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sperm, ovum and sight

Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains…..” John 9: 35-41

The male sperm of a human being is a truly wonderful thing. The female ovum of a human being is a truly wonderful thing. Once these have fused (a single sperm and a single ovum) the result is known as a zygote. A zygote is the very earliest existence of an embryo. An embryo becomes, in normal course, another human being.

A sperm is not the same size as an ovum. In fact it is 100,000 times smaller. A male sperm has an attribute known as motility – the ability to move spontaneously and actively, using its own energy to do so. The female ovum (egg cell) is non-motile. Instead it is “optimised” for longevity. It’ll stay alive to await the arrival of a male sperm.

No males in the whole world ever produce an ovum. No females in the whole world ever produce a sperm. Once a male sperm has fused with a female ovum, the resulting zygote will go on to produce, in due course, either sperm or ovum. A human zygote will never, ever produce both.

The most wonderful thing of all is that, as soon as the male sperm and the female ovum have fused, the resultant zygote has a vital attribute which is possessed neither by the marvellous sperm nor the marvellous ovum.
‘The probability of life originating by accident is comparable to the probability of the complete dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing factory.’ (Edwin Conklin, biologist, 1863-1952)

The two began as singe cells but become, instantly, a cell with two sets of chromosomes – a cell able to divide itself and reproduce itself and multiply itself. Before this, neither the male sperm nor the female ovum is able to divide and multiply. When they fuse together, the male and the female, only then can the multiplication begin which will result in a new human being with life – a life of its own.

Isn’t this absolutely marvellous....When a man and a woman come together in love, marvellous sperms chase every ovum – at every opportunity.

When a man and a man come together, the marvelous sperm is placed amongst excrement…… And follows it down.

Whether or not Jersey Law should be altered to render equal as married couples “man+man” and “man+woman” needs to be carefully evaluated by the members of Jersey’s States in due course. For many Jersey folk the inequality of the two “marriages” is clear. 

What is more troubling to some is that certain things cannot, genuinely and sincerely, be perceived as fact. It’s as though, somehow, we (and, make no mistake, Richard Syvret is amongst them) suspend even the facts, even truth, for our own purposes. In this case the stated purpose is “that Jersey moves forward”….. But what is the motivation behind it all?

That’s where the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth comes in. Immediately before the incident in bold above, Jesus had given sight to a man who had been born blind. Yes, born blind. The religious members of the Jerusalem political party known as Pharisees did not believe in miracles – certainly not any miracles done by Jesus of Nazareth.
‘The need of the world is to listen to God.’ (Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955)

They told the formerly-blind man that they had no idea where Jesus came from. The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. Then followed the incident in bold above.

A blind beggar could see. Those who couldn’t see were saying “we see”. Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains…..”

Pray for sight – not about marriage but about who Jesus really is and what he came to do for us, the determinedly blind.
Richard Syvret

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