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August 24th, 2013
08:40 AM ET

Should Christianity be so boring?

Opinion by Jon Acuff, Special to CNN

(CNN) - No one has ever accused us Christians of being fun.

No one has ever said we are a laugh-filled group.

No atheist has ever said, “I might not love Jesus, but his followers sure know how to party!”

And yet, in my favorite story in the Bible we actually see Jesus paint the opposite picture.

If you’re a Christian, you’ve heard the Parable of the Prodigal Son in the Gospel of Luke referenced in approximately 42 million sermons. If you’ve missed it though, allow me to summarize.

A young son said to his dad, who represents God, “I want my inheritance.” This was the cultural equivalent of saying, “I wish you were dead!” The father gives him the money. The son immediately runs off to the Jersey shore and fist pumps the night away with 4 Loko and Skrillex. [Not a direct translation.]

After squandering all the money and awakening in a pig pen, the son devises a plan. He will come home, apologize and throw himself at the mercy of the father. His greatest hope is that the father will let him be a servant. He can’t even imagine getting to keep the title “son.”

He comes home expecting punishment, but instead something weird happens.

The father sees him from a distance and sprints toward him. He runs toward him and embraces him. Before the son can even get his whole apology out, the father has already started planning the last thing he expected.

A party.

Instead of punishment he gets a party.

The idea that God fixes problems with parties is crazy.

Who does that?

Life doesn’t work that way. Imagine that you messed up at work. Your boss called you in and said, “Johnson you lost our biggest account! You just cost this company more than 3 million dollars. You know what that makes me want to do? Throw you a party!”

Or think about this in the context of a marriage. Have you ever had an argument with your spouse? Not a fake argument but one that lands you on the couch overnight.

You come into the kitchen and your wife is doing that “mad dishwashing” move we all do when we’re upset. Just power scrubbing pots and pans with a vengeance, mumbling the entire time.

You approach her slowly and say, “Heyyyy baby, how do you feel this morning?” Without looking at you, she takes a deep breath and says, “You really hurt my feelings. Last night, you really surprised me by what you did. My mom was right about you. I’m so angry and disappointed. This whole thing makes me want to get an inflatable bounce house and throw a huge celebration in your honor!”

That would be ludicrous.

Our worst mistakes don’t end in parties, but in this story in the Bible, it did.

When given the opportunity to talk to a group of people, the picture Jesus drew of his Father was of a party giver; someone who met sinners with welcome home banners.

What if Christians were like that?

What if churches became the place where failures found new beginnings?

What if we were known for our parties, not for our Pharisees?

It all feels a little crazy, but I don’t think it’s impossible.

Christians should offer hope in exchange for hurt, new in exchange for old, parties in exchange for pain.

Are we there yet?

Nope, we’ve got a long way to go. We’ve still got a lot of things to work through, a lot of progress we have to make.

But when you think about the prodigal son story, I hope you will remember something.

Two people moved.

One walked.

One ran.

And we prodigals are the walkers.

We still have a running God.

And he is ready to throw a party.

Jon Acuff is a keynote speaker and the author of four books including The New York Times best-seller, START. Acuff is also the author of the popular blog, Stuff Christians Like.net.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jon Acuff

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Opinion

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  1. Jim

    The first thing to understand is, what Genesis actually says in relation to Time. Chapter 1 is described entirely from God’s perspective of time, not man’s. We were not created until the very end of the very last day of creation. Only God was around to perceive what the days of creation were in reference to. And according to a literal reading of the account, the days of creation were in relation to the original source of light that was created on the first day, not our suns. Our sun is what we base our perspective of time from. But again, a literal reading of the account tells us that our sun wasn’t created until the 4th day of God’s creation and that it was created to provide man with a measure of days and years. Therefore, what Genesis is literally saying is, that a day to God is not the same as a 24 hour day as experienced from man’s perspective of time with respect to the rotation of the earth in relation to our sun. With this in mind and the knowledge that nowhere in the Bible does it give an age to the earth, we can start from the beginning .

    August 25, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magic Underwear

      Hey, Jim: You know what would be nice? If you prefaced your comment with "It is my opinion that ...", as opposed to making a statement as a fact. Believe what you want, but be intellectually honest and present it as your opinion or belief, not a statement of fact.

