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My Take: Is Tim Tebow performing miracles?
Tim Tebow’s penchant for kneeling in prayer has birthed a new word: Tebowing.
November 29th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

My Take: Is Tim Tebow performing miracles?

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

(CNN)–In 1966, John Lennon famously claimed that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." Today that title may belong to Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos quarterback more famous for praising Jesus than for throwing touchdowns.

As anyone who has visited Dallas or Atlanta on any recent weekend can attest, America’s two great religions are Christianity and football. In recent weeks, these two great faiths have come together in Tim Tebow, the new starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos and America’s latest merger of faith in Jesus and faith in the Almighty Touchdown.

When viewed from the perspective of “the world,” Tebow is, at best, a mediocre NFL quarterback. When viewed through the eyes of faith, however, he is something like the Second Coming of Joe Montana. And maybe Something More.

On this burning question of Tim Tebow, I must confess to being an agnostic. But I understand the fervor on both sides.

Skeptics generally concede that Tebow, an outspoken Christian, was an extraordinary high school and college football player. After all, he won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore, and led his University of Florida team to two NCAA football titles.

But those who refuse to bow down before Tebow insist that NFL football is another game altogether, and when it comes to that game Tebow is a passing fancy. They attribute Denver’s near miraculous 5-1 run during his reign as a starter not to his offense but to the Broncos defense.

They point out that he throws about as well as Peppermint Patty, and that in one of his wins he completed only two passes more than Charlie Brown (which is to say two). His completion percentage (45.5%) is last in the league.

Skeptics are also turned off by Tebow’s public displays of religion. Tebow used to cite Bible verses on his eye black. And his tendency to be found praying while his teammates are strutting has added a new word—“Tebowing”—to the lexicon.

True believers say to hell with all that. What matters are the intangibles. Tebow is a winner. He may allow his team to fall behind, but in the end he leads the Broncos to victory, often in a fashion that can only be termed miraculous.

Which is to say, when it comes to the Almighty TT, you gotta have faith (or not).

In his book “Faith and Belief,” the Religious Studies scholar Wilfred Cantwell Smith describes how the notion of “faith” changed over the centuries from something like “trust” to its modern-day meaning of “belief in the unbelievable.”

And that, it seems to me, is what we are witnessing with Tebow.

It is simply not believable that a quarterback who cannot throw would turn a team from a 1-4 also-ran to a 6-5 playoff contender. But Tebow has done that, in part by running and in part, well, by faith.

There is, to be sure, Tebow's faith in Jesus. But perhaps more importantly, there is the faith of his teammates in him. Not to mention the adoration of legions of University of Florida alums, and of fans in Denver and beyond.

As a scholar of religion, I have little expertise in football, NFL or otherwise. But I cannot help weighing in on a few comparisons between TT and JC:

Jesus: turned a ragtag band of 12 apostles into the number one religion in the world

Tebow: turned a ragtag squad of 11 football players into an NFL juggernaut

Jesus: prayed a lot (to God)

Tebow: prays a lot (to Jesus)

Jesus: ran the money changers out of the temple

Tebow: runs the  spread option

Jesus: miraculously saved a wedding at Cana by turning water into wine

Tebow: miraculously led the Broncos to last-second victories against the Dolphins, the Jets and the Chargers.

Coincidence? You be the judge. As for me, I'm sitting back and waiting for Tebow to do something truly miraculous. Like winning a game without completing a single pass, or running back a punt for a touchdown, or kicking a 50-yard field goal to win a game.

Meanwhile, I am happy to report that Jesus is still more famous than Tebow. At least for now.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Christianity • Opinion • Sports

soundoff (1,398 Responses)
  1. ruthie

    I love my football and I love my beliefs but since when do we ever equate a football player with Jesus.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  2. newfamilyguy

    I'm a Denver fan of 16 years and If God is on our side on and off the field I say Thanks! GO Broncos!

    November 30, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      God is busy blowing up the supernova in the Andromeda Galaxy, and had to send his niece to manage things with the Broncos. Her poor cousin is trying to make a go of it with the Vikings, but as you can see, she is not very skilled yet. Hopefully he will get back to business before Christmas.

