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My Take: Stop sugarcoating the Bible
The 17th century painting Judith Beheading Holofernes, by Artemisia Gentileschi, depicts a biblical scene.
February 25th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: Stop sugarcoating the Bible

Editor's note: Steven James is the author of more than 30 books, including "Flirting with the Forbidden," which explores forgiveness.

By Steven James, Special to CNN

(CNN) - The Bible is a gritty book. Very raw. Very real. It deals with people just like us, just as needy and screwed up as we are, encountering a God who would rather die than spend eternity without them.

Yet despite that, it seems like Christians are uncomfortable with how earthy the Bible really is. They feel the need to tidy up God.

For example, look in any modern translation of Isaiah 64:6, and you’ll find that, to a holy God, even our most righteous acts are like “filthy rags.” The original language doesn’t say “filthy rags”; it says “menstrual rags.” But that sounds a little too crass, so let’s just call them filthy instead.

And let’s not talk so much about Jesus being naked on the cross, and let’s pretend Paul said that he considered his good deeds “a pile of garbage” in Philippians 3:8 rather than a pile of crap, as the Greek would more accurately be translated.

And let’s definitely not mention the six times in the Old Testament that the Jewish writers referred to Gentile men as those who “pisseth against the wall.” (At least the King James Version got that one right.)

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The point?

God’s message was not meant to be run through some arbitrary, holier-than-thou politeness filter. He intended the Bible to speak to people where they’re at, caught up in the stark reality of life on a fractured planet.

Dozens of Psalms are complaints and heart-wrenching cries of despair to God, not holy-sounding, reverently worded soliloquies. Take Psalm 77:1-3: “I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help” (New Living Translation).

And rather than shy away from difficult and painful topics, the Old Testament includes vivid descriptions of murder, cannibalism, witchcraft, dismemberment, torture, rape, idolatry, erotic sex and animal sacrifice. According to St. Paul, those stories were written as examples and warnings for us (1 Corinthians 10:11). So obviously they were meant to be retold without editing out all the things we don’t consider nice or agreeable.

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I believe that Scripture includes such graphic material to show how far we, as a race, have fallen and how far God was willing to come to rescue us from ourselves.

God is much more interested in honesty than pietism.

And that’s what he gives us throughout Scripture, telling the stories of people who struggled with the same issues, questions and temptations we face today.

Peter struggled with doubt, and we hear all about it.

Elijah dealt with depression; Naomi raged with bitterness against God; Hannah struggled for years under the burden of her unanswered prayers.

David had an affair and then arranged to have his lover’s husband killed. Noah was a drunk, Abraham a liar, Moses a murderer. Job came to a place where he found it necessary to make a covenant with his eyes not to lust after young girls (Job 31:1).

It’s easy to make “Bible heroes” (as Protestants might say) or “saints” (as Catholics might refer to them) out to be bigger than life, immune from the temptations that everyone faces.

I find it encouraging that Jesus never came across as pietistic. In fact, he was never accused of being too religious; instead he partied so much that he was accused of being a drunkard and a glutton (Matthew 11:19).

Jesus never said, “The Kingdom of God is like a church service that goes on and on forever and never ends.” He said the kingdom was like a homecoming celebration, a wedding, a party, a feast to which all are invited.

This idea was too radical for the religious leaders of his day. They were more concerned about etiquette, manners, traditions and religious rituals than about partying with Jesus. And that’s why they missed out.

That’s why we miss out.

According to Jesus, the truly spiritual life is one marked by freedom rather than compulsion (John 8:36), love rather than ritual (Mark 12:30-33) and peace rather than guilt (John 14:27). Jesus saves us from the dry, dusty duties of religion and frees us to cut loose and celebrate.

I don’t believe we’ll ever recognize our need for the light until we’ve seen the depth of the darkness. So God wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty with us about life and temptation and forgiveness. And grace.

Only when the Bible seems relevant to us (which it is), only when the characters seem real to us (which they were), only then will the message of redemption become personal for us (which it was always meant to be).

We don’t need to edit God. We need to let him be the author of our new lives.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Steven James.

