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September 15th, 2011
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  1. kazzy

    Richard seems to be the kind of person who is aware enough to try see himself and can also be very comfortable just to be himself. In this act, God is very evident and there he is in Richard as plain as day. It makes me smile :-)

    July 10, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  2. Bumper

    Richard Branson must be an idiot. Evolution is a false scientific theory. Darwin never proved his inductive theory and it actually fails at the sub microscopic level!!

    January 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • Karo

      OMG Bumber – you must be an idiot!!! Go back to school.

      January 30, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • whichgod

      Think i'll stick to the view of the people who actually work in that arena, i.e. the scientists and not some armchair commentator.

      April 25, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  3. Bill Deacon

    Gaps in the fossil record do not negate the theory of evolution. Disparities in the Bible do not invalidate it's divinity. What is wrong with you people that you cannot hold seemingly disparate ideas at the same time and reconcile them one to another? Why can you not accept a persons genuine testimony of their encounter with spiritual reality unless you have something concrete to rest it on? Don't you realize that some things are beyond your observation? And further, I wish believers would lighten up on those who live outside of faith. They have either made their choice, are still seeking or some combination thereof. It reminds me of an old saying: "Don't wrestle a pig. You just get dirty and then realize the pig enjoys it."

    December 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • G

      I feel this is one of the fairest responses I have ever seen on a blog. I just want to thank you for not going to an extreme as almost everyone does.

      February 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  4. Bill Deacon

    Gaps in the fossil record do not negate the theory of evolution. Disparities in the Bible do not invalidate it's divinity. What is wrong with you people that you cannot hold seemingly disparate ideas at the same time and reconcile them one to another? Why can you not accept a persons genuine testimony of their encounter with spiritual reality unless you have something concrete to rest it on. Don't you realize that some things are beyond your observation? And further, I wish believers would lighten up on those who live outside of faith. They have either made their choice, are still seeking or some combination thereof. It reminds me of an old saying: "Don't wrestle a pig. You just get dirty and then realize the pig enjoys it."

    December 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  5. WOLFY4661

    Would be nice if they could prove "EVOLUTION" every happened. So you have a choice you can believe in "In the beginning there was nothing and for no reason at all nothing exploded and became something. Then for no reason something rearranged itself into the the dinasours." I am sorry I can't believe in your fairy tale but you have a right to believe it if you want. I BELIEVE IN GOD. Have a good day and may God bless you.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Jenn

      Evolution has been proven. I am sorry I can't believe in your fairy tale but you have a right to believe it if you want.

      November 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • corhen

      Evolution is proved via the fossil record: "that doesn't prove it"
      Evolution is proved via genetics: "that doesn't prove it!"
      Evolution is proved via observation: "that doesn't prove it!"
      Evolution is proved via ring species: "that doesn't prove it!"
      Evolution is proved via comparing poisons: "that doesn't prove it!"

      May 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  6. Bravo 81

    Piers Morgan is a bias creationist bigot

    October 18, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  7. Sassan

    Mr. Branson was just trying to come out in a way as to not offend the religious nuts of the world too much as he still owns airlines for people to fly on.

    October 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  8. Kebos

    Good to see those of public prominence express belief in something that is real and true rather than blabber on about an invisible being that watches over us and takes care of us. Oh yeah, maybe that's because Branson isn't running for office whereas Palin, Bachmann, Perry, etc. are and will say and do whatever it takes to get the vote.

    October 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  9. Jack

    Why would anyone care what Branson has to say about religion? It's not like he's an expert or even knowledgeable.

    September 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  10. carlie

    A guy comes up with an idea of how the world came about, listed reasons he believes are proofs, others find proofs also and accept his idea. It is taught to young and old. People who weren't actually there, nor actually research and study the idea vigorously defend it and call anyone who disagrees with them a fool, an idiot, stupid, etc.
    Sound familiar?
    Let he who has understanding understand, this little fight between creationists and the religious is just yet another facet of the human tendency to find something to denigrate someone else over.
    When the only use of your belief system is to fight with your brothers and sisters, you have failed life 101.
    Truth is we are one family. We each have purpose. If you don't learn to love one another in this life and demonstrate that love, you are the only one who will regret your wasted efforts to hurt others.
    All the hurts you attempt to inflict upon others here, you are inflicting upon yourself.
    Your soul, your being, your conscience cries out to you. Remember why you are here.
    You have a great mission to accomplish, remember.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • AllenS

      That was the most actually 'Christian' thing I've ever read on this website. Thanks for that.

