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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.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Opinion

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  1. uponthisrock

    No other topic on the face of this Earth gets more "critiics"than God and The Bible. So there is this;

    There are millions of humans that are just "fruity" and no brains,hearts or souls to believe in such "nonsense"
    or there are millions of people that are in a heap-o-trouble that don't.

    The scary thing is that God does not and refuses to "force" anyone to believe. He is the Good Shepherd and leads people
    not drive or force them

    February 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • Bob

      Some "good" shepherd ya got yourself there, not. Which animal did you you should sacrifice and burn an animal today to please your "god", like the bible demands of you very explicitly? Apparently the smell of flesh burning makes your sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Please, stop referencing that Christian book of nasty, AKA the bible, as a guide to, well, anything.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      February 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Christian Faith

      @Bob

      Bob, you're getting nowhere with Old Testament animal sacrifices. Christians don't do these things and its a thing of the past, even with God. God required it for a while as a means of having his people honor him and to make atonement for their sins. It wasn't because God loved to have animals killed just for the sake of killing them and burning them as you try to portray it. The animals had value to the average Hebrew and as such were a sacrifice of their own personal wealth, and these animals were an offering to God, and the sacrifice was a symbol of respect towards God.

      Later, Jesus Christ became the atoning sacrifice for the sins of mankind, and it is the son of God that has offered himself, once and for all, as the final sacrifice, to visibly demonstrate his love and respect for God the father, and all of humanity.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
      • Ellen

        "Christian Faith", your comment is bogus. Why would a god need to sacrifice anything? Your whole Jeebus story stinks of B-S.

        October 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
  2. anderson cooper we want you to receive Gods Love

    godlife.com

    February 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Dwight Corvelo

      that sounds kind of...wrong.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  3. Scientist

    Posted this as a reply to a post a few pages back then realized it would probably never be seen. I always enjoy RESPECTFUL discussion on relgion vs science, so I'm just going to repost, so sorry for the redundancy if you've seen this already.

    I'll start off by saying I'm a scientist (DNA analyst) that would claim to be agnostic for reasons that will remain my own. I agree with NVRWRNG that something needs to be proven before it can be disproven. Everything begins as a theory, that theory is rigorously tested, and if nothing disproves that theory, it is generally accepted as truth. Ignoring that, I'll play Hispanic Man's game and offer what I consider to be evidence of evolution and science as opposed to creationism.

    First, some background info in as plain of terms as I can come up with. Everybody has two copies of every gene in the DNA sequence, one from your mother, one from your father. Assuming Adam and Eve were what we call heterozygous (have different copies of each gene, as opposed to the same copy twice), there are four total versions of any gene. In DNA, we have seen many more than 4 possible versions of a gene. Genetic mutations can account for some of this, but I highly doubt mutations alone can account for the genetic diversity that is seen in todays population (mutation rates exist, but I'm too tired to look them up and do the math to have the numbers to back this claim up, so for now I will just state this is my opinion).

    Similarly, there is a DNA profile used in forensics called the Y-STR profile. This stands for Y-chromosome short-tandem-repeat. The Y chromosome is only found in men, and as such it does not change when passed from father to son (since women have no Y chromosome, they can't pass any of this along). If we were all descendants of Adam, we would all have the same Y-STR profile. In reality, there are several thousand Y-STR profiles, and I again think that genetic mutations cannot account for that much diversity.

    I won't say this proves one argument over another. I am simply offering this as support that at least the Adam and Eve portion of the bible is not entirely accurate.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • anderson cooper we want you to receive Gods Love

      i hope you will choose yeshua. when money well dries up and your on a mountain stuck in the ice, you need Christ. at end of day everythign can be taken from us due to evil one. Jesus loves you and wishes you to be saved. may Lord give you dreams of Himself. amen

      February 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Dumb and dumber

      Most bible scholars don't take the Adam and Eve thing seriously, (literally). It was hijacked from other Near East mythology. Not only is your an'alysis unnecessary, but Quantum Physics and Cosmology have made it totally implausible.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • anderson cooper we want you to receive Gods Love

      awww i hope you get saved sir. i know scientisst that are saved.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Christian Faith

      An Interesting comment, Scientist. Perhaps the scientific evidence is no wholly conclusive to the point of total certainty. The thing that I've always appreciated about science is that it questions its own findings. We are now, for instance finding that a pillar of physics — that nothing can go faster than the speed of light — appears to be smashed by an oddball subatomic particle that has apparently made a giant end run around Albert Einstein’s theories.