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  1. Craig

    If there are any devout Christians out there who are in need of a kidney I would like to offer up one of mine. I am 25 years old, healthy, non-drinker, non-smoker. I am a big brother with the big brothers and sisters foundation. I am college educated, and have never once in my life hurt another individual.
    I will not deny the possible existence of a God, but I do not believe in the God depicted in the Bible.
    As payment for my kidney I ask one thing. If you are right about heaven and Hell I will surely go to Hell when I die. This being the case I would like you to ask God when you see him in heaven why he created me if he knew I would spend eternity in Hell. Was it simply to provide a healthy kidney to a deserving Christian?

    February 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • PLEATOGOD

      you were created to glorify the Father. You were created to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He has a plan and purpose for you but you wont know it til you let God in your heart. God wants to speak to you and He wants you to knwo HIs heart but you have to understand depths of sin i nyour heart. we all have hurt someone at some pt whether be with a lie, anger whatever. sin is sin and one sin can send someone to hell. but christ died on cross to pay for your punsihemtn and rose on third day so you can have a new life in Christ and by shed blood of Christ you can be saved and forgiven cuz by his blood you can be forgiven and sin can be removed. take worst addiction or worst sin you have ever done and youc ant get it off your heart. Jesus can remove it. recieve Holy Spirit. godlovestheworld.com

      February 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • PLEATOGOD

      You were created to serve Christ and to have a personal deep relationship with Christ. He wants to speak to you and be real in your life and you experience God btu you are out of touch with God cuz you have to surrender your self and surrender your heart to give to GOd and let Christ come into your heart so you can be changed and forgiven and cleansed. you ahev tpo understand the depths of your deep sin. e very person is a sinner, we are eviland have done evil but God loves you and only christ can cleanse you and offer you freedom from guuilt of sin because his blood shed on cross has power to save you and cleanse you.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • PLEATOGOD

      Answer: The short answer to the question “why did God create us?” is “for His pleasure.” Revelation 4:11 says, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Colossians 1:16 reiterates the point: “All things were created by him and for him.” Being created for God’s pleasure does not mean humanity was made to entertain God or provide Him with amusement. God is a creative Being, and it gives Him pleasure to create. God is a personal Being, and it gives Him pleasure to have other beings He can have a genuine relationship with.

      Being made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27), human beings have the ability to know God and therefore love Him, worship Him, serve Him, and fellowship with Him. God did not create human beings because He needed them. As God, He needs nothing. In all eternity past, He felt no loneliness, so He was not looking for a “friend.” He loves us, but this is not the same as needing us. If we had never existed, God would still be God—the unchanging One (Malachi 3:6). The I AM (Exodus 3:14) was never dissatisfied with His own eternal existence. When He made the universe, He did what pleased Himself, and since God is perfect, His action was perfect. “It was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

      February 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Atheism=evil and amoral

      @Craig: You don't get it. God created you with CHOICE. You have the choice as to whether or not you go to hell. You make that choice every day of your life, by not having faith. Good works alone do not enter one into the Kingdom of Heaven. One MUST have faith as well. There's more than one component to ascension.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      @atheism – So your saying that it was god's will to have his 2 parent find each other, commit to each other and conceive a child? and the ALL of the BIOLOGY attached to that is "god's choice." Damn I must have missed something in biochemistry in medical school.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Atheism=evil and amoral

      @NVRRGHT: Wow, have you managed to completely confuse yourself. Not too terribly unexpected of someone with such a relatively low intellectual capability.

      Jesus, while the son of God, is God. There are 9 Spirits of God, but only 3 that relate to man, the Father (God), the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit (the bringer of faith and grace). Now, Mary was actually pregnant with the Son (Jesus) PRIOR to her marriage to Joseph (Gabriel told her that she would be. Michael confirmed it to Joseph that she had never been touched by man, but impregnated by God Himself). Therefore, there was only one "parent." That parent carried, gave birth to, and raised God Himself in the flesh.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      @atheism – Reread what you posted and if that doesn't make you laugh, I don't know what to tell you.

