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May 29th, 2013
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Poll: America losing its religion

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – More than three in four of Americans say religion is losing its influence in the United States, according to a new survey, the highest such percentage in more than 40 years. A nearly identical percentage says that trend bodes ill for the country.

"It may be happening, but Americans don't like it," Frank Newport, Gallup's editor in chief, said of religion's waning influence. "It is clear that a lot of Americans don't think this is a good state of affairs."

According to the Gallup survey released Wednesday, 77% of Americans say religion is losing its influence. Since 1957, when the question was first asked, Americans' perception of religion's power has never been lower.

According to the poll, 75% of Americans said the country would be better off if it were more religious.

The poll doesn't reflect Americans' personal religiosity, such as church attendance, but rather how large events and trends shape shared views, Newport explained.

For example, the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War and the rise of the counterculture fed the perception that religion was on the wane during the late 1960s, he said.

Views of a secularizing America peaked in 1969 and 1970, when 75% of Americans said faith was losing its clout in society. A similar view dominated from 1991-94 and from 2007 to the present.

Americans saw religion increasing its influence in 1957, in 1962 and at a few points during the Reagan presidency in 1980. This number also spiked to its highest point ever - 71% - after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The pollster didn't speculate on the contemporary factors that led to the current views on faith's influence.

Still, the poll numbers are dramatically influenced by church attendance, according to Gallup. More than 90% of people who attend church weekly responded that a more religious America would be positive, compared with 58% of Americans who attended church "less often."

The Gallup poll was conducted via telephone from May 2 to May 7. A total of 1,535 people were sampled for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • United States

soundoff (6,389 Responses)
  1. TheTruth

    Some believe they're better because of their religion.
    That is not just an opinion; it's a prejudice.

    Teach your children well. Teach them to be free of prejudice.

    June 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      ..and some Atheist should not believe they are better because of their Atheism. It is not an opinion, it is just prejudice when a person reads post from extremist on the Atheist posters here. We are seeing intolerance is not exclusive to the Faithful.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • JR

      Mark, where did the OP state he was atheist? Nowhere. Illogical leap to make from the innocuous statement he made.
      PS: you don't have to capitalize atheist. It's not a religion.

      June 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • faith

      u ain't got to worry about it

      June 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • hee hee

      I believe that my moral choices are better. If you don't, shouldn't you revise them?

      @Mark: I'm not intolerant if I think you're incorrect and point it out. Why do Christians think disagreement is intolerance?

      Of course, if you try to force your beliefs on me through legislation, that no one is obligated to tolerate.

      June 2, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
  2. TheTruth

    “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln

    June 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
  3. WATCH THIS SPACE

    This space has been donated for "God" to type a current, up-to-date message:

    (_____________________________________________________)

    (_____________________________________________________)

    (_____________________________________________________)

    Use additional lines if necessary, Mr. God.

    June 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • WATCH THIS SPACE

      p.s. Also, please provide evidence of your identi'ty... perhaps a photo of you with today's N Y Times, or something... certainly with you being all-knowing and all-powerful, you will know precisely the correct evidence.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • Jonah

      God has always spoken through prophets from the very beginning. He has never spoken any other way. God has spoken hundreds of pages which are written in the scriptures, and you think he has not spoken? If you would like to see what he has said today, go to lds.org and you can read the words of the living apostles and prophets today.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • Creationist

      Scriptures were man-made, created by men, edited by men.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • Jonah

      One more comment, one who seeks for a sign is surely an adulterer (Matthew 16:4) No unclean thing can be in God's presence. Maybe before you go looking for God, you should look at yourself first!

      June 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • Creationist

      You use the word "adultery" often, and it comes out of nowhere. Having that problem?

      June 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The arrogance of the unbelievers never ceases to amuse me.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • fintastic

      What about "The arrogance" of claiming something is real with absolutely ZERO evidence?

      June 3, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  4. davidi85

    Demand proof all you want,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, you shall never find it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, for god didn't want the masses who would be led to him with neon signs............... He wanted the ones who would open there heart, put down there pride, and "Seek him"... I'm sorry, but if you never do this, you will never find him. It's a simple task. Much like taking off a blindfold after seeing light in a room............... But impossible to do if one never lays all earthly belief aside,,,,, and accepts him through faith... It cost's nothing, except you lay down your earthly pride and "Seek him.

    June 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
    • Creationist

      Don't follow blindly. Have an open mind. Seek knowledge. Use Google Search if you have doubts.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  5. davidi85

    This world exists, so,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, there cannot be another one?........ Where did your soul come from when you arrived at this one??????? Oh,, you say you have no soul, you are nothing more than a collection of matter, just like that rock over there....... Oh,,, so I guess you couldn't possibility go to sleep tonight and pass into another???????????????????????????????????

