December 21, 2013
Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong? (Daniel Burke, 12/20/13, CNN Belief Blog)
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 21, 2013 10:19 AMHere'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 fledging Christian community in Corinth, Greece.Here's what Paul's passage says, as translated 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."