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Survey: More Americans plan to pray than party for New Year's
December 31st, 2010
04:32 PM ET

Survey: More Americans plan to pray than party for New Year's

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

More Americans plan to pray than party Friday as they mark New Year's Eve, according to a recent survey.

Washington Post On Faith flags a Rasmussen Reports survey released Tuesday that found 42% of Americans will ring in 2011 with a drink, while just 21% plan to attend a New Year's Eve party.

But most Americans - 66% - said they will say a prayer on New Year's.

Twenty-five percent of adults say they will not pray before midnight. (Might this bunch comprise many of the revelers?)

A Rasmussen survey last year reported a similar breakdown in New Year's Eve plans.

The survey of 1,000 adults from across the country was conducted from December 26 to 27 by Rasmussen Reports.

The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence, according to the pollster.

While we're on the subject, what are your New Year's Eve plans?

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Polls • Prayer

soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. Muneef

    Keep your thoughts positive, 
    because your thoughts become your words. 

    Keep your words positive, 
    because your words become your actions. 

    Keep your actions positive, 
    because your actions become your habits. 

    Keep your habits positive, 
    because your habits become your lifestyle. 

    Keep your lifestyle positive, 
    because your lifestyle becomes your destiny 

    January 1, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Reality

      Keeping positive that someday soon, 1.5 billion Muslims will see that they have been conned. To help them:

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      January 2, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  2. Muneef

    Thanks for the year 2010 with it's sore and happy moments and we welcome a new year 2011 which no one is aware what it contains for us other than God Allah whom I certify for being no other God than Him and I certify that Muhammed is his messenger and that he was sent as the messenger of mercy and in mercy to the worlds..God had created negativity by Satan and positivity through Messengers as evil and good were created for testing faith of man and confidence "Iman" then there is always in between both whom we call stray..while the evil is the cursed one..
    Now look at it this way Black & White has Gray in between!
    Nagative & Posative
    Evil & Good
    Dark & Light
    We have learnt from birds and animals many things of science? So haven't we asked our selves why night flying insects are attracted to the light? Or maybe should ask our selves why were ancient nations worshiped the Sun the Moon the Stars the fire?? They new they should be looking for light but have become stray time after time after every messenger they become stray from the Right Straight Path that was tought to Adam down to all Prophets and Messengers of God. We were told that God Allah has tought Adam all his names meaning the Knowldge and the Message for Mankind to live with on earth which only proves there was a spoken language and since teaching all that means there was writings then there might have been scriptures from such length of time changing hands father to son and hand to hand their are verses where God Allah mentioned teaching to Adam and to the prophets&messengers through people of knowldge and the holy spirit ..

    January 1, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • MarkinFL

      Are you saying that insects are yearning for god?

      January 3, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  3. Reality

    God (if one exists)started the Big Bang. He/She/It also granted the gifts of Free Will and Future to all the thinking beings in the Universe. This being the case, god (if one exists) is not able to alter life and requests/prayers will not be answered. Statistically, your request might come true but it is simply the result of the variabiliy/randomness of Nature.

    So put down your rosaries and prayer beads and stop worshiping/revering cows and bowing to Mecca five times a day.

    Instead work hard at your job, take care of aging parents, volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to charities and the poor and continue to follow any good rules of living as gracious and good human beings. And lets all hope there indeed is a place called Heaven!!!

    January 1, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  4. Apostle Eric vonAnderseck

    Prayer, the first steps in seeking God. Partying the first steps to a future of anguish and confusion.

    http://apostlestoday.net/

    January 1, 2011 at 3:31 am |
    • Know What

      Prayer – talking to yourself.

      Partying – talking to (and listening to, if you can hear over the din) other people who are oftentimes nonsensical.

      There are other choices, you know...

      January 1, 2011 at 4:25 am |
  5. Gary

    Rang in the new year in style with family friends...great food dancing and of course champaign. Agnostic but respect all faiths. I hope all religious folks look outside of their religion and learn to love and respect non believers or folks with other religious backgrounds and preferences...

    January 1, 2011 at 2:01 am |
  6. Broderick Greer

    About to sing in the New Year at Stop Six church of Christ then enjoy blak eyed peas and traditional soul food with my maternal grandmother and mother.

