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July 9th, 2010
09:13 AM ET

Spiritual Safari: The Gospel According to Kenyan Cabbies

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

If you want to tap into the religious spirit of a country, you can go to its churches and mosques and listen to the words of its preachers and imams. But the lived religion of a nation is just as accessible on the streets.

On my recent visit to Kenya, I saw lions and leopards lazing in the Samburu National Reserve and hyenas chomping on flamingo bones at Lake Nakuru, but my spiritual safari was equally intriguing. While touring through the highlands north of the capital city of Nairobi I saw religious fervor on hand-painted street signs ("El Shadai Dressmaker" and "Bismillah Butchery") and the ubiquitous minivan taxis known as matatus (nearly as deadly, I might add, as the crocodile).

Thanks to the rapid growth of the spirit-filled Christian style known as Pentecostalism, Christianity is running wild in Africa, expanding from 9 million to 355 million souls over the course of the twentieth century, and Kenya is no exception.

Here hand-painted signs in even tiny towns announce a half dozen options for Sunday morning worship services—from old stalwarts such as the A.C.K. (Anglican Church of Kenya) and the P.C.E.A. (Presbyterian Church of East Africa) to tin shack upstarts such as the “Maximum Miracle Centre” and the “Shekinah Power Camp; Love Church.”

My favorite was “Jesus Winner Ministry,” outside of Nanyuki in the Kenya Highlands, a micro-church packed on a Sunday morning with Kenyans singing praise songs and literally shaking the makeshift roof.

What really struck me, however, were the religious proclamations that bounced up and down the bumpy roads of Kenya, following me everywhere. In a country where it is not unusual for citizens to walk for miles to pick up or deliver a jug of milk, modes of transport are dear, and many come (like boats in America) with names or mottos. I saw trucks proclaiming “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great”) and “Rastas Never Die.” 

But the overwhelming majority of these missionaries in motion were preaching the resurrected Christ. Images of Jesus (almost always white) were inescapable. I saw trucks called “Soul Winner,” motorcycles affirming “In God We Trust,” and a bicycle splash guard that said “Obey God.” Matatus, the minivan cabs speeding everywhere in Kenya, were the favorite palette for proclaiming the gospel. One was called "Rapture." Others were named “God’s Chariot,” “Witness,” and “Christitude.”

The Kikuyu people of Kenya, the country’s largest tribe, refer to Mount Kenya as “Where God Lives.” That may be. But God lives too in the rush of wheels across sand and stone.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Christianity

soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Njau Ndirangu

    What is happening in Kenya is Christian Fanaticism as a result of hopelessness. People are holding on to gleam of hope and expecting a miracle and preachers are cashing in.

    July 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  2. SomeoneElse

    Christianity is on the rise in Africa and many parts of China while declining in the West. Of course, Africa is full of ignorant, uneducated people with no hope while the West is filled with educated people, critical thinking, and good living conditions. What does that tell you about religion 😉

    July 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  3. Original Gene

    I realize it “has no bearing on Reality”…or to Verify, Leah or to you, Peace2all, but it means allot to those who love God.

    July 12, 2010 at 9:36 am |
    • peace2all

      @Original Gene........Thank you for at least finally being honest in acknowledging that your belief are not facts...

      "it means a lot to those who love god.." Who's god..? Which god...? Now the rest of it is still arguing over a book that you are asserting that you love god..which again is on 'faith' because....once again......beief/faith does not = knowing...

      But good luck to you and I wish you well....

      July 13, 2010 at 12:40 am |
  4. HeIsGod

    Leah (TXanimal)
    @HeIsGod:

    *Religion are human beings working their way to God, but fail. They deceive, lie, are corrupted, steal, kill, and destroy, both physically and spiritually. Not all human beings do it, but are part of a religion that other people bash at.*

    Why shucks, HeIsGod, I do believe we've found some common ground!

    But the other beliefs who acknowledge Christ in a different manner or do not believe in Jesus at all are also "the truth"...to those who practice. However, we've both stated our viewpoints here, and I think we'll probably have to agree to disagree...agreed?

