Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A False Reshaping

The United State's largest abortion supporter has recently tried to reshape their image by claiming that they now promote abstinence. This is a false reshaping because what they consider abstinence is not abstinence. In their latest website, they promote masturbation, claiming that it is practicing abstinence. They also promote casual sex, immodesty, homosexuality and even group sex.

The website claims that we "were born to be in love with our bodies," but that "somewhere down the road to growing up we put our reproductive selves in the dark" and that "we are ultimately in charge of our bodies." The website says that this "may be the most important responsibility we have" and encourages viewers to make a pact to make their body their best friend.

My responses:
We were born not to be in love with our bodies but rather to communicate love with and through our bodies. We speak a language with our bodies. A hand shake tells someone that we are happy to meet them. A hug tells someone that we care about them. A kiss tells someone that we love them. We can use our bodies to care for the sick and feed the poor. We act out the love in our hearts through the actions of our body.

To save sex and all sexual activity for marriage is not putting our reproductive selves in the dark but rather putting our sexuality in the light of truth. Someone who practices true abstinence, which is saving all sexuality activity for marriage, does so because they understand the true meaning and power of their own sexuality: union with their spouse and creation of new life. They understand that their sexuality is so special and so powerful that it is meant to bond them deeply with one person and one person only - their spouse: the person whom they love and the person who loves them and therefore the two have made a life-long commitment to one another before God and the Church. They understand that true love is committed, faithful and life-long. They understand that their sexual union is so powerful that it is capable of creating new life and they are ready to love and care responsibly for that new life together.

God is ultimately in charge of our bodies. It is by His will that we are kept alive and it is to Him that we are to give our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him (Romans 12:1). It pleases God when we love with our bodies in a way that is in accord with truth.

Caring for others and ourselves is the most important responsibility we have. Sexual promiscuity is not caring for others nor is it caring for one's self, but rather it is using and abusing others, as well as, ourselves with our sexuality.

This website is promoting a selfish message, saying that sexual activity is solely about a person's own sexual need and gratification.

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