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Why young Christians aren't waiting anymore
A young Christian at an purity rally spreads the word.
September 27th, 2011
08:39 AM ET

Why young Christians aren't waiting anymore

By John Blake,  CNN

(CNN) –True love doesn’t wait after all.

That’s the implication in the upcoming October issue of an evangelical magazine that claims that young, unmarried Christians are having premarital sex almost as much as their non-Christian peers.

The article in Relevant magazine, entitled “(Almost) Everyone’s Doing It,” cited several studies examining the sexual activity of single Christians. One of the biggest surprises was a December 2009 study, conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which included information on sexual activity.

While the study’s primary report did not explore religion, some additional analysis focusing on sexual activity and religious identification yielded this result: 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex - slightly less than 88 percent of unmarried adults, according to the teen pregnancy prevention organization.

The article highlights what challenges abstinence movements face. Movements such as “True Love Waits,” encourage teens to wear purity rings, sign virginity pledges and pledge chastity during public ceremonies.

Yet many of these Christian youths eventually abandon their purity pledges, Relevant’s Tyler Charles concludes in the article. Tyler talked to people like “Maria,” an evangelical woman who said she wanted to wait until marriage to have sex.

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But she said she started having sex with her college boyfriend when she turned 20 because nearly everyone, even most of  her Christian friends, were having sex.

Maria:

It seemed everyone in my life, older and younger, had “done it.” In fact, I waited longer than most people I knew and longer than both of my sisters, even though we were all Christians and came from a good home.

Relevant theorizes about why it’s so hard for so many young Christians to wait, including the saturation of sex in popular culture, the prevalence of pornography and a popular “do what feels good philosophy.”

Yet the article also asks a question that rarely comes up in discussions about abstinence movement. Relevant notes that in biblical times, people married earlier. The average age for marriage has been increasing in the U.S for the last 40 years.

Today, it’s not unusual to meet a Christian who is single at 30 - or 40 or 50, for that matter. So what do you tell them? Keep waiting?

Scot McKnight, author of “The Jesus Creed,” and "One.Faith: Jesus Calls, We Follow," acknowledges that young, single Christians face temptations that their counterparts in the biblical age didn’t face.

He  tells Relevant:

Sociologically speaking, the one big difference – and it’s monstrous – between the biblical teaching and our culture is the arranged marriages of very young people. If you get married when you’re 13, you don’t have 15 years of temptation.

So what should a Christian parent or youth pastor do? How do they convince more young Christians to wait until marriage, or should they stop even trying?

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Culture & Science • Culture wars

soundoff (5,768 Responses)
  1. harmonynoyes

    Well, who's to say, but,
    I hope they're at least "pausing " to use some birth control
    because I don't feel like "paying the price" for the ones they can't or don't know how to take care of
    because then it's not so much fun for anyone

    September 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  2. Tom

    Signs young Christians not serious about their beliefs.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Ben

      Even better sign would be them leaving the religion altogether. Now that would be great news.

      September 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Anon

      The sooner, the better. It's high time Christianity is slowly being demoted to mythology status in a museum.

      September 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  3. john

    Sorry but just because you say you are a "practicing" whatever religion doesn't mean you completely follow every rule. I've known quite a bit of people who were dead set on their religion who were the worst offenders of things their religion says not to do from adultery to many things. Once people realize it's how you actually live your day to day to life and not just sitting in a church, maybe they'll actually change..........that's a BIG maybe.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  4. harmonynoyes

    Well, who's to say, but,
    I hope they're at least "pausing " to use some birth control
    because I don't feel like "paying the price" for the ones they can't or don't know how to take care of

    September 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  5. Sapporo2295

    way to censor my entire paragraph CNN. This infringes of my First Amendment rights.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Observer

      Sapporo2295,

      First of all, you are clueless about what the First Amendment says. Read it sometime.
      Secondly, you probably used one or more of the automatically censored words. Check for "no-no's"

      September 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Sapporo2295

      I have, I went to school for law, there was nothing wrong or offensive in what I said, there were no curse words, or words that could not be said in what I had written. There were no personal attacks, no flaming, and no trolling. I was Censored for no reason.

