Goodreads quotes Joy E. Corey

Taken from “Divine Eros: A Timeless Perspective on Homosexuality”

“It’s interesting to note that while homosexuals say that genetics is everything — and predetermines homosexuality (which it doesn’t), and that we should always be true to our genes, transsexuals say that genetics is nothing, and that we should not be true to our genes if this displeases us. And the gay community, in supporting transsexualism, sees no contradiction in this.”

HOMOSEXUALITY AND GENETICS

HOMOSEXUALITY AND GENETICS

            For those of you who think that homosexuality is genetically determined, what follows is an excerpt from the genetics chapter in my new book “Divine Eros: A Timeless Perspective on Homosexuality:”

            “Dean Byrd, Ph.D., Shirley E. Cox, Ph.D., and Jeffrey W. Robinson, Ph.D. published an article in 2008 entitled Is Homosexuality Genetic in which they write: “Scientific attempts to demonstrate that homosexual attraction is biologically determined have failed.  The major researchers have arrived at such conclusions.”

            “Furthermore, in all the years since Simon LeVay published his 1991 study, the idea that LeVay discovered ‘proof’ that homosexuality is genetic is still circulated widely.  That, in spite of the fact that LeVay himself denies it!  LeVay has said: It’s important to stress what I didn’t find.  I did not prove homosexuality is genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay.  I didn’t show that gay men are born that way, the most common mistake people make in interpreting my work.  Nor did I locate a gay center in the brain.” (“The Innate-immutability Argument Finds No Basis in Science,” May 27, 2001, Salt Lake City Tribune.)

            My book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lulu Publishing, Light & Life Publishing in softcover, hardcover or as an ebook.  Just a little teaser.  There’s lots to think about in the hormone chapter as well.  Let me hear from you!

NO PAIN – NO GAIN

Although it is God Who accomplishes our healing, and not we ourselves, He cannot do it without our cooperation.  The operative word in every instance of healing was “struggle.”  No pain — no gain.  There is hope and healing for everyone suffering from unwanted same-sex attraction.  The person need only want to change and be willing to struggle against himself, and God will come through with healing.  St. Theophan the Recluse, in his book, The Path to Salvation, A Manual of Spiritual Transformation, writes:  “Anyone who is not struggling in any podvig [i.e., the struggle of man with himself] is in prelest [spiritual pride].”[i]  Matthew, the Evangelist, writes in his Gospel:“For the kingdom of God suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”(Matthew 11:12).

The Orthodox Study Bible (new King James version) notes: “Whoever is a hearer and lover of the Word of God takes the Kingdom ‘by force,’ exerting all earnestness and desire to enter the reality of the kingdom.”[ii]  Healing is from God alone, but virtue is another thing.  All the Saints accept that while God provides the healing that enables us to leave behind our sins, the only true path toward virtue has to be pain and hard work.

In the last chapter, we saw how Mark entered into that inner struggle.  He had spent seventy hours studying what the Bible had to say about homosexuality.  After finding the gay theology to be false, in spite of what he felt he chose to serve his God with all his heart, and sought to please Him through obedience to God’s will for his life.  He married his wife out of  obedience to his Lord.   He reasoned things out through his study of homosexuality, but overseeing his reasoning process was his conscience.   Our conscience will always give us a struggle in an attempt to lead us to repentance.  St. Theophan the Recluse writes:  “The standard of the holy, virtuous and righteous life is inscribed in the conscience.” [iii]   The conscience constantly wars against fallen flesh to try to bring sobriety.  To accomplish this, we begin by guarding the door of our hearts to ensure against giving a foothold to our enemies without (Satan, his demons and the world) and our enemies within (our fallen passions).  We become a fortress and a protector of the image of God within us.  We cannot accomplish this without the grace of God since it is that very grace that enables us to see ourselves as we truly are.  The grace of God comes first when that light dawns that illuminates that we are powerless without His help, and it remains with us throughout the entire period of our spiritual growth.  St. Theophan refers to this moment of revelation as “our grace-filled awakening.”  How do we know when we have had a grace-filled awakening?  According to St. Theophan, “The first sign is that a feeling of dependence on God returns. Sin separates man from God.  A person who has left God for sin doesn’t perceive his dependence on God and lives as he pleases as though he is not God’s and God is not his.”[iv]

 

[i] St. Theophan the Recluse, The Path to Salvation, A Manual of Spiritual Transformation, translated by Fr. Seraphim Rose and the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, Platina, CA (Forestville, CA: St. Paisius Abbey, 1996, 1998), p. 209.

 

[ii] See annotations for Matthew 11:12 in The Orthodox Study Bible, New Testament and Psalms, New King James Version(Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2008, c 1993 by St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, Special Helps c 1997 by Conciliar Press), p.32.

 

[iii] Op Cit., p. 147.

 

[iv] Ibid.

Dusty Bibles?

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When, and if, we read the Bible it becomes clear that we are to become “a holy nation” – God’s own people. We did not create ourselves. God, the Creator of all, created us in His Image, and He is Holy. In today’s society, holiness is obscured under the heavy weight of secular, atheistic humanism which identifies man as his own god and renders the need for the ONLY True god unnecessary. We value our own opinions above God’s and forget to Whom we need to direct our thanks for ALL that we have, including our talents, our material possessions, our families, our friends, our very breath and our very life; the only life that counts – eternal life.

I spent several hours today at Hospice with a 92-year-old friend from my church who is dying. I held his hand, caressed his cheeks, kissed him repeatedly and whispered constantly into his ear that I loved him. As I read the Psalms to him, one theme repeatedly ran through the words I read: God is our ONLY hope, our very salvation of whom or of what do we have to be afraid. My dear friend was afraid to let go. He was clinging to this world. The words of St. Silouan, the Athonite, rang in my ears:

“We are to be concerned about the salvation of the soul of every human being.”

That very thought made me realize that my friend had unfinished business here on earth and was afraid to die. So, I began questioning him until I found the albatross that was hanging around his neck. He had a daughter he had not seen or spoken with in ten years and he wanted to speak to her. I contacted his priest to deal with the issue as I was concerned for the salvation of his soul. If he died without having reconciled or having asked for forgiveness, according to the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6) God could not forgive him his own trespasses.

Why do we focus so much on the temporal life and often completely ignore or neglect the eternal life? Our whole lives should be lived in preparation for this very moment, i.e. the moment we leave this life and move on to the next . We need to ask ourselves

“Where will I spend eternity?”

It is apparent from what people generally say, that most people assume every member of their family and their friends are in heaven. This is one of Satan’s deceptions. We can’t fathom the thought that our loved ones may not be at peace and in Paradise with our Lord Jesus Christ. So we deny the possibility that hell (which is really the state of one who separates himself from God) exists. We think because we’ve been baptized we are automatically going to heaven. Baptism is merely the beginning point. From that moment on we are in the process of our salvation and how we live our lives will determine where we spend eternity.

In St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, he writes:

“And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall have no dominion over you for you are not under the law but under grace. … But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life” (Romans 6:13,14, 22).

Our lives must bear fruits of holiness which in the end leads to everlasting life.

Why are our Bibles sitting on our bookshelves collecting dust?