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. rick52

    I like the part where this writer says: "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.” ... Yeah, that's clear, all right. Where in Peter's vision do you get: "It's ok to have a ham and swiss on rye."

    May 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Hank

      I had the same question myself. He seems to read into the Bible whatever suits him.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  2. brett

    All of that is fine. But why, if your church does not pay taxes, do you feel it has a say in the laws of this country? Why can it lobby to have legislation which represents their agenda and beliefs, but contribute nothing to the government it aims to control?

    May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • JSS

      Amen to that, brother. The church is far too intertwined into politics and sadly there is no easy way to extricate it.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm |

    Nothing wrong with Gays, they can live their lives just like everyone else, my only issue, why get married? you really want to fight that privilege? Seems as though we doing you a favor by banning gay marriage, think every married guy can agree with me here. Only reason to get married is to have kids, so i would vote on that only, otherwise, listen to wise married guy, don't fight it, you will lose either way...

    May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • JSS

      "Seems as though we doing you a favor by banning gay marriage"

      Well, "we" would prefer to make that decision ourselves, thank you.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • ctw

      Its all for legal reasons – if a person has been with someone 50+ years, they have no legal leg to stand on when their partner goes into the hospital and the family/hospital kicks him out (happens ALL THE TIME because some families disown their gay children). Financial benfits go to married couples as well.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  4. Dan586

    Matthew 25:31-46 :

    "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, AND HE WILL SEPARATE THEM ONE FROM ANOTHER, AS A SHEPHERD DIVIDES HIS SHEEP FROM THE GOATS. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

    "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'

    "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

    "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'

    May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • TPN51

      Him, Him Him, He He He , I I I , god is a narcissistic dictator. A type personality, my way or the highway, that is if HE even exists.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Bob

      While you are dumping quotes in here from the Christian book of nasty AKA the bible, don't forget to include some of the other, juicy bits in there. Stuff like this:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation or selection, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Thank you for the random meaningless irrelevant verses from your bible. In the spirit of fairness, here are some random verses from the Primewonk bible. I happen to think that my verses make a hell of a lot more sence than yours –

      ADVISORY: There is an Extremely Small but Nonzero Chance That, Through a Process Know as "Tunneling," This Post May Spontaneously Disappear from Its Present Location and Reappear at Any Random Place in the Universe, Including Your Neighbor's Domicile. God Will Not Be Responsible for Any Damages or Inconvenience That May Result.

      PUBLIC NOTICE AS REQUIRED BY LAW: Any Use of This Post, in Any Manner Whatsoever, Will Increase the Amount of Disorder in the Universe. Although No Liability Is Implied Herein, the Believer Is Warned That This Process Will Ultimately Lead to the Heat Death of the Universe.

      Einstein 16:24 Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

      Gould 1:15-16 Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.

      Bohr 2:11 Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.

      Szilard 88:16 I'm all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius.

      Sagan 22:1 For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reàssuring.

      Feynman 110:55 …it doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are - if it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.

      Hawking 41:61 A machine that was powerful enough to accelerate particles to the grand unification energy would have to be as big as the Solar System-and would be unlikely to be funded in the present economic climate.

      Hippocrates 14:5 Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.

      Galileo 12:16 It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved

      Carlyle 2:2 It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.

      Fermi 1:1 The weak nuclear force does not change over time.

      Oliver Heaviside 62:3 Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion?

      C. P. Snow 5:3 Innocence about Science is the worst crime today.

      Paul Valéry 3:6 One had to be a Newton to notice that the moon is falling, when everyone sees that it doesn't fall.

      A.C. Doyle 14:8 It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts.

      Clark 19:17 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

      Roddenberry 68:12 We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Dan586

      Bob, the best weapon for people like you is the Bible.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  5. bold

    I guess the biggest issue in this article is the total lack of intellectual honesty. The assumption is that the bible of today is the word of god. And yet we know that the Bible of today is an amalgam. Many books in the new testament were placed there over others mainly for political and power reasons. Translation errors and subjective edits occurred through out its history. All of this makes it very difficult to argue that the book off the printing press in 2012 is absolute in spakingow

