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Poll: 52 percent approve of God’s job performance
July 27th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

Poll: 52 percent approve of God’s job performance

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - If you think voters are in cranky mood over politics, a new poll suggests that some of the dissatisfaction may run deeper.

God’s job performance has trouble measuring up to many Americans' expectations, according to a poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm based in North Carolina.

Only 52 percent of Americans approve of God’s job performance, the survey found, though just 9 percent disapprove.

The polling question that prompted this curious response was, "If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its performance?"

"When asked to evaluate God on some of the issues it is responsible for, voters give God its best rating on creating the universe, 71-5," the polling report said. "They also approve of its handling of the animal kingdom 56-11, and even its handling of natural disasters 50-13."

Dino Grandoni cited the poll in a blog for the  Atlantic Wire:

On the bright side for the Almighty's re-election chances, God is still more popular than House Speaker John Boehner and both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, all of whom polled at 33 percent in the same poll.

(snip)

Believers or not, it seems ridiculous for the public to categorically grade God like this, until you realize that it's pollsters who asked the questions in the first place

Public Policy Polling used automated telephone interviews to survey 928 American voters from July 15 to 17. The voters were represented by a mix of liberal, moderate and conservative voters. The poll's margin of error  was +/-3.2%.

- CNN Writer

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  1. christian z

    IAs a Christian, am so relieved now that this poll put everything straight, even by a small margin, He is still in Control.

    I didn't know how to answer to some of those questions myself.

    I don't know what Christians would do without atheist that don't believe but spent most of their time trying to confuse of to make another person think differently of their own believes......"Thank you for caring"........

    July 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Kebos

      But God has only a 2% margin. With He (and it is a He, as we all know because only a man could screw things up so badly, am I right?) being so omnipotent and powerful, why just 2%? More validation that God is an underachiever. God's Mother and Father, I am sure, I very disappointed in what He has become.

      August 1, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  2. Muneef

    Islam or Christianity by Birth are Not Religions but rather a political Nationality & National Ident-i-ty !!

    Religion is not by Birth, Religion it is by Faith,therefore they are not as Equal or Alike.
     Kindly refer to following Quran verses ;

    --–
    "The blind and the seeing are not alike; (19) Nor are the depths of Darkness and the Light; (20) Nor are the (chilly) shade and the (genial) heat of the sun: (21) Nor are alike those that are living and those that are dead. Allah can make any that He wills to hear; but thou canst not make those to hear who are (buried) in graves. (22)".
    -----
    "These two kinds (of men) may be compared to the blind and deaf, and those who can see and hear well. Are they equal when compared? Will ye not then take heed? (24)".
    ----
    "Say: "Are the blind equal with those who see? Or the depths of darkness equal with Light?" (16)".
    ---–
    "Is one who worships devoutly during the hours of the night prostrating himself or standing (in adoration), who takes heed of the Hereafter, and who places his hope in the Mercy of his Lord― (like one who does not)? Say: "Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? It is those who are endued with understanding that receive admonition." (9)".
    ---
    "Not equal are the blind and those who (clearly) see: nor are (equal) those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, and those who do evil. Little do ye learn by admonition! (58)".
    --–

    Example; Late Amy Winhouse was Nationally known to be of family of Jew but she personally was not a Religious Practising Jew.... 
    Have came across termbe been used here to refer to people such as ;
    – He was A Christian Atheist....or was A Jew Atheist... 
    Or other way of identifying some one they say;
    – He was American White Christian Atheist.
    – He was American White Christian Muslim.

    Notice the use of nationalities given here;
    – The Country's Nationality.
    – The Race Color Nationality.
    – The by birth Community Religion Nationality..
    – The Actual or Converted to belief Nationality.

    There are other Nationality terms such as the Religious Sectarians and the Regional family  Area.
    -----

    From every Religion you will find those who are committed (A) and those who are counted on the Religion but are not religious nor they believe (B);
    Now we ought to find out who is generating the trouble ? Are they Group (A)or (B) from each By Birth Religion...!?

