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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. Sir Ivanhoe

    I discuss much of this in novel - king of Bat'ha. The sequel -- Tales from the East: Return of Ivanhoe - presents the Christian perspective.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  2. Samantha Lemon

    I have to agree with Steven James on that the Bible is not a sugar coated book from our Heavenly Father. It is very raw and very honest. I do have to disagree on a few other things including Jesus was a drunkard or a loose man. Paul was inspired to write 1 Corinthians 9:11 clearly noting that drunkards, fornicators, etc. will not inherit God's kingdom. I do agree that the Bible was written very raw and to the point and showed the good, bad and ugly of people as an example for Christians today to learn from. For those who do not believe in the Bible, you will on the day of Armageddon when you will experience the wrath of God. That's a "CERTAINTY". It won't be long now. He promises and God NEVER lies. Behold!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • popeye47

      @Samantha- The phrase,"It won't be long now", has been repeated for 2,000 years. Even Christ and Paul thought God and Christ would set up there kingdom on earth during their time. Still 2,000 years have passed. Ain't gonna happen.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Samantha
      “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.”
      —1 John 2:18
      Christians have been waiting on tenterhooks for the Second Coming since the Bible itself was written.
      Many have prophesied the exact time of date of His return and ALL have been wrong.
      George Rapp said it would be September 15th, 1829.
      William Miller predicted October 22, 1844. Jesus’ failure to arrive is known as “The Great Disappointment”. Many of his disillusioned followers went on the found the 7th Day Adventist Church, who are still patiently awaiting His return.
      Charles Russell, 1st President of the Watchtower Society told his fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses that Jesus would be back in 1874.
      Rudolf Steiner maintained that from 1930 onwards, Jesus would grant certain people psychic powers to enable them to witness his presence in the “etheric plane”.
      Herbert Armstrong, Pastor General of the Worldwide Church of God said 1975.
      Bill Maupin managed to convince his followers to sell all of their worldly goods in preparation for Jesus’ return on June 28th, 1981.
      Benjamin Crème stated that on June 21st, 1982 Christ would make a worldwide television announcement.
      Mark Blitz, Pastor of El Shaddai Ministries says it would be September 30th, 2008
      Jerry Falwell said it’d happen between 1999 and 2009.
      Harold Camping told everyone that the Rapture would happen May 21, 2011 after failing in his first predicted date of 1994.

      Conversely, many believe He’s all ready come in the form of Sun Myung Moon, Emanuel Swedenborg, Baha u llah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, David Koresh, Hailie Selassie, John Thom, Arnold Potter, William Davies, George roux, Ernest Norman, Krishna Venta, Ahn Sahng-Hong, Jim Jones, Mashall Applewhite, Hulon Mitchell, Wayne Bent, Ariffin Mohammed, Mitsuo Matayoshi, Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, Inri Cristo, Thomas Provenzano, David Icke, Shoko Asahara, Hogan Fukinaga, Marina Tsvigun or Sergei Troop.

      It would appear that the much lauded Jewish carpenter has been thoroughly dead for 2000 years and will remain so.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  3. Stan

    It is hilarious how many people actually care what other people believe or don't believe in and will devote all kinds of time trying to prove or disprove other peoples' belief systems. Either you believe in a higher power or you don't. Either that fact will have eventual consequences when you die or it won't. How pathetic does your own life have to be that you would actually spend time trying to argue against some else's belief or non-belief in a religion. You people crack me up!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • popeye47

      @Stan- Stan , evidently you're a fool too, to take time to answer these crazy people. If you were sane, you would have passed over and not posted anything. You hypocrite.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • John Dunai

      Hey Stan, I think\ it's called, "Let's reason together" Speaking out is an American thing. You know something liberals want to control. Almost like when try to control other people thinking by putting them down for acting out. Kind of like you did.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Stan

      Ha ha ha... hit a little too close to home did I Popeye? How am I a hypocrite? I'm not telling you what to believe. I'm just pointing out the fact that spending time trying to convince people their beliefs are wrong is a complete waste of time. Pointing out the pointless nature of what people do, well that is just fun. I always have time for fun.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Stan

      @John... except I see very little reasoning here and more "you are stupid for believing in Christianity" and "you are stupid for beliving in Atheism". Honestly, I kind of doubt I have any power to "try to control other people thinking by putting them down for acting out." If my pointing out futility on a message board can actually control people's thinking, then I have totally gotten into the wrong line of work.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • Phish811

      And yet you take time to join in with your own opinion... cracked up, you certainly are.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Stan

      @Phish811... Yep, I'm nutty like that. Isn't there an epic jam of Fee > Tweezer > You Enjoy Myself where they tease the Addams Family theme that you should be off listening to right now?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  4. neoritter

    This article makes no sense. Different versions use different methodologies in making their translations. Books that go for a contextual translation can have significant differences than those that go for a literal translation. I also think this author hasn't picked up many versions. A very popular version, the Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition, does not make the polite changes that the author notes.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • renster

      I'd be interested to read the Thomas Jefferson version, which cuts out all of the ridiculous miracles and supernatural phenomena. I can appreciate a book about a historical figure who is like a friendlier version of David Koresh, Joseph Smith, etc. etc. etc. - all of whom are delusional or just plain opportunistic to claim they have a connection to "God."

