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November 23rd, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Explaining the Pope's Christmas debunking book

(CNN)–CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi explains how the Pope's new book challenges long held Christmas traditions.

Read the full story on the Pope's new book here.

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  1. Science

    Update:

    That red devil with the funky horns...........and his partner the fairy in the sky.........did NOT create US !

    The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

    Human Evolution

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2cHumanevo.shtml

    AND

    Easy to do !

    For all creationists and ID believers...............IT only takes minutes to figure IT out. No fairy in the sky needed !

    New Device Can Extract Human DNA With Full Genetic Data in Minutes

    May 6, 2013 — Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130506132100.htm

    Foot note............ethics + morals = really tough on religion !

    Facts work best for teaching children !

    Evolution wins hands down ..........time for god(s) to get the HELL out of the way................so humanity can evolve !

    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

    Peace

    Oops do not forget about the chondrites !

    May 13, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  2. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !.......how about NO fairy in the sky ?

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/where-do-morals-come-from/#comments

    Gravity is not up for debate ! ............E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie or sin !!!..........

    BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet..............................E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie or sin !!!

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

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    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

    No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

    Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

    No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

    Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

    Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134037.htm

    Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/.../page4

    Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

    Good stuff !

    The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/

    Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

    Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

    Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
    bears his name as the “God particle.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/atheist-prof-peter-higgs-stop-calling-higgs-bosen-the-god-particle/

    Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/28/pope-praises-science-but-insists-god-created-world/

    Science

    Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
    By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/17/heaven-is-a-fairy-story-scientist-stephen-hawking-says/

    April 7th, 2012

    08:32 PM ET

    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/07/the-jesus-debate-man-vs-myth/comment-page-137/#comment-2281915

    Make sure to read comments

    April 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

    Breaking News

    NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/planet-discovery/index.html

    NASA: Mars could have supported life

    Star Dust we are

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWdU_px9ApE&w=640&h=390]

    Holy Hallucinations 35

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XTCRdC8Dlo&w=640&h=390]

    The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

    Human Evolution

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2cHumanevo.shtml

    BBC. Planet of the Apemen. Battle for Earth 1. Ho-mo Erectus

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUliLKSJ4bQ&w=640&h=390]

    BACKFILL on E =mc2.....

    Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'

    By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

    Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist – Albert Einstein – was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.

    “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends,” Einstein wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/category/culture-science/

    May 4, 2013 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |

    Cheech & Chong's History of 420

    http://www.funnyordie.com/embed/3b1508d1f0Cheech & Chong's History of 420 from CheechAndChong http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?app_id=138711277798&href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.funnyordie.com%2Fvideos%2F3b1508d1f0%2Fcheech-chong-s-history-of-420&send=false&layout=button_count&width=150&show_faces=false&action=like&height=21

    All cults...........creationists, ID believers and devil cults.................

    The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !.

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.

    Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.

    http://www.aclupa.org/legal/legaldocket/intelligentdesigncase/dovertrialtranscripts.htm

    Education works for children

    Earth From Space

    Detailed satellite images reveal the web of connections that sustain life on Earth. Aired February 13, 2013 on PBS

    Program Description

    "Earth From Space" is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/earth-from-space.html

    February 16, 2013 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |

    Peace

    May 5, 2013 at 8:13 am |
  3. Ahmed from Egypt

    قال الله تعالى: ﴿ الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الإِسْلامَ دِيناً ﴾ . ( سورة المائدة :3 )

    Browse this site and read about the Islamic religion may God guide us and beware

    http://www.hqmi.org/index.php?lang=2

    April 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
  4. Keith

    something new please

    February 25, 2013 at 10:38 am |
  5. democrat, liberal, communist - tomato, tomahto

    our gov't has been rewriting history so why can't anyone else? been going on for centuries anyway. get over it.

    January 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  6. angel

    Wars kill innocent people,the the nature or fog of wars,and the Bible says God doesn't kill the innocent,death came into the world as a result of man's sin at Eden.And God doesn't make mistakes or commit accidents,wars kill innocent children and fetuses even by mistake or by accident.So wars are a sin,to God all life is precious and sacred,in wars life is expendable.Not the Media or the politicians,maybe not even the Pope will tell you any of this,in this country or any other country,it's not in their self interest to do so. So arming everybody with guns and being no longer "defenseless",is still going to kill people,and if you truly believe that ALL life is precious and sacred to God,it still would not be of God.

