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My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality
February 9th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality

Editor's Note: Jennifer Wright Knust is author of Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire.

By Jennifer Wright Knust, Special to CNN

We often hears that Christians have no choice but to regard homosexuality as a sin - that Scripture simply demands it.

As a Bible scholar and pastor myself, I say that Scripture does no such thing.

"I love gay people, but the Bible forces me to condemn them" is a poor excuse that attempts to avoid accountability by wrapping a very particular and narrow interpretation of a few biblical passages in a cloak of divinely inspired respectability.

Truth is, Scripture can be interpreted in any number of ways. And biblical writers held a much more complicated view of human sexuality than contemporary debates have acknowledged.

In Genesis, for example, it would seem that God’s original intention for humanity was androgyny, not sexual differentiation and heterosexuality.

Genesis includes two versions of the story of God’s creation of the human person. First, God creates humanity male and female and then God forms the human person again, this time in the Garden of Eden. The second human person is given the name Adam and the female is formed from his rib.

Ancient Christians and Jews explained this two-step creation by imagining that the first human person possessed the genitalia of both sexes. Then, when the androgynous, dually-sexed person was placed in the garden, s/he was divided in two.

According to this account, the man “clings to the woman” in an attempt to regain half his flesh, which God took from him once he was placed in Eden. As third century Rabbi Samuel bar Nahman explained, when God created the first man, God created him with two faces. “Then he split the androgyne and made two bodies, one on each side, and turned them about.”

When the apostle Paul envisioned the bodies that would be given to humanity at the end of time, he imagined that they would be androgynous, “not male and female.” The third-century non-canonical Gospel of Philip, meanwhile, lamented that sexual difference had been created at all: “If the female had not separated from the male, she and the male would not die. That being’s separation became the source of death.”

From these perspectives, God’s original plan was sexual unity in one body, not two. The Genesis creation stories can support the notion that sexual intercourse is designed to reunite male and female into one body, but they can also suggest that God’s blessing was first placed on an undifferentiated body that didn’t have sex at all.

Heterosexual sex was therefore an afterthought designed to give back the man what he had lost.

Despite common misperceptions, biblical writers could also imagine same-sex intimacy as a source of blessing. For example, the seemingly intimate relationship between the Old Testament's David and Jonathan, in which Jonathan loved David more than he loved women, may have been intended to justify David’s rise as king.

Jonathan, not David, was a king’s son. David was only a shepherd. Yet by becoming David’s “woman,” Jonathan voluntarily gave up his place for his beloved friend.

Thus, Jonathan “took great delight in David,” foiling King Saul’s attempts to arrange for David’s death (1 Samuel 19:1). Choosing David over his father, Jonathan makes a formal covenant with his friend, asking David to remain faithful to him and his descendants.

Sealing the covenant, David swears his devotion to Jonathan, “for he loved him as he loved his own life” (1 Samuel 20:17). When Jonathan is killed, King David composes a eulogy for him, praising his devotion: “greatly beloved were you to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women” (2 Samuel 1:26).

Confident claims about the forms of sex rejected by God are also called into question by early Christian interpretations of the story of Sodom. From the perspective of the New Testament, it was the near rape of angels - not sex between men - that led to the demise of the city.

Linking a strange story in Genesis about “sons of God” who lust after “daughters of men” to the story of the angels who visit Abraham’s nephew Lot, New Testament writers concluded that the mingling of human and divine flesh is an intolerable sin.

As the New Testament letter Jude puts it:

And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great day. Likewise, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual immorality and went after strange flesh, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire (Jude 6-7).

The first time angels dared to mix with humans, God flooded the earth, saving only Noah, his family, and the animals. In the case of Sodom, as soon as men attempted to engage in sexual activity with angels, God obliterated the city with fire, delivering only Lot and his family. Sex with angels was regarded as the most dangerous and offensive sex of all.

It’s true that same-sex intimacy is condemned in a few biblical passages. But these passages, which I can count on one hand, are addressed to specific sex acts and specific persons, not to all humanity forever, and they can be interpreted in any number of ways.

The book of Leviticus, for example, is directed at Israelite men, offering instructions regarding legitimate sexual partners so long as they are living in Israel. Biblical patriarchs and kings violate nearly every one of these commandments.

