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June 14th, 2013
04:05 PM ET

Superman: Flying to a church near you

By Eric Marrapodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog

Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) - As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits.

Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing "Man of Steel" to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father’s Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.

The movie studio even asked a theologian to provide sermon notes for pastors who want to preach about Superman on Sunday. Titled “Jesus: The Original Superhero,” the notes run nine pages.

“How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the greatest hero who ever lived and died and rose again?” the sermon notes ask.

(Disclaimer: CNN, like Warner Bros., is owned by Time Warner.)

Similar campaigns to corral the country's large number of Christians into the movie theater have been used for "Les Miserables," "Soul Surfer" and "The Blind Side," all of which had at least some faith angle.

Baltimore pastor Quentin Scott is among dozens of ministers who received an e-mail invitation from Grace Hill Media, a Hollywood-based Christian marketing firm, to an early screening of “Man of Steel.”

“There was an actual push to say `We’re putting out something that speaks to your group,' ” said Scott, one of the pastors of Shiloh Christian Community Church in Baltimore.

At first, Scott said, he didn’t buy the religious pitch. Then he decided to attend a free midweek screening in Baltimore.

“When I sat and listened to the movie I actually saw it was the story of Christ, and the love of God was weaved into the story," said the pastor.

"It was something I was very excited about that with the consultation of our senior pastor, we could use in our congregation.”

CNN Entertainment: 'Man of Steel' director Zack Snyder on Superman's Christ-like parallels

Grace Hill’s sermon notes are specially designed for churches like Shiloh that integrate multimedia into their services.

“Let’s take a look at the trailer for `Man of Steel,’” the notes suggest after briefly introducing the movie’s history and themes.

The man behind the notes, Pepperdine University professor Craig Detweiler, has prepared similar material for films like 2009’s "The Blind Side" and "The Book of Eli" from 2010.

The spiritual themes in “Man of Steel” are abundant, Detweiler said, and his notes enable Christians to thoughtfully engage with pop culture instead of shunning it.

“All too often, religious communities have been defined by what they're against. With a movie like `Man of Steel,’ this is a chance to celebrate a movie that affirms faith, sacrifice and service,” Detweiler said.

It will be hard for even casual Christians to miss the messianic metaphors in "Man of Steel.”

The movie focuses on the origins of Superman, who was sent from the planet Krypton as an infant to save his species.

He is raised by surrogate parents who help him grapple with his special powers, even though they don’t fully understand the source of his extraordinary abilities.

When he turns 33, Superman must willingly sacrifice himself to save the human race.

Sound familiar?

If that’s not enough, as a boy Clark Kent is shown wrestling with his superpowers, and asks his earthly dad, Jonathan Kent, “Did God do this to me?”

“Somewhere out there you have another father and he sent you here for a reason,” says Jonathan Kent.

Even the visuals hammer home the messianic motifs.

During a fight with his archenemy, General Zod, Superman plunges down to Earth, his arms outstretched as if he were being crucified. Of course, he rises again.

Detweiler writes in the sermon notes, “What Jesus and Superman both give us, through their `hero’ actions but also their `human’ actions – is hope.”

“I think it’s a very good thing that Hollywood is paying attention to the Christian marketplace,” said Ted Baehr, who runs Movieguide, a website that reviews family friendly films from a Christian perspective.

“Where it gets sticky is when they try to manipulate the market and when Christians try to manipulate Hollywood. But here I think we have the right balance.”

But other Christians are heaving a supersized sigh at the movie marketing.

"Any pastor who thinks using `Man of Steel Ministry Resources' is a good Sunday morning strategy must have no concept of how high the stakes are, or very little confidence in the power of God’s word and God’s spirit," writes P.J. Wenzel, a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Dublin Baptist Church in Ohio.

"As they entertain their congregants with material pumped out from Hollywood’s sewers, lives are kept in bondage, and people’s souls are neglected," according to Wenzel, who said he was e-mailed information about the movie.

Scott, the Baltimore pastor, said he knows that Warner Bros. Studios has a financial incentive in pushing the film to pastors.

But he said that’s fine with him. “They’re using us but in fact we’re using them,” he said.

His church won't show clips from the movie this weekend because it had already planned out its service. But he plans to use them later, during meetings with the church’s men’s group.

“If you give me another opportunity to talk to someone about Jesus Christ, and I can do that because of your movie, that’s a win for me, because it is about spreading the Gospel.”

CNN's Erin McPike contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Celebrity • Christianity • Church • Entertainment • Media • Movies

soundoff (6,545 Responses)
  1. Jesus Christ Son of God

    Superman, Jesus Christ, Easter Bunny, Santa Claus....None Exist! Sheeple, wake up. If there was a god, bad wouldn't happen. Oh, yes, play the 'free will' card. It's the only card you have. And I guess all the natural disasters are nature's 'free will'.

    June 16, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • Dwight

      You are correct..

      June 16, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Thomas

      What else would you suggest nature is? On the one hand, you're mocking the possibility of a God who wouldn't control things from happening. On the other hand, you're acting like nature must be controlled by some higher power. You sound confused. Very confused.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • RG

      Nature and God is indifferent to all

      June 16, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Carl Stein

      Correct, right now God is either manipulating a chicken flu virus so it kills millions, or is standing by and letting it happen. In recent decades inside "buildings of god" priests were abusing children and god was either making it happen or standing by and not preventing it.

      As to evidence for god, here's basically what is happening:

      God has told me when I toss this coin it will come up heads.
      It is heads! Proof of god, how can you deny this proof?
      God has told me when I toss this coin it will come up heads.
      It is tails. The lord moves in mysterious ways, I am not worthy, but god still exists, see above proof.

      People believe in god and claim evidence because they've decided they want to and filter reality to cherry-pick to find "proof". In reality there is no god evidence, just men making up god and then being prejudicial. Any god which may exist is passive either deliberately (so is evil) or has no power (impotent).

      Jesus is a made up myth, its near-identical to Mithra of the same era and Osiris before – from the country right next to Israel.

      Christians don't like reality check!

      June 16, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  2. Dwight

    The 1st amendment only says the government can not endorse a religion. A movie can so that is okay. I'm atheist but I will still go see it.

    June 16, 2013 at 11:11 am |
  3. leo costa

    No matter how you dress religión it is stupic and Insane

    June 16, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • Dwight

      Yea...I agree.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • Carl Stein

      Yep.

      Indoctrination works. 85% of people even in educated countries stick the faith indoctrinated into them as children. No surprise, keep being told believe or you'll be punished forever, from an invisible man in the sky, and its hard to shift that off. Then as you are ordered to believe it, then you align your other beliefs around it and life-long indoctrinated.

      The single most powerful weapon Christianity has is not the bible or Jesus, but just fear and gullibility applied to children who then repeat it to their children.

      Muslims make muslims, Hindus make Hindus, Buddhists make Buddhists, and Christians make Christians, is not the strength of the argument but just local parents.

      June 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  4. Believer

    If you tried to start a religion of your own today,no matter how good it's teachings are for the mankind, you will meet the same fate in some countries on this planet. That is what people in those times did to the shepard boy. And the ones that don't care may say, "now you have incurred the wrath of God and you will be punished"

    June 16, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • Lance

      Except Jesus wasn't trying to start a religion, (He was trying to change the religion he already belonged to) and he'd be appalled at what Christianity has become.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:22 am |
  5. Carl Stein

    There are parallels of course.

    Jesus is a myth, made up in the past borrowing from earlier myths.

    Superman is a myth.

    The different is everyone knows Superman is a myth. Christians however do not bother to seek the evidence to find out Jesus is a myth.

    Prejudice finds its own evidence to affirm itself correct.

    June 16, 2013 at 11:09 am |
    • Arlen

      I see. And what evidence do you have that Jesus is a myth?

      June 16, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      @Arlen

      What evidence do you have that Russell's teapot does not exist?

      June 16, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • RG

      Jesus was real.. Plenty of evidence. 2013 years ago and it won't be forgotten. 2013 years from now they won't be remembering any of us.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • Seyedibar

      Arlen there is quite a lot of evidence that the new testament is pure fiction. It was loosely based on a magician and his 5 followers who were hanged for tattooing on the Sabbath. Nearly all of the New Testament's stories can be found to be borrowed from ancient sources, most noticeably the tale of the Righteous Teacher vs the Wicked Deceiver and the fable of the virgin birth. Much of the cobbled history of the NT is incompatable with what we know of the time period. And we can tell from the details of Simeon's life, that this crew of magicians liked to use ropes, pulleys,smoke and mirrors for their sorcery tricks.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • RG

      And superman is not a myth

      June 16, 2013 at 11:29 am |
  6. Tim Donk

    Using one story to sell another, this is how Christianity got a foothold to begin with.

