In this blog post, I shall first collect all the recent views of Lea Salonga regarding same sex marriage and then comment on them.
From her Twitter posts:
In every country gay marriage is allowed, the benefits are the same. No differentiation. As it should be. So for you, LGBTs can have the benefits. Just don’t call it marriage. Uhm if it looks like marriage, it’s marriage. I married outside my religion, but our moral code is the same.
And my point was absolutely misunderstood. When I said “Love thy neighbor” it had nothing to do with sexual love at all. In Christ’s time there were segments of society actively being judged and shunned. Jesus embraced them all, which is a call to embrace and loved those who are marginalized. I would like to think that Jesus’ commandment is a challenge, a call to action. When I said “all-encompassing” I meant that everyone is deserving of God’s love. Regardless of their sin. That is the Godly way. An elevated love that we as humans need to learn.
And I’m getting off my soapbox now. Aw man… way too early to be in soapbox mode. But had to answer a tweet in lengthy fashion. It seems my points were misunderstood. Again….Oh my pleasure. It’s a topic I feel so strongly about. To be an advocate for the LGBT community is to stand up for humanity. To use the Bible to justify bigotry and hate is wrong. I am not advocating for the Catholic Church to start performing LGBT weddings. That’s not it at all. And to write an article to mislead other Catholics? Oh my goodness. But it is what it is. So many of my close LGBT Catholic friends have left the church. “Why stay where I’m not welcome?” Tell me, which is worse: being gay in a loving, committed, faithful union, or straight, marrying and divorcing umpteen times? It absolutely is. I don’t wanna end up facing God and having to tell Him that I shunned fellow humans in His name.
The Bible doesn’t teach hate, but people use it to further own personal beliefs and agendas. Can be dangerous. It was used during the times of slavery, saying it was God’s way. The Bible should be read with history, social environs and context. Must cull original intention and meaning.
This was such a great read, have to share it. Eye-opening:http://www.christianbiblereference.org/faq_homosexuality.htm
B. RESPONSE TO LEA SALONGA
1. Why? If it had nothing to do with religion, why [are you opposing this]? Are you just blindly following religion?
Wikipedia defines religion as follows:
A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols, and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life, the origin of life, or the Universe. From their beliefs about the cosmos and human nature, people may derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle.
Many religions may have organized behaviors, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, holy places, and scriptures. The practice of a religion may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of a deity, gods, or goddesses), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. Religions may also contain mythology.
In so far as the homosexual ideology is an “organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence,” we can say that the homosexual ideology, too, is a religion like Catholicism. In fact, we can even write down the Ten Commandments of the Homosexual Ideology that all pro-LGBT advocates usually hold:
|Ten Commandments of the Homosexual Religion. Photo Credit: File:Prague Pride 2014 Václavské náměstí (2).jpg Uploaded by Bazi Created: 16 August 2014 Location: 50° 5′ 2.71″ N, 14° 25′ 24.92″ E. Source: Wikipedia.
- Pleasure from homosexual intercourse is the absolute good.
- Do not use the the acronym LGBT in disdain.
- Remember to keep the LGBT Pride Marches holy by marking it in your calendars and attending its events.
- Honor your parent 1 and your parent 2. Do not ask who your real father or mother is.
- Words can be hurtful and can kill. Do not be a bigot by quoting hurtful words, e.g. scriptural verses.
- As long as two consenting adults want to engage in sexual intercourse, this should be ok regardless of their sexual preference or marital status.
- You shall not steal, except when you use words from heterosexuals and redefine them to suit the LGBT agenda, e.g. marriage.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor, except when it comes to sexual feelings, so that you can say that he is really a woman in a man’s body or vice-versa.
- You shall not covet your partner’s spouse, except when you are in heat for even dogs naturally have multiple partners for a short time.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods, except when it’s a cake and you sue him in court so that he bakes a cake for your same-sex wedding.
Is Lea Salonga blindly following the religion of homosexual ideology?
2. Jesus gave two commandments: ‘Love God with all of your heart and all of your soul.’ And the second one is, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ So did he say, ‘Unless that person happens to be gay, or lesbian, or trans’?…I would like to think that Jesus’ commandment is a challenge, a call to action. When I said “all-encompassing” I meant that everyone is deserving of God’s love. Regardless of their sin. That is the Godly way. An elevated love that we as humans need to learn.
