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15 faith-based predictions for 2012
January 1st, 2012
03:00 PM ET

15 faith-based predictions for 2012

To ring in the New Year, CNN's Belief Blog asked experts in religion, faith leaders, and a secular humanist about how the forces of faith and faithlessness will shape the world in 2012.

Here's what they told us:

1. The Republican Party will tap Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee, and America will finally have its "Mormon moment." As evangelicals try to figure out whether they can support a president who practices Mormonism, the rest of us will try to figure out whether Mormonism is a cult, a form of Christianity, or something in between. Meanwhile, visitors to Marriott hotels will finally crack open some of those nightstand copies of The Book of Mormon.
-Stephen Prothero, Boston University religion professor and regular CNN Belief Blog contributor

2. Despite all of the lessons that could have been learned from Y2K and Harold Camping, people will still rally around the idea that apocalyptic events are on the calendar for 2012. Some will turn to the end-date of the 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (closely associated with the Maya civilization) and a handful of folks believe cataclysmic events are awaiting on December 21, 2012. But the dates with will pass with little fanfare — except for those profiting from the sale of gold coins, generators, and dried food that you'd probably rather want to die than eat.
-Margaret Feinberg, author of "Hungry for God"

3. Continuing revolutions across the Arab world will raise alarming questions about the fate of the remaining Christians in the region, and will put the issue of religious persecution squarely on the political agenda. Sizable Christian populations now survive in only two Arab countries, Egypt and Syria, both of which could soon be under Islamist rule. At a minimum, expect to see inter-faith violence on the ground. In a worst case scenario, Arab Christians could face large scale persecution, forcing millions to seek new homes overseas. Watch too for religious persecution to be an emotive issue in the U.S. presidential race.
- Philip Jenkins, Penn State University professor and author of "Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses"

4. The year will see an increase in the number of people "coming out" as nonbelievers. Major events like the Reason Rally in March will be a catalyst for more people to publicly declare their secular worldview. The statements of popular celebrities George Takei and Ricky Gervais as atheists in 2011 are just the tip of the iceberg.
–Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association

5. "All-American Muslim" will become a bigger hit than "Jersey Shore" ever was. Obsessed fans worldwide, regardless of gender, will begin rocking sassy colorful hijab (veil) and converting en masse. Tim Tebow will choose to fast in solidarity with Muslim football players and Tebowing will be replaced by Teprostrating. President Obama will jump on the bandwagon and replace VP Joe Biden with Keith Ellison as his running mate, guaranteeing his re-election in a landslide victory in November. Peace will reign on earth and pigs will have a new lease on life.
-Maysoon Zayid, comedian, actress and co-producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival

6. There's no question the worldview of most younger Christians already differs from previous generations regarding social justice, cultural engagement and politics. The next issue of probable divergence? The conflict in Israel and Palestine. The American church has largely purported just one theology about the modern state of Israel, but now questions are being asked - especially by younger Christians learning of persecution and human rights issues happening in the region - if the church should have a more active role in peacemaking. Is there a way for the Church to be pro-Israel, pro-Palestine and pro-peace?
–Cameron Strang, publisher of RELEVANT magazine

7. Significant numbers of millennials (young people born in the 1980s and 1990s) will continue to walk away from socially conservative religious traditions. Bringing them back will be tough, especially for religious organizations deeply invested in brick-and-mortar and bureaucracy. Millennials who are facing the erosion of access to affordable, quality education and meaningful employment and who stand to inherit from their elders a great deal of debt and environmental destruction want to know why and how faith matters.
-Joanna Brooks, Mormon author and columnist for Religion Dispatches

8. The year 2012 promises to be a time of great spiritual stirring in our nation. People are seeking both practical and spiritual answers to their problems. As a result, churches and media ministries that answer specific needs will grow in unprecedented numbers. We can expect to see the numbers of mega-churches and super mega-churches continue to grow. Culturally there will be marked return to helping the poor (both domestically and internationally) and political and social engagement by a younger/more racially diverse, evangelical people.
–Harry R. Jackson Jr., senior pastor, Hope Christian Church and president of the High Impact Leadership Coalition

