Posts Tagged ‘bible’

I have friends who admitted that confessing you’re gay is a thing you better don’t do. The ‘otherwise’ part I missed, but as it concerned friends from a very christian village near my hometown, I could only guess it had something to do with ‘not-done’.

For a very long time I wondered why some people are gay and why other are not. I already figured out that gay people are not well accepted in most cultures, because 1) men are supposed to sleep with women and produce offspring 2) gay men are not exactly masculine and 3) people find it repulsive only to think of two men kissing and/or having sex.

Let me start with the third point. Why would you find it repulsive that two other people than yourself have a good time together? You are not forced to look, you are not even forced to think about it. It is only your upbringing that somehow emphasized that men are attracted to women and vice versa.

Then the second point. No, gay men are not masculine, but they can be strong and they look like men. They only, somehow, do not act like a straight man. Gay men usually fulfill the more (very girly) feminine occupations, related to styling, fashion and design… Scientific research concluded that brains of gay men are more suited for working with art, design and other area`s that require creativity and eye for details. Though lots of gay men have an office job or a job in engineering.

The first point, and especially the part about producing offspring, is for me, an environmentalist, the most important one. In nearly all cultures gay people are not accepted for a whole range of reasons, that are based upon prejudices and opinion-based cultural values. I think the existence of gay people serves a very noble goal: it is a natural solution to overpopulation. Imagine that around 5-10% of a population does not breed because it does not feel attracted to individuals of the opposite sex. This would seriously reduce the amount of children and will prevent that the human population will expand excessively.

So, what I wanted to say was that we (all people on this globe) should not hate gay people just because they do not act masculine, or are more sensitive than straight guys, or scream like a girl in stead of roaring like a tough guy. Gay people are very nice to talk to – especially when you’re a girl (like me) and finally find a guy who understands you! – they will not hit on man`s wife, they will not fancy a girl when she is not interested, they do not contribute to overpopulation.

Actually, you could say gay people are totally harmless and do not deserve the hatred that they receive. Of course, there are criminal gay people, but there are also straight criminal people. And I have very rarely heard of gay people beating up straight people (which is also a crime, of course).

In short, confessing you’re gay should not be a torture. In stead, we should welcome gay people who step out of their closet.

NOTE: Click here for a short article about what the Bible says about gay marriage/same sex marriage that inspired me to write this post. I do not contradict the article, because I also do not see why people who can’t have childeren should raise children, but I want to add that what the Bible says is not doubtless true (as the Bible has been written by humans, and before these stories and ‘wisdoms’ have been written down, a lot of oral story telling has probably ruined the original story line (which does not exclude there is some true in Biblical stories) and people of a few centuries ago did not know as much about nature and biological process as we do now) and christians (and also muslims, jews, hindu’s etc.) should stop hating their fellow men because the authors of religious books judged in stead of looked at facts.

NOTE II: Click here for an article by Soulforce, an organization resisting political and religious oppression of gay/lesbian in a relentless, non violent way. Especially pay attention to the interpretation of Biblical texts that provide ways to be none-straight and still be a good, religious person. But above all, consider this:

Most people who are certain they know what the Bible says about homosexuality don’t know where the verses that reference same-sex behavior can be found. They haven’t read them, let alone studied them carefully. They don’t know the original meaning of the words in Hebrew or Greek. And they haven’t tried to understand the historical context in which those words were written.

Very interesting article, a real recommendation!

NOTE III: ‘People who can’t have children should not raise children’ I’ll bring about in a future post about in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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On the origin of water

Genesis 1:2-9: While the earth still was formless and empty, God’s spirit was already hovering over the waters.  On the second day He seperated the waters under the expanse from the water above it, and made the water under the expanse gather in seas. So there is no such thing as water that originated from extraterrestrial comets and the gaseous emissions of vulcanoes.

The vegetation feds on the air

Genesis 1:11-18: On the second day God let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees, while on the third day He made two great lights – the Sun and the Moon, and set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth. How did we ever come up with the idea that there is a proces called photosynthesis, for which the Sun is essential?

The birds suddenly were there

Genesis 1:20-24: On the fourth day God let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky. It was just on the fifth day that God made the wild animals according to their kinds, including the amphibiens and the reptiles. Who did ever invent the idea that birds evolved from the land-dwelling creatures called reptiles?

And He saw it was good.

I have come to understand why we cannot agree on the origin of earth and life. If God saw it was good, then he must be blind. He never should have created the humans. Because one day, no matter we evolved from the Homo lineage or were made by God, we have killed every plant, every animal and clouded the Sun and the Moon and all the other planets and stars. If there was a God, he would have foreseen how the humans would adjust. Perhaps He is a cruel God, or perhaps he has a split personality: the one moment He is the care-taking, forgiving Spirit who reigns the world, the other moment he is the destroying Lord of Evil, whispering bad words in your ear and reigning the world.

