What struck me was one particular sentence. It was this:
Social anthropologist Lai Ah Eng of the National University of Singapore (NUS) said this group might therefore find religions "variously limiting, irrational, oppressive, unreasonable and unscientific". I thought I might address each adjective here in this post.
1) "Religion is limiting."
I can understand when people say religion is limiting. Christianity, Islam, Buddhists among other faiths have dos and don'ts regarding many things in life. For Christianity at least, fornication (i.e. sex before marriage), lying, and gossip are not encouraged.
This is in direct contrast to the world today. In movie after movie, song after song, giving in to one's sexual pleasure is not only encouraged, it is perceived as normal. That…
So I attended my very first DG (Discipleship Group aka Cell Group) for 2017 last night. It was a great time of discussion on the book of Luke and we even prayed for each other after the sharing was done. The people were all kind to me, a newcomer, and took time to listen to my questions and answer them. Still, I had a niggling feeling that might change if I came out to them. I might be wrong. They could possibly be accepting of gay people. But even that might change if I revealed that I was involved in a relationship with a person of the same sex. At Adam Road Presbyterian Church (ARPC), the senior pastor had talked about the topic of sexuality once before, late last year, at the Saturday youth ministry session, which I attended with my partner.
It was all sensible and pastoral. I liked it that he encouraged the parents in particular to journey with their children if they came out to them.But at the beginning of the year, in the very first service last Sunday, I was dismayed to find out t…