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March 11, 2009

No right to happiness

Filed under: ethics — Petros @ 5:35 am
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A big part of the argument favoring homosexual marriage is that homosexuals do not choose to be their sexual orientation but are born thus.  Recognizing this, the proponents of gay marriage find that the traditional interpretation of the Bible hinders homosexuals from finding the same happiness that is available to heterosexuals in monogamous marriage.  This is innately unfair in their view.

Dan at the City of God wrote:

If we accept that people now marry for love and not so that your dad can form a business alliance or expand his property holdings or some such thing, then what I have trouble getting worked up about is the need to somehow run around and prevent gay couples from doing the same thing.

I responded thus:

From the perspective Western hyper-individualism, your point of view makes perfect sense. The greatest good is what makes me happy. Andy Crouch writes in Christianity Today (Dec. 2003), “… all of us have a sexual orientation that bends toward self, that tends toward self-justification, and that hides from a God we fear is not good enough to satisfy us.”

One reason that we need to uphold the authority the Bible is that we would otherwise be guided only by the excesses of our own generation and culture. C. S. Lewis wrote that we have no right to (sexual) happiness, and he was right. The happiness in a sexual relationship which the Bible makes exclusively available only to heterosexuals was not itself intended as the greatest good but as incentive towards a greater good, the building of a community whose ultimate purpose was to have fellowship with God. By turning inward to ourselves, we completely miss this point. Collectivist cultures, e.g. most sub-Saharan cultures, do not see the greatest good as lying in the individual and that could be a big part of the reason why they adamantly oppose homosexuality. We misunderstand the Bible when we read and judge it from our own individualistic obsessions; and at the same time we miss the point of God’s intention for humanity.

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