I have been shocked and surprised to read in comments by Christians about the 50 Shades of Grey book and film that the Bible supports married couples doing whatever they want in the marriage bed – thus giving divine approval to BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism) between consenting spouses. Often cited is the KJV Bible version of Hebrews 13:4: "Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" - as though that verse supports such a notion.
Let's look more carefully at Hebrews 13:4 before letting that pass, for it has been the justification for all sorts of abuse and other perversion in the marriage bed over the centuries. Hebrews 13:4 is actually saying just the opposite of "husband and wife - do what you will in your sexual relationship". The Greek word "amiantos" actually means "undefiled in the sense of being kept pure" and most decidedly NOT in the sense of "do whatever sex act to each other that you both agree to". It is saying that the marriage bed is to be kept pure from defilement, not "given a license for defilement". Just because two married people agree to defile one another does not mean that it is biblical or in any way healthy.
BDSM, anal intercourse (sodomy) or anything else that damages the body is a gross defilement of the marriage bed and God's intent. Any proctologist or urologist will tell you that anal intercourse always causes damage to the body of the recipient. It goes against the natural design of the body and is a breeding ground for disease. more >>
WASHINGTON — A prominent evangelical leader who attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington Thursday believes President Barack Obama's speech championing religious freedom needs to be put into practice by his administration to end religious intolerance in the United States and abroad.
Obama's speech to the crowd of 3,600 that included the Dalai Lama focused on religious freedom and the need to combat evil actions carried out by militants in the name of religion across the world.
Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference who attended the prayer breakfast, told The Christian Post that he respects Obama's spiritual convictions, but nevertheless is a critic of the administration's actions that undermine religious freedom in the U.S. more >>
Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee's best-selling book, Four Blood Moons, is getting the "big-screen, live-action" treatment. A docu-drama based on the prophecy book, which suggests that certain lunar eclipses are tied to world events, is expected to be in theaters in March.
"Something is about to change," reads the ominous subtitle of Hagee's book, released in Oct. 8, 2013, a full year before a total lunar eclipse. more >>
Stephen Curry, the Christian Golden State Warriors point guard, recently spoke about how his faith has enabled him to release the new Curry One Under Armour signature shoe.
Curry, 26, used to have a deal with Nike but chose to connect with Under Armour so that he could blend his faith with his signature shoe. The Curry One is slated for a Feb. 13 release, and Curry has been promoting the sneaker with the tagline "charged by belief."
In a recent question and answer session for the Under Armour shoe, the Christian NBA All-Star with a jersey that is only being outsold by that of the NBA's Lebron James, spoke about the meaning of the tagline. more >>
An atheist man in California is making over $100,000 per year off of a Spanish Bible iPhone app that he created in an attempt to earn a little extra income to help him pay his rent every month.
Former Mormon-turned-atheist Trevor McKendrick was a guest on Alex Blumberg's "Start Up" podcast and explained how the Spanish Bible app that he created in 2012 has generated more income than he ever imagined.
However, the thousands of dollars a month that he and his family are benefiting from is causing him to have a moral dilemma because he's selling a book that he doesn't believe to be true. more >>
Researchers have deciphered the ancient Coptic text behind a 1,500-year-old manuscript called "The Gospel of the lots of Mary," which directly identifies her as the mother of Jesus Christ. Anne Marie Luijendijk, a professor of religion at Princeton University, said that the text could've been used to provide guidance or encouragement to people.
"When I began deciphering the manuscript and encountered the word 'Gospel' in the opening line, I expected to read a narrative about the life and death of Jesus as the canonical Gospels present, or a collection of sayings similar to the Gospel of Thomas (a non-canonical text)," Luijendijk said, according to LiveScience.
A translation of the opening of the text, which is being kept at Harvard University's Sackler Museum, reads: more >>