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My Take: Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality?
June 21st, 2011
10:10 AM ET

My Take: Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality?

Editor's Note: Jonathan Dudley is the author of Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics.

By Jonathan Dudley, Special to CNN

Growing up in the evangelical community, I learned the Bible’s stance on homosexuality is clear-cut. God condemns it, I was taught, and those who disagree just haven’t read their Bibles closely enough.

Having recently graduated from Yale Divinity School, I can say that my childhood community’s approach to gay rights—though well intentioned—is riddled with self-serving double standards.

I don’t doubt that the one New Testament author who wrote on the subject of male-male intercourse thought it a sin. In Romans 1, the only passage in the Bible where a reason is explicitly given for opposing same-sex relations, the Apostle Paul calls them “unnatural.”

Problem is, Paul’s only other moral argument from nature is the following: “Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair, it is degrading to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?” (1 Corinthians 11:14-15).

Few Christians would answer that question with a “yes.”

In short, Paul objects to two things as unnatural: one is male-male sex and the other is long hair on men and short hair on women. The community opposed to gay marriage takes one condemnation as timeless and universal and the other as culturally relative.

I also don’t doubt that those who advocate gay marriage are advocating a revision of the Christian tradition.

But the community opposed to gay marriage has itself revised the Christian tradition in a host of ways. For the first 1500 years of Christianity, for example, marriage was deemed morally inferior to celibacy. When a theologian named Jovinian challenged that hierarchy in 390 A.D. — merely by suggesting that marriage and celibacy might be equally worthwhile endeavors — he was deemed a heretic and excommunicated from the church.

How does that sit with “family values” activism today?

Yale New Testament professor Dale B. Martin has noted that today’s "pro-family" activism, despite its pretense to be representing traditional Christian values, would have been considered “heresy” for most of the church’s history.

The community opposed to gay marriage has also departed from the Christian tradition on another issue at the heart of its social agenda: abortion.

Unbeknownst to most lay Christians, the vast majority of Christian theologians and saints throughout history have not believed life begins at conception.

Although he admitted some uncertainty on the matter, the hugely influential 4th and 5th century Christian thinker Saint Augustine wrote, “it could not be said that there was a living soul in [a] body” if it is “not yet endowed with senses.”

Thomas Aquinas, a Catholic saint and a giant of mediaeval theology, argued: “before the body has organs in any way whatever, it cannot be receptive of the soul.”

American evangelicals, meanwhile, widely opposed the idea that life begins at conception until the 1970s, with some even advocating looser abortion laws based on their reading of the Bible before then.

It won’t do to oppose gay marriage because it’s not traditional while advocating other positions that are not traditional.

And then there’s the topic of divorce. Although there is only one uncontested reference to same-sex relations in the New Testament, divorce is condemned throughout, both by Jesus and Paul. To quote Jesus from the Gospel of Mark: “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.”

A possible exception is made only for unfaithfulness.

The community most opposed to gay marriage usually reads these condemnations very leniently. A 2007 issue of Christianity Today, for example, featured a story on its cover about divorce that concluded that Christians should permit divorce for “adultery,” “emotional and physical neglect” and “abandonment and abuse.”

The author emphasizes how impractical it would be to apply a strict interpretation of Jesus on this matter: “It is difficult to believe the Bible can be as impractical as this interpretation implies.”

Indeed it is.

On the other hand, it’s not at all difficult for a community of Christian leaders, who are almost exclusively white, heterosexual men, to advocate interpretations that can be very impractical for a historically oppressed minority to which they do not belong – homosexuals.

Whether the topic is hair length, celibacy, when life begins, or divorce, time and again, the leaders most opposed to gay marriage have demonstrated an incredible willingness to consider nuances and complicating considerations when their own interests are at stake.

Since graduating from seminary, I no longer identify with the evangelical community of my youth. The community gave me many fond memories and sound values but it also taught me to take the very human perspectives of its leaders and attribute them to God.

So let’s stop the charade and be honest.

Opponents of gay marriage aren’t defending the Bible’s values. They’re using the Bible to defend their own.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jonathan Dudley.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Homosexuality • Opinion

soundoff (6,474 Responses)
  1. I_am_awesome

    DOn't you just love it when Christians contradict themselves? I do, especially since when called on it they can't defend their arguments, and result to name calling.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Richard

      I think you mean resort, not result. Oh, by the way, you are WRONG.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • I_am_awesome

      Care to explain how I am wrong? Or are you just going to leave it at that with no argument?