    December 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
    • Gary

      some ox tails turnip greens,pigs feet and chitlens ....I have learned to love and enjoy soul food. Not religious but love good food and parties

      January 1, 2011 at 1:58 am |
  7. cm

    I've done this at a local Buddhist temple for 6 years (weather permitting). I think it is great to end the year and start the new one in silence communing with God and others. Happy New Year everyone. May it be our best yet!

    December 31, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  8. Carolmarie

    To the folks who claim we Christians are losers & idiots...Jesus DID exist. Numerous ancient texts refer to His ministry and teachings, not just Christianity, including Islam. There are more independent references to the carpenter from Nazareth than there are versions of the dictionary. Secular scientists are also finding archeological proof that confirms much of what is written in the Bible. There is NOTHING in scripture that has been disproved, INCLUDING how humans came about. Remember, evolution is a THEORY, not a proven fact. Personally, I would rather die knowing I had faith in a good Man who satisfied at least 51biblical prophecies and be wrong, than die with no hope of eternal life, and be wrong...and suffer the consequences. A Christian life should not necessarily be ALL about WHO we believe in as much as it should be HOW we live and who can be blessed or helped. Tonight, I'll be praying...and be very satisfied with the time spent doing so. Tomorrow, I won't wake up with a hangover, an STD, in the hospital, or be lonely.

    December 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
    • Christina (NJ)

      yawnnnn....you're prob. single.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
    • Irisrose

      Oh, the irony.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      Oh dear. Carolmarie, the first text that even references Christ obliquely was in 112 a.d., long after he died. The archeological evidence only supports that places exist and some battles happened, not that Jesus existed or any story in the bible is true.

      And something crusial in the scriptures was disproved: Jesus repeatedly said that the Kingdom of God would occur within the lifetime of some of his listeners. It did not happen. Jesus was wrong. How can that be? Kinda shatters some myths about Jesus, eh?

      But no matter – you will continue to believe what you believe, even if Jesus was wrong.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
    • Carolmarie

      Married for 30 years with five great kids.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
    • NL

      Carolmarie-
      "To the folks who claim we Christians are losers & idiots"

      I, for one, don't believe that you all are losers or idiots, just that you have allowed your love of the idea of Jesus, God and the afterlife to cloud your better judgment, often with disastrous consequences.

      December 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
    • Meh

      Many Jesus existed. I know two people from Mexico who's names are Jesus, I'm sure there's more.

      January 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Reality

      From Professors Crossan and Watts' book, Who is Jesus.

      "That Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate, as the Creed states, is as certain as anything historical can ever be.

      “ The Jewish historian, Josephus and the pagan historian Tacitus both agree that Jesus was executed by order of the Roman governor of Judea. And is very hard to imagine that Jesus' followers would have invented such a story unless it indeed happened.

      “While the brute fact that of Jesus' death by crucifixion is historically certain, however, those detailed narratives in our present gospels are much more problematic. "

      “My best historical reconstruction would be something like this. Jesus was arrested during the Passover festival, most likely in response to his action in the Temple. Those who were closest to him ran away for their own safety.

      I do not presume that there were any high-level confrontations between Caiaphas and Pilate and Herod Antipas either about Jesus or with Jesus. No doubt they would have agreed before the festival that fast action was to be taken against any disturbance and that a few examples by crucifixion might be especially useful at the outset. And I doubt very much if Jewish police or Roman soldiers needed to go too far up the chain of command in handling a Galilean peasant like Jesus. It is hard for us to imagine the casual brutality with which Jesus was probably taken and executed. All those "last week" details in our gospels, as distinct from the brute facts just mentioned, are prophecy turned into history, rather than history remembered."

      See also Professor Crossan's reviews of the existence of Jesus in his other books especially, The Historical Jesus and also Excavating Jesus (with Professor Jonathan Reed doing the archeology discussion) .

      Other NT exegetes to include members of the Jesus Seminar have published similar books with appropriate supporting references.

      Part of Crossan's The Historical Jesus has been published online at books.google.com/books.

