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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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soundoff (5,744 Responses)
  1. HispanicMan

    To all you atheists out there, I would like for you to prove, without a doubt, that there is NO God. Show me the proof that you have and is 100% fact that God does not exist.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Observer

      Pointless. They can't and you can't prove God exists.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • HispanicMan

      I most certainly can prove that God does exist.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      @hispanic – prove to me, please, I'd love to hear this, what I'm sure will be, Logical explanation

      February 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Observer

      HispanicMan,

      If you COULD, no one would be having this discussion. Wishful thinking does not make FACTS.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • G

      you know well that that's not possible. And it's actually not necessary since there is not even the slightest indicator that there is anything worth proving or disproving. I could challenge you now to prove or disprove the man in the moon. Or any other stuff that people made up. Or I could challenge you now to come up with any world model where the existence of supreme being has any benefit in answering difficult questions, such as "who" created the world vs "who" created God? So this isn't going anywhere.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Shepherd

      HispanicMan, it's impossible for you to prove there is a god. The bible is no more proof that a god exists than Harry Potter proves that wizards exist. A book, written by man, is not proof of a deity.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • cg3001

      One Can Not Be Called Upon To Prove A Negative – Ayn Rand

      February 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Brock

      Priest molesting boys.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • In Reason I Trust

      I can't prove unicorns don't exist, are you a believer of them as well? Learn to think before posting.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • HispanicMan

      @Shepherd..... And who is it that said that the bible is the only way to prove that God does exist? I didnt. Why are you posting that comment when I started this point without the mention of using the bible? I think you strayed away from you flock Sheperd. Go back to them and dont lose sight of whatever it is you're sheperding.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • HispanicMan

      Such a simple request or challenge and yet, not one Atheist is able to take the challenge. All that is offered are mere remarks or statements about how it cant be proved either way. So tell me, how does one believe in something that can never be proved factually?

      February 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Brock

      Cardinal ordering memos of priest who molest children destoryed.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Shepherd

      Personal attacks eh? Usually come out when someone is backed in a corner. Where's your proof?

      February 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Satanluv

      Let me ask you, are their leprechans, fairies, smurfs, dragons? No of course not, right? well how do you know? Because you are an adult living in the physical world..apply the same logic to you god...I understand you are desperate to live forever..i am sorry that will not happen

      February 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Satanluv

      god is childish and silly notion on par with santa clase and superman...it is not worth of serious debate

      February 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Dwight Corvelo

      The very fact that your screenname is "HispanicMan" proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that your sense of self does not exist. Good luck proving the existence of "God."

      February 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  2. Justin

    Ok, so I've been reading a lot of the arguments on here both for and against religion. I just want to say that people, in general, should stop analyzing every quote of religious texts so literally.

    Religion, any religion, at its essence is basically to promote good values and help you lead a good life and find comfort in your existence having a higher purpose. Nothing more. You can choose whether or not to believe. With any group following, there will always be zealots and radicals. That includes atheists, political parties, all religions, and the like. So, to the people who are saying religion is the cause of many wars, I can't say I disagree with you, but don't act like it is the sole reason for any and all wars. Every person and group in this world has their own agendas and will manipulate things that people believe to fit their purpose.

    In addition, while I do believe in most scientific theories and practices, I would still like to raise this point: what is the harm of believing in God? More so, if you don't believe in some kind of higher power, then what do you believe is the purpose for your existence? It seems kind of peculiar that you would demoralize people for wanting to have faith that their life is more meaningful then just living for the sake of living and that's it. If you do truly believe there is nothing else after life or that life just stemmed from nothing other than pure randomness and chance, then why do you care about anything really? Put simply, if there is no higher power, then life is meaningless and we should go commit all sorts of crimes and have no sense of morality or good will or good nature. What's the point in trying hard to succeed at anything ever if you're just going to die and none of it will have mattered. That seems like a bitter, morbid, hopeless approach at life.

    That is why I believe there is a need for religion. To put your faith (which means believing in something you can't prove but still feel that it can be possible) in something provides comfort and aid to many people. Many people cope with situations life and death throws at them in different ways. That includes religion. Deal with it. It's not hurting anyone.

