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Survey: Minority of evangelical leaders say Bible requires tithing
April 7th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Survey: Minority of evangelical leaders say Bible requires tithing

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Thou shalt not be required to financially support your church - but you should anyway.

That’s the upshot of a new informal survey of evangelical leaders finding that less than half believe that the Bible requires church members to tithe, the practice of giving at least 10 percent of one’s income to the church.

The survey, conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) among its 100-member board of directors, found that 42% of evangelical leaders believe the Bible requires tithing, while 58% do not.

“The Old Testament called for multiple tithes, sort of combining government taxes with religious stewardship,” NAE President Leith Anderson said, reacting to the survey.

“Since there is such a strong evangelical tradition of tithing, I was a little surprised that a majority of our evangelical leaders say the tithe system of the Old Testament does not carry over to the New Testament or to us,” Anderson said in a statement.

The National Association of Evangelicals, the nation’s biggest evangelical umbrella organization, would not say how many of its 100 board members responded to the survey, which was conducted in February.

The board includes such influential figures as the heads of the Salvation Army, the Assemblies of God - a major Pentecostal denomination - and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

The injunction to tithe comes from the Old Testament, or what Jews call the Hebrew Bible, which tells of Abraham and others giving ten percent of war spoils, a harvest or other goods as offerings to God or religious leaders.

Dan Olson, a Purdue University sociology professor who has studied tithing, says the new survey doesn’t mean Christian leaders think those in the pews shouldn’t give.

“Most of those leaders would probably say, ‘you really ought to tithe, but the term ‘requires’ gets at a theological point,” he said.

“Most Christians would say the laws of the Old Testament are not what save you – you’re supposed to be giving out of a spirit of freedom, not because you’re bound to laws,” he said.

The National Association of Evangelicals’ survey found that 95% of evangelical leaders say they give at least 10% of their salaries to church.

A recent study by group that tracks church giving, called Empty Tomb, Inc., found that evangelicals on a whole give an average of 4% of their income to their church, though Olson suspects the average is much lower, around 1% or 2%.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Money & Faith

soundoff (674 Responses)
  1. Luis Wu

    I wouldn't squat to a church. If people are dumb enough to pay money to be indoctrinated and brainwashed, that's their right I guess, but personally, it's a HORRIBLE waste of money.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Luis Wu

      "give" squat that is... I might squat ON a church, lol.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Luis Wu
      "If people are dumb enough to pay money to be indoctrinated and brainwashed, that's their right"

      Do you pay for cable TV?
      What flashes on the idiot box is called "programming" for a reason.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Dobro

      @Doc Vestibule:

      At least cable TV is entertaining.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Luis Wu

      @Doc Vestibule, good point. But at least I get some good entertainment for my money (sometimes). But then I guess it's entertaining in a way going to church, you get to see a lot of idiots performing hilarious rituals and talking to invisible beings. That's pretty funny although it's also pretty pathetic.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Guy

      Nobody pays for cable TV to learn something (except for the History and Discovery channels, which are actually legit). You go to Church to (supposedly) learn something. The fact that it's basically adults paying to hear children's stories is what makes it so lulzy.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • dc

      God bless you, anyway, Luis Wu. I hope you are least thankful for the oxygen you breathe and the food you eat. You must be a very empty person to have no respect for God or His Word to us.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Luis Wu

      @dc – Sorry, I have no respect for ignorant myths and superst!tions. But go ahead and wallow in your fantasy world and have fun with your invisible friend.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • adamB

      the history channel isn't what I would call legit per se.... monster hunters and ancient aliens anyone?

      April 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Luis, indoctrinated, brainwashed. Why don't you admit that you are young, wet behind the ears, and aren't willing to join community until you mature and get a grip on why someone in your life called you on your behavior.

      Amen.

      April 9, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  2. DWTT

    Down with the Trinity

    A pretty pathetic board of convoluted ideologies/philosophies/theologies. Folks try to discuss so much that they don't actually understand while condemning others of doing the same, just like this poster right here.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  3. Matt

    Haters gonna hate.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • fishfry001

      I just know you're talking about religious zealots telling we heathens that we're going to hell if we don't believe in God, right? Talk about hate, threats, intimidation and indoctrination...!

      April 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      fishfry, many handles have been stolen by instigators posting ridiculous comments, causing chaos while hiding their true selves. I know my handle has been stolen and used for this purpose many time. If you go back to a previous article days later, some times you see the real person behind a handle confronting the impostor.

      Amen.

