September 3rd, 2010
02:18 PM ET

How Christians spoil sex

Christian marriage.

Hot sex.

Let’s try that again:

Christian marriage; hot sex.

It doesn’t quite go together does it?

Passionate, toe-curling sex isn’t normally associated with Christianity or even spirituality in general.

At least that’s what Jonathan Acuff, a Belief Blog contributor and author of "Stuff Christians Like," argues in a recent blog. He says Christians need to do a better job of connecting God with a vibrant sex life.

That’s what we’ve been told. That God and sex don’t go together. And if you say something enough times, people start to believe it’s true…. You can’t have both in the same bottle. They’re oil and water. Cats and dogs. Spencer and Heidi. They just don’t go together.

Acuff, who is married, says Christians shouldn’t just teach abstinence. They should also teach that while sex before marriage is bad, “sex when you’re married is awesome.”

He says Christians damage sex in four ways:

They teach guilt, not abstinence.

They have very few ways to discuss it.

They write 10 books about lust for every one book about the gift of sex.

They've "made the crayon box pretty small" (they're afraid of being creative during sex).

Acuff says it's time Christian couples realize passionate sex is God's idea.

We’ve bought the lie that the world gets to have wild, crazy sex and Christians, holy folks like us, have to have black-and-white, two-dimensional sex. But what if that’s wrong? What if the God who overflows us with love and hope and mercy wants that part of our lives to be as big and as colorful as two married people could possibly imagine?

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • United States

soundoff (2,079 Responses)
  1. Really?

    s ex is frowned upon but touching little boys is ok? Religion = a joke

    September 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
    • June

      You're an idiot!

      September 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
    • abiaggne

      No, it's not ok, and that's not sex. That's abuse. Most know the difference,I hope you do. And don't take this article as truth, it's not. Read scripture, particularly the Song of Solomon, and you'll see how Christ followers really view sex.

      September 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
    • monique

      I am so sick and tired of people basing religion on what a few people did wrong. That is an easy excuse to not actually research what you're trying to go against. It gets old and does nothing for your cause. Have you actually opened up a Bible and read it? More than likely not, your basing your ignorance on what some people did wrong and maybe your impression of a few trips to church.

      September 4, 2010 at 3:48 am |
    • Kate (not of 8)

      AMEN AMEN AMEN to Monique. As a Christian, we do NOT base our faith on or around what mere people do and how they behave (or misbehave is more like it). We base our faith on CHRIST, hence the word CHRISTIANITY. People are sinful, they do stupid and sinful things, they bring dishonor and shame to themselves and God, but Christ NEVER did any of those things! Thank the Lord my salvation is based on Christs' work and righteousness, and not my own or my fellow American's. People do a lot of stupid things in the name of religion and "Christianity". "Christians" turn a lot of people away from Christ because of their sinful actions and hateful attitudes. I would encourage you, if you are looking into the truths of Christianity and religion, that you not base your faith not off of people's actions, but on the Word of God and Christ Himself.

      September 5, 2010 at 12:55 am |
  2. Bob Harris

    This is the most stupid thing I have ever heard.
    Christians arent near as bad as Muslums who require their wives to submit no matter what.
    You people are just Christian haters.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • Hank

      Takes one hater to recognize another, brother.

      September 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
    • Kate

      Not all Christians are the same (witness Malcom up there) and not all Muslims are the same. You tar one with the same brush, you tar both and that really irritates God to no end.

      September 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
    • white

      Why do you have to bring Muslims into this.Just shows how ignorant you and stupid you are.There are the black sheep in every group,you know.

      September 3, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
  3. Tiffany

    Sir, you have no clue. Please stop spreading lies as "facts".

    September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  4. Mikim

    This is funny, our pastor preached this exact thing last week from the Song of Solomon. He noted that not once was children mentioned in the whole book. His take was that it was important who you do it with (husband or wife) and not what you do. God gave us all these parts to enjoy, not feel guilt about.
    Secondly, birth control is not mentioned in the bible but God did make reference that husband and wife should do in there family what is best for them in general. I take that to include whether having more children is something I can afford.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  5. themadmarker

    For those that may not know, not all christians demonize sex. My wife and I attend a retreat every year for marriage tools. One of the classes is about sex in your relationship and how it fits in your walk. It is not an uncomfortable class to go to and talks openly about the beauty and gift of sex given by God. Perhaps people should realize that the work of a union is not over when the "I do" is said. A healthy relationship needs to be worked on and is an important journey from beginning to end.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  6. rita

    I'm a Christian and married for 11 years now. 2 kids. S- ex life is really hot, but yes, it's true that many Christian see S ex as something dirty. Not us, for sure!!!!

