After much preparation, the young self-proclaimed Emperor of The Han Dynastory is now serving a full-time mission to the UK with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He will return in 2014.


Welcome to the Han Dynastory!

As I am now serving a full-time mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have left this blog under the stewardship of a family member, who may post updates on how I'm doing as he/she sees fit.

Enjoy your stay!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Amazing View

A summary of my trip to Hong Kong

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Finally completed the drawing at 6:05am!

Even had to use Photoshop to correct a mistake -_-

Luckily it's not very obvious :P

I decided to try out a few new techniques too.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage - A Religious Debate

I was curious to find out how the church defends the institution of marriage as a divinely-sanctioned institution solely between a man and a woman, and I found this article very helpful.

Proponents of same-sex marriage (and perhaps some liberals) may find many points to contend against in the article, but I think it explains clearly and plainly why the church is against same-sex marriage, and that should help improve understanding between both sides.

To me, acceptance or rejection of same-sex marriage is fundamentally a question of whether one accepts or rejects the notion of God and divine authority:

If one believes that there is a God who possesses divine authority, then one would be inclined to obey that divine authority, and hence maintain the stance that marriage as a divine institution between a man and a woman.

On the other hand, if one believes that there is no God, and that there can be no such thing as divine authority, then most of the arguments presented in the article will have no meaning.

Therefore, for the benefit of those who reject the notion of divine authority, the church uses empirical studies to show that the traditional notion of marriage is beneficial or even crucial to society in order to present secular arguments against same-sex marriage.

However, there may be plenty of empirical studies that show otherwise as well, that same-sex marriages may not have detrimental effects on society, that traditional marriage may not have beneficial effects on society as previously claimed, and so on. As a result, it will be difficult to decide whether same-sex marriage should either be legalised or be banned based on its social implications alone.

Hence, we return to the key arguments for and against same-sex marriage:
1. Same-sex marriage should be legalised because marriage is a ratification of love between two individuals, regardless of gender. This definition of marriage is one that is widely held today; it seems logical and, more importantly does not involve a divine mandate.
2. Same-sex marriage should not be legalised because marriage is a sacred institution sanctioned by divine authority, and that divine authority decrees that marriage is solely between a man and a woman, and is primarily to foster the sacred act of procreation.

Thus, if I may be so bold as to say this, the whole debate on same-sex marriage is ultimately a disguised debate on religion - where one stands depends on one's belief in and acceptance of divine authority. If religion is the underlying issue in the debate on same-sex marriage, then no wonder it is kicking up such a storm; debates involving religion are rarely calm.

Friday, May 04, 2012