My Take: The danger of calling behavior ‘biblical’
The author argues that there are many meanings of the adjective 'biblical.'
November 17th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: The danger of calling behavior ‘biblical’

Editor's Note: Rachel Held Evans is a popular blogger from Dayton, Tennessee, and author of “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.”

By Rachel Held Evans, Special to CNN

On "The Daily Show" recently, Jon Stewart grilled Mike Huckabee about a TV ad in which Huckabee urged voters to support “biblical values” at the voting box.

When Huckabee said that he supported the “biblical model of marriage,” Stewart shot back that “the biblical model of marriage is polygamy.”

And there’s a big problem, Stewart went on, with reducing “biblical values” to one or two social issues such as abortion and gay marriage, while ignoring issues such as poverty and immigration reform.

It may come as some surprise that as an evangelical Christian, I cheered Stewart on from my living room couch.

As someone who loves the Bible and believes it to be the inspired word of God, I hate seeing it reduced to an adjective like Huckabee did. I hate seeing my sacred text flattened out, edited down and used as a prop to support a select few political positions and platforms.

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And yet evangelicals have grown so accustomed to talking about the Bible this way that we hardly realize we’re doing it anymore. We talk about “biblical families,” “biblical marriage,” “biblical economics,” “biblical politics,” “biblical values,” “biblical stewardship,” “biblical voting,” “biblical manhood,” “biblical womanhood,” even “biblical dating” to create the impression that the Bible has just one thing to say on each of these topics - that it offers a single prescriptive formula for how people of faith ought to respond to them.

But the Bible is not a position paper. The Bible is an ancient collection of letters, laws, poetry, proverbs, histories, prophecies, philosophy and stories spanning multiple genres and assembled over thousands of years in cultures very different from our own.

When we turn the Bible into an adjective and stick it in front of another loaded word, we tend to ignore or downplay the parts of the Bible that don’t quite fit our preferences and presuppositions. In an attempt to simplify, we force the Bible’s cacophony of voices into a single tone and turn a complicated, beautiful, and diverse holy text into a list of bullet points we can put in a manifesto or creed. More often than not, we end up more committed to what we want the Bible to say than what it actually says.

Nowhere is this more evident than in conversations surrounding “biblical womanhood.”

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Growing up in the Bible Belt, I received a lot of mixed messages about the appropriate roles of women in the home, the church and society, each punctuated with the claim that this or that lifestyle represented true “biblical womanhood.”

In my faith community, popular women pastors such as Joyce Meyer were considered unbiblical for preaching from the pulpit in violation of the apostle Paul's restriction in 1 Timothy 2:12 ("I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent"), while Amish women were considered legalistic for covering their heads in compliance with his instructions in 1 Corinthians 11:5 ("Every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head").

Pastors told wives to submit to their husbands as the apostle Peter instructed in 1 Peter 3:1, but rarely told them to avoid wearing nice jewelry as the apostle instructs them just one sentence later in 1 Peter 3:3. Despite the fact that being single was praised by both Jesus and Paul, I learned early on that marriage and motherhood were my highest callings, and that Proverbs 31 required I keep a home as tidy as June Cleaver's.

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This didn’t really trouble me until adulthood, when I found myself in a childless egalitarian marriage with a blossoming career and an interest in church leadership and biblical studies. As I wrestled with what it meant to be a woman of faith, I realized that, despite insistent claims that we don’t “pick and choose” from the Bible, any claim to a “biblical” lifestyle requires some serious selectivity.

After all, technically speaking, it is “biblical” for a woman to be sold by her father to pay off debt, “biblical” for a woman to be required to marry her rapist, “biblical” for her to be one of many wives.

So why are some Bible passages lifted out and declared “biblical,” while others are explained away or simply ignored? Does the Bible really present a single prescriptive lifestyle for all women?

These were the questions that inspired me to take a page from A.J. Jacobs, author of "The Year of Living Biblically", and try true biblical womanhood on for size—literally, no “picking and choosing."

