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Do you speak Christian?

Editor's note: Kirby Ferguson is a New York-based writer, filmmaker and speaker who created the web video series Everything is a Remix. His videos, like the one above, can be found on Vimeo, an online community where artists share their films.

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - Can you speak Christian?

Have you told anyone “I’m born again?” Have you “walked the aisle” to “pray the prayer?”

Did you ever “name and claim” something and, after getting it, announce, “I’m highly blessed and favored?”

Many Americans are bilingual. They speak a secular language of sports talk, celebrity gossip and current events. But mention religion and some become armchair preachers who pepper their conversations with popular Christian words and trendy theological phrases.

If this is you, some Christian pastors and scholars have some bad news: You may not know what you’re talking about. They say that many contemporary Christians have become pious parrots. They constantly repeat Christian phrases that they don’t understand or distort.

Marcus Borg, an Episcopal theologian, calls this practice “speaking Christian.” He says he heard so many people misusing terms such as “born again” and “salvation” that he wrote a book about the practice.

People who speak Christian aren’t just mangling religious terminology, he says. They’re also inventing counterfeit Christian terms such as “the rapture” as if they were a part of essential church teaching.

The rapture, a phrase used to describe the sudden transport of true Christians to heaven while the rest of humanity is left behind to suffer, actually contradicts historic Christian teaching, Borg says.

“The rapture is a recent invention. Nobody had thought of what is now known as the rapture until about 1850,” says Borg, canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.

How politicians speak Christian

Speaking Christian isn’t confined to religion. It’s infiltrated politics.

Political candidates have to learn how to speak Christian to win elections, says Bill Leonard, a professor of church history at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity in North Carolina.

One of our greatest presidents learned this early in his career. Abraham Lincoln was running for Congress when his opponent accused him of not being a Christian. Lincoln often referred to the Bible in his speeches, but he never joined a church or said he was born again like his congressional opponent, Leonard says.

"Lincoln was less specific about his own experience and, while he used biblical language, it was less distinctively Christian or conversionistic than many of the evangelical preachers thought it should be,” Leonard says.

Lincoln won that congressional election, but the accusation stuck with him until his death, Leonard says.

One recent president, though, knew how to speak Christian fluently.

During his 2003 State of the Union address, George W. Bush baffled some listeners when he declared that there was “wonder-working power” in the goodness of American people.

Evangelical ears, though, perked up at that phrase. It was an evangelical favorite, drawn from a popular 19th century revival hymn about the wonder-working power of Christ called “In the Precious Blood of the Lamb.”

Leonard says Bush was sending a coded message to evangelical voters: I’m one of you.

“The code says that one: I’m inside the community. And two: These are the linguistic ways that I show I believe what is required of me,” Leonard says.

Have you ‘named it and claimed it'?

Ordinary Christians do what Bush did all the time, Leonard says. They use coded Christian terms like verbal passports - flashing them gains you admittance to certain Christian communities.

Say you’ve met someone who is Pentecostal or charismatic, a group whose members believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as healing and speaking in tongues. If you want to signal to that person that you share their belief, you start talking about “receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost” or getting the “second blessings,” Leonard says.

Translation: Getting a baptism by water or sprinkling isn’t enough for some Pentecostals and charismatics. A person needs a baptism “in the spirit” to validate their Christian credentials.

Or say you’ve been invited to a megachurch that proclaims the prosperity theology (God will bless the faithful with wealth and health). You may hear what sounds like a new language.

Prosperity Christians don’t say “I want that new Mercedes.” They say they are going to “believe for a new Mercedes.” They don’t say “I want a promotion.” They say I “name and claim” a promotion.

The rationale behind both phrases is that what one speaks aloud in faith will come to pass. The prosperity dialect has become so popular that Leonard has added his own wrinkle.

“I call it ‘name it, claim it, grab it and have it,’ ’’ he says with a chuckle.

Some forms of speaking Christian, though, can become obsolete through lack of use.

Few contemporary pastors use the language of damnation - “turn or burn,” converting “the pagans” or warning people they’re going to hit “hell wide open” - because it’s considered too polarizing, Leonard says. The language of “walking the aisle” is also fading, Leonard says.