      April 9, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  4. Danimal

    I don't mean to be ignornat here, but can someone explain to me why churches aren't taxed like a business? I realize some churches are hurting and some do a lot of charity work. But those leaders who are raking it in and living high on the hog should pay something! Right?

    April 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Dave

      The church itself isn't taxed, but anyone who draws a salary from the church does have that income taxed as far as I know. So those guys who do get paid big salaries (that's another can of worms entirely) do pay taxes on them.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • A few things come to mind

      Not that any of them are correct:

      Our Ancestors Chose It To Be Like That

      Seperation of Church and State
      --
      BTW: Do you pay taxes on all the garage items you sell?

      April 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • LeeCMH

      There are complicated tax exemptions for preachers for both income and parsonage. Check Turbo Tax.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Abner

      Dave's right. The church is a non-profit. The minister is an employee (or worse an independent contractor and thus a higher tax rate). All ministers and church employess are subject to taxes, with the exception of Social Security tax from which a minister can opt out.

      April 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Danimal, the federal government does surveillance on wolves in sheep's clothing hiding behind Jesus. When they gather enough evidence to convict is when they yank them down from their pulpits. True Christians don't follow these rock star wannabees. Practicing Christians read Jesus' letter to all of us (the Bible). We attend churches that preach Jesus' truth and gather with like minded that love Jesus in community.

      Amen.

      April 9, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  5. Machos

    Pick up gambling if you feel like throwing your money away, at least there is a chance you will get something back that way

    April 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  6. Dave

    Typical. No matter what the specific topic, every comment board on an article that has anything to do with Christianity is filled with venom filled posts. The vitriolic hatred you all display certainly doesn't do anything to convince me that any one of you is superior or more intelligent than a believer. It doesn't take religion to make a person hateful and intolerant. The posts in here are clear evidence of that.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • LeeCMH

      There are plenty of venom laced posts to go around. Go to an article about gay marriage or islam and see out-right advocacy of murder by self-ascribed Christians. Go ahead, get your nails our of your pocket and start nailing yourself up.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • khaotik one

      madness doesnt require religion to be, just happens to make use of it if its available

      April 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Dave

      Ah, so because someone else behaves badly that excuse your behavior? Solid logic there.

      April 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • malbuff

      Well said.

      April 8, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Lee, Christians don't hate g-ay people.

      Lee, correction. Christians don't hate g-ay people. We care about your soul and where it goes after this life. You don't understand this concept, hence, your confusion. If Christians hated g-ay folks, you'd never hear a peep from them. You do, therefore, why don't you just few them as people who care about you even if you believe this is the only existence that you have and you don't believe there is the hereafter. Instead of bashing the Bible and the teachings of Jesus and having a disgust for Christians. Why don't you read about the hereafter in what Jesus promises. The only way you can do t his is to read the letter Jesus wrote ALL of us (the Bible). Comprehend what he teaches and apply His wisdom to your life. A great pastor that teaches the Bible, book by book, scripture by scripture is Pastor Murray and his son who is also a Pastor. They are at Sherpherd's Chapel, M-F, about 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also go to their website at shepherdschapel.com

      Amen.

      April 9, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  7. Kevin Wolf

    Hey guys, I see a little bit of angst directed towards churches here. Might I offer this blog as a different take on things?
    http://www.souljournersforchrist.com/blog
    After all the bickering and finger pointing, we still have to decide what to do with the man that died on the cross.
    Peace
    Kevin

    April 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • TheTruth72

      AMEN Kevin.

      Also check out http://fellowshipofthemartyrs.com

      Really good stuff there.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • TheTruth72

      Oops. Should be: http://www.fellowshipofthemartyrs.com

      April 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Luis Wu

      We don't do anything with him. He's dust in the ground if he ever even existed. Ignorant fairytales.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • ThereisnoGod

      Kevin,
      Can you prove that Jesus ever existed? Or that he was a God for that matter. I can go to skid row in downtown LA and find a dozen homeless men that say they are God.
      You religious people claim there is a God so where's your proof?

      April 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • khaotik one

      the fact that we still are talking about this is very good proof to begin with, as the things of man fade away things of god remain forever

      April 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • ThereisnoGod

      @khaotik one

      Well I am still waiting for the wheel to "fade away"...after all it was a "thing of men". BTW you do know that the bible was written by men and not by a fairy right?

      April 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • malbuff

      Kevin, until you realize that "man" is ALIVE TODAY and Lord of Heaven and Earth for all time, your well-intentioned suggestions are merely "grasping at the wind." I pray you will make your peace with Him today, brother.