    June 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • OTOH

      david,

      We do not know.

      Sticking a human-like god in there, even the one concocted by primitive Middle Eastern Hebrew men, is not authentic.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • Creationist

      I like your curiosity. Google it to find out. LOL

      June 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
  6. Creationist

    The internet will transform religions for years to come, making them more transparent, making them responsible for their own words.

    No longer will people just listen and believe; people demand proof. Google it if you have doubts. It's a great progress for mankind.

    June 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
  7. davidi85

    You can discount this or that religion all you want. You can choose to call all of them useless, and call it a day. Then say" I live for myself", and forget about it. But that doesn't change the fact that without a higher power, a higher purpose, every emotion you feel, every decision you make, every day that you live, everyone that you love, every tear that you shed, every victory you celebrate. At the end,,,,,, in the end,,,, Is nothing more than the wind blowing through the leaves, and means nothing. For with that belief you acknowledge that there is no purpose to it all, humanity " just happened".

    June 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  8. davidi85

    Some of you people have it completely backwards. Yes I, as many of you, have prayed for loved ones who were sick, and still passed away. Once you accept Christ into your heart he will help you to understand that death is not the end. It's only the end for the ones left living. I know people ridicule Christians for believing in a creator, and think it's crazy. Well I challenge those folks to do some research into just how our planet, our solar system is made. Forget for just once the how, and ask yourself why. Look at all of the billions of things that had to "just fall into place" for our world to be a happy accident. Then ask yourself what the chances are for you to win the lottery every day for the rest of your life. Well...... There about the same as the chance of all of this universe, our solar system, our planet, and lets not forget our perfectly formed bodies and brains that are so far advanced over anything else on this planet, to have just happened by accident....... I'm sorry but that's a far greater stretch of the impossible than to just accept, that even as smart as we humans are, we don't know everything and never will. And a force far far greater than us has a plan.... Please ask yourself this....... First forget everything you know about "Religion".... For me, religion, has been turned into a bad word by the world, and the media. Then ask yourself this....... When you visit a place where a loved one who has passed used to live, or somewhere they loved to go... Do you still feel there presence?......................................Why?

    June 2, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • Science

      It is called memories !

      Hey chadie time to come in old of the cold..............or stay stuck in the green slime that created US

      NASA: Mars could have supported life

      Water-Rock Reaction May Provide Enough Hydrogen 'Food' to Sustain Life in Ocean's Crust or On Mars

      May 30, 2013 — A chemical reaction between iron-containing minerals and water may produce enough hydrogen "food" to sustain microbial communities living in pores and cracks within the enormous volume of rock below the ocean floor and parts of the continents, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130530132541.htm

      Star Dust we are

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWdU_px9ApE&w=640&h=360]

      Pebbly Rocks Testify to Old Streambed On Mars

      May 30, 2013 — Detailed analysis and review have borne out researchers' initial interpretation of pebble-containing slabs that NASA's Mars rover Curiosity investigated last year: They are part of an ancient streambed.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130530150547.htm

      Peace

      Make sure to look for a chondrite.............a stone that magnets stick on and have 2 separate polls.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • Creationist

      Why? Google it to find out yourself. Have an open mind first though.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
  9. Reality

    What Americans are finding when they take the time to read:

    1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

    “New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “
    prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

    earlychristianwritings.com/

    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    Current RCC problems:

    Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:
    Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, the Filipino “koranics”and the Boston Marthon bombers.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    4. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

    The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

    Current problems:

    The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

    5. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

    "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

    Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

    Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

    Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

    June 2, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • Reality

      Summarizing the above:

      • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

      • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

      • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

      • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

      • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

      • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

      • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

      • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinkerbells? etc.) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

      June 2, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  10. Leigh Anne

    yeah...an all- loving God who creates a fiery lake to burn people who make a simply mistake in theology....GREAT thing to believe in

    June 2, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  11. Science

    A spacey cadet is chad ?

    More water..................where chadie.................even out there chadie and the big one that flatten Mars

    Water-Rock Reaction May Provide Enough Hydrogen 'Food' to Sustain Life in Ocean's Crust or On Mars

    May 30, 2013 — A chemical reaction between iron-containing minerals and water may produce enough hydrogen "food" to sustain microbial communities living in pores and cracks within the enormous volume of rock below the ocean floor and parts of the continents, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130530132541.htm

    June 2, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  12. Leigh Anne

    The scary thing is that those who ran the Inquisition, the Nazi Party often banned or burned books that disagreed with their position. And now the Texas GOP is showing that same paranoia over critical thinking skills. I don't think the youth of today are becoming more secular...they are thankfully becoming spiritual but not religious....where they do not fear to question man-made traditions and religion and seek for a Higher Power.