    July 31, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  3. __.__

    God is like an absent parent. That's like me abandoning my children when they are 2 months old and letting them fend for themselves. Why would anything or anybody create something just to watch it destroy itself? ...unless you're doing a experimental science project... God does not exist, and if it does, what a jerk!

    July 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Kebos

      Exactly. Good post!

      August 1, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • sarahsblessed

      I do apologize to you that you feel like this. I know for myself God is real and I've seen Him do amazing things with my own eyes. If you look around, God created the world just for you to enjoy.
      It is a tragedy when bad things happen but God is still Good. I do pray that one day you will find out just how good He is.
      He loves you and He really does care for you.

      August 3, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  4. FaithScent

    I'm the real FaithScent.

    July 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  5. FaithScent

    God screwed mankind because god is evil, but no one will screw me because I'm so fat and ugly.

    July 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • The Original

      The above FaithScent is a fake.

      August 1, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • The Original

      The above The Original is a fake. I'm the real The Original. No one screws me.

      August 1, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  6. Chris

    God is like an absent parent. That's like me abandoning my children when they are 2 months old and letting them fend for themselves. Why would anything or anybody create something just to watch it destroy itself? ...unless you're doing a experimental science project... God does not exist, and if it does, what a jerk!

    July 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  7. BT

    so we're tawkin' about this god fella again ?? since over the ages there have been literally 100's – 1000's of so-called gods. so in this case, are we to assume "this" godis the one that is refered in "The Bible" ? ya know the bible that was wriiten by a bunch of Goat Herders, and Cave Dwellers(a bunch of jewz, at that) so the adaptation (like the KJV) Christain Comic Book.?? GOOD !! cuz that's my forte.. I call him? "The Big Guy in the Sky" so here's the deal.. in this 6 1/2 min. vid. (about NOAH'S ARK, who by the way was 600 YEARS OLD when building it) Please pay special attention around the 33 second mark.. Way to Go, there GOD. > > > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CccaGaKOlSI&feature=related

    July 31, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • BT

      OOOPS the above link No Workie, this should get there ... > > > > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CccaGaKOlSI

      July 31, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  8. FaithScent

    Christianity alone spreaded by willing conversions amidst the heaviest, bloodiest persecutions, rescuing and liberating everyone on the path all over the world.

    July 31, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • Muneef

      Still is but this time with partners from every culture and faith....!

      July 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • @Muneef

      Religons don't provide salvation. Only the exclusive faith in Jesus and His atonement saves human souls. Everyone on earth needs the Gospel of Jesus, not the filthy, stupid, errorneous mash-up of religions. Muneef, what you can do is to read the Bible and work for the religious freedom in your land.

      August 1, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Muneef

      Well to who is covering his....behind my @screen name... I say I will the date you change your looks upon Jesus as the messenger and prophet of God but not as son or father... We do not want polytheists nor pagans to come to the land of Abraham the monotheist.... Any Christianity That we may stand for would be the above mentioned Christianity that admits to that and to the prophet of Islam as the last messenger and admit to the Quran being the word of God...it is sad that even Arab Christians brains were washed along the years and just worship what their fathers worship with out researching or in fear from their own extremes or just to keep the ident-i-ty of being from a Christian community...

      August 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  9. Muneef

    Islam or Christianity by Birth are Not Religions but rather a political Nationality & National Ident-i-ty !!

    July 31, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  10. me

    It's our job to make the world a better place, not God's.

    July 31, 2011 at 2:25 am |
    • FaithScent

      Mankind screwed the world so badly and so totally the planet is asking God to deal with mankind and get done with it. Read Romans chapter 8.

      July 31, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  11. NO

    NO!!!!

