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Tokyo governor apologizes for calling quake divine retribution
Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara in 2009.
March 15th, 2011
02:23 PM ET

Tokyo governor apologizes for calling quake divine retribution

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

The governor of Tokyo apologized on Tuesday for saying the earthquake and resulting tsunami that left thousands dead were divine punishment for Japanese egoism, a leading Japanese news service reported.

"I will take back (the remark) and offer a deep apology," Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said at a Tuesday news conference, according to Japan’s Kyodo News.

On Monday, Ishihara had told reporters, "I think (the disaster) is tembatsu (divine punishment), although I feel sorry for disaster victims," according to Kyodo News, which translated Ishihara's remarks from Japanese.

“Japanese politics is tainted with egoism and populism,” Ishihara had said Monday, according to Kyodo News. “We need to use tsunami to wipe out egoism, which has rusted onto the mentality of Japanese over a long period of time."

Read about how Japan's religions respond to tragedy

The death toll from Friday's 9.0-magnitude quake off the east coast of Honshu grew to 3,373 on Tuesday.

John Nelson, the chair of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco, said Ishihara’s remarks about divine retribution hark back to Japanese Buddhist ideas that fell out of favor decades ago.

He said the Japanese term “tembatsu” could also be translated as heavenly punishment.

“The way [Ishihara] used it was a prewar understanding of the will of heaven or the gods to discipline the Japanese people,” Nelson said.

“That understating of the gods having an agenda was instrumental to the ideology of the prewar years, when it was said to be Japan’s divine mission to conquer Asia and establish an empire," Nelson said.

Ishihara, 78, had said he was leaving politics but announced after the earthquake that he will seek a fourth term as governor in this year's elections.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Asia • Buddhism • Japan

soundoff (1,146 Responses)
  1. brad

    Those early followers who heard Jesus' mandate to eat his body and drink his blood: they were thinkers. "How can this man give us his body to eat and blood to drink. These are hard words." Then they left. Today, instead of abandoning the whole Jesus thing, they follow him around on CNN and make sarcastic remarks.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  2. New York

    They are killing a lot Dolphins and whales and refuse to stop, so the Ocean is killing them. I do feel remorse for the victims and those suffering but ironically it’s those fishing villages and areas where Dolphins are hunted that received the brunt of the devastation. Maybe the Dolphins, Whales and Fish will catch a break for a while. Also the people destroying the ocean and the ecosystem in it will be humbled by its power.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  3. Frespech

    Is it me or this Blog? Can't locate posts or replys. Is it Monday or am I still asleep?

    March 16, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  4. Susan

    Retribution or not, the suffering is grievous and shouldn't be talked about casually.
    The tsunami may not have been retribution from God, but it is certainly a sign that Jesus will be returning soon.

    Luke 21 NIV

    5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”

    7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

    8 He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

    10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

    12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

    20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

    25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

    29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

    32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

    34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

    Retribution or not, the suffering is grievous and shouldn't be talked about casually.
    The tsunami may not have been retribution from God, but it is certainly a sign that Jesus will be returning soon.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  5. honest abe

    i think he is right about the egotism and i do feel sorry for the victims too and in the face of adversity and dissaster people should asses what they did right and what they did wrong:good business sense and spiritual sense as well.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  6. TASAIN

    I am a Naturalized-Catholic-Republican-US Service Member-Citizen who is extremely enjoying the fruits this country that was brutally stolen from the Native Americans by a bunch of people that are not my forefathers and then the very soil I stand on was cultivated by slavery. Based on all the gibberish from the posts below, the majority of you will be swallowed into a huge black hole of painful retribution because of what your great-great-great-great-great grand parents had done. All the while I will be going on Crusades starting Holy Wars, eating flesh and drinking blood, watching the poor suffer as I get rich and warmongering around the world! As for the rest of you whose forefathers built this country…you screwed!

    March 16, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  7. TASAIN

    I am a Naturalized-Catholic-Republican-US Service Member-Citizen who is extremely enjoying the fruits this country that was brutally stolen from the Native Americans by a bunch of people that are not my forefathers and then the very soil I stand on was cultivated by slavery. Based on all the gibberish from the posts below, the majority of you will be swallowed into a huge black hole of painful retribution because of what your great-great-great-great-great grand parents had done. All the while I will be going on Crusades starting Holy Wars, eating flesh and drinking blood, watching the poor suffer as I get rich and warmongering around the world! As for the rest of you whose forefathers built this country…you screwed! America F-Yeah!