Paul’s letters urge followers of Christ to remain celibate and blame all Gentiles in general for their poor sexual standards. Jesus, meanwhile, says nothing at all about same-sex pairing, and when he discusses marriage, he discourages it.

So why are we pretending that the Bible is dictating our sexual morals? It isn’t.

Moreover, as Americans we should have learned by now that such a simplistic approach to the Bible will lead us astray.

Only a little more than a century ago, many of the very same passages now being invoked to argue that the scriptures label homosexuality a sin or that God cannot countenance gay marriage were used to justify not “biblical marriage” but slavery.

Yes, the apostle Paul selected same-sex pairings as one among many possible examples of human sin, but he also assumed that slavery was acceptable and then did nothing to protect slaves from sexual use by their masters, a common practice at the time. Letters attributed to him go so far as to command slaves to obey their masters and women to obey their husbands as if they were obeying Christ.

These passages served as fundamental proof texts to those who were arguing that slavery was God’s will and accusing abolitionists of failing to obey biblical mandates.

It is therefore disturbing to hear some Christian leaders today claim that they have no choice but to regard homosexuality as a sin. They do have a choice and should be held accountable for the ones they are making.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jennifer Wright Knust.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Homosexuality • Opinion • Sex

soundoff (4,235 Responses)
  1. Danny H.

    Pick and chooses scriptures that are poorly used without considering context. Try explaining Romans 1:27.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • oi vey

      Danny H, you need to read all the scriptures leading up to the scripture you are siting. Start from Romans 1:1 which gives you the subject matter of believers versus non-believers. Then, notice Romans 1:18 to comprehend Romans 1:27. Of course, continue reading to the last scripture.

      February 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  2. Becca

    Wow...can't wait until you are face to face with God and have to justify this trash to him. Don't try to moralize something that goes against what is taught!

    February 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Faisal

      Agreed 100%. This trash will definitely not pass God's righteousness. This is blasphemy against heaven and all who dwell there!

      February 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      God might try to get her involved in a 3-way. She's a cutie.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Observer

      "Against what is taught"? C'mon. If Christians REALLY cared about what it taught they would trash all their fellow Christians who live in constant adultery by being remarried after divorcing.

      Tell the truth.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Jonathan

      Becca, it was once taught that you are below a man's voice and you should not stand against my word. In thus, if you believe what you say is true; hush your mouth.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • ingrid

      Becca and Faisal....wow!? My god is a lot nicer.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Andy 666

      If I have to justify all I've done to a God when I die, then he is a petty God indeed, one without mercy. That sounds pretty bad to me, why would you worship him (if not out of fear)?

      February 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Gwith3

      Observer: Guess what? Christians do sin, we are born into a sinful world and therefore sinful by nature, but that is why we have the bible and we have forgiveness, thanks to Gods great sacrifice of his son-Jesus Christ. And everyone on here who is calling the bible a joke, or a lie, or only written by Men, I feel so sorry for you, unfortunately you will probably never understand or get it.

      February 10, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • oi vey

      Andy 666, to FEAR God is the beginning of understanding His truth. In our country we have street lingo today, "that so bad" means the opposite "cool" doesn't mean it's cold, "Hommies", "Crib" etc . Someone not speaking English coming to our country haven't the foggiest idea what any street lingo is until they've lived here for a while. Same with non-believers in His truth. You only comprehend some of His scriptures, but you are staying in a carnal (ways of man) mindset. Starting to comprehend His wisdom, He guides you into His spiritual understanding instead of staying in your carnal mindset.

      February 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • oi vey

      Observer, we do discuss Jesus' truth with adulterers and their mates. However, most of these sinners aren't making prime news, except to be hired by non-believers after they've destroyed their marriages, abandoned their mate and left their life in tatters and want to discuss politics with the nation.