      February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  5. achepotle

    Yankees are loooooonnnneeeeyyyyyyyy

    February 27, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  6. BoldGeorge

    I thought this was the BELIEF blog, not unbelief. 90% of comments here are of unbelievers. By the way, I've noticed that unbelievers seem to not be able to tell reality from fairy-tale, comparing the bible to myths and fairy-tales. Please stop watching movies, especially ones like The Matrix. The bible, the Word of God is reality...every other belief is fairy-tale (even atheism).

    February 27, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      I predict seven

      February 27, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • popeye47

      @Boldgeorge- The myths came before God and his religion. Take for instance, Christ. There was a hero,Mithra centuries before Christ,and their stories are almost identical. In other words Christ was copied after Mithra. Now maybe you should study history to learn the facts.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • renster

      Prove to me how God is any different from Santa Claus. Have you ever seen either of them - aside from some dude dressed up in a costume for minimum wage during the holidays? Keep on "believing" and "having faith" in God if it helps you deal with your problems and death.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      By the way, this article almost hit the bull's-eye. If only it would have mentioned that without repentance, belief, turning away from sin and turning to Christ for salvation is the only way one will avoid eternal damnation, that would've hit the target dead on (no pun intended).

      February 27, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      1,000 year old people, talking snakes, donkeys and incendiary foliage, men who lived in a whale's digestive tract, 7 headed dragons who spew torrents of water and eat pregnant women, a 400 foot boat that carried pairs of every species of animal for over a month with no food source, the entire earth repopulated by 3 breeding pairs of humans (including a 500 year old man)...
      What's not to believe?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • popeye47

      @Boldgeorge- Then you assuming that your god and religion is the only true one. The other religions in the world don't matter.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • john

      your a idiot read a science book

      February 27, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Stan

      @popeye47, I think you actually mean "Mithras". Mithra was a Persian/Zoroastrian god closely related to the Vedic god Mitra. Mithras was a Roman deity (and there is debate about whether or not he is historically related to Mithra/Mitra) & it is Mithras who's origin story & some elements of worship bear many similarities with Christianity.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      @ Renster..."Keep on "believing" and "having faith" in God if it helps you deal with your problems and death."

      I couldn't have written it better myself. And please don't take this as sarcasm, but what helps you deal with problems and the issue of death and beyond?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      @ popeye47..."Then you assuming that your god and religion is the only true one. The other religions in the world don't matter."

      Exactly. By the way, I don't assume.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Craig

