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November 23rd, 2012
05:11 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, November 23

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: Pope's book on Jesus debunks Christmas myths
It's Christmas, but not as you know it: a new book by released this week by Pope Benedict VI looks at the early life of Jesus – and debunks several myths about how the Nativity really unfolded. In "Jesus of Nazareth – The Infancy Narratives," the pope says the Christian calendar is actually based on a blunder by a 6th century monk, who Benedict says was several years off in his calculation of Jesus' birth date.

Tweet of the Day:

Enlightening Reads:

Catholic News Agency: Priest takes food stamp challenge in solidarity with poor
The head of Catholic Charities in D.C. recently experienced the struggle of low-income families relying on food stamps, noting that Christian charity lends vital support to those in need. “Most of us don’t have a real sense of what it’s like to be on food stamps,” said Fr. John Enzler, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

The Guardian: Female bishops: EU anti-discrimination law may be the CoE's salvation
While the Church of England's legalism has halted progress on equality issues by voting against the ordination of female bishops this week, EU anti-discrimination law may prove its salvation.

The Oregonian: Oregon City faith-healing mom to remain in prison while her manslaughter conviction is on appeal
A member of an Oregon City-based faith-healing church will remain in prison while her manslaughter conviction is on appeal. A Clackamas County judge turned down a petition Monday for early release while the conviction of Shannon Mae Hickman, a member of the Followers of Christ church, is reviewed by the Oregon Court of Appeals.

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Opinion of the Day:

An Indian artist gives the final touches to a statue of Hindu goddess Kali ahead of the Diwali festival, the Festival of Lights, in Allahabad on November 10, 2012.

CNN: My Take: A multireligious Thanksgiving
Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation" and frequent CNN Belief Blog contributor, give his “Thanksgiving litany to the gods.”

Join the conversation…

CNN: Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama
With the world facing “perilous times” and “anxiety stemming from economic challenges,” evangelical leader Franklin Graham is asking congregations to pray for President Barack Obama, even though Graham endorsed the president’s opponent in the 2012 election.

- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Morning Read

soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Bill, Bill The Miner's Cousin

    Niqqers are worthless, smelly poop people. Flush them down!

    November 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  3. lionlylamb

    Fractured are the people's minds. Tempered are their egos. Spirited are their emotions. Mix it all up and you get a social dichotomy riddled with a diaspora or scattering of people away from an established or ancestral homeland.

    November 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • hippypoet

      you are a sad lonely creature aren't you? acceptance of our own shortcomings only makes us stronger. stop being a tool and be the wielder of such. why take on faith that which is inconsequential and act as if it is above all matters? because it said to? because it has claim such grandeur?

      you are a sheep in need of a shepard and that is not something to be proud of!

      November 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  4. CNN Belief Blog - Casting Call

    ATTENTION CNN BELIEF BLOGGERS,

    We are doing a casting call for an on-air debate to air in February 2013. We'd like applications from the belief bloggers and the four best candidates will be invited to our CNN studios in Atlanta for a live debate! If chosen, we will provide a debate expert to provide training prior to the live debate.

    The four best responses to this post will be contacted (please leave email) for further information on how to be a selected finalist! We will be posting this a few more times throughout the next month. Judgement criteria will mostly consist of;

    A) Historical & scientific details supporting one's claims.
    B) The ability of applicants to show critical thinking skills and tackle complex issues.
    C) Counter arguments to opponent's claims.

    Don't wait, as this is one of limited chances to be selected for the first ever CNN Belief Blog live debate!

    November 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Answer

      Dear CNN joker..

      If this were a true calling, CNN would advertise it's attempt on the very homepage of this type of endeavor. Until such time as it is posted on the main webpage I do not think you will fool anybody to troll for email accounts.

      November 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Dippy

      Its, not it's.

      November 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Al

      How about Tom, Tom the Piper's son vs. Prayer Bot. Maybe they can give Tom a paintball gun to really liven it up.

      November 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Rolph

      You are quite the linguistic train spotter, Dippy.

      Maybe we should call you Drippy, because you are a drip.

      November 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Huebert

    @hippy

    I'll be in the Chicago area next week. I don't recall exactly but I thought you were from that area, anyways wanna grab a beer somewhere when I'm up there?

    November 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • hippypoet

      sry...i don't live even close to that state. i would thou if i were.

      November 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Huebert

      Sorry man, I for some reason thought you were in that area. You live in a major city? My job requires me to travel a fair amount and since we seem pretty similar it'd be great if we could catch up and grab some drinks sometime.

