Your Take: Does the Bible condemn homosexuality?
March 4th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Your Take: Does the Bible condemn homosexuality?

There were thousands of comments on Thursday's Belief Blog post arguing that the Bible condemns homosexuality, a response to another guest post arguing that the Bible is much more ambiguous on homosexuality than previously thought.

Most of the comments appear to doubt the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality - or challenge the wisdom looking to the Bible for guidance on such matters. And, as usual, we're struck by all the atheist comments. They seem to far outnumber believers' comments.

Interesting that gay is a sin. However, I never see the "correct" religious people fighting to save families and male-female marriages. Are you out there condemning those "straight" couples who cheat, beat and abuse one another, then flee a marriage? No, you don't. But, yet I see you "correct" religious people fighting to keep gay couples from being married in even a civil union when straight marriages are trashed every day.

Why does my son have to learn at school that being gay is cool and OK? Tell you what, no praying in school and no brainwashing our kids that being gay or transgender is acceptable?

As a Christian, I know the No. 1 rule is to not to play God ... which means not judging! We all have our prejudices, which is human nature, but I try very hard to not judge. Here's a very simple rule that makes it easy:

You can look at your neighbor and decide that you would NEVER do, act, or speak things that they will do, act, or speak ... but they are looking at you thinking the same! None of us are perfect, and we ALL do things the Bible says not to do (including abominations like eating pork, shellfish, gold, etc..)!

Like Sirena I have read the Bible multiple times. I was raised Catholic, parents were religious educators and lectures ... I think reading the Bible, front to back, and not just the little snippets you get on Sunday, would turn most reasonable people away. It is so full of contradiction you have to suspend belief to believe. How can you take one "instruction manual" and wind up with so many "products"? It's ridiculous.

I've read the Bible many times since I became an adult in the early '80s. I grew up a Catholic, later was a "born again," then still later was a member of another Protestant church. My conclusion after thoughtful reading, prayer, meditation, and living life: It's well-writtern fiction; it has some good rules to live by (much of the New Testament) and some that are so heinously dated (most of the Old Testament) that they should be illegal. This thing, as a whole, was not written by the hand of any God I want to worship.

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Filed under: Bible • Homosexuality • Opinion

soundoff (551 Responses)
  1. Light!


    October 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  2. Marvin

    In the end. You do what you want, believe what you want and act on what you want. If you don't believe, then don't, if you do believe, then do. You reap what you sow. Definitions for right and wrong tend to change across the centuries depending on what people think is right and wrong. In the end you do what you want no matter who tells you otherwise. Just remember you reap what you sow, there is a reaction to every action, a consequence to every choice. No matter who you are or what reasons you try to justify these things, Consequence will come, reaction will come and you WILL reap what you sow.

    April 2, 2011 at 3:26 am |
  3. Godistheonlyanswer

    All athiests should read Case for Christ. It proves God is real. It's not some theory some guy thought was valid

    March 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Crystal

      You should read The God Delusion. It proves that The Case for Christ is bunk. I've read both.

      April 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  4. weallgotone

    "And, as usual, we're struck by all the atheist comments. They seem to far outnumber believers' comments."


    March 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Mike

    I think God loves us all as his creations. What he hates is the sins we commit, not us as people. We all have the free will to live our lives as the creator meant us to live them. We also have the free will to ignore his teachings do great evil. Bottom line is, we should not put ourselves up as judges. That's what God is for. We all get to answer for our lives on judgement day. If you're prepared every day for that day to come, you have nothing to worry about. Everybody else...............................

    March 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  6. DazzlingLight

    So then what's the worst thing then about being gay, you're a sinner? Well people sin everyday. People divorce, they cheat, they judge, they steal, murder, they lie. All are sins. And the bible says God hates all sins. So, in the end, What matters is the individual and their own relationship with God. And Jesus taught us to love one another and treat each other with respect. He never specified any groups who were exempt from His love.

    March 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
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