Wide out blames God for dropped ball
November 29th, 2010
11:22 AM ET

Wide out blames God for dropped ball

By CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson dropped a game-winning touchdown in the end zone Sunday in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Anyone who has ever tossed the pigskin around in the back yard dreams of that scenario - minus the drop, of course.

Johnson did not even have to work for the ball. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass was text-book perfect, landing squarely in Johnson's hands.

After the game, Johnson's twitter account filed this faithy tweet:



Johnson was emotional in the post game press conference.

"It was a great call; it was something we knew we could beat them on....It came to the back of the end zone. I had the game in my hands and then dropped it. That's it."

He said the play was something he would never get over.

"How would you feel? You've got this game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and you got this kid coming up in the NFL making plays..All of a sudden, when the biggest play needs to be made, you don't make it. You feel bad. I'm devastated right now."

Just last week Johnson was fined $5,000 by the NFL by for wearing a t-shirt under his jersey that said, "Why so serious?" After scoring a touchdown, he lifted his shirt to reveal the Batman-inspired quote from the Joker.

Interestingly enough, he praised God for helping him make that catch.

At a press conference last Wednesday, Johnson said, "It happened. And if it wasn't going to happen, I wouldn't have caught the ball." Then he was asked by reporters if he regretted his actions. "I don't really regret anything. I'm playing under God. So if it happens, it happens," he said.

This brings us to a larger theological question: Does God hate the Buffalo Bills? You may remember this is the very team that lost four straight Super Bowls.

What do you think?

Check out a piece we did on this earlier: When did God become a sports fan?

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: New York • Sports • United States

soundoff (616 Responses)
  1. svscnn


    November 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  2. Rob

    LOL! if god does exist im sure he has more important things to worry about than a stupid football game.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
    • jonathan

      yeah , like the people who are watching the stupid game and the ones who are playing it..

      those watching the game have their back turned to God...:(

      November 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  3. chuckd88

    I never work on Sundays and it has nothing to do with god. Maybe dudes problem is that he prays all the time. He should probably spend less time praying and more time practicing catching a football!

    November 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
    • jonathan

      I doubt it, he gets paid to catch a football..more like he needs to practice something else...like tell others how to do their job when they drop the ball... πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  4. GOD

    Sorry RT @StevieJohnson13. I'm a PITT fan.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  5. Roona

    does this moran really think God cares about a stupid football game??? wow.....

    November 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
    • chuckd88

      Roona, dont be mad just cuz Football is more popular than god.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
    • Matt

      Those who can't spell MORON, probably shouldn't be calling people morons, don't you think?

      I know, I know, mentioning spelling errors on a message board is weak, but I'd give it to you if O and A were anywhere near each other. Or if you weren't talking about how stupid someone else is.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
    • jonathan

      NO he cares about the stupid moron and whatever the stupid moron cares about... πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
    • jonathan

      Good point Matt only a moron would spell moron moran...that tells me somebody let the morans out πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  6. skysize30

    I had Fitz and Johnson starting on my ff roster, God hates me too. Lost this week by 10 pts......and I'm out of the playoffs now....

    November 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
    • Peace2All


      lol-Sorry bro...!


      November 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  7. barry

    Now let me get this straight–WHO dropped the ball??? Oh stevie–that's right. Quit blaming God for your own mistake. Grow up and act like a Christian is supposed to.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
    • Jenea

      Same comment I made to Kay–would you have said this if he caught the ball and thanked God for it? "Now let me get this straight–WHO caught the ball??? Oh Stevie–that's right. Quit crediting God for your own success. Grow up and act like a Christian is supposed to."

      I don't hear Christians complaining when athletes give God credit; why complain when they give him the blame?

      November 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  8. andrea

    Does this mean that God favored the Steelers in Sunday's game? After all, Bishop donald Wuerl was recently named Cardinal of the Catholic Church and is a Pittsburgh native, he stated in the media that he took his terrible towel to Rome with him for his installation as Cardinal.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
    • jonathan

      that's a cardinal sin.... πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
    • Floyd


      Now that was a funny one and quick witted. Humor is great...AND one of God's creations too. So be nice. Your other posts are just mean.