      June 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • crucified

      @iamawsome that was a pretty open comment you made...defend arguement?what are you attacking?or are you just trolling?

      June 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Richard

      Well, to tell you the truth, it doesn't matter if "Christians" are wrong, or contradictory. Read the bible for yourself. I hope you realize it is true, sir.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • I_am_awesome

      I am going with the author on this, Christians constantly attack gays as wrong and evil, yet the bible also approves of slavery, killing of the first born child, and so on. But as time went on and the worlds society's grew and matured, we all came to realize that killing the first born children of others and slavery are bad and should be abolished, even outright fought against.

      Yet the one thing most Christians, I will not say all because I actually have christian friends who support gay rights, but most Christians refuse to accept gay rights. They have no argument that it is wrong with the exception of one verse from the bible, from John.

      Jesus himself never condemned gays, and he is the son of god, or at least the bible claims he is. If he is the son of god, would he not have condemned gays as being against his fathers wishes?

      No did not. Instead Jesus preached love, acceptance, and encouraged us, the human race, to improve ourselves and to become better people. Now that is a good moral lesson to learn from.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Erin

      Your not wrong! Sorry Richard! You did give a great Argument Richard.... "your wrong!" That convinces me!!!

      June 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Lokari

      Christians may contradict themselves, but in their defense, the Bible they place so much stock in is itself full of contradictions. Even a cursory search for 'biblical contradictions' will yield a trove of results. So it's no great surprise that the followers of that dusty old mythology can't be bothered with consistency, logic or reason. It's far easier to pick, choose and misinterpret the material to suit their own perceived needs of the moment.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • crucified

      @iamawesome in matthew, jesus dis condemn se.x.ually im..moral and he also states a man and a woman shall come together and make one flesh...not man and man...also...till 2 men can have babies naturally you arguement falls short..or for that matter for them to be together with out lube sorry dudes you were not DESIGNED that way..making it UNNATURAL..your arguements are purely emotional..and the heart is decietfully wicked... you should become eunicks. also..jesus says if your right eye causes you to sin cut it out... if you scotum causes you to sin..cut it off.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Ummmm

      "that way..making it UNNATURAL"

      It's totally natural, it's been proven with science and nature, God created gays.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • crucified

      @Ummm Science does not support it.. psycho-logist is the study you are thinking of...and it is an emotional arguement... science meaning biology would be against because 2 men cannot procreate naturally. you cannot stick your toe in your nose and say it is natural unless the intention of the activity is produced. se.x is for babies. no babies..it is unnatural and undesigned.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Straight but not narrow

      @crucified...Please learn to spell. No one will take you seriously if you can't read or write. And once you do learn to write properly, try to sound intelligent. I know it's difficult but please try. What you write is embarrassing enough. You might as well at least TRY to sound like you went to SOME school.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Ummm

      "science meaning biology would be against because 2 men cannot procreate naturally."

      All you are proving is you don't understand the science behind gays. The science is about what happens in the womb and genetics. Typical Christian twisting the facts to justify your hatred.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  2. AD

    I love the bible passages when Jesus questions the high priests understanding of scriptures. Modern churches and teaches are practically the same today as they were then. Examples:

    Re: Harming a fetus – see Exodus 20-21 and eye for an eye for harming a child in the womb

    Passages like this need to be understood against the backdrop and context of managing cultural change and conversion, which would explain why Jesus and his followers had long hair. The hair itself is like washing of hands – may be a good idea to preserve the body – but does nothing for salvation.

    Divorce and Men & Women – The Gospel is clear – A man is to leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife.

    Problem is, Paul’s only other moral argument from nature is the following: “Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair, it is degrading to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?” (1 Corinthians 11:14-15).

    June 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  3. Splovengates

    Twisted

    June 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Richard

      Amen.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  4. topgod

    many religions were started by gay men. imagine an average old man wearing pope's outfit... pretty gay. art, music, and celibacy from women were perfect setup for gay men. straight people eventually learned to use the bible to get what they want selfishly, and took controls churches. this may sound far fetched, but it's true. much more believable than the truth jesus freaks believe in

    June 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • fuyuko

      I don't know, but I do agree that religions were often established by a priest class who had their own agenda and interests in mind.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  5. Michael D.