    June 16, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  7. Joan Graves

    Reblogged this on The Joan Zone and commented:
    Interesting

    June 16, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  8. John Tighe

    Reading this story just makes me think, "Jesus, religious people are gullible."

    June 16, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • be honest

      they wouldn't be religious otherwise. Good point

      June 16, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • sybaris

      Religion, the ultimate ponzi scheme

      June 16, 2013 at 10:58 am |
  9. be honest

    in a 'christian' country, as the christians claim, we love punishment. There are more people in jails in this country than any other one. Many of those in jails, christians call sinners. Yet most in jails suffer mental health issues denied by christians.

    Yep, christians love to punish. After all their cults do have hell in the scheme. Sad, and they scare children with such cruelty.

    So when do we become a loving and caring society? Only when religion goes extinct. Yes, it was secular society that was able to at least tame the christians in the US. Hadn't we, it be like the middle east – except with christians.

    June 16, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • Thomas

      You do realize there are tons of inmates who turn to religion once they're in jail, right?

      June 16, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • Seyedibar

      Christians worship pain, death, and sorrow. They live for it, acting as if it's comletely normal to wear a torture device on a chain around your neck. Even more disgusting is when they erect giant crosses as public monuments, as if they actually aren't intelligent enough to realize they are symbols of misery.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • Thomas

      Symbols of misery? Maybe in your sadly depressed head. Speak for yourself. Afterall, you're the one who seems bitter, lol. Go figure.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • Seyedibar

      Not bitter. But I do fear and find untrustworthy people who worship death and long for some supposed next life.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • RG

      Ok seyedibar now you're just hating. You don't know what Christians do... They worship love because" God is love"

      June 16, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • tallulah13

      Thomas, crucifixion is an extremely drawn out, painful death. So yes, the cross is a symbol of misery.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:39 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Rg
      "God is love"?
      God loved a lot of people to death, torturously. Millions killed by this loving god...it's all in the bible ( of course most of it taken from previous myths)

      God is as much hate as he is love. God is all things, right? Wasn't it god who made satan, knowing full well the consequences? Why do people say "god fearing" if their god is love?

      June 16, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • dshipp17

      It's Christian to you, not christian. Rather than spreading thoughtful debate, you’re spreading ignorant propaganda and Christianity from atheists discussion forums. This is done so atheists can feel a lack of accountability for actions which are known to be wrong; outside of Biblical principles, sound psychology says so. But, that changes nothing regarding the impending consequences, lest ye repent.

      First, Christians love redemption and to see people repent of their sins, not punishment; Christians love punishment is just ignorant propaganda. And, what actual objective evidence do you have that being a Christian causes someone to deny that mental health exists? I’m completely unaware of an objective source for this claim; it’s from extrapolated propaganda by an atheist trying to make a joke.

      Punishment is a concept systemic to the formation of a society itself; punishment is systemic to the orderly governance of a society. Can you not understand that you’re saying that a society has its genesis in Christianity? I know that’s the complete opposite of what you intend, but where would anarchy have its genesis? Punishment is a concept important to any system of governance except anarchy, possibly? Christianity is about forgiveness, redemption, and repentance. However, it’s non-repentant that’s ultimately punished, not the sinner. Jesus said who needs the doctor more, the healthy or the sick? If you can fully understand that question and answer it, than you understand the intended foundation of Christianity.

      And, Christianity is not about a religion, it’s about leaning how to develop a relationship with God, the creator of all things. Thus, we can agree that religion can go away, where some say religion is the Satan’s ace of spades, but only anarchy can result from a completely secular society, as, what scientific use can you think of that requires loving and caring? Those concepts would be contrary to survival of the fittest. If you’re the fittest, than you have to survive by outclassing the weak. If you think about it, in a purely survival of the fittest mentality, wouldn’t caring for a baby slow you down too much? How about taking care of a pregnant lady? You couldn’t keeping winning the race by slowing down for the pregnant lady? Survival of the fittest is about winning the race. What about a baby that’s born looking different? Or a baby that appears at first sight to be mentally defective? Ok, which parent do you attribute that imperfect baby? I guess you can consider eugenics, speaking from a purely scientific perspective.

