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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

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  1. Bonnie

    See Leviticus 20:13.

    July 31, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • OH Lets

      Lets look at Leviticus and ALL the other things Christians have to do like stoning your children to death if they curse you, you can't eat seafood and you can't wear clothing made of different fabrics. You are doing exactly what the author is talking about – what a moron.

      July 31, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Really

      The background of Leviticus is important to understand. The people are being told not to act like the "pagans". This is also the format Paul uses in Romans. "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination." These words occur solely in the Holiness Code of Leviticus, a ritual manual for Israel's priests. This prohibition of supposedly ho*mos*exual acts follows after the prohibition of the idolatrous s*exuality of worshipping Molech, whose cult included male cult prost*itutes and bestiality. Lev 18 is specifically designed to distinguish the Jews from the pagans who worshipped the multiple gods of fertility cults. It also is included with other Mosaic laws such as required killing kids who curse their parents, the death penalty for picking up sticks or doing other work on the Sabbath, and under the law, slave-beating was a protected legal right!

      Almost no early Christian writers appealed to Leviticus as authority against ho*mos*exual acts. Those few that did, exercised extreme selectivity in selecting which Leviticus laws to say are legitimate for Christians and which are not, whatever suited their personal prejudice. It was clearly not their respect for the law which created their hostility to ho*mos*exuality but their hostility to ho*mos*exuality which led them to retain a few pas*sages from a law code largely discarded. Most of Leviticus is simply not appropriate for Christians. We no longer make animal sacrifices to God as commanded in Leviticus. Most of us eat shrimp and lobster which is forbidden. Many people eat that unclean animal the pig. How many are guilty of rounding off the hair on their temples and marring the edges of their beard (Lev 27)? Jesus set aside all of these obsessive-compulsive purity laws and gave the commandment of love.

      Regarding the Leviticus reference to toevah being false translated and having nothing to do with ho*mos*exuality: A further evidence of this is toevah is used throughout the OT to designate those Jewish sins which involve ethnic contamination or idolatry and very frequently occurs as part of the stock phrase "toevah ha-goyim" "the uncleanness of the Gentiles" (e.g., 2 (4) Kings 16:3).
      The significance of toevah become clear when your realize the other Hebrew word "zimah" could have been used – if that was what the authors intended. Zimah means, not what is objectionable for religious or cultural reasons, but what is wrong in itself. It means an injustice, a sin. For example, in condemnation of temple prost*itutes involving idolatry, "toevah" is employed (e.g. 1 (3) Kings 14:24), while in prohibitions of prost*itution in general a different word "zimah," appears (e.g. Lev. 19:29). Often but yes, not always, "toevah" specifically means "idol" (E.g., Isa. 44:19; Ezek 7:20, 16:36; Jer. 16:18; cf. Deut. 7:25-26).
      Clearly, then, Leviticus does not say that a man to lie with man is wrong or a sin. Rather, it is a ritual violation, an "uncleanness"; it is something "dirty" ritualistically. Lev 18 is specifically designed to distinguish the Jews from the pagans among whom they had been living, or would live, as its opening remark make clear – "After the doings of the land of Egypt, .....etc and the prohibition of supposedly ho*mos*exual acts follows immediately upon a prohibition of idolatrous s*exuality (the female temple prost*itutes worshipping the pagan fertility gods) (often mistranslated fornication but a obvious mistranslation in the proper context).

      This conclusion finds further support in the Septuagint where the toevah is translated with the Greek word "bdelygma". Fully consistent with the Hebrew, the Greek bdelygma means a ritual impurity. Once again, other Greek words were available, like "anomia", meaning a violation of law or a wrong or a sin. That word could have been used to translate toevah. In fact, in some cases anomia was used to translate toevah- when the offense in question was not just a ritual impurity but also a real wrong of an injustice, like offering child sacrifice or having s*ex with another man's wife, in violation of his property rights. The Greek translators could have used anomia; they used bdelygma.

