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January 30th, 2012
04:28 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, January 30

By Dan Merica, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Family convicted in Canada ‘honor murders’
A Canadian jury Sunday convicted three members of a family of Afghan immigrants of the "honor" murders of four female relatives whose bodies were found in an Ontario canal.

Some see signs of growing strife within American Jewry over the issue of Israel.

CNN: American Jews confront internal rancor over Israel
When the editor of a Jewish newspaper here wrote this month that the Jewish state might consider assassinating an American president, his column made national headlines and provoked a Secret Service inquiry. The tensions have provoked Jewish groups across the country to launch programs aimed at lowering the political temperature in their own religious communities.

Tweet of the Day:

From @askmormongirl: Ask Mormon Girl: My grandkids are Mormon, and I'm not. What will they be taught about me at church? wp.me/playv-7g

Enlightening Reads:

National Post: Netherlands plans to ban Muslim face-covering veils next year
The Dutch minority government plans to ban Muslim face veils such as burkas and other forms of clothing that cover the face from next year.

Catholic News Service: Christianity, religion risk oblivion in many parts of world, pope says
Christianity and even religious belief are in grave danger across the globe, risking oblivion, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Newt converted to Catholicism when he married Callista.

Huffington Post: Newt Gingrich’s Past Weights Him Down in Florida
Newt and Callista Gingrich walked into the massive Idlewild Baptist Church here Sunday morning and sat in the third row of pews to hear a sermon that touched at points on themes central to Gingrich's biography: personal mistakes, betrayal of one's closest relations, and a search for forgiveness.

New York Times: Ruling on Contraception Draws Battle Lines at Catholic Colleges
Bridgette Dunlap, a Fordham University law student, knew that the school’s health plan had to pay for birth control pills, in keeping with New York state law. What she did not find out until she was in an examining room, “in the paper dress,” was that the student health service — in keeping with Roman Catholic tenets — would simply refuse to prescribe them.

Jewish Journal: Can we afford kosher lettuce?
Yossi Asyag, 45, is an Israeli-born agricultural entrepreneur and the founder of a small farming operation that grows kosher-certified fresh lettuce and herbs. Yosef Caplan, 27, is assistant director of the kashrut services division at the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC). Every Monday, Caplan drives from Los Angeles to Carpinteria and then to another site nearby for his job as Asyag’s farm’s mashgiach, or kosher supervisor.

Quote of the Day:

"Everybody understands that women bishops are coming into the Church of England, the only question is there going to be a space in the Church of England for those who on theological grounds and ecumenical grounds cannot accept that development."

The Rt Rev John Hind, the Bishop of Chichester, has led opposition to ordaining women as bishops but said that it was now certain to happen.

Today’s My Faith:

Family, says Egan, is mostly what people talk about before they die.

CNN: My Faith: What people talk about before they die
Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain in Massachusetts, writes about how her experience has provided her with insight on what people talk about before they die. “Mostly we talk about their families,” writes Egan.

Join the conversation…

CNN: Florida Evangelicals a different breed of voter than brethren in Iowa, South Carolina
Conservative Christian activist Ralph Reed has called the Bible Belt home for decades, but he grew up in Miami in the 1970s, when the city was emerging as a diverse megalopolis.

- Dan Merica

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  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    God ordains prayer

    January 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Nope

      STEP Proves you wrong...
      Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School and other scientists tested the effect of having three Christian groups pray for particular patients, starting the night before surgery and continuing for two weeks. The volunteers prayed for "a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications" for specific patients, for whom they were given the first name and first initial of the last name.
      The patients, meanwhile, were split into three groups of about 600 apiece: those who knew they were being prayed for, those who were prayed for but only knew it was a possibility, and those who weren't prayed for but were told it was a possibility.
      The researchers didn't ask patients or their families and friends to alter any plans they had for prayer, saying such a step would have been unethical and impractical. The study looked for any complications within 30 days of the surgery. Results showed no effect of prayer on complication-free recovery. But 59 percent of the patients who knew they were being prayed for developed a complication, versus 52 percent of those who were told it was just a possibility

      January 31, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  4. Phillip Evans

    9) When did the fig tree hear of its doom?

    "In Matthew 21:17-19 when Jesus cursed the fig tree after purging the temple, or was it before the purging as in Mark 11:14-15, and verse 20? It cannot be both, unless Jesus cursed the same fig tree twice, which would make him verifiably senile."

    FALLACY: NON SEQUITUR. INVALID CONCLUSION.

    See Mark 11:13-14.

