BUFF SCOTT, JR.
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Judas Iscariot was a thief, a liar, and a traitor. The evil spirit that possessed him was not forced upon him. He embodied it, developed it, cultivated it, and fantasized about it until it controlled him. But let us suppose Judas had gone to the Lord about his evil nature and said: “Master, I cannot help being what I am. According to my DNA, I have far more thievery chromosomes and genes than I have ‘straight’ or honest genes. My DNA also reveals that I have far more perjury chromosomes and genes than I have truth genes. The same is true of my being a traitor. My traitor genes far outweigh my loyal genes. What I’m trying to say, Master, is that I’m compelled to be what I have been from birth—a thief, a liar, a traitor. Will you and your other disciples accept me as I am?”
If this had actually occurred, what would have been Jesus’ reply? He might have responded, “Judas, your wickedness is not because of malformation of genes and chromosomes. It is because you have chosen that lifestyle above decency, morality, honesty, and trustworthiness. You were not that way at birth. Your mother did not give birth to a thief, a liar, and a traitor. But you did!”
Genes help to determine our physical, mental, and sexual traits. Medical authorities say Genes can be defined as a region of DNA that controls hereditary characteristics. But let’s not carry this beyond the reach of reality. For if, as an example, homosexuals and lesbians are that way because of a malformation of genes, the liar, the thief, the rapist, the pedophile, the voyeur, and the exhibitionist are that way because of a malformation of genes. The “logic” that applies to one should equally apply to all.
If a liar is that way because he chose, developed, and cultivated that trait—possibly because of environmental factors—the homosexual and lesbian are that way because they adopted, developed, and cultivated that sexual characteristic. Of interest is that according to various medical sources, the “female gene” argument is highly questionable and is no more valid than the “rapist gene” or the “pedophile gene” or the “gene” associated with lying. A female with female reproductive organs who claims to be more male than female needs psychiatric help, not surgical incisions.
But is there a little wiggle room for error in this reasoning. Some, yes, but very little. As per a token of “research,” a small segment of the homosexual community is born with sexual aberrations, or departures from the norm—aberrations which seem to spur their sexual thoughts in the direction of the same gender. However, there’s some question whether a malformation of genes is the culprit. I don’t believe that factor has been solidly and medically established. Some medical researchers affirm it, others deny it. There is strong evidence that genes are not the cause of sexual perversions—or the cause of lying, raping, fornication, thievery, adultery, or incest.
Some people are predisposed to certain behaviors or, better still, strongly susceptible to certain behaviors. I once had a brother-in-law—now deceased—whose biological system was so susceptible to alcohol that to even get a whiff of it sent him on a long drinking spree. True, he had no control over his susceptibility to alcohol, but he did have control over his behavior or reaction to it. Just so with the average homosexual.
It is noteworthy that to the Christian community at Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote that practicing homosexuals will not “inherit the [eternal] reign of God” [1 Cor. 6:9-11].
He added, “And such were some of you.”
In the Corinthian congregation, there were recovering alcoholics, recovering revilers, recovering liars, recovering swindlers, recovering thieves, and recovering homosexuals. The message here is that regardless of the depravity, recovery is possible.