These two commandments are the greatest because they summarize the whole law and the prophets:
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35
and one of them [a scholar of the law]* tested him by asking, 36 “Teacher,* which commandment in the law is the greatest?”37j He said to him,* “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.38 This is the greatest and the first commandment. 39k The second is like it:* You shall love your neighbor as yourself.40* l The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Mt 22:34-40)
Jesus did not abolish the law and the prophets by summarizing them. In fact, he came to fulfill them:
Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.m 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 5:17-19)
That is why he said to the rich man:
Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good.* If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments. He asked him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, “ ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; 19 honor your father and your mother’; and ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Mt 19:17-19)
Notice that Jesus had just enumerated the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments are themselves summaries of a series of laws in the Book of Leviticus. The law on adultery is a catchword for a host of sexual sins enumerated in Lv 18. Here are some examples:
20 You shall not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife,* m defiling yourself with her. 21 n You shall not offer any of your offspring for immolation to Molech,* thus profaning the name of your God. I am the LORD. 22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman;o such a thing is an abomination. 23 You shall not have sexual relations with an animal, defiling yourself with it; nor shall a woman set herself in front of an animal to mate with it; that is perverse.p (Lv 18:20-23)
The punishment for adultery and sodomy is death:
If a man commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife,h both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death….If a man lies with a male as with a woman,k they have committed an abomination; the two of them shall be put to death; their bloodguilt is upon them. (Lv 20:10-13)
In the New Testament, Jesus showed that He has the power to forgive sins–a power reserved to God alone. For example, he forgave the adulterous woman. But His forgiveness does not mean that he condoned the sin. Rather, He told her to sin no more:
They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.* So what do you say?”b 6 They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.* 7 * But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them,c “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. 10 Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”d 11 She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more.”]e. (Jn 8:4-11)
Since the sins of adultery and sodomy have the same punishment of death and Jesus forgave the sin of adultery, then Jesus can also forgive the sin of sodomy, by saying: “Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more.” The error of Lea Salonga is that she accepts the first part of Jesus’s judgement, “Neither do I condemn you,” but not the second part, “from now on do not sin any more.” This is not because the priest said so, but because Jesus said so.
3. That my words are being twisted to create division is un-God-like
Jesus Himself said that He will be a cause of division:
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?v No, I tell you, but rather division.w 52 From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53 a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Lk 12:51-53)
Following Christ means you have to renounce your sinful ways, and this naturally creates divisions between you and those who persist in their sin.
4. To use the Bible to justify bigotry and hate is wrong.
To be hated by the world is not the lot of homosexuals but of Christians:
If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.n 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. (Jn 15:18-19)
The Catholic Church does not hate homosexuals but their actions, for a man can always be separated from his actions, that is why conversion is possible. In fact, this is what theCatechism teaches:
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. 2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
It is the duty of us Christians to call sinners to repentance, otherwise we shall be responsible for their eternal damnation. As God said to Ezekiel:
You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me. 8 If I tell the wicked man that he shall surely die, and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked man from his way, he (the wicked man) shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. 9 But if you warn the wicked man, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself. (Ez 33:7-9)
5. Tell me, which is worse: being gay in a loving, committed, faithful union, or straight, marrying and divorcing umpteen times? It absolutely is.
Both are worse, since homosexual unions and divorce are both forbidden in the Bible. We had already cited the passages regarding sodomy. For the case of divorce, Jesus Himself said:
But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.c 7 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother [and be joined to his wife],d 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” 10 In the house the disciples again questioned him about this. 11 e He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” (Mk 10:6-12)
We should not compare between two negatives, between different shades of grey. Rather we should compare between a positive and a negative, between light and darkness, between obedience and sin. But what is worse when we invert the order of things and call light as darkness and darkness as light:
Ah! Those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness to light, and light into darkness, who change bitter to sweet, and sweet into bitter!m 21 Ah! Those who are wise in their own eyes, prudent in their own view!n (Is 5:20-21)
As Jesus said:
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be. (Mt 6:23)
6. The Bible should be read with history, social environs and context. Must cull original intention and meaning. This was such a great read, have to share it. Eye-opening: http://www.christianbiblereference.org/faq_homosexuality.htm
Well, this is also what Protestants like Luther advocated: they want men to read the Bible according to their own will. But the Protestants did not originally compile the Bible: it was the Catholics who made the Table of contents. What Luther proposed is to remove books in the Bible that he didn’t like:
Martin Luther (1483–1546) made an attempt to remove the books of Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation from the canon (partially because they were perceived to go against certain Protestant doctrines such as sola scriptura and sola fide), but this was not generally accepted among his followers. However, these books are ordered last in the German-language Luther Bible to this day. In addition, Luther moved the books that later became the Deuterocanonicals into a section he called the Apocrypha. (Wikipedia: Biblical Canon)
Perhaps, Lea Salonga can also make her own Bible with paragraphs, sentences, and phrases removed that are against sodomy. But this is not an original idea: there’s already the Queen James Bible. Perhaps, Lea Salonga can use this Bible and start her own Church of Homosexual Religion.
Let us all pray for the conversion of Ms. Lea Salonga.