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My Take: The Bible condemns a lot, but here's why we focus on homosexuality
The author writes that it's fine for Christians to take certain biblical condemnations seriously while ignoring others.
May 21st, 2012
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My Take: The Bible condemns a lot, but here's why we focus on homosexuality

Editor's Note: R. Albert Mohler Jr. is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

By R. Albert Mohler Jr., Special to CNN

Are conservative Christians hypocritical and selective when it comes to the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality? With all that the Bible condemns, why the focus on gay sex and same-sex marriage?

Given the heated nature of our current debates, it’s a question conservative Christians have learned to expect. “Look,” we are told, “the Bible condemns eating shellfish, wearing mixed fabrics and any number of other things. Why do you ignore those things and insist that the Bible must be obeyed when it comes to sex?”

On its face, it’s a fair question. But it can be posed in two very different ways.

First, the question can be asked to suggest that the Bible’s clear condemnation of sexual sins can simply be set aside. The other way of posing the question represents a genuine attempt to understand how the Bible is to be rightly applied to life today.

In truth, those asking the question the first way really don’t want an answer.

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An honest consideration of the Bible reveals that most of the biblical laws people point to in asking this question, such as laws against eating shellfish or wearing mixed fabrics, are part of the holiness code assigned to Israel in the Old Testament. That code was to set Israel, God’s covenant people, apart from all other nations on everything from morality to diet.

As the Book of Acts makes clear, Christians are not obligated to follow this holiness code. This is made clear in Peter’s vision in Acts 10:15. Peter is told, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”

In other words, there is no kosher code for Christians. Christians are not concerned with eating kosher foods and avoiding all others. That part of the law is no longer binding, and Christians can enjoy shrimp and pork with no injury to conscience.

The Bible’s commands on sexual behavior, on the other hand, are continued in the New Testament. When it comes to homosexuality, the Bible’s teaching is consistent, pervasive, uniform and set within a larger context of law and Gospel.

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The Old Testament clearly condemns male homosexuality along with adultery, bestiality, incest and any sex outside the covenant of marriage. The New Testament does not lessen this concern but amplifies it.

The New Testament condemns both male and female homosexual behavior. The Apostle Paul, for example, points specifically to homosexuality as evidence of human sinfulness. His point is not merely that homosexuals are sinners but that all humanity has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The New Testament condemns a full range of sexual sins, and homosexuality is specified among these sins. In Romans, Paul refers to homosexuality in terms of “dishonorable passions,” “contrary to nature” and “shameless.” As New Testament scholar Robert Gagnon has stated, the Bible’s indictment “encompasses every and any form of homosexual behavior.”

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Some people then ask, “What about slavery and polygamy?” In the first place, the New Testament never commands slavery, and it prizes freedom and human dignity. For this reason, the abolitionist movement was largely led by Christians, armed with Christian conviction.

The Old Testament did allow for polygamy, though it normalizes heterosexual monogamy. In the New Testament, Jesus made clear that marriage was always meant to be one man and one woman.

“Have you not read that He who created them made them male and female?” Jesus asked in Matthew. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” For this reason, Christians have opposed polygamy on biblical grounds.

Why are Christians so concerned with homosexuality? In the first place, that question is answered by the simple fact that it is the most pressing moral question of our times. Christians must be concerned about adultery, pornography, injustice, dishonesty and everything the Bible names as sin. But when my phone rings with a call from a reporter these days, the question I am asked is never adultery or pornography. It is about homosexuality.

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Christians who are seriously committed to the authority of the Bible have no choice but to affirm all that the Bible teaches, including its condemnation of homosexuality. At the same time, our confidence is that God condemns those things that will bring his human creatures harm and commands those things that will lead to true human happiness and flourishing.

In other words, we understand that the Bible condemns all forms of sin because our Creator knows what is best for us. The Bible names sins specifically so that each of us will recognize our own sinfulness and look to Christ for salvation and the forgiveness of our sins.

Christian love requires that we believe and teach what the Bible teaches and that we do so with both strong conviction and humble hearts. The Church must repent of our failures in both of these tasks, but we must not be silent where the Bible speaks.

Are Christians hypocrites in insisting that homosexual behavior is sin? We, too, are sinners, and hypocrisy and inconsistency are perpetual dangers.

The church failed miserably in the face of the challenge of divorce. This requires an honest admission and strong corrective.