Appalachian and Southern Christians often told stories about staggering into church and walking forward during the altar call to say the “sinner’s prayer” during revival services that would often last for several weeks.

“People ‘testified’ to holding on to the pew until their knuckles turned white, fighting salvation all the way,” Leonard says. “You were in the back of the church, and you fought being saved.”

Contemporary churchgoers, though, no longer have time to take that walk, Leonard says. They consider their lives too busy for long revival services and extended altar calls. Many churches are either jettisoning or streamlining the altar call, Leonard says.

“You got soccer, you got PTA, you got family responsibilities - the culture just won’t sustain it as it once did,” Leonard says.

Even some of the most basic religious words are in jeopardy because of overuse.

Calling yourself a Christian, for example, is no longer cool among evangelicals on college campuses, says Robert Crosby, a theology professor at Southeastern University in Florida.

“Fewer believers are referring to themselves these days as ‘Christian,’ ” Crosby says. “More are using terms such as ‘Christ follower.’ This is due to the fact that the more generic term, Christian, has come to be used within religious and even political ways to refer to a voting bloc.”

What’s at stake

Speaking Christian correctly may seem like it’s just a fuss over semantics, but it’s ultimately about something bigger: defining Christianity, says Borg, author of “Speaking Christian.”

Christians use common words and phrases in hymns, prayers and sermons “to connect their religion to their life in the world,” Borg says.

“Speaking Christian is an umbrella term for not only knowing the words, but understanding them,” Borg says. “It’s knowing the basic vocabulary, knowing the basic stories.”

When Christians forget what their words mean, they forget what their faith means, Borg says.

Consider the word “salvation.” Most Christians use the words "salvation" or "saved" to talk about being rescued from sin or going to heaven, Borg says.

Yet salvation in the Bible is seldom confined to an afterlife. Those characters in the Bible who invoked the word salvation used it to describe the passage from injustice to justice, like the Israelites’ liberation from Egyptian bondage, Borg says.

“The Bible knows that powerful and wealthy elites commonly structure the world in their own self-interest. Pharaoh and Herod and Caesar are still with us. From them we need to be saved,” Borg writes.

And when Christians forget what their faith means, they get duped by trendy terms such as the rapture that have little to do with historical Christianity, he says.

The rapture has become an accepted part of the Christian vocabulary with the publication of the megaselling “Left Behind” novels and a heavily publicized prediction earlier this year by a Christian radio broadcaster that the rapture would occur in May.

But the notion that Christians will abandon the Earth to meet Jesus in the clouds while others are left behind to suffer is not traditional Christian teaching, Borg says.

He says it was first proclaimed by John Nelson Darby, a 19th century British evangelist, who thought of it after reading a New Testament passage in the first book of Thessalonians that described true believers being “caught up in the clouds together” with Jesus.

Christianity’s focus has long been about ushering in God’s kingdom “on Earth, not just in heaven,” Borg says.

“Christianity’s goal is not to escape from this world. It loves this world and seeks to change it for the better,” he writes.

For now, though, Borg and others are also focusing on changing how Christians talk about their faith.

If you don’t want to speak Christian, they say, pay attention to how Christianity’s founder spoke. Jesus spoke in a way that drew people in, says Leonard, the Wake Forest professor.

“He used stories, parables and metaphors,” Leonard says. “He communicated in images that both the religious folks and nonreligious folks of his day understand.”

When Christians develop their own private language for one another, they forget how Jesus made faith accessible to ordinary people, he says.

“Speaking Christian can become a way of suggesting a kind of spiritual status that others don’t have,” he says. “It communicates a kind of spiritual elitism that holds the spiritually ‘unwashed’ at arm’s length."

By that time, they’ve reached the final stage of speaking Christian - they've become spiritual snobs.