      November 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  6. lionlylamb

    The "blood" of Christ Jesus will ever be an acclaiming conscription thru relief-based emotional prescriptions foresaken though not by the unrelenting mobs nor even the jealous masses allotments sakes! Only thru the individualists coming to self-minding emotional terms can one's sinfilled detriments be erased! The ever onguard podium does entertain the amassed audiences no matter the religous speaker who acclaims their wordages to be more then mere words but are as a model of enlightenment to be ever made as thoughtful conscious recognitions of even after the speaker does close out their speech! How soon one forgets and how long and of what does one so dwell upon?

    November 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • hippypoet

      ok so you drink the blood and eat the flesh of a 2000 yr old zombie to heal a sin inherit in you because the zombies dad put it there...seems like sound logic to me!

      November 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • hippypoet

      Hippy – do you understand what symbolism is? Lol.

      November 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      The "blood of Christ" is the social society of the drunkards and the "bread of Christ" is society's flocks of religious folk. Learn well to control such things and Life will bring upon it an abundancy of knowledge.

      November 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • hippypoet

      soooo sorry...so you symbolically drink the blood and eat the flesh of a 2000 yr old zombie to heal a sin inherit in you because the zombies dad put it there...seems like sound logic to me!

      this seems less intelligent then the first. In the first one you had real blood and real flesh from a real zombie – the second one states that its all in your mind! good call!

      November 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  7. Wow

    First time here and I am shocked at the ignorance andnhate on these blogs. What is wrong with everybody? Did your aprents not give you enough attention when you were a kid or are the majority of you just teenagers who know nothing but think they know everything?

    November 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Answer

      Oh a hall monitor! And he's got a purrdy badge.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Wow

      Answer – care to actually address anything I said or would you prefer to just post meaningless drivel?

      November 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Answer

      Hey why talk to a hall monitor? They have all the authority to judge – isn't that right?

      "Judge judge judge".

      November 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Rather than act like you are 'above it all' why don't you pick something specific and add to the discussion.

      November 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Mirror Mirror

      You are new here, and you went straight to insulting people instead of addressing any issue.

      You are what you sneer at.

      November 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  8. hippypoet

    I love anonymous blogs! I can take anyone's handle and post whatever garbage i want! Efff you all hahahaha u dumb sons of bltches.

    November 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • hippypoet

      Hahaha nice post NlGGER!!

      November 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  9. Ummmm?

    @hippy

    Sorry but you're incorrect. I understand that your mind is already made so there is no point in continuing the disagreement. Enjoy your glenfiddich and blunts which you hold so dearly to your heart (per multiple past posts of yours) while you have a family.

    November 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Answer

      Add another orifice to your head and go to your heaven. One less f-u-c-k-w-i-t to twist fear into people.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • hippypoet

      thank you for your time. it was your pleasure to judge me and my pleasure to watch you sin and therefore be doomed to hell. enjoy this life at least.

      and btw, i wasn't wrong. read the bibe...its in there....or just take on faith what you wish no matter the evidence to the contrary.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • niknak

      What do you have against good scotch and a good blunt?
      Man, you fundies are really just no fun. I guess that is reason there are no repub/fundie comics on late nite tele.
      I bet if you had a glass and smoked a bowl with Hippy Poet you would lighten up a bit.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Mirosal

      Actualy, at one time ther WAS a late-night fundie with a half-hour show. Anyone remember when Rush Limbaugh had his show bacin 1992/93? I watched it, just to laugh at his tie and anything he said. Just watching that idiot spew out unbridled bigotry and misogyny made me bust a gut. If these fundies and pundits think they know SO much, why aren't their names on any ballots?

      November 24, 2012 at 5:54 am |
  10. niknak

    Happy post turkey carcass day all;
    Just another great day without god(s).

    November 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  11. Truth

    I am a Christian. I do not wish ill on anyone else, no matter how vile they are (in fact, I often feel quite bad for those who are vile because there are clearly underlying issues).

    With that said, atheist's posts are clearly the most vile and simple minded statements. I reminds me of the old saying, "don't argue with an idiot, people on the outside can't tell who is who."

    Remember folks, the Bible has stated all this which is occurring. In fact, things will only become worse in the coming ages and us Christians should expect to be mocked and criticized. Be kind to others and let's show our belief in Christ through our loving actions, it's clear that 99% of the atheists who post here have no interest in learning anything. It is strikingly clear that they come on here to ridicule and vilify, all of which gives them the false sense of superior intelligence.

    I find it amazing how accurately the Bible has predicted all these things, and no matter what evidence is presented, there are those who refuse to believe because it can shine a microscope of people's actions which many don"t want to face.