      October 25, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  11. Elit3

    God is just simply not real he did not create neither did he create all of you. Their is no physical evidence that states he's here.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Chuck Bastian

      Mahatma Gandhi once was asked about atheism. He remarked(paraphrase)...I cannot understand how atheists can spend so much of their time and energy in denying what they do not believe in(God). Why do atheists want proof for what they do not beleive in?

      October 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  12. Fury of God

    @Chris
    You think your so clever with you amputee statement. God makes us whole again in the flesh of the spirit. If you are truly a believer then laying on hands will heal you whole. You have to find the right faith healer and you must truly believe to be healed. I know you probably wont respond because God has probably already burned your house down or crashed your internet for your heathen statements. Don't think that our God is not an angry god. If you have lost your arm then you did not have the shield of the spirit on your side. You are a non repentant sinner.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Benjamin

      There are plenty of times in the Bible where bad things occur to good people.. do you recall the story of Job or Steven? Let's see what's off the top of my head; Paul gets stranded, Joseph is enslaved, Moses has the daunting task of leading thousands, Isaiah is brutally murdered, as is every single Apostle.. they all had plenty of faith, and they still died at the hands of cruel men.

      September 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  13. Dave

    The problem isn't religion, the problem is the stupidity that allows one to believe in something that has been twisted to serve the person(s) in a 1200 dollar suit.

    September 23, 2011 at 3:33 am |
  14. MaybeAgnosticMaybeNot

    To all of the Christians here, if you truly are a Christian, your only goal in life is to bring others to Christ. You are failing miserably. Do you think calling others names and spewing hatred will draw others to Christ. Do you honestly think a single hatefilled post on this board will change anyones mind. It's obvious most of you care more about "being right" than helping others.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • You maybe reading You maybe not

      Kindly scan and read all the post that you may realize that you're barking at the wrong tree.

      September 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  15. Fury of God

    God is real. God will punish you by casting you into the flames of hell. Eternal suffering and burning. Doesn't sound nice does it. I think all of you that test the waters by making blasphemous statements on this webpage better recant and find some faith before it is too late. No one knows when the rapture will come, but it could be tomorrow. I won't have sympathy for all of you guys since you have been warned. I really don't think you really believe that we came from monkeys. I think that you just like ruffling the feathers of the faithful. Nothing you say can prove that god is not real. I know he is real. He does works in my life everyday. I pray and my prayers are answered. Do you really think that all of the floods and hurricanes are just "nature". NO it is god washing away the unclean. It says in the bible that even though Adam and Eve sinned they were not destroyed on the day of their sin, however many innocent animals perished as a result. All of you filthy heathens are bringing about the destruction of earth. The gays that eat fecal matter are bringing about the extinction of species of animals. All combined sins will bring the wrath of God down on your heads while the rest of us will be raised up to heaven. All you have to do is keep on sinning and you will see. God makes no mistakes. All that happens is because he has willed it. The fact that you are able to type your lies on this internet is being allowed by HIM the almighty. I am a good christian man, but forgive me lord I will delight in suffering that you will meet at his hands

    September 21, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Go Ahead

      Go ahead and believe what you want about this "god" person, I for one don't believe and anyone who wants people to praise them and pray to them and allow such awful destruction to happen is an a–hole! If you can prove to me that this person exists with science then I will believe. At least with evolution there is a scientific study done with results that can be proven and SEEN! If this god person is real why haven't we ever seen him? How has no one ever seen this place called heaven? or even hell? If you can't see it, it isn't real.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • Chris K.

