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

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  1. Confused Gay Teen

    Does this mean it's okay to be gay?????????

    July 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Observer

      Why not? You were born that way. The only people using the Bible to criticize you are hypocrites who only follow what they like from the Bible and so they don't have much credibility.

      July 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • .....

      AvdBerg is a troll on this site trying to sell their cult and book, click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll.

      July 29, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • myweightinwords

      Of course it's "okay", for whatever that means. Be who you are. Don't let hatred and fear change you or make you afraid of yourself.

      July 29, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Kindness

      No one can answer that for you.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  2. Jim

    Comments by "LOL" would suggest that the person needs professional psychiatric help. A Sincere suggestion!

    July 28, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Observer

      Comments by "Jim" would suggest that the person needs a better education. A Sincere suggestion!

      July 28, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • myweightinwords

      Am I to understand then that you have a degree in psychology that would give you some insight?

      Or is it a matter of you disagreeing with LOL and therefore that MUST mean LOL has a psychological problem?

      July 28, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • LOL

      Jim, I am actually quoting the real science and psychology reports but you can't handle the truth. Grow up and use your brain.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  3. CN0

    So unfortunate that there are so many people out there that think that you either must have a literal word for word interpretation of the Bible or reject the whole thing entirely. There's a vast middle ground! It just takes more effort on each individual's part. Not only does one have to be intellectually curious enough to undertake the process, one also has to invest the time to develope that part of yourself. No wonder in today's instant society that so many settle for the easier approach. A very sad time for humanity indeed.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Indeed

      I totally agree with you. This is the best statement on the whole of the comments. It is the word of God, and it is living, breathing, and changing.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Observer

      "It is the word of God, and it is living, breathing, and changing."

      – Malachi 3:6 “I the Lord do not change.”

      July 28, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  4. thelma

    the bible is not stupid as some people hav stated and nobody twisting the bible to bash gays...it has been written for centuries and you cannot change it.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • LOL

      So have you bothered to even pick up a history book to get the true meaning of what is written or do you take literally....In Roman life, se-xuality was supported and regulated by religious traditions, both the public cult of the state, private religious practices and magic. Part of reading comprehension 101 is to put it into historical context.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • myweightinwords

      The bible does not "bash gays". The bible is just a bunch of words in a book, written 2000+ years ago regarding a culture that is so far removed from our own that it would be impossible for one of us to understand completely.

      The "rules" written in these words are for those people at that time, specifically dealing with the complexity of their existence and the calling to be separate from the heathen around them and to grow their tribe.

      Using these rules to prevent two people who love one another from being together would be laughable if it were not so heinous.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Kindness

      LOL The Romans were pagan.......you better read your history book again.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • duh

      "LOL The Romans were pagan.."

      Which is LOL's exact point about the scriptures moron. Wow the idiots out there are scary.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  5. The Truth

    I simply do not understand how any rational person can look at something as stupid as the bible and use it for the basis of his or her world view.
    It just doesn't make sense. Here we are, a species capable of riding a rocket into space and yet we believe complete and utter nonsense!
    Honestly, Harry Potter makes more sense and is written better too!

    July 28, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • felix

      @ the truth: God save u

      July 28, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Indeed

      Harry Potter is written parallel to the journey and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Bible. J.K. Rowling included incredible Biblical themes in her works.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  6. flyingfish

    Its no longer a divinity school, but a bully pulpit; a school of social pragmatism under the guise of Christian education. Oh to be Radicool!

    July 28, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • LOL

      "but a bully pulpit;"

      Prove it, do you even understand what it means to be a bully? Probably not. LOL!

      July 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  7. Tim

    You picked, you chose, and you read out of context. Also, basing what the Bible teaches on the way "christians' of the last 1,600 year handled theology, doesn't truly represent the teachings of Christ and his apostles. Certainly I can't defend the Bible in this, my short reply, but most certainly, with your education, you can try to give more sound Biblical structure to your argument through your lengthy article. But then again, the lens through which you read the Bible seems far from objective. Please regard this as scholarly encouragement rather than a hateful slur. I did enjoy reading the article.

    July 28, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • LOL

      The point is Christians pick and choose what parts of the bible they want to follow look at the issues on: divorce, living together before marriage, women speaking out at church and working outside of the home, working on the Sabbath, etc.....

      July 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • Kindness

      LOL.....true Christians do not do what you say.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  8. Mike

    Johnathan Dudly, graduate of "Yale Divinity School" – one of the most, if not the most liberal so-called seminaries which doesn't even believe in the Bible in the first place – and we are to take his word for it – NOT!

    July 28, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • LOL

      "which doesn't even believe in the Bible in the first place –"

      Prove it otherwise you are lying and that is a sin. LOL!