- CNN Writer

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  1. Jonny Appleseed

    Any person who buys into any belief in supernatural beings or explanations for why things are the way they are needs to be reminded that the Earth is not flat it is round. The Idea that the religious views of all people need to be respected is ludicrous. The fact that they believe in invisible men who live in the sky makes them insane, stupid, and a danger to themselves and others. Santa Clause, Easter Bunny, Tooth Faerie, God, Devil, Goblins, Werewolves, Vampires, it is fun to read stories about it but when you start believing it, it is a sign of mental illness. Even if one takes the New Testament as the truth, (most of them have not read it) Jesus did not die for you or me or anyone else. Quite simply put, he died for being a dissident. For you Christians I know that is a big word, so it means a person who speaks out against the establishment. A protester or a civil rights activist. He was executed for speaking against the church. Which is what I am doing now. Not one church, all of them. If you are a Christian and this angers you? Well now you understand what he died for. he died for making a bunch of morons angry.

    July 31, 2011 at 5:56 am |
    • Ed

      Aptly put.

      July 31, 2011 at 6:01 am |
    • Carrigaholt

      Jonny A. You speak the truth! Jesus didn't die for man's sins he died because of man's sin. Because a lot of men are intrinsically evil. He was killed for speaking out against the status quo. If he "came back" today and said he was '"God's Son" he'd be shot or sent to a psych ward.
      Grow up people.

      July 31, 2011 at 6:15 am |
    • WiscBadger

      "he died for making a bunch of morons angry." I guess you would have sided with the morons.

      July 31, 2011 at 6:41 am |
    • Lewis

      Have you yourself read the Bible? Isaiah 40:22 says God sits above the circle of the earth. So Yes the Bible does teach that the earth is round. Second, thank you for your bessing. Matthew 5:11"Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Third, Jesus didn't die for speaking against the Church because the Church was not founded until after His resurrection. Jesus death was a substiutionary propiation for sin. I know those are big words so allow me to define them. Jesus died in the place of sinners and appeased God's righteous wrath toward sinners so that they might have eternal life and fellowship with God.

      July 31, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  2. DSmithee

    How about just doing good unto your fellow human beings just because it feels right?

    July 31, 2011 at 5:49 am |
  3. ME

    Bottom Line
    The Supreme Being gave you a Brain!
    Use it...
    Respect for all religions, cultures, genders, preferences, etc..
    RESPECT...KEY WORD FOR ALL RELIGIONS...
    Do not think that you are the only one group that has figured this thing out!
    Use your common sense and always work for the good of all people!

    July 31, 2011 at 5:43 am |
  4. Dina

    Ahh, yes. Thirty years ago as a teenager I decided I was "born again". Then I looked around at the "born again-ers" that I was hanging around and realized that not one of them thought for themselves, simply buying whatever their particular preacher of the day fed them. Though they meant well, They all seemed to be either looking for a daddy figure or fearing death. No thanks.

    July 31, 2011 at 5:35 am |
  5. Beth

    "They constantly repeat Christian phrases that they don’t understand or distort."

    Its ironic the number of posts here that seem to go out of their way to prove the author's point. Don't you armchair Christians realize? You are turning people away, not drawing them to your Christ. Instead of bashing Muslims, Liberals, Atheists, etc. how about you actually READ the Bible, drop the hypocracy and try to be the kind of person that attracts good people? There is a reason folks are turning away from religion in droves, and you folks are a big part of that. Think about it, if you really think of yourself as religious.

    July 31, 2011 at 5:32 am |
    • saaaly

      beth, anderson cooper is a f ag!

      July 31, 2011 at 5:39 am |
  6. saaaly

    cnn, do you speak gay???

    July 31, 2011 at 5:28 am |
  7. Rosger

    Noise

    July 31, 2011 at 5:28 am |
  8. whitietiger

    I can understand people who need moral support so they follow a certain philosophy for help (traditional Buddhism for example), but a religion that promotes a questionable and illogical meaning with possible fantasy stories? That is usually manipulation–either self or from someone else. I sometimes feel people need to educate themselves more with modern science and proper history courses. Because then you might be able to make a logical argument with Creationism if you still believe. It is always best to clearly see all point of views before generating an argument on any situation.