    Mr. Dudley – thank you for this insighful article and for sharing it with such a wide audience. I'm a little worried by the venom in some of the other comments, but I suppose that means you must have struck a nerve with your observations. I believe that faith grows stronger through questioning and understanding. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Richard

      Insightful article? Wow, are you deluded.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • 3lwood

      Richard, you make an awful troll.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • Baranga the Great

      and you're a troll Richard, a mean ugly troll, a horrible vile troll, an evil troll, or just plain evil, so very very evil, and disgusting, and evil, heck you put the evil in devil, and you are no christian, you do not love your enemies, you are against Jesus, and are empty, you are nothing

      June 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Richard

      I am an llort, not a troll. Duh! You can't tell the difference? Come on!

      June 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Consider This

      "Wow, are you deluded."

      And you are not a Christian for passing judgment. 😉

      June 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Richard

      To Baranga the Great: I love you too.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Richard

      To Consider this: Yes, you are so right. What a genius. Can I have part of your brain?

      June 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Rachelle

      don't hate on Richard, he knows his opinions are not popular and he enjoys being cantankerous. God is love, regardless of how deep your relationship with Him is, its the truth. Be love. When its hard and you want to slap some fool who is writing crazy post, choose love. You can't control Richard and NOTHING you say is gonna make him feel any differently but you can choose love and then his textual terrorism has no target

      June 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  6. gibjos

    Lev. 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them"
    Rom. 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."

    June 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Michael Alexander

      We must always use language to save and not to condemn. langauge that can bring about peace and love rather than hatred and death. This is why we are having this problem. The Bible must not be used as aweapon of destruction but as a Book to bring life and beauty in a world that is riddled with war, hatred and destruction.
      Everytime we tear each other apart we are creating a new community. A community that will cater for the evil of each and everyone of our lifestyle. Always see the hands of God using situations to bing us closer to him rather than drawing us away from him. It is his world and he can take care of his world. God doesn't need us to fight his war..He needs us to bring his love. We are called to condemn the sin and love the sinner and we do this by using the examples that Jesus gives to all those whom he heals and forgives.
      we have to be careful how we Christians portray god as a mold from our image and likeness. Jesus never condemns anyone, he liberates them from their sinfulness and bring them to life. So let us use his words to bring hope to a world that is torn apart by anger, hatred, dispair, hopelessness and bring peace to hearts that are broken.
      When we who are called Christians start living the gospel message then they will see the good that we do and give glory to God. pray for healing. God Bless

      June 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Yo!

      "So let us use his words to bring hope to a world that is torn apart by anger, hatred, dispair, hopelessness and bring peace to hearts that are broken."

      I hope you realize the hearts of gays is not broken there are many saved gays who simply want to marry their partners and have the same rights as everyone else.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  7. Descarado

    How does CNN recruit these dimwit writers? Does CNN actually pay them money?

    June 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Michael Alexander

      Because we are weak and can only criticise them. we must get into the arena and fight the good fight with love. If we Christians don't know the battlefield how can we win the war? Evil happens when good people fail to step forward and be counted.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  8. crucified

    Because 2 men where designed by the Creator to Procreate? right?

    June 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • 3lwood

      Designed?

      June 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • fuyuko

      well old people can't procreate either, but they can still marry, right?

      June 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Yo!

      They were designed to love each other, become partners for life and adopt all the unwanted children that Christians are to lazy too.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • heathro

      Abraham had Isaac when he was about 100 years old. That's pretty old to be having kids but it happened!

      June 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  9. William Demuth

    Christianity is a cult built to hide the acts of child molesters.

    It is an evil thing that feeds on the fear of fools and the gullibilkity of old people.

    Its days are drawing to a close.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Adam

      Dude,

      Come on... A cult to hide child molestation. I agree with you on the cult part, but no one with half a brain can honestly think that it was formed to hide and protect child molesters. When people use crazy rhetoric like this it makes the rest of your argument moot. Your premise is beyond ridiculous.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Bruce

      William, are you the new Harold Camping? The day Christianity dies, the day that the fears of gullible old fools goes away and can no longer be exploited, is the very day that humans go extinct.

      Why on earth would you predict the end of Christianity? Did you use numerology or something?

      June 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • TheyNotHim

      @Bruce ... just like any fad, xtianity will lose steam and be replaced by another "god" that serves the needs of the people of the time ... I am truly impressed by a 2000 year run, but the pagans had it going for ten times that before your cult prevailed by force of arms and government... but good luck...

