Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Gay Marriage Decision: Love Loses.

Christians who support the same-sex marriage ruling may point to Mark 12: 31 as a basis for their reasoning.  This passage includes the statement:  ”You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Furthermore, they might go on to then utilize the now-popular hashtag “Love wins,” meaning that the Supreme Court ruling demonstrates our love of neighbor and so it is a good thing.  Rather, I believe it demonstrates the direct opposite, and so, love loses.  Let me explain.

It’s very simple, really.  In the past, when a man and a woman obtained a marriage license and subsequently received the sacrament of Matrimony, they then had our society's blessing to move in together and freely participate in physical acts of love-making.  The Church teaches that the couple then accepts children, if it is God’s will, and forms a family.  Lots of love involved and no sin, because the couple has acted according to the natural law and the God-willed, man/woman, bodily designs.  Love wins in this case, and love of neighbor, as expressed in the Mark 12:31, is affirmed!  With this new Supreme Court ruling, however, sin enters the picture because a same-sex couple that participates in physical acts of love-making goes against the natural law and the God-willed man/woman bodily designs.  Love loses because of the sin, and when sin is a result, Mark 12:31 is NOT affirmed ... we do NOT love our neighbor if we support sin entering their lives.

I must mention the Scripture verses presented immediately preceding Mark 12:31, which is Mark 12:29-30:  “The Lord our God is Lord alone!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”  Jesus makes it very clear that love of God is paramount.  I would say our focus needs to be on love of God first (with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength) and then to let this guide us to proper love of neighbor.  This is when love truly wins.

By the way, it seems to me that co-habitation, sex outside of marriage, and the use artificial means of birth control all fall under these same principles.  I hope and pray that all my readers would give serious thought to their love of God before considering going forward with these other sinful actions.  Please see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Article 6, for a complete discussion of Church teaching on the sixth commandment, including same-sex attraction and co-habitation.

Speaking of co-habitation, there is an irony in these latest developments.  For straight people, there is a trend away from marriage in favor of co-habitation.  For gay people, there is a trend away from co-habitation in favor of marriage.  Neither of these trends bode well for marriage for the sensible institution that it has been since ancient times.  I am probably too old to see a trend back to common sense in my lifetime, but I hope and pray that is what in store for our future.

My prayer for today:  “Lord, please instill in your humble human creatures here on earth an unflinching love for you, so that your will may be done when it comes to love of neighbor.  Amen.”

The photo is of the interior of the chapel on the grounds of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit near Conyers, Georgia.

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  1. Reasons to Believe in Jesus

    Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.

    Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

    Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

    And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

    Sartre speaks of the "passion of man," not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

    From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are "traditional" alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

    If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

    by David Roemer


    David Roemer