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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 (5,770 Responses)
  1. keeth

    Look up the definition of Saddlebacking.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  2. AGeek

    "You Must Wait!" "But Father, why? You're sticking it to the alter boy every chance you get!" "Never mind that.. do as I say, not as I do. Now, bend over and take your penance."

    September 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • PooDIPIDI

      yes YES!

      September 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • augustghost

      so true

      September 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  3. Martin

    I'm not waiting, either. Wickedimproper . com

    September 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  4. Greg

    Wow! Quite a variety of responses and so many of them disrespectful. Regardless, if you don't want to believe that there is a God or a Man named Jesus Christ who will eventually save the believing souls of this world, that's fine. But.....you'd better be right!

    September 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • gupsphoo

      If you don't want to believe in Allah, Lord Veda, Buddha, the FSM or any god other than your own, you'd better be right!

      September 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • *frank*

      I am right. Pi$$ off.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Religious Sects

      You do realize that "your" post is disrespectful not to mention not very christian.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Jen Alves

      If people learn to love themselves and learn how to recognize true love, then they will not be in arbitrary relationships that waste their time or lead them into promiscuous behaviors. Morality will be irrelevant because you will only accept and be with the person who truly loves you. When someone truly loves you, they will marry you. Listen to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R33vMQBvWjk

      September 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • ben

      careful Greg, you might upset Zues, the father of the gods. Show some respect, or perish in hades!

      September 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  5. Religious Sects

    If you thought these kids were "ever" having sects less than other kids, you're even more delusional than usual.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  6. Bill Pranty

    Or maybe Christians need to get laid as much as the rest of us.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  7. texasgirl

    Again, I suggest http://www.CARM.org. A facinating website devoted to defending the Christian faith. I am so sorry that those of you who waited regret that decision and InPain sounds seriously troubled. I hope you are able to get help and understanding. You deserve better.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • gupsphoo

      I suggest that you actually read your Bible first. Read 2 Kings 2:23-24, and explain to me why your god is so immoral.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • PooDIPIDI

      Whats so great about these Catholik girls is that some of them have nothing but @nall $exx because they want to stay vir9ins! I love catholiks!

      September 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • MNMexy

      In summary, 2 Kings 2:23-24 is not an account of God mauling young children for making fun of a bald man. Rather, it is a record of an insulting demonstration against God’s prophet by a large group of young men. Because these young people of about 20 years of age or older (the same term is used of Solomon in 1 Kings 3:7) so despised the prophet of the Lord, Elisha called upon the Lord to deal with the rebels as He saw fit. The Lord’s punishment was the mauling of 42 of them by two female bears. The penalty was clearly justified, for to ridicule Elisha was to ridicule the Lord Himself. The seriousness of the crime was indicated by the seriousness of the punishment. The appalling judgment was God’s warning to all who would scorn the prophets of the Lord.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • justme

      those children never disrespected a prophet or anyone else after that and do not forget, big rats produce little rats.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • Observer

      MNMexy,

      So freedom of speech is nonexistent to God. WORDS can get you mauled by him. Certainly not a good image of God and of his "love". Sadistic, brutal, unjustified.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • gupsphoo

      Thanks for the explanation. You're clearly brainwashed by Christian apologists. No where in the Bible itself says those children were "over 20". It only says they were children.

      But that's irrelevant. Even if they were adults, did they deserve to die a horrific death just for mocking somebody?

      You Christians clearly have a special set of "morality" that's completely incompatible with today's world.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • ben

      Hey Texas, who dont you show some intellectual honesty, and research the opposing arguments? You sound like someone who only believes out of ignorance of the alternative viewpoints. Yup, that's exactly how you sound.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • Observer

      In spite of the WISHFUL THINKING by an apologist, here's what the Bible ACTUALLY says:

      "a group of boys from the town began mocking and making fun of him"

      September 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      @gupsphoo
      Actually the more correct translation would be youths.Since the Youths came out in sufficient numbers for 42 to be mauled(most atheist types upgrade to killed)without their parents,we can be assured they were older than children.The content of their taunts had little to do with Elishas appearance and more to do with the youths spiritual orientation.What is really happening is a confrontation between a proven prophet of God and a gang of unruly young atheists.The bears who were where they were supposed to be, in the wilderness ,and could have attacked at any time,but the grace of God, withheld that punishment until the fullness of the youths sins had been completed.The entire incident was a foreshadowing and a warning of what was to happen to Israel and Judah if they did not turn from their godless ways.Two "bears" Assyria and Babylon lay in wait for the misguided children of the northern and southern kingdoms.Your posting is as always a load of guff.God bless

      September 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • gupsphoo

      LOL! I love it. So Elisha the prophet of god cursed those 42 kids and they were immediately ripped to pieces by 2 she bears.

