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Americans reveal their 3 favorite sins
Eve couldn't stay away from the apple, but a new survey reveals that most Americans struggle with three other temptations.
February 8th, 2013
10:25 AM ET

Americans reveal their 3 favorite sins

By John Blake, CNN

 “Lead me not into temptation. I can find it all by myself.”

That line, taken from the country music song “Lead Me Not,” evokes smiles because it underscores a truth: The struggle against temptation is universal.

A new survey, however, gets specific about the type of temptations most Americans battle against, and shows that men and women seem to wrestle with different vices.

“Temptations and America’s Favorite Sins,” a survey conducted by the Barna Group, a Christian research firm, concludes that the moral struggles that vex most Americans aren’t the salacious acts that drive the plotlines of reality television shows. Most Americans are too worn down or distracted to get snared by those vices, the survey concludes.

The top three sins seducing most Americans: procrastination, overeating and spending too much time on media.

“You would think it would be sex, drugs and rock and roll,” said Todd Hunter, pastor and author of “Our Favorite Sins,” whose book was consulted in conjunction with the survey.

The survey said that 60% of Americans admitted that they’re tempted to worry too much or procrastinate; 55% said they’re tempted to overeat, and 41% said they’re tempted by sloth, or laziness.

The sex, drugs and rock and roll-like vices fell dead last in the temptation categories: 11% of Americans said they were tempted by drug abuse; 9% were tempted by sexually inappropriate contact.

Even young people put sex and drugs way down on their list, according to the survey, which broke down temptations by gender and age. It  found that 21% of millennials (born between 1984 and 2002) considered sexually inappropriate behavior their chief temptation. It was the lowest percentage attributed to any vice by millennials. Their top two temptations were worrying too much and procrastination.

The battleground for temptation has also shifted – it’s gone digital, according to David Kinnman, president of Barna Group, which based its survey on 1,021 online interviews with a representative sample of white, African-American and Latinos.

“Temptation has gone virtual, ’’ Kinnman said. “Nearly half of Americans admit to being tempted to use too much media and one in nine admits to expressing their anger digitally.”

Temptation also seems to affect men and women differently – more women said they’re tempted by gossip and overeating, and only 8% of women admitted to being tempted by online pornography versus 28% of  men.

Many Americans who admit to being tempted aren’t putting up a big fight. The study said that 59% of Americans admit that they don’t do anything to avoid temptation and half can’t explain why they give into temptation.

Many Americans still can’t explain what sin is, Hunter said. Worrying, for example, is not considered one of the seven deadly sins (pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth). Yet survey respondents listed it as one of their top temptations.

“There’s no agreement on what sin is,” Hunter said. “It’s one of the aspects of the world we live in. It’s becoming more relativistic. It’s hard to talk about sin when everyone disagrees about what it is.”

Hunter knows a little bit about temptation. One of his is chocolate. He once shot up to 330 pounds because he overate. He said all temptations start with a desire for something good: tasty food, rest, intimacy. They become “disordered” when they enslave people and spread pain through their lives.

“Disordered desires imprison us,” he wrote in “Our Favorite Sins.” “In the end they give us nothing – not one lasting shred of goodness, freedom, joy, or love.”

Hunter’s advice for staying clear of temptation: fasting, praying and staying out of places and relationships that lead you toward temptation.

For those who aren’t religious, Hunter recommends thinking about sports. He cites the practice habits of superstars like NBA legend Michael Jordan. They practice progress, repeating athletic exercises every day until their body complies.

Little victories lead to big things, Hunter said. In his book, he quoted the legendary college basketball coach John Wooden:

“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. So don’t look for the quick, big improvement. Seek the small improvements one day at a time – that’s the only way progress happens – and when that kind of progress happens, it lasts.”

- CNN Writer

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  1. December

    Thank God.

    Searched "akira" "ip address"

    She is pulling this lie on other people.

    The sad part is she claims she hates liars, but is lying herself. That's got to be tough one to accept. Or else she is in deep denial.

