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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. Apple Bush

    Soon, due to the dilution of the gene pool, there will be no "white" people left on Earth. Old photographs will haunt us with images of how Europeans once appeared. When that happens, Christianity will fall. It is the religion of old white people and a few others with bad coffee breath. This is your truth Christians.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      Eeeewwww, a burning apple pie bush speaketh prophetically.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • John P. Tarver

      It is true apple, without the Holy Spirit the congregation is doomed. These losers have no more chance of keeping Christianity alive than the did in 135, when the Romans burned Jerusalem to the ground.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:33 am |
      • bostontola

        troll

        August 24, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • John P. Tarver

      Perhaps we will go to war with Russia in Northern Africa/Syria and the answer revealed in our lifetime, apple.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:35 am |
      • bostontola

        troll

        August 24, 2013 at 11:39 am |
    • Jeremy Piehler

      Really???? Your ignorance is showing. It's actually the opposite. Irreligious culture is only pre leant in white culture. Once whites die out, so with irreligious society. You should read a little before you post stupid stuff.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:36 am |
      • John P. Tarver

        Islam will cut the apple into little pieces when we are gone.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:39 am |
      • Apple Bush

        Don't get mad!

        August 24, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • JP

      Look at what happens when there's no moral compass, like some parts of Africa, people killing and raping each other without thought for their brothers and sisters. What is so wrong with the words of Jesus Christ, to do unto others as you'd like them do unto you? Especially all of you patriotic commentators on here making fun of those who support Christianity, but then you have "In God we trust" on your dollar bill? How hypocritical can you get? What a joke..

      August 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
      • G to the T

        "In God we Trust" is a recent addition (I prefer the original – "Mind Your Business") and Africa is predominately Christian so what was your point again?

        August 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
  2. The Rock

    I know that God is all powerful and stuff, but he sure needs a lot of money.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • bostontola

      And talk about needy...

      August 24, 2013 at 11:32 am |
  3. david

    Just to inject a little reality for all of you desperately hoping for something better because you believe in a god, here you go. Religion is astrology. Don't be surprised. People who are claimed to have wrote the Koran, the Torah, the Bible or whatever, knew astrology, they did not know science. Jesus has the same story as a bunch of other so called gods and it should make sense. Stop denying reality. You are welcome.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • Saved by HIM

      I dare you to even try and prove God and the Bible wrong. It can't be done. If you would research the Bible, and look through history, you can not prove it wrong. In fact it's more accurate than the books where you get your failing arguments from. If you truly set out on a course to prove the Bible and God wrong with Science, History, etc... you will fail. Thats no lie. And you can claim whatever you want, you may say "Oh well the Bible and God are full of contradictions." Wrong. If people would read the context of the word and pay attention to the wording, there would be no "contradictions." Go ahead and argue all you want and make excuses. The truth is, PRIDE is every mans downfall, and no matter what argument you come up with, the only one you are going to answer to is Jesus Christ. Kind of stupid to chance your eternity because of pride and arrogance.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:46 am |
      • Spin and Marky

        Incorrect.

        August 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
      • JP

        Well said.

        August 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
      • Athy

        You need to take some time off from church.

        August 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
      • Richard Cranium

        Geology, oceanology, ichtyology, biology, physics, meteorology, genetics all prove Noahs Ark did not happen. Beyond doubt.

        August 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
        • G to the T

          And Biblical Scholarship shows us it most definitely does have contradictions (esp the way Christians try to read it – as one consistent story instead of a collection of separate stories).

          August 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  4. Tammy Fuller

    thank you for this Jon. This has always been one of my favorite stories. Your article is a great reminder of God's great love for me and my responsibility to treat others with the same love.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:28 am |
  5. The Lamb of Christ

    If I had a dollar for every Christian preacher that preached against adultery on Sunday only to be busted banging his secretary on Monday, I'd be as rich as a televangelist.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      TBN is always lookin' for new blood.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am |
  6. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    A cult that wants you to turn control of your life over to an omnipresent invisible omnipotent being for the sake of its undead son whose flesh and blood you should consume as often as you can – how can that be boring?

