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My Take: What all those Jesus jokes tell us
The authors note that Jesus jokes have become popular just since the 1970s.
November 10th, 2012
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My Take: What all those Jesus jokes tell us

Editor’s note: Edward J. Blum is a historian of race and religion at San Diego State University. Paul Harvey is a history professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and runs the blog Religion in AmericanHistory. They co-authored “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.”

By Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, Special to CNN

Did you ever hear the one about Jesus being Mexican? Well, he was bilingual; he was constantly harassed by the government; and his first name was Jesus.

Or, perhaps Jesus was Irish? He loved a good story; he never kept a steady job; and his last request was for a drink.

Or maybe it’s possible that Jesus was Californian? He never cut his hair; he was always walking around barefoot; and he started a new religion.

You may not have heard these Jesus jokes, but you’ve heard others. They represent a comedic trend that has animated the United States since the 1970s. More and more comedy gimmicks hit on Jesus, his ethnicity and his relationship to politics. Laughing with (and at) the Lord is now fodder for major motion pictures, barroom comedy tours, graphic novels, t-shirts and bumper stickers.

How is it that a figure sacred to so many Americans has become the punch line of so many jokes? And why is it acceptable to poke fun at Jesus when other sacred figures are deemed off limits or there is hell to pay for mocking them?

The explanations are as numerous as the laughs.

Immigration shifts from the 1960s changed the ethnic and religious faces of the country so no tradition dominates today. The Christian right made such a moral spectacle of itself that it practically begged to be mocked. The emergence of “spiritual, but not religious” sensibilities left many Americans willing to denounce or laugh about traditional faith. The public rise of agnosticism, atheism, and secularism led to aggressive mockery as a form of persuasion.

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If we pause to consider why we’re laughing, we find that the comic bits delve into some of our thorniest and unresolved problems. The jokes reveal much more about us than they do Jesus. They speak to how our society has changed, how it hasn’t, and what we’re obsessed with.

The first public jokes about Jesus were heard in the 1970s. There had been religious jokes before this, but none about Jesus had become widely popular because organized Christianity held such authority. As the economic recession and problems of urban decay collided with civil rights exhaustion and new immigration, however, some Jesus jokes emerged.

Archie Bunker on “All in the Family” was the white racist and misogynist you loved to hate and hated to love. On one occasion, his son-in-law challenged Bunker’s rampant anti-Semitism with the claim, "Jesus was Jewish." Archie shot back immediately: "Only on his mother's side."

The “All in the Family” spin off “Good Times” featured a black family that lives in an inner-city housing project, probably Chicago's infamous Cabrini Green. On the show's second episode, the oldest son J. J. astounded everyone by painting Jesus as black. The younger son loves it, and says he learned all about Christ’s blackness from the local Nation of Islam.

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As the family debates whether this black Jesus should be hung on the wall in place of their white Jesus, they “miraculously” receive $140 from the Internal Revenue Service. Feeling blessed, the family placed the painting on its living room wall, and the elated J. J. shouted his tagline, "Dyno-mite!”

From the 1980s to the present, the number of prominent Jesus jokes has multiplied like loaves and fishes:

• In “Talladega Nights,” Ricky Bobby and his family debated which Jesus to pray to (“baby Jesus in golden fleece diapers,” “grown-up Jesus,” “ninja Jesus”). Their overall hope is that Jesus will help them continue their extravagant lifestyle.

• “South Park” featured Jesus as a weak-kneed host of a local talk show who boxes the devil.

• “Family Guy” had Jesus perform magic tricks that wowed his ancient audience.

• “The Colbert Report” placed a gun in Christ’s hand and had him defend conservatives against the liberal “War on Easter.”

• “Saturday Night Live” let Jesus chastise Tim Tebow for using the Lord’s name in vain and ended the bit by declaring that the Mormons have it right.

One unforgettable scene in the rather forgettable recent film “21 Jump Street” may explain why Jesus has become such a joke.

Before Jonah Hill’s character returns to high school as an undercover cop, he prays to a small, crucified “Korean Jesus.” Down on his knees, he says: “Hey Korean Jesus, I don’t know if you only cater to Korean Christians or if you even exist, no offense. I’m just really freaked out about going back to high school. It was just so f***ing hard the first time. … I just really don’t want to f*** this up. Sorry for swearing so much. The end? I don’t really know how to end the prayer.”

The hilarity of the moment only makes sense in our time. Hill's character is unchurched and agnostic, but wants spiritual power to guide him. We can laugh at how agnosticism and being “spiritual, but not religious,” leave him uncertain of what to say, how to say it, and even how to end.

We can also laugh at how ethnic factors color his approach. By wondering if Korean Jesus cares only about Korean problems, Hill pokes fun at the issue which was made a media spectacle in 2008, when the Rev. Jeremiah Wright could be heard preaching that “Jesus was a poor black man” as part of his support for Barack Obama. What good is a God who only cares for those who look like him?