    December 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Keith

      That is a bunch of crap, I guess you never bothered to read your "Book"

      March 3, 2013 at 10:21 am |
  7. Mahdi Domitrovich

    The stories of Jesus have different lessons to teach us and there is so much to benefit from is we are open to listen to them. Aside from the Christian narration of Jesus, the Muslims also revere him and give us this awesome story of his birth. Merry Christmas!
    "...she brought the baby to her people, carrying him in her arms. They said: "O Mary! Truly an amazing thing you have brought! O sister of Aaron! Your father was not a man of evil, nor your mother an unchaste women!" But she pointed to the baby. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?" He said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet. And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live. He hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable. So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)." Such was Jesus the son of Mary, a statement of truth, about which they dispute." Holy Quran, Chapter 19 (Mary)

    December 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  8. Arvoasitis

    Christianity is a child-religion born of two great parents, Judaism as its mother and Zoroastrianism as its father. It was conceived at the end of the Babylonian Exile of the Jews when the Zoroastrian king, Cyrus, invaded Babylon (entering the city unopposed after a group of its residents threw the city gates wide open for him) and liberated the Jews, who then returned to their homeland.
    While many Jewish fundamentalists and extremists worked and fought to restore the ancient beliefs and customs (which were largely forgotten), many other Jews were attracted to the doctrines of Zoroastrianism, including a belief in Heaven, Limbo, and the periodic coming of messengers of God including a final Saviour whose appearance would be a prelude to the Final Judgment when all evil would be totally annihilated.
    Thus, the Jewish prophets began to prophesy the coming of a Messiah. Thus, too, when Micah wrote, "And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God," (Micah 6:6) he was merely paraphrasing the three duties of a Zoroastrian. (The give-away is the word "your;" it is superfluous in a Jewish context but reflects the Zoroastrian belief that people should find a route to God in the religion to which they are born rather than converting to another.)
    Most of the recorded teachings of Jesus seem to come from Zoroastrian doctrine by way of the writings included in the Apocrypha.

    December 25, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Observer

      God is great to those in need.
      And I thank Him for my weed.
      All religious carry on.
      I'm partying in Oregon.

      December 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

      Arvoasitis,

      You totally ignored the fact that Cyrus was prophesied to conquer, free and send God's people to rebuilt Jerusalem.

      Isaiah 44:28
      28 the One saying of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd, and all that I delight in he will completely carry out’; even in [my] saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and of the temple, ‘You will have your foundation laid.’”

      Isaiah 45:1
      1 This is what Jehovah has said to his anointed one, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have taken hold of, to subdue before him nations, so that I may ungird even the hips of kings; to open before him the two-leaved doors, so that even the gates will not be shut:

      Notice it was prophesied that the doors of the Kingdom of Babylon would be left open....

      2 Chronicles 36:23
      23 “This is what Cyrus the king of Persia has said, ‘All the kingdoms of the earth Jehovah the God of the heavens has given me, and he himself has commissioned me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among YOU of all his people, Jehovah his God be with him. So let him go up.’”

      February 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
    • Keith

      Christianity is the same as the Mithera Religion. In fact there were probably an equal number of adherents in Rome when Constantine the Great chose Christianity as the state religion. He found the Christians more willing to fall in line. The rest is history, not myth

      March 3, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  9. Suzelle f

    God is real. He is coming back. Repent!

    December 24, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Iconoclast

      Oh Zeus, please strike this zealot heathen "Suzelle" before she spreads her blasphemy further.

      December 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Keith

      No one said he was coming back

      March 3, 2013 at 10:26 am |
  10. clubschadenfreude

    what, you mean that the Christian religion has made up things? Oh tell me it isn't so! I do like the Pope pointing fingers when his particular sect is all about making nonsense up and saying it's from some god. There are catholic churches with relics that are supposedly oh-so holy, like the skulls of the "three kings" that are sheer nonsense (no the bible doesn't say three kings came to a manger, it says they (no number mentioned) came after he was born to a house, matthew 2. This is wrong so why believe any of it?) but oh they still rake in the money from believers. Most Christians will claim that the parts that don't make sense are "metaphor" or simply not what their god "really meant", but they do this with the fine hand of cherry-picking, like all religions to to correct the primitive ignorance in their holy books' pages.

    December 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  11. greenprouctsforhome

    Who cares what the pope says! He is a human, no better than any other man..... If he is one thing is a false idol!!!