    November 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      the way you feel about most atheists?-–I feel that way about most believers.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Why are atheist posts more vile than a christian poster who threatens eternal punishment and takes joy in their belief others that don't agree will burn?

      I wouldn't treat my worst enemy like that, and it sounds like neither would you. That makes you and me more merciful and moralthat the god you worship....why do you worship that?

      November 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Reminder

      John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

      John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • hippypoet

      you claim to be a christian, yet wish no ill on anyone – well then you are not a true christian...you are misundertanding the book, haven't read it, or just believe in the existence of god and jesus – but haven't looked into anything else as you view that as man's word and not gods...i mean besides their existence...that part you take on faith. so you are selective your beliefs but want us to think you are speaking truth as if you knew any to begin with!!! odd.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Moby Schtick,

      Slapschtick dichotomies are veinal yet still are Christians faiths. I do believe in Christ Jesus being everyone's saving graces! If not by Christ's teachings, where in God's Holy spirit being the great Seas of Nothingness would we celestial beings be at? Why be a know nothing for Christ's sakes? Can one but say, "Remember me Christ Jesus, please!" ? Where is the harm in todays Ages to willingly abide by Christ's Word? And dare I ask, "Why is one proclaiming to be ungodly or even godless?" Who does such caringly benefit upon ungodliness and godlessness scruples?

      November 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Reminder,

      John 15:19 That is cult logic.

      John 15:20 How can I persecute the creator of the universe? Can an ant in the yard persecute me? It is more cult logic.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Ummmm?

      @hippy

      I've read and understand. I'm sorry but it is clearly you who doesn't understand. It may make it easier for you to hate Christians when you think they all want to damn you to eternal punishment, however that's not what the Bible is about. I suggest you put your prejudice aside and read in context because you clearly don't understand Christ or Christianity.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • niknak

      The babble has not predicted anything.
      Oh wait, I guess it did.
      It predicted the Bears loss on Monday nite.
      And the stock market crash of '29.
      How about WW2.
      Or just about anything else you want to read into it.

      Keep following a stone age myth and blindly go along enjoying all the benefits that science has given you.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Ummmm?

      @lionly

      From one Christian to another, please stop. Your sentence structure and grammar is atrocious. Please realize that if you are a true Christian, that you are doing more harm than good. Aren't you supposed to try and bring people towards Christ? I'm sorry, but your rantings aren't comprehensible and they also come across as prideful arrogance, when in fact they are poorly written sentences and just throw in a bunch of big words, yet do not make sense. I hope you really consider this because you are doing more harm than good.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Ummmm?

      Quit assuming opposition automatically equals hate. Christians may strive to play the victims but it is not an enduring quality.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • hippypoet

      you are laughable..

      jesus said, supposedly, to know thy scripture...that would be for the slowminded of us here the old testament...it is there that you find what a true believer is...again, if you do not wish ill on anyone, then you have failed to understand even the most simple of bibical p@ssages. any who taks claim to the abrahamic belief, any of the 4 branchs, then they are either to live as the old testament commands them to or to live a life of hypocrisy.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Ummmm?

      @cheese

      I don't automatically a.ssume opposition equals hate. Reading these posts it's clear that it's opposition and hate. If you can't at least admit that the majority of the atheist's posts are vile and condescending then that's your choice, but your bias would be showing.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Answer

      Retarded believers always think that being confronted on their bs equals 'hate'.

      I have no sympathy for those f-u-c-k-w-i-t-s.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Ummmm?

      @hippy

      Sorry but you're incorrect. l understand that your mind is already made so there is no point in continuing the disagreement. Enjoy your glenfiddich and blunts which you hold so dearly to your heart (per multiple past posts of yours) while you have a family.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Ummmm?

      @answer

      Thanks for proving my point. You brought absolutely nothing to the conversation while simultaneously claiming the other side to be nitwits.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Ummmm?

      There are atheists that post that wish christians harm (hate). Most do not.

      And who could possibly be more hateful than the christian god who punishes people infinitely for finite crimes, if hate is so vile why do you worship a hateful god.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Uuuuummmmm,

      Where is it so written that one's word is their bonding traits? Ye who are of faith's little presence are permeating unpleasentires foresaking your own want for manly goodness for God's sake! Quit it in being like a worm that does ever jiggle and wiggle their way thru the ground! Reach one for the stars up above and do not get burned by this Life's wittless dichotomies or breaking in two's of rather unpleasing momentums of bile-N-guile euphemisms!

      November 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Answer

      Proving your point.. it's no problem that you're a f-u-c-k-w-i-t.

