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July 9th, 2010
09:13 AM ET

Spiritual Safari: The Gospel According to Kenyan Cabbies

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

If you want to tap into the religious spirit of a country, you can go to its churches and mosques and listen to the words of its preachers and imams. But the lived religion of a nation is just as accessible on the streets.

On my recent visit to Kenya, I saw lions and leopards lazing in the Samburu National Reserve and hyenas chomping on flamingo bones at Lake Nakuru, but my spiritual safari was equally intriguing. While touring through the highlands north of the capital city of Nairobi I saw religious fervor on hand-painted street signs ("El Shadai Dressmaker" and "Bismillah Butchery") and the ubiquitous minivan taxis known as matatus (nearly as deadly, I might add, as the crocodile).

Thanks to the rapid growth of the spirit-filled Christian style known as Pentecostalism, Christianity is running wild in Africa, expanding from 9 million to 355 million souls over the course of the twentieth century, and Kenya is no exception.

Here hand-painted signs in even tiny towns announce a half dozen options for Sunday morning worship services—from old stalwarts such as the A.C.K. (Anglican Church of Kenya) and the P.C.E.A. (Presbyterian Church of East Africa) to tin shack upstarts such as the “Maximum Miracle Centre” and the “Shekinah Power Camp; Love Church.”

My favorite was “Jesus Winner Ministry,” outside of Nanyuki in the Kenya Highlands, a micro-church packed on a Sunday morning with Kenyans singing praise songs and literally shaking the makeshift roof.

What really struck me, however, were the religious proclamations that bounced up and down the bumpy roads of Kenya, following me everywhere. In a country where it is not unusual for citizens to walk for miles to pick up or deliver a jug of milk, modes of transport are dear, and many come (like boats in America) with names or mottos. I saw trucks proclaiming “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great”) and “Rastas Never Die.” 

But the overwhelming majority of these missionaries in motion were preaching the resurrected Christ. Images of Jesus (almost always white) were inescapable. I saw trucks called “Soul Winner,” motorcycles affirming “In God We Trust,” and a bicycle splash guard that said “Obey God.” Matatus, the minivan cabs speeding everywhere in Kenya, were the favorite palette for proclaiming the gospel. One was called "Rapture." Others were named “God’s Chariot,” “Witness,” and “Christitude.”

The Kikuyu people of Kenya, the country’s largest tribe, refer to Mount Kenya as “Where God Lives.” That may be. But God lives too in the rush of wheels across sand and stone.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Christianity

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  1. The Truth

    Testing, Please Ignore:

    *******CatholicMom: Yes, if you want to be a priest ‘from scratch’ as you say…the discipline of celibacy is for you. If you are single [man or woman] and do not plan a vocation as a ‘religious’ and do not plan to marry [Sacrament of Matrimony] then the discipline of celibacy is for you.*****

    Fair enough. I just wanted to say it like it is. The CC are masters of overcomplicating things in an effort to confuse the faithful. It gives them and the faithful more ways to "justify" things.

    Regarding celibacy for the two groups above, it just clearly does not work. I posted the stats and they show that priests and nuns don't stick to this because it is unreasonable in this day and age. I don't think any less of a priest or nun who has consensual s-ex... in fact I think they are "normal." With regard to those not getting Holy Orders, preaching celibacy is once again a pipe dream. This is precisely why more than 3/4 of all women getting abortions have religious affiliations and why the Bible Belt has by far the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the country. It does not work. The CC is CAUSING abortions, is CAUSING S-TD's, is CAUSING HI-V/AI-DS, etc, etc, etc by not properly educating their flock about safe se-xual practices because they are too busy preaching abstinence and threatening hell for these sinners. Do you know how many people the Pope has murdered by saying that condoms don't protect against S-TD's/HI-V?