The Jesus jokes not only reveal how tangled our religious, racial, economic and political positions have become, but also how many outlets there are for the jokes. In these tense times, when presidential hopefuls point fingers at one another and families unfriend one another over political and cultural differences, laughing may be one way to talk about the problems without killing one another.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey.

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Filed under: Christianity • Entertainment • Jesus • Opinion

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    November 13, 2012 at 6:27 am |
    • Mirosal

      Jesus may be the joke, but you are the punchline.

      November 13, 2012 at 6:31 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Where lays a person's consciousness in times when one reflects upon abnormal societal relations creating a personal subdiffusion within another's reflective ism? Are such people rendered being inadequate by others who themselves are awkwardly ingenuous? Does there lay a pyramidal conflagration each and every time a person of goodly conscience surfaces from the social abyss to render their opinionated differences? Who among us is made duly formulated as being soundly different from otherly pottaged folds?

      A scattering is upon us in these trying days and Age. Leave your wantings behind and never take wind of one's longings for the weightiness of one's longings will smite even the most influential. Carry away nothing and leave. Head to the places inside one's being and do not keep ajar your door for many will want to enter in and should not. Your loving this Life is for the world to have and you should not heed the rumors from others as to just what is truly right. It is therefore best for mankind to simmer in their juvenile pottages never rationalizingly 'assaying' one's diffuse detriments, the very smallest of life's grains. As smitten breeds, our splendors reveal one's characters to be traitorous to one's analogous fold. Where then does Life end and living begin?

      Who before this day's Age is found worthy of Goodly praises? Who after us will find peace set before them? Who in today;s timeline is this "son of man" that many should fear him for his worthiness stance? Who above can see the below? Who that is below can see what be above? From the very smallest crevice to the most high chasms, the Sea of Nothingness is the Holy Spirit. May the elemental Gods find favor in this found son of man that he may not be afflicted with this world's power but rather he should carry upon him the angst from his manhood till his natural death.

      What I spiritually believe in is that the Families of God including God Himself lives upon the very first created Cosmos which is the inner Cosmos. Our being but upon this celestial cosmos is due our being cast out of the Inner Cosmos for many reasons. Some were cast out of this Inner Cosmos for faultering and some for continuing to do the Lord's Will here upon this celestial realm of gigantic life forms whereupon their insides are living many families of God's members. We live upon this realm doing what we want while many of us unify ourselves in the communal. My way is not your way and yet when we cross paths we receive each other and walk on.Therefore, walk placidly amid the noise and waste ever being mindful of the peace one finds in finding peace there about.

      Is God to be made a mockery by those who tend to instill anti-leveraged pragmatisms? Are we to believe in the godless and the ungodly who care little about the piecemeal subjectives' ordinates?

      Jesus, was the very first of many immeasurable 'elemental beings' and was in the Beginning an elemental king of all the elemental Gods. Jesus, in His cunning, did thru Chaos' manueverings, established the gravimetrical waves for the elementals to gather in broods thusly was formed the beginnings of celestial nebulas.

      As time did force the nebulas to progressively surround the gravimetric oscillations where from did come about galactic formations of the elementals' soundness. As systems of photonic elementals, the infinitesimal finite elemental Gods did shower the solarized systems with their embodied beings. And in the Now, we are but made from the photonic elementals' stillnesses, the stardusts of the Ages.

      My "Physicist" knows very well the quantum physicalities of natured atomic stimulations. I call this "Physicist" God. He has strewn His Sea of Nothingness with 'photogenitisms' or the stillness of the photons creating all manner of the first materials needed to become thru timeliness all the elementals' members of our declared Periodic Table of Materialized Photogenitis.
      Sciences are but the dreams dreamt and are atheists' treasure troves of good books they hardly ever do read, for many atheists aren't too bright yet they stand by these scientists without one iota of deniability to question science books that even the commoner seldom reads nor truly understands. Who among us knows about the 'Self-Similar Cosmological Paradigm'? Who among us truly understands that energy equals mass times light squared and its' true potential? What is the point in adoring scientific reasoning when one's IQ level can be counted on ten fingers?

      I feel a compelling want to tell you about some verses in Gospel scripture. Is it not written to above all things to seek firstly the "Kingdom of God". This said, have you ascribed to doing so? Where does one look to or towards in order to find that which we are told to seek as scripture does declare one to do?

      Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God."

      I've searched the Gospel writings and have found a single verse telling all who have found it as to the true and literal location of God's Kingdomly Domains!

      Luk 17:21 "The kingdom of God is inside you."

      I take Luke 17:21 quite literally and so should all who believe in One God and His One Son of perhaps oodles upon oodles of otherly Sons and Daughters too numerous to really expound upon! Christ is special because he was born to take upon his being the sins of those who were and then were also and of times yet to come! God's Kingdoms being inside us and within our ownliness bodies can also be associated with another verse of scripture ,,,,
      ,
      1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.
      The just above verse does tell much more than just glimpsing over it could proclude! Our being labourers with God may well seem to give us all an equal footing with God and his aspirations for our betterment's sakes! His being our husbandry may well regard God as having a firm footing in our conceptions of childbirthing beyond mere genetic understandings!
      But in the aboveness verse, the very understanding that we or our bodies are God's buildings may well inspire one to disavow such a claim due one's foresightedness sakes and lacking of rationalisms' of credible resources. Yet, as I see things, we, our bodies are not only God established and God created buildings for the benefits of the Godly who reside inside of us, but are for our benefits for learning and understanding the precepts of "Fractal Cosmologies"!