      November 30, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  3. Josh

    Tim Tebow can barely move an offense. He has a couple juke moves, but is playing subpar teams, and gets lucky.

    November 30, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • newfamilyguy

      Stop hating!

      November 30, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • ha ha ha ha

      "hating"? ha ha ha ha

      November 30, 2011 at 4:48 am |
    • claybigsby

      numbers dont lie, newfamilyguy. 45% completion rate? GARBAGE

      November 30, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  4. Reality

    Timmy, Timmy, Timmy,

    Apparently, you missed this prayer during the last review of your "miracle-filled" life:---––

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

    Should I 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 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

    Some of the references used to update the creed:

    o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.
    2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
    – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–
    3. Historical Jesus Studies, faithfutures.org/HJstudies.html,
    – "an extensive and constantly expanding literature on historical research into the person and cultural context of Jesus of Nazareth"
    4. Jesus Database, faithfutures.org/JDB/intro.html–"The JESUS DATABASE is an online annotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
    5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
    6. The Jesus Seminar, mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
    7. Writing the New Testament- mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/testament.html
    8. Health and Healing in the Land of Israel By Joe Zias
    joezias.com/HealthHealingLandIsrael.htm
    9. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.
    10. 7. The Gnostic Jesus
    (Part One in a Two-Part Series on Ancient and Modern Gnosticism)
    by Douglas Groothuis: equip.org/free/DG040-1.htm
    11. The interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Pontifical Biblical Commission
    Presented on March 18, 1994
    ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PBCINTER.HTM#2
    12. The Jesus Database- newer site:
    wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?t-itle=Jesus_Database
    13. Jesus Database with the example of Supper and Eucharist:
    faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb016.html
    14. Josephus on Jesus by Paul Maier:
    mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
    15. The Journal of Higher Criticism with links to articles on the Historical Jesus:
    mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    November 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  5. TheyNotHim

    Did anyone else notice that TT is actually a real person and JC is just a figment of imagination? Not really able to compare the two.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      What the article fails to mention entirely, is that out of those "miracle victories", one was against an 0-7 team, one was against a team that missed two crucial field goals, another was against the sagging San Diego Chargers (whose QB leads the league in interceptions this season). The only one, single viable contender they have played (the Lions) made a complete joke out of Tebow, the Broncos, and all the religious nuts that think this guy is the best thing to happen to football since chinstraps. The Lions shellacked the Broncos 45-10, and the only reason why Tebow did not have about 6 interceptions in that game, was because his passes are so terribly off-target, that the opposing team could not catch them either! the Tebow Christ hype machine will only last until they have to go up against some real contenders and the rest of the NFL has had a full season's worth of videotape of his playing style to gameplan with.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • michaelkim98

      hmm and what leads you to believe that?

      November 30, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • Reality

      From Professors Crossan and Watts' book, Who is Jesus.

      "That Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate, as the Creed states, is as certain as anything historical can ever be.

      “ The Jewish historian, Josephus and the pagan historian Tacitus both agree that Jesus was executed by order of the Roman governor of Judea. And is very hard to imagine that Jesus' followers would have invented such a story unless it indeed happened.

      “While the brute fact that of Jesus' death by crucifixion is historically certain, however, those detailed narratives in our present gospels are much more problematic. "

      “My best historical reconstruction would be something like this. Jesus was arrested during the Passover festival, most likely in response to his action in the Temple. Those who were closest to him ran away for their own safety.

      I do not presume that there were any high-level confrontations between Caiaphas and Pilate and Herod Antipas either about Jesus or with Jesus. No doubt they would have agreed before the festival that fast action was to be taken against any disturbance and that a few examples by crucifixion might be especially useful at the outset. And I doubt very much if Jewish police or Roman soldiers needed to go too far up the chain of command in handling a Galilean peasant like Jesus. It is hard for us to imagine the casual brutality with which Jesus was probably taken and executed. All those "last week" details in our gospels, as distinct from the brute facts just mentioned, are prophecy turned into history, rather than history remembered."

      See also Professor Crossan's reviews of the existence of Jesus in his other books especially, The Historical Jesus and also Excavating Jesus (with Professor Jonathan Reed doing the archeology discussion) .

