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Love and Marriage... minus Nature?

Segment of a homily by Metropolitan Nikolaos

Source: Video clip by autopsy.gr

Metropolitan Nikolaos (his worldly name was Nikolaos Hadjinikolaou, born in Thessaloniki on the 13th of April 1954.  He is Greek and a theologian, a clergyman of the Orthodox Church, bishop of the Church of Greece and Metropolitan of Mesogaias and Lavreotikis as of 2004. He is also a distinguished scientist and University professor.



[....Two people declare their love; so... why shouldn’t they get married, even if they are of the same sex?

Well, no... because the purpose of love is to create a UNION.  I will tell you what this means.

For a corporeal-spiritual union to be achieved, that is, of bodies and souls – we can begin to tackle the subject here, by examining what the bodily union entails. 

Individuals need to “complement” each other - not be identical to the other, but be complementary.

No such (complementing) union can be achieved between two men,,, (I apologize if I seem to be hinting at something else)... nor between two women.

1.   Anatomically speaking, such a union is achieved with one man and one woman. One of each kind.


2.  There is the matter of physiology - observe how beautiful the physiology of the human body is.


    All the systems of human bodies are the same – both in a man’s body and in a woman’s body.  Kidney function is the same for a man and for a woman; So is their respiratory system and their digestive system and their liver function.... Everything. 


   The only difference is in their reproductive system. 


   And one more thing:  The digestive and all the other systems take place inside the body : they are fulfilled by serving the body’s needs.  


      But the reproductive system does not function internally for the body’s needs.


3.  All bodily functions occur reflexively: I cannot suddenly halt my kidney function - I can’t do something to make it stop. It is simply not possible.


However, that function (of the reproductive system) is subservient to human monitoring, so that a person can – with self-government – control it.  Point One.


Point Two.  The function of the reproductive system demands a second person – with a physiology and a biology that are complementary to the first person's.


All cells are almost identical.  But genetic (reproductive) cells differ. Thus we have ovules – which have haploid* (single) genomes - whereas all cells have diploid* (double) genomes – that is, they are “complete” on their own.  


Then we have sperm cells which are also with a haploid genome. And what do they want?  Well, an ovule can’t achieve a union with another ovule; nor can a sperm cell achieve a union with another sperm cell.  A sperm cell can achieve union, only with an ovule.  That’s how things work! 


No-one has succeeded in making things work differently!  THAT is the physiology of bodies....]



*Haploid refers to the presence of a single set of chromosomes in an organism's cells. Sexually reproducing organisms are diploid (having two sets of chromosomes, one from each parent). In humans, only the egg and sperm cells are haploid.

*Diploid is a term that refers to the presence of two complete sets of chromosomes in an organism's cells, with each parent contributing a chromosome to each pair. Humans are diploid, and most of the body's cells contain 23 chromosomes pairs.


( Why both such "marriages" need biological third-party wombs to be called "parents"... )





Translation by A. N.


Article published in English on: 22-1-2024.

Last update: 22-1-2024.