      I am glad that I could help you define yourself properly. Next time you can use "F-u-c-k-w-i-t Ummmm?" as your new moniker. XD

      November 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  12. Did everyone sacrifice poultry as an offering of thanks to the magic super invisibuddy of their choice?

    Please pass the common sense over to the Christians.

    November 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Lol at the ignorance

      My, my aren't you a smart one. Please do tell, how did you get to be all knowing? Please share your age, educational credentials, and current occupation since I'm sure it's quite magnificant.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Reminder

      Did everyone, I bet you were the first at the table to stuff your face and remember not to help out or bring anything to show your appreciation.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  13. lionlylamb

    My Word Which Lays Upon Truths Opening the Door

    Can one body of people not change that which was declared to be biblically so written as to actually being nurturingly fortuitous? Where in the biblical can there be prophesying though forewarned becoming justifiably outwitted should leveraged warnings be prophetically heeded? Is it righteously endeavouring to wantonly fulfill a religiously and historically imbedded future thought unsoundly just because it is so 'bibilcally' written? Should not a people of uncommon intellect become intellectually mundane just to satisfy Jewish based biblical prophecies? Where then lays the lands ending of philosophical aberrance foretold of thru wanton Jewish biblical welfares? Who are the lands beneficiaries should war bemoan us and almost all do thusly die out due and thru aggression's warring? Hell knows no other ways but to willfully and wantonly fulfill the Word, the Jewish written Gospels of the old and even new!

    Manly made Gods in name onliness euphemisms have become false-cherishing Jew-based sublimations not to be subliminally outdone by anothers' naming of God such as Elohim or Jehovah or Yahweh etc etc. Is it not of more-so importance to write or make small-talk toward others to 'menstruatively' condition the morals of youthfulness than to bicker and banter about as elder-aged 'gossipers' seeking shadowy umbrage praises of youth-based others to justify their own elder selfishness sakes? Who therefore is to be pitied more, the ones behind the podiums with playing cards to be read or the audience who does sit in waiting to be as leavened bread ever to rise up in unison?

    The christian word of truth being the wordage of condensed obligatory jewish gospels to which are now seemingly way too varyingly many to be had and can no more be held up in tumbling weighty agonies of patronized self-righteousness sakes. To the christians; "The troubles with faithless and unfaithful trinitarians, those who belly-up to one god times three is they read but only into it and get very little out of what they made their own 'gospel' in treacherously unsound morbid amplifications of unblessed pleasings by the manly adaptive and grudgingly adopted childishness views of Godly egregious moralisms."

    For the Jew-based christian rudimentary and timid preaching practices in emotionalized devilish tongues beatifies only the lecherously dumb-hearted relics, those aged heartburns of their jew-based christiandumbness's idiosyncratic marmoset-like redundancies. Their godly embittered and fetteringly spiritualized moralisms are but self-centered and selfishly censored upon age old redundant principles that are remorsefully archaic in round-about sciatic cultured replicants behooving those old fuddy duddies who fumble ever for their next glass worth of wine! Drunk and in temperamental stupors are the emotionally fallen within biblically jewish-rooted christiandumbs folds becoming sciatic pragmatisms unworthy of even one toasting for, but rather for the many to be rightly toasting against!"

    In retrospect, godlessness bemoans and bewails the ungodly. For these are the choices from which commonwealth atheists do make felt upon their retrospective and habitual senses denying the goodly upon ever moving towards wanting ways of godly intent. Many young-bucks of godlessness and of ungodliness sensually tenders to avail themselves with the nailed doldrums' sciatica of unsounding foolerie.

    The godless and ungodly do abound with much societally impractical unpleasantries toward the abaters' abatements of commonly wanton desired abilities against them and vice versa. Ungodly and godless beings of smirkish violaters of rooted randomized intention-abilities are meant only as servile austerities of servantile redundant subversions of illed mannerisms. The subversive deniabilities forlorned pleasings are not without adjusted ill-based compromising or so they do entail and also do weave upon the where-with-all of seasoned papacies to themselves be against recognizable irreversable abilities mandated as sin and sinfulness. Why blame the sinners or even the sins when all have and still so do?

    Likewise, the mockeries of these godless and ungodly do revile against the goodly who themselves tenderly believe upon godly importance. The goodly ones may well live on borrowed times to pass towards all and give bridled leverages onto every generation's young-aged continuations. How else could life ruly end and real living thusly begin? To believe or not believe for these are material Life's choices. Christ Jesus came to this world to condemn it and yet did He come here to also show how tenderly are generous mercies shown upon those otherly ones being most merciful to others. Who does so shower mercy to be so freely given to those being most merciful? Again I do say to believe or not believe for these are Life's choices. Still yet and forever onwards many generations are to be favoringly found in many a mercies, for the mercifilled ambiences are one of our Life's greatest treasures and livings' sweetest and unending social rewards upon the most needy of the poorest in spirits.

