Editor's Note: Tanya Marie (“T.M.”) Luhrmann is a psychological anthropologist and the Watkins University professor in the department of anthropology at Stanford University in Stanford, California. She is the author of "When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God."
By T.M. Luhrmann, Special to CNN
(CNN)—In the Bible, God spoke directly to Abraham. He spoke directly to Moses. He spoke directly to Job. But to your neighbor down the street?
Most people reading the ancient scriptures understand these accounts of hearing God’s voice as miracles that really did happen but no longer take place today, or maybe as folkloric flourishes to ancient stories. Even Christians who believe that miracles can be an everyday affair can hesitate when someone tells them they heard God speak audibly. There’s an old joke: When you talk to God, we call it prayer, but when God talks to you, we call it schizophrenia.
Except that usually it’s not.
Hearing a voice when alone, or seeing something no one else can see, is pretty common. At least one in 10 people will say they’ve had such an experience if you ask them bluntly. About four in 10 say they have unusual perceptual experiences between sleep and awareness if you interview them about their sleeping habits.
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And if you ask them in a way that allows them to admit they made a mistake, the rate climbs even higher. By contrast, schizophrenia, the most debilitating of all mental disorders, is pretty rare. Only about one in 100 people can be diagnosed with the disorder.
Moreover, the patterns are quite distinct. People with schizophrenia who hear voices hear them frequently. They often hear them throughout the day, sometimes like a rain of sound, or a relentless hammer. They hear not only sentences, but paragraphs: words upon words upon words. What the voices say is horrid—insults, sneers and contemptuous jibes. “Dirty. You’re dirty.” “Stupid slut.” “You should’ve gone under the bus, not into it.”
That was not what Abraham, Moses and Job experienced, even when God was at his most fierce.
For the last 10 years, I have been doing anthropological and psychological research among experientially oriented evangelicals, the sort of people who seek a personal relationship with God and who expect that God will talk back. For most of them, most of the time, God talks back in a quiet voice they hear inside their minds, or through images that come to mind during prayer. But many of them also reported sensory experiences of God. They say God touched their shoulder, or that he spoke up from the back seat and said, in a way they heard with their ears, that he loved them. Indeed, in 1999, Gallup reported that 23% of all Americans had heard a voice or seen a vision in response to prayer.
These experiences were brief: at the most, a few words or short sentences. They were rare. Those who reported them reported no more than a few of them, if that. These experiences were not distressing, although they were often disconcerting and always startling. On the contrary, these experiences often made people feel more intimate with God, and more deeply loved.
In fact, my research has found that these unusual sensory experiences are more common among those who pray in a way that uses the imagination—for example, when prayer involves talking to God in your mind. The unusual sensory experiences were not, in general, associated with mental illness (we checked).
They were more common among those who felt comfortable getting caught up in their imaginations. They were also more common among those who prayed for longer periods. Prayer involves paying attention to words and images in the mind, and giving them significance. There is something about the skilled practice of paying attention to the mind in this way that shifts—just a little bit—the way we judge what is real.
Yet even many of these Christians, who wanted so badly to have a back-and-forth relationship with God, were a little hesitant to talk about hearing God speak with their ears. For all the biblical examples of hearing God speak audibly, they doubt. Augustine reports that when he was in extremis, sobbing at the foot of that fig tree, he heard a voice say, “Take it and read.” He picked up the scripture and converted. When the Christians I know heard God speak audibly, it often flitted across their minds that they were crazy.
In his new book, "Hallucinations," the noted neurologist Oliver Sacks tells his own story about a hallucinatory experience that changed his life. He took a hearty dose of methamphetamines as a young doctor, and settled down with a 19th century book on migraines. He loved the book, with its detailed observation and its humanity. He wanted more. As he was casting around in his mind for someone who could write more that he could read, a loud internal voice told him “You silly bugger” that it was he. So he began to write. He never took drugs again.
Now, Sacks does not recommend that anyone take drugs like that. He thinks that what he did was dangerous and he thinks he was lucky to have survived.
What interests me, however, is that he allowed himself to trust the voice because the voice was good. There’s a distinction between voices associated with psychiatric illness (often bad) and those (often good) that are found in the so-called normal population. There’s another distinction between those who choose to listen to a voice, if the advice it gives is good, and those who do not. When people like Sacks hear a voice that gives them good advice, the experience can transform them.