      February 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • skepticoid

      Craig, if anyone who calls themselves a "Christian" tells you they know A) that there's is actually a hell where people burn for eternity and B) that they know who is going there, then rest assured my friend that this person you are speaking with or hearing from is very confused about their religion. You are probably further along the path towards discovering the gospel of Christ that then this person you are listening to or speaking with.

      February 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  2. Remnant of God

    To Steven James (Author of this article)......

    Matthew 12:30 ~ He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  3. skepticoid

    Craig:

    Sorry forgot something – and please excuse the errors. Craig, if anyone who calls themselves a "Christian" tells you they know A) that there's is actually a hell where people burn for eternity and B) that they know who is going there, then rest assured my friend that this person you are speaking with or hearing from is very confused about their religion. You are probably further along the path towards discovering the gospel of Christ that then this person you are listening to or speaking with.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  4. skepticoid

    Craig:

    All of your scenario's are directed at fundamentalist belief systems. You don't need to "Christians:" – you can say "Fundamentalists" and you can include "Atheists" in that grouping. Thanks bud.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  5. Remnant of God

    Ephesians 6:12 ~ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  6. Craig

    Christians:
    Do you think that if you were born to a Mormon family in a Mormon county, who took you to church however often is normal, that you would be a Christian today?
    Say your family takes yearly mission trips to an orphanage to build schools, you went to Haiti to help with the clean up. Your Mormon father donates a kidney to his Christian neighbors 5 year old son. There is nothing but good intention and love for one another within this Mormon family.
    Do you believe they deserve eternity in Hell?
    I ask because I know several Mormon families who fit this description.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Liberals Are Stupid

      Mormonism is a cult. Does that answer your question?

      February 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Liberals Are Stupid

      NVRWRNG: Told you that you wouldn't stay away. Proves that whatever truths are told to you, you won't consider or believe them. Sign of a very closed one-way mind.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      LAS

      Ha

      Your cult isn't a cult? I'm confused.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      @ LAS – I promised if you said ANYTHING REMOTELY relevant I'd leave you alone. You have yet to do that and I am always open for new facts.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • PLEATOGOD

      MORMONS BELEIVE YOU CAN BE YOUR OWN god. YOU SHOULD STUDY THERE WRITING. there false addition to bible also is contradictive to rest of bible and its flow. i think if there book says you can be a god yourself then it compromises what true bible says. there are 66 books in bible. catholic and mormon books are lies there extra additions. try new king james version if you wanna read real bible. plus you have to have Holy Spirit, just going to church everyday aint gonan save you from eternal seperation from God. must understand depths of your sin and your need for forgiveness that is supplied only thru blood shed of Christ on cross and new life you can have because of what He did for us

      February 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      @pleato – Well my friend. Regard from you lack of apparent scientific background I will give you a pass on majority of that post. Regardless, the King James bible is the farthest from the truth book out there. The book was purposefully "translated" for mass social control. Ask the majority of actually devote religious people, who actually know their religion and they will refute your comments. I ever think Liberals are Stupid will agree with me on this one.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  7. PLEATOGOD

    GODLOVESTHEWORLD.COM IS A BIBLE TRACT AND YOU CAN READ IT AND SEE HOW TO BE SAVED. IF YOU ARE ALREADY SAVED THEN MAKE SURE YOU OBEY GOSPEL ACTIVELY ALL THE TIME. IF YOU ARE TRYING TO READ BIBLE WITHOUT ACTIVELY OBEYING GOSPEL TO PREACH SALVATION AND REPENTANCE THEN YOU CAN BE JUST AS DECEIVED. BIBLE IS MEANT FOR PEOPEL WHO HAVE HOLY SPIRIT. IF YOU TRY TO READ BIBLE WITHOUT EYES OF HOLY SPIRIT DEMONS IN YOU WILL DECEIVE YOU. UNDERSTAND HOW YOU CAN BE SAVED BY GOING TO GODLOVESTHEWORLD.COM AND YOU CAN RECEIVE HOLY SPIRIT WITH ALL YOUR HEART!