    December 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Puzzled and concerned

      I am personally tired of the myth of the superiority of one human to another. We are all equal and we are all part of the human race.

      December 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  12. Drew R.

    Funny that this "expert" keeps referring to the year zero. There is no year zero. The calendar goes straight from 1 BC to 1 AD.

    December 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  13. hammer

    .Everything about christmas is pagan.God said don't worship me like you do your pagan gods and what do we do we incorporate the pagan holiday and call it christmas.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Dude

      Early christian churches banned gift giving because it was too pagan. Current churches encourage it. Christians have a really hard time deciding what it is they actually believe. It makes me think that everything they say is just made up.

      December 19, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • PPLRWRD

      Dude, maybe the problem you are seeing is human fallability. Probably means that if those "led by God" are this screwed up, how about those who aren't?

      December 20, 2012 at 5:39 am |
    • clubschadenfreude

      pplwrd, please do tell me how to determine which Christians are "failble" and whcih ones aren't? are the infallible ones just like you and agree with you? Surprise! I do love how TrueChristians always claim that they know what their god "really meant", but have no more evidence than the next.

      December 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  14. CGAW

    The real problem is that atheists who know nothing about Chrsitianity will comment on this forum – a topuc that does not affect them in the slightest.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • clubschadenfreude

      Sorry, C, but in general atheists know more about Christianity than most Christians. I was a Christian, Presbyterian sect. I researched much about my religion and the others sects and found that all of them are full of nonsense, each claiming to be the only ones with the "right" version and all with no evidence to support such claims. I know, I know, you'll whine that I couldn't have been a "real Christian", but that's just the good ol' no true scotsman fallacy, when you want to claim that yuo and only you are the TrueChristian. We can see from Christianity itself and especially Christmas on how all of you make up what you like. Even Christians have never all believed that they should celebrate Christmas. The Puritans hated the idea and made the act criminal.

      December 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • clubschadenfreude

      And dear, it does affect us, as it affects people of other religions than Christianity. Many Christians, in their arrogance and ignorance think that they may force their religion on others, especially in December, deluded into thinking that you somehow "own" the month. You don't, and you need to be reminded of this.

      December 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • jaimie

      Know this:

      Exodus 12:

      29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne, unto the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle.

      Numbers 31:

      17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who hath known a man by lying with him.

      18 But all the women children, who have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

      Hosea 13:

      16 Samaria shall become desolate, for she hath rebelled against her God. They shall fall by the sword, their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

      Samuel 15:

      3 Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.’”

      Merry Christmas

      December 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Martha

    ** sorry meant Mithra (ancient sun-god) not Nimrod.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Louise

      Martha, I really appreciated your comments. I am Christian but have studied with Messianic congregations. I have not read the Pope's book ... but I have been aware for a long time that Christmas is actually pagan and many Christians who celebrate it do it in the spirit of love even though they too know it is not HIS birthday. I am currently in the process of getting material together on the subject of His birth ... the time of year and the evidence for it. It isn't something I want to cram down the throats of unbelievers, or of even believers ... just something I want to put together for my grandchildren. Again, thank you for your comments. Many, many blessings to you.

      December 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Keith

      With a different Cesar back then today would have looked a lot different. They would all be "Mithrans" instead of "Christians" There were contemporary competing churches in Rome at the time, it was fate not "god"

      February 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  16. Reverse psychology

    You know what's wierd. This whole atheism thing. I never thought twice about religion or God until it started up. I always knew about church and always made excuses not to go. I've never looked at the bible even once...but now that I see atheists everywhere I feel like I HAVE to go to church..just because they don't want me to go..just because I might never get the chance again. I dont even know what I believe and I want to go to church.

    December 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Tduimstra

      If there is a God, church is the last place to go looking for Him....