      September 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  6. Brad

    Teenagers stopped waiting in the 1960's. They threw off all authority, announced "we can think for ourselves !" Then, their free-thinking starting coming directly out of their pants. They also stupified their thinking capacity with marijuana, heroin, etc. Then, they went to a sheep mentality saying "but everyones' doing it."

    September 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • John Richardson

      The right will never ever get over the 60s. Of course there were stupid excesses, but the side for freedom made important strides back then and that' a good thing.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • samsjmail

      The 60s is when all those black people got "uppity". That's why teabirthers want to "take our country back to the 50s".

      September 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  7. officialmer

    Religious identification and actually practicing can be two different things.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  8. Sapporo2295

    test test

    September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  9. David Johnson

    For all the wishful thinking about a Jesus, and how we want to keep Him happy, the fact remains, that people, both young and old, are going to have $ex. This is the life cycle: Birth; Growth; REPRODUCTION; and Death. Our brains are hard wired for this.

    As the grownups, we need to supply the young'ins with the tools they will need to succeed in life. Alternatives to intercourse, Contraception, Abortion. These should be in everyone's family planning toolbox. These should be taught and made available...free of charge. Contraception is already free. We need to make everyone aware of this.

    Abortion should be used, to terminate unwanted pregnancies, before they produce an unwanted child. It should be a felony to interfere with any woman wishing an abortion. This should be a matter between the woman and her doctor.

    Cheers!

    September 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  10. Hashim

    For more insight on religion and the realities of life read novel -- king of Bat'ha

    September 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Wendy

      No thank you. I don't want any insights into religion. I am glad to see Christians focusing on their own morality and leaving everyone else alone.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Tatum

      I agree Wendy. Christians have had their dirty little noses in the lives of gay people for so long, they completely forgot about the elephants in the middle of their living rooms and bedrooms. These people are bizarre. I did not get the "hope for everlasting life" gene. I would never think to thwart the natural unfolding of a gay teenagers life just for brownie points in some perceived afterlife.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • David Johnson

      If I had a Grandpa, who was as perverted as the Christian god, I'd have had him put in a home.

      Christian thinking has been a victim of their make believe god.

      A god that is more interested in our genitals, than in our welfare.

      Oh, my believers! Remove your devotion to this latest crop of gods, and allow them to go where all forgotten gods go.

      Any hope your god gives is false. Any help, is imagined. Any "inspired" word a work of men, reflecting the morals and knowledge of ancient people. People obsessed with their genitals. LOL

      You allow yourself to believe god helped you find your keys, but ignore that he allowed a child to die of cancer.

      A lovely day for a picnic! Thank you Jesus! Oh, an earthquake in Ja_pan you say? How many people died? Umm...Thank you Jesus?

      There is no god peering at you, as you sit upon the toilet or holding another person.

      When you pray, you are talking to yourself. Your brain generates any warm and fuzzy feelings, not a god or his agent. You can get the same results by praying and worshiping a carton of milk. All it takes is faith.

      Listen to your Uncle Dave! I will exorcise the silly from you! I will set you free!

      Cheers!

      September 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  11. Bible Thumper

    Religious people freak me out with their weird eyes and fake smiles and false science.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • cleareye1

      Have you ever watched a little of Shuller's Hour of Power? Stephen King could not do as well.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Brad

      If false science scares you, look at real science. Recently, scientists produced artificial life by injecting manufactured DNA into a real cell. Scienctists are already worried that the material itself may become a pollutant, not to mention other dangers impossible to predict. And, of course, real science has produced enough mass destruction weapons to kill us all a dozen times each.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Billy Joel

      I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints. The sinners are much more fun and only the good die young.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Observer

      Brad,

      Fortunately, the Bible pretty much ignors science, except to try to pretend that none of the laws of physics, etc. apply.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  12. Time to stone those children

    If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear. - Deuteronomy 21:18-21

    He that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. - Exodus 21:15

    He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. - Exodus 21:17

    Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. - Psalm 137:9

    September 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • God's a bit weird

      Deuteronomy = tough. When I was reading it I thought of the mothers who weren't part of God's chosen clutchning their children as both mother, daughter and son were slaughtered. It makes no sense that God had a "chosen" people and allowed the "clearing" of cities. (the next argument will be find one innocent person and God will spare them) Kids were killed!!!