    July 31, 2011 at 5:26 am |
  9. BD70

    Christians are too black and white in their beliefs...you sin you go to hell...you get forgiven you go to heaven. Hmmm...so I can sin all I want as long as I get forgiven? Seems that is what they do. Then....what do they consider a sin? If I say I am not Christian...am I a sinner then?

    July 31, 2011 at 5:20 am |
  10. Jorge

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gzyeo1Z1I4&w=640&h=390]

    July 31, 2011 at 5:19 am |
    • FormerChristian

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpy65mysu5s&w=640&h=390]

      August 1, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • FormerChristian

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlnnWbkMlbg&w=640&h=390]

      August 1, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  11. Jorge

    None of Jesus' Apostles led armies. A village did not receive Jesus "and when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, 'Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elias did?' But he turned and rebuked them, and said, 'Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.'" (Luke 9:52-56)
    * All of the caliphs who followed Muhammad led armies. (Caliphs Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali, Muawiyya, the Umayyads, the Abbasids, etc.)

    * In the first 300 years of Christianity, there were 10 major Roman persecutions, and Christians were fed to lions in the Coliseum. Never did Christians lead an armed resistance against those who attacked them.
    * In the first 300 years of Islam, Muslim armies conquered Arabia, Persia, the Holy Land, North Africa, Spain, Southern France, Central Africa, and invaded vast areas of Asia and Asia Minor.

    Fighting is inconsistent with Jesus' example but not Muhammad's, as the Sirat Rasul Allah records Muhammad personally led 27 raids, including Battle of Badr, 624 AD; Battle of Uhud and expulsion of Banu Nadir, 625 AD; Attack on Banu Mustaliq, 626 AD; Battle of the Trench and killing Banu Qurayza, 627 AD; Battle of Khaybar, 628 AD; Battle of Mu’tah, 629 AD; Conquest of Mecca, Battle of Hunayn, Battle of Auras and Siege of al-Ta’if, where Mohammed used a catapult, 630 AD; Battle of Tabouk, Subjugation of Banu Thaqif (Yemen) and subjugation of Ghassanids (Arab Christians), 631 AD.

    Jesus' teaching on how to treat enemies:

    * Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them which despitefully use you (Matthew 5:44).
    * Resist not evil (Matthew 5:39).
    * If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to them the other (Matthew 5:39).
    * If someone takes your coat, give them your shirt (Matthew 5:40).
    * If someone make you carry something one mile, carry it two (Matthew 5:41).
    * Forgive and you shall be forgiven (Matthew 6:14).
    * Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1).
    * Blessed are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9).
    * Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy (Matthew 5:7).
    * Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not kill, but I say who ever is angry with his brother is in danger of the judgment (Matthew 5:21-22).
    * Treat others the same way you want them to treat you (Luke 6:27-36).
    * Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick, whatever you do to the very least you have done unto me (Matthew 25:40).

    Muhammad's teaching on how to treat enemies:

    * Infidels are your sworn enemies (Sura 4:101).
    * Be ruthless to the infidels (Sura 48:29).
    * Make war on the infidels who dwell around you (Sura 9:123, 66:9).
    * Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day (Sura 9:29).
    * Strike off the heads of infidels in battle (Sura 47:4).
    * If someone stops believing in Allah, kill him (al-Bukhari 9:84:57).
    * Take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends (Sura 5:51, 60:13).
    * Never be a helper to the disbelievers (Sura 28:86).
    * Kill the disbelievers wherever we find them (Sura 2:191).
    * No Muslim should be killed for killing an infidel (al-Bukhari 1:3:111).
    * The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land (Sura 5:33).

    July 31, 2011 at 5:08 am |
    • Warren

      I like the fact that you haven't stooped to misquoting when drawing comparisons.

      July 31, 2011 at 5:38 am |
    • Carrigaholt

      Jorge- You think you have made a valid point because you have quoted the bible.
      Just because we humans have had this book around for all these years does not validate it's authority or truthfulne­ss. It just proves if you repeatedly tell a lie it will be considered important and truthful.

      Those that can quote the Bible chapter and verse do not win any arguments. All they have proven is that they can quote a book chapter and verse.

      July 31, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  12. Jorge

    * Jesus never owned slaves.
    * Muhammad received a fifth of the prisoners taken in battle, including women. (Sura 8:41)

    Jesus never married.
    * Muhammad had many wives.

