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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. Bootyfunk

    look at the author of this article. would you leave him alone with your children? gives me the creeps.

    May 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • er

      coming from someone with the handle bootyfunk!

      May 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      you obviously have no funk in your life.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • Ha

      He looks like the sort of person who is found out later to be the KKK Grand Wizard for his area of "expertise" and "influence".

      May 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • Bet

      He looks like he just fired up a blunt.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:06 am |
  2. oceanbear

    It's nothing more than Constantine's first novel about 345AD, There were damn good logical intentions in that it had absolutely nothing the do with religion but only of power and control.

    May 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • vbscript2

      Wow, that's amazing! Not only did Constantine write the Bible, he did it in the voice of several different authors in languages he didn't speak and then went back in time and spread manuscripts all over the world! The Romans really did invent everything, I guess.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • K7

      NO, It is the Words of THE LORD.. Heb 4:12

      May 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  3. justinstl

    All life is nothing more than a spreading disease! To think that there is an afterlife is nuts due to the fact that consciousness is confined to earthy bodies. You do not take your brain to the afterlife. There is no great priize to life the onlything there is to look forward to is death....the only thing that will stop the evil self serving thought processes of MAN the worst disease ever made. There is no purpose to life.....God is nothing but mans way to cope with his own thoughts and fears that were instilled to him by the men before him. There no point in it all. man was an experiment of ET's/God....who was ultimately abandoned after they got what they came for.

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

      And how could you possibly know this? Have you died and come back? If not then it is your own opinion.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • justinstl

      Er.....the theory i mentonedis no different than that of the Bible......did you die and meet God and hear him tell you that the Christian religion is the way or that he actually exists? NO so there is no difference at all!

      May 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • zeyn2010

      Someday I do hope that we create technology to upload our experiences to come back to life in another form.. 🙂

      May 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  4. tony

    Quoting the bible ia really good way of supporting quotes from the bible. Bit like saying " I did not attack that woman, because I am her attacker and I was there and witnessed it not happening while I was attacking her."

    May 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • vbscript2

      Quoting Biblical passages as proof that the Bible is real is indeed circular logic. Similarly, assuming it isn't real in order to argue that it isn't real is also circular logic. Stating what it says in order to answer questions (and dispel misinformation) about what it says is not circular logic. Atheists may decide not to believe the Bible, but they can't correctly argue that Christians are somehow being inconsistent with our beliefs pointing out that we don't follow the Mosaic Law. Christians do not now and have not ever followed or claimed to follow the Mosaic Law. It was part of the covenant with the Jews, not the covenant with Christians. It is not at all inconsistent with believing the Bible to be inspired, as the Bible itself specifically instructs Christians that we are not under the Mosaic (Jewish) Law. Saying Christians aren't being consistent because we do not follow Jewish law is like saying Jews aren't being consistent because they do not follow Muslim law. It's simply not valid and that's what this article is pointing out.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
  5. MZGUGU

    ITS VERY CLEAR NO ROOM FOR AN ARGUMENT MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN MAN AND WOMEN ONLY
    MARRIAGE BETWEEN MALE AND MALE FEMALE AND FEMALE THATS A SIN A BIG SIN
    UNION BETWEEN MALE AND MALE AND WOMEN TO WOMEN MUST BE NOT AND IS NOT CALLED MARRIAGE
    ITS CALLED BLUNDER, ITS ODD,ITS UNNATURAL,ITS IMMORAL,EVEN ANIMALS DO LIKE IT,ITS DISESE,
    ITS DEATH OF ETHICS AND MORALITY MORE OVER THIS TYPE OF UNION WILL NOT PRODUCE ANOTHER HUMAN BEING
    ITS CLEAR EVEN BIBLE DOES NOT APPROVE THIS TYPE OF UNION

    May 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      stop yelling.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Very concerned for humanity

      Very TRUE! Thanks!

      May 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      Yaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn. . . .uh, shouldn't you be beating your wife or kids or something? Gay marriage is here to stay whether you like it not. Go find a hobby or something instead of worrying about what other people do in their own bedrooms.