      August 25, 2013 at 9:46 am |
      • Jim

        My apologies, you are right of course. These are completely my opinions !

        August 25, 2013 at 9:49 am |
        • Attack of the 50 Foot Magic Underwear

          Thank you, Sir! I think (or should I say, my opinion is) that if we all did that, these boards, and our discussions about religion and belief, would be much more civil.

          August 25, 2013 at 9:56 am |
      • bostontola

        I think a more appropriate preface would be, "In order to rationalize the clear errors in the biblical account of creation..."

        August 25, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Observer

      A day is the period it takes the earth to rotate. It is 24 hours. The problem is that the Bible says the earth doesn't move.

      August 25, 2013 at 9:54 am |
      • mzh

        In the Catholic world prior to Galileo's conflict with the Church, the majority of educated people subscribed to the Aristotelian geocentric view that the earth was the center of the universe and that all heavenly bodies revolved around the Earth,[8] despite the use of Copernican theories to reform the calendar in 1582.[9]
        Geocentrism agreed with a literal interpretation of Scripture in several places, such as 1 Chronicles 16:30, Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:10, Psalm 104:5, Ecclesiastes 1:5 (in contrast with Job 26:7). Heliocentrism, the theory that the Earth was a planet, which along with all the others revolved around the Sun, contradicted both geocentrism and the prevailing theological support of the theory.

        1 Chronicles 16:30
        New International Version (NIV)
        30 Tremble before him, all the earth!
        The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
        Psalm 93:1
        New International Version (NIV)
        1 The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty;
        the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength;
        indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
        Psalm 96:10
        New International Version (NIV)
        10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.”
        The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
        he will judge the peoples with equity.
        Psalm 104:5
        New International Version (NIV)
        5 He set the earth on its foundations;
        it can never be moved.
        Ecclesiastes 1:5
        New International Version (NIV)
        5 The sun rises and the sun sets,
        and hurries back to where it rises.
        Job 26:7
        New International Version (NIV)
        7 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space;
        he suspends the earth over nothing.

        At a meeting of the cardinals of the Inquisition on the following day, Pope Paul V instructed Bellarmine to deliver this result to Galileo, and to order him to abandon the Copernican opinions; should Galileo resist the decree, stronger action would be taken. On February 26, Galileo was called to Bellarmine's residence and ordered,
        "to abstain completely from teaching or defending this doctrine and opinion or from discussing it... to abandon completely... the opinion that the sun stands still at the center of the world and the earth moves, and henceforth not to hold, teach, or defend it in any way whatever, either orally or in writing." -The Inquisition's injunction against Galileo, 1616.[29]

        In 1992, it was reported in the news that the Catholic Church had turned around towards vindicating Galileo:[57]
        Thanks to his intuition as a brilliant physicist and by relying on different arguments, Galileo, who practically invented the experimental method, understood why only the sun could function as the centre of the world, as it was then known, that is to say, as a planetary system. The error of the theologians of the time, when they maintained the centrality of the Earth, was to think that our understanding of the physical world's structure was, in some way, imposed by the literal sense of Sacred Scripture....
        —Pope John Paul II, L'Osservatore Romano N. 44 (1264) – November 4, 1992
        In 2000, Pope John Paul II issued a formal apology for all the mistakes committed by some Catholics in the last 2,000 years of the Catholic Church's history, including the trial of Galileo among others.[58][59]

        August 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
        • mzh

          We all make mistakes as we are human and no one is perfect except The Most High The Almighty who created the entire universe and anything in it... its always good to recognize the mistakes be we end our lifetime which is not known to anyone... its never late to acknowledge and rectify ourselves...

          August 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Colin

      You said, With this in mind and the knowledge that nowhere in the Bible does it give an age to the earth, we can start from the beginning"". That is apologist nonsense, Jim. Luke traces Jesus lineage very specifically, generation by generation, back to Adam. Unless you think each generation lived a few hundred million years, this dates the Genesis story to a couple of thousand years BC. The entire Torah traces the history of the Jews from Adam, generation byt generation, in painstaking detail, down to the time of writing.

      No, Jim, the Bible is clear, explicit and flat wrong.

      August 25, 2013 at 10:33 am |
      • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

        lol?? Pithiest, YES!!
        Your comment is awaiting moderation.
        You socies are jumpy. Alwayz jumpin' to conclusions.