    Jesus never forced followers to continue believing. After Jesus made a difficult saying, "many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. Then Jesus said to the twelve, 'Will ye also go away?' Then Simon Peter answered him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.'" (John 6:31-69)
    * Muhammad forced followers to continue believing, "Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him." (Hadith al-Bukhari, Vol. 9, Bk. 84, No. 57)

    * Jesus taught God was our Father (Matthew 6:10).
    * Muhammad taught it was blasphemy to call Allah your father (Sura 5:18)

    * Jesus taught man was made in God's image. (Matthew 22:20, ref. Gen. 1:26-27)
    * Muhammad taught Allah has no image. (Sura 42:11, Sura 112:4)

    * Jesus taught "forgive those who trespass against you." (Matthew 6:10-15)
    * Muhammad taught to avenge trespasses against your honor, family or religion.

    * Jesus never tortured anyone.
    * Muhammad tortured the chief of a Jewish tribe.

    Jesus did not retaliate when violence was committed against him, saying "Father, forgive them." (Luke 23:34)
    * Muhammad retaliated when violence was committed against him, ordering the death of his enemies.
    Following Jesus was voluntary, from the inside out.
    * Following Muhammad could be coerced, from the outside in.

    A martyr in Christian and Jewish thought is one who dies for his faith.
    * A martyr in Islamic thought is one who dies for his faith while killing infidels.

    Christianity teaches God wants a personal relationship with each individual.
    * Islam teaches individuals cannot have a personal relationship with Allah, as he is transcendent and unknowable.

    * Jesus' religion is known for forgiveness and love.
    * Muhammad's religion is known for obedience and fear.

    July 31, 2011 at 5:07 am |
  13. Jorge

    * Jesus was a religious leader.
    * Muhammad was a religious leader and a military leader.

    * Jesus never killed anyone.
    * Muhammad killed an estimated 3,000 people, including beheading 700 Jews of the Banu Qurayza tribe in Medina, A.D. 627:

    July 31, 2011 at 5:04 am |
    • Smokey

      This enmity between Christians, Muslims, and Jews, and other faiths has got to STOP. Secularists want to put an end to all religious belief anywhere and we are too absorbed by foolish infighting to stop them. If people don't wake up, there will be NO RELIGION WHATEVER by the time our generation's children are grown. It really is not important who came first or who says what how, it's all the same thing, all religions are one. It's people who are different, not God, it's not so hard to see what is happening here. God is not different from Itself, we are different from each other and see God differently. By the time we figure this simple truth out, it won't matter any more because there will be no trace of religion outside the private sphere! Modern society wants to destroy religion, it's a trend that needs to be stopped before it is too late!

      July 31, 2011 at 5:11 am |
  14. captainboss

    "Not everyone that cries Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom." You have actually said no more than what has already been proclaimed in the very gospel you deny. Jesus said as much that not everyone that speaks in my name knows me. You can fake words, but you can't fake relationship. Christianity is about having a relationship with the God of the universe through His only begotten son Jesus Christ. All you have done in this article is confirmed that some people are very shallow in their knowledge and walk with God. Those are the victims of your article. Those that have relationship will not be dissuaded or stumble. Because we have more than words, we have faith.

    July 31, 2011 at 4:54 am |
  15. Jesus is the only way

    Conservative...Modern...Christians? That is what leads people to write such an article as this. What is all that about? READ YOUR WORD! TALK TO GOD! LISTEN FOR HIS VOICE! He will talk to you when you have a relationship with HIM and the Holy Spirit is living inside of you because you believe in the Way that HE has given in JESUS. It is not about the name you call yourself it is about how you live your life. Would someone else call you a Christian if you didn't tell them you where one? Would someone look and your life and the fruits of the Spirit in your life and say that man or woman must be a Christian. Do you tell people about JESUS being the Way, the Truth and the Life? As GOD has revealed to me it is NOT ABOUT YOU IT IS ABOUT HIM. If people would actually read the bible themselves instead of expecting or waiting for someone else to read it for them then they wouldn't get deceived into believing in these cults or other religions because they would know truth from untruth. Not to say there is anything wrong with getting revelation from hearing a word from your pastor or studies on the bible. But if you don't take the time to pray to God for understanding of HIS living word and then read it for yourself then how do you know that you are following in what God has told you. Just sayin....:)

    July 31, 2011 at 4:43 am |
    • Beth

      Jesus never spoke in ALL CAPS. Just saying...