      And going back to the founding of the United States, when Christianity was in a golden age of sorts in the western world, there’s just absolutely nothing to suggest that the United States was middle eastern like or would have become middle eastern; actually, Jesus said he came to fulfill the Law, and in the Gospel of Matthew, from Chapter 10 -20, Jesus explains why the Law was necessary at a given time in history; thus, Christianity is not remotely intended to impose a Sharia Law type concept. Otherwise, having a Law defeats the whole purpose of the death and resurrection. This post is just a summary of how you’ve been mislead about a faith which you’ve only studied from the perspective of atheists, where you’ve clearly become unable to filter out the jokes.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:59 am |
    • Doobs

      @ dipshit17

      And going back to the founding of the United States, when Christianity was in a golden age of sorts in the western world,

      You mean when Christians were slaughtering the indigenous people and stealing their land and burning each other at the stake for "witchcraft"?

      Good times.

      And then there's this from Mother Teresa, the beloved con artist who consorted with dictators and convicted felons to get millions of dollars for the RCC:

      "Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.”

      “Suffering is nothing by itself. But suffering shared with the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift, the most beautiful gift, a token of love.”

      June 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • dshipp17

      Well, aren't you about a century or two from the burning at the stake period? Also, just because someone professes to be Christian does not automatically make it so. The slaughtering of the Indians would fit more with survival of the fittest concept. By the way, I'm half Native American, part African American, and part Caucasian.

      June 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      There are no true Christians because there is no method of validation.

      June 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Easy to take one liners from the Bible and spin their meaning to suit your own agenda. I'm sure you saw that quote one day and ran with it, never bothering to read the entire passage. Fail.

    June 16, 2013 at 10:45 am |
  11. Raevyn

    Guess which movie I won't be seeing now?

    June 16, 2013 at 10:44 am |
    • Thomas

      Your loss. Morality and spirituality is such an evil thing I know

      June 16, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • be honest

      good point, Thomas. Because they are evil. They are the very destruction to bad behaviors.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • Raevyn

      No, Thomas, religion is an evil thing. And as far as your misguided comment below about guns, the facts are that most of the same people who blindly follow religion also follow the NRA and swallow the gun manufacturers propaganda. Seems those types can't function without someone telling them what to do and who to believe. What evil are the innocent victims of almost daily gun rampages being protected from?

      June 16, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • ironman59

      Agreed. I was interested in the movie but now that they are pushing it as "christian morality" I have lost all interest in seeing the movie.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • Dwight

      But!! Superman is fake. A made up guy who flies. Now back to religion.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Raevyn

      Ironman! Wanna catch a movie?

      June 16, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • Thomas

      Glad I don't rely on CNN to influence my view of things. I saw Superman before ever hearing one word about a Christian influence and never once thought that during the movie. Two, I never once heard of the NRA as a kid living with parents who owned guns, nor do they have an relationship with the NRA. Yet they are gun owners. Leave it to you political types to believe OMG, if you own guns, you must be an NRA nut. No, we own guns for protection and protection only. And not all those people dying from gun violence are innocent. If you believe that, you're truly ignorant. But the innocent ones sure could've used a gun. Leave it to some of you liberals to think otherwise. The only thing you can think of are laws. Let's slap a law on everything we are against. Good luck with that. Wake up to reality and realize you're never going to win the gun control argument. Laws are just words and have no effect on the criminals. But if you want to walk around without a gun for protection, do so at your own will. But don't dare try and act like everyone else must be so ignorant.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • Raevyn

      Thomas, those who blindly follow the religious and gun nuts are the ones who are truly ignorant. And "not all of those killed by gun violence were innocent"?? I guess those that are are just acceptable casualties so you can have YOUR gun for "protection". The "ignorant" are those who stick their fingers in their ears and scream "lalalalala" when face with facts. Like this one: I live in a country where there are strict gun control laws and gun violence incidents are few and far between. That's a fact. You gun-loving Americans just make us shake our heads in disgust and disbelief. That said, most Americans I know are decent, rational people. It's just the ones like you, Thomas, that we think are a sad little joke.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Thomas

