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  1. Reality

    And still we have gotten a resonse from Joel O about the following:

    Dear Joel,

    Please respond to the following:

    o "Abrahamics" like yourself believe that your god created all of us and of course that includes the g-ay members of the human race. Also, those who have studied ho-mo-se-xuality have determined that there is no choice involved therefore ga-ys are ga-y because god made them that way.

    To wit:

    1. The Royal College of Psy-chiatrists stated in 2007:

    “ Despite almost a century of psy-choanalytic and psy-chological speculation, there is no substantive evidence to support the suggestion that the nature of parenting or early childhood experiences play any role in the formation of a person’s fundamental heteros-exual or hom-ose-xual orientation. It would appear that s-exual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of ge-netic factors and the early ut-erine environment. Se-xual orientation is therefore not a choice.[60] "

    2. "Garcia-Falgueras and Swaab state in the abstract of their 2010 study, "The fe-tal brain develops during the intraut-erine period in the male direction through a direct action of tes-tosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hor-mone surge. In this way, our gender identi-ty (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and s-exual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender ident–ity or s-exual orientation."[8

    3. See also the Philadelphia Inquirer review “Gay Gene, Deconstructed”, 12/12/2011. Said review addresses the following “How do genes associated with ho-mose-xuality avoid being weeded out by Darwinian evolution?”

    September 23, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  2. no nothing

    Bible is a lot nonsense I mean come on you can even prove that god does not exist if you read it backwards.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • S O

      The Bible isn't an attempt at proving the existence of God. It was written down (over the course of a few thousand years) to people who already knew/believed God existed. The earth & everything that exists is the proof, as well as incredible things He's done in & through those who believe. The existence of God, by the definition of science, cannot be considered science or a valid theory, because it cannot be falsified. In other words, God's existence cannot be disproved. Evolution is accepted as a science and as a theory because it can be conceivably falsified.

      September 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • old ben

      "The earth & everything that exists is the proof,"

      Nope. Fail. It has not been proven nor disproved. Sorry – please try again.

      September 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  3. mama kindless

    This man is a fraud and is one of the most evil men in the country today. Hopefully, people will wake up some so they can see through the deception. Pitiful, the people that follow someone like this.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  4. Joey Navis

    beautiful pastor osteen, beautiful. more pastors should take ur cue and stay in their lanes. being uplifting and giving people dignity is absolutely to be admired, and what makes many of us who might otherwise be on the other side of issues admire u and hold u in such high esteem. being gay is something many struggle with and ur acceptance of people as people does so much more to bring us to god than twenty other hellfire and brimstone preachers. thank u so much.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • no nothing

      What's the matter , can't spell you?

      September 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  5. Mike P

    Goodness, how wishy-washy of Osteen! I wish he'd just come out and say that gay behavior is a sin against human dignity that the Bible puts in the same category as adultery, forcing yourself upon someone, incest, bestiality, and abortion. Done! Move on!

    September 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • no nothing

      Barf

      September 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  6. Mike.

    I'd like to take this opportunity to thank "cristians" for all the hatred, wars, holocauts, and ignorance they've been responsible for the last 2012 years!

    September 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Sandy

      True Christians are about loving people, so if they aren't loving and doing all that you say then they aren't true christians

      October 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  7. Sony Bozo & Chair

    Hi Joel: is your pal preacher Ted Haggard cured ? Why don't you have him on your sunday show ???

    September 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  8. Atheism is Great for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and lets them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, were just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago. (Yes, charlatan folklore and spam started long before the Bible; what would make you think they hadn't??) And they need to be taught that other things, like God, we really don't know a damn thing about.

    Atheists have strong minds and don't need a religion. Many religious folk have the best intentions. But too often, religious folk run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, they disserve society). And too often, religious folk are easily offended when someone mocks their make-believe characters – and, as we can see they can get really CRAZY!