      April 8, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • HeavenSent

      ThereisnoGod, if you opened your eyes, as well as your heart, not to mention your brain, you'd see as far as you can see, feel all that you can feel, intellectually know what God has created.

      Amen.

      April 9, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  8. scott

    Please continue asking your followers to give money. It's better than asking the taxpayers to fund and/or bailout the churches.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • LeeCMH

      Churches are already de-facto collectors of tax subsidies. All thigh (and offering) income is NOT taxed.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Artist

      Scott, AMEN couldnt agree more

      April 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Actually Scott, the government bailed out all the non-believers with their big egos, sins of greed, never taking responsibility for their actions.

      Thanks for the reminder of what refusing to learn what Jesus teaches does to people.

      Amen.

      April 9, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  9. LeeCMH

    Christianity is a for profit entertainment enterprise. Snake oil for the dim-witted.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • CSMinDC

      I proudly proclaim that, in your eyes, I am a dimwit.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • LeeCMH

      Love the Christian, hate the Christianity.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  10. doctore0

    Tax on stupid

    April 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  11. Mark

    "Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine."

    Proverbs 3:9

    April 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Jcork

      My mother honors the Lord every day with her (very little) "wealth" and yet her barn is not full of grain yet and there is no sign of any vat overflowing with wine in the near future.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • BruceLee

      AMEN!

      April 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • TheTruth72

      Honoring the Lord is basically doing His will. This would mean feeding the hungry, helping those in need, clothing the naked.

      Doing those things is more pleasing to the Lord than worrying about how much money you should give to a denomination so that you don't feel guilty, or so that they can use it for selfish gains.

      Christians need to look past denominations and get back to what really matters. Having a relationship with Jesus, spreading the word, and helping those in need.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Jeff

      Mark, has this been tested? Sounds like a can't miss investment if true.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Kevin Wolf

      To Jcork and others, giving to others and supporting churches that do good work IS a reward in itself. What do we have money for anyway. I mean, after our kids are fed, why not help others? Seems like a pretty good way to invest in things that matter.
      http://www.souljournersforchrist.com/blog
      peace

      April 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • A Matter of FAITH

      @Jcork. Maybe you should ask your mother why she does it... She may be able to pass some of her faith on to you.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      JCork, does this mean you don't lift a finger working on your mother's farm? I'm shaking my head.

      Amen.

      April 8, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  12. WeeMan

    I always thought of religion as the boogie man for adults, now this bully wants lunch money too? Anyone that will give someone that hears voices in their head 10% of their earnings needs their head checked. Take that 10% and educate yourselves.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Jcork

      AMEN!

      April 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Your choice WeeMan to go through life spiritually walking dead man, being a well without water, dry bones. Never to learn your heritage of why you are sucking up oxygen. Better get yourself a supply of oil to lube those creaky bones of yours. You're getting pretty crusty at your young age.

      Amen.

      April 8, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  13. Ron

    One who is faithful with little, shall be entrusted with much. I think 10% is a little test.
    Only by word – built faith can anyone pass that test, then trust God to meet his needs!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Soda Bob Curtis

      Good helps those that help themselves.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Soda Bob Curtis

      Sorry... GOD (not "good") helps those that help themselves. 🙂

      April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Donald L McDaniel

      I disagree, Ron.

      A father who would only meet the needs of the children who obeyed him perfectly would be the crassest of all human fathers.

      Our God and Savior is NOT such a father.

      As Jesus Himself put it, "Which man among you, whose son asked for a loaf of bread, would give him a bread-shaped piece of rock? Even so, your Father gives good gifts to those who ask Him."

      Jesus also said, "Ask Me, and I will give you what ever you need for life. Until now, you have not asked Me for anything; Ask me now, so that your joy may be made FULL and OVERFLOWING. Just ask in My Name and I WILL DO IT."

      Seems to me like Jesus is making no requirements, other than trusting Him at His Word that He will provide our needs and wants.

      That's this old man's take, anyhow.

      OldCelticHippy

      April 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Good post Donald. The only problem is, how can and of these folks on this blog ask our Heavenly Father for the promises He made if they've never read the Bible to find out what He's offered?

      Amen.

      April 8, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  14. Doc Vestibule

    It is hard to see how a man who has been given a mandate from on High to spread tidings of joy to all mankind can be seriously interested in taking up a collection to pay his salary; it causes one to suspect that the shaman is on the moral level of any other con man.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • KEVIN

      Most of the money collected by our church does NOT go to the pastors. Over $1.5 million of it went to local outreach programs, 400 kids a day are fed in Africa, employees of the church are paid (yes, churches provide jobs), single moms were provided with assistance, and families of ill bread winners were provided with assistance...