    I've got to forgive her, right? Yep.

    "Live4Him

    @Akira : why would I go to NC looking for you when your IP clearly is from upper New York State?

    Okay, I'm going to call you on this issue this time. You obviously don't understand the internet / networking. However, I DO understand it as I've got a computer background. There is only two ways that you can have my IP address. These are:

    1) You work for CNN (or at least the religion blogs server area). However this is very dubious. IF you did, you wouldn't have just my IP, but my email address too. And if you DID have that, you would not be calling me Mary. Second, CNN would be violating my privacy – which it has vowed not to do. So you don't work for CNN (even as a subcontractor).

    2) You know my home computer, as well as all the other computers that I use. Again, if you DID have that, you would not be calling me Mary.

    So, while I don't like doing so, I'm going to call you a liar on this issue."

    February 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  2. snowboarder

    "sin" is a made up word with which to attempt to control the actions of others.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • sam

      I've always thought so...

      February 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
  3. derp

    My favorite sin is coveting my neighbors wife. She is smoking hot and I have coveted her for years. I have tried to get her into a three way with my wife and I but she isn't going for it.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • CoolDude69

      That sucks, dude. Coveting is only a good sin when something comes to fruition.

      February 11, 2013 at 2:51 am |
  4. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    My favourite sin – the mystery sin, which I may have yet to commit. It may be the one this is talking about (the sin that leads to death):

    If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that.

    And maybe here:

    "Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

    How does one commit the mystery sin?

    February 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i try to fully exhaust a sin before i move on to the next. i'm still on 'lust' but i'm sure i'll move on to the next one some day.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • truth be told

      The death sin is atheism.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      the life sin is religion. if you have religion, you're wasting your life.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  5. Reality

    Let us start from the beginning:

    From a Catholic Professor of Theology–

    "Baptism does not erase original sin since the sin does not exist. The old "laundry of the soul," approach to Baptism is no longer accepted."

    Regarding the "sins" of gluttony/overeating and laziness in the 21st century: Acts of simple stupidity with the penance of heart trouble, stroke, and/or lack of education and poor job skills resulting in unemployment. And Hell and Purgatory are not in the picture since neither exist.

    February 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Reality

      Regarding the "sin" of unsafe se-x, the following covers the situation in the 21st century:

      The reality of se-x, abortion, contraception and STD/HIV control: – from an agnostic guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

      Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

      The Brutal Effects/Penance of Stupidity:

      : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill (8.7% actual failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% actual failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

      Added information before making your next move:

      from the CDC-2006

      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      And from:

      Consumer Reports, January, 2012

      "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

      Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

      "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

      Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

      The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":
      - (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
      - (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)
      Followed by:
      One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
      Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
      The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
      Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
      IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

      Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

      February 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
  6. Scott

    Procrastination, overeating and media time-wasting may be irresponsible and unwise, but I don't think they're inherently sinful.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      fun = sin

      February 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Scott

      :) I can tell I've gotten to the resident religion haters when they start posting stuff using my screen name :)

      LOVE IT!

      Scott

      February 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • Lincoln'sGhost

      Maybe there's more than one Scott. I'm afraid your ego is rather larger than your intellect.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      perhaps name yourself "IgnorantScott" so we can differentiate. there are other scotts in the world, but perhaps you think you're the one and only...

      February 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Scott

      I'm sure there is more than one "Scott" Lincoln'sGhost. However, if you go back one page and look at one of my postings you'll notice that one of the resident religion haters replied to my comment as if it were me posting a reply to my own comment.

      Upon rereading this specific comment to whence you and I are replying, I see that this probably is a different Scott and not the religion hater that replied to my afore mentioned comment. No ego involved, just a mistake bucko.