      God gave us Free Will....our greatest gift next to life itself. That is why we should not thank GOD for a win or be angered when we lose. I think this player was just venting by the way. Even Jesus got confused and frustrated and questioned his own Father. Good things happen and bad things happen. We directly and indirectly cause and/or influence most things here on earth, both good and bad. That is life.

      What I find odder is everyone that posts sentiments stating that religion is the root of evil are really the mean-spirited people and typically lack conscience, or at least overtly. Perhaps if they do have a conscience, they should look deeper into why there is a phenomenon known as a conscience in the first place. Follow science as far as it will take you, but in the end you will find God.

      Peace all.....and be nice!

      November 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • Floyd

      sorry that was JohnQuest, John and Johnson that came across as mean spirited, not Jonathan.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
    • Realistic

      So is the Pope a Cardinal fan?

      November 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
    • David Johnson


      You said: "God gave us Free Will....our greatest gift next to life itself."

      If god is all knowing and/or has a plan for each of us, then we do not have free will.

      Because God made you for a reason, he also decided when you would be born and how long you would live. He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death. The Bible says, "You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!" [Psalm 139:16].

      Also remember when Jesus predicted that Judas would betray Him? And that Peter would deny him? Could these fellows have decided to not do what Jesus/ God said they would? If either of them did not do as Christ predicted, then Jesus/God is not all knowing.

      Now you are going to want to say that god has a plan, but not everyone follows His plan, because of free will.

      Hmm...But if a child is attacked and killed or 6 million Jews are murdered, they certainly did not have free will. The did not give their consent to be killed. Does this mean that the strong have greater free will than the weak? Some god you got there.

      Am I to believe that God's plan for the child and for each of the Jews was to die horribly? Or what about the child dying of brain cancer? Was this the plan for him?

      If god is all knowing, free will is not possible. Doesn't matter if God is outside time or space. If god is all knowing and the prime mover, He would have to know the future. If the future can be known, then everything is predestined. The Five Point Calvanists believe this. Example: Westboro Baptist Church.

      Some believe that God purposely does not know the future to allow human free will (inherent omniscience). The predestination thing still stands. Even if I don't watch a movie, the movie will have the same ending. It can't change.

      You said: " Follow science as far as it will take you, but in the end you will find God."

      Early man invented the gods, because they feared death and because they knew very little about what went on around them.

      God filled the gaps in man's knowledge. What made it rain? God made it rain. What makes the sun race across the sky? The god(s) drive the sun across the sky. Why does the mountain rumble? God makes the mountain rumble. He is angry!

      As man's knowledge increased, god filled fewer and fewer gaps. Science, so far, has not discovered anything that requires a god. God will one day have nothing to do. No gaps in which to hide. Good thing He has carpentry skills.

      God does not exist.

      November 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  9. Kay

    Dude, YOU dropped the ball, not God.YOU couldn't hang on to it. Take some responsibility for YOUR own failure and don't blame anyone else for it. That's what adults do.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:57 am |
    • Jenea

      Would you have said the same thing if he had *caught* the ball, and thanked God for it? "Dude, YOU caught the ball, not God.YOU hung on to it. Take some responsibility for YOUR own success and don't give credit to anyone else for it. That's what adults do."

      Somehow I doubt it.

      I think his tweet was refreshing. At least he's consistent!

      November 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
    • God Illusion

      Totally agree – and let's stop thanking "god" when things go right also... Goood now we're getting somewhere.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
    • jonathan

      you asking a boy to be an adult ...Gee he plays football for a living...

      it's the complete idiots who ask people who play games to be an adult and at the same time entertain us ..he will have plenty of time to grow up...but right now he's a FOOTBALL PLAYA what do you EXPECT!!!!!!...

      by the way please let us know how you feel when you let down a whole city !!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
    • David Johnson


      Yep! You Go Girl! LOL

      Love and Prayers!

      November 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  10. Ed

    No one circles the Bible like the Buffalo Bills!

    November 29, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  11. mike


    November 29, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  12. Achmed Fubar

    Shows what a immature. moron he is. Also how weak he is in his faith. God doesn't give a nano-seconds thought to if he or anyone else is successful in a football game. Unless it's the Dallas Cowboy's of course.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  13. GOD

    BUFFALO – this is GOD
    OF course I hate who do think chuckles at no goal and wide right
    4 Superbowls in a row
    2 Stanley Cups
    How may overtime loses this year?