    September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  7. Malcolm

    It is "reporters" like you that spoil the true Christian faith. In writing this article you are making the Christian life look hard. The same tactics Satan employs see Job 1:2-19; 2:4-7. How many points are you going to get from Satan today for leading good Christians away from their faith? Who are you working for? Good Work Buddy

    September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • Kim

      Go get 'em Malcolm.
      Shame 'em and scare 'em into acting right.

      September 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
    • Kate

      Oh, for Heaven's sake, Malcom. Lighten up.

      September 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
    • peace2all


      Thank you.... I feel that by your posting, I was in the very clutches of Satan himself, when ... here came your post.

      I am saved....


      September 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
    • Proof

      Sorry Malcolm... Hassatan (part of the heavenly host) in the book of Job is not your horned red guy with the pitchfork. The concept of Lucifer as a supreme evil being didn't develop until the Hellenic era, hundreds of years after Job was written. Read the books in their original language. You'll learn a lot about your faith.

      September 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  8. Wally

    S ex is the first on a long list of things that many religions have made bad or boring. I guess we should all be saving all of our fun up for the afterlife... I hope it's there or what a waste!

    September 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
    • Sheila

      LOLOLOL How true can you get!!

      September 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  9. scroo yoo

    christians ruin everything

    September 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
    • dalis

      No Christian's trying to have sex with you anyway, so don't sweat it.

      September 4, 2010 at 6:24 am |
    • dalis

      No Christian's trying to have s3x with you anyway, so don't sweat it.

      September 4, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  10. TMH

    There's a lot to a good marriage besides the conjugal union of the husband and wife. Because 99% of the time people are not doing the deed. Sometimes the media and the world in general seems to have forgotten that and give an off-balanced coverage of the issue. And then there's the fact that media is quite ignorant of their mistake of some puritanical outlook on human anthropology as the entire and infallible believes of all Christians. Have you read Pope John Paul 2's teachings of Theology of the Body? Or His book, "Love and Responsibility"?

    It will change your mind about what Christians think on the subject.

    In objection to what the author has written on the four points above, Christianity have always taught chastity, not just abstinence, which teachings one about their dignity as a human person above and beyond the subject at hand

    And There are plenty of books, articles, and writings on it. Just do a search on Theology of the Body, Christopher West, Pope John Paul II, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, you'll have plenty to read about that is way better than what the magazines at the grocery lines can teach you about life and love.


    September 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  11. jerry

    I would disagree completely with the premise and the conclusions. As a christian marriage and family counselor I have met both christians and those who don't profess the christian faith who struggle in the area of sexuality. I have also met many in both camps who have loving and very sexual relationships. God is very creative and the bible teaches both in the old testament and the new testament that God has created sex not just for procreation but for recreation between a husband and wife. I believe that the biblical teachings that God created sex for sheer organsmic pleasure is one of the most creative teachings the bible has.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  12. Get over it

    What nonsense. Go into any Christian bookstore and see how many books there are on sex. If anything, Christians are too obsessed with sex. It's all Luther's fault. Him and fatso Henry wanted to make up their own religions and that's why today there are so many damned televangelists leading people into Hell.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  13. Larry

    Perhaps you all go to a different church than I do.
    Inside the unity of marriage, I can not recall the Bible actually setting specific guidelines about passion.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
    • Adam

      They aren't talking about the Bible. As he states, in the quest to keep kids from having pre-marital sex, sometimes the message is taken to an extreme where the message becomes "all sex is bad. Period."

      September 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  14. john

    i am a christian and excellent in bed , ask any woman i ve ever been with and theres nothing like sunday afternoons after church too

    September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
    • LuLu

      Oh, Poor, Poor John. Don't you think it's time you put down the Doritos and the remote, moved out of your parents' basement, got a job and acquired an education?

      September 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
    • Kim

      Jeez Lulu, what's with the basement all the time? Ever since shewhoshouldnotbenamed said that, that's where every comment someone doesn't like comes from.
      Some of us sit in our pajamas, eating Doritos at our parents house, on the couch, you know.

      September 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
    • swfl

      Sorry John, but you do know those weren't women, right?

      September 4, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  15. Alex

    This notion is ridiculous. Christianity encourages sexual relationships between married couples. Beyond that I don't see much advise on how to have sex with your wife in the bible, nor do I look for it in the church service. I find it interesting that we can openly attack Christianity with an obvious stereotype but anyone on CNN that did the same of Islam would be publicly castigated and called an "Islamophobe". If Christianity takes the fun out of sex, then the other seems to take the sex out of sex. Go and blog about that, then come talk to me

    September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  16. Hajib Abdulsteinskiçek

    I live in the West Michigan Bible Belt, an area placated by the Dutch Christian Reformed Church. Kids marry to get get a shot with each other in bed. Then they get divorced.