      There is also a search engine for this book on the right hand side of the opening page. e.g. Search Josephus

      See also Wikipedia's review on the historical Jesus to include the Tacitus' reference to the crucifixion of Jesus.

      From ask.com,

      "One of the greatest historians of ancient Rome, Cornelius Tacitus is a primary source for much of what is known about life the first and second centuries after the life of Jesus. His most famous works, Histories and Annals, exist in fragmentary form, though many of his earlier writings were lost to time. Tacitus is known for being generally reliable (if somewhat biased toward what he saw as Roman immorality) and for having a uniquely direct (if not blunt) writing style.

      Then there are these scriptural references:

      Crucifixion of Jesus:(1) 1 Cor 15:3b; (2a) Gos. Pet. 4:10-5:16,18-20; 6:22; (2b) Mark 15:22-38 = Matt 27:33-51a = Luke 23:32-46; (2c) John 19:17b-25a,28-36; (3) Barn. 7:3-5; (4a) 1 Clem. 16:3-4 (=Isaiah 53:1-12); (4b) 1 Clem. 16.15-16 (=Psalm 22:6-8); (5a) Ign. Mag. 11; (5b) Ign. Trall. 9:1b; (5c) Ign. Smyrn. 1.2.- (read them all at wiki.faithfutures. Crucifixion org/index.php/005_Crucifixion_Of_Jesus )

      Added suggested readings:

      o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.
      2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
      – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–
      30-60 CE Passion Narrative
      40-80 Lost Sayings Gospel Q
      50-60 1 Thessalonians
      50-60 Philippians
      50-60 Galatians
      50-60 1 Corinthians
      50-60 2 Corinthians
      50-60 Romans
      50-60 Philemon
      50-80 Colossians
      50-90 Signs Gospel
      50-95 Book of Hebrews
      50-120 Didache
      50-140 Gospel of Thomas
      50-140 Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel
      50-200 Sophia of Jesus Christ
      65-80 Gospel of Mark
      70-100 Epistle of James
      70-120 Egerton Gospel
      70-160 Gospel of Peter
      70-160 Secret Mark
      70-200 Fayyum Fragment
      70-200 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
      73-200 Mara Bar Serapion
      80-100 2 Thessalonians
      80-100 Ephesians
      80-100 Gospel of Matthew
      80-110 1 Peter
      80-120 Epistle of Barnabas
      80-130 Gospel of Luke
      80-130 Acts of the Apostles
      80-140 1 Clement
      80-150 Gospel of the Egyptians
      80-150 Gospel of the Hebrews
      80-250 Christian Sibyllines
      90-95 Apocalypse of John
      90-120 Gospel of John
      90-120 1 John
      90-120 2 John
      90-120 3 John
      90-120 Epistle of Jude
      93 Flavius Josephus
      100-150 1 Timothy
      100-150 2 Timothy
      100-150 T-itus
      100-150 Apocalypse of Peter
      100-150 Secret Book of James
      100-150 Preaching of Peter
      100-160 Gospel of the Ebionites
      100-160 Gospel of the Nazoreans
      100-160 Shepherd of Hermas
      100-160 2 Peter
      3. Historical Jesus Studies, faithfutures.org/HJstudies.html,
      – "an extensive and constantly expanding literature on historical research into the person and cultural context of Jesus of Nazareth"
      4. Jesus Database, faithfutures.org/JDB/intro.html–"The JESUS DATABASE is an online annotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
      5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      6. The Jesus Seminar, mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
      7. Writing the New Testament- mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/testament.html
      8. Health and Healing in the Land of Israel By Joe Zias
      joezias.com/HealthHealingLandIsrael.htm
      9. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.
      10. 7. The Gnostic Jesus
      (Part One in a Two-Part Series on Ancient and Modern Gnosticism)
      by Douglas Groothuis: equip.org/free/DG040-1.htm
      11. The interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Pontifical Biblical Commission
      Presented on March 18, 1994
      ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PBCINTER.HTM#2
      12. The Jesus Database- newer site:
      wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?t-itle=Jesus_Database
      13. Jesus Database with the example of Supper and Eucharist:
      faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb016.html
      14. Josephus on Jesus by Paul Maier:
      mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      15. The Journal of Higher Criticism with links to articles on the Historical Jesus:
      mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      16. The Greek New Testament: laparola.net/greco/
      17. Diseases in the Bible:
      etd.unisa.ac.za/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-08022006-125807/unrestricted/02dissertation.pdf
      18. Religion on Line (6000 articles on the history of religion, churches, theologies,
      theologians, ethics, etc.
      religion-online.org/
      19. The Jesus Seminarians and their search for NT authenticity:
      mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
      20. The New Testament Gateway – Internet NT ntgateway.com/
      21. Writing the New Testament- existing copies, oral tradition etc.
      ntgateway.com/
      22. The Search for the Historic Jesus by the Jesus Seminarians:
      members.aol.com/DrSwiney/seminar.html
      23. Jesus Decoded by Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco (Da Vinci Code review)jesusdecoded.com/introduction.php
      24. JD Crossan's scriptural references for his book the Historical Jesus separated into time periods: faithfutures.org/Jesus/Crossan1.rtf
      25. JD Crossan's conclusions about the authencity of most of the NT based on the above plus the conclusions of other NT exegetes in the last 200 years:
      faithfutures.org/Jesus/Crossan2.rtf
      26. Common Sayings from Thomas's Gospel and the Q Gospel: faithfutures.org/Jesus/Crossan3.rtf
      27. Early Jewish Writings- Josephus and his books by t-itle with the complete translated work in English :earlyjewishwritings.com/josephus.html
      28. Luke and Josephus- was there a connection?
      infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/lukeandjosephus.html
      29. NT and beyond time line:
      pbs.org/empires/peterandpaul/history/timeline/
      30. St. Paul's Time line with discussion of important events:
      harvardhouse.com/prophetictech/new/pauls_life.htm
      31. See http://www.amazon.com for a list of JD Crossan's books and those of the other Jesus Seminarians: Reviews of said books are included and selected pages can now be viewed on Amazon. Some books can be found on-line at Google Books.
      32. Father Edward Schillebeeckx's words of wisdom as found in his books.
      33. The books of the following : Professors Marcus Borg, Paula Fredriksen, Elaine Pagels, Karen Armstrong and Bishop NT Wright.
      34. Father Raymond Brown's An Introduction to the New Testament, Doubleday, NY, 1977, 878 pages, with Nihil obstat and Imprimatur.
      35. Luke Timothy Johnson's book The Real Jesus