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This is important, because often, when voices are discussed in the media or around the kitchen table, the voices are treated unequivocally as symptoms of madness. And of course, voice-hearing is associated with psychiatric illness.
But not all the time. In fact, not most of the time.
About a third of the people I interviewed carefully at the church where I did research reported an unusual sensory experience they associated with God. While they found these experiences startling, they also found them deeply reassuring.
Science cannot tell us whether God generated the voice that Abraham or Augustine heard. But it can tell us that many of these events are normal, part of the fabric of human perception. History tells us that those experiences enable people to choose paths they should choose, but for various reasons they hesitate to choose.
When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sat at his kitchen table, in the winter of 1956, terrified by the fear of what might happen to him and his family during the Montgomery bus boycott, he said he heard the voice of Jesus promising, “I will be with you.” He went forward.
Voices may form part of human suffering. They also may inspire human greatness.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of TM Luhrmann.
So. If the voice you hear is positive & eloquent, you are not schizophrenic. If the argument is – that means you're not mad, then the logic fails, because schizophrenia is not the only form of mental illness. It sounds more like your ego is subconciously decoding your intentions and giving you some justification for doing what you want,
Your mind is in many ways like a modern computer....when your computer acts up you reboot it....What about the human mind when a few neurons misfire...or you have a mini stroke and your brain gives off a blast of neuron activity....and your see and angel....
What about the human mind when a few neurons misfire...or you have a mini stroke and your brain gives off a blast of neuron activity.....That's when someone becomes an Atheist.
TheTwitCheeseMaker, TomTomTheIdoitPiper, BootyFunkMonkey, are all losers with no life living in their parents basements and doesn't have a job. A nighttime they go out dressed in long black trench coat and going around towns chasing vampires. They earned a Degree in Gothic Cult Shaving Contest.
Lol..they must've crawled right up your rightious Christian ass with their skeptic questions and request for evidence, etc. Perhaps you should ask baby Jesus to smite them.
Where's your evidence Atheists about the existence of vampires?
Lol. This must be a "poe". But just in case, what exactly did you mean by "doesn't have a job"?
Which one of them do you think is unemployed? I'm just trying to wade through your "English". Lol.
Hey Mama K, what is your weight? lol
Been reading this guy off and on all morning and have discovered three things, he has a hair kink, loves long black coats, and is really into Vampires. Ooooh buddy, it could get off on you.
You'd have to ask the Christians about their vampire god Jeebus who came back from the dead and whose blood they drink.
If you are a Christian, why do you believe in a personal God like this? For over a thousand years the tradition in Christianity has been that God is transcendent. He doesn't speak to you like you're his buddy. God is not a person, nor could you ever hope to understand anything about him. He is unknowable in every single way, apart from the universe, not one with it. He is not a being. He is Being. To think that God somehow talks to you is akin to idolatry. You are making God into a being like you or me, albeit just much more powerful, in your image, with your beliefs. This was something Arius already tried, and failed at.
If God speaks to you...in an audible form, you are having a psychotic episode. There are not two ways about it. This article is of the type to try and say that creationism is even at the same level as evolution.
Or your ear picks up a sound and your mind tries to interpret it and comes up with words....You do not know anyone that has a hearing problem that has misunderstood what you say to them....and come back with something off topic or strange...and when you ask them what are you talking about they say well you just said this...and you look at them and say What are you talking about I never said that.....Now image a person alone and a sound reaches their ears...and their poor hearing comes up with...Build and ARK there is a flood coming....Whoa ....
How do you naturally select from nothing to get the life process started?
There are lots of things we don't know. That's when you say, "I don't know." It's an honest answer and much better than, "Big invisible sky wizard did it with magic spellz."
Paul Davies (British astrophysicist): "There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all....It seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe....The impression of design is overwhelming."
"God created everything by number, weight and measure." - Issac Newton (greatest scientist of all time)
Nobody worships what those idiots said, you dipshlt. Nobody cares what they thought about religion. They were famous for science, not religion. They didn't know dick about religion and it shows.
Cosmology has embraced a Vacuum Fluctuation model of Genesis, just as black box radiation proves something from nothing.
Those two scientists were trying to not offend the ignorant and the base. At heart they could not have believed such nonsense. There is no design...only the feeble minded believe there was.
