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January 21st, 2011
10:18 AM ET

Ricky Gervais says atheism shouldn't offend

Ricky Gervais tells CNN's Piers Morgan why he's an atheist, and why his jokes about God shouldn't offend believers.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • TV

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  1. Adie

    It is so sad that there are so many lost souls, you can tell a lost soul by their arrogance and contempt for those who believe, but what is even more sad is that as long as their mind is closed, they will never hear the truth, they will never know what real peace feels like, real "joy", not happiness that occurs through events, but a joyful heart.. They will never know what true compassion feels like, the kind that makes your heart melt for others and they will never feel that unbelievable feeling when God steps in with devine intervention to answer a problem to which you thought there was no way out! They will never know the relief that is felt through forgiveness given to those who have done wrong to them. They will never know the instant bond you feel with other Christians. This all happens through faith in God. Decide one day to change your mind and see how the other half live. Don't base your current judgements and beliefs on those who claim to be believers. With God it is the choice of a life filled with flavor, one that is filled with joy, peace, and compassion, deep loving relationships. There's so much more to say, but I'll end with this... If you think about it, it doesn't cost anything to become a believer, you have everything to gain.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • Daniel

      Hey, Adie. Look up 'sanctimonious' and 'supremacist' in the dictionary. I think this is why atheists need to constantly remind believers they are disagreed with, otherwise they get voluntary delusions of grandeur and are potentially dangerous at worst, annoying at best.

      February 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Krissy

      You are what is wrong with America.

      August 20, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • sd

      Adie – the cost is that you turn your back to the continual discovery of Truth in your life and those you influence.

      November 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • turinhere

      I am completely comfortable living and letting live those who chose to chase the invisible. I don't think my non-belief is any better than yoru belief...and there is infinitely more judgemental BS coming from religious people than atheists

      February 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  2. NwGldStndrd

    @Muneef

    way to hijack the comments, buddy!

    btw,
    religion is a man-made construct; enjoy!

    February 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Al-Anaam sura 06:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Say: Come, I will recite unto you that which your Lord hath forbidden to you: that ye ascribe no thing as partner unto Him and that ye do good to parents, and that ye slay not your children because of penury – We provide for you and for them – and that ye draw not nigh to lewd things whether open or concealed. And that ye slay not the life which Allah hath made sacred, save in the course of justice. This He hath command you, in order that ye may discern. (151) And approach not the wealth of the orphan save with that which is better, till he reach maturity. Give full measure and full weight, in justice. We task not any soul beyond its scope. And if ye give your word, do justice thereunto, even though it be (against) a kinsman; and fulfil the covenant of Allah. This He commandeth you that haply ye may remember. (152) And (He commandeth you, saying): This is My straight path, so follow it. Follow not other ways, lest ye be parted from His way. This hath He ordained for you, that ye may ward off (evil). (153).

    Al-Anaam sura 06:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Lo! As for those who sunder their religion and become schismatics, no concern at all hast thou with them. Their case will go to Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do. (159) Whoso bringeth a good deed will receive tenfold the like thereof, while whoso bringeth an ill-deed will be awarded but the like thereof; and they will not be wronged. (160) Say: Lo! As for me, my Lord hath guided me unto a straight path, a right religion, the community of Abraham, the upright, who was no idolater. (161) Say: Lo! my worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. (162) He hath no partner. This am I commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him). (163) Say: Shall I seek another than Allah for Lord, when He is Lord of all things? Each soul earneth only on its own account, nor doth any laden bear another's load. Then unto your Lord is your return and He will tell you that wherein ye differed. (164) He it is Who hath placed you as viceroys of the earth and hath exalted some of you in rank above others, that He may try you by (the test of) that which He hath given you. Lo! Thy Lord is swift in prosecution, and Lo! He verily is Forgiving, Merciful. (165).

    February 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • The One True Steve

      You are practicing TAQIYYA. There are no miracles in Islam.

      February 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  4. ryan

    Evolved DNA
    Technically if you get her to "submit" then that's not humility on her part, that's manipultaion of your's. I believe in free will. Sorry for the mumbo jumbo...i ramble, bad habit. I was explaining how most people see submission, vulnerability, weakness, etc. My fault for not clarifying.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  5. Nyarlathotep

    Muneef: Come bring your little jihad to my neighborhood and see what happens.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Muneef

      Nyarlathotep.

      Come where ? And which Jihad is that? And why to your neighborhood when you are already at ours!
      We can't see but at least hear what is happening day by day... Any way your friend there insulted my holy book and that is not correct at all and had to show my anger of the moment after all my feeling tells me very well that this guy will suffer a lot either his butts will rot or get cancer for the way he spoke of the words of God....so no jihad needed when there is a God witness and settles things there and then in life beside another terms of punshments saved for afterlife.... So Mr.Macho you can rest assured that no intentions to take over you other than our pens for history to know more about your deeds or wrong doings....