    Although there are many religious folk with good intentions – some selflessly helping others, religions and religious organizations are, as a whole, just big old clubs – each trying to out do each other and inspiring hate and division (often disguised as love) along the way. The problem is that people too easily buy into religion and don't realize how unfounded it all is. And when they buy into it, they buy into a lot of really old, really weird tenets that are nothing but harmful for the human species.

    Take Christianity, for instance. Just look at all the things that Christians argue about amongst themselves today – abortion, men's and women's roles in the church, celibacy, contraception, acceptance of gays, etc. Most of these issues have their roots in the conflicted, unfounded tenets of early Christianity. Non-Mormons harp on Joseph Smith these days. But we really don't have any more proof at all to believe that Paul, the self-proclaimed "apostle" was anything more than an ordinary man who needed to make up religious "sales literature" to survive and spread his own personal beliefs. And yet a good chunk of the NT is attributed to Paul and accepted by many Christians. And a lot of what he wrote about has to do with many of the issues I mentioned above that have Christians fighting amongst themselves hundreds of years later. It's way too unfounded to argue over.

    Get a good cup of tea, and sit down and collect your thoughts. If you find it helpful to pray to a god (something you know nothing about), fine. But it is really healthier for the mind to leave behind all the characters that people over the centuries have invented or given powers to, for which there is little or no foundation. Because with those invented characters and powers – that's where division and hate join the little party in your mind. That's where, in your mind, you are inheriting the division and hate from ordinary politicians, lobbyists and salesmen from long ago. My goodness.

    mama kindless

    September 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • nope

      @mama...
      nope

      September 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • snopes says

      nope to nope

      September 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Psyllicon

      +10

      September 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  9. TGIS

    As Joel rightly points out, Homo sexuality is not God's best for human race.
    God calls all sinners to repentance.

    September 22, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      The god of abraham is a fallacy, as are all other gods that man has dreamed up, thus far, so your point is moot. But of course you are a bigot, but I'm guessing I don't need to tell you that.

      September 22, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Huebert

      Sin does not exist, because sin is defined as disobedience to god. How could you disobey that which does not exist?

      September 22, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Damocles

      @TGIS

      Kind of odd that a deity would make a few gay people and then punish them for being gay.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Man + X = Sin

      Sin knows no bounds.A man and a man or a man and a animal does not a marriage make.
      Man + Woman = Marriage
      Preserve the sanctity of Marriage!

      September 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • David

      Hey TGIS, Why don't you go to Iran and join the Taliban Morality Police. You even get to beat women. Bet that would turn you on.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Damocles

      @Man

      That you try to throw bestiality into the conversation says everything.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • pervert alert

      If it wasn't for the degenerate ho mo se xuals molesting animals millions of people would have been spared the horrors of AIDS. Qu eers the folks who gave the world AIDS

      September 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Man + X = Sin

      The moment you let 'X' (satan) in that equation he blinds you to sin. He fools you into believing that there is no concept such as sin.The moment you are blinded by sin and continue to revel in it , you no longer are a child of God.
      Say no to satan; say yes to GOD.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • pervert alert

      If it wasn't for the degenerate ho mo – oh wait – I gotta go bleed uncle henry's foot again. he's just in the next trailer.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Qu eers hate the Truth so much they will do anything to hide it. Even steal a name on an anonymous blog. Qu eers the folks who gave the world AIDS.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • truth be trolled

      The only kind of "trickle-down" that actually works:

      An idiot who degenerates to:
      "Atheism in not . ." degenerates to his other name:
      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to his other name:
      "captain america" degenerates to his other name:
      "truth be told" degenerates to his other name:
      "just sayin" degenerates to his other name:
      "TGIS" degenerates to his other name:
      "WOW" generates to his other name:
      "pervert alert" amongst many others, of course.
      Pitiful little "man".

      OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!! Yahoo!!!!
      CLINTON 2016, 2020!! Yahoo!!

