Logic, Faith, Homosexuality And World Peace

I don’t know if I’m exactly Catholic anymore because I’ve deviated from quite a few beliefs that are traditionally Catholic, but I still pay attention to what happens in the Catholic Church, and I really like Pope Francis a lot. I guess it’s just nice to have a professional opinion to go off of. I especially like what he said recently about gay priests. He said that he cannot judge gay men who chose to remain celibate in the pursuit of God. Apparently he still does not condone gay marriage, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

I know it’s not exactly orthodox, but I believe that gay marriage is just as sacred as a marriage between a man and a woman. In almost every way, it’s the same. 2 people love each other and vow to be together in sickness and in health until death do they part. True love, I believe, transcends gender. If homosexuality was dangerous it would be another story, but there’s nothing dangerous about it. The biggest problem about it is that it has been stigmatized into something that must either be hidden or eradicated, which only causes hate and violence.

At one point in time it was believed that people were disabled because either they or their parents were sinners. I recently went to a presentation by some students at my school about what they, some professors and I believe a couple doctors thought about disabilities. Before a discussion session, they showed a video, and one professor that I actually had the semester before said she believed that people have disabilities as a physical representation of the evil in the world. People like me are just randomly picked to carry the burden of the rest of the world? I think not! People like me are brought into the world to make life a bit more interesting. My disability has brought me closer to my family and friends and closer to God. In fact, I probably wouldn’t be a Christian if it weren’t for my circumstances. I might not even be a songwriter. Everyone is made a certain way for a reason.

It is still believed by some that homosexuality is a disorder, therefore, the same stupid argument could be applied and therefore, I think that homosexuality is no more sinful than Muscular Dystrophy. God makes each of us special, and I think that if he didn’t want there to be homosexuality, he wouldn’t let it exist. I also believe that sexual orientation is not a choice, and therefore it is not a matter of free will. If it is not a matter of free will, it can’t be inherently sinful. I like boys, and I would never be able to convince myself that it’s wrong or that I like girls. It’s just not how my brain works. It’s the same for a friend of mine, only she likes girls.

Furthermore, homosexuality is not a problem that politicians or the church should need to worry about. They need to be focusing on real problems like terrorism, hate, poverty and starvation. If people were just willing to accept each other for their differences, they would see the similarities among all people and their capacities for innovation and love and they would work together instead of bickering over technicalities and tiny details.

Because in my world guinea pigs can fly!

Evil Vs Wrong

There is a difference between “evil” and “wrong.” Evil is purposefully malicious, hateful and contrary to the greater good. Wrong is simply incorrect. I think I need to explain that people tend to put too much meaning in the word “wrong.” In the truest sense, “wrong” should only be applied to incorrect statements such as 2 + 2 = 5.

There is also a difference between “evil” and “creepy” or “strange.” For example, I don’t believe that horror movies are usually evil. Usually the intent of horror movies is to give people a good thrill. Although the content can certainly be questionable, I don’t think it can necessarily be classified as “evil.”

One problem I have when people jump to the conclusion that something is “evil” is that it can probably be assumed that whatever it is, it is probably only “evil” to that person or a certain group of people. In this case, they’re simply using the wrong word. Subjective evil is not true evil. Therefore, the only true evil is sin and the devil. This evil effects everyone and no one can truthfully deny this whether they believe it or not.

The reason I bring this up is because there is and has been so much violence in the world between people of different religions. I think this is partly because people of different religions can sometimes believe that “nonbelievers” are not only wrong, but they are “evil.” Being Christian, I believe that Jesus Christ is the one true God, the Lord and Savior of the world, and I think that people who don’t believe this are wrong. In this case, wrong ends at “incorrect.” I also realize that people of other faiths would probably say that I am incorrect. The fact of the matter is that incorrect can always be corrected.

A question that came up in one of my classes at school was, “Is it better to do good for the wrong reasons, or to do nothing in the right mind?” This came up because we were talking about people of different faiths or of no faith who go out and do great things to help the poor or promote world peace, or any other civic good, and comparing them to people who sit in church and claim to be Christian but who are too self-centered to trouble themselves with such issues. I tend to think that it’s better to do good for the wrong reasons. God loves His children, and I believe that it must make Him happy to see them caring for each other whether they acknowledge Him or not. It’s a step in the right direction at any rate.

I’d be interested to know what people think about this. Input would be awesome!