9. Sabbath becomes trendy! Fourth Commandment makes a comeback! Sabbath named Time’s person of the year! A new movement sweeps the country. They call themselves 24/6. Worn out by being tethered to the grid 24/7, sick of being accessible all hours of the day, inundated by updates, upgrades, and breaking news, Americans finally rebel, demanding, “We need a day off.” People all over the country go offline for 24 hours every week. The simple break from the frenetic pace results in lowered cholesterol rates, fewer speeding tickets, and a reduction in marital strife. Peace, tranquility and contentment spread like wildfire.
–Jamie Korngold, rabbi and author of "The God Upgrade"

10. Women in the Middle East and around the world will rally in protest about the woman who was beaten, stomped on and stripped down to her blue bra (under her abaya) during a demonstration in Egypt. Women everywhere who have been oppressed by their religions will rise up, as they have already done in Egypt, to join "The Blue Bra Revolution." We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.
–Sally Quinn, founder and editor-in-chief of Washington Post's “On Faith”

11.“Occu-pew Church" – a movement away from counterfeit "Church-ianity," cult of personality and religion toward authentic grassroots personal faith, based on living and loving like Jesus. More churches will lose the moat dragon mentality, lower the drawbridge and dispatch members beyond the church service to church SERVICE, applying their faith in the community through volunteerism and outreach. A renewed global emphasis on prayer - especially for peace and reconciliation - as individuals and leaders recognize that personal spiritual peace in one's heart provides the only lasting foundation for physical peace among families, friends, neighbors - even nations
–A. Larry Ross, Christian communications executive representing clients like Billy Graham and Rick Warren

12. Hindu Americans will continue to become better advocates for themselves, particularly in the public policy arena. They will play a larger role in defining the manner in which Hinduism is represented in the media, academia, popular culture, and interfaith dialogue. The acknowledgment of the Hindu roots of yoga will continue to spread with more people seeing the connection. And the Hindu ethos of religious pluralism will take on a more prominent role in nurturing not only tolerance, but respect for and between the world's religions.
–Sheetal Shah, senior director of the Hindu American Foundation

13. In 2012 the lines between the sacred and the profane will get even more blurry: Scientists will religiously maintain their search for the elusive God particle (they won't find it); evangelical sports superhero and Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow will continue to be both an inspiration to the faithful and an object of scorn to skeptics (he will be watching, not playing in, the Super Bowl); at least one well-known religious leader or leading religious politician will be brought down by a sex scandal (let's hope all our leaders have learned a lesson from former Rep. Anthony Weiner and stay away from sexting); and the "nones" - those who don't identify with one religion - will grow even more numerous and find religious meanings in unexpected places (what TV show will become this season's "Lost"?)
–Gary M. Laderman, chairman of Emory University’s religion department and  director of  Religion Dispatches

14. America’s evangelical community will have its hands full addressing both a presidential election and offering a biblical response to “end of days” Mayan prophecies surrounding 2012. With the economy emerging as the primary issue for the November election, America’s born-again community will have an opportunity to contextualize an alternative narrative to the polarizing elements from both the right and the left by reconciling the righteousness message of Billy Graham with the justice platform of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By offering compassionate, truth-filled solutions and focusing on the message of grace, love, reconciliation and healing, evangelicals will demonstrate that the greatest agenda stems neither from the donkey nor the elephant but rather from the lamb.
- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

15. We are seeing the divide between younger generation evangelicals and older generation (baby boom and older) get wider every year both theologically and culturally (lifestyle). 2012 promises to widen the gap even more with Gen X and younger evangelicals having trouble understanding why the traditional lines make sense and/or just outright rejecting those lines.
–Mark Tauber, publisher at HarperOne

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (2,166 Responses)
  1. John 3:16

    The bible was written by men inspired by God you atheist act like christians need to be perfect we make mistakes just like everyone else so stop acting like we have to be perfect because of our faith...And stop judging those that try to preach to you. This is america and we have the right to believe in whatever we want without persecution. If someones preaching the worst thing that can happen is that you dont listen or ignore them. You have the right to believe in whatever you want but dont expect not to be judge in believing nothing if your are so busy judging people who believe in something.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • .......

