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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. Conrad

    It's a shame to ruin what was once a simple patriotic superhero and turn the story into something religious. I am not motivated to go see the movie now at all, and have lost respect for the company that made it.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • .

      if all your kind avoids this movie it won't affect the profits there aren't enough of you to make a difference

      June 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • fsmgroupie

      .
      there are more of us than you think and your children will be joining us ! whahahahaaaaa

      June 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • .

      no there aren't even adding agnostics to your group doesn't amount to a pimple on a warts ass

      June 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      just pay homage to Satan before you enter the theater - the dark lord will protect you from jesus.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • fsmgroupie

      .
      your fear is showing

      June 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  2. bob dobalina

    They just ruined the movie..... religion should stick to it's own fairy tales and allow the rest of us who can think for ourselves enjoy our movies....paralleling Superman and Jebus...really way to go Hollywood.....

    June 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • .

      why not go to the movie and root for the evil side it's your side anyway

      June 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    June 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Lying troll. God kills children.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      actions cause change; prayer wastes valuable time.

      instead of talking to yourself, go out and do something with your life!

      June 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • .

      you'd be wrong dick and of course battyfink is always wrong

      June 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • Ron

      Richard, you need a new cranium.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Genesis 6:7...this is where god tell noah that he is going to kill everyone....including the children.
      "7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them."

      June 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • .

      there is no mention of children in the Genesis account of Noah

      June 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • .

      it seems dick has to add to the Bible so that it fits its hate filled rant against God

      June 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      Why would god repent of making birds?

      June 16, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Genesis 7:4 "4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth."

      Pretty sure that included the millions of children.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Genesis 7:22-23
      22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

      23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

      Pretty sure that included all of the children as well.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • .

      "pretty sure"??? children are not mentioned so you have to add that to your misinterpretation don't you for all we know the whole world could have been so sinfully qu eer that no children were being conceived for a hundred years prior to the flood

      June 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • FKL

      I don't think that the story of Noah's ark is to be taken literally. We all no there are no facts that support it.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      exactly, Richard. they don't like to acknowledge yahweh's infanticidal tendencies. don't forget he deliberately murdered the first born sons of egypt to punish the pharoah. jews smeared blood on their door so god would know not to murder the boy in this or that house - (seems weird for an omniscient god to need such markings). god loves killing kids.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • .

      it is also probable that God sealed the wombs on the entire earth for an extended time as He did with Pharaohs household at the time of Abraham so that for years preceding the flood no children were conceived

      June 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • .

      you miss the literal facts of Noah's flood because you are equating flood with the localized floods of today try actually reading the original passage which tell of the heavens being opened and the fountains of the deep bursting forth in an instant cataclysm

      June 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      dot
      No misinterpretation...and you are really reaching...it says "all in whose nostrils is the breath of life".That is no misinterpretation...that is what it says. If there were people, there were children...you are just trying to twist it in a way to make it seem like there were no children...it is you who is trying to misinterpret it. You who are trying to add to the story "maybe there weren't any births in the previous hundred years...yeah you really pulled that one out of your kiester.
      Beyond that the original troll poster says children AND OTHER LIVING THINGS..clearly god kills children and other living things.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      God ordered all the Amalekites to be killed.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • .

      the Bible mentions no children neither for the unrepentant sinners or even more astounding for the people of God years of construction and at least a year afloat and there remained only eight people Noah his three sons and their wives ... no children until after the flood subsided

      June 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      dot
      again....you are really reaching....if there were people, there were children....also, why kill all of the OTHER LIVING THINGS on the planet just because of the flawed men he "created"?

      June 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • saveafricascats

      Prayer changes nothing... ask the parents of children in the hospitals dying of diseases god knew nothing about. Study after study shows there is no evidence prayer helps or not. Spreading your lies is not healthy to children. or other living things, whatever that means.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Someday you get so smart you create your own little universe and beings and such. You put it all in order so that it works just right. You make the beings similar to yourself in that they are intelligent, self conscious, and so on. You gave them some fairly simple rules to follow so they would all get along and everything would be just great. Then they rebel, they refuse to follow your instructions. They start hurting each other and themselves. It is like a contagious disease with no known cure, but alas there is one who isn’t infected. His family isn’t either. The only way to stop it is to kill all the ones who have it and preserve the ones who don’t. What would you do?

