Belief Blog's guest post yesterday arguing that gay marriage foes are imposing their own values on the Bible, rather than drawing on genuine biblical truth, fetched over 2,000 comments.
A number of commenters suggested that the writer, a recent Yale Divinity School grad, is an elitist who's out of touch with common interpretations of the Bible:
America is so screwed up because so many believe that our answers must come from Ivy League schools? People who are full of pride and arrogance but without any spiritual revelation from God!!! God does not need any assistance, any person, He only desires all of us to believe, agree, comply, and come into alignment with Him!!! Man of God, not a man of the world!!!
Others objected to the piece because they said it defied self-evident truth:
Another article by a religious person! No wonder none of the disciples, or old testament prophets ever came from a man made school. (as in the school of the prophets in the old testament) This author is missing the entire point of the scripture, and it's not a bunch of rules of can and can't do. It is the very nature of creation....God made them male and female, obviously each designed with certain features that inter-connect! This is how we replenish the earth, as commanded by God. Without that union, there would be no replenishment. Anything other than this is considered out of order. Jesus even said when a man gets married, he leaves his parents and cleaves to his wife. Religious people need to have a true conversion and revelation of the truth! JOHN 14:6 Be Born Again
Dudley misquoted the Bible and turned the truth into a lie. Most people reading his post really don’t care that Dudley lied about what the bible says. Being a “graduate of Yale divinity” we must assume he did this on purpose. So we know he is intentionally trying to lead Christians in the wrong direction or simply attack their belief system. Always question someone who spouts the bible to support or oppose a position that common sense tells you would offend a Holy God. Do not forget this is a holiness so pure that even Moses and Abraham could not look directly on God. This is pure goodness perfected, none are greater or more holy than God. Now put your stuff before a holy God and if He were to wink at your nonsense justifications for your behavior you can bet it is not God.
Some commenters expressed real ambivalence over the issue of homosexuality and the Bible:
The gay person is my brother or sister...just as anyone else is. I'm asking my self on this issue is there a compromise that allows me to follow my beliefs to love God and love my neighbor as my self. I might be for civil unions but not marriage at this point.
If I were a gay person, I would want to be treated "well", but I don't believe that means everyone has to agree with me.
And, as per usual, a large swath of commenters used the post to make a larger argument against religion:
Christianity was pushed on me as a child. I was able to learn about morality and ethics in and outside of church and I am grateful for what I learned in the church. However, being forced into a relationship with God as a child and seeing the hypocrisy rampant in the church all burned me to extent that I stopped going to church. I realized I only believed in God because I was told to and out of fear for the repercussions of going against the grain, not out of a true love for God. The church can be a great place for some kids, but it can be hell for others. Is it possible that a place that preaches love and kindness could produce friction and make situations for some even worse? Yeah. it did for me, but I'm stronger now that I have learned to do something I wasn't taught in church: think for myself.