      Pssst, little Johnny: try to write coherently if you want someone to pay attention to what you are saying.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • John 3:16

      you must be atheist cuz you have to ridicule those that have religion let me believe what I want to believe and you can believe in nothing if you want. im not judging you so why do you need to judge what I believe in

      January 2, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • HotAirAce

      John xyzzy, you are free to believe what you want and atheists support that right. That being said, if you publicly say or do stupid things, such as stating you are an adult who believes in fairy tales, you should expect to be ridiculed. Pointing out one's stupidity is not persecution.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • John 3:16

      just because atheist think its a fairytale doesnt give you any right to ridicule. People believe in reincarnating im not gonna call that stupid thats theyre choice to believe it whether its real or not. So clearly atheist do not respect those that believe in what they want to believe in. If we wanna believe its a so called "fairy tale" then lets us belive that its no business or yours just like its no business of ours to ridicule or judge you in believing in Nothing

      January 2, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Let's try again...

      You can believe anything you want, but that does not make it true and you do not have the right to go unchallenged. What would your reaction be if I stood on a street corner and loudly proclaimed "There are no gods! Pope-A-Dope should be investigated for covering up child abuse! The holocaust was faked! All believers are mentally ill!" or even just stood there silently with those messages on a sign. Are you seriously suggesting that everyone else must respect my beliefs and that they should go unchallenged?

      January 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • captain america

      I take offense when a low end canadian comes on an American news site and belittles an American about anything.Hotair is a butt in canadian whose opinion is neither needed or wanted and valued at less than dog crap. There's your sign

      January 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • fred

      John 3:16
      FYI these are our Canadian brothers. We pretend Americans are Neanderthal Christians so that they stay up North and continue to supply us with oil that Obama will not take out our sacred ground.
      You are doing a great Job, Keep it up !

      January 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      John XYZZY, be careful of who claims to be your friend. in case you haven't noticed, all fred and CA did was throw up a lot of bluster – nothing of substance.

      January 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • fred

      John 3:16
      Do not fear the cold fronts that always come down from the North. HotAirAce is actually a warm loving soul that is one John 3:16 short of joining us. Since he is currently more of a materialist bringing up things of substance perhaps he has not heard about Hebrews 11:1 "1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for."

      January 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      More fluff from fred...

      I can only assume that he agrees we me that no one has a right to utter stupidities without challenge.

      January 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  2. If horses had Gods ...

    More of a hope than a prediction .. Religious followers will begin to be able to comprehend that atheism is only a word to identify someone who doesn't believe in religion & is NOT a religion itself. I know it's hard for those who have been deeply indoctrinated from birth to take a step back & come to this realization.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  3. Lolizzz

    America is a 'secular' country but with Christmas and Easter as holidays

    January 2, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  4. vel

    1. might realize that all religions are "cults" and are no more valid or "true" than the next. 3. Yep, the bible has just as many violent verses as the other books, and probably only the bible and quran are tied neck and neck for advocating killing non-believers and advocating genocide. Funny how Islam, Christianity and Judaism all claim to be so "peaceful". and ah, the idea of a super mega church. Love to see these, and how they convince people that their version of Christianity is the only "right" one, of course lacking any actual evidence of this. Any Christians have the powers JC promised? No? Then why do you think anyone should believe your nonsense? Why no healing of amputees and clearing out of our VA hospitals? Why has it been thousands of years since these religions were created by man and they still fail miserably on the magic promises?

    January 2, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • If horses had Gods ...

      Because believers WANT to believe & followers NEED to follow.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • John 3:16

      for one what magic promises and two where in the bible to they advocate killing non believers?