      February 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  3. Sybaris

    Who cares what that book says. It's been an excuse for hate and prejudice since it was put together.................by men.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  4. Karloff

    I like the Wizard of Oz better.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  5. Ed

    This is why I am agnostic.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • TP

      Amen, Brother Ed! Christians spend their lives trying to justify and try to make some sense out of a bunch of self-contradicting nonsense. What a waste of time.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Joel

      No, TP. Christians, real Christ-followers, spend their lives giving of their time, money, and physical labors to their families, their friends, and complete strangers, some of which in turn despise them. I know of this because I have seen it, experienced it, and practice it. I'm sorry you haven't.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Summer

      TP, sounds like YOU'RE trying to justify your life with that statement. There's something called Projection- where you project your own feelings/desires onto someone else... and that is what you're doing my friend.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:10 am |
  6. Mary

    I find it so sad that it is impossible to have any type of discussion on any subject that introduces different points of view where it is suddenly attacked as being from the awful liberal or elite or right wing or whatever. What happened to the ability of being able to absorb critical thinking, different intrepations? Are people so afraid their own beliefs might just be proven wrong therefore no one is to have a different viewpoint because of their own fear? Just wondering that's all.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      We're talking about religion. No critical thinking required.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • ingrid

      Mary, very well said. You are absolutely right!

      February 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Pinolera

      So, was Jesus wrong when he was tyring to reprove the Pharisses for their warped and self-righteous teachings? It was because he was afraid of his beliefs, afraid that he could be proven wrong? Certainly not. Because he had a pre-human existance and was next to his father he knew exactly how God felt about things and so therefore he could speak. If a person claims to be a christian he has to accept the bible for what it is - God's word and be willing to defend it not tear it down like many try to do – both christians and non-christians. If not, then you cannot claim not one ounce of christianity and that my dear is the bottom line.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Stacie Lancaster

      Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen!!!!!

      February 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Summer

      Mary, we 'attack', as you say, because Christian's or Bible-believers are being attacked every day!! Every day, the free expression of religion is being squandered more and more... yes, it is happening, and Christians dont like it

      February 18, 2011 at 2:09 am |
  7. Jon

    And as for David Funk, you sir are wrong, God will judge people for their sin, unless that sin is covered under the blood of Jesus Christ. The Bible say the wages of sin is death (spiritual death or seperation from God for eternity), but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Unless you confess you are a sinner and turn from that sin, you will not make heaven your home David, no matter what your Pastor is teaching you. Jesus did not make you that way, it was a choice. You might have had those feelings from and early age, but it is still a choice you make.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0sILSapUUc

      Catholics and Ho-mos3xuality

      February 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Ryan

      You forgot to preface your tirade with "I believe that..."

      February 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  8. DJ

    I never cease to be amazed at the passionate debates fueled by fictional literature. Maybe it's like a book club... a big, big book club.

    It seems like regardless of which "book club" you claim membership in, a general guideline of treating others kindly and respecting differing viewpoints from your own would solve most of the overblown zealotry that tends to accompany this topic.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  9. Mouse

    God is live forever and never die! Be important is the first love and happy. STOP ignorance!

    To: Brad, SHUT UP!

    February 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  10. Shenanigans

    I thought that arguing about Biblical interpretations was a sin, so why are you arguing? The messages that I understand from the teachings of Jesus are to love mankind unconditionally and to always do the right thing. How can hatred be the right thing? How can condemnation be the right thing? If organized religion purports such hatred, fear, and judgement, than organized religion is failing. If being a member of a Christian church is teaching anyone to hate, condemn, and judge, then the leaders of those churches have strayed far from the word of God.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • kehbeth

      amen

      February 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • ksoze

      Very well said.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • sealchan

      I do think that it is acceptible to delineate sins. But I don't think we can reasonable call every rule in the Bible and its punishment as morally correct or even God's Word for us today. Jesus gave us a way to see the old law in a new light. Paul's teachings are not inerrant. Humans need rules but rules are always flawed. Jesus taught us to listen to love and what it tells us.

      Consider the Garden of Eden story...did God not set us up for a fall by giving us a rule to follow without giving us the basic sense (a knowledge of good and evil) in order to guide us in the keeping of that rule? Those who read the Garden of Eden story as a simple morality tale have not read it or interpreted it correctly. And the whole Judeo-Christian relationship to God's rules has been problematic ever sense...

      February 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Sally

      Thank you Shenanigans! Well said!!