      Scott

      February 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Skeptimist

      Scott, I think you're right. Procrastination, overeating and media indulgence are not sins so much as symptoms of fatigue and withdrawal. Millennials seemed to have gone directly from adolescence to old age.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • sheppard

      @Scott

      "I can tell I've gotten to the resident religion haters when they start posting stuff using my screen name" – Since 'Scott' is a common name (as you prove), you may want to try and keep that over-grown ego in check. We figured out how insignificant you are long ago... catch up.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      "Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is having a good time." – H. L. Mencken

      February 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  7. ME II

    Does that seem like an especially good photo of the snake? or is just me?

    February 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • sam

      I agree.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • derp

      It's his good side

      February 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • Scott

      Looks like it's a PhotoShop job. Notice that there is a shadow cast by the apple, but not by the snake. Regardless, the photo of a snake resting on an apple is darn good for an article about sin.

      Scott

      February 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
  8. James

    You shouldn't have a favourite sin. That's why it is a sin, it's something you should avoid doing.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      according to the bible? the bible is a terrible guide for good living. the bible says to kill all g.ays, non-virgin brides, disobedient children and anyone working the weekend. why would anyone follow such evil?

      February 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • James

      those are Old Testament

      February 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      why would that matter, James? the OT isn't replaced by the NT. the NT just ADDS to the OT. jesus himself says you cannot drop a single letter from the OT.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • End Religion

      @james: "those are Old Testament"

      ....meaning its the inerrant word of your god that you ignore? the sermon on mount was clear that no old laws were abolished.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • James

      Well, obviously those are no longer practiced, I don't see any American or European Christians killing non virgins or gays, I do see them baking cookies around Christmas.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • James

      This is this difference between me and you two, I'm Christian, and I made a small comment actually pertaining to the article, you guys see I have faith, you jump to persecute me and call me obsolete, I don't spend all day converting atheists, nor do I criticise atheists

      February 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • sam

      "I don't see any American or European Christians killing non virgins or gays, I do see them baking cookies around Christmas."

      Now that's a good one.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      cry more, james. you made a comment about the article and i made a comment about your comment and it went from there. this is a blog. that's how it works. sounds like you want to deliver a monologue, not have a conversation. you post a comment and people answer it - and you cry about it.

      "Well, obviously those are no longer practiced, I don't see any American or European Christians killing non virgins or gays, I do see them baking cookies around Christmas."
      yes, thankfully, chrisitans aren't very christian these days. it does say that in your playbook, right? the perfect word of god says to murder people - but you don't do what he says. i'm really glad about that, but doesn't that mean you're not following god's word?

      February 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • James

      The problem with you is that you aren't atheist to be atheist, then you wouldn't care what people around you thought, your atheist because you subconsciously want to stand out, I'm friends with many atheists, and they don't run around explaining the faults of others beliefs, they just don't believe in a higher power, and have no need to rub in someone else's face. Some people are faithful, get over yourself, because the only one persecuting is you

      February 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • James

      Furthermore, let me check the "oh so great" empires founded on your kind of atheism! The Soviet Union, killed millions of Christians, and starved its citizens, china, same, and in addition created a personality cult around the government, North Korea, you can read about them giving up food for nukes on the news every other week, and vietnam, the only one that hasn't disgraced itself to much

      February 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • LOL!

      "I don't spend all day converting atheists, nor do I criticise atheists"

      " Some people are faithful, get over yourself, because the only one persecuting is you"

      February 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      you get over it, James, and be realistic. christian pols change our laws to suit their religious dogma, evolution isn't taught in our schools because of the religious, christians knock on my door or shove fliers in my face on street corners - but you don't see atheists doing that. so get off your high horse.

      "The problem with you is that you aren't atheist to be atheist, then you wouldn't care what people around you thought, your atheist because you subconsciously want to stand out,"
      "I don't spend all day converting atheists, nor do I criticise atheists"
      *** oh really? just part of the day. you don't criticize atheists - LOL!

      we don't want to stand out. that's silly. because we don't go with the herd means we disagree with the direction the herd is heading. and you think atheists shouldn't be able to speak their minds? why not? christians do. sounds like you are afraid of hearing the other side.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • sam

      Nice try, James. But, no one's ever killed in the name of atheism. Those regimes were full of assholes who were pretty much just assholes. They didn't run around yelling "In the name of no god!"

