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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

soundoff (7,995 Responses)
  1. Matt D.

    Wow, So many non-believers. This gives me hope. A common misconception is that most people are religious. The truth is that coming out as atheist or agnostic is a lot like coming out of the closet.

    Something for Christians to digest. If all men are sinners and liars then how can we trust a bible that was physically written and preached by them? Think about it. Every religious story you have ever heard or read was written or told by a man (or woman). If they are all sinners and liars then why should we trust what they are telling us?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • ciroc2323

      Geez, you get excited over the stupidest things. At the same token, atheist is in turn promoting ‘atheism’, their movement as some kind of ‘religion’ of its own, people (children including) in a sense are expected to ‘believe’ in the movement or ideology. Isn’t that again can be called as somewhat ‘religion’ (a set of believe system) in which ‘faith’ is required to follow/believe the ideology?
      Either way, according to Gallup from June of 2011, 92% of Americans believe in God.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Anna

      Ya sorry matt D you have your hopes a bit too high.......there are far more believers than non.....if you included those who are termed as "spiritual'....and are into some form of new age – the stat goes even higher. Its a shame you have such a lack of optimism Matt.....general outlook is bleak

      May 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Matt D.

      Believing in God and being religious are two separate things. I'm not atheist. I don't like labels but basically I believe all religious scripture is conceived of and written by man.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  2. LJ

    Ahh, the "joys" of religion. It's actually truly sad to see the picking and choosing of passages to benefit one's own agenda. What's truly interesting in the Catholic Church is the disclaimer that "THE BIBLE IS NOT TO BE TAKEN LITERALLY WORD FOR WORD". Now if the Catholic Church, you know, the one with the POPE (since I don't see any other sects having their own Pope or wielding as much power and influence globally) says to not take the bible literally word for word, why are these other yahoos (who's own religions are about 500 yrs old vs. the main one at about 2000 yrs old) so bent on taking it literally?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Pablo

      Be careful. The wonderful Baptists think the Pope is the anti-Christ, and the the Catholic Church is the work of Satan. Look into their dogma, they are about as crazy as the Mormons!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Bet

      I used to be a catholic, and then a born again christian. I remember sitting down with my parish priest to ask him some questions about catholic doctrine. His ignorance of the bible absolutely stunned me. He misquoted entire passages. He had no knowledge of the OT outside of Moses in the bullrushes, Adam and Eve, Job, and Noah, which are taught to catholics in kindergarten. He contradicted himself, got angry when I asked for clarification, and told me that I needed to stop reading the bible because I "wasn't educated, like he was". I resigned from my position as a teacher in his catholic school at the end of the term and left the catholic church.

      My experience with the born again movement was the same. Everything was fine until I started asking questions. The minister couldn't keep his stories straight, guilted me, as well as the rest of the congregation, into giving him money that I didn't have and couldn't afford to give, yet he lived in a million dollar mansion and drove an expensive car. His wife wore designer clothes and drove a Lincoln. He got angry with me when he couldn't come up with answers to fundamental questions, and finally told me that women shouldn't be trying to understand the bible – that I should just do what the men said. Then I was systematically shut out from the congregation.

      My final attempt was in private study with a born again christian scholar. I studied the bible in Aramaic, Latin and Greek as well as English. This teacher told me that I shouldn't accept anyone's word about the bible, not even his, and that I should always question what others said because they usually have motives other than my "salvation", probably my money. He was the only christian I've ever met who said that. I studied with him for ten years until I studied myself right out of believing in any god. He passed away recently, but he gave me a gift that I will always treasure – the confidence to think for myself. I didn't agree with him on theology, but I admire that he was secure enough to let me question it on my own. He also respected my decision to leave and we stayed in touch till the end. I still correspond with his wife.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • @ bet

      it is remarkable to me how many people who actually and carefully study the bible end up not believing. i too have read the thing and found myself struggling with catholics and baptists. i suggest you try a united methodist church that has adopted a welcoming statement. i found tolerance and true christian love at one of those. be sure the one you try has adopted a welcoming statement because not all united methodist churches are created equal.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Bet

      Thank you for your respectful and compassionate response. I'm done with god and religion for good, though.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  3. Bill