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

      The Bible is not the manual for life! It is not the bibles place to approve of anything . it is only a book written by man for man to control people.
      I believe that a all Life is energy....I believe that mans life (still energy) but genetically "made/ altered" by our maker/makers to make us more manageable to use for the slave work that we were placed on this rock to be. Our Makers were/are a race of Et's/GODS(meaning not of this earth) Who created man "in our own image" to mine gold on this planet. (the only thing man truly cares about. The Christian bible and christian faith is based on the writings of the ancient Sumerians. These writings are far older than any christian writings ever found. These writings state that Man was placed here by the Anunnaki ...A race of aliens with elongated heads. We were created with their DNA they(ancient Sumerians) wrote of it....We were crated "inour own image" the first man was named/called ADAMO(ADAM) ....All the Christian writings are based on these writings. We were put here to mine gold for their troubled planet....when they "the Gods" left us (abandoned) us here Man did everything it knew how to mimic the Gods ....we elongated our skulls (many tribes still do this) we collect and stockpile gold for no reason but to have it to offer the Gods when they return. There is no other reason why we would stock pile gold the way we do. Look at the Vatican! It too collects gold, adorns its buildings with it. Even the pope wears an elongated skull hat to mimic the Gods. Man the more powerful ones Created Christianity ONLY to control and instill fear onto the rest of the people. Only to control them and give them hope that their life had meaning.....but most of all to rule over them just as the Anunnaki Ruled over everybody when they were here. All of this is factual truth with "real "evidence of it. The bible was based upon it but twisted around to suit the greedy needs of the powerful men.
      Still even though we got here by inteligent design....life still has no real/true purpose or meaning ....life is energy.....nothing more than a disease that spreads and replicates and then dies. Your thought energy or Soul yes will go on for ever back into the collective energy of the multiverses out there . Everything here has always been in some form or another ....the universe is finite....without one single atom...if one molecule would cease to exist then all atoms and molecules too wouldnt exist. Everything in existence is part of a quantum entanglement. IT IS WHAT IT IS PLAIN AND SIMPLE. WE ARE ALL GOD! without you and me...there would be no god. withoout god there would be no man. PERIOD. there is no heaven...no hell no need for ino need to think or care about an afterlife. Its not important. life just is .... Mans life just is and will soon be over. we have only been on this rock for a blink of an eye in the history of this world and will be gone in a blink of an eye!
      There are other writings that are far older and more true to the existence and meaning of life than that of the fabricated Christian Bible....which does not cary a Jesus/god seal of approval on it!

      May 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • er

      As are all laws written by man! So what are you proposing we do have no laws.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • zeyn2010

      How can we be sure holy books are the word of God, when the kind of holy book you would live by would depend on where on earth you were born!

      May 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • Tony

      You lose all credibility by typing in ALL CAPS as though you're screaming at someone. A little spell check wouldn't hurt your cause, either. The reality is that the Bible was written by man and is largely interpretation and translation. One thing that is consistent throughout is that God loves all of us. I find it highly unlikely that Jesus would allow for the type of hatred and bigotry that is being put forth by many on this page.

      In what I would consider a first, I commend CNN for posting an opinion that goes against its normally liberal bend.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Tony

      When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion. -Abraham Lincoln

      May 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
  6. DeeCee1000

    Look up pastor Charles Worley, who just recently preached on how to kill gays and lesbians in his Baptist Church in N. Carolina. I'm sure you will find plenty of video of the sermon on the internet, including excerpts here at CNN on today's Anderson Cooper.

    Here is the info about his church in case you feel like leaving him a message on the phone:
    Providence Road Baptist Church- PO Box 507 Maiden, NC 28650
    Church Telephone: 828-428-2518

    The church's website: godsmessageforyou.org . . . .but I think they've disabled their email for now.

    May 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      just tried to call. they disabled leaving msgs on the phone too.

      what a disgusting human being. hope his son turns out g.ay.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  7. James

    That verse in no way is saying that those laws do not apply to everyone. When you look at other translations the message becomes much more clear. The kings james state "And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common." The NIV states The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” The verse is saying that you should not call the things which the god of the bible calls clean anything less. This is yet another example of a person who should know better using a verse to mean something that it clearly does not when you take even a moment to look into it. It further shows how christians like to twist their own "holy book" to make loop holes so that they can do whatever they want while condemning those who are different than them.

    May 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • Chad

      Reading the entire verse in context makes the message very clear.
      God brought to an end the dietary/behavior restrictions of the OT, extending grace to the gentiles (unclean people).

      About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
      14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
      15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
      16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
      17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.
      19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three[a] men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.” 21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”22 The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.” 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.
      The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.” 27 While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 28 He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. 29 So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Truth

      Acts 10 >>
      New International Version 1984

      9About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. 13Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

      14“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

      15The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

      May 21, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • justinstl

      Any messages in the bible are not for today and have nothing to do with life today.....Why do people try to use the bible as a manual for life...it is only there to control and instill fear.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • truth

      2 Timothy 3 >>
      New International Version 1984

      16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • Chad

      @justinstl "Any messages in the bible are not for today and have nothing to do with life today.....Why do people try to use the bible as a manual for life...it is only there to control and instill fear."

