Welcome to Peace Chog!

Hello & friendly welcome to Peace Chog!  Feel free to browse around and check out various types of discussions we will be holding here, viewing, and discussing.  Let's take a look at this video.  Do you agree with Pope Franci's view regarding homosexuality?  Let's make this clear, by the way: we are a Christian community that accepts EVERYONE including our LGBTQ friends. 

Here is that video:

Interesting.  Is it about time Christians admit they need to back off our LGBTQ friends and accept them into our Churches with open arms?  What do you think?

Christian Views On Homosexuality - Past And Present

Homosexuality is, and has always been a controversial issue. In fact, in some societies and countries in the world, it is an abomination to even speak about it, let alone imagine the consequences of engaging in the act itself. Homosexuality and same-sex marriage is not alien to most religious factions. Christianity held a standard concerning the issue of same-sex marriage right from bible times, although there are some Christians nowadays who seem to have a different view on the matter. Before we look into the Christian view of homosexuality today, let's discuss the historical Christian perception of homosexuality.



The Old Testament has a take on homosexuality in four different passages. Some of these four passages clearly express homosexuality as an abominable act. Examples are Leviticus 18:22: "Don't have sex with a man as one does with a woman. That is abhorrent" (MSG Bible). This chapter only classifies the act as an abomination in conjunction with other sexual sins. While Leviticus 20:13 states a clearer penalty for the act: "If a man has sex with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is abhorrent. They must be put to death; they are responsible for their own deaths" (MSG Bible).



Other passages were more of an event, like the cases of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1-11), and Gibeah (Judges 19:22). From these passages and historical events, it is pretty clear to see what the bible has to say concerning homosexuality and every act related to it. The view of the Bible, however, did not change when the new testament came into being. Romans 1:27 states that: " And in the same way also, the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and bond in their desire towards one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their persons the due penalty of their error" (NASB translation).

Progressing from the time of the New Testament until now, it would only be normal to assume that Christians (followers of Christ and bible teachings) would maintain the same abominable view the bible has towards any form of homosexuality, but that is not the case. There are some Christians that hold a different view and have, in their own unique way, accepted the concept of homosexuality. The continuous argument between the Christians that accept the concept, and those that feel it is against the teachings of the bible, has created an obvious divide.



Nowadays, we have regular Christians, and those that are regarded as radical Christians. Whether regular Christians are right to accept homosexuality, or radical Christians view homosexuality as a devilish act is not important. For a true Christian, what should matter is what the Bible says about different areas of life without adding modifications that may suit or support a certain point of view.

Most non-Christians who do not believe in the act of homosexuality view it as unnatural and hence tend to have a hostile reception to it and all of its related vices. They (non-Christians) do not preach the love for everyone which Christians believe. However, radical Christians tend to push their beliefs a little too far, which may appear unwelcoming to a homosexual sympathizer. This has been a strong point of argument for those who believe being gay or lesbian is a natural occurrence and such people shouldn't be treated with spite.



The world is becoming more dynamic and flexible than it was some years ago. The church and some Christians are beginning to lose the core of their faith and are accepting some things they naturally would have fought against decades ago. It remains unclear what the outcome of the homosexual rights battle will be among the members of the Christian community, but the truth has never been this clear.

The Country Has Become Toxic?

The atmosphere in the US seems to have become a more hateful, chaotic one, especially targeting Muslims, immigrants, and now barely incoming transgender rights and possibly, gay rights, are on the chopping block as well.  When all of this happens within three weeks of a new president and his administration taking office, the citizens need to wonder why the country is in such divided chaos, even if they supported this new candidate.

How our government allowed its democracy to be this threatened and this compromised, we will never know.  After all, Trump ran his campaign on hate.  Hate against LGBT, people affected by disabilities, and shamefully, he's been caught on record saying unsavory statements about women.  Time and time again.

If Bill Cosby lost his career that quickly, and there are ties between Russian and Trump, how is this administration even in charge?  How could the government let any of this happen?

