I think that's not so black and white. A few centuries ago, perhaps most Orthodox believers would say that if some weird person discovers that biological species evolve, that notion, as a one clashing with our beliefs, should be immediately rejected. While some "high-brow" theologians interpreted Genesis metaphorically, some 99.999% firmly believed that "things happened exactly the way the Bible says they did." Today, it's different. The Church does not campain against evolution, and a good number of priests, bishops, metropolitans openly say that we should not read Genesis literally. And I believe it's good that it is so. As for the miracles and especially the miracle of Christ two natures and His resurrection - that, I believe, is principally, philosophically outside of the realm of science and "progress." But a lot of other things are within it.
First of all, I love you like a brother. However, as a sister I must ask you why you find this one point of Orthodoxy so contentious? You agree that marriage should be a monogamy, and therefore, you argue that premarital sex falls outside the realm of Orthodoxy because it's not monogamous, yet, homosexual marriage is okay, because the couple is monogamous. Right? Who says that premarital sex isn't monogamous? I know a couple who have been "together" for over 10 years, yet, do not wish to marry. It's not a religious thing with them. She's simply seen too many messy divorces and she wants no part of it. What's hers is hers, and his is his, and they live happily together. I don't agree with their lifestyle and have urged them to get married....even offered to help with the arrangements....but, it's their life.
So, Orthodoxy would frown upon their current "union" and should accept a gay marriage. How come?
In the eyes of the Church both are wrong.
Orthodoxy is NOT Politically Correct, and I hope it never will be. The Church, it's morals, and ethics should not change with the times. The Church is our "Noah's Ark" leading us over the troubled, secular, immoral, storm of life to salvation. This is the one place we should know we can go and NOT be led astray.
As for Evolution. Please, tell me you don't know a priest who agrees that mankind evolved from monkeys! What nonsense! If you mean "evolution" in the sense that if you crossbreed a short mare with a tall stallion and her offspring are tall....the tall offspring mate with tall horses, .... that the whole breed will become taller....than yes. That is a fact. If you mean that birds evolve to survive on a particular pine nut found on the island where they live...okay, that's true too....because that is the only source of food available. Heck, I evolve into a vegetarian during Lent in order to survive on veggies alone....and then I morph back to a carnivore after Pascha!
However, I for one, do believe the story of Genesis. I believe that God created Adam and Eve. I do believe we are all brothers and sisters, not only in Christ, but, in the flesh, as we share the same parents.
Believe me, my heart breaks for the homosexuals in this world. I don't believe all of them "chose" that lifestyle...although to be frank many do (it seems to be the fad these days). It's tough. It's also tough for those who are single in this world. We've heard from a number of people on this Forum who wish to have someone to love them, and don't. It's just as tough for these "straight" single people.
Oh well. That's life. A person can live without sex. Nothing will happen to them.
What does bother me...are the people who are in pain constantly, who have cancer, who can't breath, who can't think for the pain they are feeling is so great, who truly suffer....who are scared for their lives.....who are hungry.....who are freezing, or dying of thirst......these things are more of an issue. These are the things that we have all lost site of because we are all preoccupied with the pretty rainbow colors and parades.
These are the people who are truly suffering, and who's lives are truly miserable.
Please forgive me for my outburst. I am just so tired of listening to all this talk about "rights".
OK....lunchbreak over. Back to work!