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Monday, April 28, 2014

Gay Marriage Encouraged by the Church?

I just read that the United Church of Christ along with others is suing the State of North Carolina over its ban on same-sex marriages. What part of Leviticus 18:22 don't they get? To think that a church is suing to allow its ministers to perform something which the Bible says over and over is wrong.

Before the normal arguments come in...
1. Leviticus 18:22 clearly says that homosexual behavior is sinful.
2. As Christians, we are not required to obey the Law of Moses for salvation, (1 Corinthians 6:12) but the Gentile Christians were advised not to participate in sexual immorality. (Acts 15:20,  1 Corinthians 6:13)
3. Jesus does tell us to love others, but that does not mean condone their sinful actions or worse, encourage them. (John 8:11)

So how a church that calls itself Christian can call for a government to allow homosexual marriage is beyond me.

To avoid another argument, homosexual marriage is not about equal rights. It is about the homosexual community getting the government to sanction their beliefs. Homosexuals already had equal rights as far as marriage. They were not allowed to marry the same sex: Heterosexuals weren't allowed to either. They were allowed to marry the opposite sex: So were heterosexuals. They claim they weren't allowed to marry the one they loved: Neither were polygamists, pedophiles or people who wanted to marry animals. Should we allow them to marry the ones they love, too? By the way, polygamists are already suing for the right to have more than one spouse using the same argument as homosexuals.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Why is Abortion Wrong?

A question about abortion

Christians will tell you that if a baby dies it goes to heaven. Why then are they so against abortion? All the child is being deprived of is the opportunity to go to hell. Either that or god expects unborn fetuses to accept Jesus.   

Abortion is a very hot topic. Rush Limbaugh once said that it would be the nation's next civil war.  While I hope it won't go that far, this is not a topic that should be discussed lightly.

Like most Christians I am against abortion for any reason except possibly to save the life of the mother. Our reasons for this stand come from the fact that we believe that, from the moment of conception, the unborn child is a human 
being in every sense of the word. If the child is a human who has done no wrong, then to kill it by abortion is the same as committing murder.

Some of our reasons for this belief come from the Bible itself.

"Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?" Job 31:15

"Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;" Isaiah 44:24

"Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb," Isaiah 44:2

"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." Jeremiah 1:5

and others.

These verses show that people are human and called by God even before they are born. If God considers a fetus to be a human then shouldn't man do the same?

Other reasons come from science.

From the time a fetus is formed, it has its own set of DNA. The DNA is human DNA, not fish or monkey or anything else. The DNA is different from its mother, father or anyone else.

Before the woman even realizes she is pregnant, the fetus has its own brain, heart and blood. The blood is separate from the mother and may even be a different type.

And there are many other reasons.

So the reason most Christians are against abortion is we believe it is murder of an innocent human. Exodus 20:13

And, yes, God desires that, after they are born, all of these children would accept Christ, although he knows that not all of them will.

Click on the links to get further commentary on the selected verses from www.biblegateway.com which is a great site to get Bible Studies.

Jesus' DNA

Here's another question from the skeptics. If God is the father of Jesus, what is Jesus' DNA like? Does God have sperm? If he doesn't, where did Mary get the DNA from that was needed to make Jesus? This would make Mary asexual and Jesus would then be a girl. No Y chromosome.   

 As a scientist, I have always said that I'd love to get a look at Jesus' DNA. We aren't given the biological details of Mary's pregnancy in the Bible  because (as the skeptics are so fond of saying) the Bible is not a science book. In other words, the details are not essential to the message of the Bible. All the Bible says is  "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)

If God can create the universe, then he can certainly create a Y chromosome for Jesus' maleness inside Mary's egg along with the rest of the other half of Jesus DNA during this "overshadowing". (Don't you wish you could decide exactly what your son's DNA was like?)