    In the 1096s Southern Baptist thought it was a sin to marry a black person if your were white. They have come a little way better but not all the way.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Thinker

      erm.... I think you meant to type '1960s' corrected to prevent confusion.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  4. Gregory Adamson

    My viewpoint is that the bible is a compilation of writings by men and is flawed due to this source. So for that reason I take the bible as I would the reading of any other. There are good parts and bad parts and I don't follow it just because someone says I'm supposed to. I use my brain.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  5. To Atheist & Theist

    By 2100 – when all of us in this forum die – we will know if God exists or not so take your side.
    good luck and have fun while you can 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Bet

      I have fun every day, and plan to till I die. After that, I won't care.

      Have fun putting life on hold because your imaginary friend promised you all those "rewards" in his big book of lies.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  6. tom-ay

    i love how there is only one slight admission that divorce is wrong. maybe you should fix that first before tackling the gays... they didn't destroy marriage, the straights did.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • LJ

      Nah, just one straight. That king guy who had 8 wives and killed 4 of them for not bearing a son...Way to go Henry...

      May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Bet

      That's because divorce is only a little, teeny sin but being gay is a big, bad sin.

      Preaching against divorce will make the sheep uncomfortable, and you don't want to make the sheep uncomfortable. They might not want to come to your church anymore. Fewer sheep – less money for Pastor Billy Joe Bob. Can't have that.

      No, let's pick on the easy target, gay people, instead. Then we can have a kick a$$, feel good fun fest every Sunday. Feel good fun fest – open wallet. Sheep feel good, Pastor Billy Joe Bob gets his money, everybody wins.

      Except the gay people, of course. But god hates them anyway, so who cares?

      May 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  7. Tom

    We only have ONE MORAL COMPASS with which to gage "right" and "wrong" with.....AND THAT IS THE BIBLE! THose are NOT 10 "suggestions", they are 10 COMMANDMENTS that serve as ABSOLUTES in defining RIGHT and WRONG. Learn the lesson of history ro you WILL REPEAT IT!!

    History teaches that ANY NATION, subjected to moral decay, will pass into political and economic decline followed by TOTAL COLLAPSE from within. (See Incas, Mayans, Eygptians, Romans, etc)

    May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      If you go to church Tom, you should know those statues of Jesus on the cross and statues of Mary are all graven images. That is a violation of one of the 10 commandments. That cross you wear around your neck? That's another graven image. I hope you don't do any work on Sunday because that is against the 10 commandments. I hope you have told a lie in your life too. That's another one of the commandments.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Pablo

      Don't forget the Italians (Pre Christian Rome was their highlight), Brits (whose persecution ran the Pilgrims out of the country), the Spanish ("No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!"), The Germans (hotbed of Protestantism, murderer of millions), and of course the many Christian sects and cults who all "know" the way. No, Christians do not have a lock on morals, and every empire, country, and ecomonic system will fall someday.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Bet

      Done any coveting lately? Looked at a pretty girl and gotten a bo ner? Dropped a hammer on your toe and cursed? Looked at your neighbor's shiny new car and wished you had one too?

      Sinner. Bad, bad christian. You're gonna burn, baby, burn.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Bet

      “The Lord Jehovah has given unto you these fifteen...”

      “Oy...Ten! Ten Commandments! For all to obey!”

      May 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Bet

      Moses comes down from Mt. Sinai:

      "I have some good news, and some bad news" he says.

      "The good news is that, after forty days of bargaining, I got them down to ten. The bad news – adultery is still in there"

      Yeah, I know these are old jokes, but they still make me laugh.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  8. BarringtonLegend

    My take: Being gay is a LIFESTYLE CHOICE. Not a race, nationality, or genetic abnormality. Hence you HAVE NO CHOICE but to deal with the reaction of society as a result of your lifestyle choice. Some people like it...some people hate it. But its just like any other lifestyle choice. There are consequences that you will have to deal with. And as long as there are no blatent hate crimes (bullying, etc) directed towards you, STOP WHINING. Marriage is a STRAIGHT concept and it needs to remain that way. If you want the tax benefits of marriage, write your congressman. Im sure they will be happy to assist you.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Should have stopped at the first sentence because you are wrong right there and there is science to prove it.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • BarringtonLegend

      Unless you are talking about hemaphrodites and those that are injected with hormones you can take your science theories elsewhere. There is no such thing as a "gay gene". The very concept is blasphemous.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      No, it is pretty well accepted. I hate to break it to you. Being gay is as much a choice as being left-handed. Interesting to note that the Catholic nuns used to punish kids who were left-handed.