      Scientists at the world’s largest physics lab on Thursday said they have clocked neutrinos traveling faster than light. That’s something that according to Einstein’s 1905 special theory of relativity — the famous E (equals) mc2 equation — just doesn’t happen.

      Is science flawless? Is mankind flawless? Perhaps we should proceed with caution when considering the merits of science as being wholly indisputable.[And I do love and appreciate science, by the way]

      February 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • AGuest9

      @Christian Faith – the faulty cable has been located that was causing the erroneous reading. There are still no confirmations of superluminal particles.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Eric

    The bible is a load of garbage. I do agree with the article that people need to actually read the bible for what it actually is. A collection of ridiculous stories calling completely evil acts good. It shows "god" as a complete idiot incapable of doing anything right the first time, being a pathological liar and the most evil monster of the entire fairy tale. Contradictions and impossibilities, events presented as fact that never happened, and complete fabrications about the world as it actually is. It's a book of fiction nothing more. Like the Iliad except someone forgot to tell people that it was.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Veritas

      Yes, and why this is not clear to more people is beyond me. But I guess if you start indoctrinating little children very early many of them end up believing the delusion is real.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Christian Faith

      The Bible can hardly be reduced to simply being called fiction and nothing more. To say that their are absolutely no facts or truths in the Bible whatsoever is to make a sweeping statement about the character of the Bible that is easily proven wrong and is absolutely lacking of serious intellectual reality.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  5. Christian Faith

    The Bible doesn't need to be sugar-coated or artificially sweetened. The unabridged and unadulterated truth is useful just as it is, and it is submitted in the pages of the Bible, without apology, and without need for apology.

    The beauty of the Bible is that it shows the raw image of humanity as it really is, and it graphically illustrates the tragedy of sin, and the resulting chaos and suffering that ungodliness has long brought to humanity ever since it was introduced to this world. The Bible demonstrates the utter hopelessness and unfailing depravity of mankind when it is willfully separated from God by lawlessness and disobedience.

    The Bible makes the case for the superior practicality and necessity for God's system of order versus the alternative system of order: because, In the absence of an abiding spirit of love and compassion, there is a natural human inclination towards destruction and disorder of every kind. If you need any examples of this, read the news on any given day, and you will quickly see that the present order of this world is hanging by a thin strand of a thread, and that the government of mankind is one day soon coming to an unfortunate end of its own making.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Dwight Corvelo

      The beauty of the Bible is that God allows you to kill your children for disobeying you, kill your daughter for sleeping with her high school boyfriend, go to the next city over, kill everyone in it, take a hot chick back, shave her head and if you don't like her in bed, dump her on the streets. Slaves are not just legal, but encouraged, polygamy is a beautiful thing, and retarded people aren't allowed in church. I'm surprised there are more people rushing to join.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Dumb and dumber

      Here ya go....Yahweh Sabaoth, the "lord of hosts", or better translated, the "god of the armies".
      ......

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlnnWbkMlbg&w=640&h=390]

      February 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Bob

      So, "... Faith" have you sacrificed and burned an animal today just as the bible demands? Apparently the smell makes your sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Please, stop referencing that Christian book of nasty, AKA the bible, as a guide to, well, anything.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      February 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Christian Faith

      @Bob
      "So, "... Faith" have you sacrificed and burned an animal today just as the bible demands? Apparently the smell makes your sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal."

      Some of you may have noticed that Christians do not any longer burn or sacrifice animals to make atonement for their sins, and that this system of Biblical tradition was long ago done away with by the SELF-sacrifice of the son of God, Jesus Christ.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  6. God

    This is God. Please don't make fun of me anymore. I just can't take it. And by the way, yes, my real name is "God."

    February 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • momoya

      Go stuff it, God. 🙂

      February 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Someone

      i reported you. have more respect for Lord.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • Eric

      I thought your real name was El. Or one of the hundred other gods that eventually got rolled into what became Yahweh, Jealous, Jehovah, Allah, or any other composite.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • God

      God doesn't stuff it. God stuffs YOU!

