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March 29th, 2013
05:57 PM ET

Joel Osteen dismisses "The Bible" controversy

By Jake Tapper, CNN

Televangelist Joel Osteen is a consultant on the History Channel's series, "The Bible," which has become a runaway success. More than 10 million people watched last week's episode, and nearly 14 million watched the debut. Osteen's friend Mark Burnett produces the show.

Osteen is not surprised by the success.

"There are a lot of people of faith still in our country and when somebody takes a step of faith like Mark and [co-executive producer Roma Downey] did, people want to get behind it and see good quality, you know, production of something that's ... dear to all of our hearts, and that is the scripture and the bible," said Osteen.

Osteen also dismissed the controversy surrounding the actor cast as Satan bearing a resemblance in some people's minds to President Obama.

"I felt like it was nonsense," says Osteen. "People can draw funny conclusions."

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity

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  1. mallory

    Ohhhh...and one more thing. Any person that is for Christ....would never LEAD ANOTHER TO THEIR DEATH...and just pass this OFF as if it were nothing. SELF-EXPLANITORY HERE. NO GREY AREAS. What I love about our God..is He sent His SON to die for Us so that even those who may struggle with sin can be forgiven. He sees our hearts...and sees our efforts. God is compassion....is LOVE...and is FULL OF UNDERSTANDING. He also says he will help us in our sin...and reveal to us what it is we need to work on. He'll place this on our hearts..as we go to the Cross. Its an awesome revelation that takes place in your heart once the Lord has come in. Once he has.....and yet we are not perfect,....He guides us day by day to get closer to Him and see what it is He Desires us to see....and WE Must Ask for SALVATION. We must ASK FOR STRENGTH to overcome sin. But never feel like you can't make it because your gay. That's in your head lols,...you were not born this way. When you were born...you were such a sponge. So anything we see or get taught...its usually what comes in and molds us. But...when the Word of God comes around what we have been filtered with...it does begin to make sense....the ACTUAL TRUTH DOES. The purpose of a man and a woman. Its suppose to be a blessing in a marriage.....and between them only. Its not beautiful hearing about men bending men over and telling kids about how cool that is. ITS DISGUSTING. That would be my own opinion haha lols. But The Bible...says CLEARLY,..that will lead to death. ok

    November 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
  2. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !

    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 !

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    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet..............................E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas.

    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.

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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.

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

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

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    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... \

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    Science

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    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 |

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    Peace

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    May 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
  3. Lsteel

    Osteen is not "called" by God to deal with controversies (his mission is to make people "feel good") so it's no surprise he denies any controversy here. Wouldn't want to disturb that rictus on his face that passes for a smile.

    April 25, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  4. nuclear mike

    If you take time to observe this guy then you know the truth about his church of business...there is no denying his inability to quite blinking his eyes which is the behavior of a liar who lacks sincerity...just keep sending him money and he will pray for you all the way to his bank(s)...

    April 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
  5. JOHN

    It appears Pastor Osteen never attended Theology 101-401... that appears to be his major problem. Too much of his theology comes from his temperament rather then from His King. Pray for him... certainly he has a position, a platform which could be used to call America back to God, rather then back to the "good life", as defined by 21th century Americanism.

    April 19, 2013 at 2:54 am |
  6. STEVE MARTINEZ

    Read your bibles people. I saw 20 minutes of this and it was FULL of inaccuracies. Didnt waste my time.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Amused With It All

      I would have to agree. I watched about the same and turned it off.

      April 19, 2013 at 4:56 am |
  7. Honey Badger Don't Care!

    The show is nothing more than a sugar coated version of the bible meant to reinforce the delusion for cafeteria xtians. Oh, that and to sell advertising time.

    April 17, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  8. MadSat

    Who cares? Not me!