      So, when did you choose to be a straight right-handed man?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Conqui

      What is blasphemous is your refusal to understand current research which overall indicates a genetic and biological component to hom o s3Xuality.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • paul stone

      and your take that it is a "lifestyle choice" is based on what? with in-depth conversations with lots of gay & lesbian people, or because you've listened to a lot of christians who hate gay people? you've pretty much summed up the willful ignorance that is the hallmark of modern evangelican christianity. well done!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "My take: Being gay is a LIFESTYLE CHOICE"

      Only prejudice bigots who refuse to believe the experts make comments like this. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."

      May 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Bet

      The rest of the medical, scientific and psychiatric world disagrees, but you've got your imaginary friend and your made up book, so what you say is right. Right?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  9. Bill

    The problem with the argument is that it starts with the belief that "The Bible" is the word of God. For thousands of years men have believed that their God was the true God and in that time many religions have come and gone and yet, while they were here the people believed just as deeply in their Gods as the minister believes in his God. I'm not saying that God does not exist, just that he is not a religion. The Bible, Torah, Koran, etc. are all books, written by men, put together by men and declared to be the word of God by men and none of them are God's word. How do I know, God's word would be perfectly clear and concise and would not need some man to explain what God met. Like explain how God can give 10 commandments, among them being thou shall not kill and love thy neighbor as thy self and then turn around and tell them to kill every man, woman and CHILD in the neighboring tribes. If God has a problem with killing unborn fetuses today, how do you explain that it was alright to kill those children living in the mid east 5000 years ago.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Logos Aletheia

      There was a gene pool problem in that those people groups had intermarried with the Nephilim, Rephaim and other fallen previously angelic creatures. They were no longer completely human. See Genesis 6. This one of the main reasons God sent the Flood. Also, this "mischief" reoccurred after the Flood again, which is why in Joshua and Judges the nation of Israel were again commanded by God to wipe out certain cities. Jesus said, (Matthew 24:37)
      "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

      May 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Bet

      I thought you christians didn't believe in genetics.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  10. SlaveWorld

    Christianity will be the downfall of the white man. Sons of the Nords were forced to convert to this weak, spineless religion that supports and apologist agenda, pacifism, and martyrdom AND whose God is nailed to a cross all while turning the other cheek. Pathetic that we haven't stamped out this plague in the 21st century.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • ciroc2323

      You still exhibit an irrationality that is typical of those who hate God. Like rest of you liberals when you speak on the Bible you reveal a profound ignorance; which is willful ignorance. God sets the rules not you. Rules you reject for whatever vain reasong you have. Your hatred for God is manifested when you react the way you do God’s moral law for mankind you are in total rebellion against Him. Read Psalm 2 and see how He regards mans puny evil efforts in challenging the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer and coming King. It is sad to watch people rush headlong into their own self-destruction now and for eternity.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Logos Aletheia

      If God is so weak and spineless, why did He allow His own Son to pay for YOUR sins by being crucified to pay YOUR sin debt? Would YOU be willing to die a death of being crucified to pay for Hitler's sins? Bin Laden's sins? How about Obama's sins? What about Mother Teresa's sins? Or the sins of people who never heard of you, could care less about you, and insist you're weak and spineless because you gave up your life to buy them the only chance out of eternal condemnation they will ever have because you were the Only One who could pay the price?

      I thought not. "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Not one of us deserve salvation, but Jesus makes it available to all who will repent, believe and put their trust in Him. Rejecting His offer of salvation is your right. Do what you want, live how you want, believe or don't believe what you want.