      February 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • James

      Yes, actually they did kill in the name of atheism, so did the French during their revolution, they both killed Christians with the idea that atheism would unite the world

      February 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • James

      It makes sense if Christians are majority, that laws would reflect their values,

      February 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Wow

      James has been too brainwashed by his religion he doesn't even understand history.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • James

      And last time I checked evolution is taught and required in schools

      February 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      putting the 10 commandments in a courthouse is promoting christianity, period.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      when was the last time you checked, James? what schools system is evolution required in?

      February 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • James

      Oh shut up, I'm top of my class and understand history just as we'll as you do, arguing with a militant atheist is like arguing with a wall

      February 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • James

      I'm in a college level biology class right now, this is the third time I've had to learn it!

      February 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      except evidence can change an atheist's mind - christians ignore evidence if it interferes with their religious dogma

      February 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • James

      No, I believe in evolution, and many scientific theories, only ones disagree with is the Big Bang, you, will not accept that I have the right to think that way

      February 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • James

      *one I

      February 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      college? obviously you can take evolutionary classes in college, no sh.it. what about high school? how much % of high schools in america are required to teach evolution?

      February 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • Lenn

      James
      The 10 Commandments are also Old Testament, right?

      February 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • James

      And just how do you not know evolution is a required portion of biology on Highschool? How old are you? I really hope your under sixty

      February 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i accept you have the right to "think" that way. it just means you're ignoring evidence of the big bang. sounds like you accept a lot of other scientific evidence for other theories/laws. how come you don't accept the big bang? what do you have to say to dispute the evidence offered? why do you believe scientists on other accounts, but insist on "magic" being the ultimate explanation? it's intellectually lazy.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • James

      Did you not understand the word third! I took it in Highschool and in my current college class

      February 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Ohio
      In 2002, proponents of intelligent design asked the Ohio Board of Education to adopt intelligent design as part of its standard biology curriculum, in line with the guidelines of the Edwards v. Aguillard holding. In December 2002, the Board adopted a proposal that required critical analysis of evolution, but did not specifically mention intelligent design. This decision was reversed in February 2006 following both the conclusion of the Dover lawsuit and repeated threats of lawsuit against the Ohio Board.

      Alabama
      In 1996, the Alabama State Board of Education adopted a textbook sticker that was a disclaimer about evolution. It has since been revised and moderated.

      a number of states do not accept evolution, even have special legislation saying they don't have to teach it. perhaps you should read up on the subject before you say it's taught across the board in schools.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

      More BS of someone trying to claim to know the minds of the populations of failed non-democratic totalitarian societies of the past and make generalizations from such. Rubbish.

      Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3:

      Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

      John Adams, POTUS #2:

      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.

      James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights:

      During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

      Thomas Paine:

      All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • James

      I've typed a comment three times and its not posting

      February 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • Damien

      James – "I've typed a comment three times and its not posting"

      I know :twisted:

      February 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Wholly Goats

      James,
      "I've typed a comment three times and its not posting"

      Did you by chance try to type "const-itution" or "circ'umstance" or something?

      Didn't the "Holy Spirit" tell you about the automatic word filter?

      February 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • God

      James, thou shalt not post while playing with your naughty bits.

      February 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • End Religion

      James, since you no longer follow the word of your god in the old testament which jesus confirmed you should still adhere to, you may be interested to know you are no longer bound by any of the ten commandments which are OT. At this point is it even Christianity anymore? I mean your god commanded you listen, and you're denying him in this. Anyway on to your other absurdity...

      Debunked, refuted and dispelled about 10 times a day. None of these characters, whether they were atheist or not, killed in the name of a lack of belief in a god. Some of them suppressed religion as a tool to further the goal of totalitarian control.