      December 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Martha

      What you are looking for is a relationship with The Lord your creator. He made you with a void which can only be filled with the Truth of His Holy Spirit. The world is full of emptiness intended by the enemy to superficially fill this void in ways that only lead to our spiritual and often spiritual death. The one true God of Issacc Jacob anad Abraham. In the Torah (the 5 books of Moses or the old testament as many Christians refer to it) pointed to the Messiah. He has come through Yeshua (Jesus' Hebrew name=yes Jesus was a Jew). Unfortunately you most probably will not find the truth in MOST churches. Which is one of the reasons so many people leave mainstream churches and synagogues especially ones which follow man made traditions and doctrines which have nothing to do with a relationship with God. Christmas and Easter are a perfect example of how the world has distorted the Word of God with much of what comes from The Enemy-Satan. Do you know who was really born on Christmas? Not Jesus! Nimrod. In fact all of the traditions are based on pagan rituals which are the direct opposition of "Christ" (also not Jesus' name) Christmas is actually of the Anti christ! I Yeshua was born in Israel at the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) Most people think that this is a Jewish holiday only. It is not just as all of God's appoined times are not only for Jews, but are commanded by God, for all generations in the Bible. The "church" has replaced them with pagan holidays which all revolve aroung the worship of idols- not God and definetly not Jesus. The pope is correct the Manger scene in December is a lie. Yeshua was born in a succah( temporary dwelling that God commanded us to errect each year to dwell with him and remember our ancestors time in the wilderness) around October. Today only Torah observant Jews and some Gentiles who have been enlightend by the truth still erect these temporary booths in front or in back of their homes or sometimes on a porch or terrace. Jesus was born in a sukkah in Sept/Oct (depending when the feast of booths "Sukkot was celebrated. God's Hebrew calander goes by the moon and the feasts fall on different days each year). The reason there was no room in the Inn when Jesus was born was because Sukkot was one of the 3 pilgrimages God's people were commanded to make to Jerusalem. Probably why Ceasar Augustus scheduled the census at that time. Sukkot is 40 weeks from the 8th day of Chanukah (Festival of light-which Jesus celebrated) 40 weeks the average full term preganancy. (Amazing). Unfortuanately most orthodox Jews and Christians are so busy being religious the are blind to Gods amazing Truth.Unless you find a good Messianic congregation that strives to serve God in His ways and not man's, you will probably be misguided and disappointed. The true God and His plan for both Jew and Gentile to be fulfilled with the return of Jesus (which is coming-that's why you feel this urgency to find the truth)can only be found in the word from Genesis to Revelation. Any church which believes that the old testament has ben replaced with the new is on the worng path. It is God's plan to us revealed through the past,present and future. It all works together for those who truly seek Him will find Him. There is only one way to the Truth and it is in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. Not my narrow minded opinion,but that of God's. We all have a choice-Life or death. Choose Life my friend. Hope this is helpful and leads you and anyone who takes the time to read it on the path to truth and a relationship with the One True God before it is too late.

      December 17, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Reverse psychology

      Yeah...that's alot to take in but I'll give it a shot, I mean why not. I pretty much figured I was just a hopeless contrarian. You know? I didn't even want to hear about God when I was around people who wanted to convert me but as soon as I ran into people who didn't want me to think about God I was all enthusaistic about it suddenly. Funny thing is most of the people complaining alot were former Christians. I wasn't raised in a religious home and I dont mind you guys, (most Christians anyway) there are haters in every section of this mess I keep reading on these blogs.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • yo gabagaba what

      @Reverse, to put it simply, do what YOU want to do. People like Martha will try to sway you a certain way because they live in fear of choosing "life over death" (the same is certainly true from the agnostic side, just in a different way). You have to take a look at your personal convictions and decide how you want to live, and, honestly, believing in a god is largely unimportant in that decision. If you come to the conclusion that there is a god, great! You are certainly welcome to acknowledge that belief as long as you are sticking to your personal values and not living outside the realm of reality (e.g. teaching your children that the earth is less than 10,000 years old or evolution is heresy even though both are backed by insurmountable amounts of evidence). But don't worry about the consequences of how other people perceive your belief (or lack thereof) or any notion of "eternal" life because if you're not living by your own morals and in the way that you want to now, you're not really living at all.

      December 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Dude

      Martha: So, you are claiming that your version of christianity is the only "true" version, just like all of the other churches do. That makes you EXACTLY like them – wrong.

      December 19, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • clubschadenfreude

      my, that's thoughtless. "I have to go to church because people say that they don't agree with it. Ooooh, aren't I edgy and rebellious!"

      December 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  17. Bill Utrup

    The real problem lies with the understand that Christianity has always used reduction theories, to explain away what God is.
    The reality is, God is Bigger than humanity could ever conceive, therefore Christians are waisting valuable time in trying to understand the elementary levels of what they have been told, of what God is... Jesus knew God was beyond comprehension, but the writers of the Bible were clueless in their attempt to translate not only what "he" was saying, but about what "he" really meant... Blessings, but its really time to wake up...

    December 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Dude

      Agreed, the bible is BS, just like all of the other stories of gods.

      December 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
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