Sex is about life, love and unity
PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 April 2010
I refer to letters from Mr and Mrs R Williams (July 16) and John Smith (July 23) concerning Maureen Turner and Reverend Janet Webber. The debate about homosexuality generates much heat. Some people condemn it by making unwarranted dogmatic assertions abou
I refer to letters from Mr and Mrs R Williams (July 16) and John Smith (July 23) concerning Maureen Turner and Reverend Janet Webber. The debate about homosexuality generates much heat. Some people condemn it by making unwarranted dogmatic assertions about the authority of Scripture. God created men and women through the evolutionary process which includes randomness and diversity. Some people are attracted to their own sex, some to the opposite sex. Homosexuals have been cruelly persecuted throughout history for something over which they have no control. The ancient Israelites needed a regular supply of warriors to defend their nation and exterminate their neighbours. A sexual union which did not produce children was therefore condemned. Eventually the Bible writers put this condemnation into the mouth of God. The aim of the Christian Gospel is to change us, as John Smith rightly says. Jesus Christ condemns human pride, which causes poverty, oppression and war. He calls us to "seek first the Kingdom of God" and to change the world in his name in the "social context" of our times. Sadly, many people are lukewarm about world development issues, and remain strangely silent about the military excursions and the evil arms trading which result in the wholesale slaughter of innocent women and children. This indeed is an "abomination." Janet's and Maureen's loving and committed relationship is comfortable in the loving embrace of God. Their dedication to the cause of world peace and justice is to be celebrated. Sex is about life and love and unity. War is about hatred and killing and destruction. Why are so many people edgy about the former and passionless about the latter? ARTHUR WRIGHT Pen Tirion Townsend Avenue Seaton
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