    March 16, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  8. Reality Check

    Amazing....the comments here. Those of you who bash God should be ashamed...when you should be thanking Him for the blessings you have....especially in North America where we have had it so good. While I agree there are serious problems with organized religion and AGAIN...man's use of it to control people....people need to stop confusing religion with GOD( large print on purpose). God is going to judge the hypocritical religious system and those involved. Remember...it was the religious establishment that were Jesus Christ's biggest enemies and He told them their judgement was final if they didn't change their minds regarding him...they would remain in their unbelief and sin because they reject the only One who was able to save them. Don't make the mistake of confusing God Almighty with religion. The bible is God's word, and the only way to understand God's love for us is through receiving Jesus Christ into our hearts. Ask him. He's real. Then you will start to feel God's love and presence and will start to understand his word. He doesn't send destruction to accomplish his purpose! We are still in the "dispensation of grace" where Jesus Christ is still reaching those who will receive him. There are many professing atheists who have turned their hearts to Christ...and the powerful thing about God's Spirit is that while there are many atheists and supposed unbelievers turning to Christ...they don't go back to their old beliefs once they see the truth. In other words....I see atheists turning to Christ....but I don't see true Christians turning to Atheism. Because once we see and experience the truth...we can't accept anything else.

    March 16, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • Mike

      "Because once we see and experience the truth...we can't accept anything else." HAHA, that's what I thought when I realized that religion was a fraud.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  9. Don Canard

    nice to know that the phenomenon of retardation in the political class is not unique to the US. Of course, we do also have previous examples like the French monarchy as well as various others, maybe we're not so far from that as we'd like to think.

    March 16, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  10. Hate Crimes

    Bashing Christians is a weak minded hate crime. Are you trying to provoke a response or just attacking an easy target because you don't fear some psychotic plane bombings and street riots like some 'religions'

    Grow up. You can talk big and bully all you want. Laugh it up. But until YOU are able to move the Earth with a whisper, you may want to pay attention.

    Sheesh! What does it take to get your attention? If shaking of the Earth and permanently changing its rotation in a matter of minutes doesn't wake you up....

    One of the most technologically advanced countries is brought to its knees in moments and you want to defy and mock the Creator of the Universe? My, you must really think highly of yourself. So, how many stars can you hold in your hand?

    March 16, 2011 at 7:58 am |
    • Evan

      Another believer who thinks there must be a god and then relies upon the silliest grounds as proof of their delusion.

      March 16, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • Chickens

      Boy Evan, talk about insecure. Why so threatened when anyone mentions religion? Why feel a need to convince everyone to your way? You do realize it doesn't matter what you think, we'll all be judged based on His rules, not something you want to make up.

      But stay here and keep spewing your athiest BS. A nonbeliever doesn't know the truth. An athiest hears it but is too stubborn or too dumb to listen. (You might want to keep that a secret instead of repeatedly announcing it on sites)

      March 16, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • adam

      I am so sick of the carbon copy response a lot of Christians make saying that people only criticize them because they get don't get killed for it (anymore at least). It's complete b.s. The reason that Christians (or those claiming to be Christians) are criticized in this country is because a good deal of them in positions of power or gov't have done a great of harm or been exposed as hypocrites. I lways find it laughable that so many (not necessarily you) "Christians" are right wing and conservative when even the stupidest person in world would have seen Christ as a liberal.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • Ray

      I don't hate you. You believe in magic and I don't. You use the phrase "hate crime" – as if disagreeing with you – is the same as condemning gay people and preventing them from having employment. I am someone who thinks religion is love. I guess you take a different message from religion.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • Agnostic Front

      Why do YOU get defensive when someone mentions religion chickens? Hmm? You want so hard to believe that you have not control over your life so that when you screw it up you can say "it was God's will". Or when you go out "sin" you can sit in a small clapboard structure with a bunch of other hypocrits and alleviate your guilt "because of his blood". You people that continue to live your lives according to a work of fiction will doom us all. Cause when science could be figuring things out, you will be asking a 32 year old, beatnik, supposed "virgin" whose father let him die, to save you. Must be nice to be delusional.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • Chickens

      Ray: How many crimes do you know that are done because the person loves you and wants to hurt you? The term 'hate crime' and associated punishment is nothing more than an attempt at reverse discrimination and bigotry.

      If gays and minorities want to use it to justify their sins and threaten others, at least the same protection should apply to Christian-bashing.

      Adam: Jesus as a liberal, conservative, or other? I doubt He would bother with such things. After all, Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's.