    YES, we agree! There are many nondenominational that believe in Christ and practice He has taught us and there are others that just don't believe in Him or even in God, period.

    July 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  5. Original Gene

    Oh and ditto to Reality too!

    July 11, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  6. Original Gene

    To Leah;
    I believe the Old and New Testaments, of the Judeo-Christian bible, are the right scriptures – divinely inspired by God and is the word of God. Its’ authenticity, is backed up by thousands of manuscripts, found to match agreement in over 99.5% of the texts. Unless you are a bible scholar and/or a Christian, who is deeply familiar with Gods’ word, you are not a credible source of information for this topic and your assumptions and superficial knowledge of the bible, mean nothing to me.

    July 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Thank, friend, well said! Those who are carnal minded can not receive the things of the Spirit.

      God bless you!! : – )

      July 11, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Original Gene........And, ultimately, it absolutely has no bearing on 'reality' as to all you of you fundies arguing over my bible is the right one your is not.....my god(your made up opinion from your belief that your bible is the right one), is the right true god, and your's isn't.

      Again, all of this has no bearing on reality......arguing over all of your uquestioned assumptions and 'beliefs'.....which again...

      Belief is just that belief....It does not = Absolute Fact or Knowing.

      And for you OG, and heisgod and the rest of the fundies to continually act and spout 'religious' claims=fact is ridiculous.....

      July 12, 2010 at 2:45 am |
  7. Leah (TXanimal)

    *As I said before, I don’t rely on what others do or say, I have to answer to God, not men.*

    That's the point. All of these men felt they were answering to God. And they all interpreted the "clear" answers in the Bible differently. You're a Jehovah's Witness, correct? So surely, you know the history of that particular organization. JWs have beliefs that are very different from mainstream Christianity, and those ideas were extracted from scripture by men.

    *If a person is a hearer of the Word, yet not obedient to it, he is deceived.*

    But there are many interpretations of what it means to be "obedient".

    *Being a doer of the WORD isn’t an option, it is a command: BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD. We are to act on the Word, not just read it.*

    So according to your beliefs, Luther's followers are screwed (justification by faith alone). I'm totally joking...a little levity never hurt 😉

    July 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Hi, Leah. No, I am not a Jehovah witness, though I believe that Jehovah is our Father God as they do. I am a nondenominational Christian, a follower of Christ and His Living Word. It is not easy to explain our spiritual relationship with God to others as it only takes a spiritual relationship with Christ in order to understand the things of the Holy Spirit. There are many interpretations of the Word of God, not in "obedient". Obedient is to follow what saith the Lord, according to His Word. I don't know much about Luther's belief or Jehovah Witness's belief. I will say that it is only through faith that one can be obedient towards God.

      : – )

      July 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
    • peace2all

      @heisgod......Hey there heisgod...

      O.K....I think you summed up and discredited and contradicted your whole continual arguement.....Just getting to see you use the word 'believe' in a sentence finally puts a smile on my face....

      Remember.....'belief' does not = absolute fact or knowing... And you have been claiming absolute knowing and fact about your religion....

      Good talking with you again....

      July 12, 2010 at 2:51 am |
  8. HeIsGod

    Leah – Says:

    So who's right? Who gets the free pass to heaven? All of them, just because they claimed to believe in God and/or Jesus?

    @ Leah – JOHN 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten SON, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not PARISH, but have EVERLASTING LIFE. – This are the people who are going to heaven, the ones that accepted Christ as their Lord and Redeemer. There is no other way to heaven, except through Him, Jesus Christ, our God.

    July 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  9. HeIsGod

    @ Leah (TXanimal)
    @HeIsGod: What happens if you get to the Pearly Gates and find out the Jews or Muslims or Hindus were actually "right"?

    Leah, I know who I serve. I know who I am in Christ. Christ died on the Cross of Calvary for all Jews, Muslims, and Hindus, including all unbelievers. I have the confidence that the God I serve is not a man that He should lie, neither the a man that He should lie. It takes faith, trust, confidence, and a true spiritual relationship with Christ for me to know that I know. : – )

    July 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      I appreciate your honesty!