    February 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      your caps button is stuck. Thought I'd let you know.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      The thing is, we have read it!!! Atheists usually know the buybull better than a believer does. There's a reason most of us are Atheists...your book help in that! 🙂 Now I understand that may be difficult for you to understand but given that we have read it and were intelligent enough to question it, we were also able to make a sound decision on it...most of us have examined both sides of the coin on this.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  8. IceT

    The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released the results of a new “religious knowledge” survey that came to a discouraging — but not unexpected — result.

    It discovered that, on average, atheists and agnostics are more knowledgeable about religion than believers.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Liberals Are Stupid

      LOL – More like they're knowledgeable about twisting the Bible. Keep in mind that millions claim to be Christians by name only but aren't. Surveys like this are useless unless you research, beforehand, what the true beliefs are of those taking it. Arrange for a debate panel between true atheists and true Christians, and then come back with statistics. Until then, nonsense.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • IceT

      Liberals .. Don't like the results, dispute them. Now that's a result I do expect from people who keep "reinterpreting" what their bible means.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Some atheists seem to think that every set of numerical data is statistics. Now how bright is that?

      February 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • PB

      You really need to look up the no true scottsman fallacy... how should we decide what is a "true christian" should we take your arbitrary and biased word that you know what a "real" christian is?

      February 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • PB

      Well actually every set of numbers pretaining to a group of people is recorded is a statistic... I think what you are trying to say is that causation does not equal correlation, you are just too thick to actually know what it is you are arguing about (facepalm)

      February 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  9. Remnant of God

    Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."

    February 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Reality

      "Ecclesiastes evidently influenced the deuterocanonical works, Wisdom of Solomon and Wisdom of Sirach, both of which contain vocal rejections of the Ecclesiastical philosophy of futility. As an example of this relationship among the books, consider the following pairs of passages:

      Ecclesiastes: "For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 6:12). "For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again" (Ecclesiastes 3:19).

      Wisdom of Solomon: "For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave" (Wisdom of Solomon 2:1)

      Ecclesiastes: "And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith" (Ecclesiastes 1:13). "All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?" (Ecclesiastes 7:23).

      Ben Sira: "Seek not out the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength. But what is commanded thee, think upon with reverence; for it is not needful for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret. Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand" (Sirach 3:21)."

      February 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  10. PLEATOGOD

    GODLOVESTHEWORLD.COM IF YOU WANNA GET SAVED AND FOLLOW CHRIST.
    please dont state Christ is a partyer. Yes take bible for hwat it is but make sure if you study bible you are obeying Spirit of God by preaching gospel, confessing your own sins, and be filled with Spirit and are looking at bible thru right eyes. there is a warfare within humans, called demons. make sure you are fileld with Holy Spirit and read from eyes of Holy Spirit and not flesh. Treat God as HOly and Love. Whole counsel. but dont think every act of man in bible was of God. God never made hell for humans he made it for demons. Satan has come to steal killa nd destroy. but man chose to make satan as there god. so choose whom this day you will serve. Lord loves you. burning babies in OT was told what man did but it was not from God nor did He ever think about doing that. it shows evil that man did and our great need for salvation

    February 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  11. Craig

    Christians:
    Do you accept that if you were born during the 3500 years before Christ died for our sins that you would be sent to an eternity in Hell?
    You would have no problem with God because you understand that you all deserve it, and you just happen to be born during that 3500 year window were simply asking God to forgive your sins wasn't enough?

    February 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • PLEATOGOD

      i have no idea what you are saying. sorry. you can come to Christ by understandin youi are a sinner and have broken his commandments such as lieing stealing lusting. we all have sinned. punishment for sin is hell however Christ loves you wso much he died on cross to pay for your sins and wishes for you to be saved and forgiven. Only way you can be forgiven is by accepting Christ into your heart and letting himc oem in and cledanse you from your sins and wash you clean from all demonic junk. godlovestheworld.com dont try to read bible less you have Holy Spirit and are actively obeying Lord or else you will think this and that and you cant with a carnal mind understand who God is less you receive Him first into your heart. Look at whole bible as aw hole i cant stand when peopel try to take OT and say oh God was about htis. try reading whole bible. He was not about burning babies. man filled with demons did that. God wishes to save you.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Craig