      January 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  9. Muneef

    Al-Hadid sura 57:
    Then in their wake, We followed them up with (others of) Our messengers: We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary, and bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him Compassion and Mercy. But the Monasticism which they invented for themselves, We did not prescribe for them: (We commanded) only the seeking for the Good pleasure of Allah; but that they did not foster as they should have done. Yet We bestowed, on those among them who believed, their (due) reward, but many of them are rebellious transgressors. (27) O ye that believe! Fear Allah and believe in His messenger, and He will bestow on you a double portion of His Mercy: He will provide for you a Light by which ye shall walk (straight in your path), and He will forgive you (your past): For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful: (28) That the People of the Book may know that they have no power whatever over the Grace of Allah, that (His) Grace is (entirely) in, His Hand, to bestow it on whomsoever He wills. For Allah is the Lord of Grace abounding. (29)

    December 31, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
  10. Muneef

    An-Nasr
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    When, comes the Help of Allah, and Victory, (1) And thou dost see the People enter Allah's Religion in crowds, (2) Celebrate the Praises of thy Lord, and pray for His Forgiveness: for He is Oft-Returning (in Grace and Mercy). (3)

    December 31, 2010 at 9:04 pm |
  11. Muneef

    Am happy for those think of praying and which they will pray every day and not only on new year midnight....
    Am happy that America has shown that there are 66% faithful believers..
    Am happier to see supporters of Reality getting less every day they see a glimpse of light towards the truth..just for this new year I would like to see few of the names that always post here or exchanged postings with me to join faith no matter which but the main thing is to believe in God and would wish they read more of the Holy Books and the Quran as all from God and accept what you feel Alright about being far from wrongdoing..

    December 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
    • NL

      Muneef-
      "Am happy that America has shown that there are 66% faithful believers.."