    May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • calmo

      You are just simply wrong. It has been the concern of Christians and scholars from the time the earliest books of the Old Testament were written that the Bible remains true to the inspired original writing. There has been such a massive, continuous, dedicated, educated effort to accomplish this that it doesn't take much objective research in this area to confirm that. Millions of scholars have left us the benefit of their studies. Unnumbered historians addressed it. The number of extant Bible manuscripts is astoundingly greater than that of any other ancient writings. Historians and writers through the ages have quoted from the Bible, leaving a whole world of verification. They've also reported things that corroborate Bible history. Now I grant you that many of the "translations" since 1950 have made a mockery of the Bible. Those versions were written without the intention of being faithful to the true Word. The precise claims you make about the lack of dependability of the Bible text are viral on internet forums right now; the same words are repeated by so many that anyone can tell they are something unbelievers would like to have people believe, and are borrowed and proliferated in ignorance. They are wishful thinking by people who do not want to submit to Biblical laws for mankind. I'm sure your intention to discredit the Bible will be more important to you than engaging in sincere research. But you need to know that your claims are based purely on misinformation, error, and bad intentions.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  6. AndrewfromPhilly

    Let's skip the gay issue and ask why Christians are obsessed with raping little boys?

    May 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Philip

      Christians are not raping boys but a few are. Like all religions and faiths there will always be a few that do some things against the faith.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • toxictown

      They were asking for it in their suggestive altar boy robes.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  7. sam

    Most of us were raised with certain beliefs and religions, whether it be Christianity, Islam, Judaism or other religions. As human beings we all make a decision to follow certain guidelines of our religion. As a Christian I can never bring myself to judge others, I have many gay friends and some family members and love them all dearly. The decision to live their private lives a certain way is their decision, we are not put on this earth to judge others. If we took the time redirect the judging to ourselves and fix our inner hatred the world would be such a better place.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Christian Here

      Agreed, cheers and God bless 🙂

      May 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      @sam – I wish there were more people like that.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ sam

      Judging one's self is one of my daily endevours! Do I hate things? Yes I do! Do I love things? Yes I do! Do I fear death daily? Yes I do! Daily sam, I do judge my emotions and their sameness answers are what keeps me afloat in an ever increasing filthy world of unGodliness ideals! Adultery and fornication and sodomy are but three Acts of Ungodliness! The more vile Acts, the more things I hate! Love tends to get squeezed out of my mind on accasions!

      May 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • calmo

      26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
      27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
      28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
      29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,
      30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
      31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
      32 Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them BUT GIVE APPROVAL TO THOSE WHO PRACTICE THEM.
      Romans 1:26-32 (ESV)

      May 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  8. A Serpent's Thought

    In reading many posts, I see a uniformity of seductiveness being the main attracting issues of sodomizers while the non-conformists are religiously deviate and glaringly divided by their not really knowing whose shoe fits which foot!

    May 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  9. Cameron

    The Bible, though old, and in spots a little unreliable, is a true Testament of Jesus Christ, and is God's word, whether or not we believe in him. The reason that followers of Christ, God, and His Bible speak out, in as loving a way as they possibly can, is because 'any many who has been warned, out to warn his neighbour'

    People who won't listen to the warning will be rather uncomfortable come the Day of Judgment, and will have to account for their inability to heed counsel that was meant for their good. Christians are not saved as a group, but only as individuals. Those of non-Christian faith are also awarded God's blessings to the degree to which they've obeyed His teachings, and how well they embrace later what was withheld previously.

    The reason anyone who follows the Bible feels the need to speak up now, is foresight, and because similar calamity will befall America as was true in Sodom and Gomorrah. Maybe it is a small percentage of the American population who are LGBT, but as that number rises, just watch how many other negative prophecies of the last days come true.

    Those who oppose God's laws and consider Him unimportant or irrelevant will not have a leg to stand on, and will wish for the mountains to fall upon them to cover themselves and hide from the God who gave them life. Stop condemning the messenger. Start listening to the message, and realize the heart of love it comes from. It's for your own benefit.

    WIsh I was perfect. I speak this, hoping I am true to my beliefs till the end. Again, we are individually saved by Christ after all that we can do, not for what church we sided with.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Lori Tulsa, OK


      May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • JSS

      It's a shame that those of us who do not believe in your God have to be dragged into it. Live and let live.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Cameron

      There is only one God. I live, and let others live. But if I remain silent about what I know, some may NOT live. The LGBT community is VERY vocal. Are you suggesting I be silent and give them the microphone to blast their agenda only? I deserve equal time to share my thoughts because they are relevant to the well-being of everyone, LGBT included.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • brett

      Cameron – If your religion works for you, fine, that's great. But you're saying that you know with absolute certainty and proof that the religion you follow is the right one, and those around the world born into different religions which work for them are unequivocally wrong? You can't possibly be that self-righteous and arrogant.