      January 2, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Jeff

      The followers aint the problem. It's the ones that think they are the leaders... See Jan below.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  5. Jan

    Non-Christians should NOT be allowed to live in the United States !!

    January 2, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • vel

      Thanks. Jan. Good to see Christians show their true colors. Care to also try to enforce Luke 19 where it says to kill all nonchristians too?

      January 2, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Montreal

      It NEVER says anywhere in the bible to kill non-Christians! STOP spreading false facts and read the bible & get educated rather than being ignorant... loser

      January 2, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • AGuest9

      So many Const.itution-haters here!

      January 2, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • Jeff

      So will you be in charge of the committee that will organize the methods to kick all of us out?

      January 2, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Chris

      Wow... what a maniacal, sad place that would be. With only one cult in place!

      January 2, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • If horses had Gods ...

      Jan, thanks for the chuckle this morning! LOL

      January 2, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • really

      Please direct me to the passage in the Bible that references the United States. You are a crazy person.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • John 3:16

      This is not how all christians are Jan youre going about this all the wrong thats the problem with most christians you think youre so holy and perfect and you dig a big hole for us christians who know we are not perfect but that God still loves us God loves the sinner and hates the sin so as a Christian if you are one you should be the same way youre the type of christian that gives all of us bad names. We are not here to condem those that dont believe but to save what is lost and we are not here to judge them Our job is to pray for them preach to them and if they hear it they hear it and if they dont they dont. Its up to them to believe or not believe and we have no right to ridicule judge or call out those that dont.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Bob

      Yeah, Jan, we wouldn't want people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, or most of our scientists and other best-educated people to continue living here. We sure wouldn't want the prosperity and quality of life and the tax base that they bring.

      How typically Christian of you. And stupid.

      Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • momgonenutz

      Our country was founded based on the need for religious freedom (altho the puritans and pilgrims weren't too accepting of others beliefs)

      January 2, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Sock Puppet Spotter

      Jan is Bob

      January 2, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • An inconvenient truth

      While it is true that millions of innocent victims would have lived full productive lives if atheism had always been a capital offense, we do not advocate that penalty for them at this time. Perhaps those few ne'er do well atheists that are so inclined would do civilization a favor and do the job themselves. Recommended site for all atheists and atheist wanna bes jackkevorkian.org

      January 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • tallulah13

      So in other words, Jan, you hate the United States and the Const.itution that gives us our freedoms.

      January 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  6. Palustris

    Actually, all these "predictions", which are really just opinions, are no brainers if you think about it.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • momgonenutz

      I agree….some are pretty interesting tho!

      January 2, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  7. Jordan

    @AVvdBerg

    ....Darkness over light? You do understand that your "god" created the world with both a balance of darkness and light? It get's sunny outside, then it gets dark. Preferring darkness over light is really like whether you like more peanut butter or jelly on your sandwich... and that's even if you beleive a bunch of stories and fables from a book that has been translated countless numbers of times, rewritten, dissected, and is pretty much a sequel of an already famous book which starred a dad doing crazy stuff. Your book just happens to feature him as a supporting character and his son as the protagonist.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  8. Jim

    Faith is the most overrated virtue – C. Hitchens

    January 2, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  9. Jim

    When is our species finally going to purge its delusional wish thinking and sado masochistic behavior of fearing and loving a theocratic dictator(s)? Quit fearing the reality of your demise and live your brief span of time respecting your fellow primates and start enjoying the awe inspiring reasons of how you really got here.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  10. Jim

    When is our species finally going to purge its delusional wish thinking and sado masochistic behavior of fearing and loving a theocratic dictator(s)? Quit fearing the reality of your demise and live your brief span of time respecting your fellow primates enjoy the awe of how you really got here.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • moonster

      Jim, who cares how we got here – just rejoice that we made it and that we are worthy of being here.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  11. davidmij

