Sunday, 25 January 2009

Times: God's rules are not for bending

Sunday, 25th January 2009 by Ruth Vella, Sliema

I agree with Timothy Tabone (The Sunday Times, January 11) when he writes: "Rules and regulations are for the people and the people should not be there for the rules and regulations".

Those were indeed Jesus' own words, yet there is just one teeny-weeny problem here: Mr Tabone has used God's words out of context.

That aside, Mr Tabone goes on to state: "We must not only bend rules, but abolish them altogether".

I'm tempted to agree but we're missing something rather important here. While it is absolutely fine to "bend" and "abolish" man-made "rules" (more properly called norms and laws) it is totally unacceptable to "bend" or "abolish" God's "rules" (more properly called Commandments and/or Divine Law).

I shall never forget what one bus driver shouted (across the street) to another worker the other day: "It looks like the world is really going crazy these days! A man and a woman want to cohabit and two men want to get married! Gee..."

The Church will never bless these 'marriages'. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is openly in favour of homosexual relationships, and who Mr Tabone quoted enthusiastically, is an Anglican prelate. His words do not reflect the views of the Catholic Church.

The Church cannot "bend" or "abolish" God's laws. On the contrary, it must and actually does stick to them: "Have you not read that in the beginning the Creator made them male and female" and that He [Jesus] said:

"This is why a man leaves his father and mother and becomes attached to his wife, and the two become one flesh" (Matt: 19:5)?

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