      BUT THAT'S JUST A COINCIDENCE, and has nothing to do with God.

      HAHAHAHAHAHA,.................

      September 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • Observer

      herbert juarez,

      What part of "a group of BOYS" don't you understand. God maliciously had these kids mauled because they teased an old man. You should be ashamed of God's vicious action.

      September 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • gupsphoo

      Man I hope everybody is reading this. It proves how severe Christians' cognitive disobedience can be.

      LOL!

      September 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      @guff
      It is apparent from your response that you never actually read my response ,or if you did you certainly didn't understand it.I cannot be responsible for your ignorance,nor yours either observer.God bless

      September 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • Observer

      herbert juarez,

      Speaking of ignorance, here's the EXACT WORDS of the Bible:
      "a group of BOYS".

      Ignorance is claiming that "BOYS" doesn't mean "BOYS". If you have comprehension problems with basic English, get more education. LOL.

      September 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Scott

      @MNMexy: “a large group of young men. Because these young people of about 20 years of age or older” Yes and Mohamed’s child bride was 19 and not 9. It’s amazing how far you religious types will go in twisting reality to make it fit your own warped beliefs. You will go to any length to avoid responsibility for what’s in your own bible

      September 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • gupsphoo

      @herbert juarez – which point of your did I not address? You claimed that the children were "over 20", which I disputed.

      More importantly, even if they were "over 20", would it be moral for your god to send 2 bears to rip them to pieces just for mocking Elisha?

      That's the question you avoided to answer. ANSWER IT NOW!

      September 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • inPain

      thanks.. you know.. kindness from someone like you means a heck of a lot to someone like me.. thanks for taking the time to care about me.. a total stranger.. I wish that there were more people like you.. I have added you to my prayer list.. I hope it helps and things go even better for you than they now are.. Thanks man.. I was in Texas once .. kind people there.. it was a good place.. I have been praying that things get better for all of you, you know the lack of rain and fire and.. all that.. Thanks man for thinking of me..

      September 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  8. Chris

    In the bible days, men often married within a month of meeting a future spouse. In addition, many biblical figures had multiple wives. They left that part out. Relationships today are not what they were back then.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      Kind of a blending of modern practices with ancient.You really don't know much about the ancient Hebrew custom of marriage do you?It is a fascinating study and brings more insight into the passages were Jesus references marriage.Engagements were prearranged and could last years.Engagement carried the same legal binding as marriage.Neither the bride nor the groom chose the time of the wedding ,that was left to the discretion of the grooms father.He alone chose when his son was deemed ready for marriage.There is so much more ,suggest you look into it.God bless

      September 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Observer

      Here is one of God's commands concerning marriage:

      Deuteronomy 22: 28 “If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and r@pes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl's father fifty shekels (about 1¼ pounds) of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.”

      September 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  9. texasgirl

    I think most people who call themselves Christian are NOT really christians. They just think they are. It's so sad that all of the "haters" saying Christians (real ones) are stupid actually have no idea what Christianity and God are all about. Of course I don't have all of the answers either and I don't claim to. But I do study the Bible, study history (stuff that is accepted among secular scholars), and have some common sense. I suggest a website called CARM.org It's fantastic stuff that even you "free thinkers" will find interesting.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • Jay

      Apparently you need to ask Matt Slick about the "no true scotsman" fallacy (Hint: you just committed it).

      September 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      texasgirl,,,,

      Luk 17:21 "Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is inside/within you."

      Just how can this so be texasgirl? Surely you can enlighten my heart's need to know your word,,,,,

      September 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • ben

      LOOL, yet another 'real christian' claiming everyone else but him/her are 'fake' christians. How absurd. You do realize that EVERY christian claims this, right?

      The truth is, there are no real christians, because there are no real gods.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • Anon

      Christians love to use mental gymnastics to defend their twisted faith.

      September 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • Answer

      @Richard

      Poor Richard .. still earning his meal ticket to heaven. How long have you been preaching?

      September 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  10. InPain

    I waited.. Now I am married. And I am still waiting.. The horrible thing is, that there is no hope of intemecy in heaven. Basically now in this extremely short life is your only shot in all of eternity. Waiting is a horrible horrible mistake in which you will regret for all time, now and forever. You will, out of regret and the pain of loneliness, pray for your life to end.. but it does not end, it goes on and on and on, ten, fifteen, twenty or more years of rejection and loneliness. Divorce is forbidden, ending your life is forbidden, thre are no options, no help, no solutions, no mercy to be found, only the knowledge of hopeless misery for all eternity. Let me assure you. Hell exists.. Im living it, every day. If after you die, you did not exist, that would be great but you do, alone, forever... Sigh. Find someone while you can, find someone, you only have a few very short years, then, nothing!!