      "State-imposed atheism" is a misnomer; there can be no such thing. Imposed irreligion is not atheism. Atheism is only the lack of belief in a god; one can't force people to not believe in a god.

      The actions of Mao, Pol and Joe (who attended seminary) were totalitarian opportunists. They sought total authority and banned religion that would compete with that authority. The pursuit of control over a people was the cause for the bloodshed.

      Although Stalin initially sought to rid Russia of religion, once firmly in office he re-instituted the Russian Orthodox Church and re-opened theological schools. Suppression of religion was a tool not a reason.

      Pol Pot is said to have practiced some Theravada Buddhism (and his Khmer Rouge were radical Buddhists. He studied at a Catholic school in Phnom Pen for 8 years. This mad man targeted not only religion but science, medicine and education. Political dissent was not permitted, with torture a common sentence.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Adolf_Hitler

      Hitler was raised Catholic. In his book Mein Kampf and in public speeches he made statements affirming a belief in Christianity. He called the purge of Jews "positive Christianity." While there is debate over his actual private feelings about the faith, he was a publicly practicing Christian. There exists no known evidence that Hitler was an atheist or agnostic. Again: evidence he was Christian; no evidence he was otherwise.

      Hitler said: "Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."

      The Reichskonkordat was a treaty signed on 20 July 1933 between the Holy See (Catholic Church) and Nazi Germany, guaranteeing the rights of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany, giving moral legitimacy to the Nazi regime soon after Hitler had acquired dictatorial powers, and placing constraints on Catholic critics of the regime, leading to a muted response by the Church to Nazi policies. Yes, the Catholic Church colluded with Nazis.

      http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?ti.tle=20th_century_atrocities (take dot out of 'title')

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reductio_ad_Hitlerum

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

      February 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
  9. A-Thiest

    I dont recall it saying Thou shalt not procrastinate in the bible.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      probably referring to 'sloth'.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Nor does it say Thou Shalt not Facebook.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • IHAVESEENT THELIGHT

      Bootyfunk, you are extremely naive in your knowledge of the Bible, and they do teach evolution in schools, so please stop posting. Your lack of intelligence hurts my head....

      February 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
  10. Dale

    Why does every boast turn into a relgious debate. Athiest trying to get a rise out of believers, believers feeling the need to defend the very God who created the atheists and holds their lives in His hands. Adult Christians – God does not need your help and does not wish for you to argue and fight. He only wants your praise. You'll never convince anyone they're wrong simply by saying "You're wrong!". Live a life that you can be used as a "fisher of men". Arguing on these types of posts will earn you no favor with God.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Dale

      **every POST***, not boast :)

      February 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      my advice to atheists is to live a good life and show christians you don't need God to be a good person. help your brothers and sisters when you can, not only with food, shelter, health care and education, but in pulling back the curtain of religion. we don't need God any longer - we have humanity.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Rapala

      Dale,
      "Live a life that you can be used as a "fisher of men"."

      And what exactly does a fisherman do with his catch?
      – Kills them and guts them
      – Sells them for food or fertilizer or other commercial purposes

      The guy who thought up that analogy was just silly.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      1 Peter 3:15, you must always be ready to provide proof for your faith.

      Even though there is no good evidence, what a waste of time.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • End Religion

      @dale: "Why does every boast turn into a relgious debate. Athiest trying to get a rise out of believers, believers feeling the need to defend the very God who created the atheists and holds their lives in His hands."

      It may have something to do with your childish notions of an imaginary sky buddy, and your continuous unfounded assertions it exists when there is no EE. Your post is a great example of this condescending attitude where, in the very breath you exclaim "why can't we all get along," you attempt to assert your unfounded position AND instill some twisted guilt by telling us our lives are in the hands of your invisible King Leprechaun.

      ***
      "Arguing on these types of posts will earn you no favor with God."

      So why did you do the same thing?

      February 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • JWT

      And yet I was not created by your version of a god.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • derp

      "God who created the atheists"

      I have never ever seen a birth certificate that says "god" on it.