      Agnostic Front: Sad for you. The term 'defensive' means to steel oneself against an attack. YOU are the attackers. YOU are the ones bullying others for knowing God. So let's be clear who the attackers are here and why you feel compelled to attack others for their beliefs instead of simply feeling differently.

      Society tolerates this childish behavior when aimed at Christians because without religion, there is no sin. Without sin there is not guilt, and without guilt you are free to do whatever you want. Same as a child. Time to grow up and open your eyes.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Seraphim0

      “Boy Evan, talk about insecure. Why so threatened when anyone mentions religion?”- That’s his issue, and he should probably deal with it. Fair enough.
      “ Why feel a need to convince everyone to your way?” Pot, we’d like you to meet kettle.
      “ You do realize it doesn't matter what you think, we'll all be judged based on His rules, –not something you want to make up.–” The irony of this last statement is so hilarious it makes me kind of chuckle. The bible was a book written by men many, many, many years after the events it allegedly describes happened. The content has been voted on, and even changed (king james’ bible, anyone?). Interpretations vary drastically (look at all your divisions in Christianity), so even believers cannot fully agree on an interpretation. You’re going to tell me that everything contained within is literal truth (without a shred of evidence, really), and has not been added to, or adjusted by men over the years? Or is it a collection of morale parables? So yeah… every religion has their own set of rules, and their own set of requirements for the afterlife, from Valhalla to Elysium, to Heaven, etc. Or is it just something they, and yours, made up?

      March 16, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Mike

      A believer blindly follows a book and lets it run their life. A non believer l objectively studies both sides and they makes their own decision as to what to believe. I can't trust people that arent willing to at least consider the fact that the world might be mor complex than having blind faith in a 2000 year old book.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Seraphim0

      “without religion, there is no sin.” Very true. All that Christian guilt for having biological impulses gone. Oh, darn.
      “Without sin there is not guilt, and without guilt you are free to do whatever you want.” Very incorrect, actually. Given societal evolution, and even with tribal ethics, there are acceptable behaviors for groups, and unacceptable behaviors. When living in large family groups, even animals have a balance, and more often than not, commit actions for the benefit of the group and not just the individual (just look at any communal animal, or even insect for the most part). Human evolution from those forms of community naturally evolved with it. Survival depends on the group unit. Why would you do something that could cause undue friction within the group when it would hinder chances for survival. Hence, we have evolution of ethics- particularly morality in man. It helped ensure survival on a larger scale. Take a look at the definition of guilt some time. People feel guilty if they do things wrong, true. But is forgetting a daughter’s piano recital a sin? No? Then why feel guilty? You’re trying to tie an emotion to a religious convention exclusively, and that is rather ridiculous.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • TCP

      Please name one left wing congressperson, president, or judge who is an avowed atheist?

      March 16, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  11. Josh

    I don't get it. Why did the Governor have to apologize? It WAS divine retribution. Ask any whale.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • sad

      You are right....I forgot about all the abundent fishes in the sea.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  12. yellowskin

    Before the earthquake', Tokyo governor wants to make nuclear bombs to be thrown at China n Russia, just so long they can keep ill gotten gains of WW II ,those Okinawa and Dioayu's islands.In Buddhist scripture n " Chinese prowerb", the greatest punishment of the crimes of an offender is ", the pain n death of their kins", namely their sons, daughters and granddotiing, each perished one by one before their eyes".

    March 16, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  13. deepwater805

    Geez, I hope he doesn't commit hairy canary...

    March 16, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  14. SASHA

    @The Facts-War up to this day is caused by religion but it is how a leader interpret their beliefs. From Christians, Muslim, Buddhist, Tao, Atheism etc. War is an ideology of a greedy, selfish, egotistic, delusional belief of a leader/nation who want to conquer the world. No matter how religious you are there is only one thing that will cause war EVIL. If you read the bible REVELATIONS means GOD WILL PREVAIL. So no matter what your belief is there is an ultimate power greater than us. Every religion committed mistakes and there is no perfect nation/person in this world. Forgiveness from previous atrocities is the key to keeping this world going otherwise we'll be all dead and blow up this entire planet.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • Evan

      Sasha: Name me just one atheist leader that went to war to spread non-belief in fairy tales.

      March 16, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • Chickens

      Name one? Hmm...Evan. After all, YOU are the one at war here. You're the one who came here and attacked everyone's religion. You're the ones, athiests and other satanists, who seek to deny Christians the right to worship. Bad enough you try to convince people to deny God, but you also try to deny others the right to seek and celebrate Him.