      September 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • truth be told

      Still waiting for proof, Oh that's right you don't have any. Tin foil hat a little too snug phony?

      September 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • truth be trolled

      Lol. Who needs proof? Even my dog recognizes your ho mophic, bigoted, truth-free posting style.
      Looks like you didn't learn anything since they let you go from the
      Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. for poor writing skills. Lol.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • nope

      @truth be trolled
      nope

      September 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • truth be told

      What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof . Once again you are dismissed hal.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • snopes says

      nope to nope

      September 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • nope

      @snopes
      nope

      September 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  10. mama kindless

    Mother nature gives us a decent soul. It comes to us biologically.

    Some people think they need to dress up their souls. Adopting Christian fable is like trying to dress up your soul with accessories from K-Mart. Adopting Islam fable is like trying to dress up your soul with junk from a flea market. (And Catholics shop at the K-Mart too, they just spend too much time at the costume jewelry department.) No matter how much you try to dress yourself up with religion, you are just making yourself outdated, false, and cheap. And you look that way too.

    September 22, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Bob

      Great post, mama k.

      September 22, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Rob

      The big misdirection of the modern religions is to have everyone believe that you do not have within you all the attributes of a mono theistic "God". Modern civilizations (civilization – the active coordination of people for, and towards, the collective and individual survival benefits), and western societies in particular, use the major religions to get people to think that they are less than what they are intrinsically.

      The major religions all set the adherent (follower) toward the goal of being God like...thus recognizing that all people have every God attribute as articulated in the myriad of old/ancient text (Bible/Koran etc) within their current makeup even before reaching any level of excellence in the religion through faithful behavior. Before one even achieves or proves any bonafides, it is already logically recognized that the adherent has the requisite attributes inherently. In the Christian bible the description of this is very obvious with repeated references to "like a child..." in articulating to the adherent various ways and methods of approach in order to proceed toward levels of excellence in Christian achievement.

      We are at the forefront of a new Age, where the flattening of the earth and changing value of knowledge driven by the extremely rapid technological advancement, are pushing us to intellectual and psychological freedom. Religion is getting played out as evidenced by the "debate" going on globally relative to it's value. The rise of awareness to religion, and its real value for societies in this new "global village", will push us to a new collective view of the value of religion.

      More people will find that they have all of the "God" attributes and the original purposes of religion for the common person will
      start to significantly subside. Religion will become obsolete as people increasingly become aware, through knowledge/ information, and learn to cooperate within a set of rules that are mutually beneficial.

      Religion is getting played out and the fervor of those whose power is propped up by it is another sign that it is on its last legs. Extremist in every major society are rattled and thus riled up as they scramble for control. The average world citizen is being empowered, and in the course of this transformation she/he is becoming increasingly aware, and religion as a result is being exposed for the big and fundamental misdirection at its core.

      September 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Beautifully said, mama kindless.

      September 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • ....

      TOTAL BULL SH IT

      September 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • ....

      IT'S THE SAME BULL THAT – OH CRAP – MOM'S CALLING FROM NEXT TRAILER – I HAVE TO TAKE THE TRASH OUT.

      September 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Webster

      @....

      Webster

      @....

      Looks like you have gone dotty:

      dot·ty Pronunciation (dt)
      adj. dot·ti·er, dot·ti·est
      1.
      a. Mentally unbalanced; crazy.
      b. Amusingly eccentric or unconventional.
      c. Ridiculous or absurd: a dotty scheme.
      2. Having a feeble or unsteady gait; shaky.
      3. Obsessively infatuated or enamored.

      September 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Killer Bees

      Deceived

      September 24, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • Phillip

      Look at you genius's, one of you want to be intellectuals actually called Christianiy a fable yet led off with mother nature gives us a soul??? You lib yards are all the same you come to forums like this where you speak as though your brilliant then wait for the other white guilted, geeky, losers tell you great post their idiots and we are little einstein's. Have the balls like Beckel or trippi to argue your nonsensical points in a forum with actual high earners, smart people. A lot of good this forum does ten library's riding each others nuts while bensmithing decent folks trying tonexpress their view.