    For God does never change His spiritualism and His Holy Spirit is the Great Sea of Absolute Nothingness! Always was and is and will forever be no matter what smatterings of materialized shapes do tend to seemingly clutter up His unending spiritual abundancy! It is truth that the real sons of God has troubles within the fractal paradigms of the body's 'inwardnessed' inter-cellular cosmologies as occasional protrutions of insolent 'activists' that are sometimes revolting against the grains of our embodied sanctifications creating many unrighteous undulations of physical travesties not uncommonly being viewed by us celestial beings as being viral and even bacteriological undoings upon one's bodies in the way we understand things to be and therefore become.

    What was first made can never again become that which was made first for only in varying differential constructs can another thing be made upon ever to be outdone against that which was firstly made. The pillars of all Life's DNA, the in-celled spirals of all celestial life forms and formations bitten fomentations is where God's Sons and their given wives are taken in as residents there abouts.

    Forgoing much, the variegated Kingdom Domains of God lay where-from and within the inner structures of All Manner of Celestial Life and thusly does mankind share in the abundancies of living fractals within inward Inter-Cellular Cosmological Paradigms. As mankinds' continual hunting for the codifying of Life's laws in Cellularized Cosmologic Confinements, manliness ever does continue onwards. We may well become ever aware of the once long ago forgotten and now duly hidden things. Yet, many folks will ever become unendingly complacent upon the societal grandeurs for selfish wantings sakes, trying to avail themselves valiantly never to be outdone by those who tend to be in broadest simplifications adjuring for peaceful resolutions. May we be merciful upon those who deservedly aspire to be merciful toward others. In godly spiritualisms do we seek the folding and refolding venues of life's yearnings.

    G.O.D.
    God's Oldest Dreamer

    November 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  14. Huebert

    Mrs. Pepperpot, hippypoet, and others

    Why do you engage lionlylamb at all? No matter what you say to him he is going to continue to use nonsense words and convoluted sentence structure in some futile effort to appear intelligent. So why bother interacting with him in the first place?

    November 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Huebert et al,

      You say I use "nonesense words" do you? That my friend is a load full of crap! Just because you among others know little to practically nothing regarding the definitions of many of my usages of intellectually oriented wordage does in no means nor ways give you a right to say their none-sensual! Oh, I forgot! Many people tend to feel the flow of words than to see ones words high-mindedness!

      November 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • hippypoet

      right now, i am waiting for the wife to be ready to leave... and so i am bored. he is an easy target and fun because he comes right back to argue. one does have to give him some cedit for if nothing else having persistence.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Hippy

      Fair enough.

      @lionlylamb

      Shut your mouth before some one sticks a d!ck in it.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Ll:
      I am a journalist; I know full well what bullsh!t looks like, and what proper words mean and syntax looks like.
      You, sir/madame, are full of sh!t, and no amount of your arrogant, pompous word use is going to change the fact that you string a whole lot of words together to say absolutely nothing.
      You appear to have a need to look intelligent; you, in actuality, look deranged.

      Heubert:
      I am done with him. He speaks gibberish, and does nothing to forward his message, which is, from what I can decipher, supposed to be the word of the Lord.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Huebert,

      What's your problem? Nothing much to intelligently say so you blurt out semi-lucid contrivences of illed wittiness?

      November 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Linda

      Mrs. Pepperpot, who cares what your career choice is. You are still carnally minded with a filthy mouth to spew your venom. If anyone is deranged, look in the mirror when you put your lipstick on crooked.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Huebert

      lionlylamb

      This is the last time I will deign to speak to you. I harbor an intense distaste for vapid pseudo-intellectuals. I have a greater distaste for anyone who clogs up message boards with meaningless rants, and then try to pass off said rant as "high minded philosophy". In short, people like you disgust me. So kindly, fvck off.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • GTH

      Linda = Carrie's Mama,
      " I can see your dirty pillows."

      Keep it up, toots. Non-believers need not utter a word with you around.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • P00EY

      @huebert

      I bet you respond to him again and go against your statement. Lol.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Huebert

      deign? Is that a real word? I couldn't find its definition in my word search! Fvck? Another mindless dribble from a dribbling mind!

      November 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Webster

      lionly, You are not too swift, are you?

      deign:
      to think fit or in accordance with one's dignity; condescend

      http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/deign

      November 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • OTOH

      Keep lionlylamb busy here, folks. I have to go out - and I certainly don't want to run into him on some street corner!

      November 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Webster,

      Thank you for correcting my rather mundane word search! I used "Bling" to search! Might try google next time!

      Huebert,

      Sorry for not finding the defining of your word usage of deign. Sometimes one gets screwed and sometimes one screws. Either way one looks the more one learns the more one burns! Keep the light burning Huey baby!

      November 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Reminder

      OTOH, what is your problem? Are you barbaric or just suffering from a a Napoleon complex?

      November 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Linda:
      Troll is obvious troll.

      November 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  15. K-switch

    @ lionlylamb, In any written form, typically, the goal is to effectivly communicate your point. That would involve tailoring your speach to your target audience. Soooooooo, do you have a target audience?

    November 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      K-Switch: insomniacs.

      November 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      K-switch,

      My "target" audience are those who are intelligently sophisticated in terminologies understanding. I could care less bout obligatory statements coming from emotionally ill mobs and fettered masses. Who might I ask are your words' targetted lots?

      November 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • K-switch

      Well lionlylamb, that particular post was targeted at you, if the @lionlylamb hadn't already given it away. And being that you understood the post well enough to respond, I effectively communicated a message to you. As you have noticed, the style in which you write draws more attention to the style itself, as opposed to whatever message you might be trying to pass on. However, that also, does not appear to be a concern of yours. My intent is not to criticize you, but if you do have a message that you want to get to others, most are not receiving it.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  16. lionlylamb

    Four Biblical Quotes to Keep on one's Mind

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

    Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is inside you!"

    John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world!"

    1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!"

    Meditate upon these verses until the brevity becomes one to be finitely known.

    Love Lettuce,
    Love Let Us.
    G.O.D.

    November 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • hippypoet

      why take it out of context – is there something wrong with the rest of the book? why not then ask that people go and read the whole bible...or are you trying to add some depth to your inflated ego?

      i can quote some passages that are as evil and sadistic as they come.... would you like me to?

      November 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      hippy dippy nester,

      The godless and ungodly do abound with much societally impractical unpleasantries toward the abaters' abatements of commonly wanton desired abilities against them and vice versa. Ungodly and godless beings of smirkish violaters of rooted randomized intention-abilities are meant only as servile austerities of servantile redundant subversions of illed mannerisms. The subversive deniabilities forlorned pleasings are not without adjusted ill-based compromising or so they do entail and also do weave upon the where-with-all of seasoned papacies to themselves be against recognizably irreversable abilities mandated as sin and sinfulness. Why blame the sinners or even the sins when all have and still so do?

      Look your hippiness,

      Likewise, the mockeries of these godless and ungodly do revile against the goodly who themselves tenderly believe upon godly importance. The goodly ones may well live on borrowed times to pass towards all and give bridled leverages onto every generation's young-aged continuations. How else could life ruly end and real living thusly begin? To believe or not believe for these are material Life's choices. Christ Jesus came to this world to condemn it and yet did He come here to also show how tenderly are generous mercies shown upon those otherly ones being most merciful to others. Who does so shower mercy to be so freely given to those being most merciful? Again I do say to believe or not believe for these are Life's choices. Still yet and forever onwards many generations are to be favoringly found in many a mercies, for the mercifilled ambiences are one of our Life's greatest treasures and livings' sweetest and unending social rewards upon the most needy of the poorest in spirits.

      November 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • hippypoet

      so thats a no then? you don't want me to quote the bible? having more words doesn't actually say more but does infact give insight into the authors mind. you need all the reassuring you can get. go live your hopes and dreams as if they are real no matter the evidence or lack there of. but go live in accordance to your beliefs and not as the current society you findself in allows you to. lets not be hypocritical here!

      November 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      hippypoet,

      In your willingness wants to cunningly portray biblical endowents are rudimentary contrite regarding my sights benefits welfare. You and many others are either godless detrimental beings or are ungodly souls in your rooted ruthlessness. Sure, it is easy to lay waste to godly moralisms but it is very hard to seek the goodness in godly potentials toward becoming the favored languishings of ones self without the needed words of otherly fragmented mindless beings of the emotionally disparaged throwing about ungamely euphemisms.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • hippypoet

      did you say something about morals???? here is another quote from me to you

      Morals are what is good and what is bad, but they are more then just that. They are subject to change as well for what is accepted as good or bad is at the whim of society. To think that you are a moral person because you believe in god and get your sense of right and wrong, good and bad, from the bible... then it pains me to have to say that those were indeed morals of the day...2000 years ago. However, today we live by different standards. There are those that would have us live by those morals of 2000 years ago. I say give them land, let them live their lives as they would. Call it an experiment and the results will speak volumes of the sad sadistic nature that is the human condition.
      Quote from –
      The Hippy Poet