        August 26, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  2. Mark

    The parable of the prodigal is not about a party that is thrown for a sinner, but about rejoicing over one that has turn from sin and returned unto God. Christianity is not boring, when we embrace Christ and his teachings transforms us. It is true that many have not been transformed and God tells us this one fact. Thanks be to God for the ones that have been transformed and strive to be a light to this world that we live in. Allow God to transform your heart today and you will come to understand the joy and peace of the spiritual life that is in Christ Jesus.

    August 25, 2013 at 9:21 am |
  3. Run of the Mouth hharri

    Oh well...I'm off to another local Evangelical church for "intercessory Prayer"

    ...oh, wait, they don't get up this early to pray as a body of believers....Just want the feel good stuff of hired musicians and feel-good worship songs (just visit a Vineyard church sometime).

    And if they do have prayer prior to service, count how few of the total congregation actually show.

    Oh...Last SuperBowl Sunday, i was in DFW on business and as I drove back to my hotel from Dallas to FW I noticed how many church parking lots were empty because of the game...(no, the Cowboys weren't playing).

    There was one church, however, that was packed. A "mega" Charismatic church...so I did a u-turn and went in....guess what?

    They were watching the game on the big screen plasma that had come down out of ceiling above the pulpit.

    I nearly fell out on the floor...one would have thought that Benny Hinn was there slaining me in the spirit!

    August 25, 2013 at 7:49 am |
  4. Prichard

    The world is full of prodigals and Christians should prepare to rejoice over an ex-prodigal!

    August 25, 2013 at 7:25 am |
    • Prichard

      It's sunday and Christians should examine themselves as to where they are in their walk with Almighty God.

      August 25, 2013 at 7:27 am |
      • Run of the Mouth hharri

        otherwise...Monday thru Saturday, you can continue to be unkind, uncaring, without integrity.

        Funny, the Body of Christ is inside its "sanctuary" where they are supposed to somehow be joy-filled, hope-filled, peace-filled (if one listens to Robert Brown) and introspective (if one considers Prich, here)....

        but the blood of Jesus can't seem to seep out beyond the parking lot, transforming them enough to be someone other than the world around them.

        August 25, 2013 at 7:36 am |
  5. Run of the Mouth hharri

    In the introduction to one of Josh McDowell's books...I think it's "Evidence that Demand a Verdict," he claims that fellow college students were essentially jealous of how happy Christians are...

    Just spend a few Sundays at any Evangelical Church and sit in the hall where they come out of their sanctuary and observe...some of the most miserable people you'll ever witness, despite supposedly having just been in "God's presence."

    Better yet, spend a week with one...see how he or she treats their spouse, their kids, their siblings or parents. Watch how they act on a daily basis.

    No evidence of a life transformed...no evidence of their God existing.

    August 25, 2013 at 5:37 am |
    • guest

      You can see what you want to see, you can hear what you want to hear, you can read what you want to read. Define what happiness means to you, not Webster’s definition. One wise person said, “…not one person [Christian] in twenty are ready for translation…” that includes ministers. I do not believe there are very many people who are truly happy. Are you truly happy?

      August 25, 2013 at 6:28 am |
      • Run of the Mouth hharri

        Keep your words in mind as you quesstion your own belief...your own faith...your God...that is, if you have the courage.

        Happiness is a concept easily given and easily taken...I prefer the concept of being content. We are a species of concepts...that is why "truth" is relative.

        And, yes, I am quite content.

        August 25, 2013 at 6:33 am |
  6. K

    Read James Martin's, "Between Heaven and Mirth". He wrote this book a few years ago, has numerous videos on the subject of joy in the spiritual life (see youtube) and has given numerous interviews. This article, by contrast, is not well written, isn't funny (Martin is!), and doesn't really make the case for being joyful.

    August 25, 2013 at 4:27 am |
  7. GOOD NEWS

    Christianity will absolutely be Joyful, when/if they truly find Christ.

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES

    August 25, 2013 at 2:17 am |
    • Run of the Mouth hharri

      Christians...the majority in the United States and the largest group of joyless individuals on the planet. Just spend time with them...you'll be overwhelmed by their lack of faith, kindness, caring, integrity...

      Thus, they spend so much time focusing on the "sins" of others to compensate.

      August 25, 2013 at 5:40 am |
      • pothead

        Yep. They need a buzz.

        August 25, 2013 at 10:36 am |
      • sam stone

        they are cowards. they paint god as a vindictive pr1ck, and then go on to say if you accept the scapegoat as a savior, this vindictive pr1ck will allow you to live forever

        do they ever seriously consider ETERNAL life, and how fvcking boring it would be?

        August 25, 2013 at 10:53 am |
  8. Apple Bush

    I have a bone to pick with "mzh"

    August 25, 2013 at 1:02 am |
    • mzh

      what do you mean AB?

      August 25, 2013 at 1:15 am |
      • Kate

        Might have something to do with your excessive attempts to push your religion of violence at us. Ya think? Mebbe?

        August 25, 2013 at 9:29 am |
        • Richard Cranium

          "religion of violence"....which one do you mean, Islam? Christianity?
          Both of these, given their histories, are religions of violence, not necessarily taught directly, but violence has absolutley been a side effect of pursuing man made gods.

          August 25, 2013 at 9:33 am |
        • mzh

          Thanks for your comments Kate...

          I have never pushed Islam to anyone as I am not taught to... I am here just to let others know as most of the people do not know the message of Islam... all they know is as you said or you promotes this religion as violence one...

          Again there is no compulsion in religion...

          I think the violence that we see today around the earth or especially in Muslim world has nothing to do with Islam but its their right but it is being shown through the media in a different ways and people take it wrong ways as well... also it is people who does wrong thing but religion never teaches to do harm others unless it is for justice...

          Quran says – you harm a human (regardless of faith) as you are harming the mankind and you save a soul as you are saving the mankind

          August 25, 2013 at 9:45 am |
        • Kate

          mzh, as usual, your reply itself gives lie to your claims. You have tried many times in the past 24h to push your religion of terror at us. We reject it utterly and finally, for good reason. Be gone and take your religion of violence with you.

          August 26, 2013 at 1:22 am |
        • Kate

          mzh, as usual, your reply itself gives lie to your claims. You have tried many times in the past 24h to push your religion of terror at us. We reject it utterly and finally, for good reason. Be gone and take your religion of violence with you.

          August 26, 2013 at 1:22 am |
  9. Mr Everyman

    Exodus 3: 14 says: "And God said to Moses, `I AM WHO I AM.' And He said, `Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, `I AM has sent me to you.'" Your sense of self is your connection with the rest of creation, God. Jesus said "When you have seen me, you have seen the Father." When you know or look into another being or self you look into the center of Creation, God. When you pray you are talking to yourself and the center of Creation, the Eternal Self, God. This is not physical or material. It guides the physical and material. A little part of God is your sense of self, always present with you.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Bluto 3: 14 says: "And Popeye said to Olive, `I YAM WHO I YAM.

      August 25, 2013 at 12:45 am |
      • hharri

        and paid for it with her life

        August 25, 2013 at 3:08 am |
        • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

          Popeye killed Olive..? What kind of snuff cartoons are YOU watching?

          August 25, 2013 at 11:52 am |
        • Doobs

          and paid for it with her life

          Clearly, you know nothing about the Holy Book of Popeye. Eat some spinach, and all will be revealed!

          August 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • Run of the Mouth hharri

      My sense of self is my connection with hharri

      August 25, 2013 at 5:19 am |
    • Doobs

      Book of Curly 9:24 – "I'm not me!"

      August 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
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    August 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
  11. Alias

    christians do not use fun to keep their pews full, they use fear and social pressure.

    Now do what they say not what they do or their god will make you smoke turds in hell for eternity!

    August 24, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I know what they do to keep them empty..."Depends"

      August 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
  12. Dyslexic doG

    good evening to you all. I'm off into my cave for a 3 day snooze. when I wake up I'll get a few of my friends to say they saw me rise up to heaven. then I can start my own doggie religion. so simple a bronze age con man could do it. 🙂

    August 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Touch me Lord, please help us!

      August 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  13. Reality

    The Prodigal Son, Luke 15: 11-32. Did Jesus actually utter said pa-ssage? Most contemporary NT scholars say he did but it only appears in one gospel making it historically questionable as is 70% or more of the NT depending on whose analysis you read.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
  14. Dyslexic doG

    If God is powerful enough to create the universe, don't you think he'd have a more foolproof way of getting his exact message across to future generations than this endlessly translated, edited, confused, modified, twisted, corrupted book of stories that is changed by religious power brokers to suit each generation?

