home
RSS
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. Frank

    More revisionist BS. If you don't like something, just "interpret" it with your own spin.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Nonimus

      isn't the New Testament a revision of the Old Testament?

      February 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Enoch100

      The article is just pure B.S. Even non-Christians understand what the Bible says about such ehavior. This woman is deluded and dangerous. And, as a Christian myself, she is leading people astray. That is the saddest part of all.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Brad

      Isn't that what you are doing believing they way you do? Oh wait, I forgot, only you are right, typical dumb Azz redneck.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Drama

      Because your interpretation of the bible is...not spinning it to say what you want it to? I think the BS you're smelling is a little closer to your own front door than you think.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Rob

      Amen Frank.

      I love how all of these progressives justify their self indulgences.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Brian

      No, it's the fulfillment of the OT.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Weasley

      So this is revisionist bunk? I think that's the whole point of the article–that revisionist bunk goes both ways.

      And if we are not to revisit questionable passages in the Bible, then I guess the earth is still the center of the Universe, even though an 8th grader with a backyard telescope could prove otherwise.

      God gave you a brain, and with it the ability to reason. Seems like an awful waste of grey matter if we're not supposed to use it.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Chuck

      I completely agree ALL christians are complete BS. god and religion is complete BS and living in the 21st century believing in a god is just proof of stupidity. All believer in god should be castrated so they do not procreate stupidity.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  2. porkchoptot

    This woman is an idiot!

    February 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Brad

      Because her opinion is different from yours?

      February 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Ali

      no shes an idiot because she's questioning Gods divine unquestionable motive of creating MAN and WOMAN.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  3. Zack

    this just proves that whoever wrote the bible must been on crack or something.. The bible was def not God's words no wonder there are soo many contradictions in it. Show me a bible that says According to Jesus not a bs one that quotes junkies like Mark, Luke etc.. guys with no last name.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  4. Paul A. Sudduth II

    The author is an idiot. In the greek use of the word... 'outsider'.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  5. Ali

    The above article by Jennifer Wright Knust is a good example of how, Bible has changed from the time when it was given to Jesus (Peace be upon him) (translated and explained by Jesus due his wisdom which he was blessed with, by God) till the time of today. As time passed christians and ppl like above who claim to be christians have changed it (the bible) with their own translations and explanations, because they dont think that Jesus's translation and Explanation is worth following resulting in different versions of the original bible (which is lost). More ppl like Jennifer Wright Knust are coming up with their own translation which is dependent on thier thought process not Jesus's(peace be upon him) not God's. This is History in the making again ppl watch as the bible changes again. End of days is around the corner. Sad.......

    February 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Iceman

      Please give one example of the Bible changing. The Bible hasn't changed, peoples explanations vary (Knust is by far in the minority in her explanation). It is similar to different Schools of Thought within Islam (ie; Sunni and Shia). The text is the same, the people read it and interpret differently.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Ali

      Different thoughts in ISlam are THOUGHTS only, NOT different versions of the Quran. And for ur proof of change in bible, if there was no change then there would be only ONE BIBLE like theres only ONE QURAN.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Ali,
      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 1:33 pm |
    • Iceman

      Hi Ali, It is important to note that there were many different versions of the Quran until Uthman came along and gathered them, created what he considered the correct version and burned the rest.
      http://www.answering-islam.org/Gilchrist/Jam/chap2.html

      Even with that being said, most Muslims do not realize that even though Uthman burned all the Qurans to create a single version, there are still in fact different Arabic versions of the Quran (most notably the Warsh and Hafs.) It's easy to assume there is only one, but further study proves that there are many variants in the Arabic translations. I attest that the differences are not relevant, just like the differences between Bible translations are not relevant either (most are simply one text stating "Jesus" and another stating "Jesus Christ", and other similar variances)

      http://www.answering-islam.org/Green/seven.htm

      As for "different" versions of the Bible....this is what they teach in the Mosque, but is not exactly true. Yes, there are different translations of the Bible. No, the different translations do not contradict each other. The Quran has different English translations, yet they do not contradict each other. I realize that the Arabic Quran is the only Quran considered to be "Holy". Most of my Muslim friends can recite the Quran in Arabic, yet they do not know what they are saying.

      In Christianity, we have Greek and Hebrew texts for the Bible. If we want to read them, they are available. But, we do not think there is anything magical about reading the Bible in the original language, so we read the English version (or whatever native language you prefer) so we can understand it. The Greek and Hebrew texts are available if we desire to study the original language to get further clarity on the original texts.

      http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-translations.html

      February 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Iceman

      Hi Ali, something else I thought of..... In the Quran, Mohammad tells his followers to read the Bible. There is not anything in the Quran that says the Bible is corrupted. In the Quran, Jesus confirms that the Old Testament is accurate. The Quran also confirms that the New Testament was considered accurate at the time the Quran was written.