      The local church provides a lot more to the communities than most people realize... more than the government does...

      April 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • sassypants

      Thank You Kevin for pointing out what the ungodly self-centered heathen would know if they bothered to ever step foot in one and think beyond themselves.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Such charity work is laudable, no question.
      However – does your church prosthelytize while helping the less fortunate?

      April 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @sassypants
      Casting stones I see.
      You've no idea who I am or what I do.
      Why do you assume that I've never been to a church?
      Do you think that secular charities are somehow evil?

      April 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • safety girl

      @Kevin – you say "The local church provides a lot more to the communities than most people realize... more than the government does..."

      here's a hypothetical for you – if churches were made to pay taxes, perhaps the "government" would be able to provide those support services.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • A Believer in Faith

      Doc...What or who you are is pointless...your so called facts are in fact baseless and nothing more than a personal opinion. If you want the facts on what churches do with the money they receive why not actually look into it. Most are happy to PROVE to you where they charitable donations are going. Many are going to secular organizations that may one day be the very source of your basic physiological needs. Don't be so quick to bite the hand that one day may feed you. Of course, you'll have some hyped up, over sensitive comment to rebut what was just stated. In the end what really matters has nothing to do with this world. All that will matte is whether or not you simply asked Christ to be your personal savior. If I'm wrong what do I have to lose? But IF I'm right, man, would I hate to be on the losing end.

      April 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @A Believer in Faith
      Firstly, Pascal's wager is a dead end argument.
      I am a bit confused as to how exactly facts are in fact not facts?
      And I have looked into many charities, both religious and secular, and what they do with their money – how much goes to "administrative overhead" et al. and how much actually goes to the needy.
      I found no major difference between the two types of charities, so in the end I go with what I think is best.
      Personally, I prefer charities that have no ulterior motives, like prosthelytizing.
      The Red Cross gets my help every time. The Salvation Army, not so much since they try to "cure" hom.ose.xuals who come to them for food and shelter.
      And FYI – I'm Canadian and have a good social safety net, not contingent on churches, should I ever need it again.
      And just out of curiosity, does this reply qualify as "hyped up"?

      April 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • A Believer in Faith

      Let me simplify Doc.....your 'FACT' are in fact (stating a fact) are pointless (saying, you're facts are pointless, unfounded truth-opinions really). That's all. You didn't state a single viable fact. Does that help clear that up for ya? And no Doc, that wasn't "hyped" up. Why would it be? If it were you'd turn my "opinion" as to how you would respond into well, a fact. Just sayin.

      April 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • dendata

      Pastors / Elders at the Christian Organization of Jehovah Witnesses do not get paid for their work with the congregation or the community. They freely give of their time, resources and energy to study the bible. Also there is never a collection taken up at any of the services performed. all monies received, are given on a 100% voluntary basis and are used exclusively for the purposes of paying utilities. Bibles and other littérateur are offered for free but are not free to produce so some donations cover these cost as well.
      Rather than specifying an amount or a percentage, Paul merely suggested that "on the first day of every week, each one . . . should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income." (Italics ours; 1 Corinthians 16:2, NIV) By planning and reserving an amount on a regular basis, the Corinthians would not feel pressured into giving begrudgingly or on emotional impulse when Paul arrived. For each Christian, the decision of how much to give was to be a private matter, one that 'he had resolved in his own heart.'—2 Corinthians 9:5, 7.

      April 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Koseki

      Doc, if you could reason with religious people there wouldn't be any more religious people. You're better off trying to change the opinion of your desk.

      April 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Donald L McDaniel

      Doc, Jesus Himself told the Apostles when they were first sent out to take their begging bowls with them, and were NOT to charge for the Gospel's Presentation.

      Sadly, the entire Protestant Christian world has seemingly rejected His command that the Gospel is without price, and is to be freely given to all who would hear it. Until American Christianity ruled the world, Bibles were not very common. Since then, they are common as flies. Almost everyone has at least one in their home somewhere, whether on the coffee table or in storage in the attic. The sad part of that is most of them were copyrighted by some church group (or printing consortium), as if man can claim ownership to the Word of God. Such foolishness.