At the same time, this painful failure must remind us that we must not fail to answer rightly when asked what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. Love requires us to tell the truth.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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  1. Funkmaster J

    I don't really have a dog in the "gay vs. straight" marriage fight, but just a comment – two women that can live together and both go thru menopause and not kill each other – well, they deserve a reward I think. Can't we all just get along? (RK)

    As for whether your God or my God or his God or her God is the "True God", I honestly don't know and (news flash) – I don't think any of you really do either, although you may staunchly disagree, which is OK. What I do hope, though, is that there is some greater being(s) out there. Trying to wrap my head around a universe that never ends and observing the intricacies of space, nature and how everything works together in harmony (when humans stay out of the way) is amazing to ponder. So for today, just for today people, don't get so riled up with opinions that you forget to enjoy the wonders around you. Do something today that makes you smile and then pass that on to someone else.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      I'll drink to your thoughts! Bottoms up!

      May 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sounds nice. Suppose for some gay people that something were to be the ability to marry the person they love? Kind of difficult with a bunch of zealots attempting to foist their beliefs on others.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Heteralists" are the civil and moral and societal majorities and they decide their country's rights and rules and laws! Besides, Christ did say and decide to abolish the coomandments and ordinances of the Gospels! Why hen have a need for "gayish" sodomites to become lawfuuly wed and/or unionized?

      May 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • ballenascourt

      Actually, it is the gay community and their supporters that say that the physical union of a male and female of our species is nothing special and so discrimination based on something that is not particularly special is unjustifiable and not fair. That's where the argument starts – not with the Bible but with nature.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ ballenascourt

      So what your stating is that the natural use of sensual instruments is being skewed by thoes who portray the unnatural uses of sensual instruments?

      May 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Funkmaster J

      Well as previously mentioned, no dog in this fight. However, I do find the debate about use and misuse of the First Amendment to be very interesting. It seems to me that the easiest solution, until those pesky "heteralists" come around, would be for Gays to just embrace the First Amendment fully and become a religion. Then, according to said amendment, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof", which I think would mean Gays could then marry whomever they wanted, as long as it was part of their religious beliefs. Hey, it worked for the Mormons for a while didn't it?

      May 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  2. I am John

    Truthfully, this subject is not debatable. The opinions of the creation matter not. Only the wise counsel of the Creator counts. Period!

    May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • sam

      Which creator? The one in the bibe? Not a word of that has been wise.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Byrd

      Flush....

      May 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  3. A Serpent's Thought

    True Christians need not venture far from their tree! The families of honest men and real women are no sodomizers nor do they do the unnatural!

    May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • BamaDaniel

      Everything me and my girlfriend do natural that's how we got two kids.woman juice mmmmm

      May 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • sam

      I see you've forgotten the definition of sodomy yet again. Do your meds cause short term memory loss?

      May 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ sam

      Let me have a drink to think! Just a minute please! AaaHhh! Real men and honest women need not boast about their bedchamber antics to anyone! The elevator rises and falls with all sorts pf people on board! Cleaving to the original uses of one's sensual instruments is what true Christians do best! They boast not nor do they toil in the world's sinfulness agendas!

      May 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  4. asdf

    Oh so slavery is different...because Jesus actually condoned it?...No, wait, it's different because, uhm...Christians did good things about freeing the slaves! Yeah! That's it! That must change the meaning of the bible!

    This piece was obviously written by a person who does not deal in the logical world.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • avdin

      actually. in Jeremaiah (in the old testament) God orders the people to set their slaves free. They do but then re-enslave them. God condemns them for doing this.
      Also, these slaves were not like the slaves we think of. They had rights and privilages. They could earn wages and could buy, sell, and trade. They also were not necessarily unwillingly slaves. They were not captured but self-sold for a period of seven years. It was much like an endetured servanthood. They were not viewed as less than human.
      The type of slavery we think of was definitily not defended by scripture.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  5. Byrd

    Read this. Skip that. Finally, someone explaining the correct way to read that purposely incomprehensible and inconsistent mish-mash of eons called the Bible. Our world, our Earth, as the Bible (which many, article's author included, apparently believe infallible) was destroyed, not so long ago as you might think, by someone or something declaring itself god.

    The battle will end differently this time, and though the fight may not quite be over, the issue is not in doubt.

    IIncensed beyond your wildest and most terrifying dreams,
    Clay of the Earth

    May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  6. TC

    Interesting how many uneducated atheists come to these forums to espouse their knowledge of the Bible and God. If you don't believe in it and have never studied theology (not your low level religion course you took at night school community college or the biased atheist books you read) what makes you think you have a clue what you are talking about?

