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April 9th, 2012
05:07 PM ET

Celebrating Easter in a temple

(CNN)–Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina had its Easter service in a local Jewish temple because of an earthquake centered in Virginia. CNN affiliate WCSC reports that the earthquake last August weakened the mortar between the bricks in the church that dates back to 1886.

The Easter service was held at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue two blocks from the church.

Read more from WCSC.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Episcopal • Houses of worship • Judaism

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  1. Davind Kondosw

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    July 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
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    July 20, 2012 at 7:27 am |
  3. CSX

    The last real Christians in the temple were executed and acused the Jews of Murdering the Just One.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • The Obama Christian Church Worldwide Campaign

      This is the reason why we worship and praise our good christian president Obama and that Obama will be Lord of the world on October 21st of this year. We need to use Obama to restore the traditional dictates of our good Word Of God or the Bible. The Obama Administration will help us christians restore the good morals of christianity which is good. We need to learn the gospels of Obama and Christ to restore the good morals of the world.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  4. CEW

    Given that Easter had, until relatively recently, always been celebrated at the same time as Passover (the last supper was a Passover Ceder), this seems kind of appropriate.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • CEW

      Ok... I looked it up. The two started calculating their own dates in 325 AD. So it's not recent at all. ;-)

      April 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things..

    April 11, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not change anything; you are so full of crap and lies. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! ~,~ ,.

      April 11, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • just sayin

      Yes it do. God bless

      April 12, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Jesus

      "Yes it do. God bless"

      More lies and desperation, thanks for continuing to prove my posts are correct.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  6. blessedgeek

    My congregation used to celebrate Passover, Rosh and Yom in a Congregational church, because our synagogue was too small. The church was kind enough to cover up their religious artefacts and symbolisms in their sanctuary and sports auditorium to help us celebrate in comfort.

    April 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  7. portland tony

    Well I'm glad there still is a Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston. I was baptized there Oh so long ago!

    April 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  8. blog_o_matic

    Sad day for Athiest.

    They celabrate their annual holiday. And no one bashed them.

    April 1st – FOOLS DAY

    a man says in his heart their is no GOD is a fool.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • captain sayin is not healthy for Christianity and other thiests

      Insulting athiests is a sure way to turn them to Christ. Try leading by example instead of insults.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • blog_o_matic

      @CaptainSayin

      Psalms 14:1

      Didn't insult anyone. GOD's word. Just not PC enough for you.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Get Real

      blog_o_matic,

      April Fools Day? - I suppose you think that's clever or original, huh? Fail.

      A quite old and sometimes effective tactic – declaring that those who do not believe your story are 'fools'. Nobody wants to be considered 'dumb' for not seeing the Emperor's new clothes, or a 'bas.tard' for not seeing the Sultan's new turban, or a 'cuckold' for not being able to see the Miller's gold thumb.

      Even Joseph Smith used it when he gathered his 'witnesses' to his golden plates. He told them that only those with 'true faith' would be able to 'see' them.

      The primitive Hebrews who originated those Bible stories were quite adept at manipulative mind-games. It looks like it worked on you...

      April 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    April 10, 2012 at 7:02 am |
    • Jesus

      `Prayer doesn’t not; you are so full of crap and lies. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! ~,~

      April 10, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Mary Graham

      Person who took the Lord's name in vain: You are the fool, my friend! I would LOVE to hear what your advanced degree is in, so that you can prove to us how you are such an expert in this subject. What's that? No degree? How about that!

      April 10, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Jesus

      More lies and desperation how cute, thanks for continuing to prove me correct.

      April 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Get Real

      Mary Graham,

      Interesting that you don't question the academic credentials of the mindless OP?

      April 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  10. Saved

    I was saved by a double rainbow at the mouth of a cave.
    I was saved by a car crash.
    I was saved by first pet.
    I was saved by war.
    I was saved by Salvador Dali.
    I was saved by Buddy Rich.
    I was saved by embarrassment.
    I was saved by disease.
    I was saved by cowboy boots.
    Jesus was not present. We are on our own.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      I had a great Easter and i am having an excellent day today as well. The weather is warm and sunny, and i just want to thank the Intelligent Designer who is the Father of all the physical laws, gravity, etc, etc.!
      Yep. He set up the universe and we study it with our science and it gives me a sense of awe.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • just sayin

      There is no heaven and no hell, no god and no jesus. And I know this for a fact. Nothing bless.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • just sayin

      God is and is a rewarder of those who seek Him diligently. God bless

      April 10, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • Deskboy

      If the universe began with a big bang, then who lit the match?