    Good Christian girls will always tell their partner that "You are the first". But they put out.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  17. majikpresto

    "if you say something enough times, people start to believe it’s true…."

    Kind of like religion in general, huh?

    September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
    • Hoeech


      September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • Connecticutian

      Interesting... it sounds like you're trying to cram your beliefs down my throat! 😉

      September 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
    • A Matter of FAITH

      I'm always amazed at the number of Non-Believers reading a Blog called "Belief" and then having the nerve to tell us Christians we are crazy...is it just me or shouldn't you be commenting on the Non-Belief Blog?

      September 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
    • KDL

      ...or thoughtless belief in general – which isn't religion's sole domain. I mean, you seem to believe that "if you say something enough times, people start to believe it’s true". How is that any more defensible?

      September 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
    • Kat

      The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
    • Kim

      This is to A Matter of Faith.
      We read the blog called Belief, because we to have them. Your God is but a God among many.

      September 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  18. message to christians

    Why don't you all have s-ex, enjoy it, and stop wasting you time thinking about what "god" thinks?

    Use your head, enjoy life, be kind to others – you don't need "god" to tell you that... it just makes sense.

    Also, we evolved from monkeys, just accept it.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
    • millhouse62

      Just wait 'message to christians', you will find out sooner or later

      September 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
    • A Matter of FAITH

      Just a thought...If monkeys evolved into Humans..why are there still monkeys? Is evolution selective?

      September 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      message to Christians,
      So your parents monkey-ed around….you are sayin'?

      September 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
    • Sheila

      Yes, natural selection is selective. That's why it's called SELECTION. Natural selection occurs through the mutation of genes over a period of time. The genes only mutated in SOME monkeys not all. That's why we still have monkeys.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
    • peace2all


      Was that an attempt of some kind of Darwinian humor on your part....? 🙂


      September 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
    • jonathan

      I'll speak to you in your own language ... ohh eeh hee aah LOL 🙂

      September 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
    • Jita2060

      @message to christians & sheila: Perhaps YOU evolved from monkeys – speak for yourself.

      @Jonathan: LOL!

      September 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Oops! Did I step on someone’s paws,…oow, feet, ummm..hands? Not yours, I hope!

      September 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
    • Lapsed

      I agree. Evolution is highly selective. Humans are the product of natural selection. This FACT has nothing to do with RELIGION. Religion is a PRACTICE of a BELIEF SYSTEM for which people find COMFORT. RELIGION IS NOT (not not not) how, where, when or how the earth and creatures were made. It IS, however, responsible for how civilization has been and is structured, and has a strong grasp on the human psyche. Only the strong survive is the basis of natural selection, meaning that the traits that work allow that species to continue to evolve, while those with traits that don't apply to the current situation will die off. If you have grown up believing that a supreme being has created your world, it is ok for you to believe that, because it is all that your psyche can handle. Yours is a mind that cannot handle 'the unknown', you must have an answer for anything, while scientists use logic and experiments to ask the questions you ignore and find some possible answers. So for you to believe that God created Earth (from what?), then created Man (from what?), then created Woman from Man (what?) and that they should only procreate for children (then why is it pleasurable?) is ok, if that is what gets you through the day. (How sad for you.)

      September 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
    • peace2all


      Hey CM..... Nope...Not my paws..! But, good to see some humor come from you...!

      Hope that you are well....

      Peace to you....

      September 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
    • michael

      If the world was left in the hands of you animals were would the world be- your an animal to put sex first your just an animal! a fury hairy little minded animal and you like it!

      September 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
    • McGrace

      Christ is the light and the way and the Truth.....

      September 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
    • CatholicMom


      Since God wants us to multiply and subdue the earth, why would He make it anything but pleasurable? That was a silly question!

      September 3, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
    • Yikes

      OMG, did someone here actually describe Evolution as "Humans evolving from monkeys"???? and then question why there are still monkeys?
      While some people find the R-word (ret*rded) offensive, people like this demonstrate that it still, occasionally, has a valid place in the English language.

      September 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
    • Ironwench

      If you don't believe that God is the author of creation, then why do you suggest we "forget what God thinks". Why would one care about that if we all came from monkeys anyway, which by the way, are STILL around strangely enough.?

      September 4, 2010 at 2:52 am |
    • Ziggy626

      @ Lapsed. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You took the words out of my mouth...

