Recently a high profile Rugby Union player, Australia’s star international test player Israel Folau no less, expressed his Christian conviction that homosexuals, among others, will end up in hell. Here is the verse he quoted:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor the drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Israel was called in to Rugby Australia’s headquarters and given a dressing down. He explained his convictions were born from his own journey of sin and repentance. He remained resolute in his convictions, the same convictions as millions of fellow Australians Christians.
Israel then penned an articulate and deeply personal explanation of his actions and convictions which you can read here. I was very impressed. He knows personally the journey of the prodigal son.
The stakes are high. Religious conviction now clashes with the all powerful doctrine of not giving offence to homosexuals. Words are now weapons, used to silence religion. But its not about feelings. Its about truth. So who is right? Gays or Christians? Are we chance-generated or designed? Autonomous or accountable?
I want to tackle this issue from a scientific angle. If Homosexuals are right it is because evolution is right and there is no God to whom we are accountable. If evolution is a lie, then by default there is a creator and we are all accountable for the way we live our lives. We are literally private property. You see it all depends on the presuppositions you use to construct your reality.
And those presuppositions are either true or false depending on the hard scientific facts.
Here are the facts. Evolution is only true if it is backed up with genetic evidence. Forget bones and geology, timelines and textbooks. It sinks or swims on genetics alone. Either unguided random processes can create genetic-based life from chemicals and then create ever increasing genetic complexity via beneficial mutations that increase genetic complexity and random selection of those mutations, or it cant. This claim is actually easy to test in the real world. All we have to find is the beneficial mutations.
The trouble is, we cant. In fact all a beneficial mutation has ever been seen to do is jam an existing function either fully on or fully off. No new and more complex information is added.
Then there is the cruncher: the ratio of beneficial mutations to deleterious mutations has to be more than 50% in order for life to evolve, otherwise we are going backwards. So whats the actual ratio? The world’s leading human geneticists no longer even bother to compare the two. They now acknowledge the ratio is somewhere between 100,000:1 to 1,000,000:1. There are up to one million deleterious mutations for every beneficial mutation…that can only jam a function fully on or fully off!
The bottom line is that our genetics was created perfect sometime in the past and we are going extinct rapidly. Natural selection is the process that slows this extinction down.
We were created. We are private property and we are accountable. That is why Israel Folau is right. When we all die we will be held accountable. While still here we are given time to get right with our creator, as he so eloquently explains in his defense. But humans have a primal dislike for being accountable to their creator. It goes against our nature. Forget homosexuals going to hell, we all are! How sad that Israel’s “sin” was to point this out.