      July 31, 2011 at 5:33 am |
    • Carrigaholt

      I rarely hear Christians speak of the other messiahs and saviours who predate Jesus including:

      BUDDHA
      KRISHNA
      ODYSSEUS
      ROMULUS
      DIONYSUS
      HERACLES
      GLYCON
      ZOROASTER/ZARATHUSTRA
      ATTIS of PHRYGIA
      HORUS- born of a virgin, ISIS and he was the only begotten son of God, OSIRIS. Sound Familiar?

      July 31, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  16. Smokey

    Modern Christianity is a cruel distortion of the faith our forefathers followed. How can anyone be a true Christian in a world with the internet, with instant communication, long-distance transportation, 24-hour global news, all the modern amenities we have today? To live a really proper religious lifestyle requires a person to cut themselves off from all these things that occupy the time and energy that ought to be devoted to the Lord. Very few people are able to do that. Fortunately the one thing that Christianity still has over and above every other religion is the idea of grace. The concept that the grace of God is sufficient for all the sins of humanity is such a beautiful and transcendent idea, it really goes beyond anything that can be thought. It's a very strange phenomenon that today, when people's lives are easier than ever before, when we have so many conveniences and so few real problems, so few threats and dangers, yet still we live with a crippling, paralyzing fear that is worse perhaps than ever in human history. I think that modern western society needs to return to a Christian way of living, place God at the center of our lives again and really think about what the gift of grace from Christ Jesus means in the grand scheme of things if we're going to set right the problems that afflict us as a society and as a people. We've moved too far away from God and too far away from religion, it's psychologically harmful. Even if you're a person who doesn't believe in God or religion, you still need to admit that religion is a real phenomenon, it's there for a reason even if you only believe that it's an evolved response to environmental stimuli, it's still an important part of the evolutionary makeup of our species and it can't just be jettisoned all of a sudden. We need religion and we need the community of religious believers around us in order to be psychologically healthy as a people, it's a crucial part of who we are as human individuals. The decline of religious feeling among developed societies is, in my perspective, the biggest threat to humanity as a whole today.

    July 31, 2011 at 4:34 am |
  17. Jesus is the only way

    Jaximus you completely missed it. It is not about me and that I am judging but since the writer of this article is speaking as if he knows about Bible and facts/scriptures from the Bible that are not true I stated the facts/scripture&verse But if JESUS is the ONLY WAY to the father and that is the reason HE came and died for YOU was so you could have a relationship with God the Father & HIM(the son) and have the Holy Spirit living in you then that means other ways are NOT the way. Thats what makes HIM the ONLY. I am sorry you feel how you feel about it and that you are offended and feel judged but I am not your judge nor do I want to be but I will not be like some that try to avoid those as some say touchy subjects and be P. C. because then I would not be being honest about the most important thing of all time. The truth about everlasting life after you die. If you don't believe in God then I am assuming you believe you maker was a two rocks, or some algae or some bacteria? That you evolved from your ancestor the monkey or ape? I just don't get that because if that where truth we would still be seeing before our eyes monkeys evolving into humans. No I don't mean smarter monkeys than others I mean monkeys that turn into a human or there offspring turning into humans today. No Evolution is a religion too. A religion trying to disprove Gods creation by scientific theories. Thats right THEORIES, ideas made up by man. Wow so many don't want to believe the bible because it was written by mans hands although it was inspired by God. People that even say they believe in God say but it is hard to believe that the Bible is complete and without error but they also believe they have a big God. That is contradictory to me. I know that does not apply to you but I believe that is what even turns off people and makes them not even believe in a god at all. Because so many confused people. But atheist are ready to believe ideas and theories made up by men in search for an answer how did the first humans come to exist....ITS CALLED....GOD....THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS and the EARTH....CREATOR OF MAN and WOMAN. That is why they have to say the world is so old. Millions upon millions of years old makes since when you have to explain how a fish, bird, dog, monkey, all other living species and humans are all so different now. Because the soupy mass became so many different species over millions and millions of years. Nope that is reaching and sad. Don't feel bad I didn't use to believe in the Bible eight years ago. I saw what Jesus did in my husband life at the time and how he made a change in him that no other person in the world could do and then as my husband lived for him I believed Jesus was real. I confessed him as Lord and Savior of my life and believed that HE died and rose again and I know I was saved. Then I asked God if HIS word was real from beginning to end that HE would give me a surety of it. Well GOD did just that and now I know and believe with all of my heart that the bible is true and complete because my GOD is real and able to do all things even hold together a book through the test of time, people and others that sought for its destruction time and time again to no avail.