    August 24, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • Saved by HIM

      Wrong.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:48 am |
  7. deena

    Great article! Love the way you write.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:26 am |
  8. John

    Awesome article. Very refreshing CNN..

    August 24, 2013 at 11:26 am |
  9. bostontola

    John P. Tarver actually thinks the earth came before the sun. Then tried to claim NASA has seen it happen in other system. I thought he was delusional, but he is just a run of the mill liar.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      Eeeewww, a false prophet bein' judgmental.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:28 am |
      • bostontola

        Eeewww? Really?

        August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • truthprevails1

      Both! He doesn't seem to grasp much outside of what his bible tells him.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • bostontola

        Or just a troll.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Bostontola
      I did some back checking of JPT's post, back to over a year ago. He makes many, many false claims, then claims those claims are part of an atheist conspiracy. It is obvious he doesn't understand even a little bit the sciences he tries to debunk.

      He is nothing but a pointless troll.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:38 am |
      • bostontola

        I agree completely.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:40 am |
      • Troll Hunter

        i see you found some to.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:55 am |
        • L.E.A.P.

          Hey spell check troll it's TOO as I. Also not to d.a.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  10. Apple Bush

    Why I hate church (5th) by Apple Bush

    1. What is back there?
    2. The girls want it but never have rubbers.
    3. Loitering
    4. Did I mention hymns?
    5. Goofy pointless sermons

    August 24, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • Apple Bush

      And YES, for you BORING people, in number "2" I AM referring to ANAL sex.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:37 am |
  11. The Lamb of Christ

    Christianity is worse than boring, it's a bunch of made up stories.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • John

      It's full of parables that show how God really is..

      August 24, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • Luke

      LOL. If it was made up you wouldn't be here fighting against it...you'd be off watching cartoons and having no thought of it at all.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • Sam

        It's mostly made up and borrowed from earlier pagan religions.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:31 am |
        • Luke

          If it was "mostly made up" it wouldn't be the source of obsession that it is for the Godless. Unbelievers don't spend lots of time and energy arguing against The Hobbit for example. Your actions speak louder than your words.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:34 am |
        • truthprevails1

          Luke: That was a poor come back. Christianity tries to impose itself on far too many aspects of the real world when there is so much evidence showing the fallacies within it. I'm not certain Hobbits are trying to do the same thing, outside of the fact that much like your imaginary friend god they are not real!

          August 24, 2013 at 11:39 am |
        • Saved by HIM

          It's funny cause you WILL NOT prove it wrong. I dare you to even try and prove God and the Bible wrong. It can't be done. If you would research the Bible, and look through history, you can not prove it wrong. In fact it's more accurate than the books where you get your failing arguments from. If you truly set out on a course to prove the Bible and God wrong with Science, History, etc... you will fail. Thats no lie. And you can claim whatever you want, you may say "Oh well the Bible and God are full of contradictions." Wrong. If people would read the context of the word and pay attention to the wording, there would be no "contradictions." Go ahead and argue all you want and make excuses. The truth is, PRIDE is every mans downfall, and no matter what argument you come up with, the only one you are going to answer to is Jesus Christ. Kind of stupid to chance your eternity because of pride and arrogance.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:52 am |
        • Johnny

          Nobody reads the Hobbit and then tries to tell my I should live my life based on its teachings. Anyone trying to get me to live my life based on a made up story is going to face resistance.

          August 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
      • JimK57

        Luke I have to agree with you. Alot of athiests on here have too much free time on their hands.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:39 am |
        • truthprevails1

          Pot meet kettle. We see the same christians on here daily also.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:40 am |
        • Troll Hunter

          Hey TruthTroll- Is it not an article about Christianity? So my question would be, Why are you even reading it? Or did you? My guess would be no you didn't. You just Troll from one blog to the next to try and prove something that you can't.