      My point is: all members of all religions feel the SAME way you do about their beliefs!

      July 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      My point is: all members of all religions feel the SAME way you do about their beliefs!

      I agree with what you are saying, but the problem is that some, not all, religions know about Christ and don't acknowledge Him as who He is, the Son of God. Muslims and Jews sees Him as a prophet, Christians see Him as our God, Redeemer of all mankind.

      Religion are human beings working their way to God, but fail. They deceive, lie, are corrupted, steal, kill, and destroy, both physically and spiritually. Not all human beings do it, but are part of a religion that other people bash at.

      Christianity is God reaching out to men and women through a relationship in Christ Jesus. Many can have a religion, but few has a relationship with God who is seeking those that will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. The only way we can doe this is through a personal intimate spiritual relationship.

      July 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      @HeIsGod:

      *Religion are human beings working their way to God, but fail. They deceive, lie, are corrupted, steal, kill, and destroy, both physically and spiritually. Not all human beings do it, but are part of a religion that other people bash at.*

      Why shucks, HeIsGod, I do believe we've found some common ground!

      But the other beliefs who acknowledge Christ in a different manner or do not believe in Jesus at all are also "the truth"...to those who practice. However, we've both stated our viewpoints here, and I think we'll probably have to agree to disagree...agreed? 😉

      July 11, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  10. verify

    Gene: You know how you feel about Joseph Smith's book...? Well, that is *exactly* what non-believers think about yours.

    July 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  11. Original Gene

    Yes and the book HE wrote in the 19th century, was a seperate book, not an addition to the Judeo-Christian bible.

    July 11, 2010 at 9:28 am |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      I'm assuming that this was the bit of "untrue" information you had issue with in my post about Joseph Smith (my apologies, for whatever reason, I'm not able to reply to my own posts today...).

      Mainstream Christianity views the Book of Mormon as an addition to the Bible...something which they believe to be strictly forbidden. Mormon's refer to it as a "separate" book ("Another Testament of Jesus Christ"). So to go along with my original question: who's right? If the answer is "in the scriptures"...whose scriptures and whose interpretation?

      July 11, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
    • Reality

      Gene, added information on Joe Smith's version of the bible:

      The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible (JST), also called the Inspired Version of the Bible (I.V.), is a version of the Bible dictated by Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. Smith considered this work to be "a branch of his calling" as a prophet. The work is the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) with some significant additions and revisions. It is a sacred text and is part of the canon of the Community of Christ, formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS), and other Latter Day Saint churches. Selections from the Joseph Smith Translation are also included in the footnotes and the appendix in the LDS-published King James Version of the Bible, but the LDS Church has only officially canonized certain excerpts that appear in its Pearl of Great Price.

      July 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  12. Original Gene

    To Peace2all;
    Yes, Those "vulnerable, weak and malnourished are often prime targets", by Christian missionaries; to love, feed and educate (including the truth) without expecting anything in return – It's call agape love – as God calls Christians, to practice. God bless the missionaries! It doesn't sound like you've ever taken a mission trip.

    P.S. @ "Gene", Jesse and Busted Bloodvessel; I think Jesus, was brown and that he did not resemble Anwar Sadat – and the color of his skin doesn't matter, to a real Christian.

    July 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Original Gene:

      Well, we were in agreement....and a rational provable one at that......But, OG, then you just had to go and tear down any reason to respect your arguement, when you to (including the truth)......which of course means YOUR religion of christianity, which you assume, with absolutely no valid proof to support your statement.

      Secondly, where you really(now I will admit, maybe not all cases), flat out lied...."missionaries don't expect anything in return"...Well, truly, their primary 'goal' while feeding them is...as you already said earlier....to try and 'educate' (convert) them to the truth.' Big assumption there OG.....

      Applause for feeding the hungry, which I do in the U.S....without trying to shove religion down their throat while they are shoving the true food they need....FOOD.