      July 28, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • myweightinwords

      How can a school "believe" in anything? A school is a building, a collection of ideas, facts and information.

      And what, exactly, does it mean to "believe in the bible"?

      I believe that it exists. I believe that it has changed millions of lives, some for the better, some for worse. I believe it has some good bits, some interesting fables and stories, some pretty poetry and is the telling of the faith journey of the Hebrew people in the old testament and the birth of a new religion in the new testament. So, one could say I believe in the bible. However I do not believe that it is the word of any god, inerrant or otherwise.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Jesus Follower

      You're an ignorant bigot. Shut up and crawl back into your hole you miserable piece of shi.t

      July 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Carrie

      Easy there "Jesus Follower." That kind of language is not indicative of anyone who truly follows the teachings of Christ. Name-calling isn't going to get you anywhere.

      July 29, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  9. Al

    absolutely nothing against being gay, but stop short of calling it natural ... isnt something that is born of nature able to reproduce?

    July 28, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • LOL

      Duh...there are straight people that aren't able to reproduce. what a lame argument. ho-mo-se-xual relationships are found throughout nature. Plus scientists today agree that se-xual orientation is most likely the result of a complex interaction of environmental, cognitive and biological factors. In most people, se-xual orientation is shaped at an early age. There is also recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, play a significant role in a person's se-xuality.

      July 28, 2011 at 8:30 am |
    • myweightinwords

      Natural only indicates that the person was born as they are, it has nothing to do with the ability to reproduce.

      Human beings are born with their s-exual orientation. It is a part of who they are. Hence, natural.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  10. ron

    Peep this God is the same yesterday today and tommorow if he destoyed people then then its only safe to say that he qwill judge america soon. All your favorite rappers and actors country music and kids shows tell u to worshipp the devil all u got to to is pay attention.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • LOL

      He destroyed people because of worshiping a pagan god using s-ex, ra-pe and prost-itution. It wasn't because of gays,

      July 28, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • Ko

      LOL read a little about the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah.

      July 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • LOL

      I have it's about ra-pe not gays as we know and understand it today. When someone doesn't consent what does that mean to you? It might help if you look up the definition of ra-pe.

      July 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Jesus Potter, Harry Chris

      Actually you are both wrong, it was a medor that burned up over the sky some where near Austria and it destroyed far more than Sodom & Gomorrah, so it has nothing to do with either being gay or ra*pe. It was a freak of nature that ancient men couldn't explained so they said a God must be mad and now everyone is blaming the gay people. Pathetic.

      July 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Jesus Potter, Harry Chris

      crap I typed to fast and spelled meteor wrong.

      July 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Observer

      Ko,
      "read a little about the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah."

      Have you? Tell us what was the "sin of Sodom and her daughters".

      July 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  11. flyingfish

    dern

    July 28, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  12. Humberto

    Settling points:

    God expects all sinners to proceed to repentance (Including gays)

    Christians should not discriminates against gay people as if they were lepers.

    Marriage defined between a man and a woman is a healthy definition for the world (keeps the human race continuity)

    If gays want to live together let them. God will judge, but do not call it marriage and give them the same benefits.

    Child bearing couples needs the sponsorship of the state which is guaranteed by marriage laws.

    If you are missing a leg you should strive to get a prosthesis not cut everybody else's

    July 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • RickyBobby

      Salient points. Good job my friend.

      July 28, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • LOL

      “God expects all sinners to proceed to repentance (Including gays)”

      Being gay is not a sin because they are born this way, they are God’s creation.

      “Christians should not discriminates against gay people as if they were lepers.”

      But yet you go on to say that they don’t deserve to have the same civil rights as straight by being allow to marry, what a hypocrite.

      “keeps the human race continuity”
      You do understand there are straights that can’t have children as well as old people. Gay couples do have children too and studies comparing groups of children raised by ho-mose-xual and by heterose-xual parents find no developmental differences between the two groups of children in four critical areas: their intelligence, psychological adjustment, social adjustment, and popularity with friends. It is also important to realize that a parent's se-xual orientation does not indicate their children's.

      July 28, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  13. Wayne

    Taking the Bible out of context will confuse anyone. What is said in Corinthians to a specific church/people is not necessarily pointing to the exact same thing being said in a different letter spoken to someone else. The Corinthians struggled with certain aspects of their walk with God and needed to be set straight on some religious questions that they had.
    The Bible needs to be looked at from all angles, and we can't be ignorant about it. That is for Christians and Non Christians. If you don't know what you believe, why do you believe it?
    The cultural aspect of the Corinths dictated that there be certain, healthy bounderies set up that, for the greater good, would protect each other from misconceptions, moral issues, etc... If you have a specifc problem in your life that you deal with, set up bounderies to help you deal with that problem.
    I think the author has taken this quote out of context and out of line with what was really happening at that point.