          August 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
        • *

          JimK,

          There is no such word as "alot". It's "a lot".
          (will let the possible typo in "athiests" go, but heads-up, Kid...)

          August 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
  12. Jon

    Good job cnn, continue to attack the Christain base...I wait to see an article in which you demonize Islam, Buddhism, or even Atheism...but alas...why should I expect that.

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

      Jon, what is wrong with Atheism? What is wrong with Buddhism? CNN runs pieces on Islam all the time.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • bostontola

      Dude, you're the biggest religion on the planet, act like it, grow a pair.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • Tallus

      Your religion is, despite being fractured into 500 million different versions of itself because not one person can agree on how exactly to read the thing, the religion practiced by the majority in the country, and on the planet. If the fact that no one can agree on how to read it doesn't instill in you the doubt about the whole being anything other than mystical, uneducated tripe, then perhaps the only thing that will is when people start picking on it.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:27 am |
      • pugh7755

        Speaking of uneducated...you my freind are a perfect example.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • Curwen

      The Christian base has attacked many themselves no?
      You can only dish it out but not take it?

      August 24, 2013 at 11:39 am |
  13. Apple Bush

    Why I hate church (4th edition) by Apple Bush

    1. Really dumb clothes
    2. Christian "Rock"
    3. Hymns
    4. Germs and lots of them!
    5. It's a business

    August 24, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • a believer

      Jeez, your constant critique seems to indicate that you are going to a lot of crazy churches. Perhaps if you truly want to explore if God is real you need to find some sane Christians to have a conversation with. That is if you really want to explore.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:27 am |
      • Richard Moore

        Sanity and Christianity are considered mutually exclusive to some. I know they are to me.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:34 am |
  14. edward

    Christianity's worst problem is not how boring it is. Its worst problem is that it is false like all other religion.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Edward, wrong. It is ok to lie as long as it is exciting. That is the message we need to take from this article.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • Richard Moore

        Batman is a lie, but it's at least entertaining. Plus that last one had Anne Hathaway in it. Maybe if she read me the bible I'd care more.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:36 am |
        • I've changed

          Batman does great work and he doesn't require worship to his infallibility in order to do so.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • a believer

      What examples can you give that give credence to your post. Just askin.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • edward

        When you think about what you are not Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Jain... you will then start to grasp why people are atheist.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:45 am |
  15. Marian

    I totally disagree!!! When you know God–when you know His Son and the Holy Spirit your life is filled with joy and wonder and abundance–God didn't create us to be boring–He created us to live with passion, desire, hope, curiosity. He gave us science and art and music..He made us to serve and learn and listen and help....He made us to explore and seek and search for knowledge....doesn't sound boring to me!!!!! You my dear writer are hanging out with the wrong Christians.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • Luke

      Precisely

      August 24, 2013 at 11:18 am |
    • bostontola

      Science, art, music, all man made creations, they have that in common with all religions, all man made.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • Luke

        Is there anything that isn't man-made in your opinion? If everything is man-made, what makes one man-made thing legitimate (say, government for example) and another thing (religion) illegitimate?

        August 24, 2013 at 11:27 am |
        • John P. Tarver

          The atheist social/political agenda finds it's roots in fascism.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am |
        • bostontola

          Luke,
          I didn't comment on validity at all, just that they are man made. Everyone can have their own opinion on good vs bad.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:42 am |
      • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

        Eeeeewwww, a false prophet.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:27 am |
      • pugh7755

        That's where you are wrong. God created it all...even you.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:36 am |
        • I've changed

          Zero evidence for creation.Overwhelming evidence to the contrary.If your intention is to abandon evidence as your basis for reality,you have succeeded.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • Sawmills

      I totally agree! I found it strange that someone could say an entire religion is boring! There are so many different ways you can serve God. If you're bored of Christianity (which I don't think is possible if you're a strong believer) then you should look at what you're not doing to make it "boring" to you.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Kris

      Marian, I do believe you missed the point. The writer doesn't believe Christianity/Christians...he is writing to that person who says Christianity is boring and giving him an example of why it is not.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • Tallus