      February 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  11. Colorado

    The truth about scripture is it is not really open to interpretation. It doesn't matter if someone believes it says X, if god intended it to mean Y, then it means Y. This article takes biblical passages out of context, applies isolated interpretations from unathoritarian sources, and tries to make a cogent argument out of it all. There may be arguments to be made, but this article certainly fell short. Granted, this is simply an opinion piece, but I sincerly hope that no one, despite their views on the subject, is gullible enough to fall for this strained reasoning.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Nick

      Oh, has God been telling you exactly what he means by every part of the bible? I'm pretty sure that the myriad different sects of Christianity that can be found all over the world are excellent evidence for the fact that the bible is nearly 100% about interpretation. There are very few parts of it that all Christians can agree on in terms meaning.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • WarhammerTwo

      But the point is how do you or I know what God intended? Are you God? You got a direct line to Him or Jesus? Did He knock on your front door, sit down at your kitchen table, enjoy some wine with you and lay it all out for you? If not, then you are doing exactly what I am doing and INTERPRETING SCRIPTURE. And interpretation is SUBJECTIVE. So read your Bible, discern meaning from it as best you can and leave others to do the same. And please stop being so arrogant as to think you have all the right answers. I know I sure as heck don't.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Cary

      You can interpret scripture. But what helps you know what you interpreted was correct or not? Hence all the confusion whos interpreting right? Does not the bible teach us to go to God with our questions? God wants us to know answers to these questions. He tells us seek and ye shall find knock and it shal be opened unto you. Yes he is at the door waiting to let us know which interpretations are right. But if we do not ask him which is right then it is left to be the interpretation of man not God. Within the faiths who follow christ teachings there is a lot of dispute on many different topics. but there is a faith that no matter where you attend a services no matter who is teaching their doctorine on these and all subjects will always be consistent! I would look into the LDS faith for they do have a lot of answers how to find truth!

      February 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Cary,

      This woman is like a ‘false teacher’….taking 2 Samuel and twisting it….here is verse 26 ….’ I grieve for thee, my brother Jonathan: exceeding beautiful, and amiable to me above the love of women. As the mother loveth her only son, so did I love thee.’

      Notice how the author of the article left off the last sentence which states….’As the mother loveth her only son, so did I love thee.’ How does a mother loveth her only son?….with a love that is not s3xual…not like one would love a woman as the first sentence states.

      He loved with the same kind of love that Mary, the Mother of God, loved her only Son, Jesus.

      The Catholic Church is the one who gathered the inspired Books and placed them in the Bible and has been given the authority by Jesus Christ to interpret it. None other has the right to change the meaning. Even the Bible says that Scripture is not a matter of personal interpretation. How do people skip over these crucial verses? It is just heresy upon heresy….

      Also the Church does not condemn people and neither should we. Each person condemns himself if he chooses ‘that Path’. We do need to look at actions and determine if they are actions we should partake of or not on our earthly journey towards Heaven. Any deviation from the right Path can lead us astray [of our own choosing] so we must be vigilant and know the Truth about actions….they are either sinful or they are not…choose correctly by judging the action correctly.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Sarah

      I think 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 sums this up. Yes God and Jesus shows love by forgiving us of our sins and giving us the chance to change and forgives us when we do. I dont like when people use the bible out of contends to cover sin. Jesus did teach love in forgiveness but if we dont change he will not forgive! Please follow 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and dont be Mislead!!!!!

      9 What! Do YOU not know that unrighteous persons will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be misled. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men kept for unnatural purposes,NOR MEN WHO LIE WITH ME, 10 nor thieves, nor greedy persons, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit God’s kingdom. 11 And yet that is what some of YOU were. But YOU have been washed clean, but YOU have been sanctified, but YOU have been declared righteous in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • God

      This is a logical fallacy. All text is inherently open to interpretation by the nature of being semiotic objects perceived by a reader. Did you mean to say something else?

      February 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  12. Mitch

    There are many different ways to interpret the bible. It's the way that you see certain stories. Don't judge other people because they see things differently than you....that's not very "Christian" of you.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  13. Mark

    A question to the posters rattling off biblical quotes: one person's interpretation of the words of a magical sky wizard is wrong, but your's is correct? Someone explain this to me?

    February 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Cary

      Gods word interpreted by man=wrong revelation from God through man=correct. The amount of sources information goes through the worse the inf gets (telephone game) truths get lost etc. The kings James version of the Bible is the one Most have found to have the least amount of wrong interpretations. Again you have to recognize that God can speak to man? Hvae you tried speaking to him? He tells us that when we Pray he will answer our prayers. Only God can interpret these questions correctly. And if God were to speak to e today there would be anything I could tell you to make you believe a certain way. That is up to your faith and prayer and Gods answer for you!