    IF Jesus cleansed the Temple in Mat 21:12 (P), THEN it was before He cursed the fig tree (Q). Mat 21:12, 17-19. Mark 11:13-14.

    IF it was before He cursed the fig tree (Q), THEN it was before Jesus cleansed the Temple in Mark 11:15 (R).

    THEREFORE, IF Jesus cleansed the Temple in Mat 21:12 (P), THEN it was before Jesus cleansed the Temple in Mark 11:15 (R).

    P -> Q
    Q -> R
    + P -> R

    VALID REASONING.

    10) When did the fig tree keel?

    "The fig tree withered immediately in Matthew 21:9, and the disciples registered surprise then and there. Yet in Mark 11:12-14 and 20 the disciples noticed it had withered the morning after and expressed astonishment."

    See above.

    FACT: Mark 11:13-14 occurs between the two cleansings. P -> R. FORMER CONCLUSION.

    FACT: Mark 11:20 occurs after the second cleansing, and only Peter speaks.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  5. Phillip Evans

    Moved David to anger?

    2Sa 24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

    1Ch 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

    ERROR: unlike variables: "moved" and "provoked".

    INVALID COMPLAINT.

    P: the LORD moved

    Q: Satan provoked

    P ^ Q

    Valid on Line 1 of the Truth Table for P ^ Q.

    2Sa 24:9 And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

    1Ch 21:5 And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.

    P: “the sum” Israel “valiant men” 2Sa 24:9.

    Q: “the sum” Israel “800,000” 2Sa 24:9.

    ~Q: “the sum” Israel “1,100,000” 1Ch 21:5.

    IF the sum of Israel were valiant men (P), THEN their sum was 800,000 (Q).

    The sum of Israel was 1,100,000 (~Q).

    THEREFORE, NOT the sum of Israel were valiant men (~P).

    P -> Q
    ~Q
    ├ ~P

    VALID REASONING.

    P: “the sum” Judah “drew sword” 1Ch 21:5.

    Q: “the sum” Judah “470, 000” 1Ch 21:5.

    ~Q: “the sum” Judah “500,000” 2Sa 24:9.

    IF the sum of Judah drew sword (P), THEN their sum was 470,000 (Q).

    The sum of Judah was 500,000 (~Q).

    THEREFORE, NOT the sum of Judah drew sword (~P).

    P -> Q
    ~Q
    ├ ~P

    VALID REASONING.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  6. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Moron. There's your sign.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Prayer in the afternoon
    Brings warmth to the soul
    Prayer changes things

    January 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Nope

      Nope

      Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School and other scientists tested the effect of having three Christian groups pray for particular patients, starting the night before surgery and continuing for two weeks. The volunteers prayed for "a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications" for specific patients, for whom they were given the first name and first initial of the last name.

      The patients, meanwhile, were split into three groups of about 600 apiece: those who knew they were being prayed for, those who were prayed for but only knew it was a possibility, and those who weren't prayed for but were told it was a possibility.

      The researchers didn't ask patients or their families and friends to alter any plans they had for prayer, saying such a step would have been unethical and impractical. The study looked for any complications within 30 days of the surgery. Results showed no effect of prayer on complication-free recovery. But 59 percent of the patients who knew they were being prayed for developed a complication, versus 52 percent of those who were told it was just a possibility.

      January 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • nope a dope

      prayer works

      January 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Nope

      No it doesn't it makes things worse, you've been proven wrong.

      January 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      You're both terribly annoying.

      January 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • nope a dope

      no proof ,no truth nope was disproven days ago but does enjoy the attention he gets by posting a lie over again

      January 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Nope

      "no proof ,no truth nope was disproven days ago but does enjoy the attention he gets by posting a lie over again"

      You're the one lying, and lying is a sin moron.

      January 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      the question is
      is nope wrong?
      YEPPP

      January 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Jesus

      Alfred, nope provide proof, you did not that makes you a fool.

      January 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      nope" provide" proof? unsubstantiated rumor disproven earlier on the same story. nope provided crap

      January 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Jesus

      "unsubstantiated rumor disproven earlier on the same story. nope provided crap"

      Stop being a fool Alfred, your arrogance has no place in a Christian heart. Now humble yourself and move on.

      January 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      Now who looks the fool dip stick?

      January 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Now who looks the fool dip stick?"

      Alfred honor your Lord, and stop with all this foolishness, you are wrong it's time to humble your heart and move on like a good Christian.

      January 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      since you are nope your bull sh it has already been shown for what it is sorry you are a loser.