      June 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • One one

      The concept of a flood is absurd anyway. If god wanted to kill everyone, he could just wave his magic wand and zap them all dead. Why the big drama of a flood? (Hint: bc the story is a fairy tale)

      If god wanted to "save" mankind, he could just wave his magic wand and BADDA bing !, it's done. Why have all the drama of a bloody crucifixion ?

      It's obvious these stories are just drama that sprang from the imaginations of people, just like the story of superman.

      June 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      So Robert, how did wiping out humanity work out? Are we better now?

      June 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • Jason

      God sealed the wombs?? "Pretty sure??" about that? That is just as absurd as you thinking there were no children killed in the biggest massacre of the Bible. You're rationalizing an irrational act to fit with your notion that God is supposedly loving. He was anything but in the OT. And don't even bother with the "it's justice" BS. There were likely many people that never even heard of God that were wiped out because of a giant hissy fit he threw because the people HE created flawed ACTED flawed.

      June 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Robert Brown...
      Since your point is not in line with the original thread I won't get into why you think god is JUSTIFIED in killing children and other living things. That is deflection. The original poster name is offensive and I have simply shown where God is not healthy for children and other living things....you clearly agree, though you try to justify it.

      June 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  4. Bootyfunk

    yeah, jesus had lots of "super" powers too!

    for instance, jesus made drugs out of water! he turned water into wine, and as we all know, wine is a drug. it's classified as a depressant. getting a drug-induced high on alcohol is called being "drunk". the messiah is really just a glorified drug dealer.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  5. FKL

    I saw this movie yesterday. The bad guy who also has super powers says that he is the product of evolution and therefore is better than superman. Therefore, superman is the product creationism.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      no, superman is the product of evolution too - he just doesn't realize it. kind like christians...

      June 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • FKL

      I'm a Christian and I realize it.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Ron

      FKL, God's Word is clear. "In 6 daysGod made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them" Exodus 20 Please explain to me where evolution is there? You follow men, not God in regards to this teaching. You are compromised.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • .

      kind, like Christians ... even a fool recognizes the superior moral value of Christianity

      June 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      good, you have moved away from the bible. keep going. keep using logic and reasoning, the enemies of religion. i applaud your cognitive thinking.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • FKL

      Ron,
      I don't think that is to be taken literally. If you deny evolution you're deny a heck of a lot of science.

      BootyFunk
      Never!

      June 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • Ron

      FKL, as I said you follow men. Modern day so called "science" is made up mostly of godless atheists and agnostics, and it is them you choose to follow rather than the revealed Word of God. You will give an account for this.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      superior moral value? are you joking?

      the bible says to kill g.ays, disobedient children, non-virgin brides and anyone working the weekend. the god of the bible deliberately targets and murders children, giving his following a bloody and violent example to follow. the bible teaches that women should stfu and do what they are told. the bible is a terrible guide for good living.

      want something better? try humanism, an atheistic philosophy. no orders to murder anyone, for starters. it's based on reasoning and compassion. all humanism ethics stem from those 2 attributes. i challenge any christian to show a comparison of christianity and humanism in which humanism is not clearly the more ethical guide to good living. leave out "well not worshiping god is evil so humanists are evil" cr@p. a serious challenge - what do humanist promote that is "bad"?

      June 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • FKL

      Ron,
      I do not base my opinion on modern man but the facts that are before us.

      For example, humans have genes for a tail that are not activated. Why would we have genes for a tail if we did not evolve from an animal that had a tail?

      June 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      OooooFLK.....you've done it now!

      June 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • .

      it was you battyfink that identified Christians as kind

      June 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • FKL

      What? What did I do?

