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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

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  1. Waldo Bezerra

    Great article, finally somebody has spoken the trues. Thank you Jennifer Wright Knust.

    February 11, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Where's Waldo? Ha, ha, ha, you said it. She speaks man's lies as "trues", NOT Jesus Christ, our Lord and saviors TRUTH.

      She's a false prophetess as Jesus Christ stated in Ezekial 13. I suggest you read this scripture in it's entirety Waldo, you very soul depends on it. While you are reading Ezekial, continue on and read all of Jesus Christ's TRUTH.

      Amen.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • ManzMan

      I don't like the idea of being a sinner, but I sure do like being with other men. So what's a guy to do?

      February 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      ManzMan, you like the same s*x as yourself because you've been conditioned by the traditions of man. Read all of Mark 7 and pay attention to 7:13 ...

      Making the word of God of none effect through your trad-i-t-ion, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye..

      It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that those that teach the trad-i-t-ions of man are stroking one's ego.

      Amen

      February 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  2. LJR

    This article reminds me of this: http://lds.org/scriptures/nt/2-tim/3.1?lang=eng#primary

    February 11, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  3. thebigfuzzydragon

    I have posted a line-by-line rebuttal of the facts (which is easy to do when there are so few) of this post. no stones – just facts with a little sarcasm. 🙂

    Just go to:
    http://www.thezhenliproject.wordpress.com

    February 11, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  4. Robert

    As a gay Catholic male I found this article quite refreshing.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Robert, we know ... and that's why you pray to Mary too, make mere mortals into saints, and haven't a clue to rebuke your priests for not explaining to the sheep to read Jesus' truth on your own ... instead of listening to sermons on the traditions of men while they toss in a few scriptures in the mix. I have yet to hear a priest offer his congregation a question and answer period after mass. Why? To sharpen themselves on Jesus Christs truth.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • NL

      HeavenSent-
      There are usually three different readings from the bible in a Catholic service. I've been to evangelical services that have featured only one. How often do you attend mass to be such an expert?

      February 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Magic

      NL,

      The readings from scripture in the Catholic Mass are mostly NT epistles and parables - not much, if anything, from the OT.

      HeavenSent craves hellfire and brimstone, wrath and hate, so if those are not featured prominently, she feels cheated.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  5. akramakram

    why in the hell that CNN give this garbage a place to speak about her sick opinion

    February 11, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Because CNN only hires heathens who rebuke Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior's truth. CNN wants all to believe that all democrats are like them, when in reality, there are many well read conservative Christians who abide in His truth in the party ... years before these folks were able to cast a vote.

      So much for the ways of the world. NOT.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • NL

      Wow, name calling! Way to demonstrate Christian 'truth' there fellas.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  6. Muslim

    As a muslim we believe in QURAN and all the books(including TORAH and BIBLE) which GOD sent through his prophets.
    It is written in the Quran that God has created human and jinn to worship him..
    When GOD created the man "Adam"...God gave Adam the superiorty over angels who were already worshiping God.The reason for this superiority was God has given the knowledge to Adam which angels dont know.
    When God ordered all the Angels to prostrate Adam..All of them prostrated ...but "SATAN" didnt prostrate...GOD asked him why you didnt prostrate Adam when I ordered you..Satan replied that you made me from fire and you made Adam from sand..I am more superior than him...God ordered him to get out of this place and you will be thrown to HELL...Satan pleaded to God if he can gave him the time till the day of judgement...
    God replied I give you the time..Satan said to God ..Since you misguided me(in Satan perspective)...I will misguide the childeren of Adam till the day of judgement...God answered I will send the book of guidance for Adam and the people who will come after him...Whoever follow my guidance will be successful and awarded paradise on day of judgement ..and who follow Satan will be disgraced and will be thrown to hell with him....
    From Prophet Adam till Prophet Mohammad...God sent many books time to time for the guidance of humans...but SATAN misguided the humans and they start following him and forgot what is written in the book...Prophet NOAH preached people for 950 years as mentioned in QURAN..his message was the same which was sent to all the prophets...There is only one God..follow his teachings...but people refused to believe him and they worship idols ..the God instructed Noah to make a ship ...and he will drown all the people who follow Satan and make partner with God and save all those people who believe in one God...then at the time of Abraham..the same things happened..Abraham nephew Lot said the same things to people of Sodom which Noah told to his people that worship only one God and follow his commands..but people refused Lot...Lot asked them that God had made woman for you..why you fulfil your desires with men...they replied if you dont stop preachuing us...we will not allow you to live with us..then Lot pray to God to help him since those people refused the message of God...God sent the angels to punish the people of Sodom..when the angels came in the form of beautiful men to Lot house..the people of Sodam gathered around Lot house and asked him to hand over these beautiful men to them..then God sent a painful punishment to them and save Lot and the people who follow his teachings...