    Wouldn't god's word be carved on the moon, unchangeable and for all to see? Wouldn't it be spoken unchanged by a species of animal? Wouldn't it be written microscopically on every stone or every tree? Wouldn't there be some space age material that had god's voice recorded, uncorrupted over the centuries and there for everyone to hear.

    Wouldn't there be parts of God's word that reflect computers or artificial intelligence or DNA or modern medicine or future medicine or electricity or space travel to other parts of this amazing universe he created? Wouldn't there be talk of gender and race equality? Wouldn't there be talk of Asia and Australia and the Americas and Europe and Africa?

    Instead the bible is limited to horses and carts and herbs and grain and swords and shields and misogyny and racism and slavery all set in the deserts of the middle east. The Bible is so obviously a product of bronze age man, you must be in denial to even argue that it is the word of god. There may or may not be a god or gods, but this book of bronze age voodoo and oppression has nothing to do with him, her or them.

    And stop it with this "not the word of god but words inspired by god" cop out. That just means it was written by greedy, evil men who got their way by claiming that god told them to do something. That's a self serving scam that should be scorned, especially by anyone claiming to love an omnipotent god. That scam is an abomination and an insult to your god ... as is the bible!

    August 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
  15. Dyslexic doG

    The Legend of King Arthur is not evidence for Merlin.
    The Greek Myths are not evidence for Heracles.
    The Epic of Beowulf is not evidence for Grendel.
    The American Folk Tradition is not evidence for Paul Bunyan.
    The New Testament is not evidence for Jesus.
    The Old Testament is not evidence for Yahweh.

    The prodigal son returned ... in the story.
    The miracles happened ... in the story.
    The prophesies were fulfilled ... in the story.
    The character was emotionally appealing and morally right ... in the story.

    Get out of your stories.

    August 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
    • Maani

      Dyslexic doG's post is not evidence of Dyslexic doG. LOL.

      August 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
  16. Mr Everyman

    The Prodigal Son gave up sinning and returned to the true path. There was reason to party. Improvement in life is always a reason to feel positive and renewed. Had the son said give me more money to pig-out there would be no party.

    August 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
  17. Dyslexic doG

    God Here.

    First, I do not exist. If I did, I would hate you for being so fvcking stupid. I would probably smite you. The concept of a 13,700,00,000 year old being, capable of creating the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies, monitoring simultaneously the thoughts and actions of the 7 billion human beings on this planet is ludicrous.

    Second, if I did, I would have left you a book a little more consistent, timeless and independently verifiable than the collection of Iron Age Middle Eastern mythology you call the Bible. Hell, I bet you cannot tell me one thing about any of its authors or how and why it was compiled with certain writings included and others excluded, nor how it has been edited over the centuries, yet you cite it for the most extraordinary of supernatural claims.

    Thirdly, when I sent my “son” (whatever that means, given that I am god and do not mate) to Earth, he would have visited the Chinese, Ja.panese, Europeans, Russians, sub-Saharan Africans, Australian Aboriginals, Mongolians, Polynesians, Micronesians, Indonesians and native Americans, not just a few Jews. He would also have exhibited a knowledge of something outside of the Iron Age Middle East.

    Fourthly, I would not spend my time hiding, refusing to give any tangible evidence of my existence, and then punish those who are smart enough to draw the natural conclusion that I do not exist by burning them forever. That would make no sense to me, given that I am the one who elected to withhold all evidence of my existence in the first place.

    Fifthly, in the same vein, I would not make about 5% of the human population gay, then punish them for being that way. In fact, I wouldn’t care about how humans have $ex at all, given that I created all of the millions of millions of species on the planet, all of whom are furiously reproducing all the time. Human $ex would be of no interest to me, given that I can create Universes. Has it ever occurred to you that your obsession with making rules around human $ex is an entirely human affair?

    Sixth, I would have smited all you Christian activists, and all evangelicals and fundamentalists long before this. You people drive me nuts. You are so small minded and speak with such false authority. Many of you still believe in the talking snake nonsense from Genesis. I would kill all of you for that alone and burn you for an afternoon (burning forever is way too barbaric for me to even contemplate).