Vacuum flux is an energy flux. It is not "nothing" so your post is FAIL. Time to quit bluffing about science, kiddo.
Tohrm, So you are saying they are famous for what their rational thought accomplished in science?
"God existed before there were human beings on Earth... He holds the entire world, believers and non-believers, in His omnipotent hand for eternity" - Max Planck (founder of quantum mechanics).
Max Planck was a non-feeble minded guy who believe God designed the universe. There was no church of England to be afraid of, Evolution was already fully known to the world. Einstein did not prove his theory incorrect; in fact, Einstein was wrong about quantum mechanics.
Is that the best you can do? You don't know squat about real physics or how it proves your god does not exist.
You talk about vacuum fluxuations as if they were magical. You, sir, are an idiot.
I don't give a crap what Planck thought about women's ankles or religion. Intelligence is no guarantee of sanity.
If you understood how brains work, you wouldn't even bother trying to pretend Planck's religious opinion meant anything at all to anyone else. He was delusional yet talented. He contributed to Physics, not religion. His religious beliefs truly do not mean anything and give no credence to his beliefs.
He was good at physics. Maybe he wet the bed, too. I really don't care.
Look, if Planck had something to say about women's ankles, I'd like to know about it.
To be Captain Obvious: The truth is no one knows. This opinion piece, I believe, has more to do with selling a book (her's) than anything else.
I am a bit surprised that this person, who admittedly has spent a lot of time with professing Christians, has not mentioned the possibility of angelic visitation. The Word of God is clear on this subject when we see, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares" (Hebrews 13:2). Now, this is obviously speaking of an actual being that you may touch, but it also means that they may touch you (as in "on the shoulder"). It is also important to remember that Satan has the ability to transform himself into an "angel of light" and therefore, by inference, so has his demons (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). I agree with the author that an active imagination may be the source of many of these experiences. In age of grace, in which we currently live, those , that have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. It is the indwelling Holy Spirit that speaks to us, although not necessarily through spoken voice, when we are quiet to listen. Abraham and Moses did not have the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Jacob's ladder is another example of the messengers God sends and receives.
If you believe in angelic visitation ...and have been visited by angels (or demons) then you suffer from psychosis. Possibly induced by drugs or alcohol.
Oh my, Bill. You should know that most of the 47% cannot afford angels.
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged." Ronald Reagan
Sounds like a theocracy. I don't think most people would refer to that as freedom.
I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history. "
(John Adams, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816)
Reagan would approve of going over the fiscal cliff.
Ronald Reagan sold the WMD's to Saddam and the supplying of shoulder launched missiles to the rebels in Afghanistan and sold weapons and parts to Iran and Libya...and planted the seeds for three wars in our future....two with Iraq and one against Bin Laden..Who Reagan helped to make a Hero and leader of a terrorist group...
I agree with Thomas Jefferson in that comment.
Written in the front of his personal Bible, he wrote:
"I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our creator." - Thomas Jefferson
Bill Clinton made a hero of Bin Laden when he put the CIA out of the drug distribution business. Bin Laden was a Billionaire living in a cave in Afghanistan, but if he had not been with CIA the Taliban would have killed him as a foreigner and for being Shia. Reagan ended the cold war, which yielded the peace dividend.
JJ, I have no idea what you are talking about.
John P. Tarver
Nixon put a stop to the Paris Peace talks in 1968..Told the South Vietnam Presidnet to pull out of the talks and Nixon would use the CIA to transport and sell illegal drugs and make the South Vietnam President Rich..So Nixon dragged out the Vietnam War for years...
Reagan used the CIA to transport and sell illegal drugs for the CONTRAS...some sold in Arkansas the drug dealers protected from the FBI and local law by the CIA..
Why have some many GOP President used money from the sale of illegal drugs to fund their secret wars....Reagan sold illegal drugs in the USA while he ran his Just say not anti drug campaigns...
Uh, Christy7, that quote was to Jefferson, not from Jefferson.
Of course, in Jefferson's Bible he was able to compile only forty-some pages of useful data from the regular Bible.
mama k, That conjecture about the condensed Jefferson Bible is such a lie. Jefferson wanted to evangelize the Indians so he made a smaller Bible to reduce printing cost. It does not mean Jefferson did not see the whole Bible as the world of God. There has been many lies surrounding that bible
" It does not mean Jefferson did not see the whole Bible as the world of God." You need to read more of Jefferson's writings. It is VERY clear he rejected the Bible as any sort of literal word of god.
