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Phil Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" has been suspended for his comments on homosexuality.
December 20th, 2013
11:23 AM ET

Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame has rallied around its patriarch, saying his controversial comments on homosexuality are "grounded in the teachings of the Bible." But Scripture is fiercely contested ground, and some experts say Phil Robertson misinterprets a key Bible verse.

A&E, the network that broadcasts the hugely popular "Duck Dynasty" show, suspended Robertson for a now infamous interview with GQ magazine. In the article, Robertson, who became a born-again Christian in the 1970s after a prodigal youth, is asked to define "sin."

Here's what Robertson says: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

Robertson, 67, then paraphrases a Bible passage from the New Testament: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers - they won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”

That's a pretty close citation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which is a letter from Paul, often called the father of Christianity theology, to a fledgling Christian community in Corinth, Greece.

Here's what Paul's passage says, as rendered in the New International Version, by far the most popular translation among evangelicals and conservative Christians such as Robertson:

"Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Evangelicals, who make up about a quarter of the U.S. population, tend to take that passage at face value. The Robertson family pastor, for instance, told CNN on Thursday that "the verse explains itself."

Robertson himself is no religious neophyte. He's an elder in the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ and offers spiritual counseling, charity and Bible studies to many in his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana, the family pastor, Mike Kellett told CNN.

The "Duck Dynasty" star also preaches around the country to conservatives that flock to hear his blend of woodsy, plainspoken Christianity.

Many conservatives backed Robertson's views on Scripture and homosexuality this week, if not the "crude" way he argued his point to GQ.

My Take: The Bible really does condemn homosexuality

But other Bible experts said the Scripture Robertson cited isn't quite clear about homosexuality.

"A lot of people misread this text because it's so complicated," said O. Wesley Allen Jr., an associate professor at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

First, scholars say, we have to look at the context surrounding Paul's letter.

The Christian leader is trying to get the quarreling Corinthians to stop taking each other to civil courts and being judgmental. "The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already," Paul says.

Things were supposed to be different after they became Christian believers, Paul continues; they were supposed to stop their sinful ways.

Then Paul lists some of their sins of the past, including greed, drinking too much, worshipping idols and sexual immorality. "That is what some of you were," Paul says. "But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

The list of sins is likely based on rumors that Paul heard about Corinth, says Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania who has studied the Bible's teachings on homosexuality. Bible scholars call it a "vice list," and it appears several times in Scripture.

So what does Paul's "vice list" say about homosexuality? That's the tricky part.

The first word Paul uses is "malakoi," which means "soft" in Greek, according to Allen. By analogy, the word came to mean "effeminate," which is how the King James Version of the Bible translates it.

"In the ancient world, it would refer to a boy in a relationship with an older man," Allen said. "It was pederasty, not homosexuality as we think of it today."

The other relevant word on Paul's "vice list" is "arsenokotai," which means "male sex." It refers to the other half in the man-boy relationship, common in Greece at the time, Allen said, the older male having sex with the "soft one."

"It isn't anything to do with what we would see today in an intimate, mutual relationship between gay adults," said Allen, who is co-authoring an upcoming book on homosexuality and heterosexuality in the church.

My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality

Even so, scholars such as Allen acknowledge there are no Bible passages that support same-sex relationships, and at least seven that appear to condemn gay sex.

"There's no way around the fact that those passages take a negative view of homosexuality, and nowhere in the Bible is a positive view offered," Allen said. "So conservatives and liberals continue to debate."

Liberals say that some parts of the Bible offered particular truths for a specific times and places but those times and places, as well as human understanding of sexuality, have progressed dramatically.

"The Bible may be divinely inspired, but its authors were human and saw, as St. Paul puts it, through a glass darkly," said Jim Naughton, a Christian gay rights activist and communications consultant. "On the subject of homosexuality, the Bible doesn’t mean what Phil Robertson thinks it means."

Conservatives such as Robertson, on the other hand, argue that the Bible is the bedrock of their faith, unchanging and unalterable. "We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word," the Robertson family said Thursday.