      We have seen that which our bodies are made up of and they are of cellularized structures not "unlike" nebula structures in outer space places! These celestial nebula structures are yet a work-in-progress and our body-like buildings are a progress in the works!

      These words are revelations of my Faith as to my Godly understandings regarding the Kingdom Domains of God, His Sons and His Daughters and all forms and mannerisms of Life-ever-lasting principles and principalities of many progressives!

      November 13, 2012 at 6:47 am |
    • Mirosal

      You posted this on the previous page. Do you have any ORIGINAL thoughts, or are you actually happy being a parrot spouting things you were taught (read: brainwashed) as a child. Stop being a child, and grow up. Learn to think for yourself. You'll find life much better without the restrctions placed on you by religious folk who have ZERO authority over anybody in this country.

      November 13, 2012 at 6:57 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      November 13, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • TrollAlert

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      "pervert alert" is a degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian. .

      November 13, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does 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.`.`

      November 13, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • snowboarder

      dreamer – why do you think anyone would want to read all that jibberish?

      November 13, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Kate

      I'm not an Atheist or a Christian, and I'm not raising my daughter with religion. I think traditional religious belief is brainwashing, and I won't do it to my child. If, once she's old enough to use logic and reason, she wants to become involved in some religious group ... I will have no problem with it. I've heard way too many children, parroting biblical information they clearly don't even understand. In this time, before she is sophisticated eough to deal with religious pressure, my husband and I are instead teaching her morality, ethics, and compassion for others. We're teaching her to be inclusive, not exclusive. These are NOT qualities I see being taught to her more religious friends.

      As for the Jesus jokes, I agree with the author. As the religious right or 'fundies' try harder and harder to push their religious beliefs onto people who are no longer interested, it's natural for people to push back. Nobody wants to be forced into anything...be it religion or political idealogy fostered by religious zealots.

      November 13, 2012 at 9:15 am |
  2. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Where lays a person's consciousness in times when one reflects upon abnormal societal relations creating a personal subdiffusion within another's reflective ism? Are such people rendered being inadequate by others who themselves are awkwardly ingenuous? Does there lay a pyramidal conflagration each and every time a person of goodly conscience surfaces from the social abyss to render their opinionated differences? Who among us is formulated as being different from otherly pottaged folds?

    Where do the ungodly and godless formulate their ideologies from whence they venture forth an opinion? Who among the ungodly can stand alone and without need of godless argumentative soothsayers hiding in near corners waiting for to pounce whenever the goodly natured give rise their opinions? Is it not truthful that many ungodly and godless do sound off to unjustly irritate the rational attempts goodly people endure to make conversation? Where does ungodly and godless end and goodly begin? Who plays upon Life's fields and who stays on the benches?

    November 13, 2012 at 5:28 am |
  3. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Dire straits are now moving upon the world's nations and countries and nation states and other such lands! Weep not for the dead who are with Christ! Rather weep for the times which are soon to be upon all lands! Stand one away from the adulterers of the word! Be not swayed by fornicators will! Do not please yourself by finding pleasures in the sodomizers' perverted Acts for the sodomites want brief pleasures only and they are not of the holy spirit's pleasings! Find yourself a place to rest while searching one's mind for God's words of truth before moving on to a better place!

    The days of now times are ever becoming ripe with the dew of man's honey. The generations of the now days' time have become like sackcloth;- filthy and stained with the semen of the bigots and tantalizers and mockers and scoffers of the words of Truth! Death will soon become the righteous revealers duly being torn apart and as being trampled assunder below the highest of wailed-in Truths!

    The "Majesteriums" of selfish pastorials being the proclaimed "holy see" will not stand too much longer and they will be plundered by the mobs' amassings! Be though as a peaceful allotments' generation and stand upright in times of trouble and calamities and mayhems! When the time comes when you are found out take heeds to what you say as there will be among lot's "societal perversionists" many ill deceivers of unrighteousness! They will want to taunt you out and do their will upon your body's sakes! Mark well for the time of atrocities will soon be upon the homeland of the still yet free! Be this a direness calling to those who know and do make ready their escape! Find you safe harborages yet in the meanwhile ever stand watch as to the world's moanings will be seen by all!

    The United States of North America is now facing hard times and social upheavels! Miss America's statue stands as a monolithic emblem of which many people a short time ago were immigrating to her land did then all view her statuesque charm before coming to landfall. No more are immigrants coming by only boats! Some take to the air to immigrate while others migrate upon the roads either from the south or the north!

    Miss America was once marvelled by newcomers but nowadays only but a handful pay her visits! Her monolithic emblem of a towering stature weighs heavily upon the proud folks who still take their children to awe and marvel upons her immensity! Few people know Miss Ameriica's history! I am in doubt if she is even nowadays taught about her stateliness in any "public" school system let alone the colleges or universities!

    Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has nowadys faintly become an adored icon of freedom of the United States

    November 13, 2012 at 4:52 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      God gives to His sons and daughters all the wordage they need and can use to make them feel secure and if anyone thinks it grocery shopping, well, maybe God and His Word, the gospel is for His 'adoptive' sons and daughters immediate needs to get them thru difficult times! God and God's Son and King of all mankind's souls will never leave us even when the famines come and the hurricanes destroy and tornades wreak havoc and lightening strikes! None of these catastrophies are of Godliness nor of the devil! They are this world's true nature and she (earth) is dying ever so slowly and is drunk with the deviltries' shadows!
      May 23, 2012 at 4:32 am

      Nearing the End of Times out from the woodworks will come scoffers of the Truth and fornicators of God's teachhings and adulterers of sodomizing ways! Saying God will not be mocked is not enough word for the filth and ilk of God-dodgers unrighteousness! They, the mockers and scoffers of God and the Godly will all become but their first atom and deep into outer space places will they be placed never to be a part of living life in abundant measures as is so written! Their solitary atom will be adrift in the Sea of Nothngness that atheists hold onto proclaiming nothing ventured is nothing gained!
      May 23, 2012 at 6:08 am

      My words do not point to anyonne in particular! They, (My words) are meant to enlighten the scoffers and bigots and adulterers and fornicators and sodomizers and in enlightenning them I hear their responses of vile and ridiculing and demonstrative angles by which they seat themselves upon and from and for!

      November 13, 2012 at 5:09 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your "words" aren't even words, Goofy Old Doofus.

      November 13, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  4. God's Oldest Dreamer

    The equatorially beleagered and missed societal representatives are collar bound with egoisms' vilenesses! The curtailing of churches emulating Godly virtues are nowadays the triumphants slaughterings of its' flocks thru unneeded perfumes such as authored books and Tv evangelists doing the cornerstone marketings of other than the Bible! How can the Truth not be Holy when 'Pharasitic' subvertionalisms are nowadays most churches common denominators?
    May 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Why should any atheist be bothered one bit that God either exists or doesn't? Can't one just get along lil doggies,get along? Or is it that hate still boils over and continues corrupting the up and coming newbies on the livid Life's benches? Is one not but a part of the wholeness or are we ever to continue onward with the societal splinterings thereof? Where does one stop the malignancies of sociological disfigurementations' laments?
    May 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Literally fragranced are thoughts of expounding contrivances' concerns and regards! Literalizations in hastefullness are at times either well thought or seldomly bought! The carrying of and towards 'predjudisms' parlors to "Frankenstonian" wants! The malignancies of 'predjudistic' revelries runs down the social gammets toward ever dividing one's willingness to be alikened to and beyond otherliness regards and concernments falsely discipled! The spiritually fruitier the mentally loopier one gets and does become!
    May 5, 2012 at 10:03 am

    The "laws" as in the "commandments" have ever been broken while many generations have since passed by! Even Today's Timely Fields of Lattered Dayness Saints are not separate of the Old Ones long since gone! We in allness did once and now do that which was ever talked about in scriptures essenced Word! We in our World get daily remembrances regarding the ill wills of societal commonalities for bemusements sakes!

    Even the beguiled snakes and bittered scorpions shall bear their fruit's kinds! Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

    I can see one's eye upon the scripture! Even then the evil doers who do good works are found favored by their heavenly father! Our ways and thoughts might be felt differently but do we not "ascern" a togetherness of sorts a commonwealth in idealistic reverences? God's Kingdom is "inside" ones' body of a God-formed Building called of a man where upon its' insides do live the godly sons and daughters of God for they shall ever reside within and live upon and live for sakes of said body-called building!
    May 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Only but one needs to seek faithfully the mercy for us all! Who in the now-times will it so be? You? Your best friend? A neighbor? We all stand upon and towards our own cliff's edge! Will one await one's end by living it out? Should one walk over and passed one's edged cliff and lay waste to one's embodied ego?

    In summation I have sought mercies for my stained Life by letting other's shoulder my past sins! I was wronged for so doing it due giving the imbecilic attention getters their indignascious and malignant thrustngs of their tongued word of contemptualisms sarcasms into my very heartfelt ego! Live and be let to live in one and alls' sinfulnessed indignations!
    May 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Voice of Reason wrote on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm stating, "Why does there have to be a greater existence than the life we have? For purpose and worth? What is the gauge for that? Through evolution there is a natural drive to procreate to further the process and you are part of that evolution. But in reality you are born and then you die, that's it. Once you understand the concept of the here and now and forget about some nonsense of afterlife you will benefit humanity, otherwise you're just wasting the precious time you have. By the way, to procreate should be an intellectual choice not some emotional bias."

    'Die-ocracies' truth will be the polarities' commonwealths of bouyancies treading of the waters plenty! As a transduction of plati-tudes shall ever be weighed to reveal the maddness desires that nothingness becomes more believable than Godliness!
    May 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    November 13, 2012 at 4:29 am |
  5. Herewe Goagain

    What "all those Jesus jokes" tell us is that not much is really sacred anymore.

    November 13, 2012 at 4:20 am |
    • Lou

      And why exactly should anything be so sacred as to be exempt from any criticism?

      November 13, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  6. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Pipe-Dreamer

    I feel a compelling want to tell you about some verses in Gospel scripture. Is it not written to above all things to seek firstly the "Kingdom of God". This said, have you ascribed to doing so? Where does one look to or towards in order to find that which we are told to seek as scripture does declare one to do?

    Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God."

    I've searched the Gospel writings and have found a single verse telling all who have found it as to the true and literal location of God's Kingdomly Domains!

    Luk 17:21 "The kingdom of God is inside you."

    I take Luke 17:21 quite literally and so should all who believe in One God and His One Son of perhaps oodles upon oodles of otherly Sons and Daughters too numerous to really expound upon! Christ is special because he was born to take upon his being the sins of those who were and then were also and of times yet to come! God's Kingdoms being inside us and within our ownliness bodies can also be associated with another verse of scripture ,,,,
    ,
    1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

    The just above verse does tell much more than just glimpsing over it could proclude! Our being labourers with God may well seem to give us all an equal footing with God and his aspirations for our betterment's sakes! His being our husbandry may well regard God as having a firm footing in our conceptions of childbirthing beyond mere genetic understandings!

    But in the aboveness verse, the very understanding that we or our bodies are God's buildings may well inspire one to disavow such a claim due one's foresightedness sakes and lacking of rationalisms' of credible resources. Yet, as I see things, we, our bodies are not only God established and God created buildings for the benefits of the Godly who reside inside of us, but are for our benefits for learning and understanding the precepts of "Fractal Cosmologies"!

    We have seen that which our bodies are made up of and they are of cellularized structures not "unlike" nebula structures in outer space places! These celestial nebula structures are yet a work-in-progress and our body-like buildings are a progress in the works!

    These words are revelations of my Faith as to my Godly understandings regarding the Kingdom Domains of God, his Sons and his Daughters and all forms and mannerisms of Life-ever-lasting principles and principalities of progressives!

    Written by God's Oldest Dreamer
    April 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    November 13, 2012 at 3:44 am |
    • Jorge

      Buddy, within the spirit of man lies the kingdom of God, and there lies the nest of the devil, also. When man chooses to seek inward peace, and in that spirit to understand his fellow in his strifes and weaknesses, he seeks God. When he seeks to ruthlessly pursue fetishes, compulsions and attachments regardless of whom he affects adversely outside of himself (this includes religion as well), he finds the devil.

      November 13, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  7. OpposingView

    How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: None. They don't believe in "light". All they believe in is darkness...

    November 13, 2012 at 3:27 am |
    • OpposingView

      The extended version...

      How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: None. They don't believe in "light". All they believe in is darkness. They're perfectly happy with the light being out...

      November 13, 2012 at 3:46 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      :-) :-( :-)

      November 13, 2012 at 4:02 am |
    • Matt in Oregon

      How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb?
      Change?!!!

      November 13, 2012 at 4:28 am |
    • End Religion

      I don't have to believe in light. It is a measurable fact of our shared reality. That you cannot distinguish between belief and fact is a testament to your ignorance and the failure of religion in general.

      November 13, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • Marvin

      I am an electrician and I turn the lights on all the time for freaks like you. You thank me after I am finished and it had nothing to do with your God, you're the ones afraid of the dark which is why you call me all the time.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  8. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Is God to be made a mockery by those who tend to instill anti-leveraged pragmatisms? Are we to believe in the godless and the ungodly who care little about the piecemeal subjectives' ordinates?

    Jesus, was the very first of many immeasurable 'elemental beings' and was in the Beginning an elemental king of all the elemental Gods. Jesus, in His cunning, did thru Chaos' manueverings, established the gravimetrical waves for the elementals to gather in broods thusly was formed the beginnings of celestial nebulas.

    As time did force the nebulas to progressively surround the gravimetric oscillations where from did come about galactic formations of the elementals' soundness. As systems of photonic elementals, the infinitesimal finite elemental Gods did shower the solarized systems with their embodied beings. And in the Now, we are but made from the photonic elementals' stillnesses, the stardusts of the Ages.

    My "Physicist" knows very well the quantum physicalities of natured atomic stimulations. I call this "Physicist" God. He has strewn His Sea of Nothingness with 'photogenitisms' or the stillness of the photons creating all manner of the first materials needed to become thru timeliness all the elementals' members of our declared Periodic Table of Materialized Photogenitis.

    Sciences are but the dreams dreamt and are atheists' treasure troves of good books they hardly ever do read, for many atheists aren't too bright yet they stand by these scientists without one iota of deniability to question science books that even the commoner seldom reads nor truly understands. Who among us knows about the 'Self-Similar Cosmological Paradigm'? Who among us truly understands that energy equals mass times the square root of light? What is the point in adoring scientific reasoning when one's IQ level can be counted on ten fingers?

    November 13, 2012 at 2:31 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      You can repeat the above drivel as many times as you like but it will always remain drivel – not to mention wrong and unsubstantiated.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:39 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Who among us truly understands that energy equals mass times the squaring of light's speed?

      November 13, 2012 at 2:48 am |
    • fintastic

      2+2 = chicken

      Makes more sense than what you posted.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  9. God's Oldest Dreamer

    DoDo,

    Religion is but a stone's throw away from atheism's front door. Although rationalisms do in rationed portents comparatively elude to each other a discombobulation hammering home a nonchalant imagery of debonaire feudalism toward both accordances. I do so love Edgar Cayce and His written down quatrains! He is my idol and mentor. It has taken me many years to fathom my undertaking in this style of writing I have now been abe to conjure up.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:26 am |
    • fintastic

      I am," said a growly voice. "That down at the door in the that down at the middle of Sander the name of is making a large oak-tree, and he does? Once upon a forest all he that I know of is making and lived in a time, and lived unders. ("What I know of the only reason forest all he was out walking a little song time a little song time, a very long to himself. It went like that I know of ther Robin. "Now I am," said: "And there came top of Sander the that buzzing a bee thout walking honey."

      November 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  10. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Is God to be made a mockery by those who tend to instill anti-leveraged pragmatisms? Are we to believe in the godless and the ungodly who care little about the piecemeal subjectives' ordinates?

    Jesus, was the very first of many immeasurable 'elemental beings' and was in the Beginning an elemental king of all the elemental Gods. Jesus, in His cunning, did thru Chaos' manueverings, established the gravimetrical waves for the elementals to gather in broods thusly was formed the beginnings of celestial nebulas.

    As time did force the nebulas to progressively surround the gravimetric oscillations where from did come about galactic formations of the elementals' soundness. As systems of photonic elementals, the infinitesimal finite elemental Gods did shower the solarized systems with their embodied beings. And in the Now, we are but made from the photonic elementals' stillnesses, the stardusts of the Ages.

    My "Physicist" knows very well the quantum physicalities of natured atomic stimulations. I call this "Physicist" God. He has strewn His Sea of Nothingness with 'photogenitisms' or the stillness of the photons creating all manner of the first materials needed to become thru timeliness all the elementals' members of our declared Periodic Table of Materialized Photogenitis.

    Sciences are but the dreams dreamt and are atheists' treasure troves of good books they hardly ever do read, for many atheists aren't too bright yet they stand by these scientists without one iota of deniability to question science books that even the commoner seldom reads nor truly understands. Who among us knows about the 'Self-Similar Cosmological Paradigm'? Who among us truly understands that energy equals mass times the square root of light? What is the point in adoring scientific reasoning when your IQ level can be counted on ten fingers?

    November 13, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Um, it's hard to take anyone seriously when they screw up Einstein's equation and have no evidence for the rest of their blather. . . Looks like you only need one hand to count your IQ.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      E=MC2 Energy equals mass times light squared? I thought I wrote it right the 1st time? Retardation seems to be your strong suit.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:59 am |
    • Dodo

      Energy is mass times light speed squared, not it's square root. Other than that, your comment makes absolutely perfect sense. Every word in just the right place. You must be a professional writer. Or maybe a famous professor of English literature. I hang on every sensible sentence you write. So beautiful, almost like poetry. Please give us more. I can hardly wait.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      G.O.D. – you screwed up what is probably the most famous and well known equation in the world and I'm retarded? You believe crap for which there is not a shred of proof – you are delusional, mentally ill, totally fucked in the head!!

      November 13, 2012 at 2:05 am |
    • Dodo

      But G.O.D. is doing a lot to advance atheism. His ridiculous posts so perfectly demonstrate the utter stupidity of religion.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:12 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls,

      My apologies 0G regarding my fluck up. I have had a long day and am in the middle of my night attempting to daydream my thoughts into being words of truthfulness. Forgive me for mentioning retardation upon your thought progressives which to me tend to reflect rather negatively upon my idiom.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:14 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Dodo – yup! But he is not alone. No belever yet has made a credible argument for any god. The best they can do is claim "god exists because my cult's book says so." After that, they have absolutely nothing.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Who among us truly understands that energy equals mass times light to the second degree?

      It's been a long day folks and I just may hit the sack. Maybe mind you. I am tore between the will to carry on and putting toothpicks upon my eyelids to keep them from closing. Maybe I will make some coffee,,, yes I will.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:41 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Who among us truly understands that energy equals mass times light squared and its' true potential?

      November 13, 2012 at 2:44 am |
    • Dippy

      It's "torn", not "tore". Your grasp of simple grammar seems to be deficient.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:45 am |
    • Dippy

      And don't put an apostrophe after "its". Makes no sense.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:48 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      G.O.D. – often the only way to get out of a hole is to stop digging. I strongly suggest you put down your shovel and go to bed.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:48 am |
    • Dippy

      Hell, let him dig. Let's see how deep he can go.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:50 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      It's unfortunate that hell does not exist else I would bet he carries on until he gets there.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:53 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls,

      This English vocabulary has gone thru many varied Ages where such words as doeth and doth etc have become dropped from the commonalities to so formulate and reformulate its vernacularisms do better suit many pottages of mankind's brain-yards. I am but a man with little left to do but write my way to an equalibrium that may or may not give others the mental freedoms to themselves write in the euphoria and leave alone the doledrums of snootiness vying for goodly gramatical conjurings.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • Dippy

      You call that writing? It's totally senseless. You misspell words, use improper capitalization and seem to know little about proper word usage. Perhaps you think it's cute, but it is painful to read.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:10 am |
  11. Christian

    Fast forward this video up to about 6 or seven minutes. It is a guy talking about his visit to hell. Some of you might want to know where you will be this time tomorrow night should crash and die on the way to work tomorrow morning. I how hope you find Jesus and go to heaven, but if not here is your Destiny:

    ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9gzpjzS2GIc

    November 13, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it:
      Think'st thou that I, that saw the face of God,
      And tasted the eternal joys of heaven,
      Am not tormented with ten thousand hells,
      In being depriv'd of everlasting bliss?

      (Marlowe's Dr. Faustus)

      November 13, 2012 at 1:14 am |
  12. God's Oldest Dreamer

    “Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
    Watch your words, for they become actions.
    Watch your actions, for they become habits.
    Watch your habits, for they become character.
    Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

    November 13, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • Lou

      and "Watch your life savings, for it becomes your pastor's new Bentley.”

      November 13, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Church? Don't attend. Pharisees? They keep what was given and do not give it all to the poor. Money? I live day to day on a meager wage and am considered by law to be in poverty, and you?

      November 13, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • fintastic

      @lou.................. LOL LOL!!!!

      November 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  13. Lou

    Jesus finds a small crowd who has surrounded a young woman they believed to be a prost itute. They are preparing to stone her to death. To diffuse the situation, Jesus says: “Whoever is without sin among you, let them cast the first stone.” Suddenly, an old lady at the back of the crowd picks up a rock and scores a direct hit on the woman’s head, breaking her skull and rendering her dead on the spot. Jesus frowns and looks over at the old lady: “Do you know, Mother, sometimes you really pi$$ me off.”

    November 13, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • Nii

      Excellent! seems you cannot use your intelligence further but if you can give us a moral to the story.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:31 am |
    • Lou

      It's a joke Nii, lighten up!

      November 13, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  14. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Sciences are but the dreams dreamt and are atheists treasure troves of good books they hardly ever do read for atheists aren't too bright yet they stand by their scientists without one iota of deniability to question science books the commoner seldom reads nor understands. Who among us knows about the 'Self-Similar Cosmological Paradigm'? Who among truly understands the energy equals mass times the square root of light? What is the point in adoring scientific reasoning when your IQ level can be counted on ten fingers??

    November 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • fintastic

      Your "ten fingers" seem to be in your ears............

      November 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • fintastic

      @gravys odd deli........... "Who among truly understands the energy equals mass times the square root of light?"

      And this relates to jesus jokes in what way??

      November 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  15. Reality

    "Yo Mohammed so stupid, I told him to makeup his mind and he put lipstick on his forehead.

    Yo Mohammed so ugly cartoonists are afraid to draw him."

    November 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      :-) :-( :-)

      November 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • Nii

      Of course if a CNN reporter is shot dead in Nigeria for this you will not be responsible.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:30 am |
  16. Lou

    A Sunday School teacher of pre-schoolers was concerned that his students might be a little confused about Jesus Christ because of the Christmas season emphasis on His birth. He wanted to make sure they understood that the birth of Jesus occurred a long time ago, that He grew up, etc. So he asked his class, "Where is Jesus today?" Steven raised his hand and said, "He's in heaven." Mary was called on and answered, "He's in my heart." Little Johnny, waving his hand furiously, blurted out, "I know! I know! He's in our bathroom!!!" The whole class got very quiet, looked at the teacher, and waited for a response. The teacher was completely at a loss for a few very long seconds. He finally gathered his wits and asked Little Johnny how he knew this. And Little Johnny said, "Well...every morning, my father gets up, bangs on the bathroom door, and yells 'Jesus Christ, are you still in there?'!"

    November 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      :-( :-) :-(

      November 13, 2012 at 12:18 am |
  17. AverageJoe76

    Hello Humans. Does this back-n-forth aruging about God drain you at all? Me? I'm exhausted. There's no answer. No complete consensus among us all, nor will there be. It does fustrate me. But maybe as a super-organism, we're simply in the midst of a thought culture evolution. And so what I just made that up, its the best way for me to explain.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • Dippy

      Of course there is an answer. Truth is not determined by consensus. What makes the most sense, some unknown, unseen, unprovable deity responsible for everything, or just natural phenomena? You choose.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Intense day dreaming does sometimes harbor much info when wrote down. Edgar Cayce is my main squeeze. He is a day dreamer's best mentor!

      http://edgarcayce.org/

      November 13, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • Christian

      Dippy, The simplest and best scientific answer to how life began on earth is that life was created by God.
      You have not yet, but if you ever do research it; you will find that any other explanation is insufficient.

