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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
10:00 AM ET

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. Nobland

    I love the way these preachers use the phrase "in other words". Which is actually saying "in my opinion" but crediting his opinion to God and not himself.

    Dishonest sleight of hand.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • rjp34652

      In other words, you're just a religious bigot. Did I get that right?

      May 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  2. John

    Me like bible. Fine elly Cnn has good article. Everyone. Everyone. The bible true for sure! Can I get amen?

    May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  3. James the Just

    It is simply amazing how ignorant the "anti-Christian", the "so-called Christian" and the "Christian" really are. I would suggest reading Christ's guide to the Torah, which would be the Gospel of Matthew and try and understanding the Laws and how Christ classified them (INTO GREATER AND LESSER). Sure, Christians ignore the bulk of the Torah but the true Christians adhere to the MORAL ORDINANCES. You cannot change change or alter them, no matter how hard you try.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • momoya

      That's why we should ignore them.. If stoning children to death cured them of their back talk and sprinkling diseased bird blood on skin conditions actually worked as a cure, we'd consider the OT's admonishments.. But it's just too bat-sh!t insane for intelligent people to deal with..

      May 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • James the Just

      Well "The penalties" under Mosaic Law cannot be enforced because we do not have the system of Priests for Judges. We will have very soon though. The point is to still adhere to the Laws, especially the greater Laws or Moral Ordinances. Modern society can ridicule all they want, the true believer is being tested and 90% will walk away from the faith. Not because it's wrong but because of ridicule from people like you. Prophecy coming to life. I choose Christ but that's my choice.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  4. Jonah

    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 3:27 pm |
    • Pravda

      ROFL! Oh dude, that is funny...

      May 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • bgjtenn

      "we'll all be under the rule of a christian taliban with christian sharia laws, just like in Afghanistan or Iran" ...there is a "christian taliban with christian sharia laws" in Afghanistan and Iran?? wow, the Muslims are going to be really upset when they find out.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Steve

      There is no imminent Christian Taliban government in the wings. I can see all the unemployed, un-motivated afternoon slackers are out today...

      May 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  5. Joey

    I saw a comment about uneducated atheist. I think this is a contradiction in terms. Once a person becomes educated they should reject the bible as what it is. I think that's the problem Rick Santorium had because folks who attend college learn the truth about the fairy tale.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Ricke1949

      Ok you believe everything the University taught you. You came from nothing and will go to nothing.
      Even the world class scientist who head the Genome project does not believe 25000 biological molecules came from randomness.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  6. sean50

    Once again....irrevalent argument. Religion should have no say in government performed marriages.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  7. Please Use Your Brain

    "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."

    By using "most" you are doing the same old thing christians always do – picking and choosing. Use "all" and your sentence would be incorrect, but at least not laughable. This just gives you the permission divert and, in the end, really punt on slavery, or rather yet say "The new testament never commands slavery" – What? Really? That's your argument? Where does it say slavery is no longer acceptable (not even trying to figure out why it was acceptable in the first place)?

    Until christians learn to accept that the bible condones slavery, they simply don't have a leg to stand on with other arguments that quote the bible.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Hadenuffyet

      Ok then , where in the new testament does it condone slavery? Where does it explicitly say "owning slaves is right and just"?

      May 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Please Use Your Brain

      @Hadenuffyet – Have you read the new testament? How about Ephesians 6:5-8 KJV) or I Corinthians 7:21 KJV, for starters. Perhaps even more importantly, it *NEVER* says not to follow the old testament on this subject. Even if the new testament was silent on slavery (which it is not), how is being silent on one of the most evil things ever invented (by god) somehow a good position to argue for? Where do you get your morals from (oh yeah, probably the bible)...

      BTW, why focus on the new testament? Are you willing to disregard the old testament including the ten commandments? Speaking of the ten commandments, I could write 10 better commandments and I'm sure you could as well. One of them would certainly be to not own slaves...

      May 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Please Use Your Brain

      Also, please look up the definition for "condone" ...to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless...

      There does not need to be an explicit statement saying something is right or just, just acting as though it is acceptable *is* condoning it...

      May 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  8. Jeepwrangler

    Christianity is the biggest hoax and cult that the world has ever seen, they may not carry guns and bombs, most of them today, but they are just as dangerous as the Taliban and terrorists.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Pravda

      Love your neighbor as yourself, bless those who curse you, do good to those that mistreat you. Yeah, these are the mantras of mad men....