      January 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • Jesus

      Alfred how dare you call your Lord and Savior a loser. You lost this argument, now stop being such a sore loser.

      January 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      there have to be two intelligent people in an argument this discussion only has had one -me there will be no further discussions you are wasting my time. God will require your savior lie of you.

      January 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Jesus

      Poor Alfred you're such a loser and will spend eternity in hell for being so wrong.

      January 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  8. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Moron. There's your sign.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  9. JUST A THOUGHT HERE

    I BET MY LAST DOLLAR YOU GUYS ON HERE HAVE AT LEAST 3 or 4 names & I bet MY BOTTOM DOLLAR YOU ALL HAVE MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES! YOU REALLY GIVE YOUR SELF AWAY!

    January 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • .....

      pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot.

      January 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • J.W

      I can promise everyone on here this is the only name I have ever used.

      January 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Don't tell anyone!

      January 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @J.W: You said, "I can promise everyone on here this is the only name I have ever used."

      Ditto. There's no way I want someone else getting credit for my nuggets of wisdom.

      January 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • That's Incredible!

      You consider that a thought? Well, I guess a guy like you would have to take what he can get.

      January 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • JUST A THOUGHT HERE

      Sometimes it does get confusing.

      January 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I've been Dr. Humoladonne Q. Vestibule online and as a musical nom-de-plime since 1998 when I got an airmiles card in that name.

      January 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • hippypoet

      thats a funny sentence – i wonder if the one giving him/herself away are native american? AH the hint at the pun – lol.

      January 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • pervert alert

      sean you can't sculpt with sh it

      January 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • hippypoet

      pervert alert

      sean you can't sculpt with sh it

      ...... yes you can... just needs to be frozen –

      January 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Persecution Complex Detector

      @JUST -I bet you had to use all five of your brain cells to come up with that nugget.

      Also, the caps lock key is the one just to the left of the 'A' key. You'll recognize it because it probably says 'Caps Lock' on it. Trying hitting it sometime.

      January 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      So are we using 3 or 4 for the over/under. If it's 3 I'll go $400 on the over.

      January 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  10. Truth

    I tried to check myself into the hospital/psych ward the other day. When asked why I explained that I believe in God and that all the atheists tell me I'm delusional and psychotic. Well nonetheless they turned me down, said believing in God doesn't make anyone delusional or psychotic.

    Seriously though, to all the athests; do you realize how much credence your argument gets when you say believers need to check them selves into a psych ward bc they're delusional? It's ignorant and shows absolutely no intellectual capacity when you say such things....btw the same goes for comparing God to santa, easter bunny, etc, they're not even comparable once you gain atleast an elementary education of Christianity. Only shows the shallowness of your argument.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      John 15:4-5

      (4) Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. (5) "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

      Amen.

      January 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • hippypoet

      Although non-specific concepts of madness have been around for several thousand years, the psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers was the first to define the three main criteria for a belief to be considered delusional in his 1913 book General Psychopathology.[2] These criteria are:

      certainty (held with absolute conviction)
      incorrigibility (not changeable by compelling counterargument or proof to the contrary)
      impossibility or falsity of content (implausible, bizarre or patently untrue)[3]
      Furthermore, when a false belief involves a value judgment, it is only considered as a delusion if it is so extreme that it cannot be or ever can be proven true (example: a man claims that he flew into the sun and flew back home. This would be considered a delusion).

      accecptance can be a bit.ch but its ok, your not that first to come to terms with TRUTH!

      January 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Truth,
      I liked the bit about trying to check yourself in. Excellent debate approach and humorous, too. Unfortunately, it's an appeal to authority fallacy, as well. In addition, the assertion that God has more basis than the existence of Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny, isn't exactly accurate. At least, I don't think there is any more evidence for Him than them. The main difference, I think, is that no one is really claiming they are real, but that isn't necessary for the comparison, since the number of believers doesn't increase the truth of the belief.

      January 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Pssst, hippypoet. Be very very quiet. I'll tell you this secret .... Shrinks believe themselves to be the saviors of mankind.

      Amen.

      January 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • hippypoet

      lol, wow very nice... such a proper argument against mine – i think its time you go find that burning bush...just remember, no shoes – god hates shoes!

      January 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Brad

      Recently psychiatrists have begun to put congregations like mine that are active in community affairs in a strange position. With insurance, and particularly medicaid payments being as unsatisfactory as they are, and with patient loads increasing, they are beginning to encourage people to seek pastoral care. Rather than seeing us as "delusional", they are looking to us as allies.

