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Book Review: Beyond Gay, by David Morrison

The book “Beyond Gay,” by David Morrison is a unique book.  The book tells the story of the author who was once a prominent gay activist in the LGBT community.  Morrison, a journalist participated in gay rights marches, pride events, and pushed for the acceptance of homosexuality as a norm in society.  

 

As a gay man, he had partners and experienced the gay lifestyle.  One day he just began to question all things about the LGBT lifestyle.  He was not happy.  A subculture that uses the word “gay” would naturally be thought of as producing happiness right?  Moreover, the gay lifestyle is pushed as fun, sexy, and adventurous.  However, Morrison saw something else.  It was a destructive life.  A life of sin, hedonism, reckless behavior and apathy towards one another in the gay community.  He had enough of it and wanted more – something better.  

 

As St Augustine so eloquently expressed, “Our hearts are restless, until they rest in you,” so too did Morrison feel this restlessness and wanted to rest.  He realized that this rest can only be found in God.  After facing the same hardships in the LGBT community as others today face, Morrison sought God.  He converted to Catholicism and dedicated his life to chastity.  Morrison, in his book, gives a charitable picture of what it means to be gay and how the LGBT agenda works.  He shows us his pains, struggles and confusion in thinking he was “born gay” and had to adhere to the demands of the LGBT subculture.  He hints at how the LGBT movement is a product of the Sexual Revolution of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  This is true indeed.  I found it correlating to stories I read in the book: “The Hite Report on Male Sexuality,” by Shere Hite which presents graphic personal accounts of how men and boys explored their sexuality.  Many of the stories are from men born during the Sexual Revolution who shared them with Hite.  

   

Morrison’s book is a great read for anyone who is struggling with homosexuality and for anyone just looking to learn what it is like.  This book can prepare clergy and others on how to be more pastoral with homosexuals in their parishes or groups in the church.  Pope Francis and the popes before him have always stressed the importance of human dignity and how the Church must be welcoming.  This book will help those reading it realize that gays are human just like all of us; unfortunately, they are bound by this subculture that presents a colorful fun life when in reality it is dreadful.  It is no wonder why homosexuals have the highest rates of mental illness.  

 

David Morrison with Bl. John Paul II

This lifestyle is not healthy and Morrison gives us a first hand account of why by sharing his story.  He also gives homosexuals hope in the One can do anything in Him who strengthens. (Philippians 4:13)  Homosexuality is not the be all and end all of life.  A homosexual does not have to be a slave to homosexuality.  Christ can set you free and Morrison is an example of this.

 

I recommend the book to all those seeking to learn more about homosexuality and how God can break the hardships that it brings to homosexuals.  It will also inspire readers to live a chaste life and seek God for a better understanding of human sexuality whether homosexual or not.  A few years ago, I recommended the book to a Lesbian radio host I met and she is now completely transformed.  The book helped her a great deal.  There are also other gay friends who are reading the book and are on their way.  Pray for them and all homosexuals.  God loves them too and has not forgotten them.   

 

 

Read this interview with Morrison – http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/learning-to-live-chastely-with-same-sex-attractions

Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?

I received the above tweet today and will write briefly on the site’s content.

Atheists often ask the question “Why doesn’t God heal amputees?”  The question is a valid one and is one I asked myself as an atheist.  We all hear of miracles and healing.  These can possibly be attributed to spontaneous regeneration or remission.  What of amputees?  Nothing would be so dramatic than to see someone missing a limp appear with one after prayer.

Well lets examine it.  

Prayer is not a wish granting system.  Just because I pray for a new car does not mean I will get it.  God answers prayers in accordance to what His will is, if it is right for us and if the time is right.  If God answered everyone’s prayer in the way they want, it would be a mess.

  1. If everyone prayed to be rich, economies would fall apart.  
  2. If everyone prayed to be the best athlete then there will be no competition and the sports of the world will become boring.  
  3. If those who prayed for the death of an enemy, many people would collapse all around us. 

A scene in the movie “Bruce Almighty” highlights this.  In the movie, “God” played by Morgan Freeman gives “God power” to “Bruce” played by Jim Carey.  Jim Carey begins to answer every prayer without even looking at the requests.  The consequence is universal disorder.

Prayer is the raising of oneself to God.  It is not a wishing well.

The link in the tweet attempts to present the amputee question in a way that will stump theists.  The site lists specific reasons presenting why God won’t heal amputees and then supplies Scripture passages that seem to contradict the reasons.  I don’t have the space here to go through each reason and reply to them, but from what I read, the author of the website does not understand prayer and is misinterpreting the passages provided.

To answer the question, “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?”  He does!