    But you have wings and Genny – so meh
    [begins to clean fingernails}

    November 29, 2010 at 11:54 am |
    • jonathan

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  14. Aaron

    Maybe he should ask himself. What if this was the scenario, he caught the ball and goes out that night to celebrate. That night he is in a terrible accident and is killed, lets say he is hit by a drunk driver....

    God knows what is best for us, maybe it wasn't in HIS best interest to catch that ball. We may not understand God's plan or why things happen in our lives that is why you have to put your faith in God.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:53 am |
    • John

      Well thought out statement... complete BS of course but sounds good. You know with this kind of talent you could open your own ministry, you are much better at the BS then most of the silly people I have heard.

      November 29, 2010 at 11:59 am |
    • bandor287

      stupid statement

      November 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
    • Susie

      I feel so sorry for you and all the others who are so damned afraid of life and reality that you have to imagine some guy on high making all the decisions for you and "working in mysterious ways" so you don't have to take responsibility for your own existence. This is it, pal, and the sooner you figure that out and get the courage to LIVE this life instead of hiding behind religion and god, the better.

      November 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
    • rahalt

      Try to imagine a world where there is complete accountability for a persons success or failure! Of course you will have to remove organised religion from it to do it, does that seem wrong?

      November 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
    • Jesus

      I feel sorry for people like Susie. To not have a clue what true belief is about, and then go on and look down upon those who truly do believe, is a sad and lonely life. The message of God has been tainted and warped by man through the ages. Man has full control over his life and must take responsibility for his actions. He sins and will sin. That is the nature of humanity. Accepting responsibility for your actions fully and completely, accepting faith, and loving your fellow man is what it's all about.

      I find it sad that so many people think recognition for good deeds, giving money to their church, or showing up at Christmas or Easter is true belief. Those are things of vanity. God doesn't care for vanity (remember, deadly sins?). True faith in God is about understanding that life is a gift, is precious, and should be lived like that every single minute.

      Those who honestly believe that this is it, that once you die the lights go out, goodnight, I have only one question for you: What's the point? Doesn't seem like there's much sense in doing anything that requires real effort if life is all there is. It also sounds like a very lonely existence.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
    • Medardus

      @JC – Taking your lord's name in vain, are we? Even worse, impersonating your professed creator? Wonder where that puts you on the sin-o-meter...

      November 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  15. MeMeMeMimi

    Yeah, a "god" is influencing a football game...how far will you religious people take your B.S.???? Ridiculous.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:52 am |
    • mobrule

      hate much?

      November 29, 2010 at 11:56 am |
    • jonathan

      Wherever we are there is God, and wherever he is we are.... πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
    • David Johnson


      Isn't that sorta creepy, if I'm on the toilet?

      November 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
    • JT

      So your omnipotent god is leaning against the wall and casually watches the priest r@pe the little altar boy? You xtian freaks are really something.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
    • Chrissy Montagne

      Religious people remind me of children, I have zero respect for the delusional... Completely understandable why the world is a mess, they sit around all Sunday telling fairy tales and watching moronic guys who put stupid balls in stupid things all day as if it means anything... Go watch MMA, a ball in a thing means something because someone says it does, a punch in a face always means something..

      Doesn't it bother you that all these guys leave children all over the place and cannot speak in complete sentences?!? Sad!

      November 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
    • jonathan

      yes God is there too...

      November 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  16. Ed

    This is exceptional. Athletes praise God for their abilities in public all the time, but as George Carlin once famously said, you never hear an athlete say "God made me drop the ball."

    This is remarkable. The impossible has been done. What a day! God cost Buffalo the game!

    November 29, 2010 at 11:51 am |
    • Cdndude

      i think it was the #13 he wears ...

      November 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
    • Jonathan

      That was my immediate thought upon reading this. I find myself wondering, considering the guy JUST got fined for the "Why So Serious" incident, whether or not the guy is just screwing around about this.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
    • jonathan

      thanks for bringing that up...this young man will now have to give God "all" the glory for every touchdown he catches πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
    • Ed

      I'm a big fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, and Jimmy Rollins thanks God for EVERY hit, without fail (he points to the sky and gives a little kiss or something). If he did the same when he struck out, I wouldn't be so bothered by it.