      Other NT exegetes to include members of the Jesus Seminar have published similar books with appropriate supporting references.

      Part of Crossan's The Historical Jesus has been published online at books.google.com/books.

      There is also a search engine for this book on the right hand side of the opening page. e.g. Search Josephus

      See also Wikipedia's review on the historical Jesus to include the Tacitus' reference to the crucifixion of Jesus.

      From ask.com,

      "One of the greatest historians of ancient Rome, Cornelius Tacitus is a primary source for much of what is known about life the first and second centuries after the life of Jesus. His most famous works, Histories and Annals, exist in fragmentary form, though many of his earlier writings were lost to time. Tacitus is known for being generally reliable (if somewhat biased toward what he saw as Roman immorality) and for having a uniquely direct (if not blunt) writing style.

      Then there are these scriptural references:

      Crucifixion of Jesus:(1) 1 Cor 15:3b; (2a) Gos. Pet. 4:10-5:16,18-20; 6:22; (2b) Mark 15:22-38 = Matt 27:33-51a = Luke 23:32-46; (2c) John 19:17b-25a,28-36; (3) Barn. 7:3-5; (4a) 1 Clem. 16:3-4 (=Isaiah 53:1-12); (4b) 1 Clem. 16.15-16 (=Psalm 22:6-8); (5a) Ign. Mag. 11; (5b) Ign. Trall. 9:1b; (5c) Ign. Smyrn. 1.2.- (read them all at wiki.faithfutures. Crucifixion org/index.php/005_Crucifixion_Of_Jesus )

      Added suggested readings:

      o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.
      2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
      – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–
      30-60 CE Passion Narrative
      40-80 Lost Sayings Gospel Q
      50-60 1 Thessalonians
      50-60 Philippians
      50-60 Galatians
      50-60 1 Corinthians
      50-60 2 Corinthians
      50-60 Romans
      50-60 Philemon
      50-80 Colossians
      50-90 Signs Gospel
      50-95 Book of Hebrews
      50-120 Didache
      50-140 Gospel of Thomas
      50-140 Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel
      50-200 Sophia of Jesus Christ
      65-80 Gospel of Mark
      70-100 Epistle of James
      70-120 Egerton Gospel
      70-160 Gospel of Peter
      70-160 Secret Mark
      70-200 Fayyum Fragment
      70-200 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
      73-200 Mara Bar Serapion
      80-100 2 Thessalonians
      80-100 Ephesians
      80-100 Gospel of Matthew
      80-110 1 Peter
      80-120 Epistle of Barnabas
      80-130 Gospel of Luke
      80-130 Acts of the Apostles
      80-140 1 Clement
      80-150 Gospel of the Egyptians
      80-150 Gospel of the Hebrews
      80-250 Christian Sibyllines
      90-95 Apocalypse of John
      90-120 Gospel of John
      90-120 1 John
      90-120 2 John
      90-120 3 John
      90-120 Epistle of Jude
      93 Flavius Josephus
      100-150 1 Timothy
      100-150 2 Timothy
      100-150 T-itus
      100-150 Apocalypse of Peter
      100-150 Secret Book of James
      100-150 Preaching of Peter
      100-160 Gospel of the Ebionites
      100-160 Gospel of the Nazoreans
      100-160 Shepherd of Hermas
      100-160 2 Peter

      3. Historical Jesus Studies, faithfutures.org/HJstudies.html,
      – "an extensive and constantly expanding literature on historical research into the person and cultural context of Jesus of Nazareth"
      4. Jesus Database, faithfutures.org/JDB/intro.html–"The JESUS DATABASE is an online annotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
      5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      6. The Jesus Seminar, mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
      7. Writing the New Testament- mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/testament.html
      8. Health and Healing in the Land of Israel By Joe Zias
      joezias.com/HealthHealingLandIsrael.htm
      9. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.

      November 30, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  6. New2WI

    Please God, let ME when the game! Please let ME throw touchdowns...I pray to you Jesus...make ME a priority and worry about all of the starving people in the world, stopping wars, curing the sick, and so forth...because football is so more more important...especially when it comes to ME! Amen!