      May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Steve

      I am with you, for sure. It am continually astonished that with all the Christian terrorists blowing up school children, markets, busses, hacking muslims to death with machetes, putting bombs on planes, in underwear; running governments that make it a capital crime to convert to any other religion.....forbidding women to drive or own property....you are SO right! Why can't anyone see that Christians are exactly like muslim terrorists!

      May 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Digital Backlash

      Jesus didnt need a church.
      Jesus said the way to god was thru your heart.
      The church doesnt like "that" Jesus
      because there would be nobody to go to church and put money on the plate.
      True Jesus has been manipulated for the benefit and control of the church.

      Birth control and abortion would be less coins on the plate.
      Less bodies to send to war.
      War is profit.

      You want to know what "god" really is ?
      Harmony with the universe.
      Harmony with nature.
      Harmony with yourself.

      We are just spirits or souls that have a vessel called the body.
      Two spirits can find love and harmony, despite the physical body (man/woman)

      Time for "mankind" to grow and evolve.
      The other alternative is not acceptable.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  9. Really?

    It is just a book. Which should be filed under "Fiction." It was written by human beings with an agenda. Try to be a good person. The rest is just nonsense.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Wes

      Funny, just look at the Talmud and what the Jews believe in... you'll be sorely disgusted. They won't even allow people of different religions to marry in Israel.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  10. Karl

    The reason they focus on it is because according to their bible. "man shall not lie down with man." It's a sin according to Christians, so therefore they don't embrace it. It's pretty simple actually.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Please Use Your Brain

      @Karl, I don't think that is the point. The question is why focus on it and ignore so much else that the bible supports – like slavery, for example. If the bible was written by god then it should not have mistakes and all parts would seem to all be equally important, so why ignore some parts and intensely focus on others?

      May 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  11. dave

    way to go, CNN. I'm blown away. Thanks for providing this fresh perspective. Keep it up!

    May 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Thanks for providing this fresh perspective. Keep it up!"

      Fueling the hatred and bigotry towards this minority group while trying to block their civil rights is NOT a fresh perspective. Christians keep being proven wrong over and over again when it comes to civil rights.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Steve

      Yeah Right,

      I agree. The (Christian) reverend Martin Luther King would agree with you, too.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Fire On High

      How nice that you found somebody who agrees with you.
      So, you are blown away with a twist on the bible
      that discriminates.
      How Christian of you.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  12. nyumbu

    The whole main sentiment of the bible is to love people and help the poor. You'll never catch these "Christians" making any laws to enforce those morals.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Tripp

      The main sentiment of the Bible is glorify God and one way that is done is by obeying His commands. What the Lord commands is for our good and His glory.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Jeff in San Diego

      Exactly. Christians use the power of government to force people to their beliefs when it is something that puts others down or denies someone his/her rights. But when it comes to using the power of government to carry out Jesus' teachings of selling off your goods and helping the poor – that is somehow now over reach. Christians are the most hypocritical, self-serving, selfish, bigoted, backwards-thinking people in our country today.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • bobby mcghee

      Thirty years ago, whoever thought we would need a law to define marriage. I was just understood one man one woman. Christian people and churches do far more to take care of the poor than the government. They don't seem to need a law to tell them that. You should open your eyes and see just who does alot of the volunteer work in communities around the country.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Fearless Freep

      What the Lord commands is for our good and His glory.

      Sounds like a third world dictator.
      Obey me or die.
      No thanks.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  13. Seraphim Hanisch

    I am glad that this was printed – especially on CNN. Over on Fox we would probably expect to see this – or on Drudge with the connections to CNS and other religious or conservative-based news services. But to see it here in what has been purported to be liberal-land (sorry!) – this is a very good thing, and the case is clearly made. It'll aggravate some people, but that is what the truth often does, in His attempt to set us free.

    Bravo, and Bravo, CNN, for posting this!

    May 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • hudini

      amen!

      May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Connor

      His case is clearly made?! Made for what, mandating that the US legal system take into consideration archaic religions views on a modern topic, and form law based on those views? Or a case for writing into law that a large portion of the population are lesser people because of a fairy tale many don't believe in? His article is a selective reading of obscure biblical references to justify ongoing hatred for a group they don't agree with.