      America, now with 33% less nuts than the original formula. 🙂

      The trend, my friend, is not in your favor, and no amount of wishful thinking will likely reverse that.

      December 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  12. michaelt523

    How can one claim that the existance of God is outside possibility? And at the same time believe that nothing existed, within nothing. Then, nothing happened to the nothing, causing nothing to explode into everything, for no reason, and randomly create us and everything experience. For no reason

    December 31, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
    • Irisrose

      A god could exist. Non-believers need evidence to believe. Believers do not, they have 'faith'. The best that most of us can do is say we do not know how it all began. Why must there be a reason? Because you need there to be? Tell me, what's the difference between a huge cosmic bang kicking it all into motion and your god magically creating everything out of nothing?

      December 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
    • NL

      There is a huge difference between saying that a god may exist and confirming that your definition of God actually exists. Yes a god could exist, but there is definitely no guarantee that it has to be the Abrahamic God. It could be Thor, Baal, some tribal god lost to history, or some being worshipped by aliens in a galaxy far, far away, right?

      Even if it happens to be one of Earth's thousands of gods or goddesses it's even less likely that this being had a son named Jesus. Even less likely that this god is actually a trinity. Even less than less likely that this being created the universe. Even less than less, less, less, less, less, less likely that this god always existed, existed even before the universe, and was never born. Even less to the power of 100 that such a being would be gravely concerned with what grown adults do in the privacy of their own bedroom, or what they do on Sundays.

      Get the idea? The closer such a 'god' approaches what some people believe of it the probability of such a creature actually existing approaches zero.

      December 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  13. Jason

    66% of people polled say they will pray and since God, in all his glorious wonder and nifty yo-yo skills, is truly existent, 100% of their prayers will be answered.
    15% will get a high-colonic from the ghost of Orel Roberts.
    25% will get a poster of Amy Grant in a peek-a-boo teddy,
    35% will get Tammy Bakkers breakthrough album, "My Mascara Runs Like The Tears Of Jesus".
    ..and the last 25% will get a free T-Mobile prepaid card on the Day of Rapture..so they can call all the nonbelievers and say,"Ya know, heaven is waaaaay overrated. Nothing but Jim Nabors muzak up here."
    Happy New Year, people.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      Hilarious!

      Did you know that Flying Spaghetti Monster's heaven has a beer volcano and a exotic dancer factory? Serious ground for converting to Pastafarianism right there. Much better than hanging out with hard core Christians and worshiping for the rest of eternity (which sounds like hell to me).

      December 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
  14. Mr. Sniffles

    Do pray if you want, but I hope you realize one day that you will get exactly the same results praying to an artichoke as you will to any God.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
    • Motrek

      I did try something very similar to that for a while. Prayers to God through Christ were answered, while it seemd like the maple tree I was praying to couldn't care less. That's back when I was experimenting to see if God answered prayers.

      December 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
    • cm

      Well at least praying to an artichoke than worshipping your own ego would serve one better. Prayer does change things -there is a lot of scientific data supporting this. I doubt you'll go look. One thing about an athesist – God could do backflips for ya and you would still not believe cuz you already made the decision not to. You first sentence you will hear when you leave your human body will be – so, Mr Sniffles, can you hear me now?

      December 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
    • Matthew

      Really? Because many times I have prayed to God for guidance through tough times, to answer things I didn't understand or when something was bothering me. Those questions were all answered the same day or a few days later.

      Example: When I was troubled because I heard of Christians killed in Iraq because of their belief, I found the answer in the Bible in Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

      Because I prayed about this, God answered me through a passage in the Bible.
      So your statement is 100 percent incorrect.

      January 6, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  15. Keith

    To all believers and Jews, By all means pray in the new year. "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 That's US folks-not the UNBELIEVERS. God doesn't hear their prayers unless it's to REPENT. Our nation is in dire straights.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
    • There Are No Gods!

      yes fools sit and do nothing and swear that by doing nothing you are actually helping! Man your guys are either the laziest or just the most absolutely stupid people to ever walk the earth. There are no gods! jesus never existed!

      December 31, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
    • andybud

      "Our nation is in dire straights."

      Really?

      That's a LOT of band members.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
    • NL

      Keith-
      "To all believers and Jews,"
      What? Jews aren't 'believers'?!?