      September 4, 2010 at 8:55 am |
    • Colleen

      I'm sorry but I had to reply... you do realize that the "THEORY" of evolution was knocked flat on it's behind, when the FACT of DNA was established. It is complete foolishness to keep hanging on to out dated, proven false, information. There is no DNA for fish, slamander, monkey, human DNA, There is human DNA, monkey DNA, salamander DNA, Fish DNA, there is nothing in between. We have got to stop believing in the falacy of evoltution when it has been proven a lie, with the established and proven, irefuateble discovery of DNA.

      September 4, 2010 at 10:05 am |
    • Niwotmom

      Because us Christians, actually care about what God thinks. You obviously have no faith or belief in God, otherwise that wouldn't have come out of your mouth.

      September 4, 2010 at 11:58 am |
    • Niwotmom

      God created the world, man, woman, etc. because he IS GOD!!!!! Your trying to define this on a human level. Not possible with God. He's beyond our human comprehension.

      September 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
    • BeatleBabe


      Oh, no... are you one of those people who thinks God put dinosaur bones on earth to test our faith or confuse us or something?

      September 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
    • Catholic by Reason

      Just go back as far as you can, you know before there were humans, before there was any life, before there was any particals before there was anything at all. Tell me HOW? How then did anything begin? Reason will tell you without a doubt something rather someone (God – the ONLY one) in his infinite intelligence designed it all and carried it out. Thats it nothing else.

      September 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
    • BeatleBabe


      See, here's the thing though: not knowing the beginnings of the universe should turn you AWAY from organized religion, not to it. Knowing that the Bible is genuinely wrong about things should remind you that it was written by MAN, not a god, and that those men were simply trying to come up with answers for the incredible questions in life: why are we here, what is our purpose, without ANY real knowledge.

      If Catholicism is based on a book that is contains so much information that can be PROVEN false, that it astounds me that people can continue following blindly.

      So it comes down to this: if you can, for one second, just acknowledge that you know that there were dinosaurs on this planet 200 million years ago, you are actually acknowledging that the bible is WRONG, not just about something, wrong about the VERY FIRST THING.

      And there are many theories about the formation of the universe, you know.

      September 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
    • PHIL

      Maybe you should stop giving advice cause you suck at it

      September 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  19. jenniferjustice

    I don't what religions he's talking about, but I'm Lutheran, a woman and married and I have the greatest sex life of any of my friends, co-workers, and just about everybody else I know whose given me even a glimpse of their 6 life. My church has taught that married sex pleases God. The bible stating "a woman's body belongs to her husband" isn't meant to imply I am my husband property and to be treated like an inanimate object: Rather it means, because we are committed for the rest of our lives, it is my body that must satisfy his 6ual desires and to trust and submit. I don't see that all as victimizing me or putting myself in danger. What it means to us is the freedom to have a robust crazy kinda' love – the sky is the limit! We can do ANYTHING together and there is nothing shameful or wrong whatever we do because we are married. It has allowed me to be open to ideas and positions, etc. that I probably wouldn't have thought of myself because I'm not a guy. I feel the longer we're together the better it continues to get and there never seems to be a point where we've tried everything or are tired of each other.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  20. Benjamin

    You won't be able to determine s-xual chemistry in a marraige unless you actually have s-x BEFORE you get married. Abstinence is the foundation for a lot of long-term misery. In fact, I dare say, if the urge to have s-x doesn't overcome your desire for premarital abstinence, the marriage is probably far more likely to fail. Physical chemistry is as important as emotional and intellectual compatibility, and you just can't determine it for sure until you go all the way. emotional and intellectual compatability does not necessarily lead to physical chemistry, either, and anyone who says otherwise doesn't know any better.

    There is nothing immoral about premarital s-x. The only immoral thing about s-x is to either knowingly spread STDs, or to have s-x with someone while committed to someone else. Otherwise, anything goes.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • hpav

      I have to completely disagree. All the couples that I know that are divorced all had premaritial sex. The couples that I know that are still together are the ones who waited, my parents being in that group. I remember a bumper sticker..."Premaritial sex puts you on the used car lot." You give a part of your heart each time you have sex...And when you finally meet that person that you spend forever with, wouldn't you want to give them all of you, completely? And then there's the comparisions. Even know they may not mean to do it, your partner may be comparing you to someone else that they had slept with. I'd rather give my future husband ALL of myself.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • Jita2060

      Benjamin, with all due respect, your entire statement is a lie from the pit of hell.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
    • Flora

      I have to disagree with you just a LITTLE bit. The vast majority of you're statement I also believe to be true; a good, strong marriage almost requires there to be premarital s e x. You can't just force a great s e x life to happen simply because you're married; it is possible to just simply be irreconcibly s e xually incompatible. You can overlook these differences if you want, but your marriage is going to become incredibly hollow as a result. The only way to be sure is to have s e x (responsibly!) before you get to the altar and commit the greater sin of divorce.