      Missionaries, I certainly give some respect to for their work to feed people FOOD.....But, on the other hand missionaries are basically the christian church -salespeople/PR group.....etc....

      Please just leave the jesus thing out of it and you would find a bit more respectability, rather than being seen as a wolf in sheeps clothing with your hidden agenda of conversion......

      Peace to you...

      July 11, 2010 at 2:58 am |
    • jersey

      peace2all- your respect is probably less valuable to those who believe in Jesus than you think

      July 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  13. Leah (TXanimal)

    @HeIsGod: do a little historical research. Several of these individuals DID suffer or cause massive suffering due to their beliefs. By all accounts Martin Luther was a medical mess because of the anxiety he felt over his beliefs...not to mention he had the cojones to openly challenge the religious mainstream, which in those days, was considered "un-Christian". And Henry VIII can hardly be considered a paragon of Christian virtue, despite the fact that he practiced the Christian religion. Joseph Smith defied local and state laws and superimposed his own religious laws in the communities he settled, not to mention the various mobs of his supporters who wreaked havoc on existing communities. He also believed in oracles and added a whole new section to the Bible. John Wesley was harrassed by other Christians in England for his beliefs because they were "incorrect" according to mainstream Anglican clergy. Roger Williams (First Baptist Church of America founder) supported the idea of the separation of church and state in the early 1600s and felt it was not the government's place to dictate how a person should worship.

    So who's right? Who gets the free pass to heaven? All of them, just because they claimed to believe in God and/or Jesus?

    July 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
    • Original Gene

      To Leah;
      Are you a self-appointed, goggle happy, expert, on Christian history? You did provide some facts – although incomplete and mixed with untrue information. I do need to point out that Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormon church) made absolutely NO addition to the Judeo-Christian bible.
      So, God's right (the answers are in the scriptures/bible) and he decides who gets the pass to heaven, although it's not a free pass – Christ paid the price.

      July 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm |
    • Reality

      Original Gene,

      Hmmm, the mythical "pretty, thingie, horn-playing" Moroni who adorns the top of all Mormon temples was not an addition to Joe Smith's take on his version of the bible? Smith and his mythical Moroni are, by the way, in the top twenty cons pulled on the human race.

      July 11, 2010 at 7:55 am |
    • HeIsGod

      Leah – Says:

      So who's right? Who gets the free pass to heaven? All of them, just because they claimed to believe in God and/or Jesus?

      @ Leah – Who is right? JESUS CHRIST, my trust is not in any men regardless of their past or history. Who goes to heaven?

      JOHN 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten SON, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not PARISH, but have EVERLASTING LIFE. – This are the people who are going to heaven, the ones that accepted Christ as their Lord and Redeemer. There is no other way to heaven, except through Him, Jesus Christ, our God.

      July 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      @ HeIsGod

      *Who is right? JESUS CHRIST, my trust is not in any men regardless of their past or history. Who goes to heaven?*

      But before you have stated that people who support gay marriage, yet believe in Jesus with all their heart are NOT true Christians, and are NOT going to heaven. That's my point...all of the men in those historical examples have differing interpretations of the Bible (Martin Luther even changed the wording when he translated it into German)...some that may or may not line up with what you perceive as "truth". So the crux is: Does it matter what else you believe, as long as you believe in and love Jesus?

      July 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      @OG

      LOL. Google. No. Those are pieces of information anyone with a basic background in religious history would know. And "incomplete"? Well, I don't know about you, but I don't think CNN is the proper forum in which to write a thesis. "Untrue"? My guess is that the only piece of information you have a problem with is my reference to the Book of Mormon, which I answered in another reply.

      But you prove my point beautifully. The answers are "in the scriptures"? Whose version? Luther's? Smith's? The Catholic Church's? Calvin's? They all thought they found "the truth".

      July 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  14. Reality

    Spiritual Safari: The Gospel According to Kenyan Cabbies vs. the Gospel According to Those Who Analyzed It- continued

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

    July 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Reality.......Good postings.....