This meant, among other things, growing out my hair, making my own clothes, covering my head whenever I prayed, abstaining from gossip, remaining silent in church (unless I was “prophesying,” of course), calling my husband "master,” even camping out in my front yard during my period to observe the Levitical purity laws that rendered me unclean.

During my yearlong experiment, I interviewed a variety of women practicing biblical womanhood in different ways — an Orthodox Jew, an Amish housewife, even a polygamist family - and I combed through every commentary I could find, reexamining the stories of biblical women such as Deborah, Ruth, Hagar, Tamar, Mary Magdalene, Priscilla and Junia.

My goal was to playfully challenge this idea that the Bible prescribes a single lifestyle for how to be a woman of faith, and in so doing, playfully challenge our overuse of the term “biblical.” I did this not out of disdain for Scripture, but out of love for it, out of respect for the fact that interpreting and applying the Bible is a messy, imperfect and - at times - frustrating process that requires humility and grace as we wrestle the text together.

The fact of the matter is, we all pick and choose. We’re all selective in our interpretation and application of the biblical text. The better question to ask one another is why we pick and choose the way that we do, why we emphasis some passages and not others. This, I believe, will elevate the conversation so that we’re using the Bible, not as a blunt weapon, but as a starting point for dialogue.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Rachel Held Evans.

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  1. Josh

    Dear Ms Evans,
    Thank you for publishing your views about the misuse of the expression "biblical". You mention in the piece that you love Scripture and I commend anyone who expresses affection for the Holy Bible.
    Likely, then, you have considered the thought found in 2 Timothy 3:16 which states that all Scripture is inspired by God. If you and your readers believe that statement then you surely would agree that our Creator, the Divine Author of the Scriptures, would help meek, honest, and humble seekers of divine truth to come to an accurate knowledge of his word while those without these qualities would always misunderstand, misapply, and misrepresent his balanced and loving direction.
    What you do you think?

    November 18, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • Tom4650

      Josh, I htink you have hit the nail on the head. Misapplication or taking verse out of context for someones personal gain......sounds abit like ego getting involved in religion. Hmmm...we've seen that haven't we? What happened to just 'trying to be a good and caring man/woman? Or maybe treat others as you would like to be treated....

      November 18, 2012 at 7:54 am |
  2. Michele

    I go back to this: the bible is a great book-( just like so many others written by man or woman). This book contains opinion and the accepted way of living at that time and their purpose of living (At that time-over 2000 yrs ago! Not now! Its called evolution!) And it has hit me... NO religion is worth my time when a man is considered above me and I am to serve him... I got news for men and even women who think we are second to man... without us- they would not exist! Even if you believe in creationism or evolution... Evolution is a proven thing-everything evolves- so people who still believe what was written 2000 years ago is still the way to be, should really consider their life and how they do things as simple as turning on a light! Now, there is a clue! .. enough said...

    November 18, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • wifemomchristian

      In the Bible it says that Men are to love us, Women, as they love God. Read the Bible and find it for yourself.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Kyle

      Someone needs to get laid.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • Rich

      Actually it goes both ways. Without a MAN and a WOMAN, no one would exist. While the woman does bear the burden of the pregancy, she cannot get pregnant on her own.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  3. Upstate NY Believer

    Just as God allows man to enact laws today, He did in days past... In either case, those law may not always reflect God's Will by which man should live... God gives man free will, but wishes man to worship Him in spirit and in truth... When the Bible is quoted, it often is done out of context... "Biblical" values are often misunderstood or misrepresented when extracted as a singular point of proving God's Will...When Scripture, not man, interprets Scriptue, the Spirit will reveal that God desires and dispenses blessings for all His people, according to His Will.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • sam stone

      "God gives man free will, but wishes man to worship Him in spirit and in truth?

      How do you ascribe wishes to an omniscient being?

      November 18, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • Upstate NY Believer

      @sam stone... in faith...