      September 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • cleareye1

      Cherry picker!

      September 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • sean

      There has to be some one out there controlling our lives, He ain't no Obama controlling our lives.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Observer

      sean,
      "There has to be some one out there controlling our lives, He ain't no Obama controlling our lives."

      We just had a president who talked to God all the time. We got two wars (one optional, that God apparently failed to tell Bush was for false reasons); the worst attack on our soil in history (guess God didn't bother to warn Bush on that either) and a plummeting stock market.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • john

      God gave people free will to act, think and do but gave them the teachings to live by his word. It's human beings who choose to not honor or follow them.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Ozymandias71

      I think it's hilarious that the 'Christians' always ignore posts like these. What's the matter? Quoting the OT is only okay when it's about the Gays?

      September 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  13. God's a bit weird

    So let me get this straight. Snakes talked? Cain married who exactly? God stretched out his hand and left no man woman or child alive (Dueteronomy). Kings collect foreskins? Bald guys kill children when made fun of. I could go on and on but won't. All hail Anon (PS God moved in thick clouds by day and Fire by night) All hail Enki!

    September 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  14. David

    Anon, how can you have absolute proof that there is no God?? Have you searched Heaven, and all the Universe?? Can you say with all that is within you that there is no God?? Wow, your faith is greater than mine. I have news for you. Just because I cannot see the wind does not mean that it doesnt exist. When you look at a bridge, do you think that it just appeared? or was there a builder? How about a painting?? Did it paint itself?? I will never understand the atheist mindset. Something out of nothing?? C'mon....

    September 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • God's a bit weird

      If you force us to believe intelligent design then God to by your own argument, must have a creator. It's flawed reasoning. (I do believe in a creator but am not a Monotheist)

      September 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Anon

      Deists are still stuck with the issue of infinite regression.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Samsword

      I also don't believe the Ex Nihilo argument. I do believe that there is a Creator and Architect of our existence. But even a builder or a painter uses materials already present. They bring "order" to "chaos" so to speak. So I believe that the order within the universe is more a sign of Intelligence than the Universe itself... just a thought :)

      September 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Blind David

      So you believe why? Because you were trained from being young that a book written by man is the word of god. But why do you only accept portions of it?

      September 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • sean

      Jesus was a man just like us but picked by God, sent on earth to show humans to follow God's command instead of Men made religion (democracy) No where in the bible says that Jesus himself said, worship me. "But he said My father is great than I". "no one comes to him except through Jesus". He was the messenger of God. There is only one God. Period

      September 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • cleareye1

      Absolute proof does no exist, for or against the human imagination.

      It is good news though that many young Christians are declaring their freedom. Hopefully, their children will abandon the fairy tales entirely.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      David, by your argument every God ever conceived of by man Must exist, since you can not say that any God does not exist. That also includes all Fairy Tells, ghost, goblins, vampires, werewolves and so on.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • NotBuyingIt

      @David

      I love your wind analogy. Perhaps with your help we can replace all those inefficient wind mills with some brand new, all powerful god turbines.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Are you saying that you believe in Zeus, Ba'al and Santa?

      September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @David
      You said: "Anon, how can you have absolute proof that there is no God?? Have you searched Heaven, and all the Universe?? Can you say with all that is within you that there is no God?? Wow, your faith is greater than mine. I have news for you. Just because I cannot see the wind does not mean that it doesnt exist. When you look at a bridge, do you think that it just appeared? or was there a builder? How about a painting?? Did it paint itself?? I will never understand the atheist mindset. Something out of nothing?? C'mon...."

      Your arguments for a god, are not specific. They don't "prove" that the Christian god was the creator. Each of these arguments are generic. Allah could be the creator. Or Krishna. Or Zeus. They are worthless for your purpose.

      Actually, since it is the believers that are positing a god, it would be their burden to supply evidence that god does indeed exist.

      No one can prove a negative. I can't prove that god does not exist. I also can't prove Santa Claus does not exist. But in life, we decide what is real and not real, based on what we see in the world around us.

      In the real world, any object that provides no evidence for its existence is classified as imaginary.