    This what SATAN promised to God and he misguided them by which people conflict with each other...and when they didnot follow the God teachings..they recieved that painful punishments not only in this world ..but also on the day of judgement..

    Quran told us that Jesus was a prophet brought the same message that all the prophets before him were given by God..i.e worship only one God and follow his commands...God told us in Quran that he created Jesus as he created Adam..because he is God ..all powers belongs to him...but then again SATAN misguided people and they started to conflict ...

    Its a long debat my friends.. I would suggest if you people read QURAN you will find peace of life and the purpose of life..

    On the following link you can listen english audio translation of QURAN
    http://www.quranenglish.com/Quran_Sudais/Default.asp

    Thanks every one..May God give us the guidance to follow his teachings..Amen

    February 11, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Amazing. Muslim get his post of over 50 words posted. Yet CNN mod squads block most of the Christian posts. I haven't counted how many times my posts went into CNN holding section deep six section just so Jesus' truth can't be read.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Nanny Filter

      HeavenSent,

      "Yet CNN mod squads block most of the Christian posts."

      Your paranoia is showing. "Awaiting Moderation" has nothing to do with Christian posts - it is just certain words which set of the auto filter.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • Nanny Filter

      * set off...

      February 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  7. Fran

    You were ready to quote many scriptures but forgot Romans 1?

    February 11, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  8. Ian Ayres

    And this is how the Bible was written. Of course, not as many people were literate back then. Much easier to convince others God was speaking through them. Especially by silencing all with it being a sin to question the Bible. Jesus makes good sense. Moses did much to organize society. Helps to keep in mind how many changes in translation occurred throughout the ages, according to people in power, etc. Seems to get political. Kind of like choosing a club. It's impossible for me to cling to this melting block of ice out of blind faith, with no knowledge of what's written in other Sacred Scriptures that divide beliefs. I would need to find the most accurate, reliable translations and know more about each person who wrote whatever scriptures and why they did so. I see the Bible as a collection of teachings and viewpoints from people long turned to dust. What if God were speaking through me now? What if God said to focus on love, understanding, helping each other, saving our planet, acceptance and patience? What if only God has the right to judge and put limits on love? What if no one else can honestly speak for God? That would really cause the "what ifs" to fly. On what grounds can the Bible be proven absolute truth and superior to sacred books of other religions? I do understand how scary it is, though, to question something that helps make sense of life... It's nice to have a set of rules you're taught to follow in childhood and a book to back them up. That way there's no need to think. Just obey and pay, pay, pay...

    February 11, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  9. Max

    Que pena leer un articulo tan fuera de todo contexto y sin otro tipo de fundamento que el pensamiento pervertido de su escritor.

    Que pena CNN publicar semejante basura.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:50 am |
  10. Brad

    It is disappointing that CNN would allow the disparate views of one person to make their headlines. Clearly this isn't even a divisive issue as the majority of replies realize the error she's made in her far flung interpretations. Why not get to the heart of the matter and discuss our moral obligation to love our fellow man, even if we do not agree ("hate") the sin. Man was clearly created in the image of God and woman was made as a companion for man. If we were to follow Scripture, this unity between man and woman would be one of majesty and beauty. This article is ripe...reaks...with obvious half-truths and unfounded interpretations. I realize there are people out there, such as this author, but how can a leading news agency print such drivel. One less reader has to worry about that.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:37 am |
  11. Chris

    I'm a Christian,,,, as a matter of fact a convert from Islam,,, i studied Both Quran and the Bible for 9 years, starting at the age of 17 and currently studying theology myself, an di can only shake my head in disbelief regarding such so called Theologian!!!
    the entire interpretation of the texts are a mess,,, if i considered the case of Soddom and Gomorrah for example (Genesis 18:20-33) The Lord already tells Abraham of his intention to punish Soddom,,, and Abraham actually pleads with Him and bargins with the Lord,,, (in other words the decision to burn Soddom & Gomorrah was not because of the offense against the Angels,,, not to mention that there is no indication what so ever, that the Lord appeared in an Angelic figure! " Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby (Gen 18:2 NIV)"...
    Furthermore, there is a good reason to study the old Orient, the rituals and cultures of the Middel East, especially at that time,,, i myself being Half Egyptian and having been raised there, am blessed with this foreknowledge for certain things that are still the same way now as they were at th etime of Jesus and earlier,,, where Men kiss to greet one another for example,,, so when King David talks about the love of Jonathan being greater than that of a woman,,, and at the same time knowing that the Hebrew litreature (as the Arabian culture to quite an extent still is) was very poetic and used éndless symbols and parabels to express an idea,,, one might do himself a favor not jumping to conclusions which satisfy only his very own ideas and thoughts,,, the biggest problem with Bible interpretations lately is Verses ripped out of the context and interpreted in such a way that has nothing to do with its original context...
    "To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. (Isa 8:20 NIV)" this verse is the bases for Bible interpretation,,, it identifies the guidelines,,, in other words,,, the Bible can't contradict itself,,, nor can anyone who claims to be bearing the message of God contradict with the Bible,,, so if the Bible tells me that (Soddom and Gomorrah had sinned,,, and in many other parts of the Bible Perversion is called by its name) then what King David says here needs to be understood in a figurative way,,, here is a suggestion,,, a Man lets down his defenses infront of his wife,,, he is absolutely offguard around her,,, his love towards his wife, is a mixture of love, respect, endless trust,,, and this kind of love was what David had towards Jonathan,,, he knew he could count on him, he knew, he didn't have to fear anything around him, he knew,,, "as the verse states" that he loved him as himself!,,,
    I truly pitty church members, who end up with such Pastors interpreting whatever they want and yet, i find comfort in the words of Paul,,, "we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (2Co 4:2 NIV)" AMEN,,,

