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June 13th, 2012
05:18 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, June 13

By Laura Koran, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Daughter's 911 call to report megachurch pastor is released
With a calm voice and collected manner about her, a 15-year-old girl called Fayette County 911 to report that her father punched and tried to choke her. The call led police to the suburban Atlanta home of megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar and ultimately resulted in a night behind bars on Friday. He admits trying to restrain her but denies punching or choking her.

CNN: Pew survey: Doubt of God growing quickly among millennials
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.

Sisters Pat Farrell and Janet Mock met with Vatican officials over claims their group had gone rogue.

CNN: American nuns face Vatican over rogue charges
After weeks of anticipation, the leaders of American's largest umbrella group of nuns met Tuesday with the Vatican to address charges the nuns had gone rogue. At the Vatican, Sisters Pat Farrell and Janet Mock, president and executive director respectively of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, sat down with Cardinal William Levada, head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – the church's doctrinal watchdog group, and Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle, who is charged with bringing the nuns back in line with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican.

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Catholic News Service: Vatican says agreement will not recognize Israeli occupation
An eventual agreement between Israel and the Vatican over property taxes and property rights in no way will imply that the Vatican recognizes Israel's claims over East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a top Vatican official said.

The Boston Globe: Judge affirms use of ‘under God’
A Middlesex Superior Court judge has rejected a lawsuit by an atheist couple and their children who sued the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and the Acton schools challenging the use of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Judge S. Jane Haggerty said the pledge did not violate the plaintiffs’ rights or break any laws. “The Pledge is a voluntary patriotic exercise, and the inclusion of the phrase ‘under God’ does not convert the exercise into a prayer,” she wrote.

The Los Angeles Times: Focus on the Family joins evangelical call for immigration reform
Jim Daly, the head the conservative radio-based ministry Focus on the Family has joined dozens of evangelical leaders to push for immigration reform that would include a path to legal residency or citizenship for those in the country without legal status. More than 100 pastors, academic leaders and others endorsed the “Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform,” unveiled Tuesday, which calls for bipartisan legislation protecting family unity and guaranteeing secure borders. The group said it is planning a radio ad campaign to support its push.

The National Catholic Reporter: Vatican official warns of 'dialogue of the deaf' with LCWR
In the wake of Tuesday's meeting with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican official responsible for a recent crackdown said he still believes the relationship can work, but also warned of a possible "dialogue of the deaf," reflected in what he sees as a lack of movement on the Vatican's concerns. Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, floated the possibility that should the LCWR not accept the reforms outlined in an April 18 assessment, the result could be decertifying it in favor of a new organization for women's religious leaders in America more faithful to church teaching.

The Jerusalem Post: An African leader expands his Jewish horizons
Participants at the ROI Summit, the gathering of young Jewish leaders that kicked off in Jerusalem on Sunday, are a case study in diversity. They come from dozens of countries and belong to many different streams of Judaism, or are entirely secular. Still, Moshe Madoi of Uganda sticks out even in this colorful crowd. The 24-year-old yeshiva student, who is the only black participant in the conference this year, said he has been warmly welcomed by organizers at the conference and in Israel in general.

The Chicago Tribune: Mormon designer interprets Jewish tzedakah box
Doug Burnett learned the power of vision and charity as a teenager when his parents gave glasses to a friend who couldn't afford a pair. So when the American Jewish World Service staged a contest for artists to inspire giving, Burnett eagerly accepted the challenge. The Chicago art director imagined a 21st-century version of the tzedakah box, the receptacle traditionally used in synagogues to collect donations for the needy.

Quote of the Day:

We’re faithful to the gospel. We work every day to live as Jesus did in relationship to the people at the margins of our society. That’s all we do.

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, tells Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert when asked to respond to accusations by Vatican officials that American nuns are not conservative enough in their interpretation of Catholic doctrine.