      =>it isnt primarily a "manual for life", it is first and foremost a record of the interaction of God with humanity.
      If you are looking for "good people" or hero's or examples of people that should be emulated you will for the most part be pretty disappointed.
      The bible is full of real history, real people, with real failings.

      It also is the records the only way out of this mess, Jesus Christ.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Hurray for circular reasoning.

      God is real because the bible says so, and the bible is accurate because it says inside it that it's the word of god.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • justinstl

      Chad....there is no interaction between god and humanity. It is all a thought up bunch of bs to instill fear and control.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  8. Chad

    Well said Mr. Mohler, the truth doesnt change, keep up the good work.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • JOregon

      If the truth doesn't change why do the Southern Baptists marry people that have divorced their spouse.
      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.
      Are they just a wee bit hypocritical?

      May 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • jungleboo

      Truth is relative. Yours is Biblical, which means it is subject to interpretation.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • Ha

      No greater condemnation can be said than for Chad to show his approval.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Chad

      @JOregon "If the truth doesn't change why do the Southern Baptists marry people that have divorced their spouse."
      @Mohler "The church failed miserably in the face of the challenge of divorce. This requires an honest admission and strong corrective."

      I agree with Mohler.
      We are all sinners.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  9. Very concerned for humanity

    There is so much sin, hate, and evil in these comments. Satan really is running rampant and if you can't see it then too bad for you. Wait until you cross over.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • justinstl

      tHERE IS NO SUCH THING AS sATAN

      May 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Lenny Pincus

      I know. When I read these folks telling slaves to accept their lot, I hear Satan at work. Good point.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
    • James

      Labeling anything that disagrees with you as being from a ficticious devil. Do you really wonder why so many of us don't believe in your invisible friend when you can not even defend your views with reasoned argument.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • tom

      IDIOT. There is no such a thing as horned dweller of the underworld. Are you three friggin years old?

      May 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • o3whatever

      Actually, Gods call satan.. the prince of this world... and he has lots of little children...

      May 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  10. ludvig

    Acts also says twice "You will not find God in a temple built by man" or words to that effect. I guess that means that on Sundays you should take a walk around the park to see what God has created and be in awe of it instead of looking for God in Church.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • tony

      What evolution has created.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
    • Ha

      "Look at all the wonderful stuff and do not look over there where we piled the bodies all mangled and bloody."

      "Look at the patterns in the stars! Don't see them? I do! And they're telling me to kill Kill KILL!!!"

      May 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  11. DeeCee1000

    Look up pastor Charles Worley, who just recently preached on how to kill gays and lesbians in his Baptist Church in N. Carolina. I'm sure you will find plenty of video of the sermon including excerpts here at CNN on today's Anderson Cooper.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      just watched. wow. what a truly disgusting and hate-filled man.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Edwin

      The reason christians hate gays has nothing to do with sin or the bible. They just use that as an excuse.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
  12. tony

    The author wouldn't have a lucrative day job if Americans were properly educated.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  13. ChuckFromCalifornia

    The Bible was written by MEN, not God. They interpreted what they THOUGHT God wanted. They had visions. How do we treat people who have visions today? The Bible is a reflection of the times in which it was written.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • justinstl

      I believe that a all Life is energy....I believe that mans life (still energy) but genetically "made/ altered" by our maker/makers to make us more manageable to use for the slave work that we were placed on this rock to be. Our Makers were/are a race of Et's/GODS(meaning not of this earth) Who created man "in our own image" to mine gold on this planet. (the only thing man truly cares about. The Christian bible and christian faith is based on the writings of the ancient Sumerians. These writings are far older than any christian writings ever found. These writings state that Man was placed here by the Anunnaki ...A race of aliens with elongated heads. We were created with their DNA they(ancient Sumerians) wrote of it....We were crated "inour own image" the first man was named/called ADAMO(ADAM) ....All the Christian writings are based on these writings. We were put here to mine gold for their troubled planet....when they "the Gods" left us (abandoned) us here Man did everything it knew how to mimic the Gods ....we elongated our skulls (many tribes still do this) we collect and stockpile gold for no reason but to have it to offer the Gods when they return. There is no other reason why we would stock pile gold the way we do. Look at the Vatican! It too collects gold, adorns its buildings with it. Even the pope wears an elongated skull hat to mimic the Gods. Man the more powerful ones Created Christianity ONLY to control and instill fear onto the rest of the people. Only to control them and give them hope that their life had meaning.....but most of all to rule over them just as the Anunnaki Ruled over everybody when they were here. All of this is factual truth with "real "evidence of it. The bible was based upon it but twisted around to suit the greedy needs of the powerful men.
      Still even though we got here by inteligent design....life still has no real/true purpose or meaning ....life is energy.....nothing more than a disease that spreads and replicates and then dies. Your thought energy or Soul yes will go on for ever back into the collective energy of the multiverses out there . Everything here has always been in some form or another ....the universe is finite....without one single atom...if one molecule would cease to exist then all atoms and molecules too wouldnt exist. Everything in existence is part of a quantum entanglement. IT IS WHAT IT IS PLAIN AND SIMPLE. WE ARE ALL GOD! without you and me...there would be no god. withoout god there would be no man. PERIOD. there is no heaven...no hell no need for ino need to think or care about an afterlife. Its not important. life just is .... Mans life just is and will soon be over. we have only been on this rock for a blink of an eye in the history of this world and will be gone in a blink of an eye!
      SEE I did not attack you !