      April 10, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • blog_o_matic

      You left off "saved by the dashboard light."

      Meatloaf my be online to help you with that.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Mary Graham

      Really, "Just Sayin'"? And what might YOUR advanced degree be in, that makes you qualified to make such a statement? Some day, when you are on your death bed, you will be singing a different tune! (and it still won't be too late – God will never give up on you!)

      April 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • just sayin

      The first just sayin post is by a fraud that has been around for a few days. God bless

      April 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  11. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls.

    It is very nice that a couple of the larger cults can share their houses of silliness without killing each other.

    April 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  12. Chance

    Prayer measured by studies is irrelevant; either what you prayed for came through or didnt...Thank God not all of my prayers have been answered sometimes i prayed for something and it didnt happen but later on something better came along. Prayer isnt something that should offend anyone but no one should be forced to do it. Trust me every person who prays has been let down; the easy approach would be to dismiss God and live life like God was a myth and we are on our own.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  13. Reality

    Putting Easter into perspective with a prayer: (only for the newcomers)

    The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Billy Mays Here!

      Could you please elaborate on your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th paragraphs? I'd like atleast a 3 paragraph explanation per paragraph I asked you to elaborate on (9 paragraph response in total). Thanks!

      April 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • VanHagar

      Billy–unless he can cut and paste, he won't be able to answer your questions.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Reality

      Billy M,

      This should get you started:

      Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection Con/

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke records it. (Luke mentions it in his gospel and Acts, i.e. a single attestation and therefore historically untenable). The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."

      http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

      p.4

      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      p.168. by Ted Peters:

      Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

      So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Reality

      Billy M,

      Added information:

      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      4. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current problems:

      The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

      5. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      April 10, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Mary Graham

      Yeah, I bet those are some references you have! I just BET you have a PhD in Theology from somewhere, huh?
      It is so very sad to see all of you poor empty people on here denying God's existence. Jesus foretold of the days when people like you would be mouthing off and trying to control everything.

      April 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Reality

      I do not presume that there were any high-level confrontations between Caiaphas and Pilate and Herod Antipas either about Jesus or with Jesus. No doubt they would have agreed before the festival that fast action was to be taken against any disturbance and that a few examples by crucifixion might be especially useful at the outset. And I doubt very much if Jewish police or Roman soldiers needed to go too far up the chain of command in handling a Galilean peasant like Jesus.

      It is hard for us to imagine the casual brutality with which Jesus was probably taken and executed. All those "last week" details in our gospels, as distinct from the brute facts just mentioned, are prophecy turned into history, rather than history remembered."- Professor Crossan

      April 11, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  14. Ironicus

    How does "prayer changes things" still continue to really p!ss off the atheists? It's quite comical really, mind boggling, but comical nontheless.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Ironicus

      Also the fact that he has someone follow him around and post a reply everytime he posts "prayer changes things" shows you how sad some people really are.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Comical sometimes, although truly annoying when the responses pile up and amount to absolutely nothing. "Atheism is not healthy" posts, then "Jesus" then "just sayin" and after that it's a toss up between about 6 people, then repeat.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Ironicus

      @hawaii

      That's why people need to stop responding regardless if you agree or not. He gets all these replies and the discussion is utterly worthless. It shows that there's m0rons on both sides of the aisle (as well as smart people, but alas we are talking about the worthless posts).

      April 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Really?

      I would say both are bullies and by trolling the way they do it helps with their low self esteem issues. It just shows there are fanatics on both sides and neither side is winning.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • just sayin

      Only demons know how to bug me like my mother does. God bless.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    April 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are so full of crap and lies. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      April 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • J.W

      You are definitely right.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • great intellect my ass

      Give it up phony Jesus we know you for what you are.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Prayer is a matter of perspective. You believe therefore it is.
      Amen

      April 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Chance

      whats wrong with praying for peace , protection, food, help... some call it prayer you may call it wishful thinking but its dosnt affect you ie you dont believe in it. Proof of prayer is all around you may call it luck coincidence... but people pray and things work out. Does it happen all the time no absolutely not, why i dont know i'm not God. Some day we will have the answers, either we stand before God and get them or like some believe we just die and our life was meaningless of no eternal consequence.

      April 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Asthma is not healthy for children and other living things

      Proven

      April 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • just sayin

      I use two hands to pray with faster and faster until I have an orgasm. It is Holy to avoid friction burns, though. God bless.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
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