    July 31, 2011 at 12:35 am |
  12. BT

    Please go to this clean Link ... under the heading: "The World Hunger Problem: Facts, figures, and statistics" please go to the 2nd paragraph/line down, and then tell us about the approval of god's JOB PERFORMANCE. > > > http://library.thinkquest.org/C002291/high/present/stats.htm

    July 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • BT

      http://library.thinkquest.org/C002291/high/present/stats.htm

      July 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  13. Muneef

    Peace and Ramadan Kareem to all Muslim Brothers and Sisters...Inshallah fasting from Monday Dawn to SunSet...
    Just wonder in Christians or non Religious have tried fasting as Muslims do...am sure with time they will adopt it as a system for the health benefits it holds health and body...it is told it helps the body to discharge and burn out the poisonous chemicals from our bodies other than controlling weights... Some say they can not because of smoking other for water or food...but other than that is controlling anger or bad mood of the empty stomach, controlling one's tongue from hurting any one,to control eyes from staring at desire... Above all those to a Muslim he is to Maintain Prayers and Quran Reciting which of course beside it being a spiritual matter it is meant the body exercise by the up's and down's of prayers....as well as training of tongue & lungs by the Quran Recitation...these beside Tasbih "Praise of Glorify" helps to control one's breathing..

    So you see it is all good and challenging since only by those means can you gain control your desires... 

    July 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Muneef

      Control of Desire Quran verses same Verse in Arabic but in English check translation and God knows how many are other more...such as these things case confusion among non Arab Muslims and non Muslims..although all end to mean same thing but in different ways that caused it be misunderstood...then the fact of being translated in many languages in the same way...! This was just a standing example of the Quran although still alive existing and in one copy !?
      Then imagine what could have had happened to the Torah and or Gospel having passed through three dead languages,one after the other then from a classic language into modern language, in many different copies then into many languages.

      Read and Judge; 
      ----
      [79:40] As for the one who reverenced the majesty of his Lord, and enjoined the self from sinful lusts.
      [79:41] Paradise will be the abode.
      ---–
      But as for him who feared to stand before his Lord and restrained his soul from lust, (40) Lo! the Garden will be his home. (41)
      --–
      And as for him who dreaded standing before his Lord, and restrained his soul from lust, (40) Verily the Garden! -that shall be his resort. (41)
      ---
      And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower Desires, (40) Their Abode will be the Garden. (41).
      ----
      But as for him who feared standing before his Lord, and restrained himself from impure evil desires, and lusts. (40) Verily, Paradise will be his abode. (41).
      ----
      Whereas for the one who feared to stand before his Lord, and restrained his self from the (evil) desire, (40) The Paradise will be the abode. (41).
      ----

      July 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • AGuest9

      It was originally called "Lent" in the Catholic church, the 40 days leading up to Good Friday, the day recognized by the church as a memorial for Christ's death. Fasting has taken on less of a meaning over the years, as less fasting is done, and the abstinence from eating meat became a Friday-only tradition, not all 40 days.

      July 31, 2011 at 2:42 am |
  14. Name*adam

    Any ways pastors wife is hot she need AC

    July 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      Think you are at the wrong climate...!

      July 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  15. TheRationale

    If any sort of God exists, he most obviously doesn't care one bit for human existence. And even if he does, he's awful petty about it.

    July 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Sanity

      @TheR-, it's your fairy-tale personal opinion. You say things you say because you know nothing about God. God is not at all like you. Both the micro and the macro worlds are great, but God decided to mind humans. Read Psalm 8. Exactly what you are in error about are stated.

      July 31, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  16. pastafarian

    God is winning, at hide and go seek!

    July 30, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • HeavenSent

      God isn't hidden. He sends us fine gifts often, like tsunamis, tornadoes, plus cancers, typhoid, meningitis, pneumonia, and thousands of other awful diseases too numerous to mention.

      As for food, bet those kids in Somalia that did nothing to deserve their dire fate are thanking god now for all the food that god failed to give them.

      And then after humans suffer through a short life dealing with cr-ap like that, god will torture them in fire forever if they don't bow to him.

      I suppose that means god is quite the evil as-shole. Or he doesn't exist as the "personal loving god" that Christians claim. Take your pick.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • HeavenSent

      No herbert, by not reasoning you are avoiding the necessary conclusion that your god is either evil or does not exist. That's wishful thinking on your part, and it's plainly wrong.

      Restated, your omnipotent being has the power to not cause the described almost unspeakable horrors. Think hard about that word "omnipotent". The only conclusion there is that the god you follow has to be a very nasty being, or does not exist.