      June 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  10. Baranga the Great

    I like Christ as a figure, and I like what he stood for, but I am glad I am not a Christian. Actually, I am glad I am not a part of any religion. I just have faith in God, and I don't use that faith to disenfranchise others, I don't hide behind that faith so I can hate others, and I don't use that faith as a means of pushing people away, but rather to help bring myself closers to my fellow man.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • crucified

      you mean you do not tell someone when they are doing something wrong....we call that cowardly..rev 21:8 all cowardly have their place in the lake of fire also....

      June 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Baranga the Great

      okay I'll stop being cowardly and tell someone when they are doing something wrong: @crucified, stop using fear to try and intimidate others. Also stop being a d*ck, they especially don't like that in Canada. Actually, just stop period.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • crucified

      @Balonie the Great way to show your true colors.. all while criticizing others..how intelligent you sound with your crude use of language.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Yo!

      "@Balonie the Great way to show your true colors.. all while criticizing others..how intelligent you sound with your crude use of language."

      Practice what you're preaching there sport. LOL!

      June 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  11. Dennis

    Duh, of course.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  12. e

    I'm all for legalizing gay marriage. But this guy sounds so pretentious. "Having recently graduated from Yale Divinity School, I can say that my childhood community’s approach to gay rights—though well intentioned—is riddled with self-serving double standards." Sheesh.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Richard

      I disagree with you on policy, but have to say you're right about the pretention of the dude; or should I say, dudette. Or, what should I say? Hmmmmmm hmmmmmm.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Jackson Stacey

      I think he's just establishing that he has some credentials. It's pretty standard for guest authors to do.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Chris

      truth hurts eh?

      June 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Adam

      He has to state his qualifications for his argument to have credibility, without it we could just assume he has no background whatsoever in the field. Critical Thinking 101...

      June 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • e

      The fact that he stated his credentials isn't the problem. To me, it's the patronizing tone he's taking concerning his "childhood community."

      He is listed in the heading as an author with a new book on the subject published by a reputable press. I think that establishes his credentials to speak on the subject. I just disagree with his tone. It doesn't make me like his writing style, however and it doesn't make me want to purchase his book.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  13. Rachelle

    I think (and hope) that his point was to make people think. I have been a Christian for 3 years of my 30 and the hypocrisy of the outspoken "right" was a huge contributing factor to my aversion for the first 27. Throughout the article he takes snippets of info and states them as face, out side of their original context, this is the exact same thing that he is accusing the "community of christian leaders" of. The point that I think must be taken is, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. Everywhere you look everywhere you turn people will bend what they can to their own ends because people are flawed, not just gays or biased conservatives EVERYONE. We are ALL sinners saved by grace, there is no hierarchy of sin. The divorce and the fornication (gay or straight) are just as bad as the lie or the curse. God loves His gay sons and daughters just as much as his politically ambitious ones. Think for yourselves, don't trust anybody elses spin and if you have a question ask the source because He loves you and has been waiting to talk to you.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Richard

      Blah, blah, blah. Gay sons and daughters. What did you say? God sends his gay sons and daughters to the lake of fire? Now that's where I agree with you; except about them being his sons and daughters.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Consider This

      "God sends his gay sons and daughters to the lake of fire? Now that's where I agree with you; except about them being his sons and daughters."

      Gays go to heaven as long as they are saved, they are born gay so they do not live in sin. Your prejudice and hatred is why you will be the one going to he*ll.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Michael Alexander

      Whatever research we attemt to do must always lead us to the truth. not our thruth but God's Truth. Truth is a person and that Person is Jesus Christ. Truth is not dependent on how nice we are but on how good God is.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  14. Jalile

    The only thing that I could possibly add to this discussion is that some people assume that it's okay to tell others how they should believe, how they should practice their sprituality, how they should lead their lives. In other words, just like the "Church" of old, who kept people in fear to justify taken their pennies and allowing them in the door. Sad. Maybe one day, there will be true christ-like behavior among human beings, but I sincerely doubt it. Those who practice Islam, think christians are wrong, those who practice catholicism think the jewish texts not that important, those who are practicing baptists think they are all wrong. Well, that is why we have freedom of religion in this nation. I don't have to believe what you believe anymore than you have to believe me. But, verily I tell thee, you cannot deny someone their human rights just because you think them less than you. Being gay or lesbian doesn't make someone less than you, oh ye righteous. Shame and pity on you, if that is what you think.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Anti this

      How hypocritcal of you! Gays tell straight people how to live EVERYDAY!!!! Even with their parades!