      November 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Reminder

      hippypoet. I hope you are aware that you are a complete fool. Morals don't change at whim. Only fools change to go with the wind.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • hippypoet

      your lack of undestanding is sad. go do things that WERE morally right to do..as they written in the bible – and lets see what happens. morals are a societal structure of accepting what is and what isn't good to do...evey society at every age has its own morals...you clearly do not understand a word i am saying...i need pictures...and i forgot my crayons, sry.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Reminder

      hippypoet, God does not change. Only man changes. Sadly, you have removed yourself away from his truth and buy into man made lies with all the nonsense you post.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  17. hippypoet

    The difference between a philosopher's mind and everyone else's is the ceaseless questions of life's quandary. Where others accept and go about life, we wonder how and why. From the age of reason we, thinkers, feel the burden to ask where others dare not. We do not often get answers but at times the act of questioning alone is a statement of such grand magnitude that actions are taken to change mankind and how we live due to it. Even lacking answers, we persist. We do not believe. We do not act without forethought. We live as if life was meant to be questioned and we live unknowing of what answers we will get. We never stop questioning. Atheists of every age are philosophers in their own right.
    Quote from –
    The Hippy Poet

    November 23, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Praise The Lord

      hippy, enough of your man made lies. Jesus made life simple, you fools make life difficult starting with doubt. You believe doubt is a good thing. Christians know it to be blatant rebellion against Jesus' truth. Why? Anti-social personalities of all forms comes to mind.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • hippypoet

      praise this – God is an idea! Such an improbable idea that many have, to make the idea inarguable, said that the idea is beyond human comprehension. By doing so the faithful remove the need but more importantly the ability to prove gods existence and so make it an untouchable notion of truth based on an idea. How is that different from being delusional? Believers hold fast to an idea of an improbable, incomprehensible, and untouchable nature as if it is fact!
      Until tangible evidence for the existence of god is discovered, the notion of god remains in the realm of ideas.
      And thats a factual statement!
      Quote from –
      The Hippy Poet

      November 23, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Huebert

      @Praise

      How dull it must be to live in a world of absolutes and certainties. You have no room for philosophical exploration or ethical growth. I hope you enjoy your time in your stark black and white world, I however, prefer a world richly colored by uncertainty.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      "Have no one before me. I know where you are and what you are thinking. You are unworthy. If you leave me I will punish you. I love you."

      Praise the lord.....I hate to tell you but you are in an abusive relationship with your god.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • lionlylamb

      Pragmatism even pragmaticism does tenure one to beg philosophical ideations that trend toward the unusually recognizable aspects. We pragmatists who flavors the enticements recognized by conjured verbal wittiness will become brunt forces in the roundabout ways of sensual Cessationisms.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • lionlylamb

      Praise The Lord,

      Life is no simple walk in the park ideology. The devoutly devoational complexities of but a single cellular cosmological configuartion makes ones hairs stand up! Yes, of God are all things made complete and completely sublimated. We are God's buildings and bear the fruitfilled marks of His husbandries.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • hippypoet

      lionlylamb, you are an idiot, have nothing worth reading to say, and have no original thoughts of your own....you are a sad low creature with hopes of a grand world after this one – hold on to that hope...it won't get you anywhere, but it may make you feel better.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Hippy poet,

      Do I call you idiotic just because one feels a sensation to so? My Godliness perceptions lays upon my worded pragmatisms. Your godlessness comes about by ungodliness hammerings of societal bitterness. Forsake you not in ungodly mannerisms for that is your causality in this celestially anthropic morphism. Your crying out against God gives me reasons for God to be and even become and also as once was in the schematic morphologies within cosmologic paradigms leavening ways.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Is there a lionlylamb translator app I can download?
      I don't have the patience to try and decipher sh!t that can be said plainly, but isn't, due to some deep-seated desire to look ________________.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Mrs Peppypots wrote, "I don't have the patience to try and decipher sh!t that can be said plainly, but isn't, due to some deep-seated desire to look."

      "Plain-isms" are for plain people who think upon shallowness and they cannot fathom the depths of neither the spoken nor the written unduations of pragmatisms doings. Rant therefore one can but rave not against the grains' ganules of the livid.

      November 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • hippypoet

      lamby boy – you may wish to sound as smart as you like, but the truth is you are not. otherwise your rebuttal would have been better – maybe even, just a little, containing some meaning. but alas, here we are...sad. peddle your tricycle home and ask mommy for another bedtime story.