We had eight years of a wonderful president who is know jet skiing and enjoying the waters on an island.  Check out how relaxed he looks while the rest of us are as worried as we can be:

However, you can't blame him.  He did so much in eight years: women's rights, LGBT rights, immigrations rights, and more.  He did evertyhing with so much grace.  I am ready to order a canoe or kayak[/link] and call it a day.  

But at the end, I end up on this site and want to remind myself that it is an open discussion, videos, and a forum I want to present here, whether they are negative or positive.  After all, no progress is made if no discussions are held and you don't hear people on the other side.  Sure, our patience might get tested but at the end of the day, it is the human experience that helps us all evolve.

Next, the Trump administration is undoing transgender rights to use whichever restroom they are comfortable with.  Tell me, why are we so concerned with what goes on behind bathroom stalls?  It is not our job to regulate other people!

I can't wait to take out my new kayak which I looked up using Killer Kayaks. With everything going on, I am finding that being in nature has a calming effect.  This is why I try to hike or surf at least one a week and now, seems like boating or kayaking once every couple of months to stay sane.

I wonder what other news I can report on here.  Perhaps something positive... yes, why not?

5 Most Admired Gay & Straight Athletes of 2016!

A role model is a person whose behavior, or success is or can be copied by others, in most cases, the younger people. Sportsmen and women are the community of role models in today's age.The endurance, speed, accuracy, determination and hard work put in by these athletes in winning various sports makes them very admirable.   In fact, they are idolized and many wish they were them. 

Following are the 5 Most Admired Gay & Straight Athletes of 2016:

1.  Tom Daley

Tomy Daley is a 22 year old Olympic diver of British Origin.  He started diving nationally and internationally at the a tender age of only nine. Daley has won several medals including the Common Wealth Games, FINA World Championships and the recent 2016 Summer Olympics Games among many others.

He made waves in 2013 by publicly declaring to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community (LGBT) that he is gay.  His courage and determination has made many to admire him, he even broke the tweeter internwt record for his declaration. 

Tom Daley is one of the most physically admired athletes of our time.  Makes me want to put money down on Advance Elements inflatable kayak and make my way to the pool!

2.  Michael Phelps

Also known as 'the flying fish' or 'Gomer', Michael is a 31 year old was who has won a total of 28 medals in his swimming career, with 8 of them being won in the 2008 Beijing Games.

In a recent interview at the parade, Phelps said that he swims two to five hours a day, six to seven days a week to prepare for the Olympics.His hard work has earned him respect among many.He is currently coaching the US team. 

Since I am a poor swimmer, maybe I'll start with some inflatable kayak reviews and make my way up?

3.  Serena Williams

Serena gained awe for being the best female tennis player and has been credited for ushering in the power of women as professional tennis players.  At only 35, she was ranked the highest paid female athlete in 2016 earning 28.9 US Dollars in prize money and endorsements.

4.  Usain Bolt

Also known as 'the lightening bolt', Usain is the best athlete in the world right now.The Jamaican Sprinter began his career over a lunch bet and has since then won many records in the 100 meters, 200 meters and in being part of 4 × 100 meters relay.  He has a gaming app called bolt.  At 31, he is a role model to many young and the young at heart.

5. Caster Semenya Mokgadi

Caster is a 29 year old South African middle-distance runner.  She recently took place in the 2016 Olympic Games and won a gold medalist. In 2009,Semenya won a gold medal in the women's 800 meters at the World Championships in a record time of 1:55.45.

Her victory was controversial and this led to her being subjected to gender testing.  She was later withdrawn from international competition until 6th July,2010 when the IAAF cleared her to return to competition.

Conclusion: Is That It?

Of course not! More to come. We will be including dozens of great examples of gay and straight athletes that should be admired for their athletics, no matter what their sexuality.

In conclusion, sports champions have a bigger role to play in society especially when it comes to positively influencing the younger generation.  The above five are just but a few admired athletes of all time from the past and present who make you stand in awe.  They have made an impact not only to their respective sports, but to fans, both young and old, all across the world.  Remember that respect is not given, it is earned.