    September 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • *frank*

      Well, you're certainly a ray of sunshine!

      September 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • gerald

      I am sorry for your pain, however you make heaven sound like it is miserable. No intimacy? You have intimacy with God and the love you will feel for your fellow man will be on a much deeper level than you can have in any sxl relationship here on earth. There will be no more tears in heaven. I wish you well.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Greg

      Frank, you're certainly an ignorant S.O.B!

      September 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • *frank*

      :(

      September 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Cyn507

      Cheat!

      September 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      GOD might not have a need for you InPain but fear not. The Godly family and servants and subjects whose numbers are immeasurable and they all do live inside you will take with them your soulfulness when the deadening comes. Mind you though suicide is a sin of the worst kind. Live however you must live out your Life for this KIngdom in not the Kingdoms of the Gods.

      Luk 17:21 "Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is inside/within you."

      1Cr 3:9 “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.”

      The Godly family will not forget what you have done for them in their living within and inside you. They will take what they can of that which you are when the deadening comes. So find the freedoms this world avails you and be free to explore all mannerisms you can. May Love and Peace of mind be on your side InPain.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • *frank*

      Do you have any tall stairwells this pestilential fountain of misery and gloom–I mean your wife–could "accidentally" fall down and break her neck?
      Accidents do happen, lol!

      September 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Scott

      @gerald: “You have intimacy with God” Isn’t that what the priest said to the alter boy?

      September 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Magic

      InPain,

      Tragic.

      Provide for her welfare as best you can financially or otherwise... and get out of there! Get far, far away from the delusional religion that you are in. You will survive... yea, thrive.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • inPain

      I will not cheat.. I have never cheated on any girlfriend, even though I had more than enough chances and I will not cheat on my wife. the laws of God stands, even in my pain. The covenant of One man, One Women, Under One God.. So it is written, so shall it be. Regret is hard to live with, not a day goes by that I don’t wish my life to end but their only one things worse, renouncing my faith and denying who God is. That I will never do. Ending this life, a temporary thing is a sin. But what I go through now and for the rest of my life is horrible. It is not for us to say what happens, only what we will do about it.. I have chosen my side, and I aint changing..

      September 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  11. msadr

    I tried waiting. But there was nobody to wait for. Men don't want to get married. So what can I do? Stay celibate forever? God gave me hormones and nobody would marry me.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  12. mabel floyd

    when i submitted my comment a sign appeared that said i had made these comments before. since i have not made a comment on this site, i beg to differ.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • PooDIPIDI

      It sounds like you're a troll with short term memory loss. CNN likes it when you send in nude pics, trust me.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • tallulah13

      There's a glitch. I've encountered it many times. I don't know what causes it, I don't know how to fix it, but it is very annoying.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  13. John Warkentin

    Sounds like you think that you're quite smart Mr. Brown Note...you ought to read Proverbs in the Old Testament. You'll find some interesting things written about you...

    September 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  14. 500 Questions

    20% were ugly. Kidding! But probably true.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  15. MikeinMN

    Yeah, just keep propagating the idea that basically everything is a sin and the only way to "salvation" is to give all of your time and money to the "Church". It's how they became and continue to be the most powerful organizations on earth.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • msadr

      Ummm... Actually, the doctrine is that everyONE is a sinner and the only way of salvation is to admit it and put your faith in the sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth. Don't know what propaganda you were reading, but it's not Christianity.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • MNMexy

      You must be thinking of the Boys Scouts....in Christianity, everything is NOT a sin, but some things are very clearly spelled out as being sinful. And I hardly think that 10% of your income is ALL your money....you must have had a hard time in math class.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Scott

      @MNMexy: Yes many things are spelled out like: eating lobster and shrimp or pork, wearing cotton polyester… But I’m sure you don’t do any of those things either

      September 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  16. tldixon

    gee...christian hypocrisy...that's new

    September 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  17. mrgmorgan56

    Morality is in the eye of the beholder. Everything else is control hence religion. Religion was created to control the populace and the weak follow.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Jen Alves

      It is not about morality. It is about having the ability to recognize true love. view http://www.jenalves.com

      September 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Observer

      Jen Alves,

      The Bible is loaded with examples of God calling for people to be killed. He virtually wiped out the entire population of the world.