      I think we can rule out god, in the same way we rule out any other mythological creature. I can't prove vampires or werewolves or fairies don't exist. But, I bet you would agree, that they are not real. They just don't fit in with the reality we see all around us.

      Skepticism is the adult response to anything, for which there is no evidence. Only children under the age of 6, should suspend their critical thinking and believe in magic.

      I bet you don't believe in Zeus, or Isis, or Allah, or Krishna. Right? They just don't seem "real". There just isn't any evidence... Except the universe must have a creator. Something can't come from nothing.

      So, we can look for attributes of the Christian god, that should provide evidence that He exists. Sort of like measuring the direction and force of the wind...

      If positive evidence is found, we should conclude that god probably exists.

      If positive evidence is not found, then we should conclude that the Christian God, beyond a reasonable doubt, does not exist. Just like Santa. Just like fairies. Just like vampires. Just like the other gods you reject?

      One of the most compelling reasons for rejecting a god, is the fact that there are so many versions of god(s). Some, not even human (The elephant-faced god – Ganesha etc.). Each religion, each denomination of each religion, defines god's wants differently. All of these religions cannot be right. But they can all be wrong.

      Perhaps man has not yet found the one true god, or perhaps the one true god does not exist.

      Christians claim their god is Omnipotent ( all powerful), Omniscient (all knowing) and Omnibenevolent (all good).

      1). If god is Omnibenevolent, He would WANT every human to believe in Him.

      The bible says He does:

      2 Peter 3:9
      9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. King James Version (KJV)

      1 Timothy 2:4
      4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. King James Version (KJV)

      2.) If god is Omniscient, then He would KNOW exactly how to convince anyone and everyone that He exists.

      3.) If god is Omnipotent, then He would be ABLE to convince anybody and everybody that He exists.

      Yet, ~ 67% of the world's population are not Christians.

      Therefore, the Christian god is very unlikely to exist.

      In the same vein as the above, notice how many denominations of Christianity there are (~ 38,000 – World Christian Encyclopedia (2001)).

      Each denomination can show you scripture, that "proves" they understand the wants of Jesus/god.
      All of the denominations could not be correctly interpreting the bible. Many are contradictory.
      Many of these denominations believe only their members will be saved.

      If the Christian god exists, and He is all knowing and all powerful and all good, why didn't He provide a bible that could not be misinterpreted? That everyone's comprehension of His wants would be the same?

      The bible says:
      1 Corinthians 14:33 – KJV
      33For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

      Christians believe god's purpose in creating the Bible is to guide human beings towards a knowledge of God, and to help them lead moral lives. If this is so, then Christians must be certain of the meaning of the Bible.

      ambiguity – a word or expression that can be understood in two or more possible ways : an ambiguous word or expression.

      "There are in excess of 1,000 Christian faith groups in North America. They teach diverse beliefs about the nature of Jesus, God, the second coming, Heaven, Hell, the rapture, criteria for salvation, speaking in tongues, the atonement, what happens to persons after death, and dozens of other topics.

      On social controversies, faith groups teach a variety of conflicting beliefs about abortion access, equal rights for ho_mo$exuals and bi$exuals, who should be eligible for marriage, the death penalty, physician assisted suicide, human $exuality topics, origins of the universe, and dozens of other topics.

      The groups all base their theological teachings on the Bible. Generally speaking, the theologians in each of these faith groups are sincere, intelligent, devout, thoughtful and careful in their interpretation of the Bible. But, they come to mutually exclusive conclusions about what it teaches.

      Further, most are absolutely certain that their particular interpretations are correct, and that the many hundreds of faith groups which teach opposing beliefs are in error." Source: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

      If the bible is ambiguous, then it cannot be said to be inerrant. If the bible is not without error, then how do we know which parts to accept as truth and which to reject as fiction? Is the will of god, subjective?

      The Christian god is very unlikely to exist.

      Another reason to reject the idea of a god, is because there appears to be no need for one. Each hour of each day, science fills another gap in man's knowledge, that god once filled. So far, science has found no need for a god. The claim, that God Did It, has always been wrong in the past. On this issue, I think the future will look a lot like the past.