    May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • status quo

      You weren't there either. What makes you thin you "have a clue?"

      May 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • TC

      Where in my post did I state that? That's what I thought – next.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Kevin

      It's really easy to dismiss critics when you claim they all don't know what they're talking about. Trust me, not everyone commenting on here is an atheist and there are plenty of Christians who think the guy who wrote this article is once again using selective logic to decide which parts of the Bible modern-day Christians should treat as literal fact and which parts can be dismissed as non-applicable. The Bible is interpretive and when you open it and read it, you are asking the Holy Spirit to flow through you and give you the wisdom to interpret God's words. Making sweeping remarks claiming to know exactly what the Good Book is saying, regardless of who you are or how many years of theology study you've taken, to me is just silly. God wants each of us to figure out His message for ourselves, not be lectured about right and wrong by you or this guy.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      I was a diehard Christian on my way to becoming what I guess you would call a priest in my church. I used to evangelize and all that jazz. That was until I really did in depth study of the Bible and saw how wrong it was. Now I'm an unbeliever.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Byrd

      The difference between atheists and christians is that most atheists have studied the Bible and a host of other religious texts while you just believe whatever is explained to you by often uneducated and unlearned preachers.

      If there is indeed a good god – and i do emphasize "good"- I highly suspect he would prefer the company of those with questions to that mindless sheeple. Only an evil god would prefer mindless sheeple.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      I studied your silly religion, at a Christian College no less, and still came to the conclusion that it is nothing but a bunch of stories written by a bunch of human beings over a long period of time, then edited by other humans to fit an agenda. Those are not the words of a god, but the words of MEN (plural).

      May 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  7. jesse

    in the church am in and all the others i know of condemns all of those that are spoken of in the new testament and those that are not canceled out in the old testament

    May 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  8. GodPot

    "The Old Testament doesn't apply anymore so we don't follow all those old silly rules, and the New Testament leaves us with just two laws, love your neighbor as yourself and love your God, oh and of course to still hate gays cause they are icky, so three laws I guess..." – Christian apologist

    The idea that the Old word of God isn't as valid as the new word of God would be like saying "You know all that bad stuff Hitler did, that was the old Hitler, now in his new book, 'Mein Kampforting Everbody' he says we do not have to put the jews in the ovens, they are forgiven now. And we don't have to execute our down syndrome children anymore, he is so loving and caring, what a guy..."

    May 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Haha, my "Mein Kampforting Everbody". I agree with your point completely. They say God is unchanging but according to the Bible:
      Old Testament = Shellfish bad
      New Testament = Shellfish good
      Yup, that isn't a change at all.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • asdf

      mein kampforting everybody....that's hilarious.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • TC

      My point is clearly stated up top but the OT was for more barbairc peoples (not that people today are much bettter) and God has patience for us slow witted and quick to anger people.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "My point is clearly stated up top but the OT was for more barbairc peoples (not that people today are much bettter) and God has patience for us slow witted and quick to anger people."

      Oh yeah? Were you there when the NT was written? didnt think so. Has your god told you this? you may think so, but that is nothing but delusion. To claim you KNOW what god is thinking is LAUGHABLE at best.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Byrd

      God. Pot. So that's where he's hiding. Kinda figured that all along.

      But none of you Christians should dare try it. Your god hides in alcohol.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  9. Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

    Does nobody else care that not discriminating against gays and not allowing them to marry violates the 1st ammendment? Nobody can give me a good reason without using the Bible of why gay couples shouldn't be able to get the benefits of marriage. The law banning it is based on the Bible. A clear violation of the 1st ammendment.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Sorry should read "that discriminating against gays".

      May 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • BamaDaniel

      Y'all don't have alot of guns like we do down here Yeehaw

      May 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      No that's the second ammendment you are thinking of. The right to arm bears. Wow, who thought of that one? Aren't their teeth and claws deadly enough?