      What you don't get to choose is the consequences of living that way - both now and in eternity.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • SlaveWorld

      Everything I just stated can be backed up with facts about how the Germanic Tribes, Nords, Vikings, Celts were brutally forced into Christianity and who were turned away from their beliefs and Gods. You quoted Psalms... end of discussion you delusional apologist.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • SlaveWorld

      I'm not Jewish, He is not my God. You don't actually believe the Jesus (who never existed) was white do you?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      No Logos, I would not sacrifice myself for a non-existent idea.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • scooksey

      People tried to stamp it out. They were the National Socialists of Germany, or Nazis. Sounds like you are dangerously close to their ideology. We are on dangerous ground when we begin to assign value to people according to perceived strength or weakness. Christianity does run counter to the humanist belief that man is at the top, but to call it weak is ignorant. Most of the social programs to help the sick, poor, and marginalized came from Christians. We're not perfect, but we aren't weak.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • ciroc2323

      @ Logos
      The most interesting part about this discussion has been how narrow minded you actually view God. You have him all figured out and colored with crayons and sitting on clouds with the white beard and harp. The whole fantasy in front of you. That is how you see the believers, but most are so far ahead of you that you can never catch up to them.
      Jesus made every effort to help ignorant people like youunderstand God. Most were just like you in their juvenile understanding trying to put a body and face on him.

      God is personal to each and every person that approaches him. The only way to reach him is through prayer and faith, and the only way to understand the individual destiny is by reading the Bible with an open mind.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • scooksey

      Jacques – I'm pretty sure since we are talking about Christianity, the idea exists. Perhaps you mean it is invalid?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Ann

    “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.

    Honestly, I can't see how the passage above prohibits polygamy.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Bo

      Ann,
      1) It is one man and one wife, (it doesn't say 'wives' it says 'wife').
      2) The reference is to Adam and Eve (again one man and one woman).
      From the beginning (before sin, before we started messing things up).

      May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Bo, King Solomon had over 700 wives. So there goes your point right there.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Bet

      Ann, you lost all credibility when you posted about all the miracles that you've personally witnessed, such as the dead being raised and people growing new arms and legs. I asked you for some proof on page 81, but you still haven't provided any.

      Until you can do that, you really shouldn't be trying to convince anyone of anything.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Bet

      *crickets*

      Still waiting for some proof of all the miracles you've personally seen and can verify.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  12. ciroc2323

    For years Democrats have been having it both ways. They've had a long history of racism (Robert Byrd, Al Gore Sr and Jr, Bull Connor), yet they claim to be the party of civil rights. They've privately treated women abysmally (The Kennedys, Bill Clinton, John Edwards), but claim to be the party of women's rights. And they've gone on the campaign trail saying they do not support gay marriage while they've claimed to be the gay-friendly party. Joe Biden voted for DOMA. He forced the President to end the party's Kabuki dance and show their hand.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Thinker

      So you are in effect saying that one should always vote the party line rather than your own concience? I'd rather have people vote their own concience, regardless of my opinions on the rightness of their beliefs, than slavishly follow the viewpoints of the few on top. After all, what good does it do to elect your representatives if all they will do is follow the party line? How can they represent if they don't even decide on what they will vote for?

      And that applies to any party.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  13. Loren Million

    People who follow beliefs of ancient writings which are unproven narrow their views of the world they really live in. To be so enamored by such a myth is a shame. It's time they grew up and let the fairy tales die. LGBT may not be a chosen life style but we won't know unless studies are done but who says we need to. Leave people alone and let them live their own lives. The conservatives speak of liberty and freedom but they deny it to others. I'm glad I'm a Liberal, Progressive, ATHEIST who will be voting for OBAMA this year. Good luck with that cave man thinking, you will need it. Loren Million.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • ciroc2323

      On the same day he "Evolved" his gay marriage stance, Obama saw to it that the military refused to permit gay marriage on military bases.
      Hello! Liberals are the most used and ignorant people alive.

      I'm so glad my vote cancels out yours.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Chris HG

      Thank You.

      It is scary when ou have these religious fanatics that believe in these stories that were WRITTEN BY MAN to CONTROL the Masses. I am glad I am not part of the flock who blindly follows this caveman thinking.