    As I said the truth of the matter is even if you don't believe in God HE still is your creator and HE loves you and is there for you when ever you need HIM. All you have to do is Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that he rose again in three days and you shall be saved.(Romans 10:9) Just wanted to remind you and anyone reading this post of that, for when you need HIM you will remember all you have to do and you will be saved. Loving you is me telling you the truth not lieing to you. Goodnight and no matter if you want them my prayers are directly for you tonight and for days to come as well as you others that don't believe.

    For you (miscreantsall) God Bless You is a loving greeting or goodbye. That your prayer for that person is that God would bless them. And in the word of God aka the Bible in (Proverbs 18:21- Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.) And in the authority given in Jesus name I can ask and pray to God for others and myself. As it says in John 15:16 – (You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.) So may God Bless You with HIS truths about HIM and that you may experience is amazing love.

    July 31, 2011 at 4:29 am |
    • Barnacle Bill

      absolutely nothing in the bible is true. Fairy tales, ever word. You are delusional.

      July 31, 2011 at 4:31 am |
    • captainboss

      Well said! Amen!

      July 31, 2011 at 5:04 am |
    • backcheck

      Wrong. EVERY word of the Bible is true. It's just ashame that so many of you don't realize it and therefore don't put any stock into the salvation by grace message (the Gospel). Choose life eternal via Jesus or choose death forever by not. That's a choice that it appears you've already made. I live by Scripture.

      July 31, 2011 at 5:13 am |
    • whitietiger

      backcheck; you say that some of us are wrong...prove it. Im willing to let you live your life as a devout human being, but to say that others are wrong without putting forth credible evidence yourself, you're just arrogant. Do not offer a claim without supporting evidence. You just make yourself look like a fool.

      July 31, 2011 at 5:45 am |
    • Macleod

      You should take a 7th grade science class.

      July 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  18. Barnacle Bill

    "People often pepper conversations with Christian words, but they may not know what they're talking about"

    All christians have no idea what they're talking about. They are deluded, just like jews and muslims. All believe and deal in nonsense and cannot be trusted.

    July 31, 2011 at 4:29 am |
  19. theProhetJesusPBUH

    how the bilble lead to islam...

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYMKQKSV0bY&w=640&h=390]

    July 31, 2011 at 4:28 am |
    • Barnacle Bill

      One stupidity into another of similar delusion.

      July 31, 2011 at 4:30 am |
    • checkyofacts

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q6KEAp6sqQ&w=640&h=390]

      July 31, 2011 at 4:44 am |
  20. Noel

    hey guys I am a Conservative Christan and there is a lot of people who fake being a Christan now a days they say it but they dont mean it in the bible it says not to be only listeners to the word and so deceive yourselves but do what it says but yet there is people who dont pray continue to lie,steal,lust and now in our modern society its ok but when you pray that prayer to ask for Gods forgiveness your old self with all the sin and al the wrong stuff you did is in the past and your made a new body in Christ a pure body with no sin now I am not saying that we are perfect for all have fallen short of the glory of God but that doesn't mean that we sin all week then repent on Sunday it means that we repent and with all strength we fight that temptation and ask God to deal with us.

    July 31, 2011 at 4:26 am |
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