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CNN: Justices deny review over students' religious messages in classroom
In what have become known as the "Jesus pencil" and "candy cane" cases, the Supreme Court refused Monday to consider appeals from the families of elementary school students over distribution of religious-themed gifts on campus. At issue was whether school officials can be sued for violating the First Amendment rights of what the students claimed was their "private, non-curricular speech based solely upon its religious viewpoint."

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
      Prayer dulls your senses.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. 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!

      June 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  3. heavensent

    Thank god for mudfalls .com, spreading the word and truth of our lord

    June 14, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  4. kindness

    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 4:31 pm |
    • Skeet Lord

      A few questions should help shed light on the relationship between religion and rational thought.

      The completely absurd theory that all 7,000,000,000 human beings are simultaneously being supervised 24 hours a day, every day of their lives by an immortal, invisible being for the purposes of reward or punishment in the “afterlife” comes from the field of:

      (a) Children’s fairytales;

      (b) Medieval mythology;

      (c) New age pseudo science; or

      (d) Christianity

      You are about 70% likely to believe the entire Universe began less than 10,000 years ago with only one man, one woman and a talking snake if you are a:

      (a) historian;

      (b) geologist;

      (c) NASA astronomer; or

      (d) Christian

      I honestly believe that, when I think silent thoughts like, “please god, help me pass my exam tomorrow,” some invisible being is reading my mind and will intervene and alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to help me. I am

      (a) a delusional schizophrenic;

      (b) a naïve child, too young to know that that is silly

      (c) an ignorant farmer from Sudan who never had the benefit of even a fifth grade education; or

      (d) your average Christian

      I have convinced myself that gay $ex is a choice and not genetic, but then have no explanation as to why only gay people have ho.mo$exual urges. I am

      (a) A gifted psychologist

      (b) A well respected geneticist

      (c) A highly educated sociologist

      (d) A Christian with the remarkable ability to ignore inconvenient facts.

      Millions and millions of Catholics believe that bread and wine turns into the actual flesh and blood of a dead Jew from 2,000 years ago because:

      (a) there are obvious visible changes in the condiments after the Catholic priest does his hocus pocus;

      (b) tests have confirmed a divine presence in the bread and wine;

      (c) now and then their god shows up and confirms this story; or

      (d) their religious convictions tell them to blindly accept this completely fvcking absurd nonsense.

      I believe that an all powerful being, capable of creating the entire cosmos watches me have $ex to make sure I don’t do anything “naughty”. I am

      (a) A victim of child molestation

      (b) A r.ape victim trying to recover

      (c) A mental patient with paranoid delusions

      (d) A Christian

      The only discipline known to often cause people to kill others they have never met and/or to commit suicide in its furtherance is:

      (a) Architecture;

      (b) Philosophy;

      (c) Archeology; or

      (d) Religion

      What is it that most differentiates science and all other intellectual disciplines from religion:

      (a) Religion tells people not only what they should believe, but what they are morally obliged to believe on pain of divine retribution, whereas science, economics, medicine etc. has no “sacred cows” in terms of doctrine and go where the evidence leads them;

      (b) Religion can make a statement, such as “there is a composite god comprised of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit”, and be totally immune from experimentation and challenge, whereas science can only make factual assertions when supported by considerable evidence;

      (c) Science and the scientific method is universal and consistent all over the World whereas religion is regional and a person’s religious conviction, no matter how deeply held, is clearly nothing more than an accident of birth; or

      (d) All of the above.

      If I am found wandering the streets flagellating myself, wading into a filth river, mutilating my child’s genitals or kneeling down in a church believing that a being is somehow reading my inner thoughts and prayers, I am likely driven by:

      (a) a deep psychiatric issue;

      (b) an irrational fear or phobia;

      (c) a severe mental degeneration caused by years of drug abuse; or

      (d) my religious belief.

      Who am I? I don’t pay any taxes. I never have. Any money my organization earns is tax free and my own salary is also tax free, at the federal, state and local level. Despite contributing nothing to society, but still enjoying all its benefits, I feel I have the right to tell others what to do. I am

      (a) A sleazy Wall Street banker

      (b) A mafia boss

      (c) A drug pusher; or

      (d) A Catholic Priest, Protestant Minister or Jewish Rabbi.