    April 17, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  9. David Crosby

    Religion should be removed from our Country..By force if necessary..The "religious" have perpetrated every crime imaginable on us unbelievers over the many years..And have really never been brought to justice ..I say we start getting rid if them before they can harm us again..Jesus is dead and so should his followers be...( Book of David Chapter 1 verse 6 )

    April 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • T Lo

      You unbelievers will be judged when the time comes...good luck. How about we throw the "unbelievers" out of this country, be better of without you losers being that this is a CHRISTIAN nation.

      April 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • JOHN

      Hey buddy... yes the culture war is on... but killing people? Let's make it a battle of ideas and ideals rather then getting physical. Debate is healthy battle is a step to far.

      April 19, 2013 at 2:34 am |
    • Amused With It All

      What is The Book of David Chapter 1 Verse 6?????

      April 19, 2013 at 5:04 am |
  10. socalledelitist

    People can be so stupid, both atheists and believers... Its just a show and the guy playing the Devil is an actor. If he resembles our current President that that's just an opinion of those who have nothing better to do than try to sit and make such ridiculous comparisons as opposed to just watching the darn show for what it is. As far as the color, race or whatever of the Jews in Biblical times it stands as a mute subject because none of us were there so there so no one is a true authority of such trivial things. Joel Osteen maybe a con artist to some, but he is a teacher and an inspiration to others and if he encourages people to do good in their lives n the lives of others what is there to complain about? Inspiration to do good things is something the world needs a whole lot more of and no matter what form that inspiration comes in all walks of life should learn to appreciate it instead of always being so cynical about things they can't wrap their own little minds around....

    April 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • Sam

      Very well said! I refrain from reading comments since most commentators, especially when talking about religious issues, trash talk or belittle anyone who does not agree with their opinions. This certainly is not a platform for respectful debate. Any way, I just had to say your comment was refreshing!

      April 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  11. Abhay Nidhi Sharma

    We think Joel Osteen is hiding more things. Like this one:

    http://blog.totalnurture.com/index.php/godly-cloud/

    April 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Science

      Joel must be full of BS facts below.

      Does the Joel have any ?

      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

      A wedge !

      April 14, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • MadSat

      Scientific studies have clearly shown that monkeys have a clear idea of fair and unfair, IOW, right and wrong. If it requires a deity to determine these matters, then whom is the deity of the Apes?

      April 17, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  12. Black god

    Lol y'all made yashua white and y'all think that's biblical? False image of god is creating a whole new god. If you know the history of the world at the time the people in that area were hued , not white people. N u get a white preacher to help with black history smh the Romans tripping

    April 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • prophet h walker

      Joel Osteen is not a christian pastor,he is a super con artist that coming in the name of the faith but denies the sacred scriptures that establishes the doctrine of Christ...sodomy/lesbian behavior is condemned by the scriptures...(rom.1 vs 18 thru 32 kjv) hes a coward and not a preacher....

      April 10, 2013 at 1:20 am |
    • Atheist

      You believe in the tooth fairy as well? The jews weren't black and Jesus was a jew though I think it is all bull. I look down on people like you and laugh.

      April 14, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • JOHN

      Have you been to Israel? Middle earth? Neither white or black... olive skin, tan, course hair, brown eyes... "Image" refers to His essence, His character, not his appearance. Minorities, Black Israelite's play around with color. Most could care less. God is a Spirit... Jesus (God) was manifested in the flesh... in heaven we will not see God the Father only Jesus.

      April 19, 2013 at 2:45 am |
  13. shalompucha

    This is a hoax. This is a lie circulated. So all of you who have commented ill of Joel Osteen, please repent. Check out Lakewood church website and know that he is well and still the pastor of Lakewood Church – http://www.lakewoodchurch.com/Pages/Home.aspx

    Kindly always double check out your facts before judging. By the way I am not from his church. I am from South East Asia.

    April 8, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • The real Tom

      Then how do you know it's a hoax?

      April 8, 2013 at 9:34 am |
  14. Just Call Me Lucifer

    He looks like a bliss ninny.

    April 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
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