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June 12th, 2012
04:49 PM ET

Pew survey: Doubt of God growing quickly among millennials

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – The percentage of Americans 30 and younger who harbor some doubts about God’s existence appears to be growing quickly, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. While most young Americans, 68%, told Pew they never doubt God’s existence, that’s a 15-point drop in just five years.

In 2007, 83% of American millennials said they never doubted God’s existence.

More young people are expressing doubts about God now than at any time since Pew started asking the question a decade ago. Thirty-one percent disagreed with the statement “I never doubt the existence of God,” double the number who disagreed with it in 2007.

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When asked about doubts of God, no other generation showed a change of more than 2% in the past five years.

The survey found that the percentage of millennials who identify with a religion is remaining constant, while most other generations have seen religious identification increase in the past 10 years.

The findings about millennials and religion were part of a 168-page report that Pew released June 4 but were largely overlooked.

“Notably, people younger than 30 are substantially less likely than older people to say prayer is an important part of their lives,” the report said.

“Research on generational patterns shows that this is not merely a lifecycle effect,” it continued. “The Millennial generation is far less religious than were other preceding generations when they were the same age years ago.”

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The findings are part of Pew’s 2012 American Values Survey, which touches on issues including political partisanship, gay marriage and abortion.

Despite the findings on millennials, the survey shows that the United States continues to be a highly religious nation, with most Americans identifying with a particular faith.

Seventy-six percent of all respondents said prayer is an important part of their lives and agreed that “we all will be called before god at the Judgment Day to answer for our sins.” About 80% said they have never doubted the existence of God.

The report points to a growing divide between the youngest and oldest Americans on belief, religion and social issues.

According to Jesse Galef, communications director for the Secular Student Alliance, the growth in “doubting” youths has led to a surge in secular student groups.

“For a lot of millennial atheists, they are expecting to find a group, they are coming to campus, and if they don’t find one, they are starting one,” Galef said. “This is completely different than what other generations grew up with.”

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The Secular Student Alliance has affiliates on 357 American campuses, Galef said, up from 81 such affiliates in 2007.

Galef says the Internet has created a place for young people to discuss religious doubts.

“It enables anybody to have open discussions without fearing if their parents would find out or what their communities would say,” he said. "The more safe places we create for young people to discuss their doubts, the more they can inspire questions in others."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Polls

soundoff (4,013 Responses)
  1. Emilio Dumphuque

    As an Atheist, I don't care if you believe or not, just don't try to pass laws based on your religion. It was quite remarkable when this nation was founded having one secular government in a world controlled by the church. Don't lose it!

    June 13, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  2. Kevin

    Thank you Sam Harris.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:11 am |
  3. Cassarit

    Thanks Jews.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:11 am |
  4. Truth and Legend

    I posted 2-3 hours ago and it still has yet to show up. I guess it's not meant to be:(

    June 13, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Truth and Legend

      Oh but this shows up. Go figure!

      June 13, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • preacherman

      Probably had a secret dirty word in there like "t.it" in "const.itution" or like "acc.umulate." Seperate the letters and try again.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Truth and Legend

      LOL sure enough. It was t.it in compet.tive. Lucky guess Preacherman! Thanks bro!:)

      June 13, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • LinCA

      @Truth and Legend

      You said, "I posted 2-3 hours ago and it still has yet to show up. I guess it's not meant to be:("

      CNN uses WordPress blogs for their opinion pieces, and they use automated censoring that looks for words, or fragments of words, that are considered offensive. If your post doesn't show up, it most likely had a forbidden word in it.

      Repeat posts, even those that were previously censored and not displayed, will show a message stating that you posted it before.

      The following words or word fragments will get your post censored (list is incomplete):
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      To circumvent the filters you can break up the words by putting an extra character in, like: consti.tution (breaking the oh so naughty "tit").

      June 13, 2012 at 2:01 am |
  5. Peteyroo

    The answer is Jesus! The question is: who's in the backyard playing with the unicorns? I'll take "unsupportable myths" for a thousand, Alex.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Kevin

      lol, exactly.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:13 am |
  6. sosume

    What I didn't see in the article is a distinction between those who are members of an organized religion and those who are not a member, but may nevertheless believe in God. So much of organized religion is completely irrational, but there are people who believe there is a creator of the universe without believing all the sectarian trappings. Are they counted as "religious"?

    June 13, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  7. Crosseyes

    With progress comes knowledge and intelligence and with that comes the abandonment of religion. It's already disgustingly intrusive into politics so the more it shrinks the better.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • thinker in the sun

      Amen!