      February 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Muneef

      Nyarlathotep.

      This is my little jihad you wanted to know;

      Al-Maeda sura 05: 
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Allah made a covenant of old with the Children of Israel and We raised among them twelve Chieftains, and Allah said: Lo! I am with you. If ye establish worship and pay the poor-due, and believe in My messengers and support them, and lend unto Allah a kindly loan, surely I shall remit your sins, and surely I shall bring you into gardens underneath which rivers flow. Whoso among you disbelieveth after this will go astray from a plain road. (12) And because of their breaking their covenant, We have cursed them and made hard their hearts. They change words from their context and forget a part of that whereof they were admonished. Thou wilt not cease to discover treachery from all save a few of them. But bear with them and pardon them. Lo! Allah loveth the kindly. (13) And with those who say: "Lo! we are Christians," We made a covenant, but they forgot a part of that whereof they were admonished. Therefor We have stirred up enmity and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will inform them of their handiwork. (14) O People of the Scripture! Now hath Our messenger come unto you, expounding unto you much of that which ye used to hide in the Scripture, and forgiving much. Now hath come unto you light from Allah and plain Scripture, (15) Whereby Allah guideth him who seeketh His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He bringeth them out of darkness unto light by His decree, and guideth them unto a straight path. (16) They indeed have disbelieved who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say: Who then can do aught against Allah, if He had willed to destroy the Messiah son of Mary, and his mother and everyone on earth? Allah's is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. He createth what He will. And Allah is Able to do all things. (17) The Jews and Christians say: We are sons of Allah and His loved ones. Say: Why then doth He chastise you for your sins? Nay, ye are but mortals of His creating. He forgiveth whom He will, and chastiseth whom He will. Allah's is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, and unto Him is the journeying. (18) O People of the Scripture! Now hath Our messenger come unto you to make things plain unto you after an interval (of cessation) of the messengers, lest ye should say: There came not unto us a messenger of cheer nor any warner. Now hath a messenger of cheer and a warner come unto you. Allah is Able to do all things. (19)..

      Al-Maeda sura 05:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Lo! We did reveal the Torah, wherein is guidance and a light, by which the prophets who surrendered (unto Allah) judged the Jews, and the rabbis and the priests (judged) by such of Allah's Scripture as they were bidden to observe, and thereunto were they witnesses. So fear not mankind, but fear Me. And barter not My revelations for a little gain. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are disbelievers. (44) And We prescribed for them therein: The life for the life, and the eye for the eye, and the nose for the nose, and the ear for the ear, and the tooth for the tooth, and for wounds retaliation. But whoso forgoeth it (in the way of charity) it shall be expiation for him. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are wrong-doers. (45) And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, confirming that which was (revealed) before him in the Torah, and We bestowed on him the Gospel wherein is guidance and a light, confirming that which was (revealed) before it in the Torah – a guidance and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil). (46) Let the People of the Gospel judge by that which Allah hath revealed therein. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are evil-livers. (47) And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee. For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced-out way. Had Allah willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He hath given you (He hath made you as ye are). So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ. (48) So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires, but beware of them lest they seduce thee from some part of that which Allah hath revealed unto thee. And if they turn away, then know that Allah's Will is to smite them for some sin of theirs. Lo! many of mankind are evil-livers. (49) Is it a judgment of the time of (pagan) ignorance that they are seeking? Who is better than Allah for judgment to a people who have certainty (in their belief)? (50).

      Al-Maeda
      The Jews say: Allah's hand is fettered. Their hands are fettered and they are accursed for saying so. Nay, but both His hands are spread out wide in bounty. He bestoweth as He will. That which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord is certain to increase the contumacy and disbelief of many of them, and We have cast among them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection. As often as they light a fire for war, Allah extinguisheth it. Their effort is for corruption in the land, and Allah loveth not corrupters. (64) If only the People of the Scripture would believe and ward off (evil), surely We should remit their sins from them and surely We should bring them into Gardens of Delight. (65) If they had observed the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed unto them from their Lord, they would surely have been nourished from above them and from beneath their feet. Among them there are people who are moderate, but many of them are of evil conduct. (66) O Messenger! Make known that which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord, for if thou do it not, thou wilt not have conveyed His message. Allah will protect thee from mankind. Lo! Allah guideth not the disbelieving folk. (67) Say O People of the Scripture! Ye have naught (of guidance) till ye observe the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed unto you from your Lord. That which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) from thy Lord is certain to increase the contumacy and disbelief of many of them. But grieve not for the disbelieving folk. (68) Lo! those who believe, and those who are Jews, and Sabaeans, and Christians – Whosoever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doeth right – there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. (69).

