May 8th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

In the heart of tornado-ravaged Bama Nation, a new battle cry: ‘Let go! Let God!’

By Wayne Drash, CNN

Tuscaloosa, Alabama (CNN) – The Rev. Kelvin Croom walks down the hall toward the sanctuary his father built 30 years ago with the help of legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.

“Just glad to be alive,” a deacon says.

“I know what you mean,” Croom responds.

With its painted cement block walls and low ceilings, the hall has the feel of a locker room corridor. In rooms off the hall, church members rummage through debris, trying to salvage anything they can. Windows shattered when the tornado hit. The roof of the fellowship hall upstairs blew off and crashed into nearby homes.

On Easter Sunday, three days before the tornado struck, Croom preached of salvation, of the need to rebuild one’s life, of finding hope even in times of desperation. The rejoicing and the stomps of feet had the pews bouncing.

The place oozed with love. So many people packed the church they literally filled the building to its rafters, with people standing all the way upstairs in the fellowship hall.

Back in the church for the first time since that service, Croom steps through the doorway into that sacred spot, the sanctuary of College Hill Baptist Church. His voice draws to a hush. The crimson carpet, the pews with their crimson cushions, the stained glass windows – everything is untouched.

“In here, you’d have no idea anything happened,” he marvels.

On April 27, a mile-wide tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, one of nearly 200 twisters to strike the South as part of a record storm. Hundreds died, including dozens in this college town – many of whom lived in the area known as Alberta City where College Hill Baptist sits.

The church lies at the center of the damage, as well as at the crossroads of faith, football and Alabama history. In a community where gospel and gridiron are interwoven like a hand-stitched Southern quilt, it all comes together at College Hill Baptist.

The Rev. Kelvin Croom tells his congregation, "We will rebuild!"

The building speaks of history, of a unique bond between two men – one white, one black – at a time when there were few such relationships. While Bryant is revered like no other, it’s Croom’s father, the late Rev. Sylvester Croom Sr., who stands as a pillar of the African-American community in this part of the state.

As a young man, the elder Croom couldn’t attend his hometown college. He couldn’t even step foot into the University of Alabama stadium. He’d stand outside the gate to watch games.

Eventually, though, he became spiritual adviser to Bryant and two other Crimson Tide coaches. He would come to grace the sidelines for years, decked out in his iconic white suit and crimson cowboy hat and boots.

When the elder Croom was starting the church in the 1970s, Bryant gave him a PA system. He gave the pastor money, too, sometimes thousands in cash, sometimes hundreds. “Whatever Dad needed,” Kelvin Croom says.

“He and my dad had a very unique relationship.”

Kelvin and his brother, Sylvester Jr., were among the first African-American football players at Alabama.

And when Gov. George Wallace apologized to Tuscaloosa’s African-American community for his staunch support of segregation and for barring blacks from entering the university, he came to the Croom family. “Will you forgive me?” Wallace asked.

Today, Kelvin Croom surveys the damage outside the church. The parking lot is littered with lumber strewn from homes, roofing tiles and other debris. With the second story gone, he’s not sure the building can be salvaged, even if the sanctuary is OK.

Behind him, a smashed church sign leans to the side, almost like a crooked cross. Two plaques remain intact: one honoring Bryant; the other honoring the elder Croom.

A portrait of the elder Croom survived the tornado.

“We were taught by my dad and we were taught by Coach Bryant, when situations come into your life, obstacles come, then you have to be strong,” Croom says.

“We have to let go what we’re tasting. This is a bitter pill, but God does have his way of resurrecting us. Yeah, we’re hurt … but we can rebuild and come back.”

Last year, his church made green T-shirts with a slogan in the form of a cross: “Let go! Let God!”

“We’ve been wearing the shirts. Now, we gotta live it,” he says. “Now that we have to deal with this calamity, you put aside racial barriers, religious and political. We’re one people. We’re Alabamians.”

He gives a soft holler: “Roll Tide,” the beloved chant of Alabama fans.

“It’s become more than a sports theme,” he says. “It’s a bond between people who have a common interest in humanity, who believe in a democracy, who believe in a higher power. It’s a nation. We call it Bama Nation.”