    June 2, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • Paul Jane

      Leigh Anne, wouldn't it be more fundamental and reasonable to ask if there is a higher power, rather than assume that there is and go looking? With your route, the youth are starting with confirmation bias, which is bad.

      June 2, 2013 at 11:01 am |
  13. salathieljones

    Reblogged this on The World Outside of Yourself.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:28 am |
  14. Jonah

    People who don't believe in God are missing out on joy and happiness. The good people in my Mormon congregation are happy and I know their happiness comes from a life of living the commandments and feeling the love of the Savior and from a life absent of regrets. I have noticed that my nonreligious neighbors seem lonely and depressed and hateful or angry at something. A life filled with the love of God is a better life.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:19 am |
    • TheTruth

      Some believe they're better because of their religion.
      That is not just an opinion; it's a prejudice.

      Teach your children well. Teach them to be free of prejudice.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:26 am |
    • Leodona

      It's not God I don't believe in. It is man made religion that I have a problem with. Religion in many cases (not all) is hate-filled and exclusionary. It is meant to keep those who don't believe what they believe out. I do know atheists, however, who are very happy and fulfilled. They are kind and do good works. I am always confused about people who feel atheists are horrible people because they don't have God guiding them or the promise that their good works will get them to heaven. So without this promise would all good Christians go on murderous rampages?

      June 2, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Jonah,

      Amen.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Leodona, there are many man made (TRADITIONS OF MEN) religions out there. Christianity is Jesus' truth about life and the hereafter and how to rid yourself of carnal sin so you can dwell with Him for eternity.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • Humanity

      To paraphrase: "Only people who believe in my god can possibly be happy". For crying out loud, don't you realize how arrogant and small-minded that sounds?

      June 2, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • John Brown

      Jonah–Your neighbors are just people. Some people are happier than others simply because it is in their nature to be. Some are happier because they haven't experienced as much tragedy in their lives.

      But others are happier because they have deluded themselves that nothing that happens to them or anyone else matters because it's all out their control anyway and they are just biding their time on Earth until they get their eventual great reward for being so brainless the whole time they were alive–that sort of "happiness" is really just a coward's approach to life–pathetic.

      June 2, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • Akira

      You know nothing about your neighbor's beliefs...sitting in a church on Sundays does not make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
    • Jonah

      Yes, I read all the co mments – lot of rationalizing going on here. Some of you don't even know what happiness is, so how would you know? One thing I know for sure, s in was never happiness. You can be the most faithless person in the world, but co mmitting adultery or any of the se xual sins is only going to bring momentary gratification and then you have to deal with the regrets and after effects the rest of your life.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Creationist

      @Jonah, you can be the most religious person in the world, but co mmitting adultery or any of the se xual sins is only going to bring momentary gratification and then you have to deal with the regrets and after effects the rest of your life.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      John Sharp, Jesus died for ALL. You decided not to believe, though, that's all He requires of us to save our soul.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:04 am |
    • HeavenSent

      My post was written to Humanity, not John Sharpe. His name got caught in my copy and paste.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:06 am |
    • Humanity

      Heaven Sent – Nobody decides to believe or not–either one finds a religion believable or one doesn't–it's not a reasoned process.

      June 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
  15. Creationist

    Many religions have their own versions of hells. You better believe that hell is not real, or other religions' hells are waiting for you to get there – one day you will be in one, and another one, and another one, and another one,...

    June 2, 2013 at 9:06 am |
    • Jane

      That made absolutely no sense. Anyway, many religions have no hell. You just happen to have picked one that does have one, and a lot of hate and discrimination too. You and your religion suck.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:44 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Jane, there are many man made (TRADITIONS OF MEN) religions out there. Christianity is Jesus' truth about life and the hereafter and how to rid yourself of carnal sin so you can dwell with Him for eternity. Satan's children are on this earth too and created those false religions throughout history so you wouldn't believe Jesus' truth, causing doubt. Worked on you, didn't it?

      June 2, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • Creationist

      Heaven and Hell - carrot stick and scare tactics. OLD NEWS.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Creationist, carrot stick are what your bosses dangle in front of your face. Don't blame that tactic on God.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • fintastic

      No such things as "god"... get over your delusion.

