for hell Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Homosexuals are just like you and I. Unless we and they repent and be saved, our lifes will be weighted in the balances and found wanting. Take it to the bank,Coralie.

Posted by: JailBird

December 21, 2012 at 5:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The seventh of the Seven Deadly Sins listed in Proverbs is:
Him that soweth discord among brethren

I don't see homosexuality in there either.

Posted by: Coralie

December 23, 2012 at 2:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I would say the one that is sowing discord is you, Coralie. You are the one attacking the principles of Christianity just to justify homosexuality. There is no question that the gay lifestyle is not God's plan for marriage and children. Murder is not listed, either. Lust, envy, and the other so-called deadly sins can be what causes us to commit other sins.

Posted by: mycent

December 23, 2012 at 6:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )