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Ratio of evangelicals in Brazil jumps 44% in 10 years
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June 29th, 2012
04:33 PM ET

Ratio of evangelicals in Brazil jumps 44% in 10 years

By Shasta Darlington, CNN

Sao Paulo (CNN) – The number of evangelical Christians s in Brazil, the world’s largest Catholic country, has soared over the last decade, from 15% of the population in 2000 to to 22% of the population in 2010, according to a report issued on Friday.

Over the same period, the proportion of Catholic Brazilians fell from 74% of the population to to 65%, Brazil’s National Statistics Institute reported.

In overall terms, the percentage of evangelicals rose 44%, as evangelical churches won over the faithful, especially women and people in poorer communities.

The rise of evangelical Christianity is a growing trend across Latin America.

Forty years ago, 93.% of Brazilians considered themselves Catholic, compared with just 4% who identified as evangelical. In the same period, those who say they aren’t religious has grown to 8%, up from less than 1%.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Brazil • Christianity • Evangelical

soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. jackson

    O povo do Brasil está começando a ler a biblia. Jesus não veio salvar igreja. Tanto que ele disse que a verdadeira religião e visitar os órfãos etc. Placa de Igreja não salva ninguém. Mas o povo brasileiro esta lendo a biblia e conhecendo a verdade. Que só Jesus salva, batiza e breve voltará. Ele (Jesus) o salvador e o único mediador entre Deus e os homens. Aqui no Brasil tem vários templos evangelicos grande com capacidade para mais de 20 mil pessoas sentadas. A maior igreja protestante do Brasil e a Assembleia de Deus e que sendo o senso de pesquisa e a igreja evangelica que mais cresce no Brasil e tem mais de 16 milhões de membros, fora congregados e crianças e adolescentes que não são batizados ainda.

    July 26, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  2. Mark

    Have no fear of god. FEAR THOSE WHO ARE IGNORANT ENOUGH TO BELIEVE IN GOD AND VOTE ACCORDINGLY, ................COMPLETELY BRAINWASHED.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  3. Me

    It' is call the apostasy People leaving the True church.

    July 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  4. Omar

    you foolish "christian" men. before blaming the atheist blame yourself first. your biblical ignorance will ultimately cause you to suffer the same fate you pronounce on the atheist! perhaps if you studied your bible you would be able to see clearly enough to convert a few souls, however, your perverted versions of your biblical interpretations is what caused them to be pushed away in the first place. take the log out of your eye BEFORE you dare take the splinter out of theirs.

    July 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      LOL reading the entire bible is probably the best case I've ever seen for deconversion from christianity.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • truth be told

      I read and pray on a regular basis and have read the entire Bible multiple times. It increases my love for God and strengthens my faith, but then God wanted me.

      July 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      So god picks and chooses. Guess he doesn't love everyone afterall.

      July 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Leo

      Many are called, few are chosen. Yes God is the one that makes the final deciesion for there are many that proclaim him, yet he knows the hearts of all men and will reward us all according to our deeds!!

      July 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Leo

      Your own doctrine contradicts you about the criteria of judgement. Your own doctrine states that belief in Jesus and begging for forgiveness trumps any action that you take. Thanks for agreeing with me that god just pick and chooses, showing that he doesn't really love everyone.

      July 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • truth be told

      God is not willing that any should perish. That said if you treated friends and family with the same disrespect and hatred you apply to God, how long would friend and family endure? You have made the judgement perhaps permanently.

      July 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      And yet, even if my family were to treat me horribly, and constantly do all kinds of bad things to me, I would never consign them to eternal torture. If the bible is true, then god is an evil, vain, punk no more worthy of worship than Hitler was.

      July 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  5. JellyBean

    "Evangelical churches won over the faithful, ...people in poorer communities." Means that they preyed on the poor and uneducated. Looks like Evangelicals are pretty good peddlers of lies and bs.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Omar

      actually it means that the evangelicals taught them that it's ok to read their bibles. all catholics that actually read theire bibles are called ex-catholics. Mary is dead. the apostles are dead. you don;t go to heaven just by dying. you should not call anyone on earth your "spiritual" father as there is only one and He is in heaven. Sabbath is holy and is the seventh day. not 2 hours on Sunday then going to get drunk watching football. Jesus was mary's FIRST born. a man can not forgive sins when he doesn;t know whether a single hair will come out black or white on his own head. I can go on and on. lastly, the catholic church is described as a harlot in the bible.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .
    Proven

    July 3, 2012 at 6:34 am |
    • Jesus

      You're a proven liar. 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!!

      July 3, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  7. gerald

    The author speaks of "evangelicalism" as if it were one religion. Which Christ of the 30000 denominations of evangelicalism are they choosing. I read a story once by a Kim Franklin. She was an evangelical who went down there to convert "those pagan catholics". She came back a Catholic primarily because she was struck by the thousands of denominations each preaching somthing different on TV down their and making conflicting promises. She noticed three pentecostal churches on one block in one place. THis is protestantism. This is the fruits of sola scriptura. This is divide and conquer. This is not of God.

    July 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • niknak

      No, she came back a catholic because she finally saw jesus when some hung Brasillian guy F*ed the Sh!t out of her.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • gerald

      Eph.4
      1.[14] so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • gerald

      niknak, have you no fear of God?
      Apparently not. Hell has a place for you unless you repent. Eterinity is a long time. God's mercy can only save you. Call on him to heal your perverted mind. Her husband went with her and he was converted as welll.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • niknak

      No Gerald, I don't fear imaginary creatures. Have not since I was a kid and was scared of monsters under the bed.
      And if spending eternity with the likes of you religious people is some kind of "reward" for worshiping some egotistical "god," then I would rather be in hell.
      I like the heat anyway.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • niknak

      Oh and by the way Gerald, F&ck god!

      July 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • gerald

      sad

      July 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • niknak

      Why?
      Actually you should be happy, one less "soul" you have to fight with for the prime realestate in heaven.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • jwt

      Again we have a believer that says belive in god or go to hell. You make your god into the schoolyard bully. Such a god is unworthy of worship by any creature alive or dead.

      July 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      The same applies to atheists. If you look through a microscope with perfect vision and clear lenses, you might get a 99% accurate observation. If your glasses are smudged and you look through a smudged microscope, you might get a 95% accurate reading. Apply this concept to atheists. No atheist has 100% pure reasoning ability. Maybe 99%. He’s been in bad traffic so he's down to 97%. He has a hangover from yesterday; down to 96%. Had checked into CNN Faith and got mad. He’s at 95%. Suppose two such atheists are together. We can expect 95% x 95% = 90.2% reasoning accuracy. Ten such atheists would together yield 59.9% accuracy. A hundred atheists together? Less than 1% accuracy. If a million atheists are left on the planet, reason will have effectively ceased to exist. Private interpretation does something similar to Christianity.

      July 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • niknak

      Catholic engineer,
      What???
      I hope you are better at your job then trying to make sense and a coherant argument about god and atheists.
      If you are an engineer, then you know it is the person who posits the hypothesis that has that burden of proof.
      It is not our job to disprove your hypothesis of your magic man in the sky. It is your job to prove it exists.
      Untl you do that, it will be regarded as false, regardless of how much you want it to be true.

      July 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • gerald

      NikNak – so all theories are false? Reallly? Then I guess you don't believe in macroevolution. It has not been seen or proven to occur. I guess you don't believe in the theories about quarks since noone has proven their existence, i.e. seen one, even under a microscope, even the "theory" of relativity is false to you I guess. Scientists work with lots of theories that make up good models but are not proven. Your logic is messed up if you think something is false because it is not proven. But then I guess we know that, since that is why you have the beliefs you do.

      July 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • gerald

      BTW Niknak, so it is good enough for you if someone else says it is proven? Or have you investigated all things true for yourself? i.e. your mind and time have that kind of capacity? You are an expert in all fields of science? Biology to nuclear physics?

      July 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @gerald

      You should first learn the difference between a scientific hypothesis (what he was talking about, and lets face it, the "god done it" argument isn't even a hypothesis) and theory (what you decided to throw in there).

      July 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • gerald

      Hawaiegian – Ah yes, the Catholic has no idea what a hypothosis is. He must be stupid of course. Did you read nik. He said that if something is not proven it is FALSE!!!! Perhaps you have a comprehension problem as to what that means. That means all theories and hypothesis, even the true ones are all false. No, it is not I who misunderstands science.

      July 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      I'm with Niknak. Fvck any god who would even consider creating and sustaining a place like hell. I can get along with a god of "goodness and mercy," but not "petulance and torture."

      July 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @gerald

      And yet you completely gloss over the fact that you switched from scientific hypothesis to theory. A theory in science is the best explanation based on the observations and the evidence. For instance, we KNOW for a fact that gravity exists, but we in no way know everything about it. We know for a fact that evolution occurs, but we don't know anything about it. You are misrepresenting the thing itself by equating it to the processes by which it happpens.

      July 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Father

      @Hawaiiguest..evolution a fact, really?? Based on what exactly? I have seen no one shred of proof evolution occured, quite the contrary. ie..transitional f©ssils for man. Thats not missing just for man, now what of every single form of life? Now that gives science, millions of records to account for, perhaps billions! Where is even ONE complete record? Ah but not even one €xists. The so called common @ncestor, where is that proof? Simular dna is not proof! The tinest difference of dna makes an entirely different $pecies! Actually from an ev©lutionary stand point, why are there so many $pecies? Why have many ev©lved only to serve as prey. What a theory!

      July 3, 2012 at 6:08 am |
    • Nii

      Oh if Moby schtick/Momoya was an Evangelical turned Catholic!

      July 3, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • sam stone

      gerald: how can anyone have any feelings (fear, love, etc) from beings in which they do not believe? So, blathering on about "hell" is fruitless, and something I suspect you do to feel all godly

      July 3, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • gerald

      sam,

      do all he suspecting you like. It's a free country. Just try not to let your bigotry get the best of you and make you irrational.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Tom, Tom the Piper's Father

      Go to talkorigins.org.

      There's a mountain of evidence for evolution, and I'm not a biologists. But talkorigins has a lot of your criticisms and addresses them.

      July 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Omar

      GERALD!!! Do not talk about hell when you have no idea of it's concept. The punishment is eternal. Meaning that they will burn and be dead for an eternity. Not that they will burn for an eternity. The bible is very clear that the wicked will be ahses (burnt up) under our feet. Why? because Jesus will burn them here on earth PRIOR to descending kingdon of heaven (city) upon the earth and recreating it. Are yuo implying that heaven will be surrounded by fire and people screaming. The bible is to be studied, not read.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Omar

      and Mr. niknak, you'll have all the proof you'll need when your knees smite one against the other without control. God does not need to be defended. He will do a fine job as it is a devine plan. a fool has said in his heart that there is no God. just as a fool sees a mouse trap and knows there was an intelligent design. or car with breaking sysytem, steering system, lighting system, sound syste, etc. and you know it was deisgned with intelligence. but then you look upon the human, the most perfectly thing ever made and you say to yourself that it just happened by chance. foolish are they that can not decern right form wrong.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Omar

      Humans are perfect? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
      Sweet zombie Jeebus that's probably the funniest thing I've read in a long time.

      July 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Sharmi

      Clint Posted on yo opino que saldra en pc y es cirteo los componentes son mas varatos y con un buen equipo sacas mejor probecho que en una consola ademas ya deberian saber (lo digo por el rocky ese) que todos los juegos y programas de donde son.todo viene de una PC ademas que una PC te da mas que una consola a otra cosa yo opino que las consolas tambien son faciles de piratear si no deberian ver un tianguis o mercado tienen de todas las consolas juegos piratas.

      August 1, 2012 at 1:16 am |
  8. Jack

    Hello. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    July 2, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  9. vulpecula

    I learned a new word today, thanks to the person posting under the tag "himmler". I found it when searching nazi persicussion of atheists. The word is "atheophobia".

    July 2, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • vulpecula

      persecution"

      I wish CNN was consistent with post being editable. :P

      July 2, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • himmler

      we were equal opportunity murderers under adolf (who was an atheist) But i do not recall targeting drummers.

      July 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • himmler

      was that the act of putting an atheists head into a drum and beating it until some sense appeared?

      July 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • vulpecula

      Godwin's Law
      "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one. "

      Get a life himmler

      July 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • vulpecula

      @hummler
      drummers? I think you confused the word persecution for percussion. But the actual word I was talking about was atheophobia.
      So far you have responded to my evidence with nothing except your stance that those that know know. You have no argument. Not even a weak one. But I'm sure you'll post another comment because you seem the sort that is slow minded enough that you would get a sense of having one if you can only get the last post in, So have at it if you like. Doesn't change the fact that Hitler wasn't an atheist and used his christian beliefs to justify the holocaust.

      July 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Mirosal

      Hitler was an Atheist?? Really? I think you need to pay a little more attention to Hitler's book, and listen a with a little more clarity to his speeches.

      July 3, 2012 at 6:27 am |
  10. PrimeNumber

    Brazil is a rising power in the world. As prosperity improves, Brazil will become more and more susceptible to the same Prosperity Gospel so prevalent among Evangelicals in the US. The next step will be the blurring of the line between faith and money. It always happens.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Donald Stark

      I am not sure it always happens, but unfortunately it has happened in evangelical churches in the US. I don't know much about Brazil, but I was wonder if Brazilian evangelicals would consider the Affordable Care Act just passed a serious threat to American's individual rights, or perhaps more a help for the healing of the poor.

      July 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  11. catholic engineer

    What happened to the bloodbath which is usually supposed to accompany these shifts in religion?

    July 2, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  12. vulpecula

    Wow! Now if we can only convense th evangelicals in the US that they should move to Brazil, the US would be a better place. Noting against christians. just those crazy far right wingnuts.

    July 2, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • vulpecula

      convince

      July 2, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • himmler

      draw up the lists adolf

      July 2, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • vulpecula

      @himmler
      That you would use himmlers and adolfs names in such a way speaks much more about you than me.

      July 2, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • himmler

      you're the one who wants resettlement.

      July 2, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • vulpecula

      @himmler
      convincing them to go of their own free will is nothing like what you suggest with your comment. Nothing in what I said implied force. Your just a hater. get over it.

      July 2, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • vulpecula

      @himmler
      I find it ironic too that you would choose a Nazi to slander an atheist, seeing how Adolf was a christian.

      July 2, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • himmler

      I follow the nordic but der fuhrer has always been his own god, a perfected atheist.

      July 2, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • vulpecula

      your lying to yourself. an athiest doesn't believe in Deities, so making themself one makes no sense. And old Adolf believed in an Aryan Christ. He was not an atheist. This is from one of his speeches. easily found online. So face it. The christians are stuck with him.

      "My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was his fight against the Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross. As a Christian, I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice."

      July 2, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • himmler

      Those that know know hitler was an atheist

      July 2, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • vulpecula

      @Himmler
      those tat lie and lie again can only blame theirselves for being discredited.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • vulpecula

      @himmler
      So, your following the nordic doesn't prohibit you from lying?
      Nazis persecuted atheist. And you still want to believe Hitler was an atheist?

      July 2, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • himmler

      history records hitler was an atheist.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • vulpecula

      who's history? The bishop of Augsburg, Walter Mixa? You need to go read up. No reputable history book or professor believes such a thing. Do you have any idea what in Mein Kampf? Your being willfully ignorant if you continue to spout such lies. Or are you a new part of the Iranian propaganda machine. Stop trying to shove your foot down your throat because your too arrogant to admit your wrong. The evidence to back up what I say is overwhelming. Hitler was a christain, and twisted the christian faith to justify his actions against not just Jews, but many groups including atheists.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • csx

      Where did you idiots come from?

      July 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 2, 2012 at 7:01 am |
    • vulpecula

      Dang, your everywhere. haha

      July 2, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • truth be told

      God is everywhere

      July 2, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • vulpecula

      I was referring to "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      July 2, 2012 at 8:15 am |
    • truth be told

      you are right ... atheism is not healthy for children and other living things.

      July 2, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • 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!

      July 2, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • niknak

      truth be told

      God is everywhere

      He was just in floating in my toilet, and I flushed him!

      July 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Mema

      @niknak..I sorry I just can not understand why you say things like that. Ok so you do not believe in God, thats your choice, but is it really nesessary to take other peoples faith to that level? It pains me that you would say that of the God I love and put faith in. I lost my son a few years ago, he was quite young. Although I had struggled with my faith for a few years, I then clung to it ever so tight. I just cant wont accept that I will not see nor hold my sweet baby again. My faith now means everything to me, please just try being a little more kind and empathetic for those who have faith. You can still make your case without going there.

      July 3, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  14. ZEBO

    God please protect me from your followers..!!

    July 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • just sayin

      If you are not one of Gods your prayer is useless, if you are one of Gods your prayer is stupid. First join God by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your savior, then you will pray with God and He will hear. God bless

      July 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • vulpecula

      @just sayin
      It's sarcasm. And thanks for showing gods live with the "stupid" comment.

      July 2, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  15. Jack

    Hello everyone. You are all cordially invited to visit ... thestarofkaduri.com

    July 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  16. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Blame it on the Catholic Church not tending to the needs of the Urban Poor and Indiginous peoples. These two groups have been proselytized by evangelical missionaries. Same thing happened in Northern Mexico around 40 years ago. The Catholic Church EXPECTS people to keep following their teachings because their grandparents did. What the Catholics need to do to turn this trend around is actually go into the favellas and the jungles like they used to, before Rome put the brakes on the Liberation Theology that rose in popularity in Latin America.

    July 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • PrimeNumber

      THe catholic church stopped pandering to Liberation Theology because this theology was based on Marxism – a fundamental enemy of religion of any kind.

      July 2, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • gerald

      protestantism succedes by distorting the Catholic faith. Catholicism is most certainly still working with the poor in SA from the missionary priests I have heard who have visited parishes I have attended over the last 20 years. Protestantism distorts the scriptures in many ways from easy believism once saved always saved to rapture theology to health and weath. It tickels people's ears.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Kevin Jablonski

      I believe your comment was right on Joe. As a proud and devout catholic, I find these stories of evangelicals converting the faithful very troubling.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  17. just sayin

    Praise God for the move of the Holy Spirit in Brazil ! God bless

    July 1, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Ted

      It was just a bowel movement. try some pepto bismal next time. Does more for you than any god.

      July 2, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • gerald

      Is this the same just sayin who is in favor of gay marriage? Good luck with discerning the Holy Spirit.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • just sayin

      No. God bless

      July 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 1, 2012 at 6:37 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!!

      July 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  19. Jack

    Hello everyone. You are all cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    July 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  20. robert

    Yes, praise God. Just a few decades ago, nobody would expect this. But the Holy Spirit is powerful, and works among us in incredible ways. Faith in Jesus can overcome the bitterness and deceit of this world. It's great that in Brazil, many more are choosing freedom in Christ. Gob bless.

    July 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • jwt

      and even more are choosing not to believe in god

      July 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • stupid followed to its logical conclusion

      ends at atheism

      July 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Belief is NOT a choice!! You are compelled to believe as you do.

      July 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Hey look--it's herbie again!

      stinking and failing

      July 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • herbie

      there is no herbie.

      July 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • gerald

      Which Christ of the 30000 denominations of evangelicalism are they choosing. I read a story once by a Kim Franklin. She was an evangelical who went down there to convert "those pagan catholics". She came back a Catholic primarily because she was struck by the thousands of denominations each preaching somthing different on TV down their and making conflicting promises. She noticed three pentecostal churches on one block in one place. THis is protestantism. This is the fruits of sola scriptura. This is divide and conquer. This is not of God.

      July 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Kevin Jablonski

      nooooo......this is sad, as these newly converted evangelicals have lost their connection with the church that JC himself created.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
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