    Number 2 is not accurate just like the movie "Apocalypto" is completely in accurate and fiction. If you know your history you'll see that the Maya didn't say the world would end, they said the world would change – start knew.
    Much like the "Hurt Locker" Apocalypto and the (mythical) Maya life of violence is considered an insult by Maya and Iraq war veteran's.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  12. moonster

    My prediction for 2012 is that this year the prophesies of Garabandal will happen.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  13. bachmanntwit

    Marcus Bachmann, Michelle Bachmann's gay husband, will finally pray away his own gay in 2012. And it won't cost the taxpayers very much at all.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  14. Matt

    I don't put much stock in "faith based" concepts, but if you have some verifiable evidence to present to support your claims.opinions, I will be happy to look that evidence over and consider it...

    January 2, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  15. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A lot of hatred on this post this morning.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Adam

      Of course. Anyone who dares disagree with theism is automatically spewing "hatred," right? That way, you can use well-reasoned criticism as a means to portray yourselves as victims. Whatever "hatred" there is has been well-earned, over the last few thousand years.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • M.F. Luder

      A lot of people have grown VERY tired of the dogma-spouting and "holier-than-thou" att.itudes. It's really coming to a head.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  16. dragon8me

    Only #4 has a chance of coming true.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • JohnR

      Actually, quite a few of them could turn out to be true. The 2012 addle brains are slam dunk certain to be out in droves all year.Generational divide even within the evangelical community will have a significant impact, not just in the coming year, but more and more over time. The American Muslim thing is totally silly, but it was written by a comedian, eh?

      January 2, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  17. BinyaminW

    #16: Muslims will finally decide to do the right thing and shoot themselves in the head, leaving the world free of a religion created by an illiterate pedophile.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • AvdBerg

      BenyaminW

      For a better understanding what impact the Muslim community will have on this world we invite you to read the article 'Clash of Civilizations' listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

      Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).

      http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

      January 2, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • jemzinthekop

      Sorry.... how is this any different from any other religion?

      January 2, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • humanbean

      Why are you leaving out Christianity? Once you get past the "pedophile" stuff, they're pretty interchangeable with a lot of the same beliefs and history.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  18. John

    Wow. Seventy-plus million Catholics in the U.S., and you couldn't get one statement in there from a Catholic prtiest, bishop, or archbishop? Bias by exclusion is bias nonetheless.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • jemzinthekop

      Too busy covering up child molestation.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • AvdBerg

      John

      By reading the articles the Mystery Babylon, Popes and the Princes of This World and Se_ ual Abuse in the Churches, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca you will find your answer.

      Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).

      http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

      January 2, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • groundhog

      They're too busy counting all of their money and asking for more donations.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • AvdBerg

      Groundhog

      That is the single most important goal of any religion. This is one of the reasons we have never requested or accepted a penny in twenty six years of service. God is quite capable of looking after his own.

      Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).

      http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

      January 2, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  19. loki301

    I wonder what would happen if aliens landed on earth and took the time to speak individually with the leaders of each of the major religions. Each leader would explain the teachings of their faith and explain why they believe in their particular faith and not others. Then let an athiest describe what he believes and why he believes. I wonder who the aliens would side with coming into the debate with a completely open mind? Think about it and decide who would be chosen as correct and who would be written off as a crackpot.

    January 2, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • truth

      the athiest doesn't believe anything so they would be written off

      January 2, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • Mack

      Or the problem of the alien not looking like an Earth man. So much for god creating man in the image of himself. Forget the potentially millions of other planets that can foster intelligent life that almost certainly looks nothing like Earth man. No one has explained why god would have done that, and then dictated an Earth version of the bible to us. I suppose it's just one of those "unknown mysteries" that will somehow get explained away.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:18 am |
    • Matt

      @ "Truth" : Is that how Jesus would talk about atheists? Are you "loving your enemies as you love yourself" with your comments? But you claim to be a follower of Christ, right? Typical "christian"... (small c)

      January 2, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • HolyChrist

      "truth": If you're going to hate something, at least understand it. I know, crazy concept.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  20. AvdBerg

    The 15 faith-based predictions are not based on faith in the true and living God and the righteousness of God.