    November 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • ****

      Yes indeed, you whon the spelling bee too.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Anneks

      If you actually knew anything about Tim, you'd know that he lives his faith. He's not a thug-wannabe that beats his chest, kisses his fingers and raises that one finger up to God like most of the fake poseurs in the NFL. He's not there praying for a pass or a touchdown, you moron.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Well, he was impersonating Tim Tebow, who scored so low on his SAT and ACT that he almost did not qualify for any accreditted colleges or universities. He is lucky the Gators run this program where athletes get pushed through based on their atheltics performance rather than academic performance.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      WHAT is he praying for then, ANNEKS? Please, do tell us all....

      November 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  7. Dano

    It's sad how few people realize that this article is a JOKE! I must admit, however, that I thought it was real when I first saw the link, given the quality of what usually shows up in CNN's religion blogs...

    November 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  8. gimli420

    No question about it – Tebow would be nowhere without that scrawny little god-on-a-stick smiting his opponents. Jesus is his biggest fan.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  9. goddog

    Come on people... If the bible is the only thing you have to claim your truth you really don't have anything to say. I can recite the night before Christmas all I want but it doesn't make it true. What would happen if all of the bibles on earth vanished suddenly? You would end up with even more rewrites and interpretations than there already are... what happens to the truth? If the truth lives inside of you through god, what do you need a bible for anyway? Shouldn't you get that through god? You don't make sense. You suspend your disbelief because you think you will be saved... How selfish and juvenile you truly seem to realists.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Seek and you will find

      Sorry bro, you just don't understand. Its all about the faith. You just want to be your own God. Stop pushing your pagan beliefs on us. You wanna believe you're a turbocharged ape go ahead. I just don't have enough faith to be an athiest.
      I look at the night sky, my kids and all I see is God.
      -The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom but fools despise wisdom

      November 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • TR6

      @Seek and you will findL: “I look at the night sky, my kids and all I see is God”

      I look at the Sabra and Shatila massacres and all I see is your god

      November 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • Seek and you will find

      Fools despise wisdom

      November 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Ironicus

      You expect delusional people to understand what you are saying? But how else can we stop them? I guess we're deluded into thinking there's any hope for us to make them see reason and common sense. The irony just never stops.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      I look at the thousands of dead Asians, from the tsunami last spring, and all I see is god.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • Ironicus

      I guess "seek" is telling us he/she is a fool for they scorn wisdom right before our very eyes.
      "seek" thanks for coming out of the closet on this. You should "seek" help. "seek" the truth. "seek" real facts to gain knowledge.
      But I'm talking to a closed mind. A blind believer. A fool without a god to back them up on anything they say.....

      November 30, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Hose A

      thats just seek

      November 30, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  10. Kelli

    America needs a lot more good men like Tim Tebow.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • goddog

      America needs more people who do the right things because they are right. Obviously mankind has been around a lot longer than the bible so I think we would be just fine without it. If you can think of one thing you would change if you were god, you're already better than him. I don't want to hear about how god has a plan. If he does, he's a lousy communicator.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • Seek and you will find

      God does have a plan and even you who blaspheme him can still be part of it if you would only humble yourself, repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Blah blah, believe believe. Stop threatening people with your fantasies.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • Seek and you will find

      I'm not threatening you, God is. And he will destroy those who don't turn to him. Its in the Bible. Read it.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      Wait, wait wait. If god has a plan, and the way I am is NOT part of it, then it wasn't such a good, or effective plan now was it ? Does he make bad plans ? Didn't he know what was going to happen with the other plan ? Don't you ever examine what you are saying ?

      November 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Francis Balliardo

      god would have to exist for it to be able to threaten me.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      I heard he was sending them to hell, forever. That's not exactly destruction, now is it, if they will still exist there ?