      November 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  17. jc

    yeah, blame god...cause clearly taking responsibility is too hard for you – he's a delusional fool

    November 29, 2010 at 11:51 am |
    • bandor287

      religion is an illusion

      November 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
    • jonathan

      The guy brought God into your world today..He's not the first to blame or show disappointment in God..a lot of us have been disappointed in God and certainly blame God for things that went against us...blaming God doesn't hurt him at all, it might hurt us..the young guy feels the burden of letting his team down...Don't know if you've ever been in that position where a million people are watching and a whole city counting on you... πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
    • Scott of the non-believer tribe

      Oh my....i love it when a believer calls someone else delusional...how exquisitly ironic.

      November 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  18. DougW

    I thought God was a Bears fan.... at least, when that's what I recall from when He and Ditka were playing golf (Ditka won of course).

    November 29, 2010 at 11:50 am |
    • John K

      Mini Ditka or full size Ditka?

      November 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  19. JohnQuest

    Okay, why would God care if someone catches or drops a football, I would hope (for believers anyway) that God would be more interested in stopping hunger, war, mass death and the like. I really don't understand believers!

    November 29, 2010 at 11:45 am |
    • Dyson

      Well he seems to always care when they score a touchdown.

      November 29, 2010 at 11:50 am |
    • docliptz

      God loves football, just like all things American. He hates anyone who is not, and wants us to convert them to protestantism or blow them up. Go watch Fox and you'll find out all you need to know.

      November 29, 2010 at 11:50 am |
    • Tyler

      JQ: "I would hope (for believers anyway) that God would be more interested in stopping hunger, war, mass death and the like."

      Yes, and "god" has done a great job with those things as well.

      November 29, 2010 at 11:53 am |
    • mobrule

      doglips, sounds like someone hates here, and it's not god or fox. try to let go and be more accepting.

      November 29, 2010 at 11:54 am |
    • Dave

      Apparently God is one huge drunken couch potato which explains why he doesn't do anything about the ills of the world.

      November 29, 2010 at 11:59 am |
    • Hmmm

      What have you all done to stop hunger that you're blaming God...

      November 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
    • jonathan

      For Gods sake , i will speak up and say, that he's against wars famines and pestilences and all the ill's of mankind.. and every detail in every single person's life...so he cares and i believe is using this young man's situation to bring that to light..to speak to everyone...God is able to manage every detail in every single person's life..giving us freedom at the same time..He is a Father and a parent to all them that love him in spirit and in truth... πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
    • Cuff

      Because he hasn't stopped any of those things might as well watch football. In fact his religion is at the root of most of those problems so it kinda complicated.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
    • Luke

      I am not a believer and I think the whole praying for winning thing is so silly. I mean if there was a god, and it helped a team win wouldn't it also help a team loose? Why would a god do that and how would it decide who wins or looses? I respect believers, I am just not one of them and like to point out the illogical. I can see how they would pray for a safe game for everyone and maybe at the end pray for thanks for being able to be given the opportunity to play in the first place and live to play again.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
    • Peace2All


      You re-posted @JohnQuest's posting: "I would hope (for believers anyway) that God would be more interested in stopping hunger, war, mass death and the like."

      Then... You Said:-"Yes, and "god" has done a great job with those things as well."

      I wasn't sure if you were serious or not. Obviously I guess that one could take a look at the atrocities of the world and claim, God is pretty much non-existent in His efforts. And, if I am getting that you are being serious, one could claim that God ..."has done a 'great job' with those things as well."

      I am curious, and have a 'hypothetical' question for you... If... there was 'no' God, how would things be any different...? Millions more 'worse' atrocities...? We should be thankful that God steps in when He does and 'saves' the planet as He sees fit...?

      Again, sincerely curious...?


      November 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Well said...


      November 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
    • David Johnson


      Yep, while Stevie was dropping the ball, the following was happening in the same 24 hours:

      According to UNICEF, 22,000 children died due to poverty. And they β€œdied quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world.

      Almost 5,500 people died due to AIDS.

      1500 people lives were taken by cancer.

      About 2600 people died of cardiovascular disease.

      I too was incensed with god, because He allowed Stevie to drop the ball! How dare He!

      Couldn't an old person have died instead?

      Love and Prayers!