God does not exist. If you hear him talking, you are either mistaken or delusional. "God's voice in your head guiding you," is not god - that voice is called "thoughts." We all have them. "Feeling god in your heart" is not god - that is called "emotion." We all have them.
Relativity and quantum mechanics require a sentient being outside the universe to make the universe real, but thanks for playing.
It is illogical to say that God does not exist. You do not have the ability to determine that.
I agree completely, but it is difficult to ignore emotions for most people.
"Relativity and quantum mechanics require a sentient being outside the universe to make the universe real, "
I don't believe you. Show me the math.
If you're discussing quantum physics and making an assertion regarding it but don't have the math to back it up, it's safe to conclude that you're making stuff up and hoping people use the mental shortcut of "oooh quantum! that means I can't understand it and should just go with it!".
@Christian7, I don't think a god exists, at least I'd bet against a Christian god, but I'm with you on this one. No one can claim to know one way or the other. It sure would be fun if a whole array of interesting gods showed up.
The bible is fabricated. The god described in it does not exist.If you're feeling generous, leave the door open and say, "there exists the possibility of a creator." That's fair enough. But the god any human thinks they know does not exist, just as all the holy books that proclaim them existent are lies. Well meaning, perhaps, but lies all the same.
"He took a hearty dose of methamphetamines as a young doctor, and settled down with a 19th century book on migraines. He loved the book, with its detailed observation and its humanity. He wanted more. As he was casting around in his mind for someone who could write more that he could read, a loud internal voice told him “You silly bugger” that it was he. So he began to write. He never took drugs again."
So how many days had he been up on this meth binge before he heard this voice?
Cheese maker, why do you find it misleading?
Because it gives the impression that people are not crazy if they hear the voice of god and therefore it is or could actually BE god. Granted the article does not come out and say it, but it certainly implies that maybe it is the case.
I think it's funny how this stuff weirds out the atheists. I have experienced a number of things which I attribute to miracles or signs of God. I have had a long, successful career, raised a family, stayed out of jail, developed and maintained productive relationships, and never been inclined to hurt anybody. I own a gun, though I have never fired it. (I did shoot guns when I was younger.) If you asked the people who know me best, they would be aware that I attend Church, but I doubt that any of them would describe me as particularly religious.
I know that there are loony religious people, the same way there are loony atheists.
My point is that I, and many people i know, are just regular folks. We adhere as best we can to a set of religius values and beliefs, and we don't bother a soul.
I find it funny that the usual response of the non-believer is to adamantly decide that anyone who has reached a religious conclusion is either crazy, stupid, or mindless.
Hearing God? Why not? It would just be one more of the million things in the world that I don't quite understand. I am not afraid or intimidated by my limitations.
As an atheist, this doesn't weird me out at all. In fact, just the opposite. If the authors findings are confirmed, it helps explain why people have internal experiences confirming a god which is not there.
I think it is funny that people think only Christians of people that have some religious view are the only ones that have this happen to them...What about the Native American Indians...They are not Christians, but do have a religious belief...and they have visions....but Christians call them crazy....
Also not 'weirded out' by this, whatever that means.
It's quite fascinating how the human mind works, and this article was an interesting read.
I'm an atheist. Years ago I heard a voice that helped me survive a traffic accident. I don't know what it was, but at least I don't assume it was "god." People who automatically assume that it's a higher power addressing them personally need to rethink things.
I think it's funny how this stuff weirds out the christians. I have experienced a number of things which I don't attribute to miracles or signs of God. I have had a long, successful career, raised a family, stayed out of jail, developed and maintained productive relationships, and never been inclined to hurt anybody. I own a gun, though I have never fired it. (I did shoot guns when I was in the USAF.) If you asked the people who know me best, they would be aware that I don't attend Church, but I doubt that any of them would describe me as particularly religious or athiest.
I know that there are loony religious people, the same way there are loony atheists.
My point is that I, and many people i know, are just regular folks. We adhere as best we can to a set of common values and beliefs, and we don't bother a soul.