      You say that you pray every day and your prayers are answered. This means you believe in miracles, correct? Then why has god been unable to re-grow a single amputees leg/arm? I'm sure there are plenty of devout christian amputees who have said a prayer to god asking to be healed. I would love an answer to this one.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Royal

      "I am a good christian man, but forgive me lord I will delight in suffering that you will meet at his hands"

      The very definition of a "good christian"... pompous, hateful and evil within. Only someone who is truly evil "delights" in the suffering of other's. People should make sure you aren't left alone with children.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • jamesquall

      is there anyway we can sterlize this guy before it's too late?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Mike

      In other news, this is why we can't have nice things (maybe trolling?). Regardless, follow the One you claim. Love as He did. We're all broken, all sinners, and not one a Judge. And remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together.

      Shalom,

      September 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Grow a brain

      @Go ahead..I have a story for yah.

      A pupil asked his teacher.

      Pupil: Ma'am, is the sky real?
      Teacher: Go outside and look-up.
      (The pupil went outside and looked-up)

      Teacher: Do you see the sky?
      Pupil: Yes.
      Teacher: So it's real.
      Pupil: I see, can I have another question?
      Teacher: Go ahead.
      Pupil: Is God real?
      Teacher: Look-up in the sky
      (The pupil looked-up in the sky)
      Teacher: Now, do you see God?
      Pupil: No.
      Teacher: Therefore, He isn't real and there's no God.
      Pupil: I see.
      (When the pupil went back inside the classroom and to her seat, her seatmate asked her)
      Seatmate: Is our teacher real
      Pupil: Can you see her?
      Seatmate: Yes, of course!
      Pupil: Then, She's real
      Seatmate: Ah, I see, but wait....does she have a mind?
      Pupil: Can you see it?
      Seatmate: Nope!

      September 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Funny stuff

      The Atheists all have the same understanding. There is no Allah, no Jesus, no Zeus. There aren't any goblins or devils or angels or ghosts. No demons, nor warlocks, nor demi-gods or gods. It is too clear that life evolved on earth by natural selection over billions of years. Christians can't agree on anything. They will all tell you different things from church to church even within the same sect. You have the Westboro baptists, Mormons, protestants, faith healers, evangelicals, and hundreds of little cults in compounds. And that is only Christians. Not counting all of the other religions out there. If everyone's religion was right then everyone would go to hell. It is so crystal clear that the man made story of the bible, has been twisted to fit mans agenda since man created religion. How this fact is not crystal clear. This is what frustrates Atheists more than anything else. We can back our claims with peer reviewed scientific studies and our theories are not just "made up". That is why Atheists get so frustrated. Christians can't even agree on their own religion. Is faith healing real of fake. Those Westboro baptists are just the crazy ones, the rest of us Christians are the "real" Christians, except those Mormons. I bet many Christians would disagree with your post Fury of God. I hope this sheds some light on why all religions just seem so silly to outsiders. I can almost guarantee that Christians are Christians simply because of where they were born. They grew up into the religion. Sort of a type of Santa Claus that you just never grow out of. He is always watching, he knows when you have been naughty or nice. Be nice and you will get a reward at Christmas. Do good to get something out of it. Sound familiar.

      September 23, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Jimmy

      Your god is such a loving and caring god, threatning to banish one to hell for non compliance. You have to love the irony.
      You come off as christian extreemist, is that how you see yourself?

      November 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • wmurderface

      Fury of God "GOD" made us exactly how he wanted us to be. So if we start beliveing that would make us go against the word of "GOD". Then we would burn in hell. Remember "GOD" makes no mistakes and "GOD" created us just the way we are supposed to be. Please stop trying to make us how "GOD" did not want us to be.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  16. God

    I worked hard as hell to create evolution. And you folks in the churches I started that keep trying to mess up the school systems I started with your attempts to weaken evolution education – can just go to hell!

    September 21, 2011 at 1:12 am |
  17. Deltamike

    for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
    Romans 1:25
    -check the fossil records,,there are huge gaps
    -creation and all its wonders came from no life? There IS a builder of all creation.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Just Sayin

      mikey, that there's a fossil record at all, such as we have found it so far, shows that your bible is a

      BIG STEAMING, STINKING PILE OF BULLSHEET.