    The following is what God has to say about all the foolish predictions by those that follow and serve the spirit of this world (John 8:34), who speak after the wisdom of men but not after the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 2:4,5) and whose faith is without foundation and after their own self-righteousness.

    1 Cor. 1:19,20. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

    We encourage you to read all the foolish predictions by these blind guides and false preachers and then reflect on the fact that even Jesus Christ did not pray for this world (John 17:9; 1 John 5:19).

    For a better understanding of the false prophets and false Christs the Word of God refers to in Matthew 24:24, we invite you to read the article ‘False Apostles and False Christs’ listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Human nature and friendship with the world is enmity with God (Romans 8:7; James 4:4).

    Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4).

    Also, for a better understanding of the above and what it means to be a Christian, we invite you to read the article ‘Can Christianity or Any Other Religion Save You?’ listed on our website.

    Also, to give people a better understanding of the principalities and destructive forces (Eph. 6:12) behind the Media, US Politics and the issues that divide this world, we invite you to read the article ‘CNN Belief Blog ~ Sign of the Times’.

    All of the other pages and articles will explain how and by whom this world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9 and they will also explain what mankind must do to be reunited with God and to be able to understand the Bible.

    He that is spiritual judgeth (discerneth) all things, yet he himself is judged of no man (1 Cor. 2:15; 14:37; Proverbs 28:5; Gal. 6:1; Col. 1:9; John 3:8; 5:30; 8:15; 16:8-11).

    Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).

    January 2, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • jemzinthekop

      For a guy with so much to say 2000 years ago, he seems pretty quiet these days.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • AvdBerg

      jemzinthekop

      The Gospel we preach is after the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive (John 14:17). It is the same message that was preached by Christ and the apostles. The reason mankind cannot hear it because they prefer darkness over light (John 3:19; 1 Cor. 2:14).

      http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

      January 2, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • jemzinthekop

      AVDBerg.... what you preach is simple humanistic logic that 99% of the world would follow without Religion. What religion does is makes sure there is a steady flow of money and political influence to ensure humanity never breaks out of its shackles and finds true enlightenment away from mythology and the social control religion holds over there world. So thank you, but you can keep your voodoo.... thanks for all the wars though.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • AvdBerg

      jemzinthekop

      The whole world has been deceived as you are. All religions are a deception. The only way back to God is through the Baptism of Repentance (Mark 1:4). We invite you to read the article 'Repent' on our website. It means a lot more than what by nature you have been made to believe. It is the same message that was preached by Christ and the apostles.

      Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).

      http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

      January 2, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • jemzinthekop

      AvdBerg, when 99% of the people on the planet speak of their faith they are actually speaking about the only religion they have ever had any exposure to, which is most likely the same religion their parents instilled in them and is also the prevailing religion of their geographic region.

      Mohammed claims the Koran was recited to him by the Angel Gabriel over a 20 + year period.... do you believe this? If so, how could the Bible possibly be correct then? If you don't believe it then congratulations you are now 1 step closer to the enlightenment people like myself seek by realizing the claims or religion are completely insane.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • AvdBerg

      jemzinthekop

      Mohammed was a rapist and a killer just like Joseph Smith Jr. (Mormon). We wrote 'all religions'.

      Unless you repent you cannot know God. It means to trun from darkness to light and from the power of Satan (whose spirit yuo are of) unto God (Acts 26:18), without which you will remain spiritually blind and separated from God as will the rest of mankind. Without the Baptism of Repentance you will not be able to hear our voice.

      1 John 4:5. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

      1 John 4:6. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

      Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).

      http://WWW.AWORLDDECEIVED.CA

      January 2, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • jemzinthekop

      AvdBerg, congratulations.... you have now denied 2 religions in one post. You are that much closer to realizing your own is as insane as theirs, I am very proud of you.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:04 am |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.