This I Believe

John - Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Entered on June 3, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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This I Believe

Beliefs, and morals due to beliefs, are something not strongly defended, as my one teacher once told the class. He also said that if it can’t be sufficiently defended then you should not say it out loud. A belief I strongly hold is debated over constantly these days. That belief is that gay marriage should never be legal. Now I understand the debate is over the fact that it is “love,” if I were to be speaking out loud right now it would be with contempt dripping from my voice. That is not to say that love isn’t real, and you cannot love someone of the same gender, I love my brother, but it is immoral to be married to the same sex. You can feel your conscience telling you so. Also you feel an aversion to them. A person I know says gays are okay but when she ran into one in the lunch room, she shivered and looked thoroughly disgusted. Seeing that only solidified the idea I had had for a while. Human nature says that it is wrong. I have another reason for saying it is wrong. The Christian Bible says so plainly and boldly. My Sunday school teacher said to the class once that she had searched and that she had never found anything or anywhere in the Bible that said it is wrong. She was wrong. And to prove she is here it is. “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Leviticus 20:13 KJV. Pretty plain is it not? How can any Christian deny now that it is wrong? Atheist and those who do not follow the Bible(one of some sort) fall into where I said earlier that human nature and the conscience says it is wrong. My belief is held by many. The most drastic action that has been taken against gays is what Iran does to them. They execute them. I must say that I cannot complain. The passage I stated earlier says this is, technically okay to do(if your one who follows the Bible down to the last “the”). However it is wrong to do that. My belief has been challenged by these instances and bolstered as well. The greatest instance of challenge came when a gay kid entered my church as a member. It takes all of my power of self control to be nice to him and not complain in some way about him to a church official. These instances and happenings have helped shape my belief into what I have written here. As a ninth grader, I cannot do anything but sit back, be angry at the passing of pro-gay laws and feel a kind of sadness toward society when it is openly accepted.