Cafe, I didn’t say the daughter of the father was a child. She could be an adult too. Should that be allowed? My parameters for marriage are the parameters of the overwhelming proportion of humans that have ever lived…based on nature. It is the M/W pairing that brings about children and creates a family to descend down through the ages. Even if not every can or chooses not to, the same parameters are in place for them (you don’t have to fish even if you buy in the license). Recognition of other relationships is a civil union – you get the govt to protect your property rights, see your partner as your medical advocate, etc, i.e. laws created by people. The importance and establishment of family has been around for long before the USA and it is not even necessary to bring religion into it.
 September 30, 2016 at 5:38pm
it’s not a matter of simply choice, but what the choices are. Can a man marry his daughter? Can I marry my cat? (please say yes). Marriage is a definitive THING, composed of male/female. Other things ARE partnerships, but they are not marriage. And everybody ALREADY had the right to marry within the same parameters (to somebody not already married, of the opposite sex, of age of consent and did consent, not a family member). Actually, love is not even required for marriage.
 August 2, 2016 at 6:13pm
I would be satisfied if Pence did the job.
July 31, 2016 at 7:41pm
@ Lestweforget….yes, but still some will perish though God doesn’t want them to. We who died with him (in Baptism) now live as new creatures (Rom 6:4, and more). We need to be NEW creatures and then we are his children. Until then, we are his creation.
July 31, 2016 at 8:53am
Phamkl – where in the NT does it claim that all people are God’s people? I understand we are all God’s creation, but being His people requires accepting Jesus as savior. I know of the “peace to men of good will,” and “In Him, there is no Jew or Greek…” but note that is IN HIM. I hope you respond because I want to know what I’ve missed?
 July 20, 2016 at 7:58pm
Perfectly stated. Thank you, and thank you for your humility.
 July 20, 2016 at 7:56pm
WE didn’t make the rules. Those are God’s rules. It is not if you’re one of US, but a child of God’s. Not a creation of God, we all are, but a CHILD of God.
 July 14, 2016 at 12:08pm
Sorry you missed “the point,” which is that facts are facts and feelings don’t change them.
This actually sounds like a good management scenario to weed out crybabies. Just allow somebody to do something differently and see who gets agitated and who remains calm and focused.
July 4, 2016 at 8:17pm
They’re feeling the bern now!
 July 1, 2016 at 6:59pm
Jackson – there is no 12 week zygote. the zygote is the initial egg and sperm new creation. Once it nests, it’s a blastocyte. So it is a zygote for mere days.
 June 2, 2016 at 8:41pm
Bramwell – because Christians believe men and women are compatible and complete each other, not same sex attraction. It is the order as God made it. He may CERTAINLY live freely and authentically, but not as an authentic Christian. And if homosexuality is found in nature, what of it? There are plenty of abnormalities found in nature.
 June 2, 2016 at 8:37pm
I feel for his children. They’re so young. He should wait if he must go this route.
[-1] May 24, 2016 at 6:43pm
all sins are forgiven, but have you accepted that from the One who forgave them? If not, it has the same result.
 May 23, 2016 at 8:34pm
Oakland – if it had continued I would have. But it was once, 25 years ago, and no repeat. I think I’m good.
 May 23, 2016 at 4:08pm
I agree that USUALLY we hear God’s voice in subtle or coincidental ways, but I know that ONE time 25 years ago I heard His voice. The message was perfectly in line with Scripture and I wasn’t talking to myself as it came out of left field and shut me up. Here’s the thing. A lot of times when we pray we aren’t in it 100%. We’re just distracted or whatever. For some reason, I was in the zone. I was praying and there was nothing else. I won’t tell you the message, but it was akin to me praying “1, 2, 3, 4, ….” and out of the blue comes “tangerine!” Something totally unexpected but absolutely an answer to my prayer and Scriptural. Maybe if we could get into the zone better we would actually hear Him more often.
Oakland - if it had continued I would have. But it was once, 25 years ago, and no repeat. I think I'm good.
I believe you simply had a short nap.
May 21, 2016 at 9:17pm
well,..it’s UCC, so there’s that.
May 17, 2016 at 9:07pm
everything you could want to research you can access on your keyboard.
May 17, 2016 at 6:45pm
How tiresome. The same old same old. I completely believe in God and Jesus as my savior….I’m Christian in every regard and I don’t care what he believes. Do people really pester him incessantly about this? I doubt it. As for the tired “think, don’t just believe what you were told as a child,” he thinks adults actually do this too? I’ve studied my faith. I can’t PROVE my faith but I have enough evidences for myself. I am NOT alone in this. It’s 2016….vast information is at our fingertips. I doubt many adults blindly accept in this era.