      January 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • hippypoet

      and do you really think that if the psychiatrists shares your beliefs he will call you delusional..NO!

      but even if its mass delusion, its still delusion!

      January 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Brad

      hippypoet –

      My sense has been that psychiatrists who are suggesting pastoral care to people do not necessarily share in the "delusion". Some may, of course.

      January 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  11. Phillip Evans

    Let's see you dance, suckers! You got nothin on me!

    January 30, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  12. just sayin

    And you liar prevails you cannot even spell the book you are demeaning and every day for weeks the evidences of God has been presented, more than enough to bring a favorable verdict in any court, anywhere and yet you still demand evidence? There has to be a word for a person so hard done by ... oh yeah, stupid

    January 30, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  13. Demi Moore

    I want to eat buttCrust. Lets get high!

    January 30, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  14. hippypoet

    A poem for you.

    "Roses are red
    Voilets are blue
    Its Monday morning again
    and Im eating doo doo."

    January 30, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • hippypoet

      oh sooo sad... i'm sure you can do better then that.... well maybe not!

      January 30, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  15. O Canada

    O Canada!

    Our home and native land!
    True patriot love in all thy sons command.

    With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
    The True North strong and free!

    From far and wide,
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    God keep our land glorious and free!
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    January 30, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • just sayin

      It is a prayer ...'God keep our land'...

      January 30, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @just spewin: Nope, you're wrong...my country is secular...please respect that you brainwashed lunatic

      January 30, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • just sayin

      You lying dip stick it is right there in the song..."God keep our land"... a prayer

      January 30, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @just spewin: my country, my anthem...stfu you dolt!! It is not a god damn prayer!!! This is a secular nation...the words mean as much as your stupid ass belief system does-absolutely nothing!! Prayer is what it may be to you but to any rational minded person it is what it is...words (and ones that have no meaning to our country), nothing more!!!

      January 30, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • just sayin

      Prayer = talking to God
      "God keep our land"= talking to God making a request of God = PRAYER
      Your national anthem is a PRAYER

      January 30, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      I think "just sayin" has a point it looks like a prayer to me.

      January 30, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Rev. Parson

      Asking God for something? Definitely prayer.

      January 30, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Prayer is talking with God
      Prayer is making requests of God
      Prayer is honored every time
      Canadians honor their anthem
      Prayer changes things

      January 30, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • O Canada

      O Canada!
      Terre de nos aïeux,
      Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux.

      Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
      Il sait porter la croix.

      Ton histoire est une épopée,
      Des plus brillants exploits.

      Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
      Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

      Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

      January 30, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Who let the frogs out?

      January 30, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Who let the frogs out

      January 30, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Nope

      "Prayer changes things"

      Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School and other scientists tested the effect of having three Christian groups pray for particular patients, starting the night before surgery and continuing for two weeks. The volunteers prayed for "a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications" for specific patients, for whom they were given the first name and first initial of the last name.

      The patients, meanwhile, were split into three groups of about 600 apiece: those who knew they were being prayed for, those who were prayed for but only knew it was a possibility, and those who weren't prayed for but were told it was a possibility.

      The researchers didn't ask patients or their families and friends to alter any plans they had for prayer, saying such a step would have been unethical and impractical. The study looked for any complications within 30 days of the surgery. Results showed no effect of prayer on complication-free recovery. But 59 percent of the patients who knew they were being prayed for developed a complication, versus 52 percent of those who were told it was just a possibility.

      January 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • nope a dope

      Your opinion has been shown to be false but keep posting it. You should be able to fool all the atheists with it.

      January 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Nope

      "Your opinion has been shown to be false but keep posting it. You should be able to fool all the atheists with it."

      It has not been proven false, but you keep lying about it.

      January 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • nope a dope

      The first thread on this blog debunks your bunk, but you get 2 points for brass for holding onto your lie in spite of contrary evidence on the same page loser.

      January 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Nope

      "The first thread on this blog debunks your bunk, but you get 2 points for brass for holding onto your lie in spite of contrary evidence on the same page loser."

      You have no evidence to the contrary that's the point, all you have is a lie on top of another lie, and lying is a sin!