      November 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
    • Peace2All


      You Said:-God is able to manage every detail in every single person's life..giving us freedom at the same time..He is a Father and a parent to all them that love him in spirit and in truth..."

      I am very curious to hear your opinions on how God both "manages (every detail) in our lives, while simultaneously giving us 'freedom' a the same time"...?

      Also, is "God 'only' a Father and a parent to those that love him, etc...? What about us 'Agnostics' or even total Atheists, or even full-on 'believers' of God, in other religions...?


      November 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
    • bulldog2036

      ..you are obviously not a believer or you would understand GOD...all those things you mentioned are manmade and GOD gave humans dominion over the earth and freewill....but sooner or later that will end because GOD is tired of seeing us bash and hate on each other as he did once before...just my 2 cents.

      November 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
    • adibese

      God was betting for the other team. Sometimes he builds teams up, then throws the game after getting great odds. He cleans up.

      November 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
    • Marion

      Little Stevie needs to grow up and realize that God only cares about curling.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
    • lwatcdr

      As a believer let me explain what he should learn from this.
      God doesn't care about a football game because it doesn't matter. For every person that would be happy if the Bills win there is a person that will be sad.
      Frankly all for no good reason since it is just a game.
      So what you need to learn is what is important in this life. I promise you that it isn't a football game.
      No where does it say "for you caught that pass and won the game for me."
      I believe that if you want to win the "Big" game that the plays that you have to make are. Feeding and clothing the poor and comforting the afflicted.
      Boy do I hate using sports metaphors for things of a spiritual matter but in this case it seems like the best way.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
    • Your Creator

      JohnQuest, it is not your job to understand Believers. It is mine. You say: "I would hope (for believers anyway) that God would be more interested in stopping hunger, war, mass death and the like" So, let's say your hope comes true. No more hunger. This means, there are no people dying from hunger, which means that more food is consumed, which means there will eventually be - hunger. Likewise, if people stopped fighting among themselves, there would be no "thinning of the herd" and so there would again be - overpopulation and starvation. And mass death. What if you had your way and no one died? Where would you all live? You are on Earth for a short time, JohnQuest. It is time for you to figure out why. Believers, to some extent, have already done so.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
    • Maybe

      @Your Creator,

      Then dare I say that you do not and should not pray for the end to war, hunger and disease? (as if it produced any results, however). Maybe you just pray for "God's" will to be done - how convenient. "Please, please, please God, do what you're going to do anyway".

      November 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
    • Kamrom

      @jonathan: Im confued. I thought the bible was supposed to do that. Im also confused because, well, I honestly dont see how an emotional freakout from a sports idol is at all in the scope of the Job lesson. He's still a millionaire and he still spends his time whining to god that he messed up.

      Id like god's help too, while we're at it. Im tired of the swells in my neck.

      November 30, 2010 at 5:52 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Your Creator

      You Said:– "@JohnQuest, it is not your job to understand Believers. It is mine."

      Well, #1) You are 'not' the Creator, so speaking on He/She/It's behalf is really very a-ssumptive... don't ya' think...?

      And, #2) I thought part of not only learning to get along with and play well with others is to... 'understand' believers. Please see the article of 'Interfaith Dialogue.'

      You then 're-quoted' @JohnQuest' comment in which he said: "I would hope (for believers anyway) that God would be more interested in stopping hunger, war, mass death and the like"

      You, @ Your Creator, then replied to him with:- " So, let's say your hope comes true. No more hunger. This means, there are no people dying from hunger, which means that more food is consumed, which means there will eventually be – hunger.

      You are making a-ssumptions that are inaccurate. Just in the U.S., 43,000 'tons' of 'food' is thrown away, each and every day. There is enough food for everyone in the U.S., that if people weren't allowed to 'starve' to death, we would definitely 'not' have 'any' problem with feeding 'everyone.' Actually, we have enough food produced in the U.S., and in waste to feed a good majority of the World.

      Plus, some of the top reasons that people die each and every day is typically linked with and due to some kind of 'over nutritional' disease...a.k.a... obesity and eating way tooooooo much. There are plenty of ways for Humans to die, without having to 'starve' to death. How about just good old... 'old age.'...?

      You Said:- "Likewise, if people stopped fighting among themselves, there would be no "thinning of the herd" and so there would again be – overpopulation and starvation."