      Raevyn, if you want to face facts then wake up to the fact that Chicago, IL has some of the most strict gun laws in our country, yet it has some of the highest gun related violence and deaths of any city in America. Don't lecture me about whether I should have a gun or not, because you apparently live in a country with little gun violence. Funny how nobody in my family has murdered anyone, yet most of them own guns. If you want to come live in Chicago and walk the streets without a gun, then that's your problem. Bet you don't though you ignorant fool.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:32 am |
    • Thomas

      The fact that you have that sort of arrogant bias about you when it comes to people who own guns is mind numbingly stupid. Funny how it's always the ones who don't have to deal with the problem they're discussing are the ones lecturing others about what they should and shouldn't do...like you.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • Raevyn

      It's funny how people like you, Thomas, refuse to look outside your own little world and then just run around calling people names rather than promoting a valid argument.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • tallulah13

      I won't be seeing the movie because Superman is an amazingly boring character.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • Thomas

      Raevyn, you're about as big a hypocrite as they come. You start with the name calling in regards to all gun owners, then whine about it the very next post talking about facts. I guess you missed the part about the gun violence statistics in the gun law capital of the US I mentioned in regards to Chicago? That's called a FACT you moron. Just because you "apparently" don't have to deal with gun violence in your little mystery country doesn't mean the same goes for America. And America's not the only country with high gun violence. Do a simple Google search and see some "facts" that you so obviously love and educate yourself before making yourself look like a complete idiot.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • Raevyn

      I give up, Thomas. There's no reasoning with the irrational. And you have trouble reading for content, don't you?

      June 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
    • Thomas

      Great rebuttal Raevyn. Like I said. Hypocrite. You talk about discussing facts, then completely ignore them when they don't back your argument. Get outta here you damn clown. You're a complete joke.

      June 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
  12. gertruth

    I hate to be cynical but this feels shady to me. Certain values that have eaten away at morality in this country have been pumped by Hollywood for so long. The campaign for lust in all its forms–greed, avarice, materialism, callousness has been in overdrive. Audiences have rejected that. People don't see themselves accurately reflected on the big screen and the answer Hollywood comes up with to bring the dollars back is to pander to the religious? Good luck with that..

    June 16, 2013 at 10:43 am |
    • be honest

      goodness comes from good people,, not movies, gods or religion. If you can't accept that, you aren't a whole human.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:50 am |
    • Dwight

      Good article you wrote.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  13. Jon

    No, they take up collections for churchs.

    June 16, 2013 at 10:39 am |
  14. Smile

    I draw many parallels specifically to Moses.
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/superman.html
    Regardless, Moses/Jesus/Muhammad each served their people by guiding them to God through extreme adversity and hopelessness. So if Superman inspires little boys and girls to strive to be better persons, then the comic, I believe, inspires something truly divine.

    June 16, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • be honest

      wrong.. Kids need good people to become good people themselves. And good people come from all walks and non beliefs.

      I find that atheists tend to be the better role models for children. There are no promises of false expectations, N rewards. Rather, it is simply doing good for 'good' sake.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • Smile

      I would agree with you. I look to the positive people in my life and their backgrounds are vastly different. I am an atheist, who has no issue with people's beliefs as long as they are motivated by love, or the wish to improve the human condition.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • Thomas

      ^^ Because protesting a simple cross being placed in the ground where someone might have died is such a good thing to pass on to our youth...why do I say this? Because that's something athiest groups are constantly doing. Trying to silence those of faith in a country that's supposed to have religious freedom.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • be honest

      placing a dead guy on a cross in public,, is SICK!! Please grow up.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:58 am |
    • Lance

      Thomas, you put that cross on private property that doesnkt belong to you, and it will be taken away. You put that cross on roads paid for by the public taxes and it may or may not stay, depending on how much of a spectacle it becomes with all on the other items that typically accompany these memorials.
      Don't be stupid. And stop putting those memorials up; teach your stupid children not to text and drive, drink and drive, etc etc.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Seyedibar

