The path to death promoted on Facebook

By Tom Quiner


A Facebook friend posted the meme above on her Facebook page.

As readers of this blog might suspect, I have trouble not making a comment on silly, dishonest memes like this. So here is what I said:

“And He told us to lead our brothers and sisters away from sin and towards the path to holiness, which is the path to life.”

I checked back a little while later and noticed that my post had been removed. I had been censored by a Catholic friend who didn’t like my viewpoint. She was willing to impose her view on the world, but was intolerant of me offering a charitable rebuttal.

The meme is repugnant on many fronts. Liberals equate dissent with the LBGTQ lifestyle as hate. They use the ‘H’ word liberally as a tactic to shut down debate, because they have difficulty defending their position.

As we read further down the meme, Christians can agree that Jesus doesn’t care where anyone is from.

We can agree Jesus doesn’t care what anyone looks like.

However, the next two statements are clearly problematic. The meme suggests Jesus doesn’t care who someone is “in love with.” Actually he does when taken in this context. Liberals suggest that Jesus doesn’t care if two men are erotically in love with each other.

And yet the Old Testament is clear that the homosexual sex act is sinful. Jesus made it clear that He didn’t come to change this teaching:

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I didn’t come to destroy them, but to fulfill them.”

We don’t know whether Jesus taught on this subject or not, only that His words were not recorded. Since He made it clear He didn’t come to change the Law, why would liberals assume that He did on this one subject, and no one bothered to tell the rest of us?

In the New Testament, St. Paul makes it pretty clear on more than one occasion that the homosexual sex act is sinful. Here is one example from Romans 1:24-27:

“24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

And who was the source of Paul’s teachings? Christ Himself, as Paul made clear in Galations 1:11-12:

“For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Throughout the history of Christianity, the Church has viewed the homosexual act as abuse of the body and sinful in nature, as St. Augustine made clear in his famous book, “Confessions”:

“Those offences which be contrary to nature are everywhere and at all times to be held in detestation and punished; such were those of the Sodomites, which should all nations commit, they should all be held guilty of the same crime by the divine law, which hath not so made men that they should in that way abuse one another. For even that fellowship which should be between God and us is violated, when that same nature of which He is author is polluted by the perversity of lust.”

A prominent Jesuit priest in this country, Fr. James Martin, took to Facebook to scold U.S. bishops for not properly expressing solidarity with the victims of the shooting in Orlando. Fr. Martin leans left politically, and was in full PC mode in his chastisement of Catholic clergy. He said that U.S. Catholic bishops were amiss in characterizing the victims as ‘people of Orlando’, instead of expressly identifying them as LGBT.

There is much I like about Fr. Martin. I respectfully disagree with his comment. For bishops to do so tacitly endorses the very identities and lifestyle promoted by the LBGTQ community that separates them from the Body of Christ.

Gay is a lifestyle. Someone can have same-sex attractions and remain chaste and separate from the gay lifestyle.

Finally, the last sentence of the meme suggests Jesus doesn’t care what god a person worships. Are they serious? The Bible explicitly states on 28 different occasions that there is but one God. The Ten Commandments come on strong: “Thou shalt have no other god before me.”

The meme above makes liberals feel good. But it is dangerous. It deludes good people into believing that they can pursue a lifestyle of sin without paying a spiritual price.

Sin is the path to death.

Shouldn’t we be promoting the ‘path to life’ on Facebook?


  1. lburleso on June 16, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I completely see your point, however I respectfully suggest that it is a little misguided.

    The types of people referred to in the meme are those we are supposed to love, and Jesus gave us no exceptions.

    There are insinuations that we could take issue with, but I believe the correct approach to this meme is to agree that faithful Christians do in fact love the sinner and hate the sin.

    Perhaps you can reengage the post that way.

    • quinersdiner on June 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Lee, we can and do love those in any type of lifestyle. But the meme is suggesting that Jesus puts His imprimatur on the LBGTQ lifestyle, which He does not, according to Sacred Scripture. Thanks for weighing in.

      • on June 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

        Very good point.
        As much as we are to love one another; condoning the sinfull life choices of this micro-minority is wrong from a Christian point of view as well as from a simply normal human point of view.
        These people need psychological help not acceptance.

  2. Matthew Winters Ministries on June 16, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    The meme would have been great had the creator stopped with the first statement. The nonchalant treatment of who is worshiped is blasphemous!

  3. parrillaturi on June 17, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Great response on your part. This is such a leading meme, which those who chose, and support that life style, will use it as an excuse to continue their sinful, destructive way.

  4. Judy Cordaro on June 18, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    I don’t see where anything in that statement condones lifestyles. It condones love. Love the person, hate the sin”.

    • quinersdiner on June 19, 2016 at 7:30 am

      “I don’t care who they’re in love with” is intended, I believe, to suggest that Jesus is okay with same-sex erotic love.