    Also, one final point, science is all based on theories fyi (ex. The Big Bang Theory for instance, or the Theory of Evolution). None of these things can be proven either. They are based on observations that would lead one to believe they are possible, but not necessarily true. Hmm....I believe that's basically the same as religion. Funny, huh?

    February 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      Are you that weak that you need "faith" to live. I love my family, my job, my kids. "Faith" is for the weakened hearted.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • justme

      pretty well said. now if you will contact Jehovah's Witnesses in your area you will learn how close you are to the real truth, and mr. vowel hater you need help and they (JWs) have just what you need also.

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

    What childish nonsense..I wish people would grow up..the bible is a mismash of various cultures and long-gone civilizations...it has no coherent message, no cohesive wisdom, no mission statment..it is old-world mythology, mixed with poems and moralty tales, etc...it is filled with contradictions and was written by people who didn't know why the sun came up in the morning..What is the point of the "arguments" presented in this article.....please please please grow up...btw, what happens if you don't use capital "g"

    February 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • justme

      you need to contact Jehovah's Witnesses as soon as you can.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Satanluv

      um...don't think i will conatct the JW...what's is their newest end date that will prove false???

      February 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  4. EVN

    Religion is the opiate of the masses, said Karl Marx. Truer words were never spoken. It dumbs and numbs and gives folks something meaningless to focus on. It deludes and agrandizes believers of one faith or another into believing theirs is the truth. It has been, and continues to be, the justification for unspeakable evils being perpetrated by one set of believers against the non-believers of whatever variety of kool-aid the actors drank. It really has no place in politics, yet it becomes the reason to support dwiddle dee over dwiddle dumb. When all is said and done, religion collectively has got to be the biggest lie of all time.

    It masquardes as our salvation, while dragging its believers into the depths of depravity. If there ever was an idea that should never have seen the light of day, it is a belief in god – any god. All the drugs and all the alcohol, and all the mental illness in the world combined could never to as good a job of robbing man of rational thought than the idea of god, or gods.

    February 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Guest

      EVN Are you channeling Sam Harris?

      February 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • EVN

      @ guest, 2/26/12 7:12 pm. Until I googled Sam Harris I had not heard of him. The views expressed are mine, and to date I've yet to hear a refutation that makes sense. I will make it a point to pick up his book, as he sounds like a fellow traveler who has seen through the mist and is able to call the fairy tale for what it really is.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
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    God Loves You!

    The Bible says, "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"

    The problem is that . . .

    2 All of us have done, said or thought things that are wrong. This is called sin, and our sins have separated us from God.

    The Bible says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from God forever. The Bible says “The wages of sin is death.”

    The good news is that, about 2,000 years ago,

    3 God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

    Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

    Jesus rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God His Father. He offers us the gift of eternal life - of living forever with Him in heaven if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me."

    God reaches out in love to you and wants you to be His child. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name." You can choose to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come in to your life as your Lord and Savior.

    4 If you want to accept Christ as your Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this:

    "Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always."

    February 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Observer

      Does your educational level enable you to do anything more than copy and paste?

      February 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Satanluv

      bla bla bla... i can quote you some Shakespeare that makes a lot more sense...how is it that Shakespeeare was a better writer than your god.....good ole god might wanna take some of those writer workshop courses at a local community college

      February 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Dwight Corvelo

      I'm sorry, I think you missed the part where it says "God so LOVED the world." It never says God LOVES you, in the present tense, it refers to a past-tense act. And btw, is that verse in reference to Phileo, Agape, or another kind of love? Please clarify.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • EVN

      A monkey typing away at a keyboard could posit a better argument for the existance of god. You can quote crap all you want, it still doesn't make it true, and it does nothing to mask the stentch.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    February 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      Atheism is exactly what children need. Nature's best medicine.

      February 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Atheists, nature's perfect food. BUAHAHAHA! this never gets old!