      What a small mind who can't see outside himself and thinks the world revolves around and is here to serve himself. When it comes down to following the word of Evan or the Word of the Creator of all things seen and unseen...I think I'll go with the Creator.

      You can't even fly or stay under water for hours. You'd die in Arctic weather after just a few hours of exposure. You're a pretty frail being to think you know all and control all. You haven't even seen all the things of Creation, let alone be able to take credit for it!

      March 16, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • Chickens2

      Name one? Hmm...Evan. After all, YOU are the one at war here. You're the one who came here and attacked everyone's religion. You're the ones, athiests and other satanists, who seek to deny Christians the right to worship. Bad enough you try to convince people to deny God, but you also try to deny others the right to seek and celebrate Him.

      What a small mind who can't see outside himself and thinks the world revolves around and is here to serve himself. When it comes down to following the word of Evan or the Word of the Creator of all things seen and unseen...I think I'll go with the Creator.

      You can't even fly or stay under water for hours. You'd die in Arctic weather after just a few hours of exposure. You're a pretty frail being to think you know all and control all. You haven't even seen all the things of Creation, let alone be able to take credit for it!

      March 16, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • Mike

      The bible was written by humans and has been translated many many times, its message likely lost in an ancient language. Far more people have been killed in its name than were killed in the Tsunami. It's just a book, it's not real. Mother Nature is the real goddess.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Seraphim0

      Chicken- I think you need to actually take a look at atheists objectively before simply applying the “Christian hating, prayer denying, god-hater” label. As a majority, Aetheists could care less if you pray, if you worship, or who you worship. As long as you don’t try to push your beliefs on others, they could care less what you do. The majority are content to live their lives happily without the fear of accidentally angering a sky/sun god. The billboards and advertisements around about not worrying about not believing in god? They are made to help other people realize that they’re not alone and don’t need to feel ashamed for not believing in a higher power. If these billboards are offensive to you, then you need to take a step back and look at your own values. I wasn’t aware that the bible condoned forced belief. Either a person believes, or they do not. Aetheists aren’t trying to prevent your worship of your god. They just don’t want your beliefs pushed onto them and theirs. It would be like someone trying to push you to another religion that you don’t believe in. Christianity isn’t special. It’s just another religion. Some people are getting sick of religion trying to rule the day.
      As for your comment on Satanists… Satanists could really care less if you worship. At all. Oh, and do realize that there is a world of difference between a Satanist and a satan worshipper. I know, I know, hard to believe, but very true. Most Satanists follow a very humanistic philosophy. They don’t worship the devil, contrary to popular belief. Look them up sometime outside of the ‘evil doer!!!!’ context the church always tries to paint them in.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Chickens

      Seraphim0: athiests further the will of satan. There are those who are saved and everyone else. The saved will have eternal life, the others eternal damnation and suffering. 'No one comes unto the father, but by me' said the Savior.

      Which group do you want to be in? I know which group I'd like you to be in- with me! Being angry because I am telling you the truth is okay with me. I will NOT blow smoke up your butt, smiling and waving while your road turns towards hell.

      It is your choice to make, but know that I care enough to speak the sometimes unpopular truth, even if you hate me for it 🙂

      March 16, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Mike

      every time someone quotes scripture, it makes me laugh. Reading out of a book and basing your life on archaic thinking just seems silly to me. I'm supposed to believe this because some guy who was ordained said so?? really???? I don't believe it. No ammount of scripture is going to change my mind either. It's just writing to me. I find less truth in the bible than I do in Men's Health.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  15. J C

    Christians are vampires who drink the blood of their savior and pray upon the weak minded.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • JRO

      Vampires would probably prey, not pray.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • nordicmetalhead

      Hey Nero, you're still around! I thought you off'ed yourself a while back.. cool, want to grab a wine and catch the Games later on?

      March 16, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • brad

      Whenever earthquakes, tsunamis, epidemics, occur, people say "It's God's punishment". The people who laugh at this idea need to look deeper. Some part of us believes that we cannot get away with our sins as individuals or as nations.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  16. Brian

    I guess stupid ignorant politicians are not limited to the U.S.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:26 am |
    • Evan

      We tried exporting ours under NAFTA along with the jobs but found that the home grown variety had already saturated the markets.

      March 16, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  17. ohyes

    but he is right. if it weren't for the selfishness of private companies and government, none of this would've happened

    March 16, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  18. marilu

    ppl have the right to believe in anything or anyone they want, and to say that this happened because they don't believe in your "god" is simply ignorant. quit trying to convert people!

