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Does Jesus Love Me?

14 January, 2009

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Pope Benny the 16th tells me, “No”

I suppose it was inevitable that somewhere, someone would eventually link homosexuality with global warming and climate change and just before Christmas 2008, Pope Benedict XVI did just that. Or did he?

How did he make this supposed connection? Here’s what he said, “The nature of the human being as man and woman is an order of creation that must be respected, (The church) should also protect man from the destruction of himself. There needs to be something like an ecology of man, the tropical forests deserve our protection, yes, but man as a creature no less so.”

Okay, so that means that gender difference needs to be protected as a kind of nature conservation. OK, I understand that. I’m a man and I have no desire to change that, so am I still a threat to the planet?

Well yes, as he goes on to say, “Humanity needed to listen to the language of creation to understand the intended roles of man and woman”, he added. “Anything that deviated from this was a ‘destruction of God’s works'”.

Ok, so does this mean that as I’m not following the norm of a males’role, as that of a father of children, then I’m not listening to “the language of creation”. Am I failing in my duty as a human being? Guess so, but what of those gay guys out there that have sired children? They’re still fulfilling their roles! Does this still make them a threat? He of course doesn’t mention this, because that would mean he would have to address every aspect of human sexuality. This of course would be a rather difficult thing to do, so it’s just easier if he comes out with a few inflammatory soundbites that he knows will grab the papers headlines.

Actually, what he’s saying isn’t anything to do with sexuality. He’s talking about the blurring of gender stereotypes, from the accepted Victorian notion of the man as the hunter gatherer and breadwinner and the woman as the stay at home child rearer. He’s also not saying that transsexuals are bad because they blur the boundaries of gender. Once transsexuals undergo gender realignment surgery their gender is clear. If they choose from then on to become fathers or mothers then they’re still fulfilling the intended role of man and woman as seen by the church regardless of what their gender starting point once was.

The Pope went on to say, “What is often expressed and understood by the term ‘gender,’ is definitively resolved in the self-emancipation of the human being from creation and the Creator. Man wants to create himself, and to decide always and exclusively on his own about what concerns him.” The Pontiff also said, “this is man living against truth, against the creating Spirit.”

Ok, so man will recreate himself in whatever image he sees fit. That’s always been the case, regardless of whether we’re talking about gender reassignment, having a hair cut or working out in the gym. It also means that humanity is the one to decide what is acceptable in society and about the issues that concern humanity. Of course we do, that’s how society evolves. Humanity drives change and progress, we all want a better tomorrow. It’s not a bad thing.

If we stuck to the principles of what the Pontif is saying, we’d still be in the dark ages. Christians have always taken what they want out of The Bible, they take some things to be absolute truths, and others they ignore, especially when they’re inconvenient. I’ll give you an example of what I mean from the book of Leviticus,

18:22 Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

Ok, that’s plain and unambiguous, but a few pages previous it also says,

11;9 ‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams, you may eat any that have fins and scales. 10 But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to detest. 11 And since you are to detest them, you must not eat their meat and you must detest their carcasses. 12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be detestable to you.

Ok, so prawn, lobster, crab, oyster, mussel or scallop anyone? The book of Leviticus also goes on to say,

19;19 Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.

So, a polycotton mix is out of the question then! What I’m trying to say is that the Pope’s address means nothing, he’s living in a bygone age with attitudes that are best left in the past. Society has moved on, but the Church hasn’t. It’s out of date and out of touch. If any group of people are to be hailed as a threat to society, then surely it has to be them.

Ok, comments opened for this post, but with a warning! If you contravene the comments policy then your comment will be deleted. Rational discussion, not insults is the order of the day!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. J.A. Muntz permalink
    19 January, 2009 11:25 PM

    Hi Mike,

    I found you much by accident when looking for a picture of a crossroads. (Which I really like!)

    I’d like to give you my two cents, (or is it pence) about your question: Does Jesus love me? Yes, absolutely! He loves each and every person on the planet.

    Being raised Catholic I so understand why you are confused by the Pope. The problem with “religion” as I see it, is there are lots of manmade rules and a list of things people are supposed to DO in life to make you a “religious” person and eventually allowing you into Heaven.

    True Christianity is knowing that Christ has already given us the gift of eternity in Heven by beleiving that He died on the cross and rose again for all of us imperfect humans. Accepting this fact and asking Him into our Earthly lives is all a person needs to do. You see He’s already DONE the work for us.It’s really not that complicated.

    I hope you receive this with an open heart and mind. The cool thing is that Christ will meet us where-ever we are at. Why? Because He loves us and wants the best for us.

    Take care,
    JA

  2. 15 January, 2009 1:27 AM

    Oh, Papa Benny, you so crazy! Tell that one about the Inquisition again. Or the one about the Reichskonkordat. No, no, let me try on the big gold hat one more time. And the bejewelled robes? Is it too much? Now, what about all those sex scandals, hmmm? Man, you slay me.

  3. 14 January, 2009 11:30 PM

    I agree whole heartedly and one of the reasons I disable comments on posts about religion, is that I get an awful lot of really offensive abuse. It’s the nature of the beast I suppose! Ho-hum.

  4. 14 January, 2009 11:22 PM

    I suppose what I was trying to say in my comment which I put on your previous post as you’d disabled the comments – though I wasn’t being very clear – is that I’m amazed that the media are still interested in what the Pope says, whether or not they put any spin on it (which of course, they generally do). That world seems SO far from the world I think I live in and the people I meet.

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