      June 3, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • Creationist

      HeavenSent, your god doesn't exist. Why would anyone blame or praise him?

      Heaven and Hell are both religious nonsense - amazingly people still believe in that kind of things.

      June 6, 2013 at 1:58 am |
  16. GonzoG

    All I ask it people think for themselves and not feel justified by God or Scripture to pass judgement on others. If the Bible governs your life...fine. Don't think it gives you license to rule other sinners.

    June 2, 2013 at 8:59 am |
    • 111Dave111

      Well said.
      Christians who follow a 2000 year old, human written book, and seek to convert their neighbors,
      instead of following a principled life with respect for others, are not good citizens.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • HeavenSent

      TRUE BELIEVERS JUDGE (not according to their own standard Matthew 7:1-2)

      "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." John 7:24 (Ephesians 5:11, 1 Corinthians 5:12)

      "But he who is spiritual judges ALL things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one." 1 Corinthians 2:15 (1 Corinthians 6:2-3; 10:15; 14:29, Romans 16:17)

      Judging Is Believing.

      Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right? (Luke 12:57)

      What is right?

      The statutes of the Lord are right (Psalm 19:8).

      False Christians and unbelievers tell us it is not right to judge. Some fools hypocritically condemn us for judging (Luke 6:37), and they all hypocritically judge that we judge. When we identify preachers as false teachers leading both themselves and those who follow them to hell, when we declare others as on their way to hell, and especially when we warn them they are lost, we often hear these words (or the equivalent), "Judge not" (Matthew 7:1). Yet, these words are exactly why we judge.

      Jesus said,

      Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Matthew 7:1-2)

      Amen.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • 111Dave111

      Wow: A Biblical defense of being judgemental (in English), based on the 1600-2000 year old writings.
      Old Testament: Psalms (originally written in Hebrew)
      New Testament: Matthew, Luke, John, Romans, Ephesians, Corinthians (originally written in Greek)

      June 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      111Dave111, you missed the concept in lines 1 and 2.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:11 am |
  17. John

    Yep and 99% of that is attributed to the liberal Democrats....the party of Sodom and Gamorrah and atheism

    June 2, 2013 at 8:57 am |
    • 111Dave111

      Hate seems to fill your life, so sad.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • fintastic

      Are you sure that's 99% ? not 98%?........ dumb azz

      June 3, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Kimberly

      "the party of Sodom and Gamorrah"

      It is helpful to post both passages of Jude, 1:6 and 1:7 together, as they are meant to be read this way.

      6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

      Note that the humans are exhibiting the same behaviors as the angels. Note, also, that the sexual immorality and perversion mentioned isn't homosexuality. Scholars who have studied this passage have concluded that the perversion alluded to is actually rape, which was rampant.

      June 3, 2013 at 11:25 am |
  18. TheTruth

    Creationist: Human created the internet. Human also created the theories of god, heaven and hell to control others.

    June 2, 2013 at 8:51 am |
    • TheTruth

      Those theories of god, heaven, and hell are called religions.

      June 2, 2013 at 8:55 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Christianity is Jesus' truth about life and the hereafter and how to rid yourself of carnal sin so you can dwell with Him for eternity.

      Satan's children are on this earth too and created those false religions throughout history so you wouldn't believe Jesus' truth, causing doubt. They stole Jesus' truth and added 5% of satan's lies to the false religions of the world. Why did they do this? To create doubt and to take as many as God's children to the eternal flames. Worked on both of you, didn't it?

      June 2, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Sam

      "They stole Jesus' truth and added 5% of satan's lies to the false religions of the world. Why did they do this? To create doubt and to take as many as God's children to the eternal flames. Worked on both of you, didn't it?"

      No, Christianity is a copy of other pagan religions of that time period, there is no truth too it and the bible has been proven not to be an historical document.

      June 2, 2013 at 11:03 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Sam, were you there? No. Do you know who is pulling your leg? No. Therefore, your education is suspect.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:13 am |
  19. Science

    They did not create it but.............win 3.0............and AOL and APPLE long ago ?

    June 2, 2013 at 8:48 am |
    • Science

      Oops meant for below..........damn thumbs.

      June 2, 2013 at 8:49 am |
    • Creationist

      Win 3.1 was a more stable version.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:32 am |
    • HeavenSent

      science, the US military created the internet.

      June 2, 2013 at 11:02 am |
  20. Creationist

    The internet will transform religions for years to come, making them more transparent, making them responsible for their own words.

    No longer will people just listen and believe; people demand proof. Google it if you have doubts. It's a great progress for mankind.

    June 2, 2013 at 8:10 am |
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