      June 13, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • sandalista

      absolutely!

      June 13, 2012 at 1:24 am |
  8. D.C. guy

    America is NO longer a Christian nation when....

    God is removed from money, federal/state buildings...
    10 commandment with Moses holding is removed in court houses....
    Christmas Day is no longer a federal holiday...
    Good Friday is no longer state holiday...
    We do not use the Christian calendar/holidays....
    Things stay open on Christmas and Easter...
    We get non-Christian president...

    June 13, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • John

      Almost all of those are good things. Which side of the isse are you on?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      i'm confused. is it just one or all of those things?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • Rick James

      I would personally hope that some like Neil deGrasse Tyson as the first non-Christian/non-theist president. Someone who uses logical thinking, very smart, and won't cause people to feel like he is condescending toward them.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • BigRed

      Things are indeed looking up after two thousand years of theocratic control finally losing its grip on the creativity and goodness of citizens around the world.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      @Rick

      i would so vote for Neil. he's definitely one of my heroes. read his book "death by blackhole and other cosmic quandries" - awesome.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Rick James

      Bootyfunk, I look into that book. From what I'm seeing right now, it is rated very highly by users, as it should be. He makes science sound very exciting but doesn't attempt to dumb it down because he expects more from his listeners that any preacher could. We need more people like him in education and government.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • fritz

      You forgot one...'non-christians now allowed to buy beer on sundays.'

      June 13, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Dave in Arizona

      So we can say that paganism is still alive and kicking because Christians stole their days and they continue to be held in reverence to this day?

      June 13, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • sosume

      On the last one, Obama is a protestant, so are you talking about Romney? Last I heard Mormans are a christian sect.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • AC Guy

      So was it the Catholic Pedophile priests or the Right Wing Evangelical nut jobs that pushed them over the edge??

      June 13, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • *facepalm*

      We've already had a non-Christian president. His name was Thomas Jefferson. Maybe you've heard of him?

      Also, given that god wasn't placed on our currency until the the 50's – did we just become a christian nation then?

      But nice trolling. kudos.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:33 am |
  9. John

    I find it hard to believe that 80% of Americans have never doubted God's existence. Seriously, have these millions of people never used the critical thinking skills given to them by, according to these very weak minds, God? Even priests easily acknowlege that they have doubts when they examine the evidence. It's nice to know that the next generation is is at least using their mind and asking questions, rather than simply going along with the crowd. Growth does not happen with the latter.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • CounterwwDavid

      Growth?

      It's more like regression...

      Melinnials are are a narcissistic bunch, that is part of the problem.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  10. jim

    Another question could be asked is if they doubt the existence of God because in no way should a God's believers be oppressive & intolerant creating such divisions within societies that people often go to war over their beliefs.

    I mean really, how many people have died in the Lord's name? All of the Lords names? I for one will not align myself with any religion because of their inherent history of division and classification.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:52 am |
  11. D.C. guy

    George H. Bush: "I don't know about Atheists. I do not think they should be citizen, nor patriots. This is one nation under God"

    June 13, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • Rick James

      What an illogical sentence. He first claims that he doesn't know about atheists, then makes judgements on people he doesn't know about. Truly bizarre line of thinking, and I like Bush 41.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      yeah, that guy was a giant d.o.u.c..h.e.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Oregon Alley Cat

      Unfortunate that an otherwise intelligent man would think this. It shows, all the more clearly, how religion can pervert one's mind.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      Yeah he was also the CIA director. It is no surprise his 'love' of freedom was just an act.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • Susan

      He was a Bush! Nuff said!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • BigRed

      Yes and it is well acknowledged by almost all Americans that Bush was a complete idiot. So quoting Bush puts you in the same league.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • BigRed

      This was said by Dubya and not his father. At least his father was intelligent and a decent president.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • Rick James

      BigRed: Now that makes sense. Bush 43 was more beholden to the evangelical wing of his party that his father was.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:09 am |
  12. product503

    You know what I think would help this debate? Well, all debates really. Listening. What I have found is that we all have our own experiences and we are all trying to figure out how to make it through this life. Some come to the conclusion that God does not exist and others do. To point out the folly of one train of thought or another and demanding your way of life is better neither Christian, rational or whatever.