Nothing is impossible for God.  There have been recorded instances where amputees and maimed individuals have recovered their parts.  Here are some:

  • St. Augustine of Hippo prayed over the leg of an official who had gangrene.  Immediately, the leg was cured and the part that was amputated was restored.  
  • St. Anthony of Padua healed a man whose foot was amputated.
  • A farmer – whose leg was amputated by an accident – named Miguel Juan Pellicier in Spain was healed 3 years later after rubbing chrism on the leg and then having a dream .   
  • St. Attalus healed a man who lost his thumb by using saliva.       

These are some examples.  Many more are documented by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.
These kinds of miracles do happen.

Evidence of God – Prologue

God has been a topic since man first developed cognition and language.  Genetic studies have even indicated the presence of the VMAT2, labeled the “God gene.”

It is not news that man has always looked to the skies for answers about himself, the world, good, evil and what is after life.  The result of this inquiry are the many religious beliefs found throughout the globe.

Each of these beliefs has its idea of what God is.  Some believe God to be a plurality of gods.  Others believe God is part of the universe, while others believe God is outside of space and time but somehow interacts with this realm.  There are even those who believe everything is God.  Despite the differences in definitions and designations for God, the common denominator remains: God.

  • This being or entity is believed to be the primal cause of all that is seen and unseen.
  • God is believed to be all good, yet allows evil.
  • God also knows all, yet man is free to make his own choices which determine a particular outcome.
  • God is all-powerful, but can He out perform Himself?

The concept of God is so intriguing that even philosophers of all regions have spent time contemplating what this being is.  Western Philosophers saw this being as a Logos (Word) or Mind.  African Philosophers saw God as being more natural than supernatural.  Nevertheless, the attributes of God seem to be universal.  Most religions share commonality regarding what God is.  Even physics uses the term God to describe certain properties.

So does God exist?

I posit that God does exist.  Evidence shows the likelihood that all was created by an intelligent, conscious agent rather than by an unconscious unintelligent agent.  Many physicists believe this as well.  However, some believe God to be a mere “artist” rather than a Father who cares for His living creatures.  They struggle accepting the definitions of God posited by the many religions of the world.

So where is the Evidence?

  • First:   We have to define what evidence is.  Atheists often use the demand for falsifiable evidence of God in an attempt to present theism as a false premise that lacks substance.
  • Second: Evidence must be within the realm man exists.  No theist can present a 3D animated being before an atheist and say that being is God.  God manifests Himself to whoever He wants.  No theist has the ability to summon God in this fashion.  Therefore, asking for this type of evidence is ridiculous and ignorant.  It is like demanding to have Abraham Lincoln appear before you in order for you to believe he even existed.
  • Third: Man cannot fully understand God.  What we know of God is via reason and revelation (if you’re a Jew or Catholic).  According to the Jews and Catholics, God revealed Himself to man.  Catholics believe Jesus Christ was God incarnated and at the same time the Son of God.  Despite this, God cannot truly be understood.  If God could be understood, then He ceases to be God because how can the finite mind absorb infinity?
  • Fourth:  Evidence for God has always come from philosophy, religion and science.  The evidence that the aforementioned provide are limited because the human mind is limited.  Therefore, any evidence does not alter the reality of God.  Evidence in this regard can only show that God does exist.  It cannot present God before one’s eyes anymore than a physicist can present dark matter before someone.
  • Evidence by definition is a piece of data or information that supports a hypothesis or conclusion.
  • In a court of law, evidence can be motive, the allowance of contingency, or a tangible hard artifact.
  • In philosophy, evidence can be be empirical or based on propositions using prior knowledge.
  • Psychology relies on evidence via the observation of behavior and how the mind processes stimuli.
  • Physics uses Models and Theorems which are based on mathematical evidence.  This is how we are able to tell the composition of far away celestial bodies. We cannot go there and gather samples.
  • Personal experience is also a form of evidence.  Witness accounts are extremely important in many aspects in life.  In courts, a witness can make or break a case.  A witness can choose a perpetrator in a line up at the precinct.  A patient’s personal experience is what medical doctors and psychologists used in order to diagnose patients since they do not have access to introspection.
In a series of blog postings, I will be presenting evidence for God and will be updating it as more is learned.  I will begin by presenting the proofs that have been circulated for thousands of years.  From philosophers, to Church intellectuals such as Augustine, Aquinas, Anselm etc; I will reintroduce their arguments for those who are not familiar with them. I will then add some recent evidence as well as my own while I transitioned from the illusion of atheism to reality in Catholicism.
I hope this extensive work will serve to acquaint those who do not believe in God for whatever reason, or for those who do believe, but need a little push to believe more strongly.