Thanks Kevin for this shot from the past. pathetically TRUE – so sad.
A friend of mine just asked me if I still consider myself gay and intended to post any new young men model photos on the blog.
Here’s a re-post of an old image of a 2015 model, Dan, I took. As for new models or images I cannot say. Perhaps if I am so inspired.
First let me say – For the gay question – NO Frank is only ‘Frank’ and has never wanted to be known as a member of one club or another, BUT with that being said, of course I still prefer the company of men and definitely am not ashamed of it. The GUILT, fostered by many religious doctrines, I see as folly, being only a hinderance to my accepting Christ into my life. Soooo –
Now to the question of HOMOSEXUALITY. From The Crux, “taking the Catholic Pulse”, I found the following:
“The fact that Jesus himself did not directly address the specific question of homosexual acts carries little weight. His intent was not to publish a compendium of moral theology; rarely does Christ address particular moral issues but focuses instead on the broader goals of love of God and love of neighbor.”
WHAT !!!!!! – “carries little weight’ This writer also KNEW Jesus’s INTENT. Thank God we have the Catholics to explain Christ’s message – Ha,Ha They can’t even follow His clear and simple command in Matthew 23:9 ……
“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
But in Matthew 10:37 , Jesus DID say:
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” This is the same statement that Luke stated in (14:26) as: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” and again in the Gospel of Thomas #55: Jesus says: “Whoever does not hate his father and his mother cannot become a disciple of mine. And whoever does not hate his brothers and his sisters (and) will not take up his cross as I do, will not be worthy of me.”
I can only take from this that I need to LOVE Christ more than anyone or object in the MATERIAL world, be it male or female – EVEN TO MY OWN LIFE.. And yet while here, He also instructed me to Love my neighbor as myself.
I found a great explanation in the UrText Notes version of ACIM:
“The following beautiful little discussion of sexual love and specialness in the Notes was omitted,
likely because it does address sexuality and homosexuality and it does so in individually specific terms. However, it is thoroughly “generalizable” and what is true of “you and Bill” is likewise true of many others. Now tell him that homo sex is sinful only to the extent it is based on the principle of exclusion. Everybody should love everybody. It is wrong to deny the beauty of some souls because of body-structures of which you are afraid. This is essentially an unhealthy attempt to limit fear but fear cannot be limited, just as love cannot have limits. Heterosexual attitudes can be similarly distracted but do contain a more natural potential. Sex relations are intended for children. You and Bill have misused misunderstood sex, because you both recognize it as a way of establishing human contact for yourselves. This has led to body-image problems. Children are miracles in their own right. They already have the gift of life, and their parents provide them with the opportunity to express it. Nothing physical, mental, or spiritual should be used selfishly. The pleasure from using anything should be in utilizing it for God’s will. You should live so that God is free to arrange temporary human constellations as He sees fit. Do not interpret this in terms of guilt. Many children which are already here need spiritual parents. The poor are always with us, and many which are born have not been reborn.” (ACIM UrText T.1.B.22a)
“The only VALID use of sex is procreation. It is NOT truly pleasurable in itself. “Lead us not into Temptation” means “Do not let us deceive ourselves into believing that we can relate in peace to God or our brothers with ANYTHING external.” (T 1 B 40f)
“The love of God, for a little while, must still be expressed through one body to another. That is because the real vision is still so dim. Everyone can use his body best by enlarging man’s perception, so he can see the real VISION. THIS VISION is invisible to the physical eye. The ultimate purpose of the body is to render itself unnecessary. Learning to do this is the only real reason for its creation.” (T 1 B 40j)
And ponder His statement in The Gospel of Thomas #84:
Jesus says: “When you see your likeness you are full of joy. But when you see your likenesses that came into existence before you — they neither die nor become manifest — how much will you bear?”
And further in the UrText (T.6.VA.2)
“God did not make the body, because it is destructible, and therefore not of the Kingdom. The body is the symbol of the WHAT YOU THINK YOU ARE. It is clearly a separation device, and therefore does not exist. The Holy Spirit, as always, takes what you have made and translates it into a learning device FOR you. Again, as always, it re‐interprets what the ego uses as an argument FOR separation into an argument AGAINST it.”
God Bless Christ Bless I Bless