      Go OBAMA!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • The start of theocracy

      You mean the GOP hurredly put together an amendment to a defense bill to stop gay marriage on military bases. Nothing from Obama.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  14. Bobby

    The Bible says NOTHING "clearly". The only people it's "clear" to are the ones who look for excuses to hate others. R. Albert Mohler Jr is not a man of God and anyone who falls for his lies is worse than he is.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • BamaDaniel

      The bible clearly says gods what ever the men who wrote rewrote edited reedited said he said in various interpretations and versions.God bless

      May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Thinker

      Well, it is quite clear from reading it that the Abrahamic god loves contradictions!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  15. frequentwind

    One thing: the Torah does not prohibit wearing "mixed fabrics." It prohibits wearing a single item made of wool and linen. The basis for this is not clear, but it probably has something to do with avoiding Canaanite or Egyptian customs, or it may be a remnant of some kind of ancient magical taboo. I realize this is a distinction without a difference for many of you, but if Mohler is writing an apology for the evangelical or fundamental position, it does him no good to continue the "those silly Jews" canard.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  16. Clive

    ... and to be really provocative has anyone perhaps considered that God might be creating more gay people to reduce a spirallying population that is destroying the planet or maybe it is his way of ensuring that a race bent on destruction simply die out and become extinct. I dont believe this any more than I believe religious zealouts but why is this argument less plausable than theirs?
    Let's not forget one thing – more people have died violently before their time in the name of religion, than for almost anything else you can name.
    Lets not forget slavery came about because religion told people that people with a different colour skin were not human – true religion played some part in overturning this eventually but without that preaching it may never have come about at all – where was gods guidence in those days – they still had the bible!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Bet

      god isn't that creative. When he wants to control his sheep, he just wipes them out with a flood or some good old fashioned fire and brimstone.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  17. Rob- Texas

    Wow, I can hardly believe that CNN was willing to run this articile. I mean any article that is not pro gay marriage. Shocking. What will CNN do next?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • texass is for tards

      Duh, Rob. You not very bright are ya? Climb off your sister – it's against the law in northern Mexico.... or texass, whatever. Same thing.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  18. William Perryman

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

    I've never read a more blatant, unabashed, shameless lie in my entire life. You, Sir (and I use that term extremely loosely), are unprepared to answer the question. It's legitimate. You, however, are not.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Bet

      He must have some super-duper mind reading powers.

      More likely, he just hasn't actually read the bible and is just regurgitating what he heard in divinity school.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  19. Erik

    Here's a novel concept - rather than constantly look to an ancient text for answers to modern questions, why not use your ability to reason and think for yourself? If your religious "beliefs" are harming others - and they are - that should give you pause. THINK FOR YOURSELF.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Loren Million

      Erik, You are so right, Well said.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • ciroc2323

      Truth is, The Bible has served as a book of laws for a couple centuries now. Don't like it, you can always move to Cuba.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • 3vilmonkey

      Bravo Eric!! The value of using our own reasoning ability instead of letting ancient/primitive beliefs dominate, denigrate and poison the progress of modern civilization – it cannot be overstated.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • cstahnke

      The whole point of American fundamentalism is to seek for simple answers in a complex world utterly unrelated to the world of a few thousand years ago. Fundamentalist Christians will persist in their comic book version of life because they lack the intellect and moral maturity to see things in shades of gray. The seduction of fundamentalist religion is that it frees you from the task of observing and considering what is before you.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  20. Clive

    Why are right wing christians so scared – they display all the same characteristics of muslim and other extremists. Allowing religion such a powerful platform about government is very dangerous because it leads to clerical led states that want everyone to conform to their belief system. If there is a god, and no one can prove this one way or the other, then I would have thought that he created man to fulfill his own potential rather than to "serve" the deity. Did you produced children so that they could honor and worship you?? Why would a deity create children for this reason. If God was concerned about conformity then why give people free will and instincts he is alleged to believe are unatural. If God was a controlling deity we would not even be having this discussion and if he is not a controlling deity we dont need to have the discussion. It is people like this that are driving people away from religion.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • jungleboo

      Well put, Clive.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Well, having children just so somebody will worship you, will probably work out just as well as it has apparently for God.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Freelancer

      **LIKE**

      May 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
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