      Evidently, the Jews of that pre-Christian era simply did not understand Leviticus to forbid male-male s*ex because it is wrong in itself. They understood Leviticus to forbid male-male s*ex because it offended ancient Jewish sensitivities: it was dirty and Canaanite-like, it was unjewish. And that is exactly how they translated the Hebrew text into Greek before Christ. It makes no statement about the morality of ho*mos*exual acts as such. In today's society similar unclean acts might include picking ones nose, burping or pas*sing gas.

      I think its not that useful to get all hung up on Lev cleanliness codes which made meat eating and matching of fibers just as terrible sins. The NT is more significant for Christians following Christ instead of Jews trying to follow the OT rituals to be accepted by God. Jesus said not a word even mistranslated about ho*mos*exuality.

      July 31, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Exodus 20 - Sell your daughters into slavery

      Yes, simply quoting the scripture that "defends" you own opinion does indeed demonstrate what the author says. There is a lot more about "stoning to death" violators at the edge of the city... Bonnie, do ask your divorced neighbors at the edge of town to stone them to death?

      July 31, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  2. Edzo

    Sigh.

    Most "theologians" believe Jesus didn't teach on this topic – which isn't exactly true. Traditional Christian theology states that God exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as the Trinity. When God speaks so does the Son and the Spirit. So, when God condemned the physical acts as described in Leviticus 19, for example, He speaks for the Son. God created man for woman and vice versa. I'm not suggesting folks don't have a right to love whom they choose to love (and it is a choice) in a secular society and setting. Be as happy as you want and good luck. But it doesn't belong in the traditional church and not in the context of marriage which God clearly ordains between one man and one woman.

    You can twist theology all you want but be aware, much like the author of this piece has done – the twisting always goes to the Left. Progressive thinkers want to make God in their own image to allow for their own practices instead of submitting to God's will.

    July 31, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • Paul

      Way too often so called "religious upstarts" claim absoluteness in their interpretations of the Bible and that ALWAYS goes along with their preconceived ideas. I know religion to be fully 100% man made for the purposes of control. The truth is that not everyone is on the same spot on the journey back to God. That alone makes it a personal journey. In the old days of illiteracy and ignorance, the clergy could get away with it. Today not as easily because we can read and reason without some one telling us what and how it is acceptable to believe. In the US, this blind religiousness has been taken over by a political party Hell bent on control also. Knowledge is power and you at some point will realize the controlling agenda. It would be safest to follow the condensed and improved commandments given to us by Jesus himself such as "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." and "Love your neighbor as yourself.". Please note that there is no mention of gays or harlots or church going people anywhere. It is all inclusive. Think about those 2 next time some upstart all knowing preacher tells you what to think and free yourself from manipulation. Get back on the path.

      July 31, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • john

      well said.

      July 31, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Chris

      When will Christians understand that Christianity and religion in general DID NOT invent marriage. The act of marrying should not be reduced to just a religious ceremony. Get over yourselves...

      July 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  3. NorEaster TC 6

    In reading the holy scriptures you will find out why God used the nation of Israel to punish the different nations because of their rebellious lifestyle and the immoral crimes they were committing against their creator. Know doubt the Angel of light is still spinning his web of deceit among those who will give their eternal souls for the lust of today. From evolutionist to cult religions to even those who claim themselves spokesman for God while their words are anti – God / anti – Christ.

    I know that in the last days many shall fall away from the truth. Everything is on biblical schedule for the true believers fret not because of evil doers God our father knows what is doing and allowing. Visitation is on its way after the fullness of the gentiles. Rest in Christ with your garments without spot or wrinkles.

    July 31, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  4. JJ

    So there you have it. Our kids go to college to get stupid.

    True wisdom comes from our Lord "NOT" school.