      Pleatgod:
      Read your bible, according to it there was 3500 years of life on earth before Christ died for our sins. This meant asking God for forgivness wasn't enough to forgive sins. You had to sacrifice animals. I hope there was no such thing as a poor christian who couldn't afford to buy animals to sacrifice to your god

      February 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Atheism=evil and amoral

      @Craig: You're one of the biggest idiots alive. What you refer to is Judaeism, which, prior to the coming of Christ, had a covenant with God that laid out the rituals they had to perform to receive grace and forgiveness for sin. The Jews could STILL be forgiven, but it was a harder, longer road, calling for personal sacrifice on epic levels. The covenant of Jesus removed the personal sacrifice, as He was the final sacrifice.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      @athelism and pleato – How long do you think the Earth has been around and how long do you think humans have been around?

      February 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Atheism=evil and amoral

      Earth's been around for something like 4-5 billion years. Carbon dating is rarely wrong. As for how long "people" have been around, I have absolutely no idea what the actual date range is, and neither does science. Best I can do or science can do is guess.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      @atheism would you say more than 100,000 years?

      February 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  12. PLEATOGOD

    GODLOVESTHEWORLD.COM to understand how to truely be saved. Once you receive Christ then follow in Lord and confess sins, preach gospel, and be filled with Holy Spirit. Not just saying a prayer to get saved but also living power of Holy Spirit out. Not everything was an act of God. Man chose to do sin. Do you think God chooses to agree with sin? No. God is Love and God is Holy. Christ was not some partyer. He was Holy, perfect, and sinless. Christ was way truth and life for a fallen man.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Reality

      Answering with a prayer:

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of 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 descent into Hell, 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
      (references used are available upon request)

      February 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  13. Reality

    Obviously Mr. James has not done much reading outside the "bible bun".

    To wit:

    The 1.5 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis in the USA have rewritten the Torah/NT to reflect the myths therein basically making it a doc-ument of peace.

    Thomas Jefferson did an analogous rewrite of the NT. Ditto for the rewrite of the NT by the Jesus Seminarians, Professor JD Crossan in his over 20 books on the historical Jesus and by Professor Gerd Ludeman in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 694-695.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  14. trinity rose

    Thanks Steven,
    That is so very true!

    February 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  15. Pax

    While I agree one should not 'clean up' the Bible, one should also not pretend the current Bible has everything in common with the Bible's of the past. Since the Christian Bible's invention in 350 A.D. to the present it has been edited again and again and entire previously books have been removed, let alone references to unicorns and dragons. Additions have been made as well from the pens of 'inspired' monks. One should also be aware that the Bible has so many contradictions that entire scholarly lives have been devoted to listing them all (e.g. was the passion before, during or after passover?).

    If you are not religiously indoctrinated from youth and you start reading the Bible, you won't get past the first two pages without scratching your head at the bizarre logical inconsistencies (e.g. light was made on the first 'day' yet the sun was only made on the fourth).

    February 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Fred

      Light came from God before the sun was made. One day, we will again get our light from God and will have no need
      of the sun. Want some logical inconsistencies? Bring on the scientists. They can't agree on anything. They can't even agree on whether or not Pluto is a planet! Evolution is both a theory and a joke. Lizards morphed into flying birds! Life came
      from a puddle of inorganic nonliving ooze! All things reproduce after their own kind. Life does not come from nonliving material. These are basic laws of nature and yet scientists do their best to deny God. Good luck with that.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • John

      because most people don't under stand what God meant by light. The question isn't what was the light but WHO. Lucifer, also known as the "Bringer of Light"

      February 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • PB

      Lol in no evolutionary text have I ever heard of an animal "morphing" from one to the other... you simply don't know what you are talking about. So here is an education evolution is A) random mutation and B) non random natural selection at its core of course it gets much more complex as we delve into the details. If you want anyone to take you seriously know what you are talking about.
      Inconsistancies in the Bible lets see How did cain and able reproduce?? oh right incest and how did Noah's children reproduce yep again incest. Who did god kill on the cross? oh right himself because jesus is not only the son of god he also is god. Why did god put a big tree of "evil" knowledge in the garden of eden knowing that the naive people in that garden would be tricked into eating the fruit? beats me one thing is for sure though the bible is literally chalked full of inconsitencies

      February 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  16. kara

    God's not dead, He's alive and relevant to our lives today. He is not them embodiment of religion and religous rules, but rather He is God who loves us with an unconditional, unfathomable Love and He gave us His Word (The Bible) to prepare us for all that we woukd face in this world....