      Someone, don't forget, I know your name. And have reported you. To myself.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • God

      Correction Eric, it was El Shaddai. Then I realized El Shaddai means "the breasted one," and I changed my name.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Lord

      God, this is Lord. Please tell someone to knock it off!

      February 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Veritas

      @Someone: You cannot report to any higher authority than Gawd, aka, Da Lawd, so shut up or Gawd might send a thunderbolt your way.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • anderson cooper we want you to receive Gods Love

      i reported you and i know your name

      February 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • anderson cooper we want you to receive Gods Love

      you are very disrepectful and acting in bully spirit saying God wants to smite peopel and all this junk and that is disrepectful. stop being abully. i am standing for yeshua so you dont keep saying bad things about him

      February 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • God

      "Anderson Cooper, etc." Tell me then, what is my name?

      February 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Isn't it funny how their god can be used to threaten, but not to heal?

      February 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  7. MatterOfFact

    Four holy men stood at the base of a holy mountain, each standing in one of the four directions; N, S, E & W. Each holy man then declared he was the one that truly understood the truth and that his view of the mountain was the only true view. And to this day they are still arguing about who is right.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Dwight Corvelo

      They may not be right, but one of them's definitely Left.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • MatterOfFact

      You're right! Or maybe I"m right, or am I left of you...
      It's so confusing...

      February 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  8. beautiful Savior is awesome

    godlife.com

    February 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Veritas

      Lawdie, lawdie, praise Jeezez.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  9. Weird chat

    wow this chat has gotten really weird. time for cnn to set up login user names.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  10. Book of Ruth

    i dont like when you say bad things about God. so offensive. name of Yeshua is so precious. so offensive and bullying. for real.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Christian Faith

      Many of these people are simply lost in their own world of sadness and confusion, Book of Ruth, and they are striking out against the very God and savior that loves and cares for them. The Apostle Paul was once such a hater of Christians. I do pray that God will make some of these haters into apostles as well. With God, all things are truly possible.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  11. Sal

    I enjoyed Steven's article, and it's right on the money.

    God is "revised" on a daily basis in order to serve what suits our immediate needs, and whatever our society accepts as the "spiritual flavor of the month." When people change or interpret the Bible to what has now become a politically correct CYA club in the name of tolerance, then it's a sad reminder of how many of us fall so terribly short from His glory.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • momoya

      If only god could people from misusing his word. It's almost like the bible is just another myth book like all the other "holy texts."

      February 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Christian Faith

      You make a very good point, Sal. Some people have distorted God's word to their own ends. But this has been done from the beginning, and without success in obstructing God's ultimate purpose.

      Yet, God remains true and faithful to those that sincerely seek him with all their heart. And to those that care to know him as he truly is, God reaches out and reveals the truth to them, planting it firmly in their heart, by such a faith that can't be shaken or distorted by any man, or by any means. You will know the truth, and it will indeed set you free.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  12. Muneef

    Hmm.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2105714/Secret-14million-Bible-Jesus-predicts-coming-Prophet-Muhammad-unearthed-Turkey.html#ixzz1nRDuztyc

    February 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Muneef

      Keep on your state of Denial;

      Secret £14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2105714/Secret-14million-Bible-Jesus-predicts-coming-Prophet-Muhammad-unearthed-Turkey.html

      Vatican 'wants to see' 1,500-year-old ancient script
      Has been hidden by Turkish state for 12 years
      Handwritten in gold-lettered Aramaic
      By Daily Mail Reporter

      Last updated at 5:14 PM on 24th February 2012

      A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican.

      Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years.

      The £14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  13. thegadfly

    I declared that God does not exist. And there was no one up at that late hour of the night to refute me.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Yawn... I guess because they are waiting for your proof of your declaration.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Dumb and dumber

      Mark,
      You can't prove there is no 1957 Chevy orbiting Pluto.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • Ann

      God Is Imaginary! If you all realize that, the world be a better place!

      February 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Christian Faith

      God exists regardless of your or any other declaration. Its truly amusing and astounding to imagine how people blindly suppose that the vast complexity and infinite order of this entire universe just came about ever so randomly.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"You can't prove there is no 1957 Chevy orbiting Pluto."