      May 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  14. Nice

    Thank you for the excellent expression of the Christian viewpoint on this topic, Dr. Mohler, and thanks to CNN for actually posting a non-liberal Christian viewpoint. Of course, to counter-balance all the liberal ones, more of this kind would be nice.

    In my opinion, the only reason that Christians focus on this topic today is because it is being pushed in front of them at every turn. Gay people are very much overrepresented in the media, the intention of which is quite obvious...desensitization to and acceptance of immorality.

    If gay marriage were to be dropped and gay activists were to shut up, then you probably wouldn't be hearing much on this topic from them. It is truly a distraction to much more important issues that affect the majority.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      you're a bigot.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • Lenny Pincus

      Yeah, that's what the Romans said about Christians once upon a time.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • tom

      take your Bible and shove it up your a s s

      May 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • Julie

      Disgusting.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • Edwin

      Nice: want to know another sin that is being pushed on everyone? Unmarried couples living in sin... They choose to have adultery rather than marrying! It's in the media ALL the time. So... why aren't you upset with it?

      Maybe it's a sin you *like* more, so you're willing to pretend it's not as bad? God sees through hypocrisy, you know...

      May 21, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  15. kent

    When your raised as a Christian(or any religion) its very hard to step away from that. Its basically brainwashing. Some people swim through it and some people don't. I'm really glad I made it, and I feel bad for people who cant see through it. I'm really glad my son will never have to experience it.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • Wha

      I really feel bad for those who lost their way and fell to the dark side. I am frustrated for those who feel they've become enlightened for rejecting religious views without analyzing their own newly adopted views at any depth. I can only hope that one day, like Francis Bacon, they'll realize that depth in philosophy leads one back to religion. Hopefully, unlike me, my children will never have to know what it is like to lose all hope and meaning in life by abandoning faith. It's a dark pointlessness that I wouldn't wish on my own worst enemy. Faith, hope, and love...I hope everyone finds them.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • jungleboo

      Your son will thank you for your having broken free of the chains of religious dogma. He will never learn to despise this world and all its wonders.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • Elizabeth Smith

      I feel the exact same way. Some days I find it so hard to stop thinking that way but I won't let my son go through that. I want him to know he can think and/or believe in anything he wants as long as he's happy and not harming himself or anyone else.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • jungleboo

      @WHA: " I really feel bad for those who lost their way and fell to the dark side. I am frustrated for those who feel they've become enlightened for rejecting religious views without analyzing their own newly adopted views at any depth."

      How odd that you would presume to know the depth of anyone else's character. How Christian, I mean...

      May 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • o3whatever

      Well Kent you would be wrong on that.. You do not get to make those decisions for another living soul... you choose.. so will your son...

      May 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      christianity, like all religions, is a cult. when a cult is accepted by society, it is called a religion. when there are no more cult members to practice said religion, it becomes a mythology.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • logan5

      Francis Bacon was 16th century philosopher, of course he was led back to religion.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  16. Article Reader

    Why was this article only listed on cnn's homepage for a few hours, unlike other articles in recent days that were pro gay marriage and prominently displayed on the homepage for days? Such bias.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      it still is on the homepage. i just clicked on it to get here. so your "bias" theory is wrong.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Bet

      It's been up there all day and it's still there. Go whine somewhere else.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  17. Smarterest Human

    Religious people are just plain awful. They repress, exclude, divide and poison our world.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • Okie Dokie Then

      Your comment was kind of divisive, don't ya think? Hmmm...