    Christians, I hear you man! Having the power of God made manifest in your life is truly life changing. Yes, it defies much of rational thought. But I would argue that good religion isn't irrational but rather a different or larger perspective that can help one see through much of the garbage that is in the world. I think that the reality is that God is both rationally and emotionally perfect. At the heart of all religions is a quest to better one's self. Both sides of the question should be able to recognize that. Therefore, the Atheists shouldn't think religionists are crazy for trying to do so. How they get there shouldn't matter to you because you don't believe in it anyway. Yes, it's sad that the younger generation does not know how to find God. But the reality is that saying someone is ignorant isn't going to help. Criticism will always help the opposition to dig their heals in. Instead teach and be teachable. This is good advice for anyone on either side of the fence. Besides, being angry never helped anything.

    Atheists. I hear you loud and clear. It's a tough world out there and it's obvious that you have tremendous power within yourself. Perhaps you've even prayed, asked for miracles, and rotten things still happened. It's hard to see a God in today's world. You probably don't care to know but, let me share with you a perspective that really helped me. Math. They tell me it's perfectly logical. I tell ya though...beyond solving for x and sometimes y...Well I don't get it. I bet you feel much the same way about religion. There are so many perspectives and so many insisting that they are right. But, just like math... just because you don't get it does not mean it isn't real. Both side of the argument should think about that for a moment.

    As a Christian I'd like to apologize to all those that have been offended. Most of us are just trying to help and I'm sure you feel the same way.

    Yeah there are religious nuts out there, but there are also just nuts out there. We can't blame all the problems in the world on just one thing. This world is more complex than that. So, let's try to listen and understand, be teachable and in turn be able to teach.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Bob

      Religion is a mental virus.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      all we're asking for is proof.

      "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
      - carl sagan

      not only do they lack extraordinary evidence, they lack ANY evidence of their claim that there is a god. all we ask for is evidence - something an all powerful god should easily be able to magic up. now that i've told you what it would take for atheists to believe - same question. what would it take for the religious not to believe?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • JamJam

      I appreciate your well written and very logical post. I just want to clarify one thing about atheists in general its not that we want to get people down or make fun of people for believing in a religion. Religion in general however affects us and other people regardless if we respond to it or not. So some atheists feel the need to open the eyes of believers. If you want to know how religion affects us directly look no further than Oklahoma city 9/11 the iraq and afghanistan wars the current war on terrorism. Gay marriage and women's rights slavery(which is condoned by many western religions) the crusades the list could go on. Point is we would love to leave yall alone unfortunately yall wont leave us alone. My life is not rotten to have "lost faith" I am fortunate in life to be where I am. I lost faith when I finished reading the bible for the 9th time cover to cover I wanted to be a missionary and minister like my uncle and grandfather. The conclusion I reached came from conflictions within the text itself I would be a liar if I continued to call myself a christian its not that I dont share similar values or morals I just cant logically believe it.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • manbearpig

      product –
      You are misrepresenting the issue. Atheists don't care what you think. Atheists care about what you do. And when what you do is attempt to legislate your beliefs and force them on others. That's what pi.sses us off. If it was your private belief that you held, that would be one thing. But attempting to force everyone to follow the rules that your imaginary god dictated is a whole different beast.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • product503

      Proof...Well, I understand the need. It's natural isn't it? To want proof. I can tell you there is proof. The approach is different than something you're used to. That's one reason there are religionists. To help you through the elementary stages of faith, belief or whatever. If you want to find it you have to realize that God works on an individual level. And at first it may seem difficult to understand. Yeah, I've been there. Stick with it. If you give it a chance to grow and open up yourself to understand over time the proof you seek will come. Remember, however, that elements of faith require you to think in a different way. God is perfect and therefore can see perspectives that you may not have realized. When we open ourselves with humility to those perspectives and the reality that he can speak to you, then you will start to see proof. But maybe not what you are thinking of. Evidences will show themselves. Little by little. Then as you recognize those moments or whatever they may be you'll get more.

      As for religion affecting those around us. I agree 100% that no ideology, religion or whatever should ever be shoved down anyone's throat. I hope that I did not sound like I was trying to. I realize that this does happen and it truly is unfortunate. I think that God wants us to be able to choose. But we need to make the best decisions we can with what we have placed in front of us. I appreciate the comment that told us about a single person's journey reading the bible from cover to cover. I'll admit the bible at times seems contradictory. I have found however that certain knowledge and perspective clears us much of what is debatable in the bible. But maybe better yet for those that don't have a faith it would be better to start with a simpler approach. Does God exist? There are those here that say yes, others that say no. But As for myself I wondered about how those that got the yes answer. How did they do it? Just like my math analogy...how did they get the answer?