      February 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • oi vey

      Mark, Jesus' truth stands for all time. He gives us the subject, main body, outcome. The only time man/woman wants to refute Jesus' truth as written is because they don't want to give up their sinful natures. It's all about EGOs. Ego means to Erase God Out so that man/woman can continue doing the ways of man which goes against Jesus' truth.

      February 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  14. David Johnson

    @Steve the real one

    Like a true Evangelical, you start quoting scripture. Can you prove it is the word of god?

    The bible contains errors. How can it be he word of god?

    Cheers!

    February 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Mike

      to state that there are errors in the bible is not the same and proving there are errors. Please show me what you think are errors. And please research you so called errors, as non-christians have tried for many years to use the same old lines with out really looking into the scriptures.

      Thank you

      February 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • sealchan

      I agree...many Christians equate the Word of God with the Bible ignoring the facts of God's creation. If the Bible does not accord with God's creation then the Bible, or one's interpretation of it, is likely in error. You have to laugh or cry at people who think that they are not interpreting the Bible when they read a translation of it without literary analysis, translation notes or other cultural and other related scholarship as a guide.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • sealchan

      On the other hand, the Bible can contain the Word of God, but man wrote it and another man or woman translated it, etc...

      February 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Seth Miller

      The Bible contains no errors. The only err lies on the misunderstanding and misinterpretations on the erring human.

      http://sethdavidmiller.com/2010/07/28/the-bible-can-we-trust-it-part-2-does-the-bible-err/

      February 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Cary

      Do you believe God can speak to man? Have you tried speaking to him? This is the process of Scripture! Yes we believe the Bible to be true as far as it has been translated correctly!

      February 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      David Johnson,

      "True Evangelical"? That is probably the kindest thing you have ever said to me! Thanks! NOW, prove the Bible is not the word of God! You "know" me better than that David! Come on, man. Your response will be close to this:
      1. Can't prove a negative
      2. Not my responsibility to disprove
      3. Circular argument

      David: I WILL stand on the word of God rather than that of Secular Humanistic Scientists, whose sole existance is to "attempt" to disprove anything that is Godly! Not interested David, we would do this ALL NIGHT, EVERY NIGHT and I will not/cannot budge! You have that kind of time? Not me! Not running form you, David. Its just you have asked the same questions before. You just don't like the answers! So instaed of circular arguments. I will just continue to pray for you and those who share your non-beliefs!

      February 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • UncleM

      The bible is self contradicitng nonsense written in a pre-scientific age. Myth and wishful thinking. To believe it is true and inerrant is intellectual laziness of staggering proportions.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      Sorry all,
      Once again the spelling is pitiful! What can I say?

      February 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Andy 666

      @Steve The easiest way to prove that the bible is not the word of God is probably to disprove God. I can attempt here, but why try when an entire book was written that does so much better than I can ever hope to. Read Richard Dawkins "The God Delusion" to see why the God doesn't exists, can't exist, and how you probably wouldn't want him to anyway since he was a pretty vengeful angry God (See the Old Testament for plenty of examples). Good luck on your journey. If you choose NOT to read that book, you are really choosing to close your ears and not listen to arguments. Even if you would disagree with the arguments, logic and science in it, I'm sure you would still find it very interesting from perhaps a purely curious perspective. I highly recommend it.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • apologeticavatar

      Andy666
      You may want to look at the other side of Dawkins' book to remain intellectually honest yourself...
      "Atheist Delusions" by David Bentley Hart or even Alistair McGrath's "The Dawkins Delusion?"

      February 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  15. Observer

    The New Testament is as plain as can be. Anyone who divorces and remarries commits adultery. There are FAR FAR more Christians guilty of adultery as there are gays, but many HYPOCRITICAL Christians ignor that so they can trash gays. It's all pick and choose for them.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Jon

      cant agree more.
      A sin is a sin, and you cant make a priority list.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Cary

      very lame argument! one wrong or even lots of wrongs dosnt make another wrong right! There are numerous ways to disobey but one dosnt justify another!

      February 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • joe

      Righteousness is not measured by comparison to others, but by how one keeps God's perfect moral law. God is the standard, not man.

      February 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Dave

      ..and the difference could be that...those divorced Christians have admitted to God they have sinned and that it was a sin they committed. This lady is just saying it's not a sin period. She's wrong

      February 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Joe

      If the New T was as plain as can be why do we have scholars. It is not, for example Jesus taught us to put aside ceremony and use our hearts what doe sthat mean. It can ,ean if you overcharge me for a car you are a sinner. it could me if a compnay reorgs and brings in new people for no otherreason than the new boss wants to it can be a sin, stealing someones job. No the New T is very complex and so is man.