      Peace....

      July 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      At least those stories are entertaining...

      July 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
    • Dan

      Citations? Where do you get this? Perhaps you are just a babbler.

      July 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  15. Reality

    Spiritual Safari: The Gospel According to Kenyan Cabbies vs. the Gospel According to Those Who Analyzed It:

    Jesus was an illiterate, Jewish, simple preacher man who suffered from h-llucinations and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a m-mzer from Nazareth.

    July 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
    • Dan

      Illiterate? While visiting His hometown, Nazareth, He read to the people in the synogogue from the book of Isaiah (Luke 4:17 – 21). How did He do this as an illiterate. Clearly you have no understanding of who He is and are making up your own fairy tales about Him to justfy your own beliefs.

      July 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
    • Reality

      Dan, I have tried answering your comments with appropriate citations but they are not going through. Google or Bing the subjects at hand.

      July 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  16. Ammar

    HeIsGod, this does not sound convincing to a lot of people; not even to the poor and vulnerable people in Africa and elsewhere in the world. I am certain that Jesus (peace be upon him) himself does not approve taking advantage of poverty and vulnerability of people to bring these poor people under "His kingdom".

    July 10, 2010 at 2:17 am |
    • HeReigns

      Dear Ammar,
      I don't understand how is ministering to the poor is akin to taking advantage of them. They are often fed, clothed, healed....no one forces conversion in ministry. Is there a sharing of beliefs going on? Yes. The believers who minister to the poor don't get some sort trophy to put in their shelf. But those who do accept Issa into their heart have prayer access to God, with peace and joy that can follow.

      There are so many hurting in the world, not only due to poverty, but from so many other situations. Christians won't stop ministering our fellow humans. And if people are in service/ministry with any other reason than to honor God, that is between God and them to answer for/repent of.

      July 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      @ Ammar – If ministering doesn't convince to other people, than nothing can convincing them of the free gift of salvation that Christ has given to each and everyone of us. How are we taking advantage of the poverty and vulnerable of people? Your comment makes no sense. Even the very richest man/woman on earth needs to turn their life around and return back to God, if of course they are not saved. Christ died for even the most richest to the most poorest person on earth. When He stretched His arms on the Cross of Calvary, He meant, "ALL" are welcome, not some are welcome.

      July 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
    • Dan

      Ammar: Six million Muslims are leaving Islam every year to become Christians in Africa alone! The dead rituals of Islam (e.g. bowing five times a day) have left them hungry for real life in Christ.

      July 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  17. Ammar

    Christianity is fast-growing in poor-Africa and all other vulnerable regions in the world; while Islam is the Fastest growing religion in rich and prosperous US and Europe. At one end people are converted in order to be fed; and at other end people are converting after a long journey looking for the truth!
    What a contrast!!!

    July 10, 2010 at 1:17 am |
    • HeIsGod

      Ammar, people are looking to be fed and seeking the Truth and it can only come through Jesus Christ who is the very Bread of Life. When one gives their life to Christ, one feels complete, for He is the Rock of our Salvation, we shall not want (lack).

      July 10, 2010 at 1:26 am |
    • peace2all

      @Heisgod--How are you...? I am beginning to enjoy our meetings on the blogosphere......I hope that you are doing well....In christ of course..

      I have to say though.....I think that @Ammar has some good points here....

      My issue with your statement is...."people are looking to be fed and seeking the Truth can only come through Jesus Christ who is the very Bread of Life. When one gives their life to Christ, one feels complete, for He is the Rock of our Salvation, we shall not want(lack)."

      Yeah, I have a bit of problem with that......I am not sure(maybe I'm wrong here), but it doesn't seem like you are taking into account that first.....human physical starvation is what they need to be fed and nourished with. In other words....FOOD. If someone who is starving and 'gives their life to JC' that will not solve their issue of dying from starvation. So....no physical food=definitely 'wanting and lacking.'

      Why don't see what it is like to starve....and see how jesus will take care of your diminishing physical health. O.K...I know...but at least when you do die, then you will be with jc in heaven....I get it...