    *******There are no protestant priests that I know of but if a married minister of a protestant ecclesial community becomes Catholic and he wishes to become a religious, each circ-umstance is taken by the Church on an individual basis. Most married priests come from the Anglican Church, that I know of.******

    This depends on how you define Protestants. Anglicans, Lutherans, Episcopalians, etc can all be placed under that heading. As can you separate out Anglicans out as their own separate ent-ity. But another case of semantics as we are on the same page. 😉

    *********There are no games played as you state. We take our faith very seriously.**********

    I'm not saying that you don't take your faith seriously. What I'm saying is that they go out of their way to confuse the flock.

    For instance, I got up and felt like I needed some infrared radiation help this morning. So I decided to plug in my radiation device to an electrical outlet that was capable of handling the voltage necessary to operate it. It uses a nichrome wire that is wrapped around a mica sheet back and forth and back and forth. The nichrome alloy is important because is will not oxidize under the heat from the radiation. So I decide to get started by depressing the mechanism that triggers the radiation to begin. Once depressed, a metal tab on the mechanism connects with an electromagnet to keep the mechanism lowered while the radiation begins. The power runs into a circuit board comprised of transistors, resistors and capacitors. After setting the length of time that I want the radiation to continue, a timer then releases the electromagnet and the radiation ends.

    Interesting stuff huh?

    In case you were interested, I just described to you how a common kitchen toaster works.

    That is what the CC are masters of doing. They so over-complicate things that it is amazing. You referring to the "discipline" vs "doctrine" above is an example of this.

    Do I need to know all of that information to simply toast a piece of bread? No. I walk in, put a slice of bread in, push the button down and wait for it to pop up. Both the simple explanation and the complex one lead to the same result.

    Keep in mind, back in the day of Jesus, people weren't educated like they are today. A child in grade school today probably knows more about the earth and our universe than the vast majority of adults back in Jesus' time. That is PRECISELY why Jesus spoke in parables. Jesus needed things to be simple so that EVERYONE could understand.

    Now with that said, what percentage of Catholics understand the Catholic "rules" with 100% accuracy? I'd guess it is way less than 1%. Heck, even most of the priests don't know all of it 100%. You are obviously well versed in it and yet if the Pope gave you a quiz on all of it, you couldn't pass 100%. Do you not see an issue with this? Why are they making it so ridiculously complex that the average person can't grasp all of it? Is that really even remotely similar to what Jesus did?

    You had mentioned Mary earlier. What was perhaps the original feast day for her was called, "Memory of Mary, Mother of God." That's fine... everyone can pretty much understand that... I think we'll agree. Let's look at some of her current feasts in the CC:

    Our Lady of Prompt Succor

    Mediatrix of all Graces

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    Our Lady of Walsingham

    Our Lady of Knock

    And so on and so forth. What percentage of Catholics do you think would even know what all of those are? It would be a miniscule percentage. What percentage of Catholics even know what country Walsingham is in? What percentage of Catholics know what "Knock" is? What percentage of Catholics know what country Mount Carmel is in? What percentage of Catholics know what the word "Perpetual" means? Many adults will know this, but many will not. The vast majority of children would not know. What percentage of Catholics would know what "Succor" means? Hardly anyone. Instead of them saying, "Our Lady Who Gives Quick Help in Time of Distress" they go with something that confuses the faithful.... they do this ON PURPOSE. Why? Because it gives them more control over you and the flock.

    And Mediatrix? I mean really? Does she come armed with whips and chains and is clad in black leather as the Mediatrix? LOL (This is not be confused with her being the "Co-Redemptrix.")

    The CC could make this all really easy for EVERYONE to understand, but they INTENTIONALLY do not. The reason for this is because they want it to be as confusing as possible so that you NEED the Church to explain it. If they made it simplified, then people could do it on their own and not need the church which means less money in the basket for them. They are using their faithful for THEIR benefit.