      Again, more fallacious thinking. So, we 'need' war to kill each other, to "thin the herd" ... Really...? Again, plenty of reasons for people to die naturally, without 'mass wars' where we 'buthcher' each other.

      You Said:-"And mass death. What if you had your way and no one died? Where would you all live?"

      Did @JohnQuest actually say that 'no one' should die...? I didn't get that from what he said. And by the way, I am certainly not saying that 'overpopulation' and the World's resources are not an issue that needs to be dealt with here, but we, (the World) seems to be 'evolving' and 'adjusting' with the changing issues at hand.

      So, yes, i agree with @JohnQuest, I would hope that God, *is* interested in helping lend a 'divine hand' in the stopping of *needless* suffering on Earth, such as Famine, War, and Mass Death.

      And, ultimately, we as Human Beings have the capability *right now* to affect the kind of change that is needed in the World to stop these things.

      If.... There should happen to be this 'all loving' and merciful God... Well, He/She/It can jump in and lend a hand too, as far as I'm concerned.

      And... Please don't respond with 'His ways are mysterious' ... and 'He already is...and we just don't know it or recognize it.'

      You ended your post with:- "You are on Earth for a short time, JohnQuest. It is time for you to figure out why. Believers, to some extent, have already done so."

      Well, for me... If... this is the 'Believers or Christian' thinking on this topic. You guys are a 'scary bunch.'

      I sincerely hope that you, @Your Creator... Don't speak for the rest of your Christian brothers and sisters.


      November 30, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  20. jeff

    I like Stevie's tweet. There are numerous psalms where David starts out in anger, or "How long, oh Lord", but by the end of the psalm, he is calm, or resolved, or praising God. Stevie's tweet is just a shorter version: it appears to begin in anger, but it ends where it should: "THX, THO...".

    grace and peace,


    November 29, 2010 at 11:39 am |
    • right

      I think it's more of a sarcastic, "Thanks a lot, dude. FOR NOTHING."

      November 29, 2010 at 11:54 am |
    • Hello

      First off why does CNN have like 10 different ways to comment. Second this guy really needs to see what kind of message he's sending to the world as a whole. Some people can't eat, family members dying, your so healthy your biggest concern is you dropped a football while being paid millions. I mean Kanye West has really done the world a disservice. Yeah its his fault. Why because if you say your trend setter this is the trend you have set.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
    • Bill

      This is no worse than these phony athletes thanking God for allowing them to score touchdowns. I've always felt that was a slam on the other team and more of a shallow attempt at looking good by the athletes.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
    • mobrule

      sounds like bill was the water boy.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
    • SeriousBlaque

      God has blessed him to PLAY for a living. Anger shouldn't have even entered. A dropped pass. A pass he dropped for real. Stevie, GET A LIFE oh yeah and concentrate more.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
    • barbara

      Agreed, it's healthy to have a relationship with God where you can say whatever is on your mind, even if it is anger at God. God understands. The word "Israel" means "struggles with God", i believe. It's the name God gave to God's people back in the day, and indicates what kind of relationship God wants to have with God's people. In my opinion πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
    • Dan R.

      When was the last time an athlete praised god for his failures while on the field????????????

      November 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
    • God

      Just messin' with you, Stevie. Why so serious?

      November 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
    • Jesus

      I would have caught it...... loser

      November 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • Banky

      Anyone ever think that maybe god has the steelers DEF on his fantasy team ...DUH !!!

      November 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
    • Maybe

      "it's healthy to have a relationship with God where you can say whatever is on your mind,..."

      And how, how, HOW is that any different than talking to yourself?

      November 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
    • Peace2All


      lol... πŸ™‚


      November 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
    • claybigsby

      @ Hello: actually he "ony" makes $388k/year, so the "millions" you reference is incorrect.

      November 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
    • TruthBTold

      I'm with you and "Stevie", "Jeff", and can (certainly) appreciate the reference to King "David" – a man after God's own heart – as he, like so many others, i.e., Abraham, Israel [previously called [Jacob], and Moses have, clearly, led by example in a perfect demonstration of what it's like to have a personal relationship with God. Moreover, it was King David who stated another obvious and personal favorite: "For all things come from You [Almighty God], And of Your own we have given You." 1 Chronicles 29:14; which is why the following statement:

      'I think it's more of a sarcastic, "Thanks a lot, dude. FOR NOTHING"', by "right" is so (totally) wrong; because anyone who demonstrates either the knowledge, understanding, or wisdom of a personal relationship with the Lord knows it's far too late to thank Him "for nothing" as He has, already, given us everything we could possibly need; including food for thought, as He has left no vessel empty.

