I know very well that I do not really have a say in such matter, but hey, I can vent, can’t I?
Before you start questioning my background and the justification behind my venting, I would like to introduce myself here.
I am born in a place that Christianity is not mainstream belief, and the familial tie to Christianity is becoming weak. My Grandma is Protestant due to her upbringing but she did not brought her daughters up religiously, one of them being my mother. However I was the curious tag-along kid in the church with my beloved Grandma and the prayers left me pretty impressed. She told me that what the father is teaching there is how to be a good person: be nice to everyone and everything. Somewhere in my brain, I vaguely remember that my Grandma, in the church, was called Grace.
However the happy tag-along kid in church days ended when I entered primary school. The education system in this country is extremely anti-religion. I have to suppress my beliefs for so long that I almost gave up Christianism in total. It was when I was in 9th grade and I was transferred to another campus of my middle school (there is so little land available in the city that some middle and high schools have to be broken up into small campuses across a few locations) and it was located very close to Grace Church, one of the oldest Protestant churches in the city, and the lights for the Christmas Eve masses there is really splendid, shining from this old, small church piercing the bright light of the city in the night.
It was that fateful Christmas Eve that I bought a copy of the Bible for my grandma, still remembering her Christian roots, and being reminded of it by her small Holy Cross necklace. It was my first Christmas gift for my Grandma, and also the first copy of Bible I bought. I was inconsiderate, and the copy I bought was printed in too small font that she cannot read easily. That night, I read Bible stories with her, and she told me that this entire book of Bible is to teach its reader how to be a better person by being nice to everybody and everything.
It was the senior year of my high school, and again, another Christmas. I was still at the campus near Grace Church, but that night it was a rush as I was pretty late when I left school and I still have a backpack full of homework that due the next day. (It is normal in high school here, being extremely stressful, due to how the college entrance exam is organized.) I somehow suddenly remembered my Grandma and her too-difficult-to-read Bible, and ran to the local church, once was where I tagged along my Grandma in the masses, now moved a bit further from where I live and surrounded in a highway interchange complex (it was built before the highway, and never moved and kept open during the interchange complex is added to the nearby highway.) My mom even gave me special allowance for this. I made sure I bought a copy with bigger letters so that my Grandma, in her 80s, can read easily. Another Christmas Eve, another night of reading Bible stories (after I finished my homework, of course) and for another night I felt like that little, care free tag-along kid again.
The dreadful College Entrance Exam is quickly approaching, and I was well prepared in every but Chinese. I was never good in that subject but it packs quite a lot of credits in the final grades of the test, which determines which college I can go to. I asked my Grandma and she permitted me to borrow the small copy of Bible as reading material. Together with the Analects of Confucius, I managed to get myself into a decent college.
My Grandma passed away during my second year in college. That year was a double blow actually because my equally beloved Grandpa also passed away. My grades dropped sharply (and I am still paying for this mistake) but that night my mom & I packed up our stuff before moving out temporarily so that the apartment I grew up can be renovated, I was greeted with the two copies of Bible again.
The rest of this post is going to be long, boring and probably offending for those who do not hold a similar opinion as mine. Read on with very, very great care, and comment carefully.
Christianity and Science: integrable seamlessly
Those two can be integrated seamlessly by expanding the explanation of Law, and give some special credits to the Preservation of Mass-Energy.
Here I consider Law a set of rules that its Subjects shall always follow, and Subject of a Law is determined by the nature of the Law in question.
In Genesis we know that God created the world, with a brief description of the procedure, but we are not informed how he carried out each of the steps. This is where, I think, the entirety of modern science fits in. The Law of Physics, including all phenomena and rules we discovered and yet to discover, governs the behavior of energy.
The God created a finite amount of energy and The Preservation of Mass-Energy immediately after, preventing excessive energy from being created. The Preservation of Mass-Energy is the Law the God set up to guard any other entity from adding or removing energy from what he set up initially, protecting whatever that may evolve within.
He start to create and fine tune the Law of Physics after its Subject, energy, is created and controlled. He allowed this flowing energy to condense into mass and gave substance its different states. He gave substances and objects made of it interactions which allowed them to form this universe as we know it at large. Also at this point, Chemistry forked from Physics as atoms start to arrange and interact in various ways.
Different substances pack atoms at different densities, and different densities made gravity affect the said substance differently. Some substance is rigid and refuse to be affected significantly by gravity but some will. Also different substance react to heat differently. This is what formed the planet Earth as we know it, all by how the Law of Physics as laid out by the God, and one of its major branches Chemistry, determined.
Some substances start to interact in an interesting way: they have formed closed controlling loops in their reactions. This gave rise to the branch of Chemistry: Biology and the living things as we know it gave rise from this.
This is how, in my head, the God created the world. He created this world by setting up the Laws of Physics, and inject a packet of energy into what would become our world.
LGBT and Church
I have heard a lot of people from various churches claiming LGBTQ as a sin. I think this is nonsense.I am straight and I would be grossed out if someone is pulling a gay act on me, but I would tolerate others performing such acts. Here is my reason.
Not everybody are created equal. Most of us have our brains wired up in a way that would be attracted to a member of the opposite sex. Exceptions do exist though.
From a bigger picture, it is clear that some other species of animals are born lesbian (e.g. some species of lizards are female only and reproduce using Parthenogenesis, but lesbian sex is used to maximize the success rate of reproduction) or bisexual (e.g. a species of monkey’s females routinely use casual sex with partners of both sexes as a way to defuse tensions, both within a group or between groups.) This means that the brain of a being is capable of being wired in any way in the first place, and there is always a chance, since it is obviously proven not being zero, that somehow your brain can end up wired in a way that set you in the camp gay.
For those who is born that way, maybe Loki played a trick on them, but this is definitely not a reason why we should consider that a sin. Instead, we should make sure that they can still enjoy the same set of rights as other people. However making people behave in a way other than what their brain is wired up as is a sin. This means either making straight people gay or making gay straight.