      Nice job at projection. You have that defensive mechanism down to a T!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @BoldGeorge
      Who is to say that Angus, Belenos, Brigid, dana, Lugh, Dagda, Epona, Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Atehna, Demeter, Dionysus, Eris, Eos, Gaia, Hades, Hekate, Helios, Hephaestus, Hera, hermes, Hestia, Pan, Poseidon, Selene, Uranus, Zeus, Mathilde, Elves, Eostre, Frigg, Hretha, Saxnot, Shef, Thuno, Tir, Weyland, Woden, Alfar, Balder, Beyla, Bil, Bragi, Byggvir, Dagr, Disir, Eir, Forseti, Freya, Freyr, Frigga, Heimdall, Hel, Hoenir, Idunn, Jord, Lofn, Loki, Mon, Njord, Norns, Nott, Odin, Ran, saga, Sif, Siofn, Skadi, Snotra, Sol, Syn, Ull, Thor, Tyr, Var, Vali, Vidar, Vor, Black Shuck, Herne, Jack in the Green, Holda, Nehalennia, Nerthus, endovelicus, Ataegina, Runesocesius, Apollo, Bacchus, Ceres, Cupid, Diana, Janus, Juno, Jupiter, Maia, Mars, Mercury, Minerva, Neptune, Pluto, Plutus, Proserpina, Venus, Vesta, Vulcan, Attis, Cybele, El-Gabal, Isis, Mithras, Sol Invictus, Endovelicus, Anubis, Aten, Atum, Bast, Bes, Geb, Hapi, Hathor, Heget, Horus, Imhotep, Isis, Khepry, Khnum, Maahes, Ma’at, Menhit, Mont, Naunet, Neith, Nephthys, Nut, Osiris, Ptah, ra, Sekhmnet, Sobek, Set, Tefnut, Thoth, An, Anshar, Anu, Apsu, Ashur, Damkina, Ea, Enki, Enlil, Ereshkigal, Nunurta, Hadad, Inanna, Ishtar, Kingu, Kishar, Marduk, Mummu, Nabu, Nammu, Nanna, Nergal, Ninhursag, Ninlil, Nintu, Shamash, Sin, Tiamat, Utu, Mitra, Amaterasu, Susanoo, Tsukiyomi, Inari, Tengu, Izanami, Izanagi, Daikoku, Ebisu, Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Fu.kurokuju, Jurojin, Hotei, Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc, Inti, Kon, Mama Cocha, Mama Quilla, Manco Capac, Pachacamac, Viracoc.ha, or Zaramama aren't true gods?
      How can the Tanakh, Talmud, Midrash, New Testament, Quran, Sunnah, Nahjul Balagha, Avesta, Vedas, Upanisahds, Bhagavad Gita, Puranas, Tantras, Sutras, Vachanas, Adi Granth, Purvas, Samayasara, Niyamasara, Pravacanasara, and Pancastikaya; Anupreksa; Samadhishataka of Pujyapada; Tattvarthasutra of Umasvati, Tattvarthasutra, Pali Tripitaka, Jataka,, Visuddimagga, Tripitaka, Lotus Sutra, Garland Sutra, Analects; the Great Learning; the Doctrine of the Mean; the Mencius, Tao Te Ching, Chuang-tzu, Kojiki, Nihon Shoki, K-oki, Ofudesaki, Mikagura-uta, Michi-no-Shiori, Johrei, Goseigen, Netarean Shower of Holy Doctrines, Chun Boo Kyung, Kitab-i-Iqan, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, Book of Mormon, Dianetics, or Revelation X be dismissed as Holy Books since they all claim to be The Truth?
      As a Bible adherent, how do you know whether Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, oriental Orthodox, As.syrian, Byzantine, Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, Anabaptism, Brethren, Methodist, Pietism, Apostolic, Pentocostal, Charismatic, African Initiated, United, Quakers, Couthcotti.tism, Millerism, British-Isrealism, Latter Day Saints, Mennonite, 7th day Adventism, Kelleyism, Co.oneyism, Shakers, Methernitha, Strigolniki, Yehowism, Christadelphians, Christian Science, doukhobors, Iglesia ni Cristo, Makuya, Molokans, Subbotniks, Ebionism, Martinism, Rosicrucians, Rastafarianism, Santo Daime, or Umbanda is the REAL interpretation of your God's words?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Tim

      Doc-That list that you have got going are man made gods not The God.
      There is only one God and that is the God of the Bible.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  7. NOT MY CHAIR

    "God was willing to come to rescue us from ourselves." lol keep praying god will be here any minute now

    February 27, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  8. iaver

    Seems like most of these comments were written by atheists. Question: Does an atheist take philisophical thought seriously? For example, the obvious, socrates and plato. If so, is it really so difficult to move past how religion may have smighted you and look to Jesus as another philosopher. There is no denying that the messages, if nothing else, are worth a second and third look. Don't worry admitting this does give up your atheist card.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • tom

      like

      February 27, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      I fear that would be like asking a Black Power militant to accept that the Founding Fathers speeches of Freedom from English crown while at the same time having slaves.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Agreed.
      It is hard to argue with the merits of Jesus' message.
      The problem is when those who take the story literally get bogged down sectarian dogma and condemn this and that from a fiery pulpit based on their interpretation of mythological minutiae.
      In the end, the definition of Christian is to live your life in the image of Jesus Christ. Faith in miracles, divinity, resurrections, and other fantastical flourishes isn't required to live a life of pacifism, charity and humility.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • SNoob

      I am an atheist and I can appreciate most of the messages in the Bible and I appreciating the benefits a good church can bring a community, but that does not mean I believe in god. Just because I am an atheist does not mean I am void of values. Just because I am an atheist does not mean I am not a good person. It is almost as if you are implying atheist are immoral just because I do not believe in your god. I do not sit around making fun of Christians. If you have faith and you believe then that is your right and I do not question your beliefs; just don't question mine.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • W

      I don't think you can characterize "atheists" as a group any more than you can characterize "Christians" as a group ... apart from the single defining characteristic of not believing in god (for the atheists) or believing in the divinity of Christ (for the Christians). That said, I imagine most atheists acknowledge that Jesus existed, they simply don't accept that he was anything more than man–an ethical, intelligent man who instigated a powerful social movement, but still just a man. I can't speak for all atheists, but I and many I know believe that Jesus had some wonderful ideas and led a life worthy of emulation in many respects.