      I could get behind the author making the argument that his people need to keep banging this drum so they don't lose credibility with the less intelligent in their ranks, or that they need to keep this bigotry going for continuity's sake. That's the real danger here... Folks who "came of age" under the yolk of the Christian church now feel the need to apply the same pressure to their offspring. Never mind if their kids are going to have gay friends, co-workers, classmates and partners – let's get them convinced NOW that those people will always be abominations because they don't read the same books.

      This entire argument is invalid. You people are pushing YOUR agenda down our throats, not the other way around. As a gay citizen, I just want the same rights you do – the right for the state to recognize my adult partnership and provide all the same legal benefits that those partnerships typically provide. If you don't want me calling that marriage, then fine – we'll call them civil unions... But keep in mind, that means the government will need to start calling all civil unions... well, civil unions. It will be in your house of worship that you call it a "wedding" and have your chosen "marriage ceremony." You people love keeping the government out of your personal affairs... lets up the ante!

      Members of the radical Christian right that expound ideas like this are a greater threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than Al-Qeda, China, and moon Nazis combined.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Fearless Freep

      Twisting the bible, be it CNN or Fox,
      its still twisting.
      Glad you feel good.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  14. Christian

    Well said!

    May 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  15. relians

    if we can't ban the h8 groups, can't we at least tax them?

    May 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Pravda

      I don't think you can ban hom0$exualty, heck we can not even ban gay marriage right now. But hate groups will be hate groups I guess...

      May 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • rjp34652

      Tax them, and they will be free to say whatever they want. Taxation will be doing the moral crowd a favor. As it stands now, those who stand to the pulpit are afraid to lose their tax shelter status by preaching conscience. Therefore they support wickedness by fearing to oppose it.

      I'm all for taxation and preaching moral principles. Do away with religious tax shelters and you'll be destroying your own argument.

      but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

      May 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Woah, please explain how being a hom-ose-xual makes you part of a hate group.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  16. Lennon, J.

    Typical Cafeteria Christianity. Take what you like and ignore the rest.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • chefdugan

      You just describe ALL of Christianity. They only do and know what the idiot at the pulpit tells them.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Nobland

      Well put.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • bgjtenn

      I don't think that you read this very carefully, if that is your analysis.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Seraphim Hanisch

      How do you figure it's cafeteria Christianity? The poster of this was surprisingly dead-on with his explanation of it. What do you think it should be?

      May 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  17. PulTab

    "In truth, those asking the question the first way really don’t want an answer." Just another easy cop-out for the sky fairy people.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • momoya

      It's strange that so many christians are so arrogant on what nonbelievers do and don't do and why.. Yet the second you assume something on their side, they cry foul.. Christianity requires that a believer have to systems of behavior.. One for your god and beliefs associated with it, and another for dealing with everything else..

      Christianity IS hypocrisy; you MUST use it because there's no other alternative for a person in that position.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • bgjtenn

      Actually, he answered the question with stunning clarity and irrefutable logic.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  18. James the Just

    You cite the same old example from the Torah as everyone else "well the Bible says not to eat shell fish, pork, yada-yada-yada" Well read Christ's words of Greater and Lesser Laws. The Law in question is a Moral ordinance. Any learned Jew and or Christian knows the difference. No matter how hard you try YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE MORAL ORDINANCES...

    May 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • PulTab

      And you can't change Alice in Wonderland because of copyright limitations.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • RobertG

      @James – You nailed it. It doesn't say, "thou shalt not eat shellfish or you will go to hell". It DOES say that about ho.mose.xuality.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your "moral ordinances" are not the basis for laws in a secular nation.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • James the Just

      The Torah and Modern Secular laws have nothing to do with one another, at least until Yeshua's millennium Kingdom . In the near future a choice must be made which set of laws you are willing to follow. A prophecy as old as Moses. But once Yeshua sits on the throne; which Laws do you think he will enforce?

      May 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • bpoo

      so how come you are so comfortable with other things the bible says not do – adultery, amassing wealth, tattooing, not letting women preach etc.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      James, the point, and let me slow it down for you, is that God clearly changes his opinion on things.