    *******Those who break their vows, whether vows taken in the Sacrament of Holy Orders or the Sacrament of Matrimony are serious matters. Learning to stay away from temptation [which is from satan] is a smart move. All people make decisions every day….hopefully all choose wisely and stay away from sin.*********

    I agree with the gist. However, not all temptation is "bad."

    ********If one chooses unwisely, Jesus Christ knowing how man is not to be trusted, inst!tuted the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation. ‘ Luke 5:32 I came not to call the just, but sinners to penance.’**********

    Yes, and he SPECIFICALLY tells us to pray alone in our room as to not be a hypocrite in public. Jesus' words, not mine.

    Regarding "choosing" wisely, it reminds me of the scene in The Last Crusade where they have to pick the cup of Christ. One guy picks a beautiful gold chalice and bites the dust while Indy realizes that the cup of carpenter would be a simple wooden cup, not something of extrava-gance. While of course this is just a movie, some wisdom is to be found here. The CC is loaded with gold chalices, etc while the hungry stay hungry. The example of the million dollar wooden chair is a prime example of this.

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    ********So, if you know about the Church that Jesus Christ founded, and know about His Sacraments…you know how great His love is for us.********

    I do know about it. It was one of simplicity, not complex jargon. It was one of unconditional love, not discrimination. It was one of giving, not hoarding. It was one of loving children, not ra-ping them.

    *******‘John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and keep them not, I do not judge him: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world’. ‘John 3:16 For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting’. ******

    There is really no need to quote the Bible. Why? Because for everything you can quote, I can quote back equally. If you'd like me to quote how it is impossible for Jesus to have been born, I can do that. If you want me to quote all the spots where God unambiguously commands you to kill, I can do that. If you want me to quote you how Jesus says to pray in your room alone, not in church, I can do that. If you want me to quote how God forgot the order of creation, I can do that. Etc, etc, etc. The fact is that all believers cherry pick out parts of the Bible and blatantly ignore others.

    The point of the Bible is to get the overriding gist and theme of it. That is to love your neighbor as yourself, live in peace, treat your fellow man with respect, etc. This has not only to do with the cherry picking just mentioned, but also due to the massive amount of info that is lost in translation over the centuries.

    *******Satan would love to tear down Jesus Christ’s Church because then we would not have access to the many graces God bestows upon us through His Church. He knows he must knock down our main defense if he is to win us over; the Catholic Church is our defense and satan is working over-time to expose the wickedness of the sinners who use the Church for wrong purposes*********

    So why are you funding satan instead of rebelling back against him? What if Satan is the Pope? If I were Satan, that's what I would do. And no matter how much you say otherwise, there is no way to say that the Pope isn't Satan because no one knows for sure. Yet it is possible.

    ******and thank God for this, for scandals shall come but woe to the ones who bring it.*******

    "Thank God" for children being ra-ped??? Really?

    ******[Matthew 18:7] But satan will not destroy the Church although he may be able to tear down some priests and cause some people to leave the Church because they see the Church as the sinful ent!ty even though it is the people who are the sinners, not the House of God. Jesus Christ’s promise to the Apostles: ‘John 14:26 But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.’ The Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ, and His Sacraments are for those of us who are sinners…those who are sinless will not seek out these gifts. The Church is like a hospital for the sick! 'Mark 2:17…Jesus hearing this, saith to them: They that are well have no need of a physician, but they that are sick. For I came not to call the just, but sinners.' Knowing that commandments and disciplines are made for sinners, tells us that Jesus Christ cares about sinners. ‘1 Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for the just man, but for the unjust and disobedient, for the ungodly, and for sinners, for the wicked and defiled, for murderers of fathers, and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,…’ ‘Matthew 9:13 Go then and learn what this meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice. For I am not come to call the just, but sinners.’**************

    More quotes. More quotes. More quotes. Let me ask you the exact same question I asked Justina earlier (and I'm copying and pasting below, so please excuse the tone as it is not directed toward you). The quote I am referencing is Matthew 25 which is also provided below:

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    If you are such a good Christian, what are you doing here? Are there no homeless people you could be helping instead? Are there no hungry in your area?