      1 Corinthians 13:12
      King James Version (KJV)

      12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • sam stone

      okay, upstate....please try this in real english.....

      how can a being gha knows everthing before it hapens "wish"for anything? it doesn't make sense

      November 18, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  4. Reality

    Putting the bible, Judaism and Christianity in the proper 21st century perspective:

    Only for the new members of this blog–

    1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

    “New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.


    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    Current RCC problems:

    Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:
    Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    November 18, 2012 at 7:38 am |
  5. Ivan Nazario

    I am so impressed with this article. Bravo Zulu to CNN for honoring freedom of speech without censoring.

    The article made think about my own "blibical" values and how I feel about the Bilble, thank you!!!

    Very refreshing!!!

    November 18, 2012 at 7:37 am |
  6. Christian7

    I believe tearing pages out of the bible is a very dangerous thing to do. These days people of no fear of God's perfect justice. Even though you do not want to believe it, according to the Bible without a real acceptance of Jesus (doing was He says, not just what is convenient), God's judgement is based on pure holy justice and means you will have eternal damnation.

    "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it." Matthew 7:13

    November 18, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • tmiletus

      Real acceptance of Jesus? How about joyful rejection of Jesus?

      November 18, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • Reality

      Matt 7: 13, as with all passages of the NT, has been analyzed by many contemporary NT scholars. And many of these scholars have concluded that said passage is historically nil. For example, the passage is a single attestation found no where else in the scriptures. http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?ti-tle=163_The_Narrow_Door and Professor Gerd Ludemann's conclusions in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 152-153 and pp. 694-695.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • sam stone

      christian7: how can you expect that people would be able to fear retaliation from a being in which they do not believe? because you do?

      November 18, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Pete

      It is not any more dangerous than tearing a page out of "The Lord of the Rings". If you don't believe me try it and see what happens.

      November 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  7. observer1776

    The writer obviously does not understand the Bible in its entire context. It is a book of historical events,
    It is a book which describes God's Spiritual evolution of he human race.
    To limit comments to Old Testament "verse clipping" is to ignore its total meaning.
    If she could understand the acts and the teachings of Jesus, she might have a better understanding.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:34 am |
  8. me

    If are not Called to be Biblical. We are called to Love God with all our strength and to love everyone as we love ourselves.
    While the above may sound simple it is a lot harder to do than it sounds. That is why we have Jesus.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • yang

      yes 🙂

      November 18, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Reality

      The Golden Rule is not unique to Jesus and actually predates Jesus.

      Variations can be found for example in the beliefs of the following:

      Ancient Babylon
      Ancient China
      Ancient Egypt
      Ancient Greece
      Ancient India
      Ancient Tamizhagam

      See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule for an excellent and well-researched review.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:57 am |
  9. Paul

    This article is a good proof text that sola scriptura is just illogical. In order to properly interpret scripture one needs tradition also. The Catholic Church is gives us the bible, so maybe we should trust what she says about it. This is why Christ set up a teaching authority, so that we don't just "pick and choose" or "emphasis passages over others". If Jesus Christ really is the "the Way, the Truth and the Life" and the Bible is the Word of God then there needs to be an objective interpreter of the Word. If not then is just subjective and you have as many churches as there are interpreters. Everyone becomes their own little church, with their own authority. And this is exactly what Christ didn't want. The Catholic Church is the safe guard against a subjective interpretation, so people aren't doing crazy things like following the Levitical norms – unless your a levitical priest of course.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • reality check

      HAHAHAHA!! Wake up

      November 18, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • Philip Dougan

      Can 'ah get an Amen an 'ah Praise the Lord !

      November 18, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • EternalFlame

      "The Catholic Church is gives us the bible, so maybe we should trust what she says about it."

      Like we trusted our children with the Catholic Church?