      November 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • Ironicus

      No god = no plan.
      What you think of as a plan is nothing but your brain projecting your own delusions onto the reality you see around you.
      This is one of the things our brains have evolved to do – to seek danger. This includes looking for any possible patterns that could be precursors to danger.
      In our human brains, the brain structures governing this activity have not evolved to evaluate our surroundings in a fail-safe manner. We make mistakes in perception, in judgement, in evaluation, in all types of thinking.
      This leads to ascribing stuff to "supernatural" origins without taking the time to properly evaluate what we perceive mentally.
      Emotions are not subject to our total control. We can't hardly change our emotional reactions as most of them are affected by the more primitive structures of the brain.
      With our modern knowledge, there is more than enough scientific evidence to debunk all religions. But a person in the throes of delusion rarely has the ability to see the delusion for what it is. That's why it's called a delusion.
      Fantasy helps people as a form of escapism. Religion is a fantasy that gives people a world-view that is skewed but comforting. Many people turn to religion because they can see they have no control and find that pretending there is a supernatural super-being in control of damn near everything is very comforting. Like a parent just out of sight who will take care of everything when needed for mysterious reasons not known to the child-like world-view so many identify with because of who their parents were and where they were born.
      I look up in the night sky and see an astonishingly large universe with so many random events that it is clear there is no pattern. An emotional child associates a lack of understanding with the mysterious and complicated powers and knowledge of the supernatural parent. But an objective and knowledgeable evaluation of physics shows no pattern at any level, just laws of physics that control everything without any discernible conscious pattern at all in human events, the natural world and universe around us, and in human understanding and perception.
      Definitely no god or gods here. But don't take it from me – do your own damn investigation of your religion. You won't like what you find if you are looking for holes. You'll find the whole thing is made of nothing but holes.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • TR6

      @Seek and you will find: “I'm not threatening you, God is.”

      If god is threatening me, let him show up and threaten me in person. I would be extremely interested in anything he had to say. But all I ever get are miserable little 3rd party agents claiming to represent him and demanding I do what THEY want claiming it’s what he wants. They claim their religion and god can do and does do everything; but, all they can show me is a 2000 year old book of sadistic fairytales that can’t do anything (including making sense). What part of con artist don’t you understand?

      November 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      Interesting post, Ironicus.
      They say man is the tool making ape. I think we are the pattern seeking ape.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • Ironicus

      I usually don't use nice words when describing our species, but "ape" will do for the next five seconds or so.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  11. theoldadam

    I'm a Christian.

    But I don't like it when athletes point up to Heaven when they throw a touchdown or win a game.

    As if God really wants one team over another. Give me a break.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • Pilot96

      As if there's a god to begin with....

      November 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • Francis Balliardo

      There isn't.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Ironicus

      I didn't!

      November 30, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  12. tnmtl

    A praying football goon is about as dumb as the pope blessing the farari's at St. Peters square.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  13. VISITOR

    "America’s two great religions are Christianity and football".

    What a disgrace to compare Chrisstianity with American footbal.

    Yeah, Americans are steeped in idolatry!

    November 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Jaysan

      It's not really comparing the two is it? Rather it is just making the observation that Americans have a sentimental value for both.

      November 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • goddog

      When you call football a religion you are distinguishing it as equal to it. I hate apologists.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Francis Balliardo

      I know. What an insult to football.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Ironicus

      The honor of football must be restored by firing this guy. No question.
      Or at least they should penalize him for unsportsmanlike conduct on the field. That would work for me.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  14. Seek and you will find

    Tebow serves the one true God and I admire him for that. Jesus said that he was the only way to God. The Old testament is filled with prophesy about Jesus Christ written hundreds to 1500 years before he was even born. See Isaiah 53 for one of the clearest prophesies of Jesus's crucifixion in the Old testament.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • giant

      Fantastic claims require fantastic proof. I wouldn't consider that to be even interesting.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • sam

      Agree, Tebow serves the one true God, and yes indeed-prohecies foretold in OT fulfilled in NT!

      November 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • TR6

      @sam: “Agree, Tebow serves the one true God, and yes indeed-prohecies foretold in OT fulfilled in NT!”

      The only god Tebow servers is FootBall (what was that about not being able to server 2 masters?). The NT was written to match the OT prophecies.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • goddog

      You are only seeking that which you want to find. It's obvious, it's insulting and it's pathetic. I hope you don't vote or have any say over any other human life... ever.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Francis Balliardo

      lol @ Isaiah 53

      So, a guy reads this "prophecy" and says to himself, "Hmmmmmmm, ya know, I could be THIS guy!! And then people will think I'm the ONE they were talking about when they wrote this garbage!!"