For decades, the gulf between the two sides has divided denominations, churches and families. To paraphrase Lincoln, both sides read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and both invoke his aid to argue against each other. Which is why our contemporary debate over homosexuality is so fierce, and so seemingly unending.

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. aspblom

    Paul was a neurotic Jew bringing Judaism's hostility into Christianity, unfortunately.

    December 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Opposing View

      If Paul ends up in heaven, and if you end up in hell, then how would feel about your opinion then?...

      December 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
  2. EvinAR

    EVERYBODY gets the Bible wrong. Everybody. There is no RIGHT way to interpret the Bible.

    Why do you think there are so many freaking sects of Christianity?

    December 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • Opposing View

      Everybody gets it wrong except you right, in your opinion that everybody gets it wrong? That don't even make logical sense...

      December 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
      • Opposing View Needs Help

        delusional freak...get help

        December 29, 2013 at 4:37 am |
  3. Sherri

    You can make the bible say whatever you want. People used it, for years, to deny women the vote. They used it to justify slavery. They used it to justify wife beating (it gives the dimensions for the size stick to use). It says to cut off hands and cut out eyes. You can read it any way you want. I personally do not believe one word of it. It was written by men, hundreds of years after jesus allegedly was around. It is a book. Nothing more. People should be good because it is the right thing to do. Not because they are afraid of eternal damnation or hellfire. Be good because you should. Do you lie, cheat, steal, killl? Then you're not a good person. Regardless of how MANY times you go to church this week, or how much you give TO a church.

    December 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • charlie in NY

      actually was written by people inspired by god, that it's origins are from as far back as 6000 bc and the text has been confirmed by things like the dead sea scrolls, that it is the oldest book in continuous print and is in the homes of 100s of millions. Funny you point at passages from the old testament as reason, do you understand what the bible does? how it teaches with stories? that taking any excerpt without the entire context as meaningful is flawed thinking. try reading it in it's entirety and get back to us, don't understand a passage or verse, try asking instead of giving up.

      December 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
      • igaftr

        charlie
        "actually was written by people inspired by god"

        There is no evidence of that.
        If it was inspired by god, which of the thousands of gods inspired it.
        The claim that it was inspired by god is just part of the propoganda.
        If there were a god, why would so much of the bible be false?wouldn't god have inspired it right?

        December 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
      • sam stone

        what exactly does "inspired by god" mean?

        does it mean that the people had feelings of god when they were writing it?

        does it mean that god actually dictated it?

        it seems that godly inspiration is an awfully big claim to make, and even bigger to support

        December 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
      • TomDenison

        The religious always make an argument with major assumptions that can never be validated, e.g. god exists, god inspired men to write the bible. Because this can never be validated, any argument that is based upon these assumptions is meaningless. There are 10,000 religions in the world, all with followers who believe their religion is the right religion. Even the Bible that Christians reference so often, was written originally in Greek, then Latin, then revised and translated hundreds of times. Whatever version, again the assumption is god exists, and god had a hand in writing, which can never be validated. The Bible is much like horoscopes, anyone can interpret to fit neatly into their lives. Thus the Bible in any version, has no more credence than any common horoscope.

        December 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
  4. duckduckgoose

    Here's a scary thought...imagine if christians followed every insane command in the bible and not just the ones they feel comfortable with! Holy Hell!!

    December 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  5. Obama Bin Lyin

    See ya

    December 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • Llama llama run to mama

      Later.

      December 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  6. HotAirAce

    Looks like Andy's posts have been removed. We're they removed because they were embarrassing to believers? He was doing such a good job of demonstrating christian values!

    December 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • AndyMx71

      CNN only employs gays.

      December 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Observer

        AndyMx71,

        Pure IGNORANCE from you.

        December 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
  7. Nick

    Two questions we all should answer as it is important to understanding peoples beliefs: Am I an evangical Christian? Yes or no. Do I believe the Bible is God's instructions for mankind, true and without error ? Yes or no. If I get into a discussion about beliefs I always share what I believe so others can understand where I am coming from. I answer yes to both questions. A question we should always ask, "What does the scripture have to say about the subject." I personally do not care what media pundits or contributors have to say. The media should invite men like Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. John McArthur, Dr. Fredrick Price, Dr. T,D. Jakes, Dr. Billy Graham and others to discuss scripture but the media apparently could not live with their answers as they would rather have some Prof of Physogicaly. It is very easy to identify those in the media who trash Christians. Remember the scriptures tell us how Jesus was reviled and that Christians can expect the same treatment.