      Belief without a reason or evidence, is called "delusional".

      Christians often quote:
      John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

      If the Christian god so loves the world, why does he allow / cause so much suffering? Disease, famine, floods, earthquakes etc. ad infinitum, ad nauseum. ?

      I can explain the existence of these horrors as being due to natural causes and evolution, but my explanation fails when I include an all loving Creator in the equation. I keep getting a "Can't divide by zero" error.

      Christians say their god is omnibenevolent (all good); omnipotent (all powerful); omniscient ( all knowing)

      1. If the Christian god is all knowing, He would be AWARE of all the suffering on earth.

      2. If the Christian god is all good, He would WANT to rid the world of suffering / evil.

      3. If the Christian god is all powerful, He would be ABLE to rid the world of suffering / evil.

      4. Yet, evil persists.

      Therefore, The Christian god is very unlikely to exist.

      The Christian god is said to be omniscient and omnipotent. But these attributes are not compatible.

      If the Christian god is all knowing, if the future can be known, then even god would be bound by events in the future. Everything would be predetermined.

      1. If the Christian god, knows what will happen in the future, and does something else...then, He is not all knowing.

      2. If the Christian god knows the future and cannot change it, then He is not all powerful.

      3. The attributes attributed to the Christian god conflict with one another.

      The Christian god with these attributes cannot exist. No being can have these attributes at the same time.

      Evolution, with its evidence of transitional fossils, geological column, DNA evidence, vestigial organs etc., is very damning to the biblical Creation Story.

      If god created all the organisms on the planet, then He must have created even the diseases that have caused and are causing so much death and misery for humans and animals. He would have had to fashion the tick and the flea. The mosquito and blood flukes. And worms that bore into a child's eye.

      How could an all good god do such a thing? Why would He spend His time creating gruesome things to cause human suffering? Yet, these horrors exist. And if god didn't create them, who did?

      Evolution explains the diversity of the planet's organisms, including the pathogens and the parasites that have caused so much human death and misery.

      If the Creation Story is a fable, then Adam and Eve did not exist.

      If Adam and Eve did not exist, then there was no original sin.

      If there was no original sin, then it cannot be the reason god allows so much suffering in the world. We can dump the guilt trip.

      If there was no original sin, then there was no need for a redeemer.

      If there was no redeemer, then Christianity is a based on a false premise.

      "If we cannot believe in the First Adam, why believe in the Last [Christ]?" 1 Corinthians15:45

      If the Creation story is a myth, then there is no reason to believe any of the bible.

      If we evolved, there is no soul –> no afterlife –> no need of a heaven or hell.

      LOL, which is why the Creationists fight so hard against evolution. And why many Evangelicals are reinterpreting Genesis to encompass an old earth.
      Let's see... "And there was evening and there was morning, one day." – Umm... That's millions of years to you and me!

      The Christian god is no more likely to exist than unicorns, satyrs, fiery serpents, or talking snakes, or Allah, or Zeus or Santa. And you don't believe in any of those, Right?

      Cheers!

      September 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • BBoy705

      @David Johnson – Excellent! May I use that in future arguments with Christian believers who insist there is a God? Thank you for such a well thought out post! Great job!!

      September 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @BBoy705

      Dude, if I ever post anything you think might be useful, it is yours.

      Cheers!

      September 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      David Johnson
      "...which is why the Creationists fight so hard against evolution. And why many Evangelicals are reinterpreting Genesis to encompass an old earth."
      -------
      You can see this trend as science started to cast a light on the ignorance. The christians have had no choice but to compromise their faith to fit reality and facts. Of course you have some old hard liners who actually still view a young earth and wish to remain ignorant. At some point our civilized societies will accept science over ignorance and the only place religions will flourish will be 3rd world countries. You cannot force the ignorant to see the light, they have to see it themselves.

      September 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Jonah

      @David Johnson – Check out CS Lewis.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  15. Bible Thumper

    Folks it's pretty ridiculous to believe in this stuff. I grew up christian and know many who grew up in other religions, and only when they let go of this retardation did their lives honestly get better. The one true religion cannot be known by any masses so that the evil among them don't profane it. Every known religion is teachings of demons.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  16. redjewel

    i have a question...during the free love era of the 60's,does that mean it was only non christians that were involved????
    just asking.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  17. Reality

    WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!!============>

    Read carefully, as this may save your life or that of someone else.

    : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute.

    Added information before making your next move:

    from the CDC-2006

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    And from:

    http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/20/yes-or-al-se-x-is-se-x-and-it-can-boost-cancer-risk/?npt=NP1

    "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

    Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

    "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'"
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ========================================================================================

    September 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  18. David

    Say whatever you want about me. I am a child of the King. 10,000,000,000 years from now whatever is written here will not mean a hill of beans, but because I believe and have Jesus in my heart, I, like other believers, will enjoy eternity forever. Heaven and Hell are both real places. Where will you spend eternity?? Don't leave this world without placing your faith in Jesus for Salvation. Only He can save you from your sins. We all are like sheep that have gone astray. This world is going to Hell very fast. Trust Jesus today.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Observer

      "This world is going to Hell very fast". Nothing new. 2,000 years old at the minimum.

      September 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Eternity with your evil overlord

      "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

      -Epicurus

      September 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Religion or reality

      Let me see, either belive in a 2000 year old book compiled from multiple religions and stories or believe in science and reality. How many millions have died because of religions and how many still do. Religion is about control. People who give and care about other people don't have to be religious. But to believe in a deity is make believe. I choose reality.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Patrick

      This guys is wrong. I only know this because I know that Bob my neighbor is my salvation. BOB didn't even have to tell me himself! My other neighbor Ryan wrote a book that lets me know how great BOB is. In this book it tells me that when we die we can live with BOB forever. Even better yet, it is impossible to disprove this! It says so in the book! Anyways, I just thought I should let everybody know how great BOB is. Please don't make fun of me though, because that is wrong, BOB is right and the book says that he'll hit you if you disagree with me.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • cleareye1

      David can be free again. Abandon your false hope and see the truth within yourself. Truth as nature provides.

      Most freethinkers hope that an "afterlife" would include further growth and the possibility of greeting passed loved ones, and continuing our journey. That seems better than what you hope for.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Pro God & Anti Religion

      Your sanctimonious BS is nauseating.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Elvis is your father?

      September 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Ozymandias71

      Pascal's Wager. Look it up.

      September 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  19. David

    Only Jesus can save.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Anon

      Sadly "Jesus" will destroy the Earth in about 4-5 billion more years.

      September 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Prove it! I suggest you start by proving the existence of god, then The Babble and the jesus myth. Now, if you want to restate your claim with something like "Despite having absolutely no evidence for what I am about to say, and recognizing that there is some non-zero probability that no gods, not even the one I believe in, actually exist, I beleive that only jesus saves." you may disregard my request for proof.

      September 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • HawaiiGal

      "Save" you from what exactly?

      September 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @David

      You said: "Only Jesus can save."

      Save from what? Eternal torment that He created? Jesus is saving humans, from the hell He constructed? What a guy!

      If god is all loving, all good and all just as Christians profess, how do you reconcile this with the fact, that there is a place called hell?

      How could an all good, all merciful, all just god, spend His time constructing such a place? Did he whistle while He worked?

      If god is all loving, all good, all merciful and all just...how do you reconcile this with the fact that god would burn humans for all eternity? What crime could justify such a punishment?

      Man lives a finite number of years. Only a finite number of "sins" could be committed in this finite time. How is it just to punish a finite number of sins with eternal agony?

      Christians also claim their god is all knowing (omniscient). If this is true, then He would know who will be saved and who will be damned, even before they are born. Yet, god lets them be born knowing their ultimate fate is eternal punishment. Seems wrong somehow. Maybe it's just that I am sane...

      Christians often prattle on about having a choice of accepting Christ or spending eternity in hell. This is not a choice. This is Vito Corleone making an offer that cannot be refused. Pfui!

      If you were trying to start a religion, as the New Testament authors were, wouldn't this be a good PowerPoint bullet? I mean it really couldn't hurt the membership roster, right?

      Join = Eternal Bliss

      Decline = Eternal Agony

      If a puppy peed on the floor, would you hold it over a burner, even for a second? I couldn't. Not a puppy and certainly not a human. I am more moral than your vile god.