      You do realize I could write something just like Isaiah 53 and start my own religion, and someone could come along and pretend to be the one I wrote about, right? It's not difficult to see just how easily this could be played out. I could find a "prophecy" nostradamus wrote and fulfill it. Does it mean nostradamus was right? Nope. Just me making it appear that he was right.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • JT

      @seek...lol..you had us all really going there. After reading some of your earlier comments I now realize you are portraying a fundi. Sorry if I "outed" you but you are good. Are you by chance a member of Landover Baptist?

      November 29, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  15. KC

    Matthew 6:5-6 "And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagouges and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who is in secret will reward you."

    November 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • goddog

      I tried this earlier but there are a hundred get out of jail free cards that they use to explain it away... even though this is a "direct quote" from Jesus.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  16. I'm starving to death

    I'm too lazy to work, and my welfare just ran out? Maybe I'll play sports! They don't have to do anything for a living. And, I could go to church and get free hand outs.

    SPORTS!!

    November 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  17. suckers

    I like Tim, hes a good guy. You sirs and madams get a job or go occupy a street or something. Hobos

    November 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I have nothing against Tim Tebow except that he makes displays that draw attention to himself during football games. He can pray quietly, but then he wouldn't be getting national media attention. I don't like dances in the end zones, either. Football is a team sport and individuals shouldn't try to steal all the thunder from the team.

      I have a job. I've been a tax paying worker for over 30 years. Your false judgement of others is the equivalent of a lie. Why do christians think it's okay to lie?

      November 30, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Ironicus

      At least Muslims have the excuse that their Koran tells them to lie. What excuse do Christians have? Or anyone?

      November 30, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  18. JT

    There's a very simple test to see if Tebow's special invisible nonexistent friend is the key to his success. After the ball is hiked his blockers should just step aside and see what happens. I'll bet $1000 to any jeeeeezus fanatic that there won't be any invisible shield protecting him and he'll get creamed. I bet the winning streak will suddenly come to a halt but the deluded won't be phased of course.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • suckers

      your comment sucks.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Well put. People like "suckers" say more about themselves when they resort to pointless insults than they do about those they are commenting on.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  19. ihasinternetnow

    Win or lose I think Tebow has a good outlook on his faith in God. God cares for the people who play sports but not if they win or lose.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • JT

      You know this as a fact or is this something you simply personally believe and this is just your opinion?

      November 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • thatguy

      i think that is a Fact

      November 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Unless of course, it's one of those athletes who are paralyzed or die, or suffer brain damage from injuries received on the field. I don't think god likes them very much.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • Ironicus

      Definitely a delusional "opinion" and in no way a demonstrable fact even in the existence of a "god".

      November 30, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • Ironicus

      I mean there is nothing but BS in religion. Even the morals are just moral relativism. Football doesn't need these flaming displays of religious masturbation when everyone just wants to watch the damn game!
      If you can't pray without falling to your knees and wailing while everyone waits for your goofy ass to finish so they can play, then you need to be banned from playing. Just my opinion. My educated opinion.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  20. como1

    Last time I checked Tebow is an NFL rookie in his first year with much to learn. So he is doing well, I remember Elway being called Smelway in his first 3 years as an NFL QB and he grew into the job and one of the best. Lots of mis-statements in this article. It is fun to see you anti-religion/christian types cough up your spleen over Tebow.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I dislike grandstanding in any athlete. Tebow could pray humbly, but he chooses instead to make a big display of his faith. I find that to be artificial, and an insult to his teammates.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • Francis Balliardo

      It's fun to see morons talk about football like it really matters.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • tallulah13

      Football doesn't matter. But if an individual makes his living playing a child's game that requires a team, the very least he can do is to credit those who are doing the real work: His compatriots on the field.

      November 30, 2011 at 2:30 am |
    • HotAirAce

      It's fun to see believers talk about religion like it is really true.

      November 30, 2011 at 3:28 am |
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