      So, If the Quran was accurate in 600AD (roughly) and we have manuscripts of the entire Bible that predate 600AD, that means the current Bible is accurate according to the Quran.

      Ali – 29:46 And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, except with means better (then mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury); But say, "We believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our God and your God is One...

      Ali – 5:46 – 48 46. And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary confirming the law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light and confirmation of the law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah. 47. Let the people of the Gospel Judge by what Allah has revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah has revealed they are (no better than) those who rebel. 48. To thee We sent the Scripture in truth confirming the scripture that came before it and guarding it in safety....

      3:50 – "I come to confirm the Torah which preceded me..."

      http://www.answering-islam.org/Silas/bible.htm

      February 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  6. Really???

    2 Peter 1:20-21 – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

    2 Peter 2:1-2 – But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  7. Harlequinn

    I find it interesting that there are commentors who are saying that the bible doesn't say what the author of this article says it says, because when I look up the passages that she referrs to, ithey say exactly what she says they are saying.
    The fact that you do not interpret them the same way that she does is exactly the point of the peice – that the Christian bible is open to interpretation. More correctly, the disparity between the two viewpoints is the author is taking a scholarly approach to the bible and to the history of its interpretation (or deliberate misrepresentation) in the US to justify social and political views, while many of the commentors have never studied the bible outside of a religious context.
    To put it another way: If you read a news story on CNN about a parent who subjected their child to beatings and the worse kind of abuse imaginable at the hands of a mob, and stood by impassively as their child, their own flesh and blood was tortured to death, doing nothing to stop it when the parent had all the power in the world to put a stop to it and save their child's life, the outrage would be indescribable. Outrage not directed at the mob, but at the monster of a parent who would let anyone harm their child. People would be calling for that parent's lynching, there would be death threats. People would not stand for it.
    Now, when you read that same story in the Bible people talk about how God loved man so much that he sacrificed his only begotten son to wash man clean of his sins.
    The Bible is open for interpretation, and while some people base their beliefs on their interpretations, most seem to base their interpretation on their beliefs. Some people think that being gay is wrong because the bilbe says it is, many think that the bible says being gay is wrong because they themselves think it is, which is all the author was trying to point out.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Iceman

      Yes, what she quotes from is in the Bible. However, context is king. If you read the whole section (chapter, book, etc), it will paint a very different picture.

      Here is very simplistic example: "I went to Texaco yesterday and I got gas." If you quote me as saying "I got gas". That is a correct quote and someone might interpret that as meaning I had some Mexican food and farted. However, if you read the entire context you will discover that what I said has nothing to do with farting. I actually filled my car up with fuel. So, as I stated, context is king.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Ry

      "The fact that you do not interpret them the same way that she does is exactly the point of the peice – that the Christian bible is open to interpretation."

      No, it's not. Paintings are open to interpretation. Songs, poems, and art are open to interpretation. The Bible is TRUTH. There is no open interpretation. Truth is not relative no matter how much you want it to be. It is non-fiction. God gave us the Bible for a specific purpose and you have to read it correctly to understand it. God is never giving us more than 2 options. We either follow him or we don't. One leads to eternal life and the other leads to death.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Ali

      Dude I can take a passage from the bible and make it look like everyone's going to hell no matter what. ITS THE CONTEXT man u cant be taking a piece here a piece there and O hey that what god says. ORIGINAL CONTEXT is the key to translation and explanation.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Harlequin,

      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 1:29 pm |
    • Mercy4me

      Wow!!!! Some really strong language...I hope the unbelievers are correct; because if you are wrong, as we humans tend to be-we are gonna have to answer for all the things coming out of our hole..

      The bible is a roadmap. You can choose to believe or not-your choice, but don't complain if you end of in Hell. God offers forgiveness and mercy. However, you must recieve it-not despise it. Again, research something before making a claim. Jesus Christ changed my life once I came to GOD in faith. YES-faith. The same faith you use to get up and go on your merry way everyday..

      Wow!! don't throw away a free gift....God is love!!!! But HE is also a GOD to be feared and respected..Don't be foolish.
      Your arms are too short...

      Jude 1
      1Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

      2Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

      3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

      4For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

      5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

      6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

      7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

      8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

      9Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

      10But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

      11Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

      12These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

      13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

      14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

      15To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

      16These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

      17But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

      18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

      19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

      20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

      21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

      22And of some have compassion, making a difference:

      23And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

      24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

      25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

      Hope to see you in Heaven

      antonio

      February 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • W247

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

      Didn't Mary have other sons? Jesus did have brothers, siblings...