    December 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • Skarphace

      Christians, for the most part, are not "reviled". I see absolutely no evidence of this. There are Christians that are disrespected but that is because they do not respect others. If you want someone to respect your choice in faith then you have to respect theirs. Remember, it was your "word of God" that mentioned the golden rule. Try following it once in a while.

      December 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I think it's martyr-envy. Early christians were revered for their martyrdom. They were kind of special. Now that christianity is the dominant religion in this country, it's hard to believers to prove that their faith is strong in the face of adversity. There really is no adversity. These days, christians have to invent ways to feel like they are being persecuted. Basically, it's Martyrdom Lite.

      December 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
      • Syd

        The perceived persecution in this country is strong. What's hilarious is that the ones who cry the loudest about persecution are the ones doing it.

        December 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
  8. Free Holiday Nuts

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noHAyUqEauE&w=640&h=360]

    December 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  9. but it must be true

    Where is the evidence that the Bible is true? Oh it says so right there in the bible DUHH!

    December 22, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  10. JPF

    I love watching the debate over proper interpretation of a work of fiction. I mean, lets get real: This is the same book that gives a list of commandments, rules of living, that you should not break. Holy S. Good thing your book tells me not to kill my neighbor.

    December 22, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  11. Doris

    It sure doesn't seem like there has ever been any right or wrong way to "get" the Christian Bible. This should be no surprise since there are currently over 40,000 sects of Christianity and some even here on this blog advocate that only reading the Bible without church (a sect of one person) is the true way to find God's intention. As a result there have been vast differences in interpretation. The key founders of the U.S. government were quite aware of this dilemma, which should be no surprise considering the infighting they witnessed involving Christian sects in their respective states. (Jailing of Baptists by Anglicans and worse in other states.) Madison was furious and wrote about it in his A Memorial and Remonstrance. Jefferson – just as harsh:

    "Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth."

    Thus was born the "wall of separation" concept that both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison wrote about that provided the footing for the 1st Amendment to the Constitution along with its Establishment Clause.

    Has anything improved in the past two hundred years with regard to this splintered, conflicted nature of Christianity that constantly catches bystanders in its cross-fire?

    If I were considering becoming a Christian today, I think some of the choices I would have help answer that question:

    -I could join one Lutheran sect who still officially categorizes the Pope as the Antichrist.

    -I could join another Lutheran sect who is marrying gays and is fairly moderate.

    -I could join the RCC and help spread disease in poorer countries (because of the unrealistic stance on contraception).

    -I could join a sect who would rather me let my sick child die rather than seek medical care.

    -I could join an SBC church and since I am female, should probably then put on an apron, keep quiet and get ready for inspection.

    -I could join a sect in Mexico that still sacrifices people.

    -I could join a sect that believes the OT is superseded by the NT

    -I could join a sect that believes that the NT brings along all of the OT law

    -I could join a sect that believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    -I could join a sect that believes Americans are being killed at war because America is tolerant of homosexuals.

    -and on and on and on

    What does all this madness have at its core?

    Writings from mostly unknown authors and unnamed alleged "witnesses".

    It's insanity.

    December 22, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • AndyMx71

      Your inability to understand does NOT mean that it cannot be understood.

      December 22, 2013 at 11:50 am |
      • Doris

        Please enlighten me. Tell me what my Christian education let out... What say you to the conflicted nature and hypocrisy of Christianity?

        December 22, 2013 at 11:54 am |
        • Doris

          *left* out

          December 22, 2013 at 11:55 am |
        • devin

          The" conflicted nature and hypocrisy of Christians." There fixed it for you. As followers of Christ, we are not exempt from all the human frailties that make us at times less than stellar representatives of the true, pure faith found in Jesus Christ.

