Faith and Churches

December 18, 2006

I read on the BBC page today http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6188465.stm that the Episcopal Church in the US has split as a consequence of the Church having ordained gay bishops.

While I am strongly against any judgment by any human over homosexuality, considering as I do homosexuals as equal to heterosexuals in their rights, that a religious church takes so a decided view on what they consider a problem as to justify their abandoning the so-called fold, does nothing but weakening that particular church, and I believe it does do no harm to all concerned.

Indeed, I do not understand why churches have to be strong in detriment of their faithful, why in so many cases they must be a state within the secular state, their spiritual decisions so much affecting the general going of countries, or, as the case object of this post, affecting the physical conditions of their inhabitants.

Homosexuality has ceased being a taboo in our society today, scientists having found the cause of this sexual tendency, but churches seem not to be ready to bow to scientifical findings and they stick to old principles, something that does not say good for the truthfulness of their religion, as all Christian churches advocate understanding, comprehension of their faithful altogether. If they think homosexuality is a sin, then their principles should oblige them to despise all of the members of their community because all of them commit sins against their tenets, human beings that they are. If they think that someone with a sin should not belong to the hierarchy, then they are committing a sin of false modesty.

All men and women are made equal under God, no sex, race or any other differences would make a human being inferior to others.

And, in my opinion, the power of churches should not prevail over the power of a human being. Nobody is entitled to tell me what I must believe or how I must behave provided that my behaviour does not mean offence to any one.

And I am not against the dismemberment of churches, faith is so individualised that their existence does not seem justified, at least not as far as spirituality is concerned.

But, again, that is only my opinion.

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5 Responses to “Faith and Churches”

  1. earthpal said

    Good article here.

    Of course, so long as organised religions don’t break the law of the land or infringe any employment discrimination laws…and so long as the State doesn’t allow the church to influence its governing, then they have the right to impose their own policies. But no doubt they will continue to self-harm.

    My opinion is that the church’s discriminatory policies are very divisive and do not live up to the ethos that Jesus stood for. Jesus wasn’t so self-righteous, unlike many members of the church.

    Homosexuality exists. It can’t be brushed under the carpet or ignored. Gays don’t choose to be gay – just as I didn’t choose to be female. We are who we are and in my view, religious leaders are distorting their Christian message and undermining what are supposed to be their core beliefs by discriminating against certain groups in this way.

    The religious bigots will quote bible passages at those who fight for gay rights within the church but these bigots are very selective in which parts of the Scriptures they choose to interpret literally and which parts they explain away as being metaphorical or no longer appropriate to the current age. It all depends on how it supports their agenda.

  2. You are quite right in my opinion, Earthpal. There are new attempts by religions to include Christianity in the Constitution of the European Union. More details here

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  3. anticant said

    Churches are power-plays. They operate on the “We are OK – You are Not OK” principle, and seek social control not only over their own flock, but over everyone else. They are obsessed with sex and what they regard as “sinful” behaviour, almost to the exclusion of the other deadly sins – violence, greed, dishonesty etc. High time they were universally ignored and forced to wind up.

  4. christianzionismexposed said

    Don’t forget gluttony on the list of forgotten sins. Some of the leaders of the Religious Right tip the scales up their with the best of ’em.

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