I find it funny that the usual response of the believer is to adamantly decide that anyone who has reached an athiest conclusion is either crazy, stupid, or mindless.
Hearing God? Why? It would just be one more of the million things in the world that I don't quite understand. I am not afraid or intimidated by my limitations.
You own a gun and you have never fired it? Do you know how dangerous it is to possess a firearm that you are unfamiliar with? Why do you think that police officers have to shoot their firearms on a regular basis? To be familiar with the weapon.
Every firearm shoots a little differently, even copies of the same make and model.
I am a proud gun owner and would never presume to count on my ability with a firearm that I was not familiar with.
Please go find a range and get some practice with it.
I have to agree with Atheist and proud, here. You don't want the thing blowing up in your hand one day.
Policemen and gun owners need to be retrained at least yearly to know which end the bullets come out.
This article doesn't defend those who say they hear God's voice. It defends those who say they hear voices. Those who assume it must be God's voice ARE crazy.
if you hear god, choose A or B below:
A) i'm crazy. probably schizophrenic. i need help.
B) i'm in a cult. they've brainwashed me into believing there is an invisible sky-fairy that i can talk to. i'm not crazy, but i do need to be deprogrammed because cults aren't healthy.
There is a real X-files in the FBI....a list of people that have given warnings before events, overheard talking about something before it happened...and after been investigated....
or C: Call an Atheist near you and get help from them. They'll show you how to spend your entire lifetime living of someone else support and you'll be spending the next 25 years behind your computer chasing those who believe in God.
If you don't hear God, you're in denial, you are rebellious, and you are an atheist.... therefor I'll pray for you and for any lives that you may influence with your beliefs
don't worry, Skully is on it.
yes, if you are an atheist, you think for yourself - quite a crime in the chrstian community.
Booty – hearing non-existant voices may make one psychotic but schizophrenia involves more than just being psychotic.
they sure fail a lot.
You didn't even bother to read the article, did you?
@Moron: "They'll show you how to spend your entire lifetime living of someone else support and you'll be spending the next 25 years behind your computer chasing those who believe in God."
Is this, by any chance, supposed to be a sentence?
C. I'm a Christian and God only talks to us (only to us True Christians® that is). If you are a filthy Muslim or Jesus hating Jew and you hear your god speak to you then you are delusional.
From my personal experience, I often hear God's voice speaking to my heart to tell me things that I didn't know, and could not known at that point unless God had informed me, and then I eventually come to find out it's true. I have met and heard of many people with similar experiences some hearing God, and others demons. I believe my friends that have experienced these voices would agree with me that just as this may sound ridiculous to those that never experienced it, it is undeniably true for them that have experienced just as it is to me. It's more true than hearing your mother speaking to you right in from of you. Because when God speaks, all the brain receptive senses are activated to receive his message, so that we have no doubt that it was Him, who spoke. Some of the people I mentioned are super smart people, Some with PH.D, Normal people, happy, and confident people. The idea of someone denying it, without experiencing it, that to me is ridiculous.
when there are so many people claiming these experiences, it's a very stupid thing to assume that all these people have some sort of mental disorder.
I would also like to share another experience where I heard God's voice audibly. In 2005 I came to God in prayer next to a bed about something that was deeply bothering me. I asked God's direction on what I should do, and I heard his voice clear as day, it was loud, and timeless, it was so real that I pushed myself away from the bed scared that someone had walk in the house. At that time I was alone in the house. And the message the lord gave me was also very clear, to where he even showed me a a time frame of when I would have what I wanted. about a year later I forgot about that experience, years when by and I remembered it again, and when I looked back in time, what God had told me, was true, and I received what I wanted just on the time God gave me.
hint: that's not god - it's you talking to yourself.
Your heart pumps blood. That's what it does.
Remember that when you pray for something for yourself, you likely deprive someone else. Consider something such as praying for a new job. What of the other applicants who got denied that job if you got it? What makes you so special as to win out over your fellow creatures just because you prayed to your sky-buddy? Because you're closer to your imaginary friend? Bah!
I think you left the radio on.
Grown adults should not believe in fairytailes.
I agree that you should not believe in anything without good cause. I believe in God.
It is no longer enough that we pray that God may be with us on our side. We must learn again that we may be on God's side.