          December 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
      • Cpt. Obvious

        The point is that there is no measurable way to verify which viewpoint/interpretation is correct. For example, take some controversial verse that is translated in several ways by different religious groups. What test can anyone perform whose results will confirm one translation more correct than the others or one translation less correct? None. So all any of you have is your certainty/faith.

        December 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Subordinating your own thoughts and perceptions to the teachings of a group is usually a mistake.

      December 22, 2013 at 11:52 am |
      • AndyMx71

        You mean like allowing GLAAD and other gay groups to dictate what you believe? Like A&E did in obeying a couple of whiners complaining about about a man supported by the majority of Americans?

        December 22, 2013 at 11:56 am |
        • tallulah13

          Andy? Please cite your reference that this man is supported by the majority of Americans. You keep making that claim, but you never provide any proof.

          December 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
        • howudothat

          A majority of American's do not believe or even agree with you or him

          December 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          As in knowing what "Duck Dynasty" is at all.

          December 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • torah4today

      You are absolutely right. All of these organizations have been corrupted in some way. They each may hold some portion of truth, but it has been mixed with the error of traditions of men.

      Try this: read scripture, pray for understanding with a sincere heart, wait to see what happens...

      December 22, 2013 at 11:56 am |
      • Doris

        From the posts on this blog from those claiming to be a "sect of one", it is likely the most dangerous of all.

        December 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
        • torah4today

          if you are referring to my comment, I am making no recommendation to become a sect of one. I am merely replying to your question about "which one" of the denominations. my answer is "none", because people need to stop looking for answers from organizations that are run by man, and start a relationship directly with your Creator. if a denomination has any part of it, it's simply to introduce you to Scripture and then get out of the way. you don't hear many pastors or priests telling you to take that approach, do you?

          I am part of a home fellowship of about 20, meet annually for feast of Tabernacles with ~300, and know of many other locations totaling 1000's – far from a sect of one! All with no central authority telling us what to believe!

          December 24, 2013 at 9:41 am |
    • Opposing View

      Doris… I won't even address the rest of that nonsense you said at the moment…

      but I don't know who told you that lie that there are more than 40,000 sects of Christianity in the world. That is one of the biggest lies ever told. There are only 6 billion people upon the planet. And when you start breaking that down into adults vs children, believers vs unbelievers, then separating out the large swatches of people who are exclusively in certain large faiths like Catholics and Islam – both of which has nearly a billion, if not more than a billion, followers each. Once you've done that, there is hardly any room for 40,000 different sects in the remainder. So what you said is one of the biggest lies ever told, and I have no idea where you even got it from. As proof, I bet you couldn't even show me a list containing only 1000 different sects of Christianity, let alone 40,000. Prove me wrong…

      December 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
      • Doris

        Proofs are for mathematics. Do a little more research there, OV.

        December 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
        • Opposing View

          Just what I thought, you have no proof. But thanks for letting me know...

          December 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
        • Doris

          Not that any of this should detract from my message, I would say do the research yourself if you're so interested in exact numbers. Here is a starting point supporting a statement that there are approximately 41,000 Christian sects:

          Appendix B: Methodology for Estimating Christian Movements, "Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World's Christian Population", The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, December 19, 2011. "The figures on Christian movements in this report were commissioned by the Pew Forum from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. CSGC researchers generated their estimates based in large part on figures provided by Christian denominations and organizations around the world. CSGC has obtained denominational membership information from about 41,000 organizations worldwide."

          If you've got time on your hands – do the research and prove me wrong.

          December 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
        • Opposing View

          Stop wasting my time and evading the issue and provide me with either a list yourself, or a direct link to such a list. Otherwise you are a liar. I'm not interested in people's "claims" there are 40,000 sects. I'm only interested in them proving it. If you have no such proof, then admit it and move on... As I stated, if you can provide me with a genuine list of just 1000 different "Christian" sects, then I'd be happy with that. But I have my doubts you could provide even that, let alone 40,000...

