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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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Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Gay marriage • Opinion

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  1. El Lobo

    Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

    Is this not approving of the laws of the Old Testament?

    May 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Truth777

      When someone fullfills somthing can it be fullfilled again? Umm no, so to answer your question, no Its not reffering to keep the Law of the old testament, Jesus fullfilled it no one else can it is finished, good question though.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • Surthurfurd

      Truth.. so we do not need to uphold any of the laws of the Bible because Jesus absolves us all?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Michael

      Yes, but in the article Mr. Mohler posits that this is abrogated in a vision by St. Peter.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  2. Rebel4Christ

    This is a very well written article!

    May 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • Surthurfurd

      It effectively gives an emotional justification for being hypocritical.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • postedbygeo

      Yes, if you accept the many versions of bibles, you accept that J>C> was gay. If not, you are not a true believer.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • momoya

      @Surthurfurd

      Wow!! What a great synopsis.. That should have been the t itle.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  3. Clint

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

    That's not true, I want an answer. The truth is, religious folks are too scared to give one.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • Surthurfurd

      It seems the writer was bearing false witness.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • Bet

      His god must have given him mind reading powers.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:11 am |
  4. Bill Fitzgerald

    Authority of the Bible? The bible points to Christ, not to itself! Problem comes in when you go to buy a bible and there are hundreds of versions all having different interpretations. And there is your answer to why we have the Book of Mormon.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • El Lobo

      Religion is a man made creation used to terrorize and enslave mankind while monopolizing power and profit.........Father of the American Revolution and one of America's founding fathers. Thomas Paine. Thankfully enough of them realized this and seperated church and state.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  5. Dean

    You don't need the bible to justify love, but there is no better book if you want to justify hate.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • El Lobo

      Over 2 million killed. Children and women tortured and murdered. What a great book indeed. 4 People die in the Koran!

      May 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  6. Oneforall777

    Observer: Because God said "Thou shalt not Murder". He also said "go forth and multiply". Not go forth and abort all the babies that I have created". Do you see that anywhere is the Bible? True Christians FOLLOW GOD NOT MAN.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Surthurfurd

      Does that mean that the early Christians were right that it was wrong to even join a military to defend with violence?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • postedbygeo

      True christians are gay, just like a 33 yr old man, no wife, no children, no girl friend, and happily loved 12 men he chose. King James figured it out and had a version written that flowed and created more persons like King James and J>C>. King James is laughing along side his 2 happy friends.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • Voodoorick

      Surthurfurd, Jesus didn't tell the centurion to quit. No reason why you can't be in the military. Or fight. Following orders from a lawful authority to kill does not equate to murder.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Surthurfurd

      Do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

      Matthew 5:39

      “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”

      Matthew 5:44

      “Blessed are the peacemakers”

      Matthew 5:9

      “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.”

      John 14v27

      May 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Jen

      Really Vooderick? Then in your mind the nazis were not guilty of murder? Only Hitler himself?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • Observer

      Oneforall777,

      The Bible NEVER mentioned abortion. The closest is where it said that if someone intentionally caused a miscarriage, the penalty is a FINE, maybe like a parking ticket. If you hurt a PERSON, the penalty is "an eye for an eye". Obviously this is not the same as hurting (or "murdering") another person.

      Read the Bible sometime.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • Helena Hanbaskit

      voodoorick, you are doing what so many Christians do without ever thinking about it – you're just making shit up to suit what you want to believe. It doesn't say anything like that anywhere in the Bible.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • Voodoorick

      Making stuff up? So Jesus didn't meet with a centurion? Nor tell him to be content with his pay?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Voodoorick

      Jen, was every Nazi charged? If not, seems the rest of the world seems to agree a little at least.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Jen

      Many nazis were charged and convicted. But in your mind they were innocent right? Just following orders right?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Voodoorick

      You are right. But most Nazis weren't charged, certainly not normal soldiers under normal soldier conditions. And Christ himself was killed by Roman soldiers. Being a Roman centurion could entail crucifying...yet no command to quit, thus justified, in some sense, of performing his soldier job, even if he delivered the killing blow to Christ himself.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Helena Hanbaskit

      No, voodoorick, Jesus never said killing was okay if you are following an order from a lawful authority. You rationalized that.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Chrisnot

    Religion poisons everything.., C Hitchens. Can anyone think of anything positive generated by religion? Maybe the Crusades, maybe the "Final Solution".., Kosovo, Serbia, Joseph Kony (a dedicated Christian).., that sad guy (an avowed Christian). from Norway who gleefully slaughtered a bunch of kids on an island and is prfoud of it? Then again, there's no telling how many Christians (Wycliff and his group) were burned at the stake for wanting to translate the Bible into common languages people could understand. Scripture was commonly read during lynchings.., touching. There is so much more.., should I go on?