      October 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  11. Chuck Anziulewicz

    Joel Osteen is welcome to conduct his own personal life as his personal religious beliefs dictate. But those personal beliefs are irrelevant to me. I'm thankful the United States is not a Christian theocracy.

    September 22, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  12. DonnerParty

    Oh God,lots of religious zealots here.Bye.

    September 22, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Killer Bees

      Dont run from the truth!

      September 24, 2012 at 5:26 am |
  13. truth

    Revelation 21:8 ESV / 31 helpful votes
    But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the se.x.ual.ly immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

    September 22, 2012 at 5:18 am |
    • Smithsonian

      Do you believe sorcerers are real?

      September 22, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • mama kindless

      Everyone know that St John the Opium Addict was high as a kite when he wrote Revelation.

      September 22, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Bob

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      September 22, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • Huebert

      @Truth

      Quoting the bible to nonbelievers is as effective as me quoting The Origin of Species to you.

      September 22, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  14. truth

    Romans 1:25-28 ESV / 45 helpful votes
    Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:17 am |
    • Smithsonian

      Gotta love a god who will turn his back on you when you fail his expectations. So loving and caring and forgiving...

      September 22, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • JPopNC

      @ Smithsonian: Nowhere did it say God turned His back on anyone, what it says is "God gave them up to dishonorable passions....debased mind", which means He said "If that's what you want to do....go do it". Those who made these decisions turned THEIR back on God...not the other way around.

      September 22, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Bob

      Speaking of what your nasty sky fairy says in your Christian book of horrors AKA the bible, take a look at this:

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      September 22, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Rob

      So in this passage...Did God throw in the towel so to speak and "Gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not be done"?

      September 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • tallulah13

      When you call yourself "Truth", you shouldn't quote a book of mythology. Prove your god exists and that these are his words, then you can call yourself "Truth" without being a liar.

      September 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  15. truth

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV / 151 helpful votes
    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the se.xu.ally immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice hom.ose.xua.lity, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:13 am |
    • Smithsonian

      You do realize that virtually every religion says that people who don't believe and behave as that religion demands will not receive the benefits of that religion, right? Christianity is nothing special in that threatening regard.

      September 22, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • Bob

      Here are some more choice bits from your nasty Christian owners' manual:

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      September 22, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 22, 2012 at 5:13 am |
    • TROLL ALERT

      Please don't feed the troll.

      September 22, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  17. truth

    Ephesians 5:5 ESV / 163 helpful votes
    For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is se.xual.ly immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:12 am |
    • Bob

      More nastiness from your horrid sky fairy.

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      September 22, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  18. truth

    Hebrews 13:4 ESV / 166 helpful votes
    Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the se.xu.ally immoral and adulterous.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:11 am |
  19. truth

    1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 ESV / 357 helpful votes
    For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from se.xu.al immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

    September 22, 2012 at 5:10 am |
    • Smithsonian

      Why is your religion so obsessed with the s.exual practices of other people?

      September 22, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • JPopNC

      The reason the Bible stresses over the topic of s.exual practices is because God knew sins of the flesh would be mankind's greatest weakness...and He was right!

      September 22, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • midwest rail

      So JPop – you'll be leading the charge to make divorce and adultery illegal, right ?

      September 22, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • Huebert

      @JPop

      Why did god declarer some se.xual practices to be sinful?

      September 22, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  20. truth

    1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV / 430 helpful votes
    Flee from se.xu.al immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the se.xu.ally immoral person sins against his own body.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:10 am |
    • Smithsonian

      So gluttony is not a sin against one's own body?

      September 22, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • End Religion

      Religion in general is a sin against the brain.

      September 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
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