      That's a long way of answering your question. Short answer: "yes." 🙂

      February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Anthony

      The problem is that Jesus, if he was not the son of god, was a mad man. Socrates and Plato had their personality flaws, just as any man, but I do not question their sanity.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  9. Idealist

    Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistant that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel.

    we must be compelled to hold this doctrine to be false, and the old and new law called the Old and New Testament, to be impositions, fables and forgeries.

    What is it the Bible teaches us? – raping, cruelty, and murder. What is it the New Testament teaches us? – to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.

    Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

    My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

    [Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason]

    February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  10. daveinla

    The Bible kicks ass. destroy our enemies!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • HeIsWe

      Agreed.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  11. tom

    Agree with everything he said here except for Matthew 11:19 commentary ....

    February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • DallasGuy

      Agreed.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  12. God

    All three Abrahamic religions Christianity , Islam and too a much lesser extent Judaism are very voilent religions.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  13. jak

    Let us not forget my favorite verse, Malachi 2:3.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  14. rick santorumtwit... America's favorite frothy mix

    Little Ricky likes to spend his Sunday afternoons wallowing in his own frothy mix. After he comes back from church, of course.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  15. renster

    Who created the Creator ("God")? Man. Man is the Creator. I am Man. I am God.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • popeye47

      Man made religion. A very long time ago someone discovered god and also decided that would be a good way to gain power over the people. I can use the word, "god", to lead people to do anything I want them to do. Thus power over the people. And today that is what it is. The Republicans have learned to use that power. They bring up family values and god and the people will jump off a cliff for them. Pretty dumb but that is the truth.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  16. LWZRGHT

    Well, until they start teaching Greek and Hebrew in elementary school, people who speak English are going to need people to interpret the original language for us. The Bible classes I took always had professors who were fluent in those languages, and much of the class time was spent analyzing the word "love" or "king" as compared to how those words were used in that time. It's very insightful to know that Greeks had 3 words for love, but all of those words were translated to the English "love" regardless of the usage.

    The author makes an excellent point. No reason to sugar coat the Bible. But the next step is making his own translation. Personally I would recommend having a mixture of religious and secular scholars doing it – you'll avoid the evangelism-fests and 'tidying up' of all of the American translations.

    But at the same time, different Bibles serve different people. The core message of the Bible is not distorted by any of the popular translations. They just make it easier to read. Children are well served by the New Century Version, and most teens and adults can grasp the message in the New International easily without having to take the time for a detailed linguistic analysis. And many people still today like King James, because that's what they grew up reading and need the poetry of the old English for the scripture to have meaning to them. And hopefully they attend a church where classes are available to get that detailed linguistic study, if that's what they desire.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Bobby

      You are kinda avoiding the point that we are light years removed from the society that wrote the Bible to fully appreciate what it was intended to mean to that audience.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • BobOso

      I agree completely. I believe in God, but I do not believe that the Bible is the absolute word of God. It was best explained to me that to understand what is written, you must first understand the writer, then understand the audience that it was intended for, and finally understand the original translation. For instance, if you fast forward 1000 years from now, and tried to translate a Hip Hop song into Chinese, it would not carry the same message as intended by the writer.
      Too many people don't want to hear this, and just slam their fist and say "Word of God!"

      February 27, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  17. TrueHeart

    The best statement in this whole article is in the beginning, "God who would rather die than spend eternity without them." Nothing is so true as that statement.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Bobby

      Yes, without his followers God would die.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • tom

      absolutely

      February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • tom

      Bobby – without His followers God would still be God

      February 27, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Bobby

      tom
      How would you know if there's nobody around to care?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • Anon

      Just contemplate this thought if you can that it. If all humans eventually went extinct by a natural cataclysm (asteroid, super-volcano, etc), the christian concept of god (Yahweh,Jesus,Jehovah,etc) would disappear forever as well.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  18. Get Real people

    You religious freaks, take your bibles and shove them up your behind. I bet you wouldn't take too kindly to that would you? Imagine how the freaks over in Afghan felt when we burnt there delusional books!

    February 27, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  19. Jesucrisco

    The Bible is just a book of fairytales.

    Also, their is no such thing as Santa Claus.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • OTOA

      I'll second that!!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Zebula

      I third that!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  20. Amir

    Let me read the book that you can not sugarcoat: Koran.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Anchorite

      Of course it can be. You're a fool if you think any book has not been altered by man in 1300 years. There is proof that parts have been taken out of the Koran, about God's three divine daughters, to put it more in line with the beliefs of Muslims who came after Mohammed that there are no other divine creatures than God.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am |
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