I was born this way, so how can you blame me?

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6 thoughts on “I was born this way, so how can you blame me?”

  1. Thank You abouna for this great message, I loved it but I have to say that our church is not the Hospital that is meant to be as you mentioned earlier. I think we still blame the people when they come from a different back ground, or culture or even just being different than us at least I do.
    I think we are still closed community not trying to accept differences and instead of going out and evangelising and being Christ like to other people, we are still occupied with the conflicts we have in church.

    I believe Christ’s message was clear when He said to be SALT & LIGHT, as the basic function of Salt is to give flavour to the food and the basic function of the lamp stand or a candle is to light the way in the darkness. I really wish we can be that Hospital that has 0 judgments to its patients and we also go reach out to others.
    Maybe you can write a blog or write more about how to be this Salt & Light to the hungry and thirsty world.

    Forgive me if I said anything that offended anyone.

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      Hi Andrew,

      I don’t disagree with you. We have a lot of work to do in the Hospital. I also sometimes wonder how many Christians still remember exactly what was the “good news” that the Apostles preached. But it starts with a small seed and it can grow, or as Mother Teresa said, “Be the change you wish to see in others.”

      I lament as you do, but let us start at Jerusalem so that we can take over Judea! 😀

      pray for me.

  2. Dear Abouna,
    May the peace of Christ our Lord be with you,
    I agree with what you said, but I’d like to add some points on genetics. This is because often we are bombarded with the “weight of the evidence”, and I think many Christians are overwhelmed with what they perceive as unquestionable science. I understand that your blog was not meant to be a science lesson, but nevertheless I thinks it’s important to share.
    We receive our messages from the science community in a lot of different ways, but in almost all circumstances, it’s coming from a media outlet that paraphrases what the science actually concludes. I read scientific papers on almost a daily basis, and I can testify that most of what is reported to us, is not what these studies actually concluded, but rather an extrapolation of the potential application or what is hoped to be found in further research.
    Genetics is one of the most popular areas of such reporting. The funny thing is, is that very few diseases can actually be attributed to a single gene, SNP ( single-nucleotide polymorphism) or genetic marker. This is despite the general opinion in society that every expressed personality and physical trait in a person can be pointed to in such a manner. While it’s true that some diseases or traits can be linked to a genetic marker, the vast majority of linked traits are linked to a complex combination of markers that can be identified in similar fashion in close relatives (primarily through paternal heritage) but that also present through a very different combination of markers from someone who is unrelated. Further to this, in a single lineage, through generations, this set of markers changes, such that it must be rediscovered all over again. And lastly, behavioural traits, are the least likely to be correlated with genetic markers.
    So if we focus on genetic markers correlated to behavioural traits for a minute, we will see the problem here, where arguing even for a predisposition. Firstly, as has been previously said, behavioural traits are the most difficult to correlate, especially because one is dealing with a moving target. But to drive the point home about the unlikeliness of genetic predisposition to behaviour, we must look at tightly controlled populations that have a reduced number of variables impacting the data. For this we can look at commercial animal breeding – namely pigs. Animals are housed in tightly control conditions, each having an exactly the same living experience – or at least as exact as anyone could ever hope to achieve for experimental purposes. Just to communicate some basis here, the pig gnome has also been decoded, and the physiology of pigs is remarkably similar to humans. In a tightly controlled population (thousands of generationally inbred animals, thus being the most likely to produce common genetic marker associations), where animals have been selected for behavioural traits, and where genetic marker correlations have been identified, the key variable impacting expression of behavioural traits still remains subtle differences in environment and nutrition – the nurture aspect of the equation.
    As a result, in the broadly diverse living environment of the average human, it is very unlikely that any genetic predispositions will have sufficient influence to impact behavioural traits. We are almost always a product of our environment, but fortunately we have have the free will and capability to break free from it if we choose. On a contrary note, one may argue the remarkable number of cases where twins separated at birth or adopted children took on behavioural traits of the biological families without ever having met them. I agree, that this is truly remarkable, but where is the case study showing that this is a distinct trend and not just a coincidence? How many people take note of when no apparent shared traits occur? For the time being, we can only attribute this to anecdotal coincidences.
    The moral of the story is quite cliche: don’t believe everything you hear . . . even if it does come from a so-called scientific source.
    We choose our actions, usually based on fundamental core beliefs and intermediate beliefs that shape and filter our perception of the world. But nevertheless, it is learned, and it is a choice. For most of us, the disease of [generational] sin does not manifest in genetics, but rather a faulty cognition – not faulty by design, but faulty in the years of construction from our childhood and impressionable years.
    In Christ,
    Marc

  3. Hi Abouna,
    I love your blog, it brings the perspective of the early church fathers but in a more modern day version for youth to understand.
    I was wondering though what resources does the LA diocese provide for our youth fighting this battle, how accessible is it to them, and why don’t we make the youth more aware of the resources they have?
    thank you so much for your time Abouna

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      Dear Bishoy,

      I am wondering the same myself! I will need to speak to some of the fathers, since I’m not originally from this diocese to know what is available. I would like to acknowledge though, that really, we fall extremely short as a church in this department and in our support. So let us all pray and work to fix that.

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