    May 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Voodoorick

      How about the abolitionist movement? How about the efforts to feed, house, clothe, and educate those in poverty throughout the world? Why is it my Christian friends post things on Facebook drawing attention to world hunger, human trafficking, etc, at a much higher rate then everyone else on my feed and my friends' feeds?
      I mean seriously, do you have blinders on?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • michel morgan

      Thank you, so well done!

      May 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • Bet

      "Why is it my Christian friends post things on Facebook drawing attention to world hunger, human trafficking, etc, at a much higher rate then everyone else on my feed and my friends' feeds?"

      Pure comedy gold. Please inform us of which bible verse tells you how often to post on Facebook. Because posting on Facebook shows what a wonderful, christian person you are.

      Seriously, I can't stop laughing at how stupid you are.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:20 am |
  8. Alan

    Gays are living a lifestyle that is incompatible with clean Christian living............
    Boy/Girl=sperm/egg=baby
    Boy/Boy=sperm/sperm=0=Buttache
    Girl/Girl=egg/egg=0...(I don't know how 2 girls can pleasure each other.....frankly, I think that there is no such thing as Lesbianism...........)

    May 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • JWT

      Fortunately one of the christian definitions of clean living don't apply to others. All your definition of clean living means is that you should not do it – nothing more. Other christians and non-christians can of course be gays and lesbians and be living perfectly cleanly.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • BamaDaniel

      You don't have to live a Christian life in America

      May 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  9. JOregon

    The SBC (and others) are HYPOCRITES.
    Nowhere does the bible tell Christians to point to the individual sins of those in the secular world.
    The bible does tell Christians to "correct" their fellow Christians.
    When they marry someone in their church that has divorced their spouse they bless adultery.

    Mark 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
    Mark 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Voodoorick

      Ok, so maybe you're right, but are they then not supposed to vote their conscience on all matters? Should they forgo what they believe would lead to a better society?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • JOregon

      Being Gay causes no harm to society.
      In the list of sins what 2 consenting adults do causes no harm or injury to anyone.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • JOregon

      I should have added divorce and adultery causes great harm

      May 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Voodoorick

      That's fine if you wanna argue that, but that's not what you were saying.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • JOregon

      It is what I am saying.
      These hypocrites have no problem condemning what 2 consenting people of the same orientation do while they claim they can put God's blessing on another sin (which makes them a lot of $$$$$). The wedding business is big bucks.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • JOregon

      Besides what I was posting is a New Testament reference to their hypocrisy, which he didn't touch.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Voodoorick

      Ok, we agree on your divorce/ marriage point. Which you did make originally, my apologies. But you also imply Christians are not to worry about non Christians. Which is fine. But we are a representative democracy so their votes will be on issues that affect non-Christians whether they want to make it an issue or not.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • JOregon

      I didn't say were aren't supposed to worry about others, we are not to Judge.
      People like Mohler like to point fingers, if they looked down at their hand they would see which direction those other 3 fingers are pointing.
      Matthew 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
      Matthew 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
      Matthew 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
      They don't have an ordinary beam in their eye, it is a 4X24 Laminated beam.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Annie Marin

    It is NOT their job to LEGISLATE morality. If they believe it, then they should live it and keep their noses out of other people's lives. I am an atheist and I do not want anyone to make me live by ANY faith – not Christianity, not Islam, not Judaism, not Hinduism, NONE of it. I don't want someone else to make my life decisions based on THEIR beliefs. You don't see atheists telling people of faith how to practice their faith, nor do you see us telling people of faith what they can and can not do in their lives!