      Just sayin...

      September 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • MM

      "-check the fossil records,,there are huge gaps"

      Given how hard it is to create a fossil, that's not only to be expected, it would be odd if there *weren't* gaps.

      "-creation and all its wonders came from no life? There IS a builder of all creation."

      Argument from ignorance is not an argument. Try again.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Q

      Actually, the gaps aren't really that huge. This argument typically accompanies a quote from Darwin's statement in Origin of Species (160 yrs ago). Since that time, plenty of transitional/intermediate forms between major classes, less so when searching for finer scale gradations (but even here, lots of nice examples). That any transitional/intermediate forms exist is a problem for ID/creationism, but when combined with the progressive order of the fossil record, ID/creationism has no legitimate rebuttals given they all defy concordance with other known natural laws/mechanisms. The one exception perhaps being some kind of Omphalo's Hypothesis (though this is generally internally discordant with the theological foundations).

      Abiogenesis research continues to yield plausible mechanisms for early replicators, but this is a separate inquiry. The evidence for evolution stands alone regardless of how/where exactly the first life came about.

      September 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • John Richardson

      THe much ballyhooed gaps are gaps between temporally adjacent species. There are many, many patterns in the fossil record that simply scream "evolution did this!"

      September 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • LT. Dan

      @deltamike
      I want to just ask first because of your name, were you 1SFOD-D. If so what years. We may know each other. Anyway; I want to just say that because there is a "gap" in the fossil record does not mean anything. We are examining fossils that are single cell organisms that are 3.4 billion years old. These are the building blocks upon which all life was built. 3.4 billion years ago is a long time. Fossils have to be discovered. The last 4 billion years have seen volcanic eruptions, meteor showers, ice ages. and continental displacement. To me that fact that there are gaps in the ages of fossils makes perfect sense. And that is only because we have not found them yet. You can't discredit a whole body of science or study because of a gap. To follow that logic then all religions would be discredited. Christians have re-written the bible or omitted sections for centuries when they are found to be dis proven or irrelevant. Cane and Abel for example. The mid 20th century theologians changed Abel from being Hebrew to being Black. Then to keep the religion relevant in today's culture they just abandon the teaching of the curse of Cain altogether. Personally it was one of my favorite stories of the bible. God down right put the smack down on those too poor brothers. They had to sacrifice their crops and sheep to appease their angry God. God excepted Abel's sacrifice but not his brother Cains, but god still kills Abel to really f- with Cain. Then God says it is Cains fault and drives him from the land after making him drink his brothers blood.
      The Bible refers to the curse of Cain in the fourth chapter of the Book of Genesis. This passage describes two brothers, Cain and Abel. Cain, the older, "was a tiller of the ground", while Abel "was a keeper of sheep" (Gen. 4:2).[1] Eventually, each of the brothers performed a sacrifice to God; Cain sacrificed some of his crops to God, while Abel sacrificed "of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof" (Gen. 4:3–4). When God accepted Abel's offering, but not Cain's, Cain's "countenance fell" (Gen. 4:5), and he "rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him" (Gen. 4:8).
      When God confronted Cain about Abel's death, God cursed him, saying:
      "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth." (Gen. 4:10–12)[2]
      As an act of irony, the curse by God focused strictly on neutralizing the benefits of Cain's primary skill, cultivating crops. When Cain complained that the curse was too strong, and that anyone who found him would kill him, God responded, "Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over",[3] and God "set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him" (Gen. 4:15).
      So you can see how some of the older stories of the bible have to be removed or changed or no one would believe in that mumbo jumbo.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • Eric

      Gaps? The bible is a black hole of logic, reason and truth. Talk about a gap in knowledge ...look at your book of fairy tales first.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  18. Idiot Translator Ring

    Translation

    Calies Manure= Tom Tom a.k.a. Tomitina

    September 20, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  19. Tom Piper'Sr.

    Sans the letter "n"

    September 20, 2011 at 8:01 am |
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