      Even if you truly believe that, why, if your church does not pay taxes, do you feel it has a say in the laws of this country? Why can it lobby to have legislation which represents their agenda and beliefs, but contribute nothing to the government it aims to control?

      May 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • ctw

      Cameron –
      What you believe and have faith in is great; however, I dont. Why should my life be affected by what you believe? You say that in the end everyone will be judged – thats what YOU believe. "I" do not – you say that I'm going to hell probably for my non-belief, but since I dont believe in hell, my life is not affected; you can recite bible verses all day long – I didnt believe it when I was raised Southern Baptist, and I dont believe it now.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Cameron

      All religions by nature purport that there is a God, and that their leadership is showing the best way to get back home to Him. It's what we all want. If those who live well, and are saved want to call Jesus by a different name, but still are excellent in obeying the laws they've learned, I am saying God will reward openly those desired behaviours that our own hearts confirm to us are good. Never once have I said someone else is wrong because of their religion, and I have only suggested folks from ALL religions that teach truth and good will, then live by it can and ought to be saved.

      And as to your charge that since my church pays no taxes, it should therefore not have the right to influence decisions made by government that affect society... I am not speaking on behalf of my church but as a citizen who pays taxes. LGBT organizations by your definition ought to be able to sway government decisions though? Do they pay more taxes than me? No, they are individuals as well. I should have EQUAL right to speak as they do.

      I'm a hard working person, and pay a fair tax because the Bible tells me to be honest, and "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's". I don't appreciate the chastisement that I don't pay taxes. I'm probably more honest about than most BECAUSE of my beliefs.

      Why does it seem to be that only the people who have an ungodly point of view be allowed to shout their sickening philosophy to the rest of us? Seems a violation of many of the rights and freedoms we are supposed to have. America does allow for freedom of speech. I won't shut up until the day of judgment. At that day, we'll all be silent, hoping we were cheering for the right team.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Cameron

      CTW – there are laws governing this universe and the laws of science. Not believing in some of them is certainly your choice. Immorality leads to destruction either now or later. Releasing a rock directly above your toe results in pain to your toe because of the law of gravity. Believe what you want, ignore what you want, but just don't be surprised or complain to me when you've experienced the pain I warned you about.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Cameron

      CTW – I'm not a Southern Baptist by the way. I don't know what your church services were like. I'm sorry to hear the teachings were boring and didn't reach you. Look around. see if you find something else that rings true for you. The truth is out there is you honestly want to find it. I hope you find what you need.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • ctw

      Cameron –

      Well thank you for looking out for my best interest and warning me of what you think will happen, but I think I can make my own decisions on what to believe in.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Cameron

      CTW – Yes, I do support your freedom. I don't make choices for others. If I remain silent about what I know, I'm accountable to God for not speaking up. If you notice this thread of messages I've posted... I'm all for freedom and people making their own decisions. That's a God given right that we did fight for before we arrived. Choices lead to consequences that we either like, or dislike. I don't make the rules, but I try to relate the rules I know that GOd has tried to teach people since creation. You can choose the blessings, or the lack thereof. That is your right. Enjoy.

      p.s., I am not much of a proponent of the HELL mentality you grew up hearing about as a Southern Baptist. We'll all receive a nice place to live, just some of us will have the right to more friends and privileges, that's all. Being on this earth means you already made some good choices. Congrats on that.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  10. James the Just

    Once should read a very interesting prophecy made by the Prophet Daniel in Chapter 7 with regard to the overthrow of the saints... Take a very close look at Chapter 7 and identify the prophecies in a modern context. I bet if 10000 people read this maybe 1 will understand what i am referring to.... http://www.yahwehyeshua.com

    May 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • momoya

      Why that failure rate?? If it takes a thousand or more to get it right, do you think your post will reach that many?

      May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • momoya

      Excuse me.. Ten thousand.. Even more absurd.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  11. BB

    A lot of you don't understand Christianity and it's beliefs because you're not Christians. So shutup already.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • momoya

      I was a christian for almost half a century.. Close study of the bible compelled me to believe it to be a book of myth and superst.ition.. And I'll keep posting as much as I desire.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Hadenuffyet

      momoya...you looked , but did not see...