      May 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Ha

      LOL A Christian blaming others for being divisive in the comment section of a divisive article written by a Christian?
      Hypocrisy upon hypocrisy!

      Christians are immoral, divisive, hateful, bigoted, and a thousand other negative things, at least a large percentage of them are so stereotypical it's a wonder they don't all commit mass suicide and leave us in peace.
      It would be the nicest thing they could do for us if the worst of them would just die all at once. Too bad your god doesn't exist or he would be doing stuff like that every single day. But he doesn't because he doesn't exist. Everything Christian is bs.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  18. Dane

    I find it more appalling that CNN would post such unintelligent babble than the article itself. What has happened to this company? Or better, who is writing the checks?

    May 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • jungleboo

      It would seem that, because it is hosted on the BELIEF / OPINION page, that it will contain all manner of bizarre looks into the mind of man. It really is just a walk down the midway at the carnival, snake charmers, Ubangi lip-plates, bearded lady, pierced unmentionables. Over time, as all of this is exposed to scrutiny, human beings may find it not so necessary to imitate what they have seen on the stage. That would be a good thing. But it will take some time. Up next, fundamentalist self-immolation.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  19. n8263

    Christians think Sharia Law is immoral but impose their own Sharia Law here in America.
    No matter what version, it's immoral to impose your religion by denying others civil rights.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  20. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    We should make up a game called Bible Bingo. We can print all the usual phrases in the squares and every time some thumper spews one, we can put a token on the matching square. "Carnal". "Salty Christians". "These are the end times." "Abomination."

    Come on, come up with some more.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
    • Keith

      1Ki 21:23 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
      That's perfect for you Tom, Tom.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • bren222

      lol ... agreed, but i think this goes both ways ... i can almost predict what 'the other side' will cut and copy

      May 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'm sure a great Christian like you would think so, KEEF. Still believe Obama's a Muslim, witless?

      Using the Bible as an excuse to hate and denigrate others; yup, I'm sure Jesus is proud of you, KEEF.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, then, go right ahead, bren the brilliant. Show us all your stuff.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • Keith

      Michio Kaku on Spent Fuel Pool No. 4: People don’t realize it’s on a knife’s edge — Near the tipping point
      Physicist: Unit 2 completely liquified, 100% liquification of uranium core — “We’ve never seen this before in the history of nuclear power”
      I can assure you, it will be no game. Something like this Fukushima deal that some say could make the Northern Hemisphere un-inhabitable sounds similiar to the famines and plagues of Revelation. Imagine that, huh? Hope you don't mind being bald there, Tommy.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Something "bald" there? Like you?

      That would be bad. Your BO might suffocate me.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Keith

      I'm sure you'll be okay Tommy. The northern jet stream doesn't cover your area-I'm sure. Certainly, you're old enough to remember a little place called Chernobyl?

      May 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • Keith

      Just think, Tom, your physical deformaties will soon match mental state.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • Keith

      your mental state, that is. Warped. Twisted.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Keith

      That won't be my BO-it'll be Cesium 137 you'll be choking on. Enjoy.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Wow, Keith, whatever I did or said to you must have really done some major damage.

      You might want to get therapy, dear.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • bren222

      keith,

      i'm sorry to say this but your way out of line in your posts

      May 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • NeonKnight

      @Keith
      I remember being fascinated with Revelation when I was a teenager – it seemed so cool. I'm grown up now and don't see the global demise of our species and the entire biosphere as something to be yearned for – again, I was young, indoctrinated, and hadn't left home yet to experience reality – so what's your excuse?

      May 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • bren222

      Neon

      I don't really want to align myself with 'keith' – at all, but you must see the world continues to fall a part ... i just read a study the other day that shows that abuse rates are actaully increasing in our enlightened and progressive society and not decreasing ... education is great – i have it, but it can also remove us from the realities of life ... rationalization, right

      May 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      I'll take Salty Christians for $400, Alex.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Keith

      bren222, You're not familiar with past exchanges between myself and Tom. Think of me as Elijah and Tom, Tom as Jezebel-that's the history of our past exchanges on this blog. I do understand, however, your wanting to distance yourself from me. Combating evil and contending for the faith are not for everyone-even though we are commanded to do so. The sheer volume of posts since this article was published at 10:00 am yesterday should indicate that evil is on the march in force. Because the sissy church has refused to stand up and fight it, they are now outside the gates ready to kick the door down. The lukewarm Laodicean church and the dead Sardis church won't be able to stop them.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:32 am |
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