Archive for June 27, 2011

FB Status of the Day

“Becoming a Jinchuuriki, 
you can lose a lot and your heart goes hollow.
But if you got things you don’t want to lose, 
they become a light to follow.”
-Killer Bee (Naruto)-

In a simpler term, it is the power of vision.
In the midst of darkness, that vision becomes a light to follow.
What is your vision that drives you to go to the extra mile?

 

Posted June 27, 2011 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Facebook Stuff

The Bible and Homosexuality

Some time ago, I was involved in a discussion with a friend on the topic of homosexuality.
Recently, New York has legalized gay marriage. (http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_684091.html)
In Singapore, I heard gay marriage was not legalized. The reasoning was as follows:

1.) Society consists of families.
2.) Gay marriage will be risky to the concept of family.
3.) Gay marriage will compromise to the stability of society.

What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
My favorite website creation.com has written a number of posts on this matter. For instance, one can see this article: (http://creation.com/homosexual-behaviour-v-the-bible)

Firstly, let’s consider moral value.
Who has the power to decide the truth? On what basis can we say murder is wrong?
If we start from the framework of humanism (i.e. there is no God), then our sense of right and wrong is just collision of atoms in our head. What makes atoms going to the left any morally valid than atoms going to the right? For instance, do we think murder is wrong? Yet, Hitler absolutely believes murdering the Jews is morally right as he was a firm atheist.
Doesn’t it make more sense if the Creator instead decides what is right and wrong? God created the universe and decided it to run in a certain scientific laws. Wouldn’t it make more sense if the Creator of human being decides how human should behave? And indeed, God has explained His sense of right and wrong in the Bible.
Remove the Bible from the picture and we will have no objective basis on moral value. Public opinion then defines the truth.

Hence, it is understandable that gay marriage is legalized nowadays.
America is a Christian nation? I doubt that.

Am I saying the law of a country has to cite Bible verses?
No. There are many ways in which one can apply Bible verses in making regulation without citing the verses.

And now, let’s consider about homosexuality itself.

Having tendency to like the same gender is not necessarily a sin. However, acting out that tendency is a sin.
This tendency is not fundamentally different than any other sexual temptation like pornography.
We might be tempted but it is not a sin. Once, we give in to pornography, then it is a sin.

I don’t think this tendency is encoded in DNA. But even if it is, they can still choose not to act out that tendency.
For example, some people have genetic tendency toward diabetes. Yet, they can still choose to fight diabetes by consuming healthy diet and by having healthy lifestyle.

At least there are two alternatives for homosexual people:
1.) If it is indeed extremely difficult for them to live like heterosexual people, they can choose not to marry. Marriage is only for heterosexual people. Homosexual people who live in celibacy do not break God’s law.
2.) If they are really determined to live like heterosexual people, they can seek help from Exodus International or any other ministry taking care of homosexual people.

There are pastors who have found freedom from homosexuality, for example Pastor Sy Rogers.

God hates sin. God loves sinners.
Homosexuality is a sin. Homosexual people are sinners.
Hence, God hates homosexuality. But still, God loves homosexual people.

And so do we. We must never approve homosexuality.
However, we can still befriend the homosexual people and lovingly try to win them for Christ and pray for them.
It is a tough love indeed. We love them enough to tell them that homosexuality is wrong and they can find freedom in Christ.

Posted June 27, 2011 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bible Study, Thought