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Every day the major newspapers have heartrending stories about attractive homosexual couples who waited years to be deemed married by the state that in reality can’t sanctify anything as sacred. At the same time, deep within today’s newspapers are tragic stories such as the recent report of women in the Gay Pride Parade in Boston who had cut their own bodies to become more like men and the continuing Los Angeles Times story about the two lesbians in California who tortured their young son in unmentionable ways.
Not too long ago, these people would be seen as human beings who needed help or intervention. Now, their lifestyle and their self-mutilations are defended as a civil right.
What no one is mentioning, however, is that their gripe is not with the state for withholding or granting temporarily the bogus marriage certificates that signify nothing. It is almost a foregone conclusion that a piece of paper telling them that they’re married will not make them happy, nor will any of the other steps on their desperate climb to find paradise. The real issue is that they’re searching for happiness in all the wrong places: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.
In fact, recent studies have shown that homosexual males and lesbians have more physical and mental illnesses, and lower life spans, than heterosexuals.
For example, a study of clinics in Baltimore revealed that homosexual males contract syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease, at three to four times the rate of their heterosexual counterparts. Even lesbians are at higher risks for STDs and other health problems than heterosexuals.
Furthermore, a study by D. M. Fergusson and other researchers, published in “Archives of General Psychiatry in 1999, found that 78.6 percent of homosexuals compared to only 38.2 percent of heterosexuals had two or more mental disorders. Also, 71.4 percent of homosexuals experience major depression compared to 38.2 percent of heterosexuals. Sixty-seven percent of homosexuals reported suicidal ideation compared to 28 percent of heterosexuals. And, 32.1 percent of homosexuals actually reported a suicide attempt compared to 7.1 percent of heterosexuals.
Contrary to the propaganda of most homosexual activists, a Dutch study by Theodorus G. M. Sandfort in the February 2003 issue of “Archives of Sexual Behavior” found that these mental health problems are not caused by the allegedly “homophobic” culture in which homosexuals often say they live. In fact, homosexual men in the Netherlands, arguably the most pro-homosexual nation in the Western world, reported to Sandfort that their general level of health and mental stability was less positive than heterosexuals, that emotional problems more often interfered with work or other daily activities, that physical health or emotional problems interfered with normal social activities, and that they felt less energetic.
Finally, some studies suggest that the life expectancy of people engaging in repeated homosexual acts is eight to 20 years less than their heterosexual counterparts.
The search for happiness among homosexuals (and many heterosexuals) in today’s hedonistic society is premised on an age-old promise that you can be as a god and thus determine in your own short-lived brain what is good and what is evil. However, even when you taste one of the forbidden fruits, you realize the promise that the taste will bring true joy never really delivers, thus exposing the harsh reality that trying to act as a your own god who knows enough to make wise choices is in fact a hollow, intellectually self-mutilating delusion.
For those with some sincere wit and wisdom, the real issue will come down to who is God? Their pursuit of pleasure will lead to a growing battle with the real Almighty who is unassailable. And, the more they struggle in the quicksand of their own desires, the more they will stew in the juice of their own incapacity for happiness. The vast majority will sink. A few will realize that all they have to do is stop struggling and let the real God be God by accepting the love that He wants to give them through the Grace of Jesus Christ, who died and was resurrected to give each and every person on earth forgiveness, healing and eternal life.