    July 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Peter

      Telling lies is s sin which makes you stupid for not following the teachings in the bible. What an idiot.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • The Questioner

      Right-college education has made the author stupid. Do you even realize how you sound? Nice way to admit your beliefs don't pass the critical thinking test. I wouldn't blame atheists for anti-Christian stereotyping, because so-called Christians have done an excellent job of stereotyping themselves.

      July 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  5. AvdBerg

    Stop your fear and hate, Douglas. We explain your lusts here http://gaychristian101.com

    Your hate will only cascade into more fear and hate. It's OK for you to show your gay love again.

    July 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  6. AvdBerg

    We have already settled it and explained it all here http://gaychristian101.com.

    Douglas, were you a very active gay before you became his non-celibate wife?

    July 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  7. crysty

    JePMib http://ueNx8wqkk3Mnd.com

    July 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  8. Peter Bulgin

    I agree that Gays are closet pedophiles. Stay in the closet you sickos.

    July 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • LOL

      You just showed you actually don't know the facts because you don't know the differences. 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.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • HAH

      Doesn't Christianity center upon the idea that God is the only one who can judge man and that in this life we should be kind and loving to our fellow man? Disagree, disapprove– believe and do what you, as an individual, want or think is right. But let's remember that hate and bigotry are NOT fundamental Christian beliefs.

      July 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Chris

      ...just another typical, hypocritical, judgmental Christian who failed to follow in the path of his own God.

      July 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  9. Vincent Pinson

    "Having recently graduated from Yale Divinity School... I no longer identify with the evangelical community of my youth."

    This says it all, kid. Your strutting, stuffy arrogance is exceeded only by your ignorance of history and hatred of Scripture. Seems this is all the Ivy League spits out today. You need to hide away and examine your own heart for a few years, youngster.

    July 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Expert

      Says a washed-up, jealous community college grad whose only counterargument to the author is ad hominem

      July 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  10. Douglas

    Honor the natural dignity of gay celibacy and respect the natural dignity of marriage between a man and a woman.
    That settles it.

    July 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • AvdBerg

      We have already settled it and explained it all here http://gaychristian101.com.

      Douglas, were you a very active gay before you became a celibate wife?

      July 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Douglas

      AvdBerg Celibate gays are not in conflict with Biblical authority and are at much reduced risk of transmitting the plethora of infectious disease now sweeping gay enclaves throughout the nation and the world. Please reference the Center for Disease Control (CDC) weekly issuances on morbidity and mortality and you will find ample evidence of the high risks associated with the behaviors of non-celibate gays. If you care about gays so much, you would do better to warn them about their risky behaviors rather than insulting me as your make believe fantasy celibate partner. No thanks! I'll have no part of it. Come back down to earth and take off your rose colored glasses. It is time to drive out fear and end the hate. Celibacy is a reasonable alternative to dying an eraly death.

      July 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • Douglas

      AvdBerg Celibate gays are not in conflict with Biblical authority and are at much reduced risk of transmitting the plethora of infectious disease now sweeping gay enclaves throughout the nation and the world. Please reference the Center for Disease Control (CDC) weekly issuances on morbidity and mortality and you will find ample evidence of the high risks associated with the behaviors of non-celibate gays. If you care about gays so much, you would do better to warn them about their risky behaviors rather than insulting me as your make believe fantasy celibate partner. No thanks! I'll have no part of it. Come back down to earth and take off your rose colored glasses. It is time to drive out fear and end the hate. Celibacy is a reasonable alternative to dying an early death.

      July 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • AvdBerg

      We have already settled it and explained it all for you here http://gaychristian101.com.

      Douglas, were you a very active gay before you became his non-celibate wife?

      July 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • AvdBerg

      Stop your fear and hate, Douglas. We explain your tendencies here http://gaychristian101.com

      Your hate will only cascade into more fear and hate. It's OK for you to show your gay love again. Do so with dignity, not discrimination. God made many species to have gay animals, and you are but one gay of one species.