      What do the following authors all have in common – Jean Paul Sartre, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, John Milton, John Locke, and Blaise Pascal:

      (a) They are among the most gifted writers the World has known;

      (b) They concentrated on opposing dogma and opening the human mind and spirit to the wonders of free thought and intellectual freedom;

      (c) They were intimidated by the Catholic Church and put on the Church’s list of prohibited authors; or

      (d) All of the above.

      The AIDS epidemic will kill tens of millions in poor African and South American countries before we defeat it. Condoms are an effective way to curtail its spread. As the Pope still has significant influence over the less educated masses in these parts of the World, he has exercised this power by:

      (a) Using some of the Vatican’s incomprehensible wealth to educate these vulnerable people on health family planning and condom use;

      (b) Supporting government programs that distribute condoms to high risk groups;

      (c) Using its myriad of churches in these regions to distribute condoms; or

      (d) Scaring people into NOT using condoms, based upon his disdainful and aloof view that it is better that a person die than go against the Vatican’s position on contraceptive use.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • .

      Click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll. Hopefully soon they'll block their IP address from posting.

      June 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  5. Truth Today

    Man is not smart enough to create God as taught in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. God is holy, omnipotent, omniscient, righteous, love, and one to be reverenced. He allows us free will and created a universe that supports free will and that conveys his infinite wisdom and holiness at the same time. Scripture and science agree on how the universe was fashioned. Einstein's Theory of Relativity allows for six days of creation and 15-16 billion years. Jesus Christ is the seed of David and died for our sins to give us forgiveness of sins thereby affording us the opportunity to have a relationship with the holy God.

    June 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • nope

      Nope

      June 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Zeus

      Lol! What a crock of sh•t! None of that is true! Science contradicts religion, only in the last few years has religion re worked their beliefs to coincide with the truths of physics and science. Your a flat out liar.

      June 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Thinker22

      Six days of creation and the theory of relativity have nothing to do with each other. Further, the biblical stories about the world that was created less than 6,000 years ago contradict the scientific facts saying that the Universe is 13.7 billion years old.

      June 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  6. Jack

    Hello. Everyone is invited to visit thestarofkaduri.com

    June 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  7. Thinker23

    Every religion is a faith attempting to explain the world where we live using a set of unprovable assumptions or first principles. Traditional religions are based on an assumption that the world was created and is maintained by one or more Gods. Atheism is also a faith but it is based on an assumption that the world around us and all the laws governing it (usually called the laws of nature) came into existence all by itself from nothing. It's up to each and every one of us to decide which possibility seems to be more plausible.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Robert Brown

      Thinker23,

      I respectfully disagree with your thoughts on religion. I don’t believe that religion expends much effort at all on trying to explain the world where we live, with the exception, of course, of apologetics. Instead, religion devotes most of its efforts to the worship and praise of God, which is something not of this world. Hence, the never ending debate between atheist, who try to deny God through the use of the laws of nature, and believers, who try to prove God through the use of God’s law, which is spiritual.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Robert

      I don't deny god because of some nebulous laws of nature. I deny god's existence because their is no evidence for it.

      June 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Thinker22

      Robert: Each and every religion started from and continues to exist as an attempt to explain the world. If a satisfactory all inclusive explanation of the world and everything in it existed there would be no need for religion.

      Hubert: When you look at automobiles on the road are you willing to claim that there is no evidence of PEOPLE who create automobiles?

      June 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  8. Huebert

    "While most young Americans, 68%, told Pew they never doubt God’s existence, that’s a 15-point drop in just five years."

    A drop that large that fast is staggering. I bet by the time we millennials are having grandchildren religion will be regarded as just another mythology.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  9. junior

    Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name.
    Your Kingdom come,
    your will be done,
    on earth as in heaven
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our sins,
    as we forgive those who sin against us.
    Lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom,
    the power and the glory are yours.
    Now and for ever.

