What’s Missing in Britain’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Debate

What’s Missing in Britain’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Debate

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Even those against homosexual “marriage” are woefully ignorant.

What does it take to unite the leadership of all three of Britain’s major parties? There was no raucous debate between Conservative and Labor ministers in Britain’s Parliament, February 5. Why? The subject under discussion was homosexual “marriage.”

The bill passed through its second reading 400 votes to 175—meaning it is well on its way to becoming law. Homosexuals will soon be allowed to marry in the UK—at least according to man’s laws.

The only real opposition came from back benchers—party members without any real leadership role. But even in their arguments, there was some vital information completely absent from the debate.

Those for same-sex “marriage” talked about allowing two people that love each other to demonstrate that commitment. This legislation is being put forward under a Conservative prime minister, though more Conservatives voted against the bill than for it. Prime Minister David Cameron supports this, he says, because he views marriage as a good thing, and so wants to allow homosexuals to join in.

But what was most surprising was the weakness of the arguments against same-sex “marriage.” Here’s a summary of the arguments most often brought up against it:

  • Homosexuals can already receive the same legal recognition as married couples by forming civil partnerships.
  • The Church of England may be forced to conduct homosexual “marriages” in its official capacity as the state religion, despite its opposition to it.
  • Teachers may be forced to teach about homosexual “marriage” even if they don’t believe in it.
  • It is impossible to define how a homosexual “marriage” is consummated, meaning divorce laws have to be changed.
  • Now is not the time to make these changes, as we need to focus on improving the economy.
  • Few, if any, said that homosexual “marriage” was wrong, or impossible. None said homosexuality itself was wrong. Few talked about the effect this would have on British society.

    The fact is that those on both sides of the argument are completely ignorant of the purpose of marriage. It is not a man-made institution that governments can change on a whim.

    There are commonsense reasons for opposing “homosexual marriage.” But even those speaking out against it don’t understand the God-ordained purpose for marriage. But you can. Read our free booklet Why Marriage—Soon Obsolete?

    Marathon: Metaphor for Life

    Marathon: Metaphor for Life

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    Spiritual lessons from the 2013 Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach, California

    On February 3, our teenage sons and we stepped onto the course. Along with over 21,000 other participants from 1,000 cities across all 50 states and 23 other countries, we were about to run the largest-ever Surf City full and half marathon at Huntington Beach, California.

    Many months of preparation preceded this event. Short runs, long runs, workouts, dietary strictness and regulation of sleep patterns, along with mental toughening, were all combined in our program of preparation for the 13.1-mile half marathon.

    As we arrived for the race, there were throngs of athletes as far as the eye could see. We made our way to our section of runners—those who were comfortable in completing the course within two hours. As the race began, we all jockeyed for position amid the bustle and thunder of thousands of feet hitting the pavement.

    “Miles beyond a great weekend event, we are committed to creating unique experiences that inspire lifelong activity,” promoted event organizers in what they declare their Active Lifestyle Philosophy. “This includes a dedication to initiating, encouraging and supporting year-round programs in celebration of an active lifestyle.”

    Today, we live in a diseased world where the World Health Organization has an “International Classification of Diseases” translated into 43 languages and distributed to 117 countries in an effort to contain, control and prevent disease.

    Most degenerative global diseases originate from consuming de-mineralized foods containing too much sugar, sodium, starch, fats and carbohydrates. The remainder result from malnutrition and a lack of essential vitamins and minerals. As a result, consumers work to retrofit this deprivation of their bodies’ essential needs by using health supplements.

    Cancer, diabetes, and kidney and heart disease are all exacerbated and often caused by poor diet and lack of exercise and adherence to the natural laws of health. Laws such as a balanced daily diet combined with exercise, sleep and fresh air, enhanced by proper personal hygiene and elimination, set a physical foundation for a balanced mind in thinking and living.

    Whether the race organizers realize it or not, the Active Lifestyle Philosophy they promote has its roots in the pages of the world’s bestseller, the Holy Bible.

    Herbert W. Armstrong wrote his booklet The Seven Laws of Success in his 70th year. An avid walker, he said this about running: “It induces blood circulation. It gets circulation even to the extremities. And that is good. Stimulating blood circulation is important.” He went so far as to add, “Without health one is direly handicapped, if not totally cut off from achievement. The fourth law of success is largely dependent on good health.”

    If you want to succeed in life, take time to stop and consider your health. It’s simply not natural to be sick. Sickness results from breaking the basic laws regulating both mind and body. Far too many people today surmise that their ill health, sickness or disease is natural, of which they are unfortunate victims.

    They are simply lying to themselves.