      My parents fvcked.

      They did not use birth control.

      They created me.

      No magic sky wizard was ever involved.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • the closseum is full

      I agree Dale.. we need to exalt Jesus to the rest of the world... :) :) :)
      We have crop fatigue in America and why not after 200 years we now have Christians actively committing the most sins or crimes .. well they always identify themselves as Christians...

      February 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

      I'm sure the people that were forming the U.S. government would rather have not been not fighting about religion at the time. But they couldn't escape the mess that was going on around them.

      Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3:

      Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

      John Adams, POTUS #2:

      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.

      James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights:

      During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Lenn

      Bootyfunk
      But they don't believe that being "good" is all that important, which is why they promote membership in the club as the only way to escape hell. Even in their own churches the poor, little, meek guy who never hurt anything bigger than a fly, never stole, cheated on his wife, or got into a fight ... this guy is just part of the furniture compared to the SOB who was a "backslider", who beat his wife and children, put other people in the hospital, stole from his kid's college fund and basically spent decades in drunken, high, hedonism until the day he stumbled into a pew. That guy becomes a superstar because Christians value a good Prodigal Son, meaning a really big jerk and victimizer, to a basically good person. Better to hurt people, and then ask some invisible guy for his forgiveness, than simply not hurt anyone to begin with. And they claim to be the moral authority in this country! Amazing!

      February 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • Lenn

      Rapala
      Don't forget the other great Jesus analogy, that of the "Good Shepherd".

      People who feel a warm glow from that one must a petting zoo idea of farms. Even a good shepherd does not keep sheep as pets, or protected species. They raise them in order to regularly fleece them, for their entire lives, and eventually he kills them for their meat. Is that really how they see Jesus' interest in them?

      February 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • Rapala

      Lenn,

      Yeah, I know. They could have likened him to the caretaker of an animal rescue center or something, with cute, cuddly puppies and kittens and such, and pulled on our heartstrings much more effectively. Silly old men from the Middle East who wrote those stories...!

      February 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  11. alias

    the seven deadly sins are not in the bible.
    They were made up by a monk who wanted to change the behavior of the population.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      bull's eye

      February 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • derp

      "They were made up by a monk who wanted to change the behavior of the population"

      Religion itself is made up crap to control behavior.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  12. Bootyfunk

    the idea of sin is disgusting. the pillars of christianity are guilt, fear and ignorance. christianity teaches are all born worthless sinners... wrong. we are all born beautiful human beings. s.ex outside marriage is not evil, no matter how many times the church says it is. s.exual urges are normal, not a reason to be burned in some imaginary hell. the bible says to kill all non-virgin brides. how many women would be left in the U.S.? according to the bible, 99% of women in this country should be taken to their father's doorstep and stoned to death. the bible is disgusting.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  13. Honey Badger Dont Care

    I want to know who was polled for this "survey". They have to be some of the most boring people on the planet. I've broken all of the commandments in Exodus 20 many times over. And I'm not talking about the Way of the Master lame azz breaking of commandments either. "If you hate someone you have committed murder in your heart." What a wimp.

    Not that any of the commandments in Exodus 20 are the real ten commandments.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
  14. Uncouth Swain

    One said on here that sin does not exist. Does guilt?

    February 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Guilt is a human emotion. That doesnt mean that it is a sin. Sins dont exist.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      in our minds, yes. that's your conscience at work. sin is unnecessary in the equation.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • I wonder

      Uncouth Swain,

      Pick your definition of 'sin':

      1. A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.
      2. Theology
      a. Deliberate disobedience to the known will of God.
      b. A condition of estrangement from God resulting from such disobedience.
      3. Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong.

      Then we can talk about who feels bad (guilty) about what...

      February 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  15. Dale

    These are sins? What book are you people reading?

    February 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • wrongheifer

      http://spectator.org/blog/2013/02/08/major-news-organizations-ignor

      February 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  16. January

    December is so last year. And so not here yet.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • December

      Apparently I live in Colorado Springs. And my name is Doug.