    May 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  11. Oneforall777

    PASTAPHARIAN: "It is impossible to argue about the validity of religion because there is absolutely NO PROOF that any of it ever happened. Period. This is not debatable"...... WHY DO YOU THINK THAT Pastapharian? There is tons of PROOF that it ALL happened, exactly as stated in the Bible. Do you not trust the Historians, the Archeologists, the Biologists etc? What you say is unfortunately not true. Please do not make things up, let us have a proper discourse based on FACTS. I can provide plenty of evidence that the 'stories' of 'religion' are indeed completely founded on hard historical and scientific facts. The 'parting of the Red Sea' in the Exodus, is accurate, in that during certain years, even today, one can cross over the Red Sea in certain points, because it is so low, and just as quickly, i.e. during a wind storm, the 'sea' can close up again. Moses striking the rock to get water, has been proven by an early Archeologist who did just that, strike the rock, the exact same rock, and indeed water came out of it. 'Manna' is in fact a real 'food'. It is wafer thin and comes from a plant and can still be seen in that part of the world today. Yet the people of Israel had never seen it because they were in Egypt for 400 years before. All can be explained. The Bible is incredible, it boggles the imagination and is back up by Science, History and Archeology. There is no argument.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Pax Canning

      Just because that is what YOU believe, does not make it true. Keep your own personal beliefs to yourself and let the rest of us live as we choose. If you don't, then someday someone might decide to force YOU to believe something that they have made up.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • JWT

      yet even some christian scholars say it is all made up stories based on issues of the day. Fancy that.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • Bet

      You posted this earlier and I responded. But of course, you didn't have any answers. Your "scientific proof" of god and the accuracy of the bible is a bucket of horse droppings.

      The "parting of the Red Sea" is a physical event in drought years, not a miracle. Even you describe it that way. If it "happens in certain years, even today" it's just a relatively common event. A wind storm that blows water around isn't a miracle either. It's a storm and it happens all over the world.

      A plant that is native to the area and provides food isn't a miracle, it's just a plant that grows there.

      And I'd love to have the name of this "early archeologist" that hit a rock and water spewed out. "The exact same rock" as Moses struck? Please, by all means, explain how you, or anyone, know it's the same rock. You can't even prove that Moses ever lived, much less what rock he smacked out of millions of rocks in the desert.

      I'd love to have the names of the scientists, biologists and archeologists that can provide all this proof you claim exists.

      The only thing that's mind boggling is your level of gullibility and your complete lack of intelligence.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  12. postedbygeo

    33 yr old man, no wife, no children , no girl friend, happily loved 12 men he chose. Anti-gay christians are attacking their own founder.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • bob

      makes you wonder what really went on at the last supper.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Observer

      In his time, most people got married early in their teens. Many people half his age were already married.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  13. bob

    Wanna solve the countries money problems TAX ALL MONEY MAKING RELIGIONS. Other companies have people really producing products, religion produces nothing but ignorant people.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • One one

      Their product is invisible.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • bob

      I got an invisible product to sel you for 20 dollars every week for rest of your life

      wanna buy it ?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Bodhi

      Amen!

      May 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • BamaDaniel

      I got a secret you can get for 19.95 a week redeemed at death.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Voodoorick

      Funny thing is, you don't have to give anything or be charged anything to be a Christian. Next fake argument.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Bet

      "Funny thing is, you don't have to give anything or be charged anything to be a Christian."

      Just your intelligence.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:43 am |
  14. suncoinc

    In a nutshell: God's holiness codes are good for Israel but he doesn't follow them, even though there is no commandment to stop following them. There's absolutely no reason for him NOT to stone his disobedient children because non-binding is not the same as a commandment NOT to follow God's words.
    He must be getting his morality from somewhere other than the Bible to think he knows more about what NOT to do than God.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Observer

      suncoinc,

      Why do Christians get concerned about abortion when God didn't mention it?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Annie Marin

      Yeah in a nutshell, that's about the size of it

      May 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  15. ch

    very well said and written

    May 21, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  16. Oneforall777

    Gman. Remember that Jesus said "I come not to do away with the Law but to fulfill it". He means the Old Testament Law. He kept all the Laws himself, as did Paul etc., and yes, as Christians we indeed have Grace, however, we are still expected the fulfill the Law, meaning the 10 commandments.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Observer

      So did he say that we keep the 10 Commandments and get rid of all the moronic commands to kill people, but keep anything that trashes gays?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  17. Ken

    I currently know very few gay people, but as a Christian I believe that all have sinned in one way or another. Regardless of whatever sins you're living with, the biggest mistake you can make is to fail to accept Christ as your Lord & savior. If this is you, ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR TODAY- DO NOT WAIT ANOTHER DAY! GOD bless YOU !!!

