FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE SLIPPERY SLOPE
February 14, 2015
Today’s reading: Genesis 3:9-24
There is so much that can be said with regard to today’s reading from the book of Genesis, but I will touch just on one point, in relation to the ongoing Church debate on controversial topics—cohabitation, communion for the divorced and remarried, and same-sex unions.
God said: “See! The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil! Now, what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever?” (v.22). Taking the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil symbolized man’s taking control over his own morality, deciding for himself what is good (the only evil is not being nice to others), and throwing off God’s dominion over him. In the modern world, this started with the acceptance of contraception, negating God’s intent for marriage and family. Contraception greatly promoted sexual licentiousness and sexual gratification became the be-all and end-all. Of course the ultimate triumph of the evil one’s intent to destroy family and life is same-sex unions. Here there certainly is no marriage, and there is the impossibility of begetting life.
But indeed it would not end there. God already warned us from the very beginning. Now man has also taken the fruit from the tree of life. Man decided that, not only would he control his own life, but he would also control life itself. Thus came abortion and euthanasia and assisted suicide. Thus came in vitro fertilization and test-tube babies. Thus came manipulation of DNA and cloning. Thus comes all sorts of treatment to rejuvenate youth. Thus we have the emergence of artificial intelligence. Man indeed is making himself a god.
Can man live forever? That is what the devil says. But what does God say? “For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (v.19c).
Our Church must be careful not to step upon the slippery slope that leads to death.
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