      Now tell us about all the love.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @mrgmorgan
      Moral relativism is not a concept that sits easily in the minds of the faithful.
      It is hard to concede that other cultures' ways may be as valid as your own when yours is chosen by God.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • MNMexy

      Morality is not relative. That's just plain false. Why else do all cultures inherently view murder as being wrong? There is good and evil, right and wrong. We are created in the image of God, from this we obtain our morality. Now, whether you choose to accept it or not, is perfectly acceptable and fully within your right. Freedom of choice. But your choices have consequences, both in this world and eternally with our soul.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • msadr

      That's ridiculous.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Observer

      "We are created in the image of God, from this we obtain our morality."

      Nonsense. Greeks, Chinese, American Indians, etc. had many of the same morals without believing in God.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @MNMexy
      Almost all cultures view murder as wrong because it runs counter to survival of the group.
      Human beings are successful because we band together and killing your tribe mates willy-nilly reduces your capacity to live safely and comfortably.
      The real question.
      How do you feel about cannibalism?
      It was common, though considered a nuisance and an insult, on Easter Island until the arrival of Christianity.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • gerald

      Ah, no subjective morality. Therefore Stalin and Hitler are as moral as you. They created a morality in there head and on what basis can you claim that their moral values are inferior to yours?

      September 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • gerald

      Sorry, meant objective morality.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @gerald
      Killing everyone you don't like is not a good group survival tactic.
      Hence – Immoral.
      Have you noticed that half of the ten commandments are rules for living together?
      There practical advice for the individual, like heed your parents and take a day off once a week.
      The other three are there to ensure fealty.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  18. linkb

    I meant if we don't have right and wrong then everything is permissable. There has to be a moral standard.

    September 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      What is "wrong" with a simple biological function? Why does the Christian church fear every practice that frees the soul and opens the mind to new experiences? Wy does the Bible seek to demonize the human body?

      September 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Jen Alves

      Many people do not know how to recognize true love. See http://www.jenalves.com

      September 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Matthew

      Then who determines that standard?

      September 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • PooDIPIDI

      Would it be "moral" if I put it in her poop shoot?

      September 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • gupsphoo

      The moral code according to the Bible also says people who work on the sabbath must be stoned to death, and rapists get to marry their victims.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Dana

      OK, then, here's the standard: premarital relations are fine as long as both parties enjoy it and use protection to prevent unwanted conception and spread of disease. Whew! Now that we have a standard, let's move on to more important topics.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Jen Alves

      Matthew,
      If people learn to love themselves and learn how to recognize true love, then they will not be in arbitrary relationships that waste their time or lead them into promiscuous behaviors. Morality will be irrelevant because you will only accept and be with the person who truly loves you. When someone truly loves you, they will marry you. Listen to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R33vMQBvWjk

      September 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Scott

      For all of history the vast majority of people managed to survive quite will without Christian morality and still do. For all of Christian history (whenever christians had political power) they did fantastically immoral things, usually in the name of their god (think inquisition and witch burning)

      September 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • @Jen Alves

      Quit the shameless promotion. Everytime that you post about 'true love'... I hear the preacher from "A Princess Bride"
      Wuv... Twue Wuv...

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbqv3MwwVd8&w=640&h=390]

      September 28, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  19. linkb

    If we don not have right and wrong then everything is permissable.There has to be a moral standard.

    September 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Adam

      Some people are taught right and wrong without the threat of burning in hell and still manage to be better people than self-proclaimed christians...strange right?

      September 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • kenny

      religions have numerous things that are right and wrong... that's the problem, everyone has a different version so the only answer is to abide by civil laws which basically follow the golden rule... pretty simple you would think but sadly your silly fairy tales make you delusional and so you can't really understand reality.... religion is a cruel joke you endure for you're entire life and then you don't even get to hear the punchline since when you're dead you become nothing, like sleeping forever....

      September 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  20. linkb

    Christians sin but we try not to. We are not perfect at all. We are only saved thru Jesus. The word Christian means so many different things today. I believe Christians are those who have accepted Jesus as their personal savior and they confess their sins and try not to sin. Its not willfull sin, where you just sin and then think oh well I'll just ask for forgiveness, and I'll keep doing what I am doing. Its about your relationship with Jesus. God knows your heart.

    September 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      What a pleasant fantasy...

      September 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • MNMexy

      What a beautiful reality. It's too bad many people choose to turn their backs on it.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Matthew

      If God knows my heart, then does Bacchus or Zeus know my liver?

      September 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Doug

      What are you saved from? Your anger, fear and hatred? Then why are you sinning?

      September 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Mexy, some of us require proof. Wishful thinking just doesn't cut it with those of us firmly entrenched in reality.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • ben

      Link, sounds like you worship the tooth fairy or some sort of rediculous childhood fantasy. I pity you if your critical thinking skills are so poor what you just wrote makes sense to you.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
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