      God doesn't exist. You are leading your life on the premise of a disgusting lie. Have you ever even read the bible? It's full of violence, hatred, stupid rules that were dumb even in the age it was written, and massively contradicts itself. If you think that's a book that'll lead you to peace, you should be incarcerated because of the awful things it commands you to do in its name.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am |
  16. bostontola

    If it's Truth, boring doesn't matter. Christians are so worried about losing their perch as the top religion that they have lost focus on what matters. Their days are numbered.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      EEEEewwww, a false prophet.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:26 am |
      • bostontola

        Days are numbered.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:27 am |
  17. wolverinoceros

    – Christianity, like ALL religions, is OBSOLETE ... we need to find other ways to control and organise a society in a disciplined manner. Evolution must do the rest.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • Sara

      Evolution will probably do so by imprisoning people who can't control themselves without religion or by making them so undesirable that they are not selected as mating partners in our now far more selective society.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • Luke

      True faith is not control. It's free will.

      By trying to eliminate religion it is *you* and those like you who are doing violence to man's free will.

      If you really believe what you're preaching you'd leave religious people alone.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • priestnking

      obsolete? that will be you when your in the lake of fire...Revelation 20.. Get right with God while you can!

      August 24, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Tallus

      Evolution doesn't work like that. Please stop using it in the improper context because it just feeds people (like some of the idiots who replied to you here) to continue perpetuating this ridiculous notion that evolution, even when applied correctly, doesn't exist. America is the laughing stock of the planet because people aren't getting it.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:31 am |
      • Sara

        There are a lot of researchers looking at whether there are genetic elements to religiosity and whether genetic traits linked to religiosity might be favored or disfavored in reproduction. This is by no means a radical or fringe area.

        August 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
  18. Luke

    It's a false premise. If your worship is boring you're at the wrong church. True worship, in spirit and truth, is anything but boring.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      Worship is how you live yer life during the week. Yer confused.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:13 am |
      • Luke

        False dichotomy... It's not one or the other, it's both/and.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • californiarestinpeace

      You're the perfect candidate for the latest MLM.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  19. Larry Craig

    Come on: There is no god! Live your life to the fullest, because this is the only chance you will ever have.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • John P. Tarver

      Einstein's Copenhagen Interpretation of 1935 is, "Relativity and Quantum Mechanics require a sentient being outside the universe to make the universe real."

      August 24, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • Larry L

        Rligious people sped their lives defending a theology created by man to serve his needs. None of the gods from any of the many religions has ever actually appeared – anywhere. None of the prayers are actually answered yet every good outcome is attributed to "the grace of god". You believe because you need to believe. The concept of an absolute mortality creates fear – and a feeling of insignificance in the Universe. So you create your own "answers" and defend them forever.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:26 am |
        • John P. Tarver

          Religion is the cure for normal human psychosis. Your mental issues are your's to deal with.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:30 am |
      • Richard Cranium

        Wow JPT, You really are out on a limb on that one. Trying to use the Copenhagen interpretation as evidence of a god. That is a wild misrepresentation of what it means, and what the debate is about.
        You are attempting to cherry pick excerpts from science to try to bolster your argument.
        You are dishonest, trying to twist science and sound bytes from scientists to bolster your god hypothesis.

        Stop with the dishonesty JPT. You are misrepresenting many poeples works and words.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:59 am |
      • Sara

        John, It's not a matter of making the world real, but of making it definite. The universe is not unreal because it exists as probabilities only precisely defined when viewed. Even if you required such a world (not supported by the data) you could have universal consciousness in matter in a Spinozan form that doesn't remotely resemble what. most people consider "God".

        And all of this assumes the Copenhagen interpretation is true rather than one of the many multiverse or other competing theories. It may well be, but it proves nothing remotely like a Christian god.