      July 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Furthermore, Somalian hunger aside, the diseases and natural disasters I describe would be the responsibility of your god if it existed, since it is all-powerful and thus all-responsible. Therefore, your god is a complete a-s-s-hole, or does not exist. That's all there is to it.

      Get past your religious delusion. Humanity suffers when you sustain it.

      July 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Real Deal

      herbert juarez
      "look into the sky,particularly at night,look all around you,breathe the air, drink the water, eat the food that sustains you ,look within,quiet your mind,feel love and passion and come back and convince me how well hidden God is!"

      Yes, behold how he (Apollo) carries the sun across the sky each day with his chariot. Be awed by how he (Zeus) casts lightning bolts at the Earth. Tremble at the sound of his (Thor's) booming anger. Hie thee to the volcano and cast therein a human sacrifice to appease his (Pele's) rage.

      July 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      herbert, enough with your insults. Either present reasoning and evidence for your claims (so far you have presented none) or else face the conclusion that your god as described is an evil as-shole.

      That's all there is to it, so get over yourself, try to follow the reason that has been presented. It's very clear.

      July 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      herbert, like I said, enough with your insults. Present a reasoned argument or give up.

      July 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @herbert juarez

      You said: "God is not willing for any to perish He wants all, you included , to join Him in eternal life."

      Christians claim their god is Omnipotent ( all powerful), Omniscient (all knowing) and Omnibenevolent (all good).

      1). If god is Omnibenevolent, He would WANT every human to believe in Him.

      Yep, the bible agrees with you on this:

      2 Peter 3:9
      9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. King James Version (KJV)

      1 Timothy 2:4
      4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. King James Version (KJV)

      2.) If god is Omniscient, then He would KNOW exactly how to convince anyone and everyone that He exists.

      3.) If god is Omnipotent, then He would be ABLE to convince anybody and everybody that He exists.

      Yet, ~ 67% of the world's population are not Christians.

      Therefore, the Christian god is very unlikely to exist.

      Cheers!

      July 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @herbert juarez
      You said: "look into the sky,particularly at night,look all around you,breathe the air, drink the water, eat the food that sustains you ,look within,quiet your mind,feel love and passion and come back and convince me how well hidden God is!"

      Everything is relative, herbert. The fact humans exists "proves" that the necessary elements exist to sustain us. If this were not so, we simply would not be here. At least not as we are. The Christian god is said to be Omnipotent. He can do anything. He could have constructed us to breathe sulfur fumes and be thankful for them. He could have constructed us to find molten lead a tepid bath. The fact we are here and find things in our environment that are pleasing, is not a proof for god. Life – Humans – evolved to live in this environment.

      Consider the tapeworm. The tapeworm believes god created man, for its benefit. It looks at its intestinal environment, breathes in the fetid air and is grateful for the meal it is about to receive.

      For all the beautiful things in this world, there are also horrors. Disease and parasites that causes pain and death. Birth defects – babies born without brains. Natural disasters that kill men, women and children.

      Much of our earth is covered by salt water, desert and ice. Hardly the sort of place you would expect a god of love to construct.

      Your argument is totally poor, as usual. Your god must be disappointed in you.

      Cheers!

      July 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      @david johnson
      shotgun omniatheism , trying to respond as have had network issue.I guess you could put omni with any word to make a new one,I don't object to omnibenevolent ,although spell check does.Omnipotent (all powerful)is the third "o" i have always associated with God,but i am not perfect and am always learning new things.you really blast out a lot ,i see your format but it doesn't make a lot of sense.it's like1.i have an apple and because it is green it's not 2.i have an apple and because it's not organic it's not...so... drum roll please ...an orange is not likely to exist!

      July 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @herbert juarez

      I concluded: "therefore the Christian god is unlikely to exist"

      I'm not hedging my bet. It is a fact, that no one can prove a negative. I can't "prove" Santa doesn't exist. But God is no more likely to exist than Santa.

      Cheers!