      Old Testament = Shellfish bad
      New Testament = Shellfish good

      Looks like a change of opinion to me.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • James the Just

      I am not comfortable with any of those things "other than a Woman preacher" that's not in the Torah that's an opinion from Paul not a Law.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • James the Just

      "Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler" Ah no he certainly does not. You obviously know very little about Christ's teachings... Let me slow it down for you "Christ wanted all of us to focus on the greater laws and change our hearts, not just going through the motions of the law". Many people were, like I said, "going through the motions of the Torah without changing their hearts. So just as Isaiah's prophecies said; Yeshua came and made the Law honorable again. Jesus wanted us to focus on our souls. Yes the Torah says do not eat shell fish but Yeshua turned it around on the hypocrites who used that same very law to advance their hypocritical agenda (Wow sounds familiar) and taught us that "it's not what goes into a man's mouth that defiles a man but what come out of it".

      May 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Roberto

      JAMES THE just, WELL SAID... I've STARTED TO READ BOTH OLD AND NEW testament bible
      AND GUESS WHAT marriage in both, consist of a man and a woman. Of course they'll be those who will try
      to redefine it's meaning to excuse their lifestyle. Come on now you smart folks it don't take
      a rocket scientist to understand the context of marriage within the Holy Bible.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  19. Pravda

    Wow, I can't believe that CNN actually posted this article. It is exceptional and dead on. Hmm... Keep this up CNN and you may just become "Fair and balanced"....

    May 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • rjp34652

      Don't hold your breath, brother.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • birch please

      They are fair and balanced.... towards reason

      May 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • hudini

      agree 100% this is a very accurate article depicting the beliefs of the true Christian Church,

      May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Mike

      Excellent comment! And great article... we all fall... we are all sinners... that does not allow us to just except and make excuses for sin that ultimately does harm. ALL SIN does harm... whether you see it or not.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • roberto

      THIS LAW WAS PLACE IN THE BIBLE TO PRESERVE THE HUMAN SPECIES from EXTINCTION .
      QUESTION: Which equation is equal to LIFE?
      (A) man + man= life

      (B) woman + woman= life

      (C) man + woman= life

      The answer is (C)

      If this was not your correct answer you should refer to the Holy Bible for enlightening.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Going In Circles

      roberto

      THIS LAW WAS PLACE IN THE BIBLE TO PRESERVE THE HUMAN SPECIES from EXTINCTION .
      QUESTION: Which equation is equal to LIFE?
      (A) man + man= life

      (B) woman + woman= life

      (C) man + woman= life

      The answer is (C)

      If this was not your correct answer you should refer to the Holy Bible for enlightening.
      --------------------------------------–

      Your spirit is not male or female.
      You judge life from your earthly existence.
      You have failed one of gods tests.
      You looked thru your own eyes,
      and you judged.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  20. John N. Seattle, WA

    Maybe, just maybe, we should look to other sources for our spiritual needs...say, one that was not corrupted by Constantine in 336 AD for his own purposes.

    May 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • momoya

      In a sane world.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • RobertG

      There may be parts of the Bible that were corrupted, but God's prohibition of ho.mose.xuality is a repeating theme throughout history. First given to Noah as one of the Noahide Laws it permeated through expanding civilizations. It was reiterated to the Jews in the Mosaic Law and the Torah and again to the Christians by Paul. It doesn't matter what the Bible exactly says, it's been given to Man from the very start and confirmed many times throughout history.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • rjp34652

      Look to 'other sources for...spiritual need'.??? You mean sources that agree with whatever perversion you wish to perform?

      There is such a source. I believe its called satan. It leads to self-destruction and eternal separation from God.

      Beware the foolishness of the fleshly mind.

      but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

      May 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • logan5

      Look to other sources?? You mean other religions.....no thanks! A neutral agnostic or atheistic position is the one honest and only true way to go!

      May 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      Maybe you should research your statement and not be corrupted by 2006 doctrine of Dan Brown. Look at the writings of St irenaeus of lyons

      May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Ghale

      Or, we could simply grow up as a species and give up our infantile need for a spiritual security blanket.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Larry

      Yeah let's just keep looking till we find something we agree with???
      The Bible is never a problem until we find a disagreement with what we think and what it says.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Tr1Xen

      @logan5 With all due respect (and speaking as a fellow atheist), I don't think atheism or agnosticism is in any way "neutral," and stating that your way is the only way makes you sounds closed minded and ignorant. We may not believe in a higher power ourselves, but we should be tolerant of others' religious views.

      May 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Anunaki

      The true owners of this planet are coming back.
      We will be evicted like the bad tenents we have been.
      They will clean up our mess.
      They will think twice about renting or owning.
      Renting was a bad idea.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
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