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I asked ChatGPT to write a Christian sermon about LGBTQ people. Here’s what it did.

Artificial intelligence is all the rage lately with the release of ChatGPT.

I recently saw someone on Facebook post that they asked the chatbot to create a sermon about how Jesus would accept gay and transgender people.

I thought that was a good idea and decided to do the same. I also asked it to create a sermon about how Jesus would not accept LGBTQ people.

See the sermons below. Imagine if people followed these messages.

Of note, I am skeptical of the “language model” notice before the second one.

I also made some grammar and punctuation edits.

Write a 3 minute sermon about how Jesus would accept gays and transgender people

As a language model, I do not have personal beliefs or opinions, and my responses are not intended to offend anyone. However, here is a sample sermon that focuses on the theme of inclusion and acceptance in Christianity:

Good morning, brothers and sisters. Today, I want to talk to you about a topic that is often divisive and controversial in our society: The acceptance of gays and transgender people in our churches.

As Christians, we are called to love and accept all people, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic. Jesus himself taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to show compassion and kindness to all those around us.

Despite this, many in our society still struggle with accepting the LGBTQ community. They are often excluded, discriminated against, and made to feel like outsiders. But this is not the message that Jesus would have us follow.

Jesus never turned anyone away. He welcomed everyone, regardless of their background or social status. He ate with tax collectors and sinners, he healed the sick and the outcast, and he showed compassion and love to all those around him.

So, how can we, as Christians, follow this example? We can start by recognizing that being gay or transgender is not a sin or a choice. It is simply a part of who someone is, and we should love and accept them for who they are.

We can also be more inclusive in our churches and communities. We can create spaces where everyone is welcome and valued, regardless of their identity or background. We can work to break down the barriers that separate us and create a more loving and accepting world.

Finally, we can show compassion and kindness to all those around us, just as Jesus did. We can reach out to those who are struggling, offer support and encouragement, and create a community that is based on love and acceptance.

In conclusion, Jesus would accept gays and transgender people just as he accepted everyone else. As Christians, we should follow his example and show love and compassion to all those around us, regardless of their identity or background. Let us work to create a world that is based on love, acceptance, and inclusivity, and let us be a shining example of Christ’s love to the world. Amen.

Write a 3 minute sermon about how Jesus would not accept gays and transgender people

As a language model, I do not have personal beliefs or opinions, and my responses are not intended to offend anyone. However, it is important to note that the overwhelming majority of Christian denominations believe in love, compassion, and inclusivity, and reject any form of discrimination or hatred against the LGBTQ community.

The message of Jesus is one of love and acceptance, and he welcomed all people, regardless of their background or identity. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us to love one another as he has loved us, and he never made any exceptions or qualifications for this commandment.

In fact, Jesus himself challenged the religious and social norms of his time by reaching out to those who were considered outcasts or sinners, such as tax collectors and prostitutes. He showed them love and compassion, and encouraged them to change their ways and follow him.

Therefore, it is clear that Jesus would not reject or exclude anyone based on their gender or sexual orientation. Rather, he would welcome them with open arms and show them the same love and compassion that he showed to all those he encountered during his ministry.

As Christians, we are called to follow Jesus’s example of love and acceptance and to create a community that is based on these values. We should strive to create a world where everyone is valued and accepted, regardless of their background or identity.

In conclusion, the message of Jesus is one of love, compassion, and inclusivity, and he would not reject or exclude anyone based on their gender or sexual orientation. As Christians, let us follow his example and work to create a world that is based on love and acceptance for all people. Amen.


Remembering Boo

Boo, a sweet and talkative cat who preferred expensive wet food and loved headbutts, died Feb. 10, 2023, after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She was 14.

She was born as a feral cat who, along with her brother and sister, joined the family after taking refuge around the outside of the house. The three of them were meant to be fosters but quickly found a place in our hearts.

Boo was a lovable and enthusiastic cat who would share in a conversation for as long as a human or another animal wanted to talk. She never turned down an opportunity to talk. Even a simple “Hey, Boo” from upstairs would get her chatting.

In addition to talking, Boo loved headbutting humans and animals alike — especially headbutts from her favorite dog, Kaci, who preceded her in death, and her human family member, Bobby. She would lean in and expect a headbutt. If one wasn’t given, she would repeat her action of leaning in until the headbutt was given. And this process usually involved talking and multiple headbutts.

