Afternoon Tea at The Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel

At afternoon tea at The Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel, in honour of several birthdays, the interior architecture was the real attraction.

The Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel
Was mesmerized first by the internal promenade paved with marble mosaic developed from Malay ethic patterns, then by the 11-metre black Serpeggiante marble-topped bar washed in natural daylight, enhanced by a 7-metre multi-faceted, angular pendant feature made of crystal glass sheets individually water-gilded in gold to produce a subtle shimmering effect (pity the lines were disrupted by the messy counter).

The Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel Night, The Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel
The olive, bamboo, plum and gold palette and luxurious textures worked just as well in the morning light as they did at night. Amazing design, Andre Fu.

Morning, The Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel Afternoon View from Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel
Fantastic views of that iconic addition to the Singapore skyline on the sea-air-cooled outdoor terrace.

Tea Selection, Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel Afternoon Tea, Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel
Delicious selection of TWG Teas to wash down

Afternoon Tea, Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel Afteroon Tea, Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel
Food paparazzi, The Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel Lobster cones, Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel
Scones, Afternoon Tea at Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel
the refillable contents of afternoon high tea-type tiered stands. Representing the savouries: cucumber sandwiches, lobster cones (some were too salty), egg mayo baguette slices, prosciutto soft bagels, smoked salmon rounds, brie and quiche and a dried cranberry on what seemed to be a square of rye cardboard, quiche, pate rolls. Representing the sweets: eclairs, kueh lapis, lemon tarts (delicious), caneles, chocolate and caramel tarts sprinkled with sea salt (the caramel was bitterly burnt in some), creme brule in chocolate tart crusts. Representing happiness: warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

La Cimbala, The Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel Cappuccino, The Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel
We were discussing intimate relationships and the great diversity we see in our circles: divorcee with 17-year old child x older lady, Scotsman with German ancestry x older Christian Malay lady, Canadian Indian x Malaysian Chinese with disapproving parents, Welsh Chinese lady x English lady, Singaporean Chinese guy x American Caucasian guy, married guy x single dude, Malaysian Chinese lady x Malaysian Indian lady, man x man, an arranged marriage, Polish Canadian x Singaporean Chinese. And the rash of unhappy marriages – some ending in divorce, some operating on a don’t ask don’t tell policy, some just a chore to be trudged through until the kids left the nest.

It is no surprise that many “mixed marriages” in the generation before ours had been between Christians. The church is an inclusive community because Genesis reminds us that all humans, regardless of race, are created in the image of God. And while , in the Old Testament, God chose to demonstrate the manner in which he would relate to his own people via only one people – the Jews, this was merely a picture of how he would relate to humans of any race who put their trust in him (“For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter.” (Paul writing to the Romans. Romans 2:28-29)). No one is righteous; both Jews and Gentiles are under the same curse because all rebel against God by refusing to acknowledge him as Lord, so all humanity is doomed to eternal death. But all can be saved from this dire fate by trusting that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for our transgressions instead. And Christ’s offer is to all nations and races (Romans 3).

So the equal value of all races has nothing to do with being “more civilised” or “modern” (since there is ultimately no basis for the zeitgeist that waves the banner of human rights) and everything to do with the equal worth with which the Creator considers all his diverse creatures. This is especially so within the church, since it is a community of people saved by the blood of Christ and who all have the Holy Spirit. So Paul writes:

in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:26 – 29)

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

In the same way, any debate about the correctness of homosexual relationships should have nothing to do with being aligned with the thinking of the twenty-first century and everything to do with the Creator’s intention for his two-gender human creation. He created humans male and female with the intention that they “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” – sex was pleasurable and children were meant to be the natural (because the Creator created it that way) outcome of an intimate relationship. The laws he gave to the Israelites were to help them (and all who would live as his people after them) properly according to how he himself created the world to be lived in and them to live in it – after the Fall (Genesis 3), the world was a hostile place for humans and though humans had only some vague residual understanding of right and wrong (as God determined of course, since he created the world). These laws included the prohibition of a male lying with another male as with a woman (it is called an abomination in Leviticus 18:22). In a world that would have agreed with Plato’s The Symposium, Paul lists homosexuality amongst other transgressions:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and in 1 Timothy 1:10

For fuller explanation, see Christopher Ash’s God and Sex article in The Theologian.

If God created the world, then he determines right and wrong and how we should properly live in it. Therefore, we delude ourselves if we think that we are “more civilised” or “more modern” than God; we are merely fallen creatures with a dim understanding of the workings of his creation.

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