      June 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      we actually do grow a tail, then lose it:

      http://agnophilo.xanga.com/764527344/freaky-evolutionary-traits-left-over-in-humans/
      "We still have a tail for the first four weeks of our life in the womb, but then it gets absorbed and we are just left with the coccyx at the base of our spine, which serves as a muscle attachment point. "

      which means we used to have a tail. once we stopped using it, stopped needing it, became hampered by it - evolution began to favor shorter tails, then no tails. but we still have the genes inside us to grow one, we just have additional genes now to make it go away. simplified explanation, but that's more or less it.

      "We are also covered with a thin coat of fur all over our bodies in the womb which we usually shed before birth called lanugo."

      "Wisdom Teeth. Extra teeth for chewing plants, now too many for most mouths to hold. In some populations (including some aboriginals) these teeth are virtually univeral, and in others (like the indigenous peoples' of mexico) they are virtually non-existent"

      "The ability to wiggle your ears. This is found in some humans (not all), and is a greatly diminished version of a trait common in many primates. Primates however often anatomically can't move their heads left or right very far. Humans can move their heads a great deal and it's extremely common to see someone turn their head to try to hear something in the distance or pinpoint where a sound is coming from. But our ancestors apparently couldn't do this and had to turn their ears instead. Even people who can't move their ears often have the muscles to do so, they just don't work."

      and the list goes on.... lots of stuff left over from our previous forms that we don't need any longer – but still have the genes for.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      FKL

      Just a little sarcasm... you've sided with those godless scientists who promote evolution. Ron believes this is clearly not the word of god so you will account for your heresy. He did say you are compromised.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • One one

      @., "a fool recognizes the superior moral value of Christianity"

      We finally agree on something !

      June 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Ron, evolution occurs. It occurred and will continue to occur. Only idiots deny it.

      June 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
  6. One True Gender

    God is male

    Incarnate God, Jesus who is Christ, is male

    Adam had the gender of God

    Females do not have the true gender. They receive a gender from God via the male gametes.

    Superman, if he was real, would have the true gender like Adam, Christ and God

    June 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Whatever, sparky.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      god is male? so he has a pe.nis? what does he use it for? to stick it in a female god...? wait, there is no female god. well that doesn't make sense at all. does he use it to go p.ee p.ee? hmmmm.... why would a god need to ur.inate? that doesn't make sense at all. does god get bo.ners? does he s.pank it to get the poison out, since there is no female god to stick it in? so many questions...

      June 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • bob dobalina

      So you like men?? is that what you're saying ??? Best not let the Pope a dope hear that...

      June 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • devin

      Actually, God is spirit. Any gender references in Scripture are anthropomorhisms

      June 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • saveafricascats

      Can't you see the lunacy in your conjecture? Unbelievable twisted thinking....Grrrr

      June 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  7. Jinm P.

    Oddly, Superman never sends anyone to eternal torture if they don't like him. Makes him superior to this Jesus guy, in that regard at least.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Ron

      Jimm, you have a lot to learn about "this Jesus guy". I hope you learn sooner rather than later.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • .

      Truth is you'll be sending yourself to eternal torture Jesus provided a way for you to avoid that fate

      June 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Jimm, you are spot on. jesus says anyone that does not come to him are doomed to hell. think of that. eternal torture in unimaginable ways. all because someone didn't kiss jesus' @ss. they may have been a good person, led a good life, worked for a charity. but because they didn't bow down to the "messiah", they deserve to be tortured forever. all loving and compassionate? only in the sickest sense.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • One one

      I shall now pray. Dear heavenly father, I give thanks for torturing and killing yourself, i mean your son to end the eternal curse of your wrath & vengeance you put upon all of humanity because, in the beginning, two people wanted knowledge. Unlike the unsaved godless trash who deserve to burn forever, I do not seek knowledge. I seek only your approval by submitting to your absurd and egotistical demands so that I may live forever in heaven. And though you never show yourself, I believe in you, for if I have thoughts of doubt, you will send me to hell to be tortured forever… because, although you love me, you hate my thoughts. Amen.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  8. Max

    I recommend leaving religion out of a science fiction superhero movie. Its just ridiculous. just sayin.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Ron

      Max, tell it to the producers.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • edmundburkeson

      ... unless, that is, science fiction is supporting the religion of secularism. Right?