      February 10, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  16. Sarge

    You're correct, Jennifer. It is "Your take." It is not the Biblical take. And someday you will stand face to face with the Almighty and will be asked to defend leading so many folks to perdition because of your deliberate misuse of God's Word.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Jeanette

      Who knows Sarge, and others of you – maybe some day you will be face to face with the Almighty and She will ask you why you were so hateful of your fellow beings...

      February 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Hector Rules NJ

      @Jeanette: Exactly. So may self righteous posts...SMH

      February 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Andy 666

      Actually I thought Odin and Thor was all for fighting and vengance ?

      February 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Marco

      @ Sarge – "Judge not, lest YE be judged". Go ahead and keep assuming YOU know what "the almighty's" plan is. That is blasphemy in the textbook definition my friend, and if there really IS a hell, your dumb @ss will be heading straight there for being a self righteous pr1ck.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  17. eljaykid

    I want some of what this woman is smoking. Then I could maybe grasp half of the convoluted, bizarre things she gets out of the Bible. She is as far off as those who hate on gays.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  18. Holly S.

    I love how the theists cannot even agree amongst themselves, truly hilarious as they're all mentally disturbed IMO. This comment section is akin to a nuthatchery – none of the crazies realize that they're crazy and they're all flinging poo at one another.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Jon

      hahahahahaha..... i am laughin my stomach out with your comment 😀

      February 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Hector Rules NJ

      This is great!!

      February 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Alley

      awesome

      February 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • WoRdup

      Holly S
      So you stepped in and threw the biggest handful !

      February 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • come on man

      "truly hilarious as they're all mentally disturbed IMO"

      you are doing the very thing you are condemning

      February 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Joel

      ...and yet you still feel compelled to read the nuthatchery. Someone hasn't come to grips with their spirituality, or lack of it.

      February 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Marco

      The difference is, us non-theists *can* judge, because we don't believe in a god that's going to judge *us* for judging you and your wacko nonsense. 😉

      February 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  19. Sandra

    When oh WHEN will CNN actually have a "religious section" article written by ANYONE with a clue, and not someone touting CNN's anti-God agenda?

    February 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • blake

      It is rare to see an evangelical perspective represented. Usually anti-Christian. At best, theologically liberal Christianity.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • allanhowls

      Just because someone doesn't agree with your dogma, that doesn't make it anti-God.
      Christians: never before has a majority whined so mightily about how they're persecuted.

      Some folks just aren't happy until they've decided how everybody else should live their lives. Get over youself, and realize that your sect no longer gets to own the stage; you gotta share.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Jon

      CNN – CONSTANTLY NEGATIVE NEWS !!!

      What do you expect to read from these people anyway !!!!

      February 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • ps141

      Exactly, a so-called religious perspective written by those who agree with everything except the AKJV. There are no obscure passages related to this subject, but very direct passages in both the Old Testament and New Testament. When the media and most who seem to have a word here, don't like what is written, they write something else. "Let God be true, and every man a liar".

      February 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Reggie

      It won't happen Sandra, sadly. It is up to us that know the truth to spread it any way we can. Like you, i have yet to see a "true" view of what the Bible teaches on this outlet.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Charles

      Hate to break it to you, buttercup, but "Clue" and "Faith" are mutually exclusive.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Anthon

      Hopefuly it will happen someday Sandra, the sad thing is the owner of CNN's had bitternes toward God in the past. And i have no idea where is he learned the Bible from??

      February 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • ps141

      Anthon, obviously CNN didn't learn anything from the AKJV or it's source, the Textus Receptus.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Stacie Lancaster

      If you don't like CNN, why do you read CNN? I don't life Fox, so I don't watch it's TV channel or read it's website.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Marco

      A biblical scholar and pastor has an "anti god" agenda? PLEASE!!!! Get a grip, you right wing nutjob creep.

      February 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  20. Chaz

    You can't legitimate "rightness" into everything just because God gave us the choice of free will. We will continue to pray for you Ms. Knust.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • E Massie

      Her article is excellent. God bless her for sharing what she's learned!

      February 10, 2011 at 9:07 am |
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