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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hot Topic Tuesday: A Burnin' People - The HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Whew. This is a sensitive subject; if not for you, for me.  I guess it has to be to even be a "hot topic", huh?  So I'll start off by denouncing that this is any type of hate language or discriminatory writing.  It is not.  I have been affected by this topic first and foremost and from my youth. I have been affected by this topic because I lost my father to this topic. I always searched for answers.  At one point, I wanted to be the answer - the solution and in a way, I'd like to believe that I have found the answer.  I am by no ways condemning, judging, or "phobic" towards this. It has hit my life closer to home and probably will offend those close to me.  But it is the truth, according to the Word of God and I will stand on it.
The topic of this blog relates to the alarming statistics of HIV/AIDS in not just America but in SOUTH, and directly - in Atlanta. goes.  First of all, let's break down a few facts.  

HIV = human immunodeficiency virus: This means that your body's immune system is deficient; it means that it lacks the proper ability to fight off anything that brings sickness to your body.  The virus attacks the body's main line of defense.  It's like your body kills itself from the inside.  

Virus = It's basically a particle that invades healthy cells in the body and replaces the cell's genetic information with it's own - which then destroys the original cell. Antibiotics do not cure a virus, they only fight bacteria; matter of fact, viruses are very hard to contain/heal because you could have a virus for years and not know it.  This is how a person with HIV, HPV, a cold, the flu, etc. can infect someone so easily and it can spread like wildfire.  A person can already be infected with a virus and show absolutely no symptoms of it.  Viruses also spread by the exchange of bodily fluids but there are airborne virus as well, which means that you can come in contact with a virus through someone sneezing and not covering their nose, or shaking someone's infected hand and not washing your hands before you place them in your mouth.  Yes, I could go on and on about this since I am a student of "life" (biology) because I've learned plenty on the works of nature.  But that's not what this blog is about; I just wanted to give you a lesson of understanding why this is extremely serious no matter how sensitive the topic is or how much we want to continue to look the other way on the reality of it.  Now AIDS = Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.  The difference between HIV and AIDS is that HIV is the virus itself and can be "treated" but not "cured" (according to what we've been told anyway, but that's not a topic for discussion right now either).  AIDS is what HIV can lead to; or rather AIDS is what you have when the virus has completely taken over your body and caused failure to your immune system.
So HIV is the attack on the immune system, which they tell you you can fight with medication, but AIDS is the complete attack which ultimately leads to death.  It's like having pre-cancer and then having cancer.  But here's the thing, you could have HIV for years - get tested for years - and if that virus is not "active" in your body, you could be spreading it to your partners!  It's that easy.  Studies show that you could have HIV for up to ten years and not even know it; the virus could be active and you could absolutely have no symptoms.  This is how serious transmission is.  Now, this is not a scare tactic blog - there are many, many people living with this infection, many people being infected daily, so it is one that needs to be addressed.  Period.  But today, I need to focus and bring your attention to biblical references and the fact that the statistics are alarmingly showing that it is only a few demographics that this blog truly matters for.  So, now we began.  Scripture or statistics? Hmm, let's start with scripture and back it up with statistics.  
1 Corinthians 6:18 tells us to RUN from sexual sin.  It tells us that we should totally denounce, and bow OUT from sexual sin and THEN it tells you why.  Because sexual immorality is a sin against your OWN body.  Hmm...and HIV is a direct attack on the very system that was designed to heal your body.  Coincidence or no?  Think on that.  But let's break down "sexual immorality."  Sexual sins are those things that the Word considers to to be wrong - no matter what the world says or how acceptable the world makes it.  So that would include, sex before marriage, pornography, sex with animals, homosexuality, incest, sex with in-laws, adultery, etc.  So, sex outside of the biblical marriage - man and woman are basically sexual sins.  Threesomes in marriage - sexual sin; because you are committing consensual adultery.  I hope I'm making all of this clear because I submit to you that STDs are a result of the out pour of sexual sin.  Sexually Transmitted diseases are diseases that are only transmitted through sex; if monogamy prevailed, how could we transfer diseases?   That verse goes on to say that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit so honor God with your body.  As we honor God with our body, we are protected from the consequences of sexual diseases but when we dishonor God with our body, we allow the darkness of that sin to come upon our bodies.  See, scriptures say that we reap what we sow.  But most importantly, let's look at this next scripture as it relates to this topic - because believe me, I'm going somewhere with this.  
Let's break down Romans 1: 24-32 briefly: King James Version (KJV)

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

STOP: Receiving the "recompense" of their error? The Word is saying that there will be a "payback" that those who choose such things upon themselves! 
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Stop. So why do we act as if we don't bring the consequences of sexual sin among ourselves?  We want to medicate, begin movements, "bring awareness" yet that awareness doesn't point back to the root of the problem and the root of the problem is that we have created a culture that has exchanged the truth of God for a lie and the very bodies that were created to live and thrive are turning against itself because it. is. defiled.  
"Sin is sin" is the argument but does the Word NOT say that when you commit sexual sin you sin against your very own body?!  That's like taking a knife and cutting yourself.  Sexual sin is as serious as suicide.  We don't typically like to acknowledge this but let me tell you, it's time to take the blinders off!  It's time to realize that the Word is true and God has paid a hefty price; He has bankrupted HEAVEN for you to live in the holiness that is in His image and likeness as He created you.  No where is sexual sin permitted but we're specifically talking about the sexual sin of unnatural lust.
Going back to AIDS.  Did you know that at one time, AIDS was called, "Gay Related Immune Deficiency".  Oh that sounds harsh but it was; and looking at the statistics, it still shows that homosexual men have the greatest numbers of HIV and AIDS.  So let's go to the statistics:
Not only are blacks most affected, but black homosexual males.  Does God love them.  Yes.  They are his creation.  Well, if God loves them why are they suffering?  Scroll up to the scripture breakdown.  Or rather, let's look at another scripture.  Deuteronomy 28:21-22  The Lord will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess.  The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation... 
This shows the curses of those that walk in disobedience to God's Word.  "Wasting disease, fever, and inflammation."  That's quite plain.  You're going to live dying; no quality of life.

The rate of blacks living with HIV and AIDS are far above the statistics for other races.  (This should also give a hint to who the scriptures are talking to in this passage but I'll save that topic for another day. *sigh*) Why is that? Why are blacks and homosexual males the highest statistics for HIV/AIDS??? It should be plain as day, cause and effect.  But we've lied to ourselves and we believe that if we practice "safe sex" then we're safe.  Except, if we're looking at statistics, then obviously condoms aren't working or we're not using them.  In other words, we've got to stop trying to be smarter than God! We say the reason that blacks or black homosexuals have it worse is because they're disadvantaged with the health care, and etc. 
We're constantly throwing a blind eye to the root of this epidemic.  HIV, AIDS, and other STDs are rooted simply in the fact that we are sinning against our body and our body is responding.  If we want a cure, look to the blood.  If we want a cure, look to the Word.  If we want a cure, look to the Savior, our Helper, our deliverer.  Look to repenting and purging from this unnatural affection.  There are many testimonies of deliverance from sexual sin and my life is one for starters.  Purity is not only possible but it is in our best interest!  This blog could go so much deeper because I am truly passionate about purity but I'll stop here.  Look the statistics up for yourself.  Read the Word for yourself.  The answer is in Yeshua.  Let us be free, healed, and whole through the truth found in accepting the Lord as Savior and turning back to His Word. 

#zoedeespeaks #truth #acall2purity #sexuallywise #sexualskeletons

Here's last week's #hottopicTuesday: My Daddy Was R. Kelly Too!

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