— Wernher von Braun (chief architect of the Apollo Saturn V rocket that successfully made it to the moon and back)
Quoting a Nazi who was willing to say and do anything to save his skin is as stupid an effort at arguing as I've ever seen.
The CNN belief blogs definitely show the A&A's are mob dependent and swim in schools. Sodomocracy is another way of lookin' at em, like coyote packs howlin' at da moon.
U mad tho
Uh oh, someone threw up their word salad again. Clean up on page 31.
I couldn't find anything in the article where the author says the voice is really god. This article seems more in tune with atheism than any belief in god.
No disagreement here. My son's doctor would say such a person who spoke with a "god:" was psychotic.
Correct..and they are not always a voice....There are records of people that make warnings..stick their necks out and if they are right they get investigated....some lose their jobs...nothing like the FBI talking to your boss to get you fired....There are plenty of records of warnings given and people investigated after the event....
JWT, actually the author's point is much more interesting than classifying people who hear voices as psychotic. She is saying that mild hallucinations are somewhat common and normal. If confirmed, it would start to explain why many can self confirm a god who is not there. It could be an important scientific finding.
Exactly, this article is misleading to the point it is just a fluff piece.
I've heard non-existant voices boston and never had any urge to consider them something from some god.
Anything remotely scientific on CNN or any mainstream media is going to be a fluff piece. I've read about this stuff for a few years and the topic is pretty interesting, with regard to the relationship between hallucination, schizophrenia, religion, non-religious "stories" we tell ourselves, and creativity. I find when I talk to most people they aren't familiar with it, so if this kind of fluff gets them looking, I'm all for it. I think it's also good for people who hear the occassional voice, know it's self generated, but fear oncoming crazies. If you're in your late teens or early 20s and this just starts and is getting worse, I'd worry. But there are a lot of people out there who've heard the occassional voice for years and are worried, and worried to tell anyone. And for them I think it must be reassuring to know that hearing the occassional voice doesn't mean you need to be insti'tutionalized.
It's nothign new that the mind will rationalize the psychotic sessions as something that makes sense to the mind. Religious delusions were more common but now we see more about aliens and such as the populace becomes less religious.
Or...you know, might have a better understanding than a lay person of how the human mind works.
I agree the subject matter is fascinating, I don't like how it is dealt with in this case.
@Cheese, I agree it's not how I'd do it, but it may have got more readers this way.
No thanks, I content with my situation.. My reply seems to have twisted you up a bit. " boring" Mission accomplished you shallow minded miserably atheist.
As I said, boring. I'll bet you're content with your usage of grammar, too.
They're using word perfect program just to make them look like intelligent people. In fact, even a monkey have an higher IQ than those Atheists.lol.
Ah, the "I'm content with my life" guy. LOL
Your contentment don't mean SHlT, and if you weren't a dumb kid, you'd know that by now.
This is adult swim, kid. Nobody cares how you feel about your life. It doesn't mean squat and doesn't prove anything.
"n fact, even a monkey have an higher IQ than those Atheists.lol."
when you're trying to type a sentence insulting someone's intelligence, you should probably write a grammatically correct sentence with which to do it.
Sorry BootyFunkMonkey, i don't use Word Perfect like you are.
I'm sorry, "The Truth" but your assertions are unfounded. Atheists are rarely shallow and rarely miserable. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent true statements is: "TOTAL FAIL AND BORING".
I'm sorry "MoronAtheist", but your assertions regarding application usage by posters 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 AND MORONIC".
Hal, your atheist computer freaked out.
If you sincerely believed in God, you wouldn't be behaving like this.
I don't use soft-ware to write. I have an excellent vocabulary in my head. I'm guessing you're just a kid who can't conceive of anyone being able to actually remember how to spell and use proper grammar.
And if you have to attack people for being smarter than you, it's time to get off the internet, fool.
Are you and MoronWhoever sisters or what. Been reading you both off and on all morning, one has a thng for body hair and the other hates Blacks. Hate, hate, hate. Do you think you are good christian little girls, and do you both use the same cleaners for your hooded sheets?
Dr Willbold continued: "Our work shows that most of the precious metals on which our economies and many key industrial processes are based have been added to our planet by lucky coincidence when the Earth was hit by about 20 billion tonnes of asteroidal material."
This research was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
God was making a deposit. (See what I did there...)
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