      July 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • LOL

      That's why the experts in science and psychology have shown that gays are born this way, that it's not a choice, it's not a mental illness and it can't be voluntarily changed. God created gay people and deserve the same civil rights as straights.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • Observer

      Douglas,

      Thanks for bringing up the promiscuity problem for gays. The best way to discourage promiscuity is marriage.

      Thanks for showing the advantage of allowing gay marriage.

      July 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  11. Lydia

    I enjoyed this detailed article. However, I would like to point out a few things.

    Hair Length: This is only discussed once to my knowledge in one of the letters to the Corinthians. Because it is only talked about once (if it was very important, it would be talked about more than once) and it was told to the church at Corinth, which had trouble with wild people, there is debate about exactly how much of that passage applies to all Christians and how much is specific advice just to the church at Corinth (and, possibly, others similar to it).

    Celibacy: There is only one passage that advocates celibacy, while many celebrate marriage. This indicates that in that time and place Paul advised people to not marry, while it is wise to marry in other times and places. That church was about to be put through a lot and having a family could hurt a man because he would have to be worried about them being killed/tortured, too. We don't know what was going to happen to them, but this is not how it always is.

    When life begins: The theologians were wrong. It doesn't matter what the theologians thought, if it contradicts the Bible. They were only men, even if they were very smart. The Bible talks about God knowing and calling people before they were born, showing that people are alive in the womb.

    Divorce: Again, if church people disagree with God and the Bible, God and the Bible are correct. The Bible is against divorce. Therefore, no matter who condones divorce, divorce is not okay by God.

    Thank you for your time in reading my comments. Lydia

    July 30, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  12. Genevieve

    Jonathan,
    What you lack is the understanding of the symbolism of marriage. God created male and female; he created marriage. He gets to say what marriage is, and what it is not.

    July 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Genevieve

      You said "God created male and female; he created marriage. He gets to say what marriage is, and what it is not."

      No, he didn't, no, he didn't and no, he doesn't. Your god doesn't exist.

      If you want to live your life according to those fairy tales, go right ahead. But when it comes to other peoples lives, stay the fuck out.

      Equal rights are not subject to your delusions.

      July 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • frank

      "God created male and female"
      What about hermaphrodites? Who do you think they should be allowed to marry? Can your pea-brain contemplate such dilemmas posed by reality versus the rules of an invisible King of the Jewish Sky Demons?

      July 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Ingrid

      Genevieve, what you lack is a properly functioning brain.

      Your god is a delusion. Get over that; the world has left you behind.

      July 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  13. Jim

    Typically, the author chose passages to support his point of view and ignored those that would weaken his argument. No mention of what happened to those in Sodom, as in sodom-y.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • frank

      Sodomy's great, you should try it sometime.
      Also, your god has never been seen since the invention of the camera. Weird coincidence, eh?

      July 30, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • Duh

      Jim I hope you never had a blo*w job because that's what it' means or gone down on a woman. What a moron you don't even know what sodo*my means.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  14. GodPot

    Here is the REAL reason Christians have an issue with gay marriage. In a word, it's "Empathy".

    "Empathy is the capacity to recognize and, to some extent, share feelings (such as sadness or happiness) that are being experienced by another sentient or semi-sentient being." Wiki

    When someone see's a gay couple holding hands or kissing or being intimate or getting married they experience (often unknowingly) empathy. Thats what creates the "Ick" factor, the turn of the stomach or possibly guilt for enjoying the empathized intamacy (The Confused Christian doth protest too much, methinks). This is what Christian's are fighting. This is why they think the gay community is trying to recruit them, it's that they can't help their own empathy and end up experiencing things in their minds that they have been told all their lives is an abomination and they feel guilty for it. And the only weapon they have is a 2000 year old compilation of many authors where two short passages out of 66 books condemn the act (not the attraction). (already posted but thought you could use a reminder)

    July 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Expert

      Evangelical Christians have zero empathy.