    You don’t catch a cold, purchase a fever or invest in illness. These result from depletion of the body through broken laws of health, whether on our part or somebody else’s. Mr. Armstrong spoke so often of cause and effect. In our health, we simply reap what we sow.

    Blessed with free moral agency, we have the privilege of making daily decisions, little choices that accumulate over time, either for good or bad. We choose how much sugar, starch, fat, carbohydrates we consume. Anorexia and obesity are a conscious choice, not a disease. Too many of us put off the right decisions in health, deceiving ourselves that we will right the wrong tomorrow. Yet all too often, tomorrow never comes.

    Anyone who has run a full or half marathon will tell you it’s a mental battle. A race success or a personal best time is a victory of the mind in advance of the body. A positive attitude does have a direct impact on our physical condition.

    The Apostle Paul knew this well, even advising, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain” (1 Corinthians 9:24).

    To run a race at first may seem daunting. Yet, as we and our sons experienced, after preparation and completion, there is exhilaration and joy of accomplishment. As a metaphor for life, we run not with a mental strategy of failure but one of spiritual success.

    Paul again admonishes, “[W]hatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

    Winning the battle in daily decisions takes following the battle plan of God’s Word, remembering we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

    “He was a strong, vigorous, young man of about 33 years of age, in the peak of health,” Mr. Armstrong wrote of Jesus Christ in his final book, Mystery of the Ages. Had mankind followed our Savior’s example, what would have resulted? “There would be, on the contrary, vigorous, vibrant good health, filled with dynamic interest in life, enthusiastic interest in constructive activities bringing happiness and joy. There would be cleanliness, vigorous activity, real progress …” (ibid).

    Why not have good health?

    “Why should we be so willing to believe such a perfect state of health and joy is impossible?” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong in his booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow. “There are blessings for observing the laws of health—absolute guarantees good health will result—and that sickness and disease will become a thing of the past.’”

    Here at the Trumpet we write of the imminent return of Jesus Christ to usher in an all-loving, powerful government resulting in utopian conditions. The Prophet Jeremiah wrote of such godly promises: “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds …” (Jeremiah 30:17). Very soon, agricultural conditions will change for the better. The nature of even animals will be transformed. The plague of disease will be stopped. Eyes and ears will be opened and the lame will dance (Isaiah 35:1-10).

    The God who created your body and mind to instill His Spirit wishes “above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health” (3 John 2). Move beyond just reading this article, and take the steps forward in your daily diet and exercise to obey God’s health laws, and in so doing reap the rich rewards of prosperity in health!


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    How Shuttle Endeavor Saved the Hubble Space Telescope

    How Shuttle Endeavor Saved the Hubble Space Telescope

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    The miracle mission of NASA’s STS-61

    Ever looked through a telescope? Today we take the amazing pictures returned by nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope as routine. Launched in 1990, this super telescope orbits Earth with a view of the universe far more advanced than any telescope here on Earth.

    The original launch date was October 1986, but the horrific Challenger shuttle disaster earlier that year delayed the program. These events prevented the telescope from reaching orbit until April 1990.

    A few months later, it failed its focus test and sent back blurry images.

    This was because the company that produced the mirrors ground them to the incorrect measurement. They were off by just 2.2 microns—a mere fiftieth of the width of a hair on your head.

    Hubble was in crisis. Serious questions arose in Washington, DC, about the project in light of the Challenger explosion and the loss of the Mars Observer in 1993. The media lambasted nasa, with one newsmagazine calling it a “$1.5 billion blunder.” The focusing problem had to be repaired—and quickly.

    The race to save Hubble came to mission sts-61 and the specially selected crew of the space shuttle Endeavor. Built in Southern California, Endeavor was the fifth orbiter to be constructed and was a direct result of the mid-flight destruction of Challenger. It was named after 18th-century British explorer Captain James Cook’s ship, on which he traveled to discover Australia and New Zealand.

    “The mission’s major challenge was the amount of work that must be completed during the space shuttle flight,” recalled nasa in its mission data. “To minimally satisfy the mission’s overall objectives, astronauts needed to replace one gyroscope pair (either pair number 2 or pair number 3) and install either an operational Wide Field/Planetary Camera ii or the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (costar), the other corrective optics package on the sts-61 manifest.

    “With its very heavy workload, the sts-61 mission was one of the most sophisticated in the shuttle’s history. It lasted almost 11 days, and crew members made five evas: an all-time record at that time.”

    nasa later posted the mission video narrated by the crew, which showed the amazingly successful mission from launch to landing. The scope and impact of sts-61 cannot be understated. It saved Hubble from certain failure and the astronomy junk pile, thrusting it beyond anything imaginable into the number one supplier of mind-expanding images of an unknown universe to Earth’s inhabitants. Today, these amazing images have expanded our view of the universe and left us asking deeper questions about this architectural and engineering mastery.