      February 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Satanluv

      hah...are you kidding...what are you 5 and waiting for Santa Claus to come down the chimney? Atheism is about understanding who we are as a species and what are place in the universe is...it is the first real step 2 true knowledge...stop living in an illusion

      February 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Guest

      Who we are and what is our place? We are robots while we live. Then we become dirt.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Satanluv

      Guest we are a speceis of clever ape living on a rocky planet just ther right distance from our sun in a far flung arm of a spiral galaxy cast amonst billions of other galaxies speeding through a void known by us as the universe...and then we return to dirt

      February 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It never gets old for you, troll, because you're 15.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
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    February 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Dave, CA

      The bible is contradictory. The bible is violent. The bible is ancient. The bible is out of date. The bible was written by men not by God. The bible was assembled by men not by God. The bible's books have been heavily edited with men with agendas and desire for power and wealth. The bible is used to persecute others. The bible is used by self important hypocrites to justify their hatred of others. The bible is used as an excuse for horrific behavior.

      The bible in the hands of modern day "evangelicals" and so called "christians" is an evil tool.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Satanluv

      welll dave you are almost there...see once you realize the bible is meaningles,s you realize that your only source of "evidence" for the existence of this god is worthless...so there is no evidence for god whatsoever..adam and eve....wrong...moses... wrong...god..not

      February 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  8. Crash

    Why are these stories about the bible and christianity constantly being run in the "FEATURED" section on the front page of CNN.com? This isn't news, it isn't even an editorial of a news story. All of the fluff stories are bad enough, now I have to read this on CNN "We don’t need to edit God. We need to let him be the author of our new lives."
    CNN is where I would turn to for the days news stories not for religious indoctrination. I had it set as my home page for years. I'm changing that now and setting this ridiculous site in my rear view mirror.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Observer

      With well over 100 articles on the main page alone, you are leaving because of 1. FOX News might appreciate your smarts.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • cg3001

      AGREED!!!!!!!

      February 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • cg3001

      I agree to CRASH its getting annoying, religion is not changed in years...its the same issues same crap thats been spouted out for decades, why do we have to keep respinning the same crap, and trying to merge it into each news event that gets face time. I assume for ratings..

      February 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • EVN

      The story was run as an "opinion" piece, and I must say it has stirred quite the reaction. To all the bible (Koran, Torah – name your own fairytale) believers and those that the notion of god has brainwashed and addled into no longer being able to think critically for yourselfs, and instead be relegated to quoting nonsense as proof that the nonsense is real, it must be a warm fuzzy feeling that something that isn't objectively supported can give you such comfort and ferverent belief in feeling you have it all figured out (and usually) the cocomittant and as ferverently held view that those who don't agree with you and you brand of the "Truth" are lesser humans. Maybe some day you will wake up and come to the realization that you, and the belief system you hold so dear, are at the heart of the problem of much of what is wrong with this world.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  9. OldBoonie

    I think this is a very interesting article. James raises points that had occurred to me in reading "The Dovekeepers," by Alice Hoffman, namely that much of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh was written (yes, written!) for ordinary, everyday people. Also, several people use the term "myth," as if it were derogatory. Well, it really isn't. According to one well known dictionary, a "myth" is "a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon." And, in my opinion and that of most contemporary Biblical scholars, that's mostly what the first five books of the Tanakh, or the Torah (narrow sense) represent. I won't go into here what its purpose is. I'll leave that to you to figure out.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
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    February 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • justme

      you really need to contact Jehovah's Witnesses

      February 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  11. amjp

    I think this is a very interesting article. James raises points that had occurred to me in reading "The Dovekeepers," by Alice Hoffman, namely that much of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh was written (yes, written!) for ordinary, everyday people. Also, several people use the term "myth," as if it were derogatory. Well, it really isn't. According to one well known dictionary, a "myth" is "a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon." And, in my opinion and that of most contemporary Biblical scholars, that's mostly what the first five books of the Tanakh, or the Torah (narrow sense) represent. I won't go into here what its purpose is. I'll leave that to you to figure out.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  12. David

    God made a way for us. It is called Jesus.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • cg3001

      No, its called a brain and to question things that can not be proven, blind faith is just that, BLIND

      February 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Satanluv

      yeah, that doesn't really mmake any sense..so the "Church" calls it a mystery so as to bamboozel all the simple minded and desperate...but if you look at it with a clear, mature mind, it doesn't make any sense

      February 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  13. TURN2CHRIST

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    February 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  14. Schaz

    In the litany of sins of the people in the "Old Testament" Mr. Stevens neglects to mention that when Abraham tells lies, God lies right back. See where Abraham is told that Sarah is going to become pregnant with Abraham's son and Sarah laughs saying that it can't happen as old as her husband is. Abraham asks God why Sarah is laughing and God replies that Sarah doesn't believe that she can have a child as since she is too old.