          December 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
        • Opposing View

          Doris… Mayhap you are also confused. You mentioned "41,000 organizations" in your post. An "organization" is NOT a "sect". What distinguishes "sects" is differences of belief. Every sect has a different belief from all other sects. For example, the Catholics is sect, the Baptist is a sect, the Methodist is a sect,, Jehovah Witness is a sect. They all believe in God, yes (hence, Christianity) but what distinguishes them from all other churches and sects are differences in religious doctrine and teaching. And that is exactly what you stated in your first post. You stated there are "40.000 sects of Christianity". My contention is that's a lie. If you were talking about "organizations" instead, then every one of those 41,000 organizations could actually all belong to the very same sect, could all have the same basic religious belief. And I do not doubt that there are perhaps 41,000 different religious "organizations" in the world, organizations as in "companies". Organizations, yes – that is quite likely. But sects – No. You'd be hard pressed to show me a list of even a 1000 different sects…

          December 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
      • igaftr

        You really must be a poe, since no one can be this ignorant.

        Do a simple google search "how many versions of christianity are there?" and you will get MANY results all saying 40,000 versions, different interpretations of "gods word".

        December 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
        • Opposing View

          I said provide me with a "list", fool. Any moron can SAY there are 40,000 different sects. But proving it is another matter altogether...

          December 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
        • igaftr

          Do your own research. I already told you how to accomplish it...failure to do so would just be you continuing your willful ignorance.

          December 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
        • Beth

          Opposing View is just stupid. That is all there is to it.

          December 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
      • opinion5

        There are 64 different churches within the Pentecostal movement alone. There at least that many in the under the Lutheran umbrella. I think you probably need to do some research and reflection before dismissing the 40,000 as "lie"

        December 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
        • Opposing View

          And I think you need to learn the difference between a "church" and a "sect" moron...

          December 29, 2013 at 2:58 am |
        • HotAirAce

          Sects, churches, offshoots, hard liners, pick your favorite word, they're all cults with silly and often dangerous beliefs.

          December 29, 2013 at 4:15 am |
      • Opposing View Needs Help

        http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/denominations/comparison_charts.htm

        December 29, 2013 at 4:26 am |
    • Nick

      Doris, apparently you have never attended a SBC church enough to understand what they believe and why they beliene it.

      December 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
      • Doris

        Nonsense. I come right out of that very environment. Although I did join a Baptist church years ago that broke away from the SBC over issues dealing with guess what? Women!

        December 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
    • Tyler Durden

      Doris, calm down. Millions of innocent men, women, and children, BEFORE the introduction of Christianity, have ALSO been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned. As an atheist, I'd have more respect for your argument if you applied it to all religions and not single out Christianity. And if you want to focus on casualties, you shouldn't leave out the devastating events that did not involve Christianity or any other religion: NKVD prisoner massacres, Massacres of Poles in Volhynia, Wola massacre, Manila massacre, Bodo League massacre, Nanking Massacre, Jeju massacre, Soviet famine of 1932–1933, to name a few.

      December 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
      • Cpt. Obvious

        You seem to miss Doris's point, Tyler. That christianity cannot find a way to be self-consistent and one might be considered a "christian" and believe and behave in any way at all. All they need do is find a way to justify their beliefs or behavior in accordance with untestable and unverifiable "interpretation" of biblical scripture.

        December 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • Doris

        I understand, Tyler. I was addressing the question the article asks. Many of us in the U.S. have grown up with mostly repression from the very vocal extremist Christians present here. But I certainly understand your point, and as a highly agnostic atheist, I am ready to call out on anyone passing judgment on others where the basis of their judgment comes from any religion.

        December 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  12. mrbillyboy

    The Bible says two men ought not lay together ~ Karl Childers

    December 22, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Didn't he also say, "But I don't reckon He'll send you to Hades for it.."

      December 22, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magic Underwear

      The Bible says it's okay to ra-pe women, commit genocide, and own slaves. Oh, but you can't wear clothes made from mixed fibres.

      December 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
    • mb2010a

      Yet Jesus slept with 12 men on a regular basis...

      December 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
  13. Marc

    Robertson got it right. The Biblical verse is as clear as day.

    December 22, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • Opposing View

      Amen to that...