      Remember the First Commandment: "I am the LORD your God: you shall have no other gods dwelling in My Presence.
      Since Christ is now His Presence, and the Church is His Dwelling Place [or Temple], making a mokery of Him by making billions of dollars off the poor and needy is the greatest sin of this age.

      OldCelticHippy

      April 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      sassypants, I'm glad others see how self serving these young folks with no jobs on this blog are. Constantly putting down Christianity that helped raise them and they are too LAZY to pick up the Bible and read it so they can comprehend Jesus' wisdom and apply it to their lives.

      Amen.

      April 8, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  15. Jcork

    "The National Association of Evangelicals’ survey found that 95% of evangelical leaders say they give at least 10% of their salaries to church."

    Ahaha! That may be one of the funniest things I have ever read! You do realize they receive their pay from donations? So they accept donations from the congregation, keep 90% for beer (or should I say wine) and throw the other 10% right back into....wait for it...their own pockets!

    My mom donated a little over $300 to the church last year. She is proud of that. It disgusts me because I know for a fact she can't afford to be giving that much money away to the church when she can't afford internet.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Buster

      Should goverment workers not pay taxes, then?

      April 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • sassypants

      Well it shows how much you know. Some ministers don't even take a salary from their church. They live off of proceeds from books.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • civiloutside

      Actually, Buster, it has sometimes occurred to me tonwonder if a lot of overhead expenses could be saved if government employees were simply paid less, but weren't charged income tax.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  16. T3chsupport

    If you want to follow things from the OT, you'd better make sure you define which ones. Lot's of killing condoned in that book, including killing your neighbors and your own children.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Koseki

      Brb selling my daughter and buying slaves.

      April 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      T3, all of humanity is God's children. Was the child being stoned a 30-40 year old murderer or rapist that was being put to death for being a psychopath?

      Oh, didn't get that far in your thinking, did you?

      Amen.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  17. AccountNY

    Sonds to me like an excuse to not pay ones taxes

    April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • John Do

      I'll bet YOU willingly pay your fair share of taxes....sure.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • tffl

      John – there's a difference between willingly and happily...

      April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Koseki

      I willingly and happily pay my taxes because I know that it is necessary for society to function. This doesn't mean that I feel my tax dollars are spent as efficiently as they could be, but nonetheless taxes are needed and I do my part.

      Churches shouldn't be exempt. Just like any other business they produce and market a good, and they should have to pay taxes just like everyone else.

      April 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  18. cool_kid

    Also, I want to tell you something I know as fact. Mary did NOT! fool around!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • cool_kid

      Sorry, I mean't to say "did not fooleth around".

      April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Luis Wu

      Of course she did. She got knocked up and then told Joseph; "God did it". He fell for it. What a dope. He has to be the most gullable moron that ever lived.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • s2kMATTers

      YOU'RE AN IDIOT!!

      April 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Toshin

      the term fooleth, did not exist in old english, at least not as it does now. I think the word should be lieth or layeth... I get confuzzled on this myself, and we don't have a good old hebrew dictionary nor aramaic one, or I would have tried to rephrase it more to the way the bible was originally written (that is right catholics, the bible was never written in latin, just translated because it filled the most in language barriers and the greek translated most of the stuff for us over to it, and greek.

      April 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • HC3

      "In the quiet words of Virgin Mary: come again?" (Would I have been killed if i said that 1000 years ago?)

      April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Just another bunch of loosers with no jobs. No money. Just big mouths that spew babble.

      Amen.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:50 am |
    • Artist

      Mary was a low class wh ore /tramp who slept around behind her husbands back. He was quite stupid in buying her whole god did me one night and I am going to have his son story. The 3 wise men were actually former lovers (clients) she paid to show up to help sell her story more. Of course the Council of Nicea exc luded this book from the bible.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  19. jim

    RELIGION, THE NEXT BIGGEST RIPOFF AFTER CAR SALESMAN

    April 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Partha Mohanram

      Used Car Salesmen at least give you a car – overpriced lemon though it may be.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • GOD

      your right religion is not what i want, it is a relationship

      April 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Tom

      After??

      April 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • 1underpar

      Just because some religion is not genuine does not mean that God does not exists and expect you to have a relationship with Him.

      April 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      A bunch of young, wet behind the ears, know nothing, dry bones, spiritually dead typing on your computers, wells without water. No respect for what Christianity has done for you. Too busy bashing what you haven't a clue about, just what other non-believers told you ... because you are all jealous that you haven't even gotten a job to prove yourself to do anything in life yet.

      Amen.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  20. cool_kid

    Thanks God, I thought I was going to hell. This is a big relief.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.