    February 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  17. Sugarmama,, NC

    WELL CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER.

    IF YOU SAID THE PRAYER AND MEANT IT IN YOUR HEART. YOU REALLY ARE SAVED.

    February 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • PLEATOGOD

      yes going to website helps a person to identify how to truely get saved and reiceve HOly Spirit however a person must also allow Lord to be lived thru them and endure til the end obeying Holy Spirit.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  18. Sugarmama,, NC

    I love searching out the facts of the details regarding the accounts of the Holy Bible. I do not understand how any sane person can proclaim that there is no God.

    The story of Sodom and Gommorah is a riverting account of how low down and dirty our behavior as human beings can be.

    February 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      I, conversely, look at all the horrors the Biblical god supposedly perpetrated thruout his long, unsavory, bloodthirsty, misogynistic career and wonder how any sane person could WANT him to exist.

      February 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • .

      The low down dirty behavior was God's, as he killed off many innocent people including children. Let's not forget about the killing off of the entire planet including women, children and animals & their offspring only to keep Noah & his family! that is one mass murdering psycho.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  19. Zoe

    Semantics....you would have thought an all-knowing omnipotent god would have foreseen this problem and have used simple words that could have been more accurately translated into English thousands of years after they were written. Oh wait, religious books were written by men that thought menstruation was a curse on all women forever because one woman Eve ate an apple given to her by a demonic serpent (that's a just god, right? curse all for the sin of one?), and not simply the human female body's way of discarding an unfertilized egg. And in 2012 the world still follows the writings of these geniuses of religion. It is no wonder the world is so screwed up.

    February 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • think about it...

      Its not semnatics...well not from God...you have to remember that that the bible was written by man...and man has filtered out what was said. Knowing that the point is to try as hard as possible to find the original teachings...the Bible itself says to SEEK knowledge... it doesn't just come to YOU. And yea God did curse humanity after Eve because he knew all generations after her would sin as well. I believe he gave them paradise at first to show them that hey this is what u missed out on and now u will have to struggle to your dying day to get it back! And the curse wasn't THAT bad...pain during labor and you have to work to eat. Its called free will...life would be pretty boring if we didn't have it. If we didn't have independent thought we would be robots...heck GOD even gave his angels free will...sounds like he is pretty just to me!

      February 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Bizarre

      @think about it...
      "GOD even gave his angels free will...sounds like he is pretty just to me"

      Free will?... "Worship ME or burn for eternity." That's no choice. It's just like a thug gives his victim a choice (free will)?... "Give me your money and valuables, or I will shoot you."

      February 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Fred

      Your logic is faulty. Blaming all the world's ills on the Bible or God or religion is just misplaced blame.
      How about blaming bad people? Yeah, that's the ticket! Blame the bad people who do the bad things.
      Radical thought, I know, but give it a try.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Jim

      I agree!!

      February 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  20. A person who cares

    Godlovestheworld.com if you wanna get saved. preach gospel, confess sins, turn from sin be filled with Holy Spirit

    February 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Sugarmama,, NC

      THANK YOU A PERSON WHO CARES. I HOPE SOMEONE USES THIS SITE TO FIND JESUS. AS I READ SOME OF THESE COMMENTS IT MAKES ME REALIZE HOW SPECIAL WE REALLY ARE TO HAVE ALREADY ACCEPTED HIM. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU

      February 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      You seem to have left your caps lock on by accident.

      February 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      You want something REALLY special? Try your caps-lock key.

      February 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      OMG, I went to Godlovestheworld.com and I was saved! NOT
      I will say this about the web site though, it is ugly. Just being honest.

      February 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      @central – me too. Damnit. I was really hoping it'd be true this time.

      February 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
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