      Even so, I (too) have asked the occasional, "What are You thinking Lord?" Including, "Did I NOT say I wanted my enemies gone yesterday and, yet, everytime I go into a grocery store, there they are – in large variety packs – every flavor, imaginable, i.e., strawberry, raspberry, and especially chocolate cheese cake, cheese cake, cheese cake..." and I just can't take it anymore. So, I take one home and puff: Just like that, they're "gone"! Moreover, He'd already given me the authority to get rid of them myself:).

      So, clearly, "Stevie Johnson", you are NOT alone; as there are far more who get it, yet, even more who won't, still – not very long – and far more will:). Just hold on:)!

      Every pun intended:). Moreover, Thank You Heavenly Father and Blessed Be Thy Holy Name.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
    • rahalt

      I'm amazed that this idiot, blames "GOD" for his failure, does he let the chuch have the paycheck when he catches the ball?

      November 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
    • adrifter

      An annoying number of athletes point to the sky – presumably crediting God – when they catch a pass or hit a home run. (Although, thankfully as a Canadian, I've never seen an NHL player point up when he scores a goal. Maybe that's because hockey games are inside.) Anyway, this Bills player maybe should have just shook his fist at the sky.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
    • Chrissy Montagne

      Another glaring example of this sort of guy just being incapable of taking any responsibility. What a hero. Overpaid to catch stupid balls, convincing himself he's receiving special favors from an imaginary god whenever he's successful, then blaming the same god if ever he fails to make the play. Typical and pathetic. You people are stupid for elevating these morons & you need better heroes because this little game means nothing in the real world, it accomplishes NOTHING...

      November 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
    • KDirty

      I'm pretty angry with God, too–I played Stevie on my fantasy team Sunday (he had a truly RIGHTEOUS GAME last week), and I missed out on valuable points.

      Screw you, God.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
    • Why??

      Why? It goes back to last week when he had a great game and was all over TV and the air waves and that whole shrit writting thing... He was giving a great day and then ruined it by going on the national stage and making himself bigger then he really is. God work's like that he wants all of us to stay humble... that should be the same for all the non-believers too. Don't be bigger then who you are, I don't care if you believe or not that's your choice but when it comes to this it's the same for everyone

      November 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
    • geoz

      All things done by a supposed christian are justified by other supposed christians – including war and murder. A tweet is easily justified with bible versus and the like... It is all nonsense. Calling yourself a christian does not allow any behavior.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
    • tee wee

      we gave stevie a new nickname-little stevie wonder. Even a blind guy could have caught that ball! Maybe he can shave that into his scalp!!

      November 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
    • CB

      @right – I don't think dude is smart enough for sarcasm. Seems sincere to me.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
    • Casey in Ann Arbor

      God didn't drop the ball, Steve... you did. And by doing so you caused my fantasy football team to lose. Now there's a real reason to say "thanks for nothing".
      Joking aside, it's actually rather refreshing to hear an athlete blame God for something. If they win, they thank God for it. If they lose, they blame something else. Really? God only makes good things happen? What a joke.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
    • TruthBTold

      "Paraphysis" said, "Seriously? Don't you think god would have better things to do –like end world hunger, stop child abuse and molestation or stop murders? Ahhhhh- that's right he's a fairy tale believed to be true by the ignorant", which, of course, I part company with.

      In fact, I am a straight "A" student in all of my endeavors – except, on one occasion, when I took a "I don't need the lesson(s), I'll just return for the test" break – yet, every fiber of my mind, body, and soul tells me to stand firm and "believe"; whereas, only in my "ignorance" did I ever trust in man. Moreover, whenever I make a purchase (I bare witness to the "ignorance" of man and the abundance of a loving God – including "food for thought", provided in what I believe is His Word and especially His commandments – which I know to be plentiful enough to end "world hunger...child abuse...molestation...murder" and every problem known to man, if we'd only abide); ergo, I am reminded: "In God We [Should All] Trust"; because, clearly, He has given us everything we need.

