The simple truth about homosexuality and same-sex marriage
ACCORDING to an article Don' t Bow to Pro-Gay Bullies, published in the Sunday Gleaner on June 24, 2012, David Cameron, the British prime minister, and the British Government are seeking to redefine marriage from being exclusive to heterosexuals. It also said that United States President Barack Obama endorsed same-sex marriage in May of this year because his position on the issue has 'evolved'.
There is a common universal language known by all — which transcends time, culture, race and religion — the law of nature. This law includes the knowledge of good and evil. All persons either know that they have this knowledge, pretend not to know that they have it or have this knowledge but it is not fully developed.
In every human civilisation in world history, it is known that marriage is between a male and a female. It is also known that physically, the male and female bodies were designed to "fit" together. The female vagina can accommodate the male penis without losing its elasticity and the male sperm is, by design, oriented toward the female egg.
Dr J Budziszewski in his article entitled 'Advancing a Heterosexual Public Ethic With Grace, Wit, and Natural Law' said: "Our whole physical and emotional design speaks to us of God's purposes. Interestingly, at the only place in the whole Bible where the expressions natural and unnatural are used, they're used in reference to normal and perverted sexuality (Romans 1:26-27)."
When Paul calls homosexual union 'contrary to nature', he's not banking on the fact that his readers have studied natural law; he's banking on the fact that our very bodies speak to this. For example, when a man puts the part of himself that represents life into the cavity of another man that represents decay and expulsion, there is just no way to make the act mean something different from 'Life, being swallowed up in death'.
At ChristianAnswers.net, one writer says "If God had intended the human race to be fulfilled through both heterosexual and homosexual marriage, He would have designed our bodies to allow reproduction through both means and made both means of sexual intercourse healthy and natural."
Homosexual intercourse carries a high risk of disease. This is recognised in the latter part of Verse 27 of Romans 1 where gay men are said to receive in their bodies the due penalty for their error. According to the executive summary of Health Implications Associated with Homosexuality, Medical Institute of Sexual Health (1999) "Homosexual men are at significantly increased risk for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, anal cancer, gonorrhoea and gastrointestinal infections. Women who have sex with women are at significantly increased risk of bacterial vaginosis, breast cancer and ovarian cancer than are heterosexual women."
Gay Bowel Syndrome is one area that homosexuals are trying very hard to remove from public knowledge. The abstract for the 1976 journal article published in Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science entitled 'The gay bowel syndrome: clinico-pathologic correlation in 260 cases' describes gay bowel syndrome in the following manner:
"The clinical and pathological findings in a group of 260 homosexual men comprising 10 per cent of a private proctologic practice are reviewed. A clinical pattern of anorectal and colon diseases encountered with unusual frequency in these homosexual patients is termed the gay bowel syndrome. The clinical diagnoses in decreasing order of frequency include condyloma acuminata, hemorrhoids, non-specific proctitis, anal fistula, perirectal abscess, anal fissure, amebiasis, benign polyps, viral hepatitis, gonorrhoea, syphilis, anorectal trauma and foreign bodies, shigellosis, rectal ulcers and lymphogranuloma venereum.
"This can occur in anyone involved in sexual activity via the anus."
A 2001 National Centre for Health Statistics study on marriage and divorce statistics reported that 66 per cent of first marriages last 10 years or longer, with 50 per cent lasting 20 years or longer. The 2003-2004 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census surveyed the lifestyles of 7,862 homosexuals. Of those involved in a "current relationship" only 15 per cent describe their current relationship as having lasted 12 years or longer, with five per cent lasting more than 20 years.
In his study of male homosexuality in Western Sexuality: Practice and Precept in Past and Present Times, Pollak found that "few homosexual relationships last longer than two years, with many men reporting hundreds of lifetime partners. A nationally representative survey of 884 men and 1,288 women published in the Journal of Sex Research found that 77 per cent of married men and 88 per cent of married women had remained faithful to their marriage vows".
Psychology recognises that men and women are psychologically and emotionally designed to complement one another. Eph. 5:33 speaks of the husband loving his wife and the wife respecting her husband and continues in Eph 6:1 - 3 to instruct children to be obedient to their parents and to honour both mother and father that their days may be long on the earth. Psychologists also conclude that a union between a man and woman in which both spouses serve as good gender role models is the best environment in which to raise well-adjusted children.
There are emotions that are powerful and addictive and ultimately terribly destructive. Same-sex marriages must satisfy criteria other than emotion. A marriage is more than a sexual pleasure centre. A marriage is a social unit that is interwoven with dozens of other lives. Sex is not enough. Passion cannot sustain an inherently unstable social unit.
Everyone inherently knows that homosexuality is immoral and unnatural. This inherent knowledge — the truth — is being rejected and suppressed. Persons are pretending not to know the truth or they have seared their conscience to this knowledge. They then replace the truth with a lie — homosexuality is as natural as any heterosexual relationship — advocate same-sex marriage and try to portray homosexuality as normal through all available media (Rom. 1:18 - 31 NKV).
Gay activists Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen said: "Almost any behaviour begins to look normal if you are exposed to enough of it."
Speak against this lie with all boldness and love.
Richard and Lavine Reid are Ministers of Religion at the Linstead Church of Christ. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org