Love, Not Hate Thursday, Oct 16 2008 

 

This issue is in NO WAY intended to be “homophobic” or “hateful.”  In fact, it is quite the opposite.  When a person warns another of danger, it is a loving act.  We are trying to warn those involved in homosexual behavior of its dangers, both physically and spiritually, out of a heart of love.  We are not ashamed to say that homosexuality is offensive to God and will be punished, but we understand that all sin is offensive to God and worthy of his wrath.

 

  None of us needs to stay in our sins.  God has provided a way out through the sacrifice of his son, Jesus.  He bore the wrath of God for sinners so that they would not have to.  He was raised from the dead to prove that he had power over both sin and death.  This power is given to us through Christ when we repent and believe. 

  We no longer have to stay bound to sins like homosexuality, or greed, or lust, or gossip, or pride.  We can be free from these prisons!  It is NOT unloving to point out certain danger and urge someone to avoid it.  We love homosexuals, and that is why we printed this paper.  

Repent of your sins and believe the truth about Jesus Christ, for the sake of your own soul!

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What Does the Bible Say? Thursday, Oct 16 2008 

What does the Bible say?

 

Why is it that homosexuality is a sin?  It is very, very clear in the Bible that God does not tolerate homosexual practices.  The first indication of this is in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis chapter 19.  Two other verses that show that homosexual behavior is condemned by God is in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13.  Chapter 18 verse 22 tells us that homosexual sex is an abomination to the Lord.  Something that is important to understand is that God does not discriminate between homosexual sex outside of marriage or in marriage; its still homosexual sex, which God strictly forbids.

 

The main passage in the New Testament that deals with homosexuality is Romans 1:24-27.  Here, the Bible describes homosexual desires as dishonorable passions and explicitly outlaws homosexual activity between two women or between two men.  Most important of all, the Bible soberly declares in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that those who practice homosexuality, along with other types of sin such as immoral heterosexual behavior and robbery, will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

However, in verse 11, we see that all of these sins, including homosexuality can be forgiven:  And such were some of you.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.  Jesus Christ can forgive your sins, whatever they are, if you repent and believe.  He can also change your desires and make you a new creation.

 

 

It’s Natural Thursday, Oct 16 2008 

“Its Natural”

         

       People often justify homosexuality because “it’s natural” or “I was born like this.” This doesn’t seem true for a number of reasons.  For one thing, it can’t be natural because a homosexual lifestyle won’t produce offspring. Many claim that the purpose of life is to survive; by being homosexual, one is not doing that at all. A museum called the Oslo Natural History Museum features an exhibit that presents several “examples” of beetles, giraffes, penguins, and parrots engaging in behavior that might be called homosexual. This, all of a sudden,

 

justifies homosexuality because it happens in nature.  Animals do it, so that justifies it for humans! Well, that logic opens up a lot of possibilities for the human race. Now, we can eat our kids if we want to, because that’s what 10% of the adult Komodo dragon’s diet consists of: juvenile Komodo dragons. Female praying mantises and black widow spiders kill and eat the male after mating with him. And a good deal of male animals fight and kill sexual rivals. You can see the flawed logic here. Humans don’t want to mimic animal behavior and animal behavior does not justify human behavior.

       

        Another argument that is used often is: “I was born a homosexual.” Whether or not this is true is beside the point.  A person could say, “I was born a pedophile” (an adult who likes to have sex with children).  Are his actions justified because he thinks he was born this way?  Some actually say they were born pedophiles. If you justify homosexuality with this logic, then you justify being a pedophile.

 

 

It’s Suicide Thursday, Oct 16 2008 

It’s Suicide! By Veritas

There are many diseases associated with a homosexual lifestyle. A few are gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis A&B, AIDS, amoebiasis, herpes simplex virus-2, and human papillomavirus. Note that these are only a few of the diseases caused by a gay lifestyle, and these are only diseases that are directly related to a gay lifestyle. There are many more diseases linked to homosexuality.