      The problem, I've discovered, is when the people decide in their hearts to turn away from (again) the word of God, placing more trust in mere man as oppose to The Creator. For example, I'd betcha someone like "MortalC01l" or "Paraphysis" might have far more faith in a vote for "Palin", believing she might do well as a leader of this country, whereas that very same allegiance to God would've prevented any of the aforesaid problems, long before Palin ever came into existence, had we (simply) held to the Ten Commandments (alone). Instead, the truly "ignorant" have placed their faith, again, in mere men or (let's say) a woman who doesn't even know the difference between South and North Korea – even as an instigator in the current conflict – and, believe me, there is a difference.

      In fact, while North Korea has always held out – opposed to any real civil resolution – in defiance of both the United States of America and its true ally, South Korea, God has, clearly, shown Himself the Author of far greater understanding and a wisdom I've, yet, to see reproduced by man. So, go figure!

      In the meantime, while a second opinion is always advised, I won't be needing one.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
    • Ryan

      God had money on the Steelers.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
    • Medardus

      @truthbtold – Whenever you make a purchase you are reminded that we were once at war with ourselves. The phrase passed onto legal tender as a reminder to both North and South that we, as a nation, professed a common belief.

      The campaign by the Knights of Columbus to add "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance was made manifest by a President being preached to in order that we proclaim ourselves better than those "godless communists."

      I do like the false dichotomy, though, in that you either believe in god or vote for Palin. That's quite an entertaining strech of imagination.

      Millions of people, myself included, are great without (a) god. That a professional football player would attempt to lay blame on anyone other than himself, on his professed god no less, is utterly un-surprising. That you say that if we'd just follow the ten commandments everything would be great is equally unsurprising. I'd expect nothing less from the American Taliban.

      You see, there's nothing in the ten commands that says it's wrong to molest children. There's also nothing in the ten commandments that would do anything towards ending world hunger. The only thing those commandments do is tell me that, were I a believer, looking longingly at my neighbor's cherry '57 Chevy is deserving of an eternity in hell.

      You don't want a second opinion, however, so I feel you'll probably look right past this, comfortably arrogant. How very christian of you.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
    • Flying Spaghetti Monster

      In Response to Serious Blaque's comment:

      "God has blessed him to PLAY for a living. Anger shouldn't have even entered. A dropped pass. A pass he dropped for real. Stevie, GET A LIFE oh yeah and concentrate more"

      Ummm....no Seriousblaque....Mr Johnson was not blessed to play by God; he worked hard during his younger years to master a talent which he has clearly mastered....besides the unfortunate 'non-catch' on Sunday.

      Yours Truly, FSM

      "God is like Santa but for adults..."

      "Give man a Fish, He will eat for a day. Teach man to Fish, He will eat for a lifetime. Teach man to pray, He will die praying for Fish..."

      November 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Flying Spaghetti Monster

      RAmen...! πŸ™‚


      November 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • Kamrom

      Such is the problem with an omniscient deity: its responsible for your failures, and your successes. Its not a matter of skill, not chance, not anything else. Just god. That is entierly..out of whack. I mean, thats kinda the point of humans right? That we, unlike angels, are free to do as we choose? Also, Im pretty sure God has better things to do than make your girp give out. Sports figures and god always bug me. I had to listen in group therapy once to this guy drone on about how emotional that dale erndhart (or whoever) racer guy was killed, talkign about gods plan and all. I told him that it made little sense for him to be going to such depths for someone he never knew. Did you know giving people a logical assesment of the situation is generally considerd a crime? Like we shoudl let people go on deluding themselves eternally, so we dont hurt their feelings...Unless they're atheist or gay, in which case they are amalgam of everything to loathe apparently.

      Words of Wisdom from my Uncle: The human race responds to change in two ways: they embrace it with open arms, or they track down its source and kill it.

      November 30, 2010 at 5:48 am |
    • brat

      Reminds me of the story of the guy trapped on his roof during a flood. A rowboat approached and the man said "god will save me". A motorboat approached, the man said "god will save me". A helicopter came the man refused and said "God will save me" the flood got worse and the man drowned. When the man got to heaven he asked God why he didn't save him. Gos replied wadda ya want from me, I sent ya two boats and a helo.

      November 30, 2010 at 8:32 am |
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