    February 11, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  12. j_azana@yahoo.com

    if you don't know the real explanation of verse you use in your column,just ask your question in http://www.esoriano.wordpress.com or http://www.twitter.com/bro.elisoiano.com

    February 11, 2011 at 6:03 am |
  13. Interp

    There is no evidence that God ever contradicts himself. Then again, there is also absolutely no evidence that God had anything to do with writing the Bible. Men, the actual writers and interpreters of the so-called "word of God" do indeed contradict themselves. Sorry, but that's the reality, folks.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:17 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Intwerp, the Bible is perfect. The only contradictions to be found is when a non-believer's carnal mindset refuses to give up their sinful nature, hence never seeing, hearing, learning His truth to it's full glory.

      Amen.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  14. chris l

    This Bible scholar and pastor is a very confused and mixed up person. Most of her introduction affirmations are her own ideas.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:12 am |
  15. DJ

    The piece is just another pathetic example of how unregenerate ministers -what are they ministering exactly?-reject the plain teaching of scripture and seek to undermine its obvious teachings by the trite appeal "the Bible can be interpreted in a number of ways." The writer of the article seems to view the meaning of the Bible as pretty much up for grabs. Don't like what it says? Look for another interpretation, one that fits the mood of the times. If there is no other viable interpretation readily available, invent one through sophistry. And of course, condemn those who hold orthodox views as being "simplistic."
    Further, the author's wild and fanciful interpretations of the Garden of Eden and David's friendship with Jonothan, while perhaps appealing to some steeped in American pop culture, have no support in historical Biblical interpretation, Catholic or Protestant. Abusing the Scriptures in this manner is contemptible and the height of irreverance. She will give account to God for divesting the Scriptures of their intended meaning.
    Finally, a more humble and honest approach to the Scriptures would be to acknowledge their teachings as they stand, admit to one's shortcomings-all have sinned, afterall-and seek grace and pardon through God's appointed remedy. Repentance will lead to a more productive-and happier-outcome than denial.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:04 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Just assuming she should critique God's truth proves her ego (erase God out) to be in full force as she hides Jesus Christ's truth so she can preach the traditions of man. The traditions of man who originally conditioned so many to believe themselves to be gay. This woman is definitely from satan's camp.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  16. Ferdinand of Aragon

    THIS JENIFER MUST BE MUSLIM!!!! ALWAYS TAKING A CONFLICTORY DISPOSITION TOWARDS NON – MUSLIMS!!!!! POOR LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    February 11, 2011 at 4:53 am |
  17. Michael DLC

    I am surprised to see so many God fearing people throwing so many stones. If the Bible was inspired and defacto written by God, how can any of you say that you understand exactly what God's plan is. He is Omnipotent and you are not. Through Jesus he saved all mankind and not just a select few. Gods teachings are about compassion, harmony, forgiveness even to those we do not agree with. Ms Knust did something most of you including myself did not or could not do, and that is get us talking and thinking about God. I will not recite passages out of the Bible as proof of my thoughts, and so my response, because I feel that I understood the message. God is all forgiving, kindness and love for all mankind and only God can be the Judge of all things. So put down your stones and embrace Ms Knust for she only wishes all of mankind to to live within those basic principles. Reciting the gospel does not mean that you understood the meassage. Thank you Ms Knust I find that you have given me room for further thought.

    February 11, 2011 at 4:45 am |
    • DJ

      I am surprised to see so many God fearing people throwing so many stones.
      Do you think Christians should stand up for what they believe or just remain silent? This is a discussion.

      If the Bible was inspired and defacto written by God, how can any of you say that you understand exactly what God's plan is. He is Omnipotent and you are not.