      December 22, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • igaftr

      yes...except that no one follows the rest of those same books in the bible. Cherry picking the bible to justify bigotry shows you have learned nothing from the bible.

      December 22, 2013 at 11:44 am |
      • rl

        Amen, to that.

        December 22, 2013 at 11:49 am |
  14. Clyde

    This is all just a hoot! These idiots that study scripture might as well study passages from Grimms Fairy Tales.

    December 22, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Yup! The only difference is the authors' names.

      December 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
    • mb2010a

      Amen to that...

      December 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  15. woody

    It seems today everyone gets the Bible and Jesus wrong . First of all the Bible was written and compiled by people and not God ! Also Jesus if he was was not a white man as he was born on the continent of Asia at Asia minor and would have been a man of color and not a white European ! Also God can not be a he as a spirit does not have the parts to be a he or she !

    December 22, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • QE2

      To those who actually read and study the Bible, 2 Peter 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

      So if you are correct that you think the Bible was compiled by men which were compiled by apes "according to flawed science" the Bible is all false, but since you are not but a mortal man or woman, I would rather side with the Word of God which does not lie which it states. It is the Word of God, not of man.

      December 22, 2013 at 11:46 am |
      • tallulah13

        So the bible says that it's the word of god. And you fell for that?

        December 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
      • mb2010a

        BS...the whole bible is the word of man to control man. Even god, if he exists, would not believe in the bible...

        December 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
      • Attack of the 50 Foot Magic Underwear

        @ QE 2 – what about the word of God in Leviticus? You know – the part about bats being birds, and rabbits chewing their cud? Why did god get that wrong? Didn't he create bats and rabbits?

        December 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
  16. Mr Butch

    Well done Daniel. Supporting you and sending positive thoughts and juju your way. Religious literacy continues to be a challenge for many who chose not to get educated about it. Mr Butch

    December 22, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  17. robCM

    He has a right to say it and A&E has a right to cancel who ever might tarnish their image.

    December 22, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  18. spiris333

    You'll find that many people emulate the ideology of Phil Robertson and his approach to gayness. We have a closet president who has pushed his agenda down America's throats, on many fronts, and a wave of upheaval is festering, and real change will happen in November, in spite of the liberals trying to control it.

    December 22, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • midwest rail

      Delusional nonsense.

      December 22, 2013 at 10:58 am |
      • Opposing View

        Believing that others are delusional is also a delusion...

        December 22, 2013 at 11:15 am |
        • Attack of the 50 Foot Magic Underwear

          OV, are you seven years old?

          December 22, 2013 at 11:16 am |
        • sam stone

          you would know, OV

          December 22, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • sam stone

      all presidents shove their agendas down the throats of americans.

      gay marriage is coming, no matter who is having a hissy fit about it

      if it annoys the religious folk, too bad

      December 22, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  19. Leslie

    gAy&E will find a way to make this work out in the end. There's a lot of money at stake.

    December 22, 2013 at 10:54 am |
  20. Geo Bruno

    Wasn't JC's main concern taking care of the least of us?

    It sure wasn't the gays.

    December 22, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magic Underwear

      And you know this how?

      Let me ask you a question: do you believe that people choose to be gay, or are they born that way?

      December 22, 2013 at 11:09 am |
      • Wasnt Mee

        I can answer that I think. My nephew was born a beautiful boy. He had a "manly man" for a father. The boy played with dolls and liked pretty dresses much to the chagrin of his dad who tried everything he could to change him. As the boy grew older, woman and girls flocked to him but he had no interest. He was born "gay".

        I hired a young man who was "soft" probably but a hard worker. He was dating a young woman who dumped him. I had a larger than most gay customers due to a bar next door. He began sitting and hanging with them. I think he "chose" his being "gay" because that was were he was welcomed.

        Either way, it's none on my business where/what they enjoyed as long as they worked and acted responsibly.

        December 22, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Damon

      Weren't the "lease of us" supposed to mean the poor the Weak the people that had the "least" power in the society at that time?

      December 22, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • tallulah13

      As far as I can tell, christianity has very little to do with Jesus Christ, except to steal his name.

      December 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
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