      Not bloody likely.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  10. Brian Hartman

    The thing that surprises me is that the author, despite having done the research and obviously discovering the truth, still continues to believe that the Bible is *any* basis for moral behavior. Her little "playful" experiment should've shown her that from a moral perspective, *none* of those strictures make sense. Not a single one of them.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:32 am |
  11. OldMo

    "Reality", youtube "New! Jericho Unearthed Bible Proof" and "Exodus Revealed part 2". There's better vids for the Red Sea crossing if you're truly interested in exploring the truth.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • Bob

      I can't think of a better source for scientific evidence than youtube

      November 18, 2012 at 7:35 am |
  12. faithlost

    U need to be saved so u may have eternal life through Jesus Christ.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • Bob

      I think you might be a little confused. Just in general.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • tmiletus

      I saved myself. Didn't need no God.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • Brian Hartman


      No one is saved. No one. We're all going to end up in the same position: Dead.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • One one

      "Saved" from what ?

      November 18, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  13. Thailand68

    If you are Jewish, then only the rules of the Old Testament apply to you.
    Jesus Christ revised the old rules, including Gentiles for example. The primary is to love one another.
    Jesus was clear when he said both "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" and "He who lives by the sword will die by the sword". But how many Christians supported Bush when he falsely accused Saddam and started the war?

    November 18, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • reality check

      Unless you believe the actual words of Jesus, which says "I come not to change the law" You pick and choose what you want to believe

      November 18, 2012 at 7:46 am |
  14. StayinAlive

    "As someone who loves the Bible and believes it to be the inspired word of God" – And probably someone who voted for Mitt Romney, a Mormon, who believe Satan and Jesus are brothers and that Mormons become gods one day with a planet of their own. So while you may believe that the Bible is God's inspired word, you chose to elect someone to adheres to blasphemy and a false doctrine.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • Brian Hartman

      You worship a carpenter who's been dead for > 2,000 years and thinks he's his own father plus Casper the Holy Ghost besides. Further, you ritualistically cannibalize him on a regular basis, and believe that any evil you do will be forgiven as long as you pray to said carpenter.

      Christians shouldn't really throw stones about the beliefs of others.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:36 am |
  15. stephen

    The shortsightedness of Stewart is all too obvious anyway. Sure polygamy was practiced, it was also condemned....never an instruction from God but a curse of things to come in the future. Solomon, for example received unlimited wisdom because that is what he sought. However, he also sought many wives from areas that were not directed from God thus dividing the kingdom [as stated in 2 Kings and Chronicles] following his death as it was foretold. So Stewart can 'generalize' all he wants to about the bible [which is what liberals do anyway].

    November 18, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • Mr. Lambert

      I thought the Stewart comment was very insightful. Most people talked about a candidate who believed in traditional marriage; but in reality Romney was a candidate who follows a Christian religion that practices polygamy. No doubt if someone reads the transition from OT Scripture to NT Scripture, they will find that polygamy is not encouraged or even allowed in Scripture. Others have commented that Stewart did not understand the Scripture he quoted, but I believe he was most likely bashing the beliefs of Romney not quoting "biblical" rules. Anyway. I really appreciated the article, for far too long we have accepted the beliefs of our parents and grandparents. The writer of 1 Thessalonians says, "Test everything." I believe if we test God, he will be found to be true. There is nothing wrong with testing His Scripture, and our traditions. If they are true, they will bear themselves as truth.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  16. faithlost

    Amazing how many people are going to burn in hell. So sad, so very lost are the many.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:28 am |
    • tmiletus

      I'll bet you my soul that you're wrong.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • Ranger X

      Amazing how many people are deluded and controlled by fear and an empty existential threat. I've always found it interesting how xtians use pejoratives like 'lost' to refer to the unconverted.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • One one

      Don't worry, he'll doesn't exist, it's only a myth.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • SCOTTA.

      yep eternally lost forever. but when they stand before GOD they will say but no one warned me about hell or how to get saved.then GOD will show them this very artical and say many CHRISTIANS were trying to warn you but you just mocked them like the fools that you are!! depart from me into the furnace of fire( hell).

      November 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  17. Allan

    You either accept the Bible as truth or reject it.... You have a free will to do either...... but some day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord...... whether you are educated or not!