      How do believers understand what God's plan is? The short answer is that he has revealed it to us through His Spirit. The truths found in the Bible are a product of divine revelation to man. They can only be received through the enablement of the Holy Spirit. Read chapters 1 and 2 of First Corinthians in the New Testament and see if this is not what it says. The whole purpose of the Bible being written is to communicate to us what God expects of us and how we might find salvation through His appointed Redeemer.

      Through Jesus he saved all mankind and not just a select few.

      Here is what Jesus says: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him" (John 3:36). So there are two groups of people in view, those who believe in Jesus and those who don't.

      February 11, 2011 at 5:40 am |
    • Michael DLC

      @ DJ and many others

      No one wishes you to be silent but how you discuss is just as important as the discussion itself. I did not wish to quote scripture but I feel something has been forgotten:

      "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward in heaven will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men." ( Luke 6:35)

      I am amazed at how many wrath like quotes are used instead of those of love and compassion. If God himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men then how can you use such harsh language to profess the Word.

      God has not stopped talking to us. The question is not only did you hear the message but did you understand it. Discuss and defend to your hearts content, but be kind.

      Did you get the message ?

      February 11, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Michael DLC, stop with your babbling from the non-believer's camp. If you were a practicing Christian, you'd be salty enough to call a false preacher what she is. Fake, hack, preaching against God's truth ... that of the traditions of man.

      February 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Smite Me

      Heaven Sent,

      On the other hand, I encourage you (and those of your ilk) to continue babbling. You demonstrate your brainlessness and heartlessness with every single post.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Brotherboy

      I'd rather walk with Michael DLC, in a heartbeat. And my reasons for that should be apparent. I did not hear any hate in what he said. Just a lot of love. HeavenSent, on the other hand, sounds like a hateful individual. In the name of religion, perhaps, but there you are.

      February 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  18. jake

    This does not deserve front page on CNN...a very poor analysis of the Bible...

    February 11, 2011 at 4:37 am |
  19. kenneth

    ABSOLUTE CRAP, WHY ON EARTH DOES CNN PUBLISH THIS CRAP, CNN IS BECOMING AN ENTERTAINMENT CHANNEL LOOKING TO STIR UP CONTROVERSY, JENNIFER PLEASE STOP TRYING TO SPREAD ANCIENT PAGAN BELIEFS, YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY A PROPHET OF BAAL, ANDROGENIC ANCIENT EGYPTIAN RELIGIONS TRYING TO RESURFACE IN THE 21 CENTURY, YOU MUST THINK WE ARE ALL A BUNCH OF FOOLS

    February 11, 2011 at 4:34 am |
    • Jake

      I agree with Kenneth. "Absolute crap." When CNN allows this kind of stuff to be published it shows that it is not a serious news organization–not serious about scholarship and will let anyone write whatever sort of junk they want.

      CNN, get a clue! People are not stupid! They can read the Bible for themselves! If they do, they will find out just how far off base this writer is!

      February 11, 2011 at 6:06 am |
    • Ian Ayres

      What are the Pagan beliefs?

      February 11, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  20. christian

    This is heresy.

    February 11, 2011 at 4:20 am |
    • god

      The Bible was written by man... and re-written over and over dozens upon dozens of times.. make it say whatever you want it to say. Just know its all just a story

      February 11, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • Ian Ayres

      heresy |ˈherəsē|
      noun ( pl. -sies)
      belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (esp. Christian) doctrine : Huss was burned for heresy | the doctrine was denounced as a heresy by the pope.
      • opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted : cutting capital gains taxes is heresy | the politician's heresies became the conventional wisdom of the day.

      ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French heresie, based on Latin haeresis, from Greek hairesis ‘choice’ (in ecclesiastical Greek ‘heretical sect’ ), from haireisthai ‘choose.’

      Bible |ˈbībəl|
      noun ( the Bible)
      the Christian scriptures, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.
      • ( the Bible) the Jewish scriptures, consisting of the Torah or Law, the Prophets, and the Hagiographa or Writings.
      • (also bible) a copy of the Christian or Jewish scriptures : clutching a large black Bible under his arm.
      • a particular edition or translation of the Bible : the New English Bible.
      • ( bible) informal any authoritative book : “Larousse Gastronomique,” the bible of French cooking.
      • the scriptures of any religion.

      ORIGIN Middle English : via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin biblia, from Greek biblia ‘books,’ from biblion ‘book,’ originally a diminutive of biblos ‘papyrus, scroll,’ of Semitic origin.

      February 11, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • ManzMan

      On being a sinner, I know that I am one. So what's a guy to do when he gets his love and companionship from other guys?

      February 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Manzman, how's it feel to be conditioned by the traditions of man?

      February 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • ManzMan

      Human.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Magic

      HeavenSent,

      "how's it feel to be conditioned by the traditions of man?"

      Perhaps you are the one who should be answering that question, since that is all that religion is.

      February 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
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