      May 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Alverant

      I bet you critize islam and other religions you're not part of. Why should your religion be exempt? You don't have to be christian to understand christianity. In fact he helps to NOT be christian so you're not viewing it through rose-colored glasses.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Matt

      BB – In my experience I'm a lot more knowledgeable about The Bible and it's history than most Christians.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  12. Bryan

    If you start backward and want to arrive at a certain conclusion, like Mr. Mohler does, you can justify pretty much anything. Really absurd article.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Billy Joe Jim Bob

      Just as your belief in that comic book character. Hypocrite.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  13. Bob

    I don't care. I'm not a Christian. I don't care what is said in the book of that religion, and I as an American am promised protection from persecution from someone else's religion. We as a nation must stop discussing the teachings of one religion as something that should be taken into consideration when writing secular laws.

    All that gay people are fighting for in recent years reads like a conservation manifesto to me: the right to get married; the right to adopt children; the right to serve our country in the military; the right to provide support to our loved ones when they are hospitalized or in need; the right not to be overly taxed by inaccessibility to tax benefits due to who we are that are readily given to others.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • NewsRaider

      Right on.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  14. raDNOAR

    The belief that an invisible cosmic Jewish zombie can make you live forever if you eat his flesh, drink his blood, and telepathically tell him you accept him as your Master, so that he will remove an evil force from your soul which was put their because a woman made from a rib was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.

    translation" ITS ALL MADE UP!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • BoboPhat

      you should use quotation marks when regurgitating the comments of others.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  15. floyd

    He who is without sin cast the first stone........wow, I guess all those condemming gay couples as sinners for not following the teachings of the bible are pure and without sins. Congratulations, I guess the Lord was wrong in saying all men are sinners or have sinned.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Cameron

      I don't think the article we all read above mentioned the need to cast stones. No Christian is perfect, I'll grant you that. But standing by and giving extra rights to people who want to erode family values with a destructive agenda like gay relationships... that's worse than throwing a stone at someone because of the damage you do to an entire family that gets torn up, and then raised is some cases by well-meaning people who can't possibly provide the needed balance of a male-female bond at the head of a family. It's like saying we should only have Democrats, or only Republicans to vote for. There's no balance. And in this article you're criticizing, don't make the mistake of thinking the author hates anyone. LOVE THE SINNER, HATE THE SIN.

      30 years ago, we never dreamed things like this would happen.... lets look down the road, 30 years from now are we going to say being a pedophile is OK? Should we offer rights to people who marry a 12 year old girl, and want full benefits etc., etc....? A slippery slope we're on these days.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  16. Locker

    The bible is fiction fueled by fanatical morons scared of death. Period.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • rick


      May 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Billy Joe Jim Bob

      As it ever was and ever shall be.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Cameron

      So, you're a devout Atheist. We'll see if your tune changes on your death bed. Who will be scared that day?

      Christianity is the only organization that consistently mentions it's leader's ability to rise from the dead. And, part of this teaching also mentions that YOU will live again. Will you be surprised that day? Probably. What will your quality of life be at that moment? It is truly up to you.

      I sincerely wish you the best. I'm not cheering for your misery, but encourage you to think about this as you drift off to sleep tonight..... what happens after I die?

      May 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  17. Billy Joe Jim Bob

    Gay sax wouldn't bother these hypocrites so much if they stopped fantasizing about it every 30 seconds.

    Hypocrisy is the fulcrum of religion and belief in magical beings.

    Only children and the mentally infirm believe in magical beings.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  18. Charlie

    Christians believe that their religion is the only right one, and in some instances only certain aspects of Christianity (Catholicism, Lutheranism....)

    Hinduism – The earliest evidence for prehistoric religion in India date back to the late Neolithic in the early Harappan period (5500–2600 BCE).

    Buddhism and Taoism have been around since roughly 1000 BCE.

    Many Christians also think that Judaism is wrong. Where do you think Christianity got its start?

    May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  19. BZ

    Fantastic article! Totally Agreed! Finally CNN allows the posting of an article that represents a view of the majority of the Christian Community.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • ronjon

      BZ – except it is not for the majority to decide how the minority should live. Keep your church out of my state.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  20. Arizona Yankee

    CNN joining Obama and the socialist Democrats on beating up Christianity again. How about the Muslim in the Whitemosque ?? You won't go there will you, cowards.....

    May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Billy Joe Jim Bob

      Another delusional, mindless hypocrite speaks.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • Matt

      You didn't even read the article, did you? It was actually defending the evangelical's point-of-view.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
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