      January 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  16. hippypoet

    right, so fuk that prayer guy – and moving on...lol

    so i have been sick with gold fever since about 2 years ago and i wan't to know if i was the only one - i have studied geology maps, mineral deposits, glacier trials, continental drift, plate tectonics, and pangea along with the ancient oceans that once existed...all leads to gold, emeralds, rubys, sapphires, and DIAMONDS!!!!!!

    so anyone share that illiness? and perhaps want to share info? the only thing i have yet to do is spend money on a detector to make finding a bit easier....perhaps with the tax return, but who knows – my daughter thinks its fun, i get dissappointed and she laughs at me...lol.. but thats cool, cause i play it out like a baby lost its bink – soooo, but really thou, anyone else got the fever?

    January 30, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Brad

      Well, the first step is recognizing that it is an illness. Only kidding. Have you ever been to North Georgia? There is a place near Helen, Georgia, where you can look for gold with some reasonable chance of finding something. Really great little town, too.

      January 30, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Mirosal

      You could always try your luck in the public diamond mines of Arkansas. You find it, YOU keep it, OR, they will buy it from you.

      January 30, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • hippypoet

      yes i have.. did you know that gold from the STATE not the country georgia is the most puriest gold in the world – pure gold is rated at 97.9 or close to but gold from georgia is rated at 98.9 or above so for that reason its worth more... and did you know that georgia had its very own gold rush back in the 1800's it centered around the town called Dahlonega.... but soon after gold was found in cali. and it was much easier to get at.

      January 30, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • just sayin

      prayer works wonders on sin

      January 30, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • hippypoet

      yup, its the only diamond mine in the whole US. and its open to the public for only 5 bucks entry fee... they have an average of 1 diamond found each week – and did you know that nothing sticks to diamonds, they never need to be cleaned – they come out of the dirt like they look on rings...when a place tells you "let me clean that for you" all they are doing is cleaning the surrounding metal – it makes the rock look nicer. 🙂

      January 30, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @just spewin: do your delusions keep you up at night? Sin is only something invented by you christards to attempt to place fear in to mankind for making mistakes, it has no meaning otherwise. What type of good being insists on instilling fear in the creation it made? Seems to me that you seriously need psychiatric assistance if you are too brain dead to live in the real world and still believe in this garbage!!!

      January 30, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • just sayin

      Sin is the moral failings of mankind, lying you are familiar with, stealing, crimes of all sort, ungodly pride, hate etc etc

      January 30, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • hippypoet

      ungodly pride you say... please enlighten us to what ungodly pride is compared to just plain old normal pride?

      January 30, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • just sayin

      Pride of accomplishment God created and saw that it was good =good pride
      I am better than you are =ungodly pride
      Satans pride i am better than God = lying false pride

      January 30, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • SeanNJ

      @just sayin: So you're just full of ungodly pride, aren't you...

      January 30, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @just spewin: Given that you have no verifiable evidence to back your god or your satan, you are the one lying!! Feel free to keep looking like the dolt you are...sin only exists in your 2000 year old book (written by man, inspired by man and full of criminal activities...your god would have been hung by today's laws). You are such a hypocritical loser...you dare to come on here and preach and yet you can't even provide evidence for the existence of your god. You know nothing of the book you call the buybull (it doesn't get the merit of the spelling you use...it is useless in today's society). Time to sign yourself in to the asylum for help with those delusions...it's where schizophrenics belong and you are the equivalent of one as is well seen from your numerous postings about unverifiable gods/demons/use of prayer.

      January 30, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • hippypoet

      well then, i guess there shallnt be any chit chat about gold hunting ... sigh. too bad. it was worth a shot at least.

      January 30, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • just sayin

      For real treasure seek out the word of God – the Bible

      January 30, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Rev. Parson

      There is gold in those pages.

      January 30, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      If you want treasure, just do what Chrstians have historically done.
      Brand whoever owns the bauble as a heathen/pagan/heretic and just take it!
      How do you think the Spaniards got all the Aztec/Incan gold?
      Want a diamond? Do what a Christian monk did in the early 1800's with the Eye of Brahma and steal it right from a Hindu statue.
      Some other famous diamonds stolen from India by Christian imperialists and proselytizers include, the 186.063 carat Koh-i-Noor, owned originally by the Rajah of Malwa in 1294, that was stolen (or rather, forcibly taken) by the British from the successor of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (of Punjab). The Koh-i-Noor, cut to 108.063 carats to increase its brilliance, now adorns the crown of the Queen of the United Kingdom. There was also the 45.52 carat Hope Diamond, the world's largest deep blue diamond, "found" in India by noted French traveller Jean Baptiste Tavernier in the seventeenth century. Then, weighing 88.70 carats, there was the Shah diamond, that was also spirited away from India.