    From this we learn that it is OK to lie to keep peace.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • K-Rock

      Hi Schaz,
      Did you stop reading? Sarah did have a baby, and at that point she was laughing because she thought she was too old. By her being too old and still having a baby it proves that God was fulfilling his promise.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Mr Schaz when u read the Bible with a closed mind u make mistakes like u just did. God asked rhetorically why Sarah was laughing. And He answer himself. The answer was truthful because that was Sarah's thinking. Read it again. It takes several contextual reading sessions to understand the Bible.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Satanluv

      Dude are you kidding...it is a made up story...possibly based on a real life person as the Johnny Appleseed story could be...the people who wrote it knew absolultely nothing about how the world worked, science or anything of importance

      February 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Satanluv

      it proves zip..nothing that has ANY relevance to anyone living in the 21st century...it has about as much relevance as Pooh getting stuck in the tree and then freed

      February 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  15. Matt Slick

    The article was well written and accurate. I am a Christian apologist (carm.org) and agree with the article's declaration to not sugar coat the Bible's truths – both pleasant and not. I for one am tired of the mamby pamby, serve-me god that is preached from so many pulpits and TV. I am sick of the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, caucasian, surfer Jesus who wears a woman's nightgown and "politely waits to be allowed into our hearts". Jesus was divine and human (Col. 2:9), a man's man, savior, Lord, creator, and humble sacrifice. He is to be feared, loved, honored, and "known by" (Gal. 4:8). Again, good article.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Ken

      A man's man? Why in the world would a diety need to be a gender? Last time I checked, it was to enable a species to procreate, which would be more than a little confusing given that god is omni-present.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  16. Brock

    Icannot remember my birth, why would I remember after I die?

    February 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  17. TURN2CHRIST

    amen! God Loves You!

    The Bible says, "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"

    The problem is that . . .

    2 All of us have done, said or thought things that are wrong. This is called sin, and our sins have separated us from God.

    The Bible says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from God forever. The Bible says “The wages of sin is death.”

    The good news is that, about 2,000 years ago,

    3 God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

    Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

    Jesus rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God His Father. He offers us the gift of eternal life – of living forever with Him in heaven if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me."

    God reaches out in love to you and wants you to be His child. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name." You can choose to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come in to your life as your Lord and Savior.

    4 If you want to accept Christ as your Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this:

    "Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always."
    amern amen

    February 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  18. achepotle

    you Yankees are loooneeeey toooooones

    February 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  19. delirium454

    Ok! There is not such thing as GOD. It is a bunch of made up bu!!sh!t. How does this story help us?

    February 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Elizabeth Alan

      well unlike you...most of us know Him. Don't worry, in the end, you will too.

      February 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Steven

      Proving or disproving the existence of God is logically impossible. It's pointless to argue about that.

      February 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      @Eliz – You know him? That's great!!!!!!

      February 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      @Steven – Disproving God is not impossible nor is proving. Human race, will one day know the answer and it will be because of science.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Rick

      Who said Atheists have no faith? Faith right there talking...except its faith may take more than its lifetime to be proven.....

      February 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  20. TURN2CHRIST

    preach with tears and Love from agony heart for souls.
    amen! God Loves You!

    The Bible says, "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"

    The problem is that . . .

    2 All of us have done, said or thought things that are wrong. This is called sin, and our sins have separated us from God.

    The Bible says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from God forever. The Bible says “The wages of sin is death.”

    The good news is that, about 2,000 years ago,

    3 God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

    Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

    Jesus rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God His Father. He offers us the gift of eternal life – of living forever with Him in heaven if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me."

    God reaches out in love to you and wants you to be His child. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name." You can choose to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come in to your life as your Lord and Savior.

    4 If you want to accept Christ as your Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this:

    "Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always."

    February 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • EVN

      Rinse, repeat and believe, and it shall all become true. What hogwash!

      February 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
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