      November 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      I am far from shallow, but if you want to make your words understood, speak in a manner that will be able to BE understood.
      If you want to just write down random musings that will nobody will understand, buy a diary.
      You do everyone, including yourself, a disservice when you write thusly; no one takes a person seriously when they make up words and write in a manner that needs a decoder ring to understand.
      In other words, KISS.
      You appear unhinged.

      November 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Lionlylamb, I notice that when one dares to speak up against your nonsensical ruminations, you butcher their name as you butcher the English language.
      Two things that I can infer from that:
      1) You are very young and using your mommy's computer without her knowledge, and
      2) You have a thesaurus handy, but do not know how to use.

      November 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Linda

      hippypoet, God is not an idea. You need to stop listening to others as doomed as you.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Linda

      Mrs. Pepperpot is just as nasty and doomed as Tom, Tom the Piper's son.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • hippypoet

      linda, you are delusional. seek help.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Linda,

      The Christian god is an idea, and a bad one at that.

      November 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Reminder

      You nonbelievers crack us up. You want God to be a fairy tale so you don't have to give up your sinful ways.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Linda:
      Why am I doomed? Why am I nasty? Because I ask for clarification? For if I am to glean wisdom from the people who profess to spread the word of the Lord, I would like to understand what they are saying.
      What I DO understand that you are no Christian or follower of Christ's teaching, and you are a drive-by posting troll. Begone!

      November 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Honey Badger Dont Care

    Numbers 31:17-18
    17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

    Your god is a vile and loathsome POS that is not worthy of my, or anyone's, worship.

    November 23, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Praise The Lord

      Badger, those scriptures still rile you? LOL. You can search the net to a righteous preachers site to find out their explanation. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, but, noooooooooooooooooooo. You won't do that because then you'd have to move on to complain about something else. You are a putz. Know that truth.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Huebert

      Praise

      There is no justification for killing children, and keeping virgins as slaves.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Or, PTL, you can tell us what that passage means, because it looks pretty self-explanatory to me.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Reminder

      Honey Badger Dont Care, what's the matter, you don't appreciate reading what is going to happen to you as a sinful nonbeliever? LOL.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Reminder

      Honey Badger Dont Care, first rule to remember when reading Jesus' truth. He gives examples of who are believers and who are not. Believers through faith in him dwell with him for eternity because we please him. Nonbelievers such as those scriptures you posted are blotted out because they simply don't please himt. 2nd rule to remember, stop listening to the original doubters (new age Pharisees) who will tell you anything just to ensure you fry along with them.

      November 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  19. Correctlycenter

    "Shout happily to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD cheerfully, come into His presence with a joyful song. Realize that the LORD alone is God. He made us, and we are His. We are His people and the sheep in His care. Enter His gates with a song of Thanksgiving. Come into His courts with a song of praise. Give thanks to God and praise His holy name! The LORD is good. His mercy endures forever. His faithfulness endures throughout every generation." Psalm 100...

    November 23, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Sounds like an abusive relationship.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  20. Atheism Is Just How I Escaped From Your Lies

    Repay. I make change.

    November 23, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • Praise The Lord

      Actually, you are so blinded by man made lies that Jesus' truth seems improbable. Tell me Escape, just how did your scientists create the world? Oh, that's right, their job is to uncover how God created it.

      Next ...

      November 23, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Where did God come from?

      November 23, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • lionlylamb

      Can one body of people not change that which was declared to be biblically so written as to actually being nurturingly fortuitous? Where in the biblical can there be prophesying though forewarned becoming justifiably outwitted should leveraged warnings be prophetically heeded? Is it righteously endeavouring to wantonly fulfill a religiously and historically imbedded future thought unsoundly just because it is so 'bibilcally' written? Should not a people of uncommon intellect become intellectually mundane just to satisfy Jewish based biblical prophecies? Where then lays the lands ending of philosophical aberrance foretold of thru wanton Jewish biblical welfares? Who are the lands beneficiaries should war bemoan us and almost all do thusly die out due and thru aggression's warring? Hell knows no other ways but to willfully and wantonly fulfill the Word, the Jewish written Gospels of the old and even new!

      November 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Lionlylamb, copy and paste? :( I saw this same post yesterday, and it didn't make sense then, either.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Mrs. Pepperpot,

      My copy-N-paste phenoms have finite discrepancies to witt you seem to fail seeing.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Lionlylamb, what I see is the hypocrisy you display for complaining another person for doing the same thing yesterday.
      That's what I see.
      And I even said it in a way that even a condescending patronizing person such as yourself can understand.

      Postscript: wit is spelled w-i-t.

      November 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
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