      January 30, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • pervert alert

      Doc do you have something of importance to add to anything or are you just out to convince the world you are an ass hole?

      January 30, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Just stating facts that show the nature of the abuses of religion and backing them up with historical references.
      Hippy's discussion about teasure/diamong hunting was waylaid by religious folk, so I thought I could bring the tangen/ital aspects of teh conversation back around to the topic at hand.
      Everybody should examine the history of their religion and what has been done in their God's name.
      It might just drive the faithful away from the church and into a truer, more personal and (most importantly) less intrusive faith.

      January 30, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • pervert alert

      ass hole it is then

      January 30, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • ......

      "ass hole it is then"

      pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot

      January 30, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • pervert alert

      dots defined itself so now no one else has to

      January 30, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @pervert
      At least I can back up my a$$holish assertions with facts.
      Thus far, all you've done is hurl invectives with nary a refutation to the points I've been making.

      January 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @Doc Vestibule: So...standard tactics, eh? 🙂

      January 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • pervert alert

      sue me ass hole

      January 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • pervert alert

      and if you added manure your opinion (facts) would be bull sh it

      January 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • hippypoet

      lol, true primates with your flinging poo!!!!! oh i'm sorry, its manure.. lol

      too bad, i wish all these posts were on gold mining/panning but NOOOOOOOOOOO.

      it happens. 🙂

      January 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @hippypoet: Sorry about that, hippy. I only have one experience with gold hunting.

      I was trying out my dad's metal detector, and I found an unimaginable amount of gold and silver. When I tried to collect it, they called mall security and had me escorted out of Zales. Haven't gone treasure hunting since.

      January 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • pervert alert

      try panning Doc Vestibules crap, he says it doesn't stink and he thinks there is value in it.

      January 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @pervert
      Are you perchance related to Captain America?
      I think you two went to the same Troll school

      January 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    January 30, 2012 at 6:38 am |
    • Nope

      Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School and other scientists tested the effect of having three Christian groups pray for particular patients, starting the night before surgery and continuing for two weeks. The volunteers prayed for "a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications" for specific patients, for whom they were given the first name and first initial of the last name.

      The patients, meanwhile, were split into three groups of about 600 apiece: those who knew they were being prayed for, those who were prayed for but only knew it was a possibility, and those who weren't prayed for but were told it was a possibility.

      The researchers didn't ask patients or their families and friends to alter any plans they had for prayer, saying such a step would have been unethical and impractical. The study looked for any complications within 30 days of the surgery. Results showed no effect of prayer on complication-free recovery. But 59 percent of the patients who knew they were being prayed for developed a complication, versus 52 percent of those who were told it was just a possibility.

      January 30, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • nope a dope

      bull sh it

      January 30, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Observer2

      Nope:
      In cases where the complication was death with assurance of resurrection on the last day it was obviously an improvement.

      January 30, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Phillip Evans

      Joh 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
      Joh 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

      INQUIRY: If Dr. Herbert Benson's study concerning prayer is correct, then LOGICALLY CONCLUDE that those three Christians were given to Christ by the Father like the Eleven (John 17), and / or that they saw Him in "that day"...

      -–

      It's interesting that the word "logic" comes from a lot of naysayers, and yet they don't exercise logic.

      Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till (Gr. heos AN – hypothetical) all these things be fulfilled.

      Mat 23:39 – CONDITIONAL

      Mat 24:30 – UNCONDITIONAL

      IF the generation has been accounted (P), THEN the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations. (Q) Psa 22:28, 30.

      Messiah the governor is cut off (~Q) Dan 9:25-26

      THEREFORE, NOT the GENERATION has been accounted. (~P)

      P -> Q
      ~Q
      ├ ~P

      VALID REASONING

      January 30, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Nope

      "If Dr. Herbert Benson's study concerning prayer is correct, then LOGICALLY CONCLUDE that those three Christians were given to Christ by the Father like the Eleven "

      It might help if you work on your reading comprehension skills.

      January 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Phillip Evans

      'It might help if you work on your reading comprehension skills."

      You articulate, or simply say, "I can't refure you logically"

      Joh 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

      Did those three Christians see Him on that day? Just answer the question! YES OR NO!!!!

      January 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Jesus

      Poor Phillip, you are so lost and lack the skills to comprehend, stop being such a fool and repent for you are wrong.

      January 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • What The...

      Phillip Evans,

      Which 3 Christians? What are you talking about?

      There is NO mention of deaths in this study... only complications post-surgery.

      January 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
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