    November 18, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • conniek5256

      🙂 amen

      November 18, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • tmiletus

      You have fun with your "God-thing". Just keep it away from me.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • Ranger X

      Free will is actually by no means a given, even among the faithful. Ever hear of Calvinism? Christians sure do love that verse about bending knees and confessing tongues, don't they? Ties right into the self-righteousness inherent in religion.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • Polycarp

      You have fun with your "God-thing". Just keep it away from me.------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Ah so sorry, Sonny, boy, YOU, yourself gonna have to do that with YOURSELF. Have fun, oh great one

      February 26, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
  18. 200 TON HAMMER

    Can any one please explain Acts chapter 21:38 ????? And Deuteronomy chapter 28:68????? Please

    November 18, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • Libertarian Atheist

      Sure..here goes..."Pure Fiction"...there you go.

      November 18, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  19. GetSomeLearnin

    I can't believe CNN had the gall to post this article. For those who study and understand the Bible and teachings of Jesus, "living the bible" pretty much excludes the entire old testament. Christ fulfilled the mosaic law. All the rules from Leviticus, Kings, etc... are no more. Only the rules from the New Testament are to be considered. So the fact that this author is quoting laws from the OT, invalidates her argument.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:24 am |
    • Rob

      Well said! I note they usually wait to run these on Sundays as well. Imagine if they had the guts to run something that read... "The Dangers of Being Too Islam?" or Too Atheist"? It's the constant Christian bashing war drum they continually beat.
      We need to stand against this. I believe there is a demonic thing going on here.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:28 am |
    • ElmerGantry

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

      November 18, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • David

      "I come not to destroy the Law but to restore it." - Jesus

      November 18, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • hansbronson

      Been noticing lately that CNN has a lot of articles about christianity and they are usually negative while when they have an article about Islam it is mostly positive. If CNN had its way they would lead you to believe that christians flew the planes into the twin towers.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • Bob

      So you can decide which of your god's words are important and which aren't? You can just cherry-pick the stuff you like and assume he didn't know what he was doing when he wrote the rest?

      November 18, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • One one

      Then why do Christians constantly try to display the 10 commandments in public places?

      November 18, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • Ivan Nazario

      The demonic (maybe you meant democratic) thing here it is called freedom of speech...use it or loose it.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:46 am |
  20. JoeSchmoe

    Haters gonna hate, that's all there is to it. RHE won't give up being wrong, to see what the Bible says. So she cherry picks topics that will allow her to stay comfortable and make $$. She strains truly strains a gnat and passes a camel.

    If you refuse to change your ways there is no way for you to understand anything that is in the Bible.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:23 am |
    • Summer

      Very well put, Joe. She is blind to the truth. For example, the bible does not promote polygamy. The people of that time chose polygamy the same way people of this time are choosing a gay lifestyle. Scripture states God created man and woman to be united as one. Just because humans chose a different path during biblical times does not make it God's will. And the same is true for today as well.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • So What?

      I read the Bible but I am well aware of the horrific editing and manipulation early on by the Catholic Church. I know that the biblical Jesus is not the real one but a construct of things they wanted to change. I am also aware that Jesus Christ is real and his teaching has been manipulated and watered down in directions that are contrary to his teachings. Evangelicals and fundamentalists are just an offshoot of those activities. The present day GOP and their religion is one example of this sickness. Spirituality is the way to go since it open up possibilities that Orthodox Christianity aims to stifle.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • Andrew

      The Bible is a book....written by few with agendas over all. It has been edited, reversed, dictated to and invented. Those who believe in it 'literally' are the biggest fools. ANYTHING conceived and written by man is not a 'Holy Book'...Should God descend from the Heavens and deliver his book..then we have a Holy author. Until then we have a manuscript full of mans dreams, desires, illusions and laws...NOT GODS.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • hansbronson

      Why doesn't CNN dissect the Koran, because CNN is scared their overseas bureau people would be killed, but they and Hollywood have no problem questioning the bible or making fun of christians.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:46 am |
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