      And "End Religion" likes to ask me questions about gay s.ex.

      And Akira calls me a liar for having an actual different name.

      It is funny, because it is not true. But it makes them feel better. Or something.

      It is actually pretty creepy.

      I referred them to a post I made before I ever talked to either one of them that shows my city, they ignore it.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @December

      Well, there are a lot of christians in Colorado Springs. Like a lot a lot

      February 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • December

      And a lot of Dougs, too. Apparently.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • End Religion

      Hey Doug! Tell us your views on gay sex.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • December

      Can Akira and End Religion really tell where somebody posts from, like they claim?

      They got me wrong, and called me a liar. Either they have made a mistake, or they are lying.

      What city am I in right now?

      Can you say what city Chuckles is in? He asked but nobody replied.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • Akira

      66. 248.71.242
      Your name is Philip Douglas.
      I detest liars.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • sam

      Poe time again already?

      February 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • December

      That is wrong.

      Can you do Chuckles?

      Or are you lying?

      February 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • December

      ...grabs some popcorn. :)

      February 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Akira

      Why would I do Chuckles? I am well acquainted with you.
      I know you.
      Trying to turn it around to me is deceitful, but the hallmark of a liar.
      Whatever, Philip; it matters not, as my conscience is clear, and I am not the one who have to be held accountable to your maker.
      And that was your IP from a few nights ago; they change, you know.
      Or maybe you didn't.
      It doesn't matter; *I* know the truth, even if you don't want to admit it.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • December

      Chuckles asked if you would post his name and city.

      Like you did for me.

      You said you could detect my ip address.

      I claim you are lying.

      You detest a liar. You hate yourself.

      Only I and you can know the truth about this.

      You don't know my ip address. My city I am in. Or my name.

      Are you lying, Akira?

      February 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • December

      + And that was your IP from a few nights ago; they change, you know.

      How can you tell what it was from a few nights ago?

      But not today?

      And I post at work and home. The ip address doesn't change.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Wow

      "And I post at work "

      So you admit then that you steal from your employer? Posting online when you are suppose to be working is stealing.

      February 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  17. End Religion

    Since sin doesn't exist I wonder how the "nones" would have scored this "Things We Ought'nta Do But We Do Anyway" poll. I would think #1 for all religious folks would be lying, except they do it so often they don't realize it when they do it.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Alvin Sklunkman, Assistant Accountant from Beyond the 23rd Dimension!!!

      Is lying actually lying when you are psychotic enough to believe it's true?

      February 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Greg

      "Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie, if you believe it." – George Costanza

      February 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Lenn

      There are sins, and there are what we call "time-suckers" and vices, and not too many "nones" would defend these three things as positive influences in their lives.

      I'd add smoking to the list. I think that it's the stupidest of all personal habits.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
  18. fred

    Master betting is the only sin, Dough and I commit.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
  19. fred

    Hi, I am fred and Douglas is my boyfriend.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
    • Yeppers

      Douglas and fred definitely live in a deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaark closet!

      February 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  20. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    What, no links to this so-called "survey"?

    Just how professional is it?

    Is it a purely self-identified survey? One would suspect that a survey that asks people what sins do you commit, won't get very accurate responses.

    The survey says "only 9% of Americans were 'tempted' by sëxually inappropriate conduct", yet more than 50% of marriages end in divorce – most of them because of sëxually inappropriate conduct by at least one partner. That's at least 30% (ballpark guess) of the married population who cheated once in their lifetime. Whatever the number, it's a lot more than 9% being tempted.

    Apparently if 28% of men and 8% of women are tempted by p0rn, but only 9% are tempted by sëxually inappropriate conduct, can we then conclude that the surveyors do not consider p0rn as inappropriate. I don't care to judge it, but this would be a curious opinion from a Christian research organization.

    Having one affair has a lot more of a life impact than procrastinating on mowing the lawn for a week or having a second helping of pie.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
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