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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16, the Holy Bible).                                                            

US SUPREME COURT DECISIONS AND THE BIBLE: Clearly, the US Supreme Court’s decisions upholding same sex marriages not only did not at all consider the Biblical basis for marital unions, found in its Genesis 1:27, 2:22-24, and Mark 10:6-8. Those decisions were even directly contrary to what the Bible prescribes about marriages. Whether this is good or bad for the US and its citizens remains to be seen, but even now, Bible believers know where decisions of this nature will take all of us.      

In Genesis 2:22-24 of the Bible, it is written: “… Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, `This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.’ That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh…”             In Mark 10:6-8, it is written:“… `But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female’. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh’…” Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, echoed Genesis 1:27 in emphasizing that a marital union would be between man and woman—“So God created mankind in his own image… male and female he created them…”                                                            

SAME SEX: WHERE WILL IT LEAD US? The Bible also teaches us that same sex unions, whereby man desires man, and woman pleasures herself with another woman, represent a deplorable condition God Himself allowed to happen, on account of man’s godlessness, wickedness and refusal to acknowledge and thank Him. This is expounded on quite emphatically by the Bible in its Romans 1:18-32.              Here are some important parts of these verses: “… For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.            

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error… Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done…”                                                            

FAMILY PLANNING, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, NO SOLUTIONS AT ALL: With due respect to the Forum for Family Planning and Development, the problem is not so much the fact that almost 10 percent of all Filipino women aged 15-19 have already given birth as of 2013. The problem, really, is, why has this phenomenon of teen pregnancies even occurred in the first place. This is what the Forum should address—the “why”, or the root cause of the problem—rather than the “effect” of the problem.         

The fact is that, even if we are able to address the adolescent reproductive health and teen pregnancy issues with family planning methods and devices such as IUDs or condoms, that does not remove the problem at all. If we are not able to determine what makes our teenagers engage in sex at very young ages, they will continue to get pregnant and, therefore, still exposed to maternal and infant deaths, even if they engage in family planning or use devices to stop reproduction.            

Family planning and anti-reproductive devices are mere palliatives to unstoppable and burgeoning pregnancies, they are not real solutions. Someone only wants to make money out of these programs and devices. The real solution is to instill discipline and spiritual values to our teenagers, something that is sorely lacking now. As the Bible in Ephesians 6:4 says: “… bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord”. Then, unwanted pregnancies will stop.                                                            

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By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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