      HOWEVER, I have to disagree that "anything goes" in premarital s e x. I believe that God created s e x to be shared between two people (regardless of gender) who earnestly love each other. Whether the love lasts is up to them. When you're in a bar in the middle of the night just looking for anyone who's willing to hop into bed with you, then it becomes wrong. S e x becomes fornication when it's done without love and respect for each other, regardeless of marital status, because you are cheapening God's gift.

      September 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
    • Smith

      I disagree. It is not even close to impossible to determine whether s-xual chemistry exists between you and another person without actually having s-x. It's about having self-control. It's about wanting to, even REALLY wanting to, but not letting yourself if you believe in waiting until marriage. I totally agree how important physical chemistry is and know that it is a crucial part of an intimate relationship, but you can abstain and still be successful with that. I hope this is not your excuse for s-x before marriage.

      September 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      You think fornication prevents divorce? Fornication is ok if you think you love someone? I didn't think it was ok for any reason.....don't lie to yourself.....

      September 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
    • Jeff


      Fornication is a required part of procreating. Every animal species God created does it, very few of them are monogamous. That urge we feel to have s-x is an important part of ensuring our species survives. Do you really think so little of God that he didn't' pay attention to every little detail when he created us? Do you really think he would have built in that urge and then tell us we can't follow it? That doesn't sound like the God I know. That sounds like someone playing a sick practical joke.

      I'm sorry. If God wanted us to have only have s-x with one person in our entire lives, he would have created us that way. He didn't. Even after finding one person to bond ourselves with those urges still exist. God would not have created us one way, given us free will, only to tell us after the fact, "oh by the way you are going to have these urges, but no mater what you do you can't give in or I will punish you."

      God created us in his image. Why would he need to test us to make sure we are doing what he wants us to do? God would not need to constantly test his creations. He is perfect, he creations are perfect. This idea that we have to be constantly tested to ensure we are following the rules is Man making sure someone else's creation is doing what he wants it to do and not what the creator wants it to do.

      September 4, 2010 at 2:02 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Animals do not fornicate….they are animals without a soul….not in the image of God.
      Why is marriage vital ….why not just keep on fornicating? Maybe you are….
      God was generous in giving us a freewill….it is not a test…..we are not perfect when we sin….maybe the Word of God isn’t the Word of God to you….

      Some people evidently are only concerned about their urges and have that ‘me, myself, and I’ attitude….and have no thought about tomorrow but just this very minute and my urge. If you are married, I wonder if your wife ever feels like going out in public with you or does she feel like leaving you home with the puppy who is hard to pull off the neighbor’s leg.

      September 4, 2010 at 10:27 am |
    • CatholicMom


      Animals do not forn I cate….they are animals without a soul…not in the image of God.

      Why is marriage v I tal….why not just keep on forn I cating? Maybe you are….

      God was generous in giving us a freewill…it is not a test….we are not perfect when we sin….maybe the Word of God isn’t the Word to you….

      Some people evidently are only concerned about their urges and have that ‘me, myself, and I’ attitude…and have no thought about anything but the at the moment urge.

      If you are married, I wonder if your wife ever feels like going out in public with you or does she feel like leaving you home with the puppy who is hard to pull off the neighbor’s leg.

      September 4, 2010 at 10:35 am |
    • MiamiM

      @Benjamin, appreciate your thoughts but I beg to differ. Having sex before marriage is not guarantee that it will work out later. People who think cohabiting as well, helps determine whether or not marriages will last are also assuming a lot. There are people who are married for 18, 25, or 30 years who end up divorced. There are people who have sex before marriage who divorce anyway. I think sex it integral in the relationship but it"s been given way too much credit for reasons for divorce. I think the marriage has to have 2 good forgivers and 2 unselfish people to work, just like any lasting relationship, there has to be forgiveness, acceptance, love, and commitment.

      September 5, 2010 at 5:10 am |
    • CatholicMom

      None of my posts made it on to reply back to you , so briefly….God did not make you as a robot; you have choices to make; He wants you to choose His Way once you have learned the Truth of it.

      September 6, 2010 at 11:27 am |
    • Bee Leaf

      @CatholicMom: According to the story, this "God" is omniscient, right? It would know what we will choose after all. It would be aware of that from the moment of creation (and even before, I guess). What loving creator would sit there and watch its dear ones squirm and err and suffer? Count me out from worshiping such a being. People have created a monster. There may be something out there, but it's not this mythical being.

      September 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
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