    Amen.

    June 13, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Devil made me do it

      Thanks for nothing.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • ...

      junior: AA meeting missed?

      June 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • WOOF

      junior,

      Odd that this prayer, supposedly right from the mouth of the "Lord", is never mentioned by your guru and PR man, Paul of Tarsus.

      We're on Our Own, Folks.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  10. junior

    Saint of the Day: St. Anthony of Padua

    June 13, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • junior

      The gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ was the rule of Anthony’s life. Over and over again God called him to something new in his plan. Every time Anthony responded with renewed zeal and self-sacrificing to serve his Lord Jesus more completely. His journey as the servant of God began as a very young man when he decided to join the Augustinians in Lisbon, giving up a future of wealth and power to be a servant of God. Later, when the bodies of the first Franciscan martyrs went through the Portuguese city where he was stationed, he was again filled with an intense longing to be one of those closest to Jesus himself: those who die for the Good News.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • junior

      So Anthony entered the Franciscan Order and set out to preach to the Moors. But an illness prevented him from achieving that goal. He went to Italy and was stationed in a small hermitage where he spent most of his time praying, reading the Scriptures and doing menial tasks.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • ah

      go on

      June 13, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • junior

      The call of God came again at an ordination where no one was prepared to speak. The humble and obedient Anthony hesitantly accepted the task.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • junior

      Anthony’s sermon was astounding to those who expected an unprepared speech and knew not the Spirit’s power to give people words.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • junior

      Recognized as a great man of prayer and a great Scripture and theology scholar, Anthony became the first friar to teach theology to the other friars.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Huebert

      So he rolled a 20 no his deception check and now everyone calls him a saint.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Huebert

      My bad. Change the no to on.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • junior

      Soon he was called from that post to preach to the Albigensians in France, using his profound knowledge of Scripture and theology to convert and reassure those who had been misled.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  11. Bo

    Pew survey: Doubt of God growing quickly among millennials

    1)Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2) that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4) who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 NASV

    So, was this not predicted, and what religious organization best fits the description in verse 4?
    So, was this not predicted, and what religious organization best fits the description in verse 4?

    June 13, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Devil made me do it

      No god. Cry about it.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Bo

      @...made me do it: What kind of reply is this?

      June 13, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Ganthor the Troglodyte Troll@Bo "What kind of reply is this?"

      I claim this spot on behalf of all troglodytes and ignoramuses in the land of Krangoghan!

      June 13, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Vampsh Black Sheep League of Doom Gardamun Family Circle Master Vampire High Priest

      Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

      June 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Bo

      You guys just keep posing and keep proving the biblical scriptures to be true, I love it, but I feel sorry for you at the same time.

      June 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Bo

      That is, without a doubt, one of the most ingenuous loopholes ever written. By predicting the inevitable dissent the bible, in the minds of its believers, is actually supported by all arguments made against it.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  12. junior

    Gospel Mt 5:17-19

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
    I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
    Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
    not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
    will pass from the law,
    until all things have taken place.
    Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
    and teaches others to do so
    will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
    But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
    will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven."

    The Gospel of the Lord

    June 13, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • Reality

      The NT passage you quote i.e. Matt 5:17-19 ,has been analyzed by many contemporary historical Jesus scholars such as Professors Crossan, Ludemann, Borg and Fredriksen, and has been judged to be an embellishment by Matthew or by a translator i.e. a single attestation (only appears on Matthew's Gospel) and appears in the third Stratum (80-120CE) ex. see Professor Crossan's book, The Historical Jesus, ( also http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb392.html) and Professor Ludemann's book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p138.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • Hello Dolly @ junior

      Face it, Jesus was gay.

      June 13, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Silent Claw

      He probably didn't even exist.

      June 13, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      junior: Not able to think for yourself? This is the year 2012, not 0001...time to start residing in the present.

      June 13, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Bo

      @ Hello Dolly: Name your sources that says Jesus was gay.

      June 13, 2012 at 8:54 am |

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