    March 16, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  19. cmmrc

    To Phage0070, you ask, how can you justify punishing later innocent generations for the actions of their forefathers? Does that seem moral in the slightest?
    1st, let's save "innocent", just use "later generations", because people do things good and bad not only for themselves but also for their later generations, if not most for their later generations. You do things for your children and grand children, right? Does that seem moral to you?
    2nd, if the actions of their forefathers were punishable and weren't punished, which means not only these forefathers enjoyed their punishable actions but also went on unpunished, these forefathers were able to have children and grandchildren and so on, and also pass on the wealth, may I call it the fruits of their punishable actions to their later generations. In addition, not only the later generations enjoy the fruits of their forefather’s punishable actions. Does that seem moral in the slightest?
    Third, the fruits of the punishable actions of their forefathers are enjoyed, knowingly may I add, by the later generations. Does that seem innocent in the slightest?
    Fourth, if the enjoyment of the later generations of the fruits of the punishable actions of their forefathers is considered innocent and unpunished. If not for themselves but for their later generations, would more people do it? A great deal, right? Especially, the chances are that they may escape punishment themselves and their later generations would morally and innocently enjoy the fruits of their punishable actions. A better deal, right? Does that seem innocent in the slightest?
    5th, the only reason you are asking the question is that you are one of their later generations are “innocently” and “morally” enjoying the fruits of your forefathers’ punishable actions. Does that seem moral in the slightest? Of course it does, right?

    March 16, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • esg

      So you are basically saying that people need to take responsibility for something they did not do? And where do we draw a line? What if someone walks up to you and say "Your ancestor 1000 years ago committed a murder which he wasn't punished for. You must be punished for that"? Are you going to accept that? Are you also aware of the concept of Ex Post Facto law?

      March 16, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • cmmrc

      esg, I guess if you are eating the loot. Look, having and enjoying a stolen property given to you is not quite innocent. The guy was talking about "divine punishment" after all. Therefore, we have nothing to do with drawing a line. Make sense to you?

      March 16, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  20. faithbased

    you are dust.....and to dust you shall return.....Jesus;s blood is the drink for eternal life, come eat his flesh and you shall live.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • Jesus

      Bible quotes are lame.

      March 16, 2011 at 7:22 am |
    • Marlin

      Yuck, sounds gruesome. You Christians are weird.

      March 16, 2011 at 7:29 am |
    • jim

      So, are you cannibals or vampires?

      March 16, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • D

      You make it sound like Jesus better have a zombie plan and some weapons around. 🙂

      March 16, 2011 at 7:42 am |
    • Bob

      I'd like my Jesus with some mayo on the side, please.

      March 16, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Evan

      I'll have a coke and fries with that. Oh – and supersize it.

      March 16, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • Kaz

      I think I see where the author of Twilight got her inspiration....

      Jesus sparkles and encourages the drinking of blood and eating of flesh... He's a vampire!

      March 16, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • Mike

      Jesus people can only quote the bible because the church doesn't let them think for themselves. If you heard someone saying this stuff today and claiming they wrote it, we would think they were silly.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • marty

      THis scripture is speaking of His death on the cross . Secularists do not know or understand meanings and doctrine. You do understand charlie sheen, but not Jesus Christ.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • brad

      To anyone bothered by Christian "cannibalism", here's your answer: " Does this offend you? What then if you see me return to the place from which I came?" John 6.
      REad the entire chapter 6. Any literate person can do it.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Dan613

      Gruesome to say the least, but it is what is written. The question is, how could possibly a Jewish rabbi, a prophet in line with the Old Testament's very strong monotheism, say something so out of the Hebrew background, so away from what the rest of the prophets of Israel have preached, and so away from what God himself have commanded (Do not have other gods beside me) in the Hebrew Bible? Sorry, I cannot believe that words like those came from Jesus (pbuh). He neither believed was divine, neither could invite people to "eat and drink" his own flesh. This is clearly so strange in a Jewish, so out of it, that it denounces its own fallacy. What you preach is an invented Jesus by Christians.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • just kidding

      To the one writing bible quotes. Brother Im not christian I support you though in your attempt to share your beliefs yet you write something without substantiating it and people dont get you. As a muslim I just hate it if Jesus a.s. is being used as a joke by others so please try harder not to evoke that. Eventhough, I dont agree with your beliefs I know you have good intentions just dont like others using your faith to mock Jesus a.s.

      March 16, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • jc

      All you Christian haters are the first ones on your knees when desaster hits!

      March 16, 2011 at 10:01 am |
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