    Seventh, the whole idea of members of one species on one planet surviving their own physical deaths to “be with me” is utter, mind-numbing nonsense. Grow up. You will die. Get over it. I did. Hell, at least you had a life. I never even existed in the first place.

    Eighth, I do not read your minds, or “hear your prayers” as you euphemistically call it. There are 7 billion of you. Even if only 10% prayed once a day, that is 700,000,000 prayers. This works out at 8,000 prayers a second – every second of every day. Meanwhile I have to process the 100,000 of you who die every day between heaven and hell. Dwell on the sheer absurdity of that for a moment.

    Finally, the only reason you even consider believing in me is because of where you were born. Had you been born in India, you would likely believe in the Hindu gods, if born in Tibet, you would be a Buddhist. Every culture that has ever existed has had its own god(s) and they always seem to favor that particular culture, its hopes, dreams and prejudices. What, do you think we all exist? If not, why only yours?

    Look, let’s be honest with ourselves. There is no god. Believing in me was fine when you thought the World was young, flat and simple. Now we know how enormous, old and complex the Universe is.

    Move on – get over me. I did.

    God

    August 24, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
    • Colin

      For reprints on this unoriginal copy/paste bull sh it see any article the d dog has commented on.

      August 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      I like it so much, I keep it to share with you.

      don't you feel yourself closer to the realization that there is no god?

      can't you begin to see your past foolishness?

      August 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
      • Jim

        BTW, two things that would cause me to suspect that God does not exist would be the discovery that life formed somewhere other than earth or Man CREATING life himself here on earth using base chemistry.

        August 25, 2013 at 10:24 am |
      • Jim

        I have read of the Miller Urey Experiments. I have also read of Sydney Foxes Experiments. Neither of which produced a living organism. Biochemists still haven't been able to create a living organism from the naturally forming base chemistry or molecules that the two above scientists produced. In fact, as far as we know, life formed ONLY ONCE, one afternoon appx. 3.9 billion years ago, only on earth and has NEVER been replicated since. All living things alive today evolved from that one original organism. I didn't make this up. That is what the Encyclopedia Britannica says.

        August 25, 2013 at 10:29 am |
        • Dyslexic doG

          panspermia.

          August 25, 2013 at 11:02 am |
      • Jim

        There is no better place to prove Panspermia than right here in our own solar system where we KNOW life exists. But when we look around at the 70 or so other worlds, including moons, NOTHING ! Nothing confirmed in any meteorites either. Face it, life just doesn't appear to form all that NATURALLY !

        August 25, 2013 at 11:11 am |
        • Richard Cranium

          Jim
          " life just doesn't appear to form all that NATURALLY !"

          How do you possibly know that? When did you make the illogical leap from "doesn't appear to" to god did it?

          Life does appear to form naturally. We have just not been witness to it...YET.

          It doesn't appear that we need any gods, that they exist or have done anything except for spark mens imaginations when they first created gods.

          August 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
        • Maani

          Richard: "Life does appear to form naturally. We have just not been witness to it...YET." LOL.

          Funny, many atheists here say that believers have had over 2000 years to "prove" the existence of God. Well, atheists have had 5 BILLION years to prove that life appears "naturally."

          Nice try, though. LOL.

          August 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Jim

      I have contemplated the "non-existence" of God and have found no scientific evidence to date to support such a conclusion. Nor did Einstein, for that matter. He thought Atheists were wrong.

      August 25, 2013 at 10:20 am |
      • Observer

        "It was, of course, a LIE what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
        - Albert Einstein, letter to an atheist, 2/24/1954

        August 25, 2013 at 10:31 am |
      • Richard Cranium

        Jim
        I have studies the hypothesis of god, and found no evidence to support or detract from the hypothesis. The only logical conlusion that can be reached is we do not know. One thing is certain. The god of the bible was entirely made by men. There are far too many flaws in the bible for it to have had anything to do with what men have defined as god.

        August 25, 2013 at 10:37 am |
      • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

        I have contemplated the "non-existence" of Skeletor and have found no scientific evidence to date to support such a conclusion. Nor did David Hasselhoff, for that matter. He thought ASkeletorist were wrong.

        August 25, 2013 at 10:44 am |
      • sam stone

        i suppose it depends on how you define "God", jim

        August 25, 2013 at 10:57 am |
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