    I watched Secret Millionaire tonight and there were two old ladies that were running a kitchen for the needy. They donated a massive percentage of their life to helping the hungry. Why aren't you doing that? I have no idea if those ladies were Christian or not, but regardless of whether they read the Qur'an, are atheist, etc they are still FAR more Christian than most of the Christians on these boards. To be a Christian means to act like Christ.... not to run around twisting the Bible to justify your lifestyle.

    Or on 60 Minutes tonight, they talked about the plethora of families that are homeless due solely to the economy that lost their houses. They are living in cars, without electricity, their children are going to bed hungry, etc. Why aren't you helping them? Do you have no room in your home? Is there no couch for them to sleep on?

    But hey, keep blogging because I'm sure God will appreciate you pretending to speak on God's behalf far more than you actually helping those who are truly in need.

    1) Do you or do you not have room on your couch for some homeless people, kids, families to sleep?

    2) Do you or do you not have poor and hungry people in your city that you could be helping instead of blogging here?

    3) Do you or do you not have some extra blankets and clothes that you don't use/wear that you could be out giving to people living outside in the cold who need them FAR more than you do?

    I think we both know the answers to those questions. You can sit there and claim to be a Christian all you want until you are blue in the face, but the realities are that actions speak louder than words and the only thing that's happening here is hypocrisy. If you were a true Christian, you'd be out "doing" instead of being here "talking."

    Those old ladies I was telling you about on Secret Millionaire were busy cooking for and feeding the needy.... they weren't sitting on CNN talking about what a good Christian they are. Yet some people don't have enough courage to look in the mirror and realize the truth.

    As for "telling ignorant atheists some truth" as a ministry, there are plenty of homeless atheists that you can "minister" to... get off of your high horse, take some extra food from your fridge, take some extra blankets you have in the garage and go out and give them to the homeless who are shivering in the cold at night while you, "the good Christian," are nice and cozy in your heated home in your nice warm bed.

    I'm sure Jesus would have left people hungry and out in the cold too.

    You claim to be a Christian. Being a Christian means being a follower of Christ. Being a follower of Christ means that you should try to emulate him.

    The facts are that YOU self-impose that label upon yourself. When I had that label on me, I realized that I was just being a hypocrite by having it. Thus, I dropped the ti-tle as there was no need for me to be a hypocrite. The difference is that your insecurity doesn't allow you that same level of self-honesty.

    What you are doing is akin to saying that you are president of the Beach Boys Fan Club (since they sing God Only Knows, they get to play the role of Christians) and then you say you hate the Beatles (who will represent atheists since Lennon said they were more popular than Jesus). Thus, you love the Beach Boys and hate the Beatles.... yet then you run around all day playing Hey Jude, Come Together, Here Comes the Sun, etc, etc, etc.

    The moral of the story: You can CLAIM to be whatever you want, but just because you claim it doesn't make it so. I claim to be 24 feet tall, but that doesn't make it true no matter how much I try to trick myself into believing it. So you can run around claiming you are a Christian all you want, but when you are leaving YOUR OWN SAVIOR hungry, cold and homeless, I'll say that you are a hypocrite.

    And you know what, I'll quote YOUR BIBLE and YOUR SAVIOR to prove it. From Matthew 25:

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    “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

    “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

    “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

    “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

    “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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    So what part of that are you unable to understand? Do the words of YOUR SAVIOR not matter? Are you so daft that you pretend to worship this man to get into Heaven and yet then turn around and ignore what he says and ignore how to get into Heaven? I guess so.

    In any event, when your day comes to face Jesus and he asks why you left him thirsty, hungry, unclothed, unsheltered, etc... I'd love to see the look on your face. You can't lie to him now and say you weren't aware because I am putting you on notice and since God is omniscient, he knows that I am doing this on his behalf.