      Al-Maeda sura 05:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers. (72) They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the third of three; when there is no God save the One God. If they desist not from so saying a painful doom will fall on those of them who disbelieve. (73) Will they not rather turn unto Allah and seek forgiveness of Him? For Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (74) The Messiah, son of Mary, was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat (earthly) food. See how We make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away! (75) Say: Serve ye in place of Allah that which possesseth for you neither hurt nor use? Allah it is Who is the Hearer, the Knower. (76).

      Al-Maeda sura 05:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      O ye who believe! Strong drink and games of chance and idols and divining arrows are only an infamy of Satan's handiwork. Leave it aside in order that ye may succeed. (90) Satan seeketh only to cast among you enmity and hatred by means of strong drink and games of chance, and to turn you from remembrance of Allah and from (His) worship. Will ye then have done? (91) Obey Allah and obey the messenger, and beware! But if ye turn away, then know that the duty of Our messenger is only plain conveyance (of the message). (92) There shall be no sin (imputed) unto those who believe and do good works for what they may have eaten (in the past). So be mindful for your duty (to Allah), and do good works; and again; be mindful your duty, and believe; and once again: be mindful your duty, and do right, Allah loveth the good. (93).

      Al-Anaam sura 06:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Lo! As for those who sunder their religion and become schismatics, no concern at all hast thou with them. Their case will go to Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do. (159) Whoso bringeth a good deed will receive tenfold the like thereof, while whoso bringeth an ill-deed will be awarded but the like thereof; and they will not be wronged. (160) Say: Lo! As for me, my Lord hath guided me unto a straight path, a right religion, the community of Abraham, the upright, who was no idolater. (161) Say: Lo! my worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. (162) He hath no partner. This am I commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him). (163) Say: Shall I seek another than Allah for Lord, when He is Lord of all things? Each soul earneth only on its own account, nor doth any laden bear another's load. Then unto your Lord is your return and He will tell you that wherein ye differed. (164) He it is Who hath placed you as viceroys of the earth and hath exalted some of you in rank above others, that He may try you by (the test of) that which He hath given you. Lo! Thy Lord is swift in prosecution, and Lo! He verily is Forgiving, Merciful. (165).

      February 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  6. Austin

    The Koran and the bible make great toilet paper

    February 7, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Muneef

      Soon those rising would come and make of your face a fancy toilet paper...just wait,see and hear....
      It is those like you wrong doers that the holy books speak of fighting and killing with out mercy...

      February 7, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • Muneef

      Suggest you try a wire brush for your needs rather than toilet paper....

      February 7, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • AstraNavigo

      Yo. What you said.....

      February 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • Nyarlathotep

      Austin: Given the thickness of both volumes, they're also useful as doorstops and stepping-stools. That way they serve some practical purpose.

      February 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  7. Muneef

    Al-Alaq sura 96:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth, (1) Createth man from a clot. (2) Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous, (3) Who teacheth by the pen, (4) Teacheth man that which he knew not. (5) Nay, but verily man is rebellious (6) That he thinketh himself independent! (7) Lo! unto thy Lord is the return. (8) Hast thou seen him who dissuadeth (9) A slave when he prayeth? (10) Hast thou seen if he relieth on the guidance (of Allah) (11) Or enjoineth piety? (12) Hast thou seen if he denieth (Allah's guidance) and is froward? (13) Is he then unaware that Allah seeth? (14) Nay, but if he cease not We will seize him by the forelock – (15) The lying, sinful forelock – (16) Then let him call upon his henchmen! (17) We will call the guards of hell. (18) Nay, Obey not thou him. But prostrate thyself, and draw near (unto Allah). (19).

    February 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  8. Muneef

    "The difference between the miracles of Allah and other supernatural [events] artifices is in the challenge these miracles presented to the strengths of the people to whom a particular messenger has sent. A true miracle defies all natural laws established by Allah, which could not be violated or suspended, except by His Will. The exact object of each Messenger’s miracle was a challenge to particular traits of each of the groups of people to whom they were sent. A miracle would be futile if it did not achieve its desired effect on its witnesses. For it to have full impact, it should relate to an area of knowledge in which its intended audience are well versed. For example, if the people for whom a Messenger has been sent excel in medicine, sorcery or philology, the miracle should also concern these fields. Only in this way can a miracle fulfil its purpose. This rule has been observed in all the divine miracles performed by the Messengers and Prophets of Allah. Divine miracles are not limited to challenges they present to the people before whom they occur, but are also designed to provide them with the capacity to perceive them as signs of His power over all things in the Universe." – Shaykh Muhammed M. Al-Sharawi

    Injustice And The Unjust by Shaykh Muhammad Mitwalli Al Sharawi 
    ‘The great calamity of this world is that we seek the help of wrongdoers and help them in spite of their injustice. Someone who seeks the help of wrongdoers fails to turn to Allah Almighty, who is able to sweep away any unjust ruler along with all the tyranny, force and power that he wields’.

    February 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • aiax

      Prometheus mad you out of clay and this is how you repay him?

      February 13, 2011 at 1:18 am |
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