      June 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Ed, secularism isn't a religion. It's very sad that you are not able to perceive anything without your filter of belief. It really limits your ability to comprehend reality.

      June 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • edmundburkeson

      Because of your reliance on pitiful pop-atheistic literature you would have no idea. The Supreme Court called secularism a religion in 1964.

      June 16, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  9. CD

    So Superman is ok but not Harry Potter. I'm confused.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Ron

      CD, you are confused.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      don't try to apply logic and reasoning to religion - it makes no sense and never will.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  10. Reality

    Only for the new readers of this blog:

    JC = Superman? Give us a break !!

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched" and any super powers were only in his head. After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century superman via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's superman are also a bit on the super odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher man would like or dislike, bless or curse, do or not do?

    JC = Superman?? Give us a break!!!
    ==========================================================================================

    June 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  11. Bootyfunk

    i'd much rather have superman show up at my house to save me than jesus, who is fail.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • JJ

      Me too. At least Superman wouldn't burn you in the eternal lake of fire if you didn't believe in and worship him.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Lettuce Prey

      I believe it was Homer J. Simpson who said " I'm normally not a praying man, but if you can hear me, save us Superman! ! !"

      Romain

      June 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i need to get a devil's pentagram made out of kryptonite so i can keep jesus AND superman away....

      June 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • lol??

      don'tcha already ave those on the flag, cutsey bootsie, if yer americcan wiccan?? 'sides, what you really want is a hexagram so you can properly apply hexes.

      June 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  12. Humanist11

    Why not? Christians just love their faux superheroes!

    June 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
  13. Vic

    To BOB Psalm 14:1 Calls all works by Atheists and Non Believers Blasphemous, yet you continue to use those works (computer, Internet ) to spread the crap you supposedly live by....typical bible pusher, preaching the crap that is convenient and forgetting the stuff that you don't.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Vic, stop taking responsibility for something you had anything to do with.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  14. Revenant Shadow

    The Christ allegory has ALWAYS been part of the Superman story, so why has it taken Hollywood precisely three and a half decades to market it to Christians?

    June 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • Ron

      Rev, exactly. Christians could always see it there. Now the atheists are shocked that its there. lol

      June 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Classic protagonist...you can make the association for nearly any protagonist to Jesus as he is another fictional character. The man may have existed, but a god....clearly writers embelishment.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Actually, the "Jesus" story is not unique to Jesus. Joseph Campbell 101.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  15. Marilyn

    Sometimes a movie is just a movie

    June 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  16. Stephen Hawking is an Idiot!!!!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPO3meEuU24&w=640&h=390]

    June 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Stephen Hawking is a genius who has done more with a body that is failing him than you could do in a thousand lifetimes with a healthy body. You are simply a fool who put your ignorance on a pedestal and named it god.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
  17. Vic

    Thanks for the warning...I won't be seeing this religious crap.

    June 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • Ted

      haha. . . far from crap! This movie was absolutely amazing!!!!!!!! I highly recommend it.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  18. Bob

    Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ....Jesus Mathew 11:28

    June 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Savior Vs. Hero

      amen!.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear

      "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener"
      The Book Of Wiener Songs, 19:22

      June 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Vic

      BOB Psalm 14:1 Calls all works by Atheists and Non Believers Blasphemous, yet you continue to use those works (computer, Internet ) to spread the crap you supposedly live by....typical bible pusher, preaching the crap that is convenient and forgetting the stuff that you don't.

      June 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
  19. Bob

    I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. ...Jesus John 11:25

    June 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Savior Vs. Hero

      amen!

      June 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear

      I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener"
      The Book Of Wiener Songs, 19:21

      June 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  20. Bob

    I am the Light of the world..he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness. ...Jesus John 8:12

    June 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • Savior Vs. Hero

      Amen

      June 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear

      I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener"
      The Book Of Wiener Songs, 19:20

      June 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • Lettuce Prey

      " Jesus freaks, out in the streets....handing tickets out to god"
      Elton 19:71

      Romaine

      June 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
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