    Good luck with trying to "justify" you way out of that one. I hope you are left handed as perhaps it will make the transition to the left a tiny bit easier for you.

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    So once again, the tone was not directed toward you, but the concept is the same. If we want to quote the Bible, then I ask why are you leaving your Savior cold, hungry and homeless? After all, Jesus himself says that will result in eternal punishment. Once again, his words, not mine.

    Peace!
    🙂

    March 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  2. lacunaecorridors

    Beautiful take on culture and religion

    August 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  3. SuzieStar

    @peace2all

    OK Mr. Peace2all: If you have the courgeor you're just here playing the flesh game in the World Federatio, I implore you to read these scriptures... if not go to Starbucks, have a cookie, wait for some other preacher to reach you, or wait for the Holy Spirit to get you. One of those three will happen. Obviously you are a seeker or you wouldn't be so vehemently in denial of the truth. If you have the guts to read these scriptures, if you want to extoll and expound your intellect, you can check em out. If not, I don't really care. But do not write me back until you read these scriptures:

    2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Timothy 3:16, Romans 10 (all vs), 2 Timothy 2:1, 2 Peter 1:20+21, 2 Peter 2:1, 1 John 1 (all vs), Gensis 1:1+2, Isaiah 14:vs 12 1st, then vs 11, read on to vs 21, then 24, Flip back to Gensis and read verse 3, Genesis 1:16+26 (notice the plurality here... the word "us". In verse 27 notice the singular tense of the word "is". You have to ask yourself what happened. In 2 Timothy 2:15, notice the words "rightly dividing"? 1 Corithians 1:10, if you've gotten this far

    How many past, perfect, future or absolute tensis can you count. You seem like a really happy guy since you wish to all. You have to ask yourself what happened if you have chosen to, notice the word "divisions" here? Now why are there314 denominations? The Bible is like a giant quantum phisics jigsaw puzzle, yes every piece fits. All God's word is true. How old are? When you had your first child did you throw him out on the track and expect him to run. No, I bet you helped baby him along, taking little steps, Thta's exactly what has been done in this book. It tell us, with scripture, exactly who we are, exactly where we're going and exactly where we have been. There have been 2 different dispensation of administratio... the Law administration, New Testament and the dispensation of the Grace administration. If you think Nostradamus was cool, or go for any of that psychic crap, understand that you are dealing with somebody and this is not their 1st rodeo. This person has been into everything, in intense study of everything from mediumship, Crowley, Weishaupt, Kaballa, extensive Buddhism, even some Koran-based crap. I was not a very nice person. And you know the more I aquired the more lacivious
    my cravings became. I hope you support our veterans. I choose to believe because I want to. I'm a Spirit believer. I don't crawl on the floor if I'm $6 overdrawn at bank, or if I scratch my Harley. Never the less, the scripture says that there be no divisions smoung us no private interpretation, so peace to you, yadda yadda yadda. And if you can spout a bunch of crap about your belief, then sure I have the right to spout Holy Scripture. Hope you made it this far. My posts are written because it brings me joy, so get over yourself.

    Getting back to 2 Timothy 2:15 and those puzzles pieces... You buy a jigsaw puzzle, every piece is the truth... it makes a picture just like words create a picture in evryone's mind, right? But what happens when people out of ignorance, or even worse, stupidity – and try to force the pieces into the wrong places? See where I am going here? You could pervert the picture, maladjust it, or even turn it into a false image. Unfortunately, that's what most people in this business are doing today. Why don't you YouTube "rightly dividing the word of truth" and see what a couple of thousand other people have to say? Have you ever bothered to read the Aramaic, Greek or Hebrew translations of this? Good Lord, it's quantum physics of the highest order.

