Fr Pat Amobi ChukwumaFriday, January 24, 2014
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he Book of Genesis has two accounts of the creation of human beings. In the first instance, God said, "Let us make man in our own image and likeness, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground. God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them" (Gen. 1:26 - 27). Going further, God gave them this command: "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it" (Gen. 1:28).

The second account of man's creation clearly stated, "Yahweh God shaped man from the soil of the earth and blew the breath of life into his nostrils; and man became a living being" (Gen. 2:7). God settled this first man called Adam in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and take care of it (Gen.2:15). Adam was alone there in the midst of brutes and trees. He suffered from what the Germans call "Einsamkeit"(loneliness). Loneliness can kill. If you have travelled Overseas and lived alone, you will understand what loneliness can do. I suffered this problem in Germany. To overcome it, I talked loud to myself sometimes as if I was with someone discussing. At other time, I talked aloud to God in prayer. Also, I gazed at home in my mind staying together with others. Indeed, Adam was happy in the Garden of Eden but felt lonely. However, he did not complain. But he must have murmured and soliloquized.

God the Creator knows everything, even our most inner thoughts. He did discover the inner murmuring of Adam for being lonely. Therefore, the Omnipotent and caring God said, "It is not right that the man should be alone. I shall make him a helper" (Gen.2:18). God entered his surgical theatre and he caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. With divine surgical instrument, God took one of Adam's ribs and closed it with flesh. He used this one rib and fashioned a woman. Could you see the difference between man and woman? God moulded man from the soil of the earth. But he fashioned woman with the rib he got from Adam. No wonder men are interested in hard-work while women are interested in fashion. God fashioned woman only with one rib from Adam. If it were with more ribs, women would have driven men out of this earth. At last God brought the fashioned woman called Eve to Adam. Joyfully, Adam exclaimed, "This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh! She is to be called Woman, because she was taken from Man" (Gen.2:23). It was at this instance that God ordained marriage as the biblical account narrates: "This is why a man leaves his father and mother and becomes attached to his wife, and they become one flesh" (Gen. 2:24). Thus, marriage is a sacred union of man and woman (husband and wife). The New Testament affirms this divine institution and added, "They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh. So then, what God has united, human beings must not put asunder" (Mtt. 19:6).

Why should rational human beings, made in the image and likeness of God, try now to put divine institution asunder as far as marriage is concerned by trying to institute GAY MARRIAGE? Initially I thought that Gay is a type of hard drug which is dangerous to human life. I took time to look out for that word 'Gay' in Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English. As an adjective Gay means "sexually attracted to people of the same sex as yourself." But as a noun, Gay means "someone who is homosexual, especially a man." In summary, a man or a woman can be a gay. In reference to man and man, we talk of Homosexuality. If it is woman and woman, we talk of Lesbianism. Are you a homosexual or a lesbian or both? Being a gay man or gay woman is a chronic deficiency. Normally, every sane man or woman is naturally heterosexual. In English, every word has its opposite. The opposite of a man is a woman. They attract each other by nature. To be a gay is unnatural and a contrary to nature. Have you seen a he-goat sexually going after another he-goat? Have you seen a hen sexually pursuing a hen? If animals who are irrational can respect nature, why should we rational human beings disrespect nature and God?

Please could you answer the following questions: When a man goes to marry a fellow man, or a woman marrying another woman, which of them pays the dowry? Who becomes the head of the family? Who is the Bride and who is the Bridegroom? How do they increase and multiply according to divine command? Who is Daddy and who is Mummy? Some say they have a right to adopt a child. Who begets that child? Can it come from the union of man and man, or woman and woman? If gay marriage is acceptable world-wide, then the world would be left only with animals. Animals will continue to increase and multiply while human beings will be annihilated due to Gay Marriage concept.

From the biblical account we have seen that marriage is a divine institution of man and woman. Hence Gay marriage is an abomination. Even in Hell it is not permissible. Go and ask Satan. The Book of Leviticus 18:22 states: "You will not have intercourse with a man as you would with a woman. This is a hateful thing." Furthermore, "the man who has intercourse with a man in the same way as with a woman: they have done a hateful thing together; they will be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads" (Lev. 20:13). This is where the evil of homosexuality and Lesbianism lies. Gay marriage gives birth to abomination. Abomination is a stillborn baby.

Most countries in the Western World have legalised Gay Marriage. Even the Anglican Communion in those areas has ordained gay bishops and gay priests. But in Africa, gay marriage is a taboo. In Nigeria, there has been a heated debate on the legality and illegality of gay marriage. The National Assembly of Nigeria has devoted a lot of time to consider the pros and cons of Gay Marriage. It is contrary to the cultural and religious background of our country. 95% of Nigerians are against legalising it. The Catholic Church frowns at it. The Nigerian Anglican Communion says no to it. Moslems distaste it. Even Pagans nod negatively at it. Only an insignificant minority of Nigerian Homosexuals and Lesbians are for it. Some cultures in Nigeria uphold women marrying women prostitutes to raise children. For the Church this practice is also abominable. Before God and man, marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman; no more no less. Even perpetual impotence is an impediment in marriage. Any valid marriage must be open to the begetting of children. However, the primary aim of marriage is for companionship. This companionship as far as marriage is concerned must be between a man and a woman.

Thank God that Nigeria has decided that Gay marriage is illegal and can never be accepted. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on 13 January 2014 signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill passed by the National Assembly into Law. This Law criminalises same-sex relationships. According to a report by Clifford Ndujihe (with Agency reports) "The Law prohibits homosexuals from even meeting in groups of two or more, bans marriage or civil unions between people of the same sex, and criminalises gay clubs, events and shows of same-sex public affection. Those convicted may be imprisoned for 14 years" (Vanguard, Friday, January 17, 2014, p. 40). This Law indeed pleases most Nigerians who are anti-gay. Homosexuality is illegal in at least 36 of Africa's 55 Countries. The Catholic Church in Nigeria totally abhors the Gay practice, because it defiles every moral and biblical principle. In contrast, the Western World is not unhappy about the Same-sex Marriage Prohibition Law. They say it derives people of their right to live freely as they choose. Nonetheless, the Law has been stamped with Nigerian Seal; no going back. We shall settle with the Westerners on the Last Day when God judges who is right and who is wrong.