    My two cents.

    July 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  14. Dave Davis

    Does CNN allow Christian comments? Mine are being culled out under the excuse that they are "duplicate posts". I wonder if the moderators will let this one go through.

    July 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Humberto

      The world need to understand that Christian discriminate against sin not sinners. The gay agenda is to redefine marriage the Christian agenda is to maintain its actual definition. Our reason besides the Bible reason iare practical reason. Marriage is the base of society (1st grade). Why because is the seed bed of new citizens.

      We are already killing them with abortion permitting laws. Now; are we going to stop creating new ones. Look what is going on in Europe an aging population has opened immigration gates and the cultural composition of Europe is changing. Soon we will have a Muslim president in an European nation (what if it is a jihadist).

      God is not trying to boss us around He is just keeping us from making mistakes. (As a loving Father he is)

      We lovingly call on gays to turn from their ways (they are self destructive). These ways contribute to the destruction of a sustainable society. God says it is unnatural and that settles it. (unless you don't believe in God or that the Bible is his word which I think is the case for Mr. Dudley.)

      July 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • LOL

      “We lovingly call on gays to turn from their ways (they are self destructive).”

      Your statement shows that you don’t know anything about gays as we understand it today. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals agree that ho-mos-exuality is not an illness, a mental disorder, or an emotional problem. More than 35 years of objective, well-designed scientific research has shown that ho-mos-exuality, in and itself, is not associated with mental disorders or emotional or social problems. Ho-mos-exuality was once thought to be a mental illness because mental health professionals and society had biased information.

      “God says it is unnatural and that settles it.”

      What God says is wrong is worshiping a pagan god using se-x, male prost-itution and ra-pe not being gay as we understand and know it today,

      July 28, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  15. Dave Davis

    The writer of this article is the one who "picks and chooses".

    July 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Observer

      Yes, he's like EVERYONE else who just picks what they want from the Bible. Welcome to the club.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  16. Lola

    Great article! Pass it on, people need to read this!

    July 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Humberto

      !WHAT!. I can't believe what I hear. Faith is believing. Jonathan is a humanist not an evangelist. He has lost his way already apparently (judging by the picture) a the starting line of his career as a "Christian". Who are we going to follow him or God.

      Stop calling yourself a Christian if you are going to put Human reasoning above God's word. Only the truth will set us free you are captive of your own delusions when you put yourself above the truth.

      New Living Translation (©2007)
      All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right

      July 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • Jesus Follower

      You conclude he's lost his faith from his picture!!!!!!! All I can say is LOL (and IDIOT)

      July 28, 2011 at 6:36 am |
    • LOL

      “Only the truth will set us free you are captive of your own delusions when you put yourself above the truth.”

      That’s why God gave us science to show us that he created gay people. Human beings cannot choose to be either gay or straight. For most people, s-exual orientation emerges in early adolescence without any prior s-exual experience. Psychologists do not consider s-exual orientation to be a conscious choice that can be voluntarily changed. 35 years of objective, well-designed scientific research has shown that ho-mos-exuality, in and itself, is not associated with mental disorders or emotional or social problems. Ho-mos-exuality was once thought to be a mental illness because mental health professionals and society had biased information.

      I hope you notice that last sentence that what people knew about gays in the past was based on bias information, that includes those that translated the bible. The word ho-mos-exual was added later to the scriptures.

      July 28, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  17. DC

    So Dudley wants to throw the baby out with the bath water, wonderful.

    July 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Rachel

      ummm, okay that didn't make any sense

      July 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  18. MikeC

    The author is a hypocrite. People make up stories to suit their needs. Plain and simple he doesnt know his bible. Probally never read it.

    Leviticus 20:13 Paraphrased for a man to lay with a man like a woman is to create a abomination and shall be put to death and their blood will be on their own hands.

    Seems pretty straightforward to me. So lets be clear. when you live with the bible to set your morals you dont justify your morals from the place that tells you how. That doesnt make sense.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • Dwayne

      the new testament states (Jesus actually) that God has TWO rules... period. Love God with all that you are and love your neighbor as yourself. that's it. if you live under grace (which, by definition, ALL Christians do); then those are your TWO rules.

      to quote the old testament is to define Christianity by the Old Testament; in which case, you then put yourself wholly under the letter of the law and completely reject grace. you have to start offering sacrifices, have holy priesthood in the temple, there's a WHOLE lot of items you have to do, perfectly, and then you'll still probably not make it to heaven.

      if you have a problem with anything i've typed - take it up with the entire group of new testament writers.

      indeed... people should learn to read a book, before declaring themselves authorities on said book.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Erica

      Yea, why would a graduate of Yale Divinity School read the bible, moron!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Observer

      MikeC,
      Leviticus (20:9) also says “If there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death”

      Speaking of hypocrisy, do you support that?