    Truly, peace 2 you, N

    Your resident avenging scriptual Evangelist. Do not reply if if don't read read these scriptures carefully. I will pray for you, even if you don't want me to. And if you complete your mission I would absolutely be delighted to hear your comments. Good luck flying through the universe at 183,000 miles per hour, going nowhere, coming from monkeys, or Buddha, or whatever. With love, bye, N and don't forget... Have some coffee and a cookie, lighten up.

    p.s. Are you a friend of Bills, cause that's where I came from. Thank God the man who took me out of there, after 29 years of hanging around listening to man's tradition, taught me the word. Of course at that point I was seeking and there was no stopping me. By the way, I want you to really chew on this – truth always arouses indignation, doesn't it?

    July 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  4. SuzieStar

    I am a Born Again Believer. I was saved by uttering the only verse in the word (Bible) that can save you – Romans 10:9..."That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

    God takes us out of darkness and makes us children of light. But we must share the word and light with others. The sword is God's word and we are either standing for God's word or we are not standing at all. No one will see the light unless we step forward as a Believer and teach them. All Believers have the same things; it's just a matter if we speak the word of God or not. It's not about the world it's about the word and speaking it forth.

    God bless you all.

    July 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
    • peace2all

      @SuzieStar....... bible/words does not = any kind of reality.

      Please provide evidence of what you were saved from and why.....and .... Please do not spout more bible verses at me.

      Peace....

      July 19, 2010 at 2:50 am |
  5. lilladybug

    I'm Kenyan and proud of it. That's what makes us who we are. I believe that the peace in Kenya can be attributed to how religious everyone is, except for the past clashes but that was a rarity.. No matter who you believe in, we have a conscience and don't rebuke God in public.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
    • peace2all

      @lilladybug..........Glad to hear that you are Kenyan and proud of it. The rest of your posting is based on your belief which is not reality....

      I refer you to @Pavria's post above yours for reference for....'starters.'

      Peace...

      July 14, 2010 at 1:14 am |
  6. Pavria

    I lived many years in Kenya and yes indeed, you can and will read all kinds of slogans that reference God and religion. But the Kenyans, though religious, are hardly spiritual. Lying, cheating, stealing, and deceiving are the materials that make up the existing moral fiber in that country. For a country that is consistently ranked near 300 by Transparency International, one wonders what impact religion actually has on its followers. Compare this with the top 5 countries that are consistently ranked as the least corrupt by TI, and you will find that religion has no significant impact in the daily lives of people. The culture of poverty and the culture of ignorance go hand-in-hand. Christianity is still a foreign religion in Kenya, one that belongs to the white foreigner that comes with hand-outs and buy-outs. The majority of them have learned quite well over the years how to walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk of a "Christian," but have absolutey no understanding of the impact it truly can have on a person's inner life when taken seriously.

    July 13, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Pavria....great post....

      July 14, 2010 at 1:11 am |
  7. Dr.No

    The infection from the Dark Ages continues to spread like an unchecked cancer!

    July 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  8. Original Gene

    To Peace to all;
    My mistake, my bad choose of words. I meant to say; The bible is the word of God, the truth and it has everything to do with reality - but it obviously means nothing to you (Peace2all), "Realty", or to Leah.

    July 13, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  9. HeIsGod

    SomeoneElse – Hi, I just wanted to say that God doesn't look at the outward appearance of a human being. One can be the most educated person with a high IQ, but still be the most ignorant person. God sees the very heart of mankind and even if Africa doesn't have the education that many has, they can be the most educated spiritual people of God that can prophecy, discern the spirit, have visions, interpret dreams, heal the sick by the power of the Holy Spirit that works within them, and call things that are not as if they were and God brings it to pass, but most importantly, they can Love with a Love that the most high educated IQ people can not do. God isn’t interested in the outward appearance or who is the most educated person, He is interested that we know Him, not through religion, but through a RELATIONSHIP through His Son Jesus Christ. When Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary, many have been called, but few have been chosen. One can be the most amazing nicest person in the world, but if that person doesn’t have Christ, he/she is eternally lost.

    1 Corinthians 1:27 – But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

    July 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
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