      As for Gay Marriage...I see our country very divided on the issue. I don't really think this is the place to settle the debate, but I will say this. No Ideology, religion or whatever should be shoved down someone's throat. On the other side of the coin however I would say just because someone disagrees with you does not mean they hate or want to shove something down your throat. Think of you mother. Did (Do) you always agree with her? Did she do things to cramp your style? I bet she did. But that was never meant to say that she hates you. I agree that many of the remarks regarding gay marriage are extremely hurtful. Those that say such things need to go back and study the teachings of Jesus because they've missed the point. Perhaps, the argument is or is not unfounded. Again, I think listening would go a long way for both sides.

      The point is, more or less, about civil discussion. Personally, If you want to be an Atheist then that's your decision and I am fine with that. If you want to find God I can tell you with millions and millions of others that It's possible and it's worth it.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:06 am |
    • Varlund

      Your god is imaginary. Your religion has no authority over me because it's based on lies.

      You want to brainwash people to believe in things that are false, in things that are definitely not true.
      Your words are slick, but they are still lies. I don't like liars.
      I used to be a christian, then I saw through all the lies.
      Your god is imaginary. I do not need a fairy tale. I can face reality without a fairy tale.
      Maybe you need to grow up and turn away from all the lies. It has clearly affected your brain.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:42 am |
    • product503

      I'm not lying. My experiences are not your experiences. This is exactly what I'm talking about. I appreciate your opinion but neither of us can substantiate any of the claims can we? But I can tell you with all that I know and experienced...that God is real.

      What if I'm wrong? Well, as far as I can tell I will have spent my life living a lie, but at the same time I'm always trying to improve myself as a person so that I can be a better father, brother and friend. It gives me motivation to want to be loving, friendly and patient.

      What if you're wrong? Well, I'm sure you'll have an answer for that too, but in life and in death it's good to ponder the consequences of our actions isn't it? And for myself the path is working. I have a loving family and friends. As I apply these principles that I'm speaking of all I find is that they work.

      Honestly, I like the statements and questions. I reflect on them and I'll tell you what...I find answers. This gives me much peace of mind. This is what I think all of us are looking for. I'm glad I have what I have.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:53 am |
    • Varlund

      No, you might not think you are lying...but your words are not true...regardless of how deeply you are brainwashed into believing them...
      As to substantiating claims, you are unable to substantiate anything you say because your god is imaginary.

      I, on the other hand, can substantiate the fact that your god is imaginary. Imaginary beings have no substantiation.
      That is how we know they are imaginary. There is not even the merest suggestion that they might be real.

      Your words are lies even if you believe them.
      Your schizophrenia can be very strong, oh yes, but your delusions can be shown to be delusions because they have no basis in reality.

      June 13, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  13. Oregon Alley Cat

    As a former Christian turned atheist I am encouraged by this report. It is good to see that more fellow Americans are shedding unnecessary religious baggage and being good to others without the carrot and stick of heaven and hell.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • True

      Troll

      Don't respond to trolls

      June 13, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • Oregon Alley Cat

      Okkk.... Im not trolling but thanks for the reply, i guess.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • BigRed

      Nicely said from one who once embraced religion and also saw its utter folly.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:03 am |
    • True believer

      Pity the fool Mr T would say to you, I will say Repent accept Jesus as your Savior and sin no more and salvation will be yours.

      June 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  14. Marc

    Has anybody else pointed out how loaded of a question the survey asked? Isn't it at all possible for someone to be a believer in any deity, have an occasional doubt here and there, and and chose to answer this question truthfully? The article seems to paint this as a very black and white issue when it can be anything but that. I'm a 33 year old Christian and I would by lying if I said that I *never* had a single doubt in my lifetime, but that doesn't make me an atheist or nullify my faith in any way, why can't the authors of this blog entry (and presumably the authors of this survey) make this distinction?

    June 13, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Cq

      It's also possible to have serious doubts, but be so conditioned that atheism is evil to lie about being a faithful believer even on surveys. I use to!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:55 am |
  15. AGNOSTIC AND PROUD

    I hate Atheists and Religious people

    Nobody could prove whether God exist or not, so shut the FK up Atheists and all Religious people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 13, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      Agnostic is not a middle ground. Atheism and agnosticism are not mutually exclusive.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Rick James

      What a big help you are, telling people off like that....