      I do not remember making such a declaration, but our friend here stated that he made a declaration and wondered why no one challenged him, so I figured that he was going to post proof of his declaration.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Actually, Its truly amusing and astounding to imagine how people blindly suppose that the vast complexity and infinite order of this entire universe just came about by some mythological creature that no one since 1,400 BCE has seen or heard from (other than lunatics), so, perhaps THAT'S saying something, right there.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Wow this got a lot of comments. Very good points made by Steven. The criticisms of the article and the Bible are from those that I can have never spent time researching out its origin. These do not impress or have an inpact on someone who has taken the time (years) to look into both sides of the arguments.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • NVRWRNG

      English! Please

      February 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • momoya

      @ Jeff,

      No. I believed in the bible and studied for almost 50 years. I am an atheist BECAUSE of what the bible says.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  15. Liqmaticus

    A freakin MEN!!! As a Christian, doubt has visited me many times. Somehow, God always brings me back. I declared from my lips that Jesus was my Savior and now He wont let me go no matter how much doubt I have. I can't explain it and if you don't except Christ as your Savior you wont get it. It took me years to get to here and here can be very dark at times, but with a hope that is unexplainable and a Holy Spirit that does not give up on us.

    “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
    ― Oscar Wilde

    That future is Jesus Christ!

    February 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Mike

      I can say the exact same thing, but later I started having doubts when the good and bad in my life were affected by MY doings. I never saw any evidence of a god existing so I simply said "I'm open to believe if you present some evidence to me, but until that time, I'll rely on myself for guidance." I guess god didn't care to let me go, and that was over 15 years ago.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • Book of Ruth

      be filled with SPirit.
      godlife.com

      February 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Ricardo

      As I see, you have written "except" instead of "accept". It is clear that you must be a religious person. Have fun with that!
      Overly religious people are produced by one or more of the following causes:
      1) Ignorance. 2) Foolishness. 3) Illness (physical or mental). 4) Severe trauma, usually during their childhood or early youth. 5) Pure evil. 6) Other diverse genetic factors, for which they cannot be held reponsible. 7) Acceptance of limiting paradigms, due to historic and geographic constraints. And that's all!

      February 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Christian Faith

      I have to agree with you Liqmaticus, and I have also had doubts, and intellectual bouts with the Bible that challenged me to question its authenticity and authority, yet I found that faith is nevertheless a very real and powerful force greater than intellectualism and human deduction. Faith, and God, are neither a simple placebo or a delusional fairy tale, because the living God is able to miraculously transform the lives and hearts of people in such a manner that is undeniable and otherwise unexplained and unexpected, and it is the power of this living God that has created a vast and complex universe of intricate order.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Alex

      If your completely wrong about everything you just said, does it matter? No. It still brings you happyness...

      February 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
  16. stand for what right

    give freedom to be able to give opinion but dont be a bully or hurt the Lord and his name. Dont say bad things about christ! we stand for him and this is christianity. if you dont like it it will be reported if you say bad htings about God.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • Col. Fitz

      I second that. We will report it to God. Surely you will feel his WWWRRRAAATHHH!!!! (2 Kings 1:10)

      February 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • stand for what right

      reported. why say bad things about God. we dont say bad things about your name or you. Dont cuss please

      February 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Col. Fitz

      Reported right back atcha bro! By "we" do you refer to many within one, or many individuals?

      February 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • John

      Your 'god' is a weak god. A fake god.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  17. A Believer

    Prophets Adam, Abraham, Noah, Aaron, Jesus, Moses, David, Jacob Solomon were all righteous men. – excerpt from Quran !!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Liqmaticus

      Too bad you missed the part where Jesus declared himself the Son of God and that He is the ONLY way to His Father's kingdom. Jesus IS the ONLY way and Jesus made this VERY clear.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Liqmaticus .. well if Jesus said it about himself then It MUST be true!! I'm going to have to try that myself!

      February 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • OK..

      Liqmaticus,, so that's all I have to say to be special..

      February 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • Dumb and dumber

      What did you think they were going to say that Jesus said ? Using the babble to support the babble is CIRCULAR !