      June 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Richard

      You tried for the target but were'nt able to hit the side of the barn. Care to try again?

      June 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • 3lwood

      @Anti this, how did you make it this far in life? Gays don't care about how you live your life. You only care about how they live theirs. If that's what you think then you are hiding something about yourself. I think you're gay. Just come out. It feels liberating when you're honest with yourself.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Anti this

      I would rather be castrated than to EVER be gay!!! It's a sickness that they accepted than do something about. And since they can't reproduce they recruit and push their beliefs on everyone else. You lost the right to marriage and/or children when you CHOSE to be gay

      June 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  15. David

    May,
    Which "original version" of the Bible do you read? Greek, Latin, Aramaic, Coptic? The fact that you think there is an original version of the Bible demonstrates how uneducated you are. You need to follow your own advice and read all you can about the Bible and find out how it came into being before you type your ignorant comments.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  16. 777

    777

    The author of this article is one of millions of victims of higher education.(brain washing)
    I feel sorry for him, Clearly he does not know what he is talking about.
    God's word is extremely clear on this topic.
    God even refers to result of thier actions, and we all know what that is Aid*.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Dan

      The bible condemns divorce, pork, and eating shrimp too but that doesn't stop any christian I know.

      Christians pick and choose their outrage based on whims, bigotry, and politics. Your christ would be ashamed of you.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Splovengates

      Kick the dust on them, my brother and forget about these so-called "learned"

      June 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • mb2010a

      For every one gay with AIDS, there are 10 to 15 heteros with Aids. And they didn't get it from the gays. That argument doesn't fly...perhaps if you read a bit more.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  17. Descarado

    Bible twisted by gay marriage foes, reads the headline. I guess I missed a couple day of catechism or maybe CNN is twisting the Bible for some of their best customers? Methinks it is CNN and their gay agenda.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  18. Gail

    There are other passages in the Bible the Author has left out, for whatever reason. While I have read the Bible, not every page or paragraph and I believe the Bible to be the Word of God.
    I know what Jesus said and I know what I believe- I also know what is expected of me. To love God with all my heart, soul and mind, and to love my neighbor as myself.
    I do not need to know what you are doing in your home, in your bedroom. You will stand before Jesus, whether you believe it or not, and give an account of your life, just like I will.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Rachelle

      word Gail!!

      June 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Steve

      @Gail..Gail, forgive me, but I wonder if you know that the Bible that you read everyday is technically incomplete. The Council of Nicaea actually left out some texts. Some were deemed heretical, some were deemed unimportant and others were ignored. How can a work be considered completely true and accurate if some texts were not good enough to be allowed into the final arrangement? There was plenty of disagreement over what words to include in the Bible, which suggests a more human influence than divine.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  19. drose2112

    This is so funny. We argue over a work of fiction that was done when we barely had a language. Wasn’t that the time when we invented the wheel. Wait did not mean to bring science into this.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Richard

      Um, let's see, you are ......, wait, ......... WRONG.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • tommas

      We had a language but we thought the earth was the center of the universe, flat, and only a few thousand years old. Let alone where babies come from (really) and that the brain is the center of consciousness.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Rachelle

      Well since you did bring science into it lets talk about the fact that there is no scientific fact that disputes the bible and tons of scientific "facts" that were eventually disproven but the bible had right all a long. I use to believe the bible was a work of fiction too until I actually read it.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Consider This

      "but the bible had right all a long. "

      The bible is full of contradictions, if you actually read it.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • JC

      The bible is not one book, is a collection of scroll a manuscripts written by different authors of different background; politicians, shepherds, religions, peasant, kings, etc. So, with different backgrounds and culture through the ages, yet one message. Add the fact that many have tried to destroy it, yet it still stands. No sir, Is not a fantasy book. You believe whatever you want, but this is the Word of God and to me it is clear.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Bruce

      You should see what happens when a bunch of geeks argue over what J.R.R. Tolkien's books mean... 😛

      June 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Ummmm

      "Add the fact that many have tried to destroy it, yet it still stands. No sir, Is not a fantasy book. You believe whatever you want, but this is the Word of God and to me it is clear."

      Religion is big business and a huge money maker and has been part of human history even before the bible.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  20. Dan

    The author sounds and looks gay

    June 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Steve

      Amen to that!

      June 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Melissa

      You look and sound bigoted.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Splovengates

      It on their (GAY) agenda

      June 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • Audrey

      you look and sound Christian... which is the worse insult?

      July 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
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