      May 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  10. TruthHurts

    First, this article is one huge demonstration of hypocrisy and talking in circles to confuse the reader into buying into the viewpoint of the author. It avoids the simple fact that the bible has to be interpreted. Because of that simple fact you have to answer the question "Who gets to interpret it and why?" You cant cherry pick between the Old and New Testament to prove your point.
    Also, it drives me crazy that when the government wants to step in and tell organized religion they must follow fair hiring and firing practices these religions want to yell "separation of church and state" BUT when its time to enforce their religion onto others then OBVIOUSLY their religious perspectives should be law. If religion wants to get into politics start paying taxes on those BILLIONS of dollars your corporations...oh I am sorry religious insitutions raise yearly. Noone is forcing you to be gay so live your life the way you see fit and let others live theirs.
    Finally, being that I studied history, religion and by default christians used christianity to keep the slaves enslaved. Plantation owners used to have scripture read to their slaves so that they wouldnt rebel against the property owner. Thats why you see that all their righting and songs have all the christian rhetoric.
    Bottom line....stone cold facts will always win against make believe....or religion whatever you want to call it.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • BamaDaniel

      Duuuuhh the bible said aaaaahhhh

      May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  11. status quo

    The author did an excellent job of twisting things around. Basically he said the old testament doesn't apply to Christians so they can ignore it. In essence ignoring the word of god. You religious people crack me up. Men got to pick what ended up in the bible. Deleting text and omitting entire books and gospels. Sorry dude, religion is on the way out, people are waking up from the brainwashing sessions and thinking reasonably.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • W247

      Actually – I don't agree with you. He did NOT say that they old testament is irrevelent. The old and the new testament work together, however, what he did say that when you STUDY what the new testament says about the old testament you will have a better understanding of what the old testament law is versus what Jesus did to fulfill the old testament laws. If you can read the article with an unbiased viewpoint, you might have been able to catch that point.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • status quo

      so god got it wrong and had to write a new testament? Because the first one was flawed?

      May 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  12. n8263

    According to Jesus the Mosaic laws must still be followed. What should take precedence? Peter's dream Rev Mohler references, or Christ's actual words?

    Matthew 5:17

    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

    To this day under Christian Law you are not to eat pork and shrimp, wear blended fabric, and must murder your disobedient children, non-virgin brides and adulterers.

    If you can rationalize rejecting what Jesus so clearly taught then you can rationalize rejecting any part of the Bible no longer compatible with civil society.

    Of course none of this matters since we have a separation of church and state and Americans would never impose their religion on others.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  13. Mark 16:17-18

    "These are some of the signs that will accompany believers: They will throw out demons in my name, they will speak in new tongues, they will take snakes in their hands, they will drink poison and not be hurt, they will lay hands on the sick and make them well."

    Let's see if the author is a true believer according to Jesus. Why not drink some poison and see if you meet Jesus' criteria?

    May 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • W247

      Luke 4 9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

      “‘He will command his angels concerning you
      to guard you carefully;
      11 they will lift you up in their hands,
      so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[d]”
      12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘DO NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’[e]”
      (emphasis mine)

      May 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  14. xtopher

    To YeahRight: Science! Thank you!

    Mohler: "Why are Christians so concerned with ho.mo.s.exuality? In the first place, that question is answered by the simple fact that it is the most pressing moral question of our times. Christians must be concerned about adultery, por.nog.raphy, injustice, dishonesty and everything the Bible names as sin. But when my phone rings with a call from a reporter these days, the question I am asked is never adultery or po.rno.graphy. It is about ho.mos.e.xuality."

    Now let me just pick this apart for a minute. Hom.os.e.xuality is the most pressing issue of out times? REALLY!!? Jesus might have ranked things like poverty, homelessness and war ahead of two individuals of the same s.ex expressing love for one another as the most pressing moral question of our times. But that's the problem with "Christians" like you – you CHOOSE to ignore much more pressing moral questions because they are not easy. Gays are easy. You can whip up a crowd into a lather of hatred (and fill those collection plates) by spewing all sorts of lies about gay people (They're recruiting your children! They want to destroy your marriage! They have an AGENDA!) But the other stuff, well that requires real thought, hard work and true commitment. Who has time for that?

    May 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Last Days Of Planet Earth

      Divide and conquor.
      Taken from the Republican handbook.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  15. truthknower

    Amen and amen. My exact sentiment is expressed in Mohler's words...

    May 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  16. DavidinVancouverWA

    Organized religion, especially evangelical christianity and Catholicsm, is a hoax: the greatest hoax of all history.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • W247

      So is the democratic party...

      May 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • DavidinVancouverWA

      W247 – Thanks for proving my point. Organized religion is, at best, a political party to advance the separationist/segregationist views of its membership.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  17. ok

    An interesting choice for a Southern Baptist to bring up slavery. American abolitionists were mostly Christians, but so were slaveholders. As it turns out, many of the abolitionists are the intellectual and theological forebears of Christians who support gay rights. Conversely, the Southern Baptist Convention split from the Northern Baptist Convention because they believed that the Bible justified slavery.

