Pope on Preserving Gender

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Pope says preserving gender is as important as preserving rainforests, according to articles in BBC News, 23 December 2009. In his end of year address to senior Vatican staff, Pope Benedict XVI stated that it was as important to preserve the distinction between male and female as it is to preserve rainforests, if the human race was to survive. He said: "We need something like human ecology, meant in the right way. The Church speaks of human nature as 'man' or 'woman' and asks that this order is respected. This is not out-of-date metaphysics. It comes from the faith in the Creator and from listening to the language of creation, despising which would mean self-destruction for humans and therefore a destruction of the work itself of God."

The Pope warned that modern day “gender theory”, an academic study that explores sexual orientation and how people perceive their biological identity, blurs the distinction between men and women and leads people away from their Creator. He said: "What is often expressed and signified with the word 'gender' leads to the human auto-emancipation from creation and from the Creator. The human being wants to make himself on his own and to decide always and exclusively by himself about what concerns him. But, in so doing, the human being lives against the truth and against the Spirit creator. Rain forests deserve, yes, our protection but the human being - as a creature which contains a message that is not in contradiction with his freedom but is the condition of his freedom - does not deserve it less."

Homosexuals and transsexuals use gender theory to support their cause, and homosexual leaders within and outside the church have attacked the Pope. Sharon Ferguson, chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement in Britain, described the Pope's remarks as "totally irresponsible and unacceptable" and commented: “When you have religious leaders like that making that sort of statement then followers feel they are justified in behaving in an aggressive and violent way." Senator Bob Brown, the homosexual leader of The Greens political party in Australia is pleased that the Pope wants to preserve rainforests, but asserted: “Homosexuality is a necessary niche of nature’s grand diversity, and the Pope should honour it rather than imply disdain for the creator.” (Sydney Morning Herald, 26 December 2008, p3)

BBC, Extracts of Papal Address

Editorial Comment: The Pope is right, the Green’s Brown is wrong. Not because we say so but because God says it in His revelation in Genesis. Gender Redefinition is all about rejecting God’s authority as creator based on accepting evolution as real history. Genesis clearly states God created human beings as male and female, and pronounced that to be very good. (Genesis 1:27, 31) Jesus Christ affirmed this when he taught that marriage was based on the creation of male and female (Matthew 19:4-5). Therefore, to turn away from this created order is to turn away from the Creator. Turning away from the Creator, for any reason, is to turn away from the source of all life, and will eventually lead to destruction or as God puts it – “be sure your sin will find you out”.

The solution to any confusion over sex roles is not to invent some new definition of gender, but to return to God’s definition, both in individual lives and society in general. The good news is the Creator welcomes all those who turn away from their defiance of His created order, and come to Him to be made new creations in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) (Ref. Catholic, papacy, sexuality)

Evidence News 4 February 2009

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