      "That's US folks-not the UNBELIEVERS. God doesn't hear their prayers unless it's to REPENT."
      Aah... 'UNBELIEVERS' don't pray, right, so of course God doesn't hear the prayers they aren't making.

      "Our nation is in dire straights."
      I thought that the USA was God's new chosen nation and now you tell me that this means we are in dire straights? Being God's new chosen nation would seem to be as useful as being named winner of American Idol. 😉

      December 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
    • tallulah13

      andybud- Best post of the day!

      January 1, 2011 at 2:58 am |
    • Keith

      NL, I never said the USA was God's new chosen nation. Like a typical atheist, you try to twist people's words or worse outright lie about what was said. Satan did the same thing in the garden of Eden. If the USA was chosen, it was only because of (1) the Christians living here who follow the Lord and (2) the nation supporting Israel. Unfortunately, one only need turn on the news to see that both are dwindling.. Los Angeles gets over one-half its ANNUAL rainfall in a span of hours. At the same time, DADT legiislation is being passed. Coincidence? The more this nation rejects God, the more we will come into judgement. The more we do things to harm Israel, the more we will come into judgement. It's really that simple. Israel has been and always will be God's chosen people. Replacement theology is wrong.

      January 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Keith

      Hey Keith... Happy New Year to ya'...!

      You Said: "Unfortunately, one only need turn on the news to see that both are dwindling.. Los Angeles gets over one-half its ANNUAL rainfall in a span of hours. At the same time, DADT legiislation is being passed. Coincidence? The more this nation rejects God, the more we will come into judgement."

      Dude... we need the rain here in Los Angeles... trust me on that one. Certainly wish we didn't have the mud-slides and such, but we have been in 'drought' conditions here for quite awhile. Many people here in L.A. are actually 'thanking' God for the much needed rain.

      And, so since we are getting the much needed rain, should we assume that it is good that DADT got repealed, and that God is happy with us...?

      -Keith, what r u trying to imply here my friend...?

      Peace...

      January 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  16. Christina (NJ)

    ps. happy DRUNKIN' new year everyone! <3

    December 31, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
  17. Christina (NJ)

    BullS#!T. Someone please fire the writer who wrote this. jesus freak!
    I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOUR LAME NEW YEARS BUT I HOPE TO GET DRUNK AND LAID.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
    • andybud

      Have you tried praying for it?

      December 31, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
    • michaelt523

      Christina, why are do you feel so strongly against Jesus?

      December 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
    • NL

      andybud
      If she isn't praying for it than somebody else is likely praying that she get drunk, then laid.

      December 31, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  18. michaelt523

    Clearly, there are widespread misconceptions of the Christian faith. For those who are curious, you may be disappointed when you walk into any (example) non-denominational Christian church today. They usually root their teachings in the Bible, but these teachers are only human, and most of these churches are missing lots of history what has happened in the last 1000 years or so. Our "idea" of God has been warped in many cases. Do your historical research, a good place to start is the life of Jesus and the origins of the Gospels.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  19. David Johnson

    @Rev. Dennis Allen Colwell

    Jesus's true appearance is a revealed truth. Jesus was indeed a white male with blonde hair and blue eyes. I can feel it is true, in my heart!

    You must have faith Reverend.

    Cheers!

    December 31, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
    • There Are No Gods!

      lol @ you and your faith! jesus never existed! You are a fool. Faith is what you have in things that don't exist. Keep on kneeling prayer boy, I bet some day you will get something for it! Idiot!

      December 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
    • Irisrose

      @ There Are No Gods!

      Calm down. David is not a believer.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
    • NL

      Either that, or a miracle occurred! 😉

      December 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  20. David Houston, TX

    If Prayer really works why do Americans need health insurance? Can't you pray for good health? Why not pray for a barrel full of money if God answers prayers?

    December 31, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
    • andybud

      I once prayed for a barrel full of money and got one full of monkeys instead.

      Dude can't spell to save His life.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      The insurance companies can afford better prayers than yours.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
    • NL

      andybud-
      Hey, they could have been valuable monkeys. The Lord moves in mysterious ways, after all!

      December 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
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