      July 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @herbert juarez

      You said: "shotgun omniatheism , trying to respond as have had network issue.I guess you could put omni with any word to make a new one,I don't object to omnibenevolent ,although spell check does.Omnipotent (all powerful)is the third "o" i have always associated with God,but i am not perfect and am always learning new things.you really blast out a lot ,i see your format but it doesn't make a lot of sense.it's like1.i have an apple and because it is green it's not 2.i have an apple and because it's not organic it's not...so... drum roll please ...an orange is not likely to exist!

      You did not answer the argument.

      Omnibenevolence is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "unlimited or infinite benevolence". It is not an omniatheism word. Omnibenevolent means that God only does things that are good. Period. The concept of omnibenevolence stems from two basic ideas of God: that God is perfect and that God is morally good. Therefore, God must possess perfect goodness.

      Christians claim their god is all knowing (Omniscient), all loving / good (Omnibenevolent) and all powerful (Omnipotent).

      You said: "God is not willing for any to perish He wants all, you included , to join Him in eternal life."

      And you are right. I quoted scripture as evidence of God's desire:

      2 Peter 3:9
      9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. King James Version (KJV)

      1 Timothy 2:4
      4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. King James Version (KJV)

      So, we established the Christian god does desire everyone to know the "truth". God has the motivation to use His knowledge and power to convince all the people of His existence.

      If god is all knowing, He would know exactly what it would take to convince every person on earth of His existence.

      If god is all powerful then He has the ability to convince each and every person on earth of His existence.

      So, the Christian god would have the motivation, knowledge and ability.

      You claim it is the burden of the 33% of the earth 's population, that are believers, to convince the 67% of god's existence. But, clearly this is not effective. The majority of the people do not believe. This plan devised by an all perfect god is a failure.

      The Christian god, with the Three "O" attributes is either missing one of the "O"s or He does not exist.

      Cheers!

      Yet, ~ 67% of the world's population are not Christians.

      Therefore, the Christian god is very unlikely to exist.

      Cheers!

      July 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  17. FaithScent

    No one approves Americans. It's 0% if not minus. Americans should care about principles instead of popularity.

    July 30, 2011 at 4:27 am |
    • FaithScent

      Why did god make us need to sh!t? It smells so bad and it is so dirty when I put my hands in it.

      July 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @FaithScent

      You asked: "Why did god make us need to sh!t? It smells so bad and it is so dirty when I put my hands in it."

      All living things – all god's children if you will – expel waste products. It is a result of the fall of man. Eve took a bite and she gave Adam a bite. Immediately, they began to produce waste products.

      All the animals of the earth were vegetarians prior to this. As Adam chewed, Animals were "changed" into predator and prey. Their jaws and teeth and claws were transformed. They to, began to look for places to relieve themselves.

      God sat down and created the pathogens and the parasites that would make man and animals sick and miserable. He is all loving...so this makes perfect sense...?

      An all loving God created Hell for the fallen angels, but allows humans to share in the eternal agony. The Christian god is not a respecter of personages. If burning forever is good enough for fallen angels, it's good enough for people. Amen.

      Of course, living things expelling waste and pathogens and parasites can all be explained by evolution. But, it is much more likely that a magical being created everything. He placed his hands on his hips and blinked! Or, sometimes He twitched His nose. Awesome!

      Cheers!

      July 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Sanity

      @The second FaithScent is a fake. Evil, filthy atheists stalk.

      July 31, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  18. David Johnson

    @Monica

    The following just happened in the state I live in. Please read it and tell me how this child's suffering fit into god's purpose.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/29/ame-deal-killed-over-popsicle_n_913646.html#s318754&t_itle=John_Allen
    Ame Deal, Arizona 10-Year-Old, Killed By Family For Taking Popsicle: Police
    First Posted: 7/29/11 05:49 PM ET Updated: 7/29/11 05:49 PM ET