      And my other problem is that often, the vulnerable, weak and malnourished are often prime targets for the religious zealots for conversion. If people are being tortured or starving, etc.....they will say and do virtually anything to get the pain to stop.

      I get your religion, but can't ya' just go into other countries and feed them and leave it at that without trying to convert them to you what you consider to be the truth....? Leave your god out of it......or.....at least give them instruction on all of the other religions and benefits that go along with them....

      But, most importantly, help bring them into the 21st century culturally, and infostructurally so they can survive.....and then...they can make informed decisions about whether they want to be in any religion or not, without being under the context starvation, poverty, torture, etc....

      Just some thoughts....Again, I hope that you are doing well @heisgod....I like our 'spirited' debates.....I hope that you feel the same way. Mutual respect is always a good thing....

      Peace to you.....

      July 10, 2010 at 4:24 am |
    • HeReigns

      Rich, Poor, East, West, College-Educated, or not won't matter in the end. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess, not by the force of man, but by the sword of the Spirit....because then all will fully realize who Jesus is.

      Study the Injeel...the whole NT. It's invaluable to learn what pleases God.

      July 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Peace to you.....
      @ peace2all – Hello, good to hear from you too, even when we had are disagreements. LOL. What I meant about the feeding part was many need to be spiritually fed, I should have stated that. Even if I meant to say fed, by eating, when we give our lives to Christ, we become God’s responsibility and God provides all of our needs according to His riches in Glory. We do have Christians Ministries that go out to other countries to help those that are in need, even within our country. Our church does what they can to help the homeless. You are misunderstanding that this has nothing to do with religion, it has to do with one having a one on one relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the Mediator between men and God. No one can come to the Father, except it is through Christ.

      Philippians 4:19
      But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
      Psalm 37:25
      I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
      This is why you and I don’t agree, you want to leave God out of it when God is the Creator of heaven and earth. And what many of you don’t understand is many people have chosen Curses over Blessings. If you read the Bible, I would like to share the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 28 and you will see why we see so much starvation and corruption all over the world. It has to do with our obedience or rejection towards God.

      If you want this world to be a better place, leaving God will be the worse thing to do, it will remain and it will become worse than we are seeing today, this Jesus Christ has already spoken.

      July 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Correction for comment replied to peace2all:

      "You are misunderstanding, this has nothing to do with religion"

      July 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
    • Leah (TXanimal)

      @HeIsGod: What happens if you get to the Pearly Gates and find out the Jews or Muslims or Hindus were actually "right"?

      July 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
    • Dan

      Ammar: Islam is far from the fastest growing religion in the US. Pentacostalism is, just as in Africa. Most of teh American converts to Islam are in prison, where they band together for mutual support and protection from other groups. The Islam that is practiced here is moslty that of Louis Farrakhan, who has been rejected by most of the Muslim world as one of the Munufuqeen. His Islam is syncretic, mixing elements of Christianity and Islam.

      July 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  18. Vendo Thefastlane

    It's 2010, and religion is still hanging in there. Kind of shocking if you think about it.

    July 10, 2010 at 12:51 am |
    • HeIsGod

      Vendo, this has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with what God is doing to bring many to His kingdom. I can't believe how many unbelievers think that they don't have a God to answer to. Open up your spiritual eyes!

      July 10, 2010 at 1:16 am |
    • jonathan

      Jesus lasts forever!!!!

      July 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
    • jonathan

      Jesus lasts forever..if you die without him you don't..:)

      July 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
    • Dan

      What does the date have to do with it? Faith is timeless.

      July 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      @ Dan – Amen! No one can put God on the clock, much less our faith! Well said! Bless you!

      July 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  19. cleuber giovanni

    New consumers to sell Jesus name.Religious colonizations

    July 9, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
    • jonathan

      yesss Jesus said to go into all the nations of the earth..

      July 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  20. Michael

    Praise God! Wonderful to see the Kenyans praising the Lord Jesus in their colourful ways.

    July 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
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