    May 21, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Observer

      Ken,

      Speaking of sinners, why are you commenting on gays when there are FAR FAR MORE Christians who are adulterers?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • terry

      Thank you for a very good Christian post. You are the true Christian spirit and God Bless YOU.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Surthurfurd

      Observer.. it seems the sins of others are far more repulsive than the ones we enjoy ourselves.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • One one

      What happens to people who don't believe Jesus is a god ?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • Observer

      Surthurfurd,

      You're right. I know it's terrible to admit it, but I actually eat lobster.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • terry

      He mentions Gays because that is what the article is about. He is not condeming Gays. He is saying everyone has sins. He is asking (not demanding) that everyone consider accepting Christ and he is not pointing a finger at anyone. This is a true Christian in my book.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • One one

      If people simply don't believe the Jesus story do you believe Jesus will send them to hell to suffer eternal torture ? Is it a sin to have the wrong belief ?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • bob

      someones gona start singing kumbaya any minute now

      May 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Observer

      terry,

      This article is about pick-and-choose hypocrisy.

      It's common for Christians to say they "all sin" and then stop talking about their sins since it's more fun to pick on gays.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Observer, all listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 are going to fry if they don't repent, ask Jesus for forgiveness, of course, sin no more. If they die before asking Jesus for forgiveness. Let's just say "NG".

      Amen.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • RP

      Observer,
      There are far far more Christian adulterers because there are far far more Christians. Everybody sins. The difference is that Christians detest their sins and gays promote theirs.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • terry

      Reply to One One – A good question and the only answer that I have is Yes, if you believe what the Bible says is true. That answer sure doesn't help much does it ? If you are seriously concerned about these matters, then I suggest that you talk with others about it and not just dwell on it alone. If you are serious about your question, I hope you find an answer that brings peace to you.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • terry

      Reply to Obsever But that is NOT what Ken was saying, is it ??

      May 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Observer

      HeavenSent,

      Corinthians (11:6) also says “For if a woman does not cover her head (while praying), let her also have her hair cut
      off”.

      So what is your point?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Observer

      RP

      "There are far far more Christian adulterers because there are far far more Christians. Everybody sins. The difference is that Christians detest their sins and gays promote theirs.'

      Hogwash. How many Christians detest their sin of adultery by divorcing and remarrying and so get divorced?

      Please get a little bit serious.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Observer, LOL. Having the veil over a woman's head is not carnal as in her hair or a hat. It means to have the knowledge of God's truth in her mind to teach her children and keep her family (including husbands and relatives, also neighbors) in the knowledge of God's truth.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Typo of the plural in husband. I'm typing too fast tonight.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Observer, we are ALL sinners because we are born in the flesh. God destroyed the first earth age (when the dinosaurs roamed ... God called them Behemoths) because Lucifer (who is satan) lied to 1/3 of God's angels so he could take over God's thrown to rule (first sin of Pride that blinded Lucifer). God then thought about it, gave us a 2nd chance to be born of woman (child birth) to come into the world and love and follow Him (hence, why He came down in the flesh as His son Jesus, to have His truth written, the Bible ... His blueprint how to live righteously) and live, spiritually on earth as it is in Heaven ... or, love and follow satan (lies), die spiritually down here, go to heaven when the body dies, day of the Lord, still hate Jesus ... Poof, blotted out. No eternity for those that love and follow satan's lies. Hey, it's Jesus' ball park ... He gave us free will. Choose wisely.

      Amen.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I'm outta here. Typed too fast again. Was to be throne.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  18. watash

    The bible is nothing but a collection of short stories written by folks that wanted to express their opinions and glorify the ones they wanted to and cast doubts and innuendos about folks they did not like. In short, it is nothing but opinions and they are like axx holes, everybody has one. There is one sure way to meet the test of the so-called holy rollers, and that is to treat everyone the way you wish to be treated and leave the rest of the B/S out of it.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  19. susanbellnc

    Just proves that the ONLY argument against marriage equality is a religious one. Stop forcing your religion off on others. Period.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      Gay marriage* I think that's what you ment.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • ch

      so it is your belief that this is ok? and I must conform to your belief, why?

      May 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • LinCA

      @ch

      You said, "so it is your belief that this is ok? and I must conform to your belief, why?"
      Nobody is asking you to marry someone you don't want to marry. Nobody is asking you to conform to anyone's belief. Please extend that same courtesy to others.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  20. Mike

    When he says "prizes freedom and human dignity" do you think he's referring to the part of the New Testament where it outlines how your daughter cannot be freed from slavery like the men can? What nonsense. The Bible not explicitly commanding slavery doesn't take away from the fact that the Bible condones slavery, never condemning it. Word-smithing at its very best.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
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