    And here they are, on the wrong side of history and morality again.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  18. Scott Harrigan

    Abolition was championed and led by Unitarians, the least "christian" of the Christians. Most of the mainline Christian faiths were defenders of slavery. Other than Unitarians, the anti-slavery movement was one of the great secular movements in American history. Nevertheless, the progressive religious movement of the Unitarians continues in the modern descendants Unitarian Universalists, and "UUs" continue to be on the right side of history unlike the mainline Christian faiths who continue to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world, whether it was slavery, women's rights, civil rights, or now gay rights. A great many Christians, rather than seeing the radical love of Jesus, have only seen the Pharisaical rules and so have been the great anchor on our civilization becoming more just and humane. Why is it that you do not learn from your past?

    May 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      It just makes me wonder what the next rights we are going to have to fight with Christians over is gonna be.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • DavidinVancouverWA

      The SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) and the rest of the evangelical/dominionist ilk will find a way to bring about theocracy here in America. Pretty soon we'll all be under the rule of a christian taliban with christian sharia laws, just like in Afghanistan or Iran. Oh, and they will find a way for Jesus to be A-Okay with aborting GLBT babies – just wait. Organized religion, especially the SBC, evangelicals, dominionists and catholicism are all antichrist as foretold in the bible. Their mark of the beast will be a cross tattoed on foreheads or hands.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  19. Joey

    One has to wonder, why do the Christians just refrain from being gay? They don't have to be gay. The real problem here is not that Christians or the Bible teaches against gayness or that being gay is a sin according to the Bible. The problem arises, when, in a free nation with legal separation of Church and State, the so called conservative Christians attempt to use the civil government to force their view of the Bible, a book many do not trust, down the throat of those who do not agree with them. I can't help but wonder when these people are going to finally realize that many people in America do not support their view of the Bible or the Bible itself. When will they simply do what the Bible really commands if they are so in tune to it and leave other alone? I think there will always be a group of so called Christians that really believe that they must do all they can to convert everyone else to their belief. I don't have a problem with that even though they would be wasting their time on me. But the idea that the Christians should be able to use civil laws to discriminate against others who are different is the real shame of the nation. An article on the CNN site speaks of the voters in the Republican Party dying off. This is the same for supposed Christians. All one has to do is simply look at the amount of white hair at a church gathering on television. That way of thinking is slowing but surely dying off. Our country will be a lot better when Christian prejudice is dead. Soon that day will come.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      It's a violation of the first ammendment to ban gay marriage over the Bible.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  20. Observer

    Christians even think that the Bible mentions abortion. More hypocrisy and wishful thinking.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • BamaDaniel

      It has fiery chariots,swift clouds,whirlwinds,ufos,dinosaurs, alot of stuff is in the bible

      May 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Actually the Bible sort of mentions something along the lines of abortion in the Old Testament. There is a law about if a man were to injure a woman so that the unborn baby died, he would be punished with death. Funny, it doesn't say anything about it in the New Testament so abortion must not be wrong, according to the logic of the article.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • I am John

      Now that you've mentioned it. It doesn't take high intelligence to conclude that abortion is a sin and murder!

      Exodus 20:13 – “You shall not murder."

      Psalm 107:21 – "Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!"

      Psalm 127:3 – "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward."

      Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

      Jeremiah 32:35 – "And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, WHICH I DID NOT COMMAND THEM, NOR DID IT COME INTO MY MIND THAT THEY SHOULD DO THIS ABOMINATION, to cause Judah to sin." (CAPITALIZED FOR EMPHASIS)

      Luke 18:16 – "But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God."

      In today's society, children are "sacrificed" through abortion for the sake of "freedom". Baal is idolatry, and it can take many forms (money, freedom, materialism, etc.) that mankind replaces God with.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • I am John

      For those that want to say that it is only in the Old Testamant and/or New Testamant:
      OLD TESTAMENT
      1.Exodus 20:13
      “You shall not murder."
      2.Deuteronomy 5:17
      ‘You shall not murder."
      NEW TESTAMENT
      3.Matthew 5:21
      “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’
      4.Matthew 19:18
      He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’
      5.Romans 13:9
      "For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

      May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • I am John

      There is forgiveness available for even those who murder (to include abortion). The LORD does love you. All you have to do is repent.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
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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.