Let’s start with gonorrhea. Gonorrhea, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage.

 

“In women, gonorrhea is a common cause of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). About one million women each year in the United States develop PID. The symptoms may be quite mild or can be very severe and can include abdominal pain and fever. PID can lead to internal abscesses (pus-filled “pockets” that are hard to cure) and long-lasting, chronic pelvic pain. PID can damage the fallopian tubes enough to cause infertility or increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.

In men, gonorrhea can cause epididymitis, a painful condition of the ducts attached to the testicles that may lead to infertility if left untreated.

 Gonorrhea can spread to the blood or joints. This condition can be life threatening. In addition, people with gonorrhea can more easily contract HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV-infected people with gonorrhea can transmit HIV more easily to someone else than if they did not have gonorrhea.” -The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

Syphilis is another painful, uncomfortable disease caused by homosexuality.

The primary stage of syphilis is usually marked by the appearance of a single sore (called a chancre), but there may be multiple sores…[it] is usually firm, round, small, and painless…


Skin rash and mucous membrane lesions characterize the secondary stage. This stage typically starts with the development of a rash on one or more areas of the body.… The characteristic rash of secondary syphilis may appear as rough, red, or reddish brown spots both on the palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet.… In addition to rashes, symptoms of secondary syphilis may include fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches, and fatigue…. without treatment, the infection will progress to the latent and possibly late stages of disease.


The latent (hidden) stage of syphilis begins when primary and secondary symptoms disappear. Without treatment, the infected person will continue to have syphilis even though there are no signs or symptoms; infection remains in the body.  This latent stage can last for years.  The late stages of syphilis can develop in about 15% of people who have not been treated for syphilis, and can appear 10-20 years after infection was first acquired.  In the late stages of syphilis, the disease may damage the internal organs, including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints. Signs and symptoms of the late stage of syphilis include difficulty coordinating muscle movements, paralysis, numbness, gradual blindness, and dementia. This damage may be serious enough to cause death.” -CDC

 

Hepatitis A & B are also related to a gay lifestyle. Although Hepatitis A is easily curable and has no long term effects, Hepatitis B is very dangerous. Some of the effects of Hepatitis B are as follows: infection for life, scars on liver, liver cancer, failure of the liver, and death. There is no treatment for acute Hep B. There are treatments from chronic Hep B, but they cannot reverse damage that was already done.

 

Hope Thursday, Apr 3 2008 

  This series of VOAT blogs aim not at those who have had abortions already, but at those who would ever consider it.  If you have had an abortion already, take heart, you do not have to be consumed with guilt!   

When Jesus died on the cross, the wrath that was poured out on him was sufficient to cover not only that sin, but every other sin you would ever commit.  If you surrender your life to this Jesus, he becomes your substitute.  You do not have to pay for your sins because he already did!  There is freedom and hope for you whether you have had an abortion or not. 

If you are considering having an abortion, if you know someone who is, or you believe it is a morally acceptable behavior that ought to be defended, then these posts are for you.  Know for certain that abortion is wrong; it is murder; and it cannot be justified.        

Thursday, Apr 3 2008 

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Answering the Critics Thursday, Apr 3 2008 

  It’s just tissue; not a human          

Of course the baby is human.  It comes from two human parents and is a living being.

It’s not a baby; it’s a parasite.          

Because it is dependent on another human for life?  So is a two year old!  Would you kill a two year old?

I can’t afford it.

Ask your family for help. Ask a church. Ask an adoption agency.  You don’t kill a person because it is expensive.

It’s my body and my choice!

Your body belongs to God, and so does your baby’s.  Your baby’s life is not your choice.  Make your choice before you make your child.

It’s better to abort it than to give it a miserable life.

With this logic, why not kill all children who are having a miserable life?  If you can’t give it a good life, give it to someone who can.

I was raped. It’s not fair to make me have a baby I don’t want.

It’s not the baby’s fault either.  A murder won’t solve a rape.  Two wrongs don’t make a right.  It might even become a great gift as babies are a gift from God.  