    On Sept. 21, 2012, a historic and momentous era in space travel and exploration came to an end as Endeavor landed at Los Angeles International Airport, transported atop a Boeing 747 jet. As the youngest of the shuttle fleet, it had cost $1.7 billion, performed 25 flights, and carried over 170 crew members into space for 283 days, covering 123 million miles, flying at 17,400 miles per hour to maintain orbit, and completed over 4,423 orbits.

    The Los Angeles Times produced a stunning time-lapse view of the transportation of the shuttle to its resting place at the California Science Center.

    It’s truly amazing how the mission of nasa’s sts-61 technical staff and the crew of space shuttle Endeavor saved the Hubble Space Telescope. However, there still remain answerable questions—questions you need answers to (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:19-23).

    To gain a deeper understanding of the impact of this mission, watch Gerald Flurry’s recent two-part Key of David series, “Our Awesome Universe Potential.”

    Latest Chinese Cyberattack May Be ‘Most Dangerous Yet’

    Latest Chinese Cyberattack May Be ‘Most Dangerous Yet’

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    The cyberattack that breached the United States’ Department of Energy (doe) servers last week may have been the most dangerous yet, according to an assessment by Business Insider published Monday.

    Unnamed government officials claim that the Chinese hackers behind the breach did not retrieve any “sensitive” information from doe databases. Still, since the doe is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal, the implications of this breach are especially sobering.

    This assault comes on the heels of several major cyberattacks—on the New York Times, Washington Post, Twitter and the Wall Street Journal—all originating in China.

    Washington has said cyberattacks on U.S. infrastructure are considered acts of war. But, even though experts have said the attack on the doecould only have been coordinated by a “nation-state,” there is no hard evidence definitively implicating the Chinese government. Beijing seems to know that the U.S. no longer has the stomach for real confrontation, so it is likely that these “acts of war” will continue unabated.

    Computer dependence is the most vulnerable point in America’s military defense system. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has warned of this vulnerability since January 1995, when he wrote: “America is the greatest superpower this world has ever known. But we have a very vulnerable point in our military—our own Achilles heel. … Exploiting this vulnerable point may trigger the greatest shock in the history of warfare! … Computer dependence is the Western world’s Achilles heel, and within a few years this weakness could be tested to the full.”

    For more information on this alarming weakness and where it will lead, read “U.S. Vulnerable to Cyber Pearl Harbor.”

    Iran Accelerates Nuclear Program

    Iran Accelerates Nuclear Program

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    Iran will speed up its controversial nuclear weapons program at its Natanz facility by installing more advanced nuclear enrichment centrifuges, it announced January 23. Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that it would install approximately 3,000 new-generation IR2m centrifuge machines, which are three to five times faster than current models.

    This new development could be “a most unfortunate game changer,” said Mark Fitzpatrick, a nuclear expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The 3,000 centrifuge machines may take up to a year to install and operate, but after that, Tehran will be much closer to developing a nuclear weapon. “Once installed and in operation, the centrifuges could give Iran the capability to make a dash for the bomb faster than the U.S. and its allies could react,” wrote cbs News.

    Israeli officials estimate a time frame even shorter than that. Former head of Israel’s military intelligence and now head of the Institute for National Security Studies, Amos Yadlin, said on Monday that Iran has all it needs to build a nuclear bomb in a matter of four to six months.

    The blatant announcement came amid on-going wrangling between Iran and the group of six world powers—the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China—over when and where they may resume stalled negotiations aimed at curbing Iran’s enrichment activities and submitting the Islamic Republic to stricter United Nations nuclear inspections.

    But, as a senior official from the Israeli prime minister’s office said, “While the world is discussing where and when the next meeting with Iran will be, Iran is rapidly advancing towards obtaining a nuclear bomb.”

    Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism, and is hasting to enhance its weapons arsenal with weapons of mass destruction. It has masterfully used deception to avoid too much confrontation while still maintaining its belligerence. Little wonder that White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Iran’s “provocative step” did not come as a surprise. The economic sanctions on Iran, while debilitating, have not deterred its mullahs from speeding up nuclear enrichment, and from doing so well beyond the level necessary for mere civilian purposes.

    The six world powers still expect to engage Iran in fruitful talks this month. But a decade of history shows that Iran will not surrender its nuclear weapons ambitions. Moreover, Bible prophecy indicates that Iran will increase its pushy belligerence to a point where Europe—not America—will retaliate. To understand more about this development and what is prophesied to happen beyond that, request our free booklet The King of the South.