      July 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Jim

      Uh. No. Empathy is not the word. The word is repulsed. The ick feeling is from repulsion, as in disgusting or gross.

      July 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • LOL

      "The word is repulsed. The ick feeling is from repulsion, as in disgusting or gross."

      Just because you hold personal prejudice toward a minority group doesn't mean the law needs to block their civil rights. You need serious help for your bigotry and prejudice but you'll not seek it because you are to weak in your mind to do it which is typical of those of a corrupt heart.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  15. AvdBerg

    Please visit http://www.gaychristian101.com. Learn the happy truth and be gay with me in the Lord.

    July 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Kudos to AvdBerg

      July 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Expert

      AvdBerg, I'm glad you've had a change of heart and revealed that you yourself are gay. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      July 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  16. Dustin Sutherland

    Romans one is written on the issue of the hardening the heart and idolatry. While I agree at first when reading 1st corinthians about issues of long hair can be confusing. We need to remember that scripture has to be read in context, something I would say this author has failed to do. The letter of corinthians was written to the church of corinth. Paul was writing to exclusove issues in the church. I believe that these are two differnt context. If we are to read scripture correctly we need to understand the whole story and to a good inductive study of the bible.

    July 29, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Expert

      "Reading it in context" is just a slightly more sophisticated way of cherry picking the Bible to justify your pre-existing beliefs. Christians insist on "reading it in context" for passages they don't like and then say context is irrelevant for passages that fit with their own values.

      July 29, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • AvdBerg

      PS all this is explained on my website http://gaychristian101.com

      July 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Expert

      lol, thank you AvdBerg for sharing that website with us. I recommend it to all the readers.

      July 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • LOL

      "These distorted messages are provided by CNN employees, who have their fingers on the key-board. They go by the User Name of Observer, LOL and many others names and their goal is to control the dialogue on this forum with their distorted messages. As a result they have turned this Blog into a total scam. CNN should be ashamed!!"

      AvdBerg you are totally lying, so now you need to repent. I do not work for CNN and the facts I am posting are from actual scientific and psychological reports on gays. What you can't handle is the REAL truth because all you want to do is continue to justify and promote the hate and prejudice of this minority group.

      July 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • ....

      Avdberg is a troll on this site trying to sell their cult and bogus book, click the report abuse link where ever you see this troll.

      July 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Albert

      Proverbs 10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

      July 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  17. Expert

    The bible not only allows Christians to be in gay relationships. It commands Christians to be gay.

    July 29, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  18. Douglas

    Celibate gay relationships do not conflict with Biblical authority.

    July 29, 2011 at 7:03 am |
    • myweightinwords

      Who gives a flying fig about "biblical authority" if they are not christian?

      July 29, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  19. Burt

    Bias moderator

    July 29, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  20. Buddy R

    God's Word condemns gay se_x as sin from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus himself said God's intention from the beginning is that marriage be between a man and a woman (Matthew chapter 19.)

    July 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • Observer

      Buddy R,
      Good example of exactly what the author talked about: hypocrisy. Obviously, you CHOSE to skip the part where Jesus says "let no man separate".

      So, do you believe no one should get divorced except for adultery? Does it matter if a spouse verbally and physically abuses the other as long as they are "faithful"? So which do you CHOOSE?

      July 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • LOL

      God does not condemn gay s-ex, God condemns, male prost-itution, ra-ape and idolatry. You need to pick up a history book to understand what is written to put it in context, that is reading comprehension 101. God created gay people, it's been shown they are born this way so being gay is not a sin.

      July 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • Kindness

      Observer you have it wrong.....yes the Bible only says Adultry and fornication are reasons to divorce but it also tell you how a man is to treat a woman with respect and love as a partner and not a punching bag. You do not choose a part of the Bible it is all or nothing. People seem to think that if a bunch of people go and jump off a bridge it is the thing now to do because everyone is doing it. Not so. It is the one who looks deep into the scripture that gets the true meaning that understand it is a written harmoniously.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
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