      February 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  8. Alexander

    The bible is just an old book of stories written by men, like all other religions. When will people wake up to the sham of religion and move beyond these ancient culture lies.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Mic

      You haven't read the Bible have you?

      February 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Jim

      Hey, stop being rationale!

      February 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  9. EB Photo

    The Bible is truth, we aren't to interpret it any othe way than what God intended. You may not agree with it, but that doesn't mean it's not true.

    If you are seriously wanting to know what He is saying DON'T go to someone who reads the Bible a lot or some scholar who thinks they know it all, go straight to the source, God Himself, with an honest heart, a humble heart. If you REALLY want to know, He'll show you. Other people do not direct my heart, I do. But when I place my heart in Gods hands, He directs it. It's all or nothing, just like the Bible states many times.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  10. Marcw

    The author of this trash has not ONCE read the Bible that she quoted so often

    February 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Brad

      You realize that comment makes absolutely no sense and makes you look less than smart, right?

      February 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  11. Seik

    The real question is http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

    Get educated.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  12. Jim

    Ms. Krust,
    I highly suggest you not try to "interpret" the Bible to your fitting or to lead others astray. It's heretical and exudes false teaching. Turn to God to seek where the human mind fails.

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

      " 'interpret' the Bible to your fitting or to lead others astray." is exactly what each branch of Christianity does.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  13. paganguy

    You guys should do something more useful than argue about reproduction and pleasure. For reproduction you need one male and one female, for pleasure you need any two or more – unless you want to get hold of yourself.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  14. Derek

    It seems like God would send us a modern day prophet that actually ruled over the "correct" church and would explain to us what these scriptures meant for us in modern language. Not just some bible scholar who makes up his/her own ideas... but a real prophet like Moses or whatever.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  15. Lynn Hanson

    She doesn't know what she is writing. The article and the books it is based on are all baseless personal conjecture by anti Christians to make personal gain for themselves. More of CNN's bias against the truth.

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

      Lynn doesn't know what she is writing. The article and the books she bases her beliefs on are all baseless personal conjecture by Christians to make personal gain for themselves. She's biased against CNN but knows it's the truth.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  16. Yum for Men

    If God didn't want people to be gay he wouldn't have made such hot men

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

      Sorry, Yum. The hot men are for us women.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Qban1029

      Sorry Angel, have you been to a gay club? A straight one? There is no comparison....we have the best looking, most athletic guys...HANDS DOWN!

      February 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  17. Mike

    Another clear example of a so called author whose preconceived conclusions must be supported by her writing. This piece is absolutely terrible and not worthy of the space it takes up. CNN loses credibility by putting ramblings like this on the web page.

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

      @Mike: I'd go one further and remove the whole "Belief Blog" from CNN altogether.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      I would go one step further than you! I would suggest removing tax breaks for churches in America they are all selling different bottles of the same snake oil! Believe as you believe but don't suck a billion ppl in with lies and deciet as all churches seem to.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  18. Stephen L

    Thanks for reminding us why the Bible forbids women from speaking in church. 1 Corinthians 14:34

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

      Paul wrote Corithians and Paul was gay.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  19. Richard

    Knust has an agenda -> $$$. No pastor can long take a stand on an unpopular topic especially when his or her donation base is composed of people who are targets for unpleasant truth. Knu$t has $old out the Bible for her own financial gain;book $ale$ notwithstanding. She may be popular with the perpetual indulgence crowd, but she won't stand a moment among those who are called to repentance and restraint.

    Knust is one of those wolves in sheep's clothing we hear about. A shepard who leads her flock to perdition. She will have her divine reward when the time comes, and it won't be a royalty check written from the Bank of Heaven.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      So says you!!! LOL

      February 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • mateopelon

      Richard, you are absolutely right! Thanks for speaking truthfully and boldly.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  20. becca

    We don't change or twist God's word to fit what we want. God's word is the same yesterday, today and forever. Instead, we change our hearts and lives to reflect what God tells us. Therefore, we're followers of God. We should always seek God's truth to know what God says about a subject and humble ourself or make any changes in ourself to follow it. To really know what God says about a subject we must study everything it says in context, not just part of one passage. Then we must make a decision to follow what we've learned is truth.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Mariospants

      Without someone (or some group of someones) in charge to interpret on your behalf, you'd just end up with chaos, hence the church(es).

      February 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      Actually, that seems to be what the article is saying, you are just repeating the message.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Richard

      You are absolutely correct. The Bible is not up for interpretation. It is God's word. The truth must be sought from a teacher that has bothered to go back to the original text, has taken everything in context, and is the teaching line-by-line, precept upon precept. For the rest of you that don't believe, or think that you can interpret the Bible to fit your own needs, please visit lbible.org and hear the truth. It will set you free!

      February 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80
Advertisement
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.