Christianity and Abortion Thursday, Apr 3 2008 

Why isn’t Christianity compatible with abortion? The first question we need to ask is what is considered a human being? The secular world has redefined the line between when human life begins but Christians believe that life begins at the moment of fertilization.

             In Jeremiah 1:5 the Bible, which is the sole source of absolute truth to the Christian, says: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” God is saying that even before we started growing in the womb, we were considered humans to God.

So, why do Christian consider human life so precious? The answer is simple: humans are made in the image of God.

The most specific mention of this is in Genesis 1:27 which says: “ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” We are so important because we are created in God’s image!

The third reason why Christians oppose abortion is that God clearly condemns the murder and sacrifice of children. Leviticus 18:21 says: “You should not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.”   Molech was an ancient pagan god, and his followers would sacrifice their children to him as an offering. God clearly deemed this as an offence against His holiness and against human beings created in His image. 

The fourth reason is that God gave children to us as a gift. Psalm 127:3-4 says: “ Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.” Children aren’t just unimportant objects; each child is precious and will grow up to be just as important as any other human being. 

             The fifth reason why Christianity and abortion are incompatible is that the human body doesn’t belong to any human, but to God. In the Bible, the body is described in a metaphor as being like a temple. It explains that our body was made as a temple for God to dwell in. Therefore, the human cannot just do whatever he pleases as most people would argue today. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, the Bible says: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.”

 It says the same thing in 2 Corinthians 6:16: “ What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”In Romans 12:1-2, Paul says “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable, and perfect.” Abortion is not good, acceptable, or perfect, which makes abortion against the will of God. That is why Christianity and abortion cannot be together,  because abortion is against the will of God. 

Thursday, Apr 3 2008 

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What is Life? Thursday, Apr 3 2008 

  The famous Dr. Seuss story, Horton Hears a Who!, makes the rather convincing case that “A person is a person, no matter how small.” Horton the elephant finds a small flower that, to his great surprise, cries out for help.  Even more to his surprise, it isn’t the flower that is speaking, but a tiny person he can’t see, who lives in a small village on the flower. The tiny person begs not to be destroyed. Horton promptly commits himself to the person, who is known as Who. Horton risks his very life for the life of Who. Why does he do this? Because he believes the tiny Who has a right  to life. Size is no criteria for life.

There are thousands of unborn “ Who’s” who, even though they can’t  speak, are crying out not to be destroyed. Many abortionists claim that an embryo cannot be alive at conception, it is too tiny microscopic even. But who cares what size it is? Since when have humans been described as five foot beings? Dwarfism is a condition of the bones that keeps humans from growing and developing properly. Adults with dwarfism are usually 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall. They are no less human. Size doesn’t make a difference in a human life.  

It is a common argument for abortion that because unborn babies cannot support themselves outside their mother’s womb,  they ought not be called persons. This is not a valid argument.  People on life support cannot take care of themselves. Are we to say that they aren’t humans either? What about people in comas? Or how about people on heart medications or pacemakers? They can’t support themselves all alone either.  The unborn baby simply relies on its mother for its protection. A toddler or small child does the same thing. If a small child falls and scrapes his knee, who’s usually the first person they call on? Their mother. Just because an unborn baby can’t support itself doesn’t mean they aren’t human.

It doesn’t look human. It’s too small. It has a tail. These are also false arguments for abortion. The fetus is small, but people come in all sizes and all stages of development. A two year old and an adult are different, but they are both human. Stage of development does not determine humanness! As for its tail, it is nothing more than the backbone and spine of the fetus. This “tail” never truly disappears. It is still there but as the body grows larger, it fits into place and no longer gives its appearance of a tail. Thus the “tail” is not a tail but  the backbone!

In the words of Ronald Reagan, “Abortion is advocated only by the persons who have themselves been born.” People come from people; however, in the birth of modern technology and current culture, the world has seemed to forget this. Scientists have gotten too far ahead of themselves to appreciate the miracle of human life.   

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