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Christianity Thomas on 13 Nov 2009 12:22 am

Have you noticed that Christians can make up any point of view and justify it in their minds with the Bible?

Have you noticed that Christians can make up any point of view and justify it in their minds with the Bible?

For example, one Christian can believe that homosexuals should be killed because the Bible says so. Others believe that homosexuals can be ministers because Jesus preaches love for everyone.

This hilarious interview with Carrie Prejean in Christianity Today offers an excellent example of the rationalization process:

Q+A: Carrie Prejean

Here is one of her quotes:

Does your Christian faith inform your views?

Absolutely. If you read the Bible, it seems like everybody is trying to argue with the truth. It’s in the Bible, and if you believe in the Bible you believe it’s the truth.

And then a few questions later she says this:

You wrote that you don’t regret getting breast implants. Have you ever wondered whether it might be incompatible with your Christian faith?

No, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with getting breast implants as a Christian. I think it’s a personal decision. I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn’t get breast implants.

And:

Some Christians have spoken out against women participating in beauty pageants. How would you respond to them?

I think you can be a Christian and compete in a pageant. I think you can be a Christian and be a model. It depends on how you act as that role, and if you remember who you are and you remember what you stand for and stay true to who you are, you can be in any job. Just don’t compromise what you believe in.

You don’t see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn’t get breast implants? You think you can be a Christian and be a model? Really? How about:

1 Timothy 2:9 – “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes”

Or perhaps:

Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

This is also interesting:

Proverbs 31:30 – “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

This article is clear: Christian women have obligation to dress modestly

But clearly something went wrong in the translation:

Interesting point:

Church Rejects Woman Who Decides to Obey God

Churches are instructed in the Bible to speak to a member who is openly and habitually doing something wrong, in an attempt to help them correct their behavior. When such persons refuse to correct their behavior, churches are required to break fellowship with them and remove them from membership (Matthew 18:15-17 and 1 Corinthians 5). The church that does not employ church discipline with a member who openly and defiantly acts in ways contrary to Biblical teaching is itself in disobedience to God.

Presumably Christianity Today is under the same mandate.

9 Responses to “Have you noticed that Christians can make up any point of view and justify it in their minds with the Bible?”

  1. on 13 Nov 2009 at 7:37 pm 1.Boz said …

    Egad Thomas is a atheist legalist! Define modest for us Thomas?

  2. on 14 Nov 2009 at 1:45 am 2.Jar said …

    The Bible never says you can’t make tapes, so that must be OK too.

    Former Miss California Carrie Prejean made 7 other sex tapes, dozens of nude pics – report

  3. on 14 Nov 2009 at 1:46 am 3.Jar said …

    The Bible never says you can’t make porn, so for Prejean that must be OK too.

    Former Miss California Carrie Prejean made 7 other sex tapes, dozens of nude pics – report

  4. on 14 Nov 2009 at 4:06 am 4.TheBob said …

    Why are we still talking about this woman?

  5. on 14 Nov 2009 at 9:02 am 5.Faithful one said …

    She is no Christian. She has never read the Bible.

    Eight tapes?

    But among you there must not be even a hint of sxual immorality – Ephesians 5:3.

    Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sxual immorality and debauchery – Romans 13:13.

    Flee from sxual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sxually sins against his own body. – 1 Corinthians 6:18.

    For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sxual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust. – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

  6. on 14 Nov 2009 at 1:44 pm 6.Barney said …

    “She is no Christian.”

    Who decides who’s a christian? Is there a committee that meets every so often?

    And when you say, “She is no Christian,” do you mean that as an insult or as praise?

  7. on 17 Nov 2009 at 12:00 am 7.Delphine said …

    There is also a quote that says your body is sacred and you should not cut it or mark it.

    Leviticus 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

    The following quote says god hates whores. I normally don’t judge women by ancient standards and I don’t think any porn star can be called a whore. However. Carrie clearly believes in ancient standards. God hates her. She should get out of Christianity as Yahweh does not want a whore in his house.

    Deuteronomy 23:18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

  8. on 20 Nov 2009 at 6:04 am 8.Anonymous said …

    You forgot that even though God is just, he also forgives. and I think its wrong to pick and choose on what you listen to in the bible. listen to the whole thing please. Jesus, also if you note, gave women lots of respect. In the bible God actually mentions a women in his genealogy. which was un heard of back then. In says in the bible for a man to take care of his wife and a women to respect her husband and children to respect their parents. but there are some ppl in the world who like to take everything into offense. Some people just cant except that women have equal rights and racism has been abolished. I, a christian girl, have accepted it. I dont get why the world wants to make their wrongs right by involving one line of the bible to make them feel better bout being inappropriate. how disgusting. But you know what, I love the Lord, and I know where I’m going. He’s fair and just and will forgive us of your sins. Thank God he does. I dont know what I would do…

  9. on 20 Nov 2009 at 5:19 pm 9.AntiRoss said …

    One thing to do is read more of that ridiculous book before making claims that aren’t accurate.
    It seems that very few Christians have actually read the bible.
    More seem to have read about it from a secondary source. Most seem to have been just told what to believe by a questionable source.

    On the subject of women, instead of just cherry picking one quote, why not check out the whole tree.
    Here’s a place to start – The Scripture Project:
    http://www.reasonproject.org/scripture_project/Annotations:women/

    Or for more fun, check out the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible:
    http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/women/long.html

    The next thing to do is to realize that you don’t need make believe beings to forgive your sins.

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