      Cheers!

      September 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Nonsense. Many people have savings accounts. Most of them are not named Jesus.

      September 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  20. David

    It is far easier and far too simple to go along with what the culture says about Christianity. Never will you hear about the Christian organizations and missions groups that are among the first on the scene after a major disaster i.e. flood, earthquake, tornado. After the Tuscaloosa Alabama tornado this past April, A group from our church had to be put on a waiting list to go down to the area and help with cleanup and rebuilding. That's because there were too many vouleteers than they knew what to do with. All with the same CHRISTIAN organization. CNN will never report on anything like this. Many people say ignorant things about Christ followers based on what last nights episode of South Park said about Jesus, or Abercrombie's newest ad. or what this Atheist group says, or what Stephen Hawkins says. How about thinking for yourselves for a change. But don't take my word for it. Pick up your bible and read it for yourselves. I would suggest starting with the Gospel of John.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      Great reply, Brother! And YES, it is worth the wait!

      September 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Anon

      I've read it and eventually turned into an atheist. You're all screwed up in the head.

      September 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Observer

      Yes, Christians do a lot of good work while some of their leaders blame some of the disasters on the victims.

      September 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @David

      You said: " How about thinking for yourselves for a change. But don't take my word for it. Pick up your bible and read it for yourselves. I would suggest starting with the Gospel of John."

      Hmm... Notice how many denominations of Christianity there are (~ 38,000 – World Christian Encyclopedia (2001)). Each denomination can show you scripture, that "proves" they understand the wants of Jesus/god.

      All of the denominations could not be correctly interpreting the bible. Many are contradictory.
      Many of these denominations believe only their members will be saved.

      If the Christian god exists, and He is all knowing and all powerful and all good, why didn't He provide a bible that could not be misinterpreted? That everyone's comprehension of His wants would be the same?

      The bible says:
      1 Corinthians 14:33 – KJV
      33For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

      Christians believe god's purpose in creating the Bible is to guide human beings towards a knowledge of God, and to help them lead moral lives. If this is so, then Christians must be certain of the meaning of the Bible.

      ambiguity – a word or expression that can be understood in two or more possible ways : an ambiguous word or expression.

      "There are in excess of 1,000 Christian faith groups in North America. They teach diverse beliefs about the nature of Jesus, God, the second coming, Heaven, Hell, the rapture, criteria for salvation, speaking in tongues, the atonement, what happens to persons after death, and dozens of other topics.

      On social controversies, faith groups teach a variety of conflicting beliefs about abortion access, equal rights for ho_mo$exuals and bi$exuals, who should be eligible for marriage, the death penalty, physician assisted suicide, human $exuality topics, origins of the universe, and dozens of other topics.

      The groups all base their theological teachings on the Bible. Generally speaking, the theologians in each of these faith groups are sincere, intelligent, devout, thoughtful and careful in their interpretation of the Bible. But, they come to mutually exclusive conclusions about what it teaches.

      Further, most are absolutely certain that their particular interpretations are correct, and that the many hundreds of faith groups which teach opposing beliefs are in error." Source: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

      If the bible is ambiguous, then it cannot be said to be inerrant. If the bible is not without error, then how do we know which parts to accept as truth and which to reject as fiction? Is the will of god, subjective?

      The Christian god is very unlikely to exist.

      Cheers!

      September 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • SciFiChickie

      I not only read the bible I studied it in Simmnary All 4 years of highschool, and the bible has contradictions, and was written by man/men and not god that is why I'm agnostic...

      September 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • cleareye1

      For many of the religious charities involved with disaster relief it is an opportunity to make a conversion here and there. It's an investment in their personal future, or their church. The missionaries that went to Africa to save "souls" have only wreaked havoc with the native cultures. Had they stayed home and improved their own, we would all be better off.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Lu

      You forgot to mention all the non-christians volunteering at disasters. I guess you forgot about them.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • tallulah13

      David only sees what he wants to see. He conveniently forgets about secular groups like Doctors Without Borders because they prove him absolutely wrong.

      September 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      Sorry but I put the good book down a long time ago. I just couldn't put my faith in men.

      September 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
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