      Moses was no prophet. He was the Egyptian pharoahs Thutmoses II and III. Their people inscribed their good deeds and laws of justice on the walls of many cities and tombs. The barely literate Canaanites misread much of this and contorted it into a religion that worshiped the pharoah. Ptah's covenant with the city of Memphis became Yahweh's covenant with the city of Israel. The 42 Confessions of Maat became the Commandments. The Testimony Box became the Ark of the Covenant.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Thomas
      How do you know the person who dies wants your cross there? Pretty much nothing but presumption.
      What if they were jewish, hindu, or in my case atheist...You would put a cross to remember them or me. The LAST thing I want is some religious symbol any where near a memorial to me, since I have fought againt religions being forced on others all of my life. It is the same mentality that put the LIE "in god we trust" on our money, and took the pledge of allegience AWAY from we the people. It is the same crap that passed laws in several state that prevent an atheist from holding office, or in Arkansas where atheists are not allowed to testify in court.

      You a$$ume that your cross should go everywhere, but it is not always welcome, and you should not presume it is.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  15. Bugsy

    It sounds like they are trying to get movie goers to subliminally associate Jesus with Superman but they can't just drop him into the movie scenes. You know like GM did with the Camaro in Transformers, Audi did with Iron Man, or Dodge Ram did in Twister.

    June 16, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  16. tony

    Religion here always speaks about "Life after death".

    And the NRA wants its guns to be for "Death before Life"

    So why is the NRA so beloved of by the religious conservatives?

    June 16, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • Thomas

      Liberal logic, lol. It's called protecting yourself from evil. Wise up. Guns aren't the issue. Culture is. That's why gun deaths are much more prevalent on a Chicago street than say, some predominantly white up-scale neighborhood in its neighbor state, Indiana, where just as many people own guns...and legally. Not illegally like most criminals who shoot up their fellow neighbor. It helps when you look at the facts. Then ignorance doesn't get in the way.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • be honest

      my vote is that it is you who is evil, Thomas. Proven by your posts,

      June 16, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Lance

      You've never been to Gary, Hammond, or East Chicago, Indiana, have you??

      June 16, 2013 at 11:11 am |
  17. Jeff

    God rightfully crucified Jesus for his sins. Jesus started a false religion and falsely claimed to be the son of God. That upset God greatly and He punished Jesus and his followers. They are condemned to spent their lives believing a false narrative and forever being ignorant of the truth. God rightfully punished the sinner, Jesus, by crucifying him. Anyone that prays to Jesus, prays to a resident of Hell. There is no use in repenting. You are already damned.

    June 16, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Jeff

      Damned into the worst fate of all, being a Christian.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • Jesus

      Jeff is right. I am in hell and so are all my followers....we deserve it.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • voiceoftruthusa

      What are you babbling about? Your blasphemous nonsense makes no sense except to those who are bent on destroying the Church. But the gates of Hell shall not prevail...

      June 16, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • Franklin

      Jeff must Jewish. Don't drop your Yamukah typing your hatred

      June 16, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • Professor

      In other unreported news, living things lived and died on other planets and moons across the universe.

      June 16, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • common sense

      I think I just lost intelligence by reading franklin's posting

      June 16, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Seyedibar

      There is no Hell. It is an invention of the 4th century. Jesus probably would not have believed in Hell, even though later writers told stories of him going there and performing miracles. The Harrowing! they called it.

      June 16, 2013 at 11:32 am |
  18. VEW2012

    A great many mythical and historical religious stories, many of which predate Christianity are based on similar plot lines. For example: Krishna, Horus, Buddha, Mithras, Odysseus, Moses, King Arthur, Quetzalcoatl, and ET to name a few.....so why not Superman?

    June 16, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Simply a protagonist...the basis for any character based fiction.
      Jesus is a metaphor, thembodiement of all the possible "good" traits of men. same as Jedi Knights, Superman...the hero, the one who deserves praise and admiration, the best of humanity.
      Satan is the opposite metaphor, all of the "bad" traits of mankind. same as The sith lords, Evil emporer, the super villains, the one who deserves scorn and ridicule.

      I though this was obvious. Why is this just becoming a topic now? Didn't any of you study anything about how and why literature is made?

      June 16, 2013 at 11:00 am |
  19. Jonnyboy

    Sane person has got some big balls name calling over the internets! Must be a real badass in real life!

    June 16, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  20. Jon

    It sounds like the religion industrial complex is getting desperate.

    June 16, 2013 at 10:23 am |
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