      June 13, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • Oregon Alley Cat

      Your ignorance is showing. Agnostic and atheist are not mutually exclusive. Terms like gnostic and agnostic adress knowledge. Terms like atheist and theist address belief. You can be any combination of the above. I am an agnostic atheist. I do not believe in God but dont claim to know conclusively that this being doesnt exist. One can be an agnostic theist, choosing to believe even though they know that cant prove it... and so on.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      the burden of proof is on the one making the claim. otherwise, prove my cat isn't god. can't prove it? must be true then, by that lame-brained logic. if i tell you my cat is god, i'm the one that has to prove it - you don't have to prove he's not or it's true. see the holes in that kind of thinking? prove my left nut isn't god. can't? must be true then. all pray to my left nut for forgiveness!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • sosume

      Just Claims – Not necessarily. Agnostics may very well believe there is no God based upon lack of rational proof, but differ from atheists on the ground that it cannot be proven there is no god. There is overlap, not mutual exclusion.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • CounterwwDavid

      Burden of proof is on you too, then bub, prove to me god does not exist, I guess you have scoured the entire universe and all dimensions.

      What a hoot radical atheist types are.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:52 am |
  16. FillaTX

    Woops. A church official somewhere must have screwed up and started allowing the flock to be honest about their lapses in faith. That was a mistake because the more that religious people are open about their lack of utter certainty in God, the more that mass doubt itself will snowball.

    Tolerance toward open doubt is poison to organized religion, just as it is to the grip of authority in a tyrannical regime. It may seem like sharing your mental states with others should be permissible. After all, there’s technically a big difference between stating “I believe that aliens visit in flying saucers” and claiming “Aliens visit in flying saucers”. The latter is a bold assertion, and the former is only an introspective report. But to the Spanish Inquisition, a peasant who openly admits “I find myself doubting that God exists” poses the same danger to the status quo as one who shouts “God doesn’t exist!” from the rooftops. And even somebody who equivocates – “Yeah, I guess I think Jesus is probably God’s son” – is just asking for it, right?

    Yes, the more I think about it, the more I feel sure that you religious types had better start repressing honest introspective reports regarding faith. The trick is to get people to confuse uncertainty with disloyalty so that they will feel guilty for their doubt. But now I think I might be preaching to the choir.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  17. Aezel

    The Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” – John Adams

    June 13, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • True

      HAHAHAHAHA go fool yourself
      You really believe that?! Then your brain is 0

      June 13, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      treaty of tripoli, yep. this gov't is not supposed to be partial to any religion or lack there of. but the fundies try to push their religious dogma into laws anyway. they are losing though. just read the article. the youth aren't buying their snake oil anymore. they are our future.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • John

      People tend to forget how secular many of our Founding Fathers were.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • BigRed

      Adams said that frequently in his letters to Abigail as well as in official correspondence. Thanks for the quote.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:08 am |
  18. Bootyfunk

    Bible Fun Fact:
    Are you female? Have you ever engaged in premarital s.ex? Even if you're married now, did you have s.ex even once before you were married? maybe when you were a teenager? 98% of American women have. Do you know what the bible says is the punishment for such wh.orish behavior? Let's check and see:

    "But if this thing be true, and the tokens of v.irginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the wh.ore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you." (Deuteronomy 22: 20-21)

    Well, looks like we must drag the non-virgin woman to her father's doorstep and there, with help from the whole town, stone her to death. Sorry 98% of women, Yahweh says you have to die. I'm guessing you're going to Hell, too. (Please note this punishment does not apply to men who do the exact same thing.)

    *** Boy that last 2% of women left alive after we stone the others to death will be right popular with the fellas.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • AGNOSTIC AND PROUD

      Did you go and count how many women had s.ex before marriage? No so shut the fk up and stop making up numbers

      June 13, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      no, i didn't count, but someone did.

      http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-12-19-premarital-s.ex_x.htm

      couldn't post the website exactly cause of the CNN filter. take the period out of the word 's.ex' toward the end of the string., then copy/paste. this research backs up what i'm saying.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Margaret

      According to Saint Rush women who use birth control are wh*res. That would make 90+% of all women wh*res. Get them stones out.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • John

      Please stop using the Bible to prove how hypocritical religious folk are these days. It makes them gassy.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:03 am |
  19. Mike

    The problem is, when we don't find a logical answer, we settle for a stupid one as in religion/God...

    There's nothing in this universe that can't be explained, eventually.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  20. Kindness

    Sorry to everyone not responding to comments, it would really be a full time job...these posts are my personal testimony... Which is all I have. They are for the public to know and others that have found christ.... To relate to. I do read all the comments... Again ... This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    June 13, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      koo-koo!

      June 13, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • John

      Can I have some of whatever it is you seem to be smoking?

      June 13, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • BigRed

      Blah blah blah. If you can't say it in a few sentences then you are preaching. And when people preach they get ignored.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:10 am |
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