        August 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • priestnking

      boy are you mistaken! Who do you think holds together your 70 trillion cells, and authored the dna that makes you who you are? Who tells your cells to replicate, and your body to turn that cheeseburger into useable energy? You better start taking another look at the facts. Jesus Christ is the source of it all.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • John P. Tarver

        Word

        August 24, 2013 at 11:21 am |
        • californiarestinpeace

          Terd

          August 24, 2013 at 11:25 am |
        • pothead

          Nerd

          August 25, 2013 at 10:27 am |
      • Tallus

        A Muslim will tell you Allah did that. If everyone of a different religion can come in and have their prophet or god claim to do what you claim Jesus does, then the only conclusion is that you're all wrong, or that all but 1 of you is wrong, because you can't all be right, especially since you at least agree that your gods aren't the same god.

        But, there is no god, so whatever.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:33 am |
      • G to the T

        False premise – you assume a "who" in question where none may need to exist.

        August 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  20. Mac

    When everything a christian believes in is pure hogwash how could it not be boring? Nature in all its beauty and reality is much more fun.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • John P. Tarver

      Creation is itself proof of creation.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • Sawmills

        Amen to that!

        August 24, 2013 at 11:26 am |
      • Tallus

        There's no such thing as "creation." The universe manifests on its own as a result of conditions that existed at the time. You create a bigger problem by claiming something vastly more complex, and even intelligent, existed before 'existence' existed.

        August 24, 2013 at 11:34 am |
        • John P. Tarver

          Einstein's Copenhagen Interpretation is, "Relativity and Quantum Mechanics require a sentient being outside the universe to make the universe real." That some are aware of this is not something that cam be ignored.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:37 am |
        • pugh7755

          Your argument has a magor flaw, which is why all non-believers and athiests are so misinformed. The complexity of everything from the universe to mankind only points to the existance of God. If there was no God and the everything came from the chaos of the scientific big bang (which I believe, but was Creation) then explain why everything in the universe and beyond can be broken down into a mathmatical calculation. That was just random? The odds of that happening far exceed the odds of God creating everything.

          Another bit of evidence...nature creates randomness on it's own. It cannot create information (like a perfect mathmatical calculation), however, in our bodies we have trillions upon trillions of "instructions" or "information" on how our bodies are to function and grow in the for of a single DNA strand. Therefore, we cannot exist without a higher intellegence giving our bodies that information, which nature cannot do...by nature.

          Yes, these strands of DNA sometimes become mutated and cancer, other illnesses, and deformieties develop, but this does not prove the absence of God, nor does it prove God is a masochist. Once sin and corruption was introduced into the world, the perfection that God created was succeptable to corruption in the form of sin and disease. People like to blame God, say he doesn't exist, or say "why would a loving God allow such bad things to happen"...well the answer is simple. Sin. We are in a constant battle with a destructive enemy, who sickens us with cancer, or causes a family to be burned to death in their home. God gives us the power to stop these things from happening, yet some disregard it as a fairy tale. Yet, they wonder why bad things happen. For instance, prayer was taken out of the schools, now we fear to send our kids to school because they might be shot to death. Some argue why would God let things like this happen. This answer is simple as well...God is not allowed in school anymore. Put God back into school and these things will end. The recent increase in random killings is nother result of a Godless society. We cannot live in sin and by sin and expect things to be perfect and violence free. There is no peace without God, and contrary to what athiest think...there is no good without God.

          August 24, 2013 at 11:55 am |
        • Richard Cranium

          pugh7755
          Wow, you really jump to a bunch of conclusions based on nothing but opinion, and quite often you are very, very wrong.

          God has not been taken out of schools. Individuals may pray all they want. What was removed is people forcing their beliefs on others. Also, there were school shootings going on long before the burdon of your beliefs were removed from the backs of people who do not share your beliefs. We still have a long way to go to put things back to right, such as removing the lie "in god we trust " of OUR money, and returning the Pledge back to we the people, since the christians stole it from we the poeple in the 50's.

          August 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
        • OTOH

          Richard Cranium,

          True about the Pledge of Allegiance, but actually that pledge wasn't even written until 1892 - long after the "We the people" of the founding fathers.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance

          August 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.