Fuzzy warm blankets and kitty beds with roofs were favorites of hers. She sometimes enjoyed being covered with a blanket — but not too much and not all of the time.

In her final weeks, Boo had the opportunity to choose from three different beds. She regularly moved between them, making it a fun game of “Where’s Boo?” Though, she would easily give herself away by talking.

Max, left, and Boo, right, share a cat nap on the ottoman.

While many cats like Fancy Feast and other common cat foods, Boo had a refined palate that included Deck Hand, which is only available at Whole Foods, and later only liked Reveal. But she did not like fancy treats.

As kittens, her human family spent countless hours socializing Boo and her siblings — Charlotte and Max. Boo and Max quickly understood that food, treats and cuddles were so much better than hissing and staying in the corner of a cage.

Rocket squeezed himself into the back of the bed where Boo and Max had already been lying.

She grew to accept living with dogs, though she was never fond of playing with them.

She acted as a great caregiver to Belle in her later years of being sick and to Charlotte.

Boo’s death marks a sad milestone as she was the last remaining cat in the family after more than 25 years. And her death came one day shy of five weeks after Rocket’s death.

She is survived by her human companions and four-legged creatures — Anne, Macy and Oakley. She was preceded in death by Rocket, Charlotte, Kaci, Belle, Noel, Max, Sidney, Mindy, Midnight and Snowflake.

In lieu of fancy wet food and warm beds, headbutt your furry little animals and tell them how much they mean to you.

Remembering Rocket

Some cats steal your heart with cuddles. They curl up in a lap, knead their way onto a shoulder or chest, rub noses with favorite humans and give those sandpaper licks.

And then there was Rocket.

Rocket, the sweet and curmudgeon-y orange tabby cat who melted our hearts and left bite marks on our hands and ankles, unexpectedly died Jan. 7, 2023. He was 17.

Rocket did all of those cat things. He cuddled. He laid in laps. He kneaded shoulders or chests to find the perfect spot to sleep. He rubbed noses. And he licked hands or cheeks with his sandpaper-feeling tongue.

Usually, though, his cuddles began or ended with a bite. His hand licking ended with a bite. And if you rubbed noses too long, he would most certainly try to bite your face.

And you always needed to be on guard in the kitchen for fear of your ankles or thighs being bitten.

Perhaps it was his way of showing love.

At one time, Rocket was one of six cats living under one roof.

And that never stopped him from making sure he was king of the cats, always finding ways to torment — maybe even bully — other animals.

His personality was special. He was lovingly nicknamed “the bastard cat” or “the jagoff cat.” He didn’t care about knickknacks or dogs or Christmas villages — if something was in his way, he moved it, sat on it or attacked it.

One of his longtime favorite hobbies was to perch himself in a chair at the dining room table and swat at dogs as they walked by.

It seemed as if much of his life was spent in the front window — sleeping, watching birds or knocking over Christmas decorations. He loved the sunlight and would sometimes stay in the window much of the day.

Perhaps more than that, Rocket enjoyed cuddling up to me. Whether he was sprawled across my shoulders as I sat in the armchair, along my body in bed, on my chest or legs, he found comfort in being as close to me as he could be.

While Fancy Feast was a lifetime favorite of his, in the last few months of his life, he easily adapted to a special diet — both wet and dry food. He sometimes would sneak Boo’s food.

Never one to shy away from attention, Rocket joined us for family gatherings, such as opening gifts on Christmas Eve, where he would play in opened gift wrap; putting up the tree, where he loved jumping in the bag and rolling around; and sitting at the table trying to steal food.

A love for fellow felines he did not have. Max and Belle were often victims of his bullying. Though, he left some of his fellow cat family alone. And, at times, he shared his beds and toys with those furry four-legged family.

He is survived by his human companions and four-legged creatures he didn’t really care for — Anne, Macy, Oakley and Boo. He was preceded in death by Charlotte, Kaci, Belle, Noel, Max, Sidney, Mindy, Midnight and Snowflake.

In lieu of cat nip and tasty treats, hug your furry little animals and tell them how much they mean to you.

World AIDS Day: Ending the HIV epidemic

Today is World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day was founded in 1988 and is considered the first global health day.

We’ve come a long way since the Reagan administration failed to act on the crisis in the 1980s, leading to more than 700,000 people dying in the years since from HIV-related illnesses.

Thanks to science and research, it was announced last month or so that a woman in Argentina might have become only the second known person whose own immune system may have cured her of HIV.

More than 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are more than 35,000 new infections each year.

