“God gave us eyes not to see and desire pleasure, but to see acts to be performed for the needs of life, so too the genital part of the body , as the name itself teaches has been received by us for no other purpose than the generation of offspring.” Lactanius
“Certain Egyptian heretics exercise genital acts, yet prevent the conceiving of children. Not in order to produce offspring, but to satisfy lust, are they eager for corruption.” Epiphanius (“Against Heresies”)
“To have coitus other than to procreate children is to do injury to nature” St Clement of Alexander.
For the past few days I have been coming home from work to find my Email account deluged by comments from Youtube Christians howling with pain and anger at my taking a stand against their views on gay love.
I have been accused of blaspheming, of being the spawn of Satan, of deliberately shielding myself from the “truth” of God’s word and told that unless I repent God’s gonna burn my ass big time, boy, sho nuff.
I have responded by pointing out the simple fact that people who use artificial contraception and practice any form of non-procreative activity also stand damned by church tradition and that, without putting the homosexual issue in that context, it simply becomes a pointless exercise in hate and bigotry to use the bible to drive gay kids to suicide.
They, of course, beg to disagree and wave the same six verses at me repeatedly as if it actually meant anything in the face of empirical fact and continue to assert that long term gay and lesbian relationships are, in God’s eyes, no better than serial killing, robbery and child molestation. Which does tend to make one question the moral probity of their particular deity, rather. A God who hasn’t even worked out the “harm factor” yet when others like John Stuart Mill have seems rather a peculiar being to me.
I have also taken great pains to point out to people who insist on taking me on individually that the so-called OT prophecies concerning Christ’s Messiahship are based on dubious grounds and that there is a considerable body of evidence to suggest that their faith may be rooted in a confidence trick anyway. Micah 5 (cited by Matthew 2:5-6) for example clearly describes the expected messiah (from the CLAN of Bethlehem Ephratah, note) to be a military leader who will lead them against the Assyrians (Micah 5:6), (a similar messiah who will “rule from sea to sea” and impose peace upon the nations can be found at Zechariah 9:9-13 (cited by Matt:21:4 and John 12:14-15) and again only by a considerable amount pf prevarication and exegesis can the figure described there be directly related to Christ) and thus clearly cannot be Christ.
I usually do have certain qualms in taking this course of action with people, as not all Christians deserve such treatment and it is not their fault that they have not read their bibles properly or critically, but in the face of such inhuman cruelty (as inflicted on kids like the two Jameys mentioned below (and hosts of other gay teens driven to suicide by this appalling rubbish)) perpetrated by people who claim their own sins are forgiven in faith by God then I feel it is wholly justifiable to take such a course of action against them. The more people like that are shown publicly up to be ignorant of their scriptures, the less people there will be attacking gay kids with baseball bats or (as in Jamie Hubley’s case) forcing batteries down their throats. All in the name of God’s righteousness, of course.
Those who’s faith in God is destroyed by such a method clearly did not know God in the first place and were simply casting psychological dependence on a myth without questioning it. For them that realization will probably be a starting point for a truer, deeper relationship with the divine than what some multimillionaire evangelist has taught was the case and perhaps they will discover a faith that is not based on self interest (personal salvation, promises of afterlife etc) but one based on the pure loving service of the divine for its own sake; an important spiritual step to take as any Buddhist will teach you. Stripped of this self-centredness they may, perhaps, then re-engage with the wondrous figure of Jesus Christ and actually take on board what he actually said. Particularly what he has to say about forgiveness and mercy.
There is no reason for gay kids to be killing themselves at the age of 14 and I , for one, feel a duty to call time on this evil, blasphemous farrago and point out to these hypocrites, bigots and fanatics (not Christians note, these people insult the name of Christ) the empirical facts of the matter. If they do not wish to subject themselves to the holy disciplines of celibacy or procreation that the Church Fathers themselves spoke of, then they have absolutely no right to use God as an excuse to drive the Rodemeyers and Hubleys of this world to lose faith and kill themselves. Unnatural sex is unnatural sex, and, as the quotations I have affixed above clearly show, the term clearly has more than one application.