      February 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Well, A Belief is all you can ever have. When you consider that Josephus, Philo-Judæus, Seneca, Pliny the Elder, Arrian, Petronius, Dion Pruseus, Paterculus, Suetonius, Juvenal, Martial, Persius, Plutarch, Pliny the Younger, Tacitus, Justus of Tiberius, Apollonius, Quintilian, Lucanus, Epictetus, Hermogones, Silius Italicus, Statius, Ptolemy, Appian, Phlegon, Phædrus, Valerius Maximus, Lucian, Pausanias, Florus Lucius, Quintius Curtius, Aulus Gellius, Dio Chrysostom, Columella, Valerius Flaccus, Damis, Favorinus, Lysias, Pomponius Mela, Appion of Alexandria, and Theon of Smyrna – every major First and Second Century historian, and not ONE of them wrote a single word of this wondrous Jesus of Nazareth. Isn't that odd, with all of the miraculous claims made about him by his followers?

      February 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Christian Faith

      Its strange that people in America, of all places, should feel so threatened and angry about another person's peaceful beliefs, and especially Christianity, a religion that's obligated to love and to help others. We're not the crusaders or the inquisition of Spain. We're not sacrificing animals in fires or burning witches at a stake. We're people that genuinely care about the welfare of others and often help others in our communities.

      The truly sincere Christians among us live their faith in peace with those around them; but like all faiths, we sometimes have those among us that misrepresent us and the sacred ideals of what we profess to aspire to, and this may cause others to dislike us.

      Like most people of good will, we want to live in peace with our neighbors, and we genuinely strive to respect those that agree or disagree with us. Perhaps this is a day when many of our neighbors do not any longer wish us well, but we will nevertheless do our best to be good citizens in good standing, even when we are persecuted and hated by those that should otherwise be at peace with us.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  18. brian lagowski

    Liberace gay take your imaginary friend and stick it up your ass fiction deserves no respect in a modern world

    February 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Dwight Corvelo

      Brian, don't forget to thank your brother George.

      February 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Liberace

      Thank you George! :-* :-*

      February 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Christian Faith

      @aguest9: "every major First and Second Century historian, and not ONE of them wrote a single word of this wondrous Jesus of Nazareth."

      None of them were Christians, so why would they write about something that was apparently of no interest to them? Besides, Christians were being persecuted and imprisoned at the time in many parts of the Roman Empire and it was hardly safe to be a Christian. I doubt they wrote about Confucius or Buddha, other Gods or faiths of other cultures they had no faith in either. What does your comment really prove any way? It proves nothing but an elusive and baseless argument that has no tyeeth and means absolutely less than zero.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:30 am |
  19. Dwight Corvelo

    BLOND

    I's gwyna repots ANYONE who don't say thank you bahoogahooga Jebus mahalakalahrathiansala wootangnatchanolappaloomie!

    February 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  20. Yelena

    To Nick-Why was Mary Magdaline's Gospel not included? Because, if you look at the Gospels, they all revolve around the story of Jesus. Other characters' gospels are not included. It wasn't part of some diabolical plan. Lighten up. =)

    February 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • AGuest9

      It was simple. She was a woman. It was the Bronze Age. Even the "ever-virgin" Mary (with several other children) was considered "just a vessel", and if you consider the wedding at Cana – a nag, as well. M. Magdelene was a harlot by most accounts, and the wife of Jesus, by others. What chance did she stand?

      February 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • uponthisrock

      Scientist:
      Just a thought bout your comment. God speaks into existence the Heavens and the Earth and Created man from the red dirt from the ground He does not need all the "mumble-jumble" that scientist have labled things. He" takes things that
      are not and makes them as they are." Believing in God is not forced on anyone. isn't it strange the amount of posts on this subject?. Can you say that about "atheists?" no because the definition of an atheist is not "One that does not believe in God'..
      such as the dictionary says but an atheist is one that REFUSES to believe in God. Big difference.

      February 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • AGuest9

      upon, Merriam-Webster: Definition of ATHEIST
      : one who believes that there is no deity

      February 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Of course they are going to word it that way. The vast majority of people in the world believe in some god, energy source, etc. The dictionaries are printed by publishers, who stay in business by selling their books. They certainly aren't going to "offend" the majority of their customers to be truthful, are they? Business is business.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
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