      "Seems pretty straightforward to me. So lets be clear. when you live with the bible to set your morals you dont justify your morals from the place that tells you how. That doesnt make sense."

      July 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • ummm

      You're doing exactly what he is talking about moron. There are many things in Leviticus that Christians don't do today....now ask yourself why....duh! You are only picking and choosing to justify you're own sin of prejudice.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Philosopherman

      This topic about gay in the bible has been blown out of proportion.
      1. Old Testament says Man who laid with other man is an abominable.
      2. New Testament says Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your *soul and with all your mind.’ and ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’

      So. let's cap.
      Gay is an abominable to God, but don't condemn the gays, love them as Jesus would. Judgment is not for human to give but for God to do, why do people who says that they are Christians want gays to be humiliated and punished for what they do? Christians are those who follow the teaching of Jesus and Jesus clearly says love everyone (even love your enemies) stop prosecuting gays, if they are gays, accept them and move on, God will decide at the end and His decision is unknown to us, human beings, so stop being stupid Christians and start obeying God's word.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • wolfpack79

      Philosopherman is right and I agree with him. We are all sitting here on this blog talking about what is right and wrong. I disagree with one individual here though. Jesus did say I did not come to change the law but to fulfill it. Then He commands us to love, not judge. Our job is that of discernment not judgment. If we do everything in the bible but have not love, we are nothing so said Paul.

      July 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • EGYPTIAN

      This is an answer to Dwayne.
      You can not cut and paste from the Bible, read the whole sentence, this is how it is written in Roman 6: 15 to 18 "What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
      Also the Old testement and the New are one and the same, the New testement is the fulfillment of the Old testement. All Old Testement laws have a spiritual implications which was accomplished through God's salvation plan and the cross; one main example is the work on the Sabath day which was not allowed period and God was serious about it, it was a day of rest for us but work for God alone, that is why the Lord Jesus had to be dead during the Sabath for he is the Lord of the Sabath accomplishing our salvation, so this is pointing at God's salvation which is done by God alone, for He alone is Holy and righteous, So the Sabbath was for man's salvation by God alone: Jesus said in Mark 2:27 “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
      This article is trying to reason with sin; Ignoring what God said with excuses from tradition trends.
      of course Christianity is not a religion, it is rather a relationship with God, and had to be experienced not debated to understand it. I for one was raised in muslm country and was addicted to so many hidden sins that I thought there is no way out of this, it had to be part of man to do these things until I found Christ and he completely healed me. So now I am his: I love sinners but hate sin. I wish you experience the same.
      Blessings,
      An Egyptian.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Humberto

      I agree with you MikeC

      The world need to understand that Christian discriminate against sin not sinners. The gay agenda is to redefine marriage the Christian agenda is to maintain its actual definition. Our reason besides the Bible reason iare practical reason. Marriage is the base of society (1st grade). Why because is the seed bed of new citizens.

      We are already killing them with abortion permitting laws. Now; are we going to stop creating new ones. Look what is going on in Europe an aging population has opened immigration gates and the cultural composition of Europe is changing. Soon we will have a Muslim president in an European nation (what if it is a jihadist).

      God is not trying to boss us around He is just keeping us from making mistakes. (As a loving Father he is)

      We lovingly call on gays to turn from their ways (they are self destructive). These ways contribute to the destruction of a sustainable society. God says it is unnatural and that settles it. (unless you don't believe in God or that the Bible is his word which I think is the case for Mr. Dudley.)

      July 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Observer

      Humberto,

      You've completely missed the point. This is all about HYPOCRISY. It's all about people trashing gays where there are FAR FAR MORE Christians who commit adultery by divorcing and remarrying. Just pick and choose what you like and ignor the rest.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • MJ

      You wanna talk about Leviticus? It also condemns eating shrimp, cutting your hair, and wearing clothing woven of two different kinds of material. haha

      July 31, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  19. Rachel

    Jonathan Dudley has sinned against the LORD!

    July 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • ummm

      So have you for passing judgment, moron.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Sandy

      I agree.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • flyingfish

      "you hypocrits! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time? And why do not even on your own initiative judge what is right?" Luke 12:26,57)

      "Do not judge according to appearance, but with righteous judgement" (John7:24)

      "Bu if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged" (1Corinthians 11:31)

      July 28, 2011 at 8:36 am |
    • Observer

      flyingfish,

      You have pointed out exactly what the author stated. You have CHOSEN what you wanted and ignored the rest. With so many contradictions and errors in the Bible, it is easy to find verses to support almost anything, as you have shown.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  20. William Jesop

    CNN's blog sucks. It never posts what you write. Get a better blog CNN!

    July 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
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