      "God created everything by number, weight and measure." - Issac Newton

      November 13, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • Dippy

      Oh, bullshit. Then who made the creator? You religious nitwits are totally illogical. You seem incapable of rational thought.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Dippy,

      I sense you are in denial of monotheism. In trying to understand your words, I see you as being disgusted and forlorned. Why do you have this innate quality that belittles others? Are you that illiterate to scoff and fume rather than thinking thoughts thru before you act upon your non-intellectual prowess? Sad, so sad. :-(

      November 13, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Dippy

      That's just the way it is. Some of us can think and others just can't seem to do it. It's not really sad, it's just nature.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Nii

      DIPPY
      The intelligent Atheist who understands Christian Theology becomes an Agnostic. Why? This is because you cannot ask who created the Creator when you are talking of the Judeao-Christian God who is eternal and uncreated. The Universe has a beginning. YHWH does not. Understand?

      November 13, 2012 at 3:18 am |
    • == o ==

      LOL. Huge fail by Nii as usual.

      November 13, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @God's Oldest Dipsh!t: It's FORLORN, not "forlorned".

      November 13, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Damocles

      And once again nii causes the deaths of countless small, furry, cuddly baby animals simply by posting. Shame on you, nii!

      November 13, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  18. Christian

    "I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily."– Issac Newton

    November 12, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • Dippy

      What is your point? Do you have one?

      November 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • Lou

      Newton was also into alchemy, trying to chemically change lead into gold using the Philosopher's Stone, just like in Harry Potter. You can tell this was before logical thinking got a strong foothold in science.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Christian, Newton probably never even considered atheism. The catholic church was killing people for heresy up until the 1820s. Newton was a smart man. Of course he claimed to be christian. Maybe he even was. But his belief and yours proves only that Newton and you believe in god. It doesn't make your god real.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Nii

      TALLULAH
      How uneducated can you be? Sir Isaac Newton was a British subject. English in fact. He was a Quaker and wasn't afraid of Catholic prosecution because the Roman Catholic Church was banned in Great Britain until late 19th century. This means your post is totally inaccurate and lacking in factual basis. If you could learn a lot more history it will help you. History is not opinion. Also how will you disprove God? It is logically impossible to prove something by using the rational senses only. SPirituality has proven that Man can live in harmony with himself. Atheism and other religions only bring disharmony.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:25 am |
    • Nii

      LOU
      Newton was a Physicist and by the time he came to science Alchemy had long been discredited during the Renaissance. Quit lying.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:27 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Nii, it is obvious you have never read a biography about Newton.

      November 13, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • Simran

      So Christian, are you suggesting that if I study the Bible daily, I will become another Newton?

      November 13, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  19. God's Oldest Dreamer

    A scattering is upon us in these trying days and Age. Leave your wantings behind and never take wind of one's longings for the weightiness of one's longings will smite even the most influential. Carry away nothing and leave. Head to the places inside one's being and do not keep ajar your door for many will want to enter in and should not. Your loving this Life is for the world to have and you should not heed the rumors from others as to just what is truly right. It is therefore best for mankind to simmer in their juvenile pottages never rationalizingly 'assaying' one's diffuse detriments, the very smallest of life's grains. As smitten breeds, our splendors reveal one's characters to be traitorous to one's analogous fold. Where then does Life end and living begin?

    Love Let Us All,
    G,O,D.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • Dippy

      Mindless babble. Why don't you try making sense?

      November 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • End Religion

      This is dreamer's twice-daily "scattering" bowel movement.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      When sh!t hits the fan, there will be a scattering aplenty and enough for all.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  20. YBP

    Jesus is no joke. Nor is his church. Consider the ruined childhoods, torture, and death of countless millions over twenty centuries. Consider the war on science and education, information about how the world really works withheld and denied. Consider the lies, threats, manipulation, thought-control, senseless celibacy and empty promises...all in addition to the demand of 10% of our income. No, this is no laughing matter.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I am a firm believer of using laughter as a weapon. Laughter tells those that have used christianity to hurt others that their power is broken and that they are only worthy of being mocked. I'd rather laugh at them then make them feel like martyrs.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • Cal

      There's a neat story here on CNN of counter-protestors dressing as clowns to confront neo-Nazis and KKK. I think that this is in the same spirit as you said. I just love the juxtaposition between the two. Says it all.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I saw that, Cal. Brilliant stuff!

      November 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
    • Cal

      I know. I want to join a group next time the klan comes to town and chant "White Flour" while throwing some into the air. You can tell it really was pi$$ing off the racists too, and what are they going to do, attack clowns?

      November 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • Lou

      Why do the ladies love Jesus? Dude was hung like THIS (holds arms out, as if on a cross).

      November 13, 2012 at 12:16 am |
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