    "The family of a 10-year-old found dead in a trunk outside an Arizona home initially claimed the child died while playing hide-and-seek. But investigators now believe Ame Deal suffocated after her family locked her in the box because she took a popsicle from the freezer without permission.
    Phoenix police claim Deal's grandmother, aunt and two cousins regularly subjected the child to horrific treatment, ultimately culminating in her July 12 death.
    "This child died at the hands of those who were supposed to love and care for her. ... This case has turned the stomachs of some of our most seasoned detectives," said Phoenix Police spokesman Sergeant Trent Crump in a statement posted on the city's website.
    Deal's passing was classified as a "death unknown" until July 28, according to the police press release.
    But after Deal's cousin Samantha Allen, 23, and her husband, John Allen, 23, admitted putting the child in the trunk and padlocking it, authorities charged the couple with first degree murder.
    John Allen was allegedly angry with Deal because she had taken a popsicle from the freezer, AZFamily reports.
    Neighbors suspected abuse at home where girl was put in box
    After four adults were arrested in the connection with the murder of a 10 year old girl, neighbors said they had heard loud scolding and witnessed the child being punished. CPS was not called to the house before July 12, when she was found dead.

    The victim's aunt, Cynthia Stoltzmann, 44, and grandmother, Judith Deal, 62, were charged with child abuse and kidnapping after reportedly admitting to locking the child in the box on previous occasions.
    Witnesses told investigators the child was regularly punished by being locked in the trunk. They also saw the caregivers force Deal to eat dog feces as punishment, crush cans barefoot and exercise outdoors in "extreme measures," according to ABC15.
    Deal's aunt allegedly confessed to putting hot sauce in the child's mouth, striking her with a paddle dubbed "Butt Buster" and ordering the child to sleep on the floor of a stall shower because she had a problem with wetting the bed, the news station reports.
    Deal, who weighed just 59 pounds and was discovered in soiled clothing, died in a box that measured less than 3 feet long, 14 inches wide and one foot tall, according to The New York Daily News."

    Christians say their god gives each person free will. Where was this child's free will? Did she choose to live a life of abuse and die in a box struggling for air?

    The bible says god has a plan for each person. Was this His plan for this child? Could He do no better for her?

    Christians say their god is omniscient. If this is true, then He would have known of this child's suffering. He would have watched as she was imprisoned in a box...

    Christians say their is god is omnibenevolent. He would have wanted to stop the child's suffering.

    Christians say their god is omnipotent. He was able to stop her torture and murder.

    Yet, the child suffered and finally was murdered. Suffocated. Can you imagine this death?

    The Christian god is very unlikely to exist.

    Cheers!

    July 30, 2011 at 12:48 am |
    • Muneef

      DJ.

      Hi, after a long time no chat... Sorry to hear about the girl but she is a small example of what has happened to many children aboused or murdered by their perants....although so many die of hunger just as Somalia....many cases in the world and am sure if all through the ages God had saved every child population would have been booming to extent worse than present status where food and necessities become scarce or increased in cost...
      All that is happening to those is by the doing of mankind by the choice made by mankind towards which he will be judged on earth and judgment day...those who died in the innocent childhood God has reserved for them a bounty in heavens as well as those adults who die as martyrs in wars or any sort of accidents or natural disasters after judgment day...
      In this what we believe as told by the Quran...God is the best Knower and Seer of all that is happening onto earth,as to the corruptions of land/sea,the corruption and tyranny practiced by mankind towards mankind...

      July 30, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • Muneef

      Few verses about not to give up in despair;
      ---
      [39:53] Proclaim: "O My servants who exceeded the limits, never despair of GOD's mercy. For GOD forgives all sins. He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful."

      [39:54] You shall obey your Lord, and submit to Him totally, before the retribution overtakes you; then you cannot be helped.

      [39:55] And follow the best path that is pointed out for you by your Lord, before the retribution overtakes you suddenly when you least expect it.

      [39:56] Lest a soul may say, "How sorry I am for disregarding GOD's commandments; I was certainly one of the mockers."

      [39:57] Or say, "Had GOD guided me, I would have been with the righteous."

      [39:58] Or say, when it sees the retribution, "If I get another chance, I will work righteousness."

      [39:59] Yes indeed (you did get enough chances). My proofs came to you, but you rejected them, turned arrogant, and became a disbeliever.

      July 30, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Muneef
      @herbert juarez

      Your responses made me want to puke.

      @Muneef – An all powerful god could not think of any other way to control the population, than for children to suffer and die horrible deaths? Like maybe making people less fertile? Pfui!

