For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 2 timothy 4:3
An article this week by BeautyBeyondBones discussed a recent Pew Research survey showing the disparity between what Roman Catholics are supposed to follow according to Biblical church teachings and their political party. The bad news is that they tend to side with their political party over the church. She observed, for example, that Joe Biden, a declared Catholic, has been refused communion due to his stance in favor of abortion.
It reminded me of another article I saw about how 24% (I think) of Evangelicals think gender self-identification is OK. Biblically, God created man and woman. Period. If there are issues with homosexuality and so forth, those are the result of sin, but we need to remain grounded in God’s Word…in love and compassion! In addition, gender confusion is often the result of some sort of psychological trauma and abuse. See my articles Sex Reassignment, Part 1 and Sex Reassignment, Part 2. It’s all data driven information from counselors and participants themselves. The articles do not use faith-based sources!
Ken Ham published another article on the problem of not looking to God for answers last week. He discusses a recent scientific paper on male rainforest frogs who practice “polyamory,” having “committed relationships” with several females. The troubling part of the paper is the non-scientific language that is used, effectively anthropomorphizing the frogs – discussing them like they are human. Ham notes that words like “polyamory” are not normally used in discussions of the animal kingdom.
Was there an agenda by the authors to promote polyamory among people or was it simply lazy writing? One can’t say for certain, but lazy usage causes confusion, just as the word “evolve” does when used to mean different things.
Whether it’s the B3 article, gender arguments, or Ken Ham’s review of the frog article, the base problem is people not going back to God’s word for their answers. https://www.biblegateway.com/ is my go-to site for exploring issues biblically. I use it on most every issue I write about just by typing in a key word and reviewing the passages dealing with it. The more the better, because Scripture interprets Scripture!
Good debate of sensitive topics should always pursue what is right, not who is right. Not letting things get personal helps to keep minds open and tempers in check. The “what” can always be found in God’s Word. Honestly, we might not always like it. Our sinful selves still want to have things our way.
But if you really need an answer to the question of who is right…
Well, that would be God!