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The first one to say “Religion is made  mankind, used by mankind.” could be me, but the alternative way of living isn’t appreciated by all members of social society. There are taboos. And old-fashioned stubborn people who do not even think about changing their mind, thinking outside their little box or consider life as what it is, not as what it is supposed to be.

Yesterday, Monday 2th, I walked into a friendly old man. I had been playing the piano in church and the man asked politely whether I was the one who played the past half an hour.

“Yes”,  I answered.

“It was very nice”, the man said.

I thanked him for the compliment and was about to leave for lunch. But the man seemed to see me as a potential member of his religious group, so he started talking about the essence music and how music could influence the human brains. I nodded. Hm-m. The man asked what I was studying.

“Liberal Arts & Sciences.”

The man replied by telling me he was a mathematician and a physician. All the sudden we (he) were talking about the holistic approach of human kind by jews and christians. The man criticized the way of thinking that humans are not more than a bunch of organs. The sum of the parts of a human body was less than the whole body. Yeah, of course: we have a mind. Although, that is what I think he ment.

But it turned out to be even more difficult. The Tora, one of the holy books of the Jews, contained a few orders and interdictions. If you didn’t live according to those rules, you could be considerd sinful. Scandalous. That’s why some people have HIV or already suffer from AIDS. This disease attacks the immune system of the human body and without the right way of living this illness cannot be cured.

“No”, I answered. “Do you have any idea how HIV works?”

The man did not answer me correctly and he continued his monologue; he didn’t seem to care whether I agreed or not. Next topic was Alzheimer. Whether I knew the Dutch neurologist who had been fired because he diagnosed his patients wrongly and was addicted to medication. Yes, I did. He concluded that this also was an ailment that could be caused by not following the religious laws. Uhm… Did he know Alzheimer was a brainsickness, and that the core of Alzheimer was the formation of plaque in your braincells?

Again the man did not respons to my comment. The storyline switched to the great creator (some people know him as “God”). How God had made the Light and that Light was more than just radiation of the sun, or the flame of a candle. It was a requirement for living, for good living.

“You mean light is symbolic?” I asked.

No, no. It wasn’t symbolic. It was real.

Yeah, I can feel infrared. I can see the light of the visible spectrum. My skin turn brown from the unseen ultraviolet radiation.

I was getting tired of the simple minded way of thinking of this man. But I had to respect his religion, his conviction.

The man continued talking very eagerly about the tight linking of christianity and politics: how some emperor made christianity the governmental religion. And he emphasised that Jesus and his followers were jews, and that they participated in the jewish rituals.

I have some difficulties with religion. Last week a friend of mine said: ‘It’s okay for me that they believe, but it is still pretty dumb.’ You cannot judge a person when he was acting according to his conviction. Can you? Is a man allowed to hit his wife and children, because one stupid book sais so: who am I to contradict this? Do we have to honour some special spirit, who made us, who leads us, who takes our lives away? Do we?

No. Life is precious. It is not getting better in a heaven that doesn’t exist. You only have to believe. But for believing you need a lot more courage than for knowing. Do I have not enough guts for not taking responsibility for my own deeds? Because that’s also an issue I hate very much. A lot of people appeal themselves to the words written by quasi wise men. Their philosophy is very clear to me: don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t lie. Human beings who lived 2000 or more years ago cannot tell me to praise a man who claimed to be the son of a god. You cannot force me to listen to the interpretation of stories from the Bible or the Tenach, or the Koran…

I can think myself. I use my mind and take nothing for granted. There is no 100% truth. There are only lies, uncertainties and interpretations. My aim is to seperate the lies from the latter ones.

It has often been said that the Bible isn’t a history record. The book is a guide to live well. Don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t lie. And don’t cheat, don’t curse, love others like you love yourself. However, I can’t live a day without telling small lies “Yes, I cleaned my room already”, or hearing about a next murder on the radio. The Bible also claims that being gay is wrong (Leviticus) or that haidens deserve to die (multiple chapters). Isn’t the one who wrote these “laws” a killer himself? Being gay is genetically defined and has something to do with the hormones a child is exposed to during pregnancy. Haidens are just people who don’t believe in the god of christianity. Maybe they think all living things have their own spirit, or they rely on physics and biology… Aren’t we all free to think what we consider the best explanation of the origin of life? I think we are.

So, I don’t want to prohibit religion, because that would make me as bad as the mindless thinkers I disregard. I only want to prevent people of making the same mistakes our ancestors made multiple times: considering my ‘wisdom’ as the one and only truth. One book can’t hold the whole truth. Adding a second book about Jesus written by only four of this 13 followers, including Mary, doesn’t make such a big difference. Claiming that another prophet, Mohammed, could know better than Jesus can be discussed for eternity.

But we, living humans, don’t have so much time.

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