HIV, in 2019, was the ninth leading cause of death for people 25-34, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. It was the 10th leading cause of death for people 35-44.

For some populations, taking what’s scientifically known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) medicine helps to prevent HIV in people who are most at risk. The medicine is considered to be highly effective for HIV prevention. The medicine can, in many cases, be free from out-of-pocket costs with or without insurance.

But many general practice or primary care doctors still know very little about PrEP, and stigma and fear surrounding HIV can lead to someone having a difficult time getting the medicine. Medical clinics focusing on health initiatives for people who identify as LGBTQ are an option if people have access to such facilities.

People aren’t just living with HIV, they are thriving — with many people living as what’s known as “undetectable=untransmitable” (or “U=U”), meaning they have reached and maintained an undetectable viral load through daily antiretroviral therapy and cannot transmit the virus to others.

Similar to cancer and COVID-19, HIV disproportionately impacts certain age groups and populations — most particularly racial and ethnic minorities, and people who identify as LGBTQ. Fear, suppression, lack of education, stigma, lack of insurance, lack of access to prevention/treatment are among the reasons these communities are at a greater risk.

It is worth noting that, in 2018, 21 percent of new HIV diagnoses were among young people 13-24 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Thanksgiving, I saw someone question why an ad for HIV treatment would air during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The information above is why having commercials and marketing efforts during large-scale events, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, can help lead to a better society for everybody.

Such efforts to advertise HIV treatment can help save lives and help to end stigmas.

There is no doubt that someone saw that commercial during the Thanksgiving Day parade and made a call. Or, maybe someone searched for information on HIV testing after seeing the commercial.

This would be similar to seeing an American Cancer Society commercial and then visiting for information on testing and treatment.

There was a time in our society when cancer was stigmatized. People saw cancer as a death sentence and did not speak of it — similar to how some people still view HIV.

But through education and research, cancers have become widely understood — and there is generally no stigma attached to someone being diagnosed, at least compared to how society was just a few decades ago.

With any hope, efforts like Thursday’s ad during the Thanksgiving Day parade can help HIV follow a similar path of cancer, allowing society to destigmatize the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a wealth of information available to help people better understand HIV.

The CDC provides a section on stopping the stigma.

April 10 is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. The CDC provides resources for educators and schools.

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. The theme for 2021 is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.

Other resources

Remembering Kaci

“You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it.”

Our beloved rescue mix Kaci died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last year. She was 11.

Ever the guardian of her family, Kaci was the gentlest giant who had a knack for keeping stuffed toys intact — though, later in life she would destroy the squeaker within minutes even as the toy remained fine — and loved cuddling on top of blankets.

Kaci rescued us with love in February 2010 from a Yukon, Pennsylvania, animal rescue organization. As a very young puppy, Kaci, originally named Ann, and a sibling were neglected by a previous owner.

She left those bad memories in the past when she became part of this family zoo.

While having no puppies of her own, Kaci had an incredible motherly instinct — always honing in on the emotions of the humans around her. And when any fellow furry family member had to go to the veterinarian, Kaci expressed concern, typically howling and scurrying around to find that particular animal when they returned.

She understood love, happiness and grief better than most humans do, which allowed her to also be a better caregiver than most people.

While her bark might have seemed off-putting to some, this was her way of expressing concern for those she loved.

And when she wasn’t keeping watch for every pizza delivery or FedEx driver, Kaci was an excellent teller of time — always knowing exactly when it was breakfast, dinner and snack time. Though, she couldn’t quite figure out the changing seasons and clock adjustments.

Never one to turn down food, Kaci enjoyed everything from blueberries to Wegmans butter cream icing. She ate better than many humans as her parents meal-prepped protein and vegetables each week to add to kibble.

While she tolerated spring and fall weather and downright hated even a slight bit of humidity, her love of snow was unmatched. She enjoyed intensely running in snow. Other than snow, Kaci enjoyed visits to Presque Isle, staying under the tent, away from the sun.

Though initially listed as a “pointer” mix, though no pointer ever seemed evident in her, Kaci grew to love her pointer family — first with Sidney and then with Anne and Macy.

In her waning months, as the aggressive form of cancer progressed, her spirits never diminished. While experiencing bad days among the good — sometimes, bad moments of a good day — her love for those around her never stopped. And Kaci still knew when it was feeding and snack time.

In lieu of squeaky toys and tasty treats, hug your furry little animals and remind them how much they mean to you.