      @herbert juarez – You are confident that god received this child in His loving care, because it is the only way you can not call Him evil.

      If you had seen this child trapped in the box, would you not have run to her aid? Would you not have ripped the lid off? Would you not have held her soiled, filthy body in your arms and comforted her? I bet you would have. I know I would have.

      So, where was this all loving, all knowing, all powerful god? We are none of those things, yet we would have come to the child's aid.

      You both spoke the truth when you said this child was not the only one to suffer and die. Something like 5,000 children die from starvation related causes every day. Where is this all loving, all knowing, all powerful god? This alone, should give god an approval rating in the low single digits.

      There was a man who loved God. God made a bet with Satan that even if the man were tortured, his Possessions taken, and his children killed, he would still love God and never curse Him. God won the bet.
      Would you do that? Would you kill a man's children for a bet? This isn't evil? Is this moral? For A Bet???

      It would appear that god cares little for human life and suffering.

      We have proof that prayer, as promised in the bible, does not work.

      We have proof that healing, as promised in the bible does not work.

      We have proof that god does not protect the innocent. We have proof that evil people often spend long lives in the sun.
      There is no evidence that the innocent are rewarded or the evil punished. No evidence of any afterlife. No proof at all.

      There is no proof that Jesus ever lived. And if He did, there is no evidence that He was the Messiah or son of god.

      We have proof that the crucifixion story was embellished. So how do we take the resurrection as truthful?

      The Christian god is very unlikely to exist.

      Cheers!

      July 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Muneef

      DJ.
      Thank you for appreciating my comment with your last word but never mind that now... As they say devil is in the details which I wouldn't discuss with you since might confuse you more but let me ask it might you get to understand it;

      – Was the doughter a result of legitimate marriage or Relationship or Ra-p-e?
      – Were the Parents together or Separated? Is she the only child or she has brothers or sisters from the same father or different fathers? Are all treated the same or only her and why?
      – Are the family religious or non religious?
      I know you might say that this is not it but it is since the matter here is God and not Superman...! God shown us the way and the laws we are to rule with and to believe in...but when we drop all that behind and expect from God to act as superman or send angels like kings army....!? This is not correct...those are suffering are our own faults towards each other and for those we will be asked,judged and repaid for.... Where were the human services? Am seeing programs about American police or cops saving deserted animals! So where are yours those concerned with humans...and maybe because there is no church there the cases were not reported..or as it seems mercy has gone from the hearts of your people and that is a sign that there is some wrong in today's communities who use to raise generations together and not as today each for him self only....

      July 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Muneef

      DJ.

      I find BT right about his link which you should visit to see who was playing with God's job performance...and see who's fault is the death of children in hunger or what so ever... And I say in advance congratulation to the west for their actions the world has suffered and still will suffer more;

      http://library.thinkquest.org/C002291/high/present/stats.htm

      July 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  19. Muneef

    Could not open this report to see but maybe you can;
    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/393042/july-25-2011/norwegian-muslish-gunman-s-islam-esque-atrocity?redirect=true

    July 30, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  20. Monica

    And I wondering if God rated us on our performance what we'd get? Remember, God is not a genie in a bottle. he has a purpose set forth in the Bible and he will accomplish it.

    July 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Muneef 4 Monica

      Monica.
      Lovely name.

      You are right there is a purpose from life and that is the test of choice made by the perents of mankind Adem&Eve..
      Mankind will be resurrected for a date of judgment where only our good deeds and mainly God mercy and forgiveness...
      The present earthly life is just a tunnel we pass through towards the eternal life, our submission and earthly good deeds will decide where we will spend eternity either in the heavenly paradise or in a fire hole in hell...peace

      July 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • Ingrid

      god isn't even a genie in a bottle. god doesn't even exist. Get over it, you stupid twit.

      July 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • Reality

      As we "thu-mp" along with rational thinking, conclusions and reiteration to counter the millennia of false and flawed religious history and theology!!!------––

      A different view in the 21st century via a prayer:

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

      I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen

      July 30, 2011 at 12:09 am |
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