Across the state, people are mourning. The loss of life and property is indescribable. Thousands of houses across Tuscaloosa alone are damaged or destroyed. Scores of people remain missing.

Faith and football won’t replace the utter destruction that has shaken so many lives here. Yet it’s what people cling to. Conversations with those whose homes were destroyed often end with “Roll Tide.”

Last year the church made "Let go! Let God!" T-shirts. "We’ve been wearing the shirts. Now, we gotta live it," Croom says.

In the fall, they say, the sanctuary on Saturdays is Bryant-Denny Stadium, where more than 100,000 fans gather in the heart of campus to cheer for the Crimson Tide. On Sundays, the place of worship is any of the hundreds of churches throughout this thick Bible Belt region where Saturday’s chants are replaced by prayers and gospels.

It’s why a chemistry professor from Germany says, “The holy man in Alabama is not the pope. It’s Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant.” Outside Croom’s torn up church, a military policeman put aside his allegiance to cross-state rival Auburn University to protect the property from looters.

“I’m an Auburn fan,” says Sgt. Casey Chambers, “but above that I’m a true Alabamian.”

A handgun at his hip, Chambers says through a big grin, “I’m protecting y’all.”

'How we come together'

Terry Jones is the legendary noseguard who played for the Crimson Tide in the mid-1970s and went on to play for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.

Now a strength coach at Alabama, Jones was in the team’s practice facility when the tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa. An announcement came over the PA system for everyone to take cover.

He rounded the corner into his office. On his wall, Bear Bryant looked down. Jones stared back at the man who shaped his life, one of five mentors who molded him.

“Where you thinking of going to school?” Bryant had asked him on a recruiting trip.

“South Carolina,” Jones told him.

Bad choice, Bryant said. “All you’ll do is play football, and you’ll lose all your games. What’s your second choice?”

When Jones responded with the University of Tennessee, Bryant leaned over. “You can go there,” the coach said, “but we’re going to kick your ass every year.”

Alabama strength coach and former NFL star Terry Jones weathered the storm at the Crimson Tide’s practice facility.

Jones became an All-American playing for Bryant. Yet, he says, he also owes much of his success to another man: the elder Rev. Croom.

Jones, who started playing for Alabama in 1974, remembered a story he heard from his older teammates. In 1973, the Crimson Tide was about to play Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. The black players for both schools planned to sit out the game to send a civil rights statement across the nation.

Bryant phoned his spiritual adviser: Get to New Orleans and mediate the situation. The Rev. Sylvester Croom gathered the athletes.

“This is an opportunity for you to showcase your talents and get to the next level, the NFL. Don’t jeopardize that,” the elder Croom said. “You’re the pride of the black community. Don’t let us down!”

Everyone suited up. The game went on. (Alabama fans don’t like to talk about the outcome; the Crimson Tide lost 24-23 on a field goal in the last five minutes, but the team still won the national title that year.)

All that went through Jones’ mind as he hunkered down in his office, the storm overhead. The 6-4, 320-pound giant owed his life to both those men. If the elder Croom hadn’t given that speech to the black players who preceded him, his career could have been over before it started. If Bryant hadn’t switched him to noseguard his senior year, he might never have starred with the Packers.

Bryant made his players attend church. He ingrained it in them: Football and faith help shape a boy into a man. Jones now serves as a deacon at College Hill Baptist Church.

Legendary Alabama football coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant mentored Jones and helped the elder Croom start his church.

In his office that day, he reflected on a quote from Bryant: “If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.”

Life has been good to him, thought Jones, a small-town boy from Sandersville, Georgia, who broke racial barriers and crushed many a lineman along the way.

Jones braced for the worst. The wind whipped outside. The tornado missed his building.

“Every Saturday, I’ve seen how we come together – the football and the religion,” he says. “This storm, I think, brought everything together right here.”

Sermons in the barber chair

Clee Greene no longer walks with that pep in his step from when he first arrived in Tuscaloosa in 1960. He got off the back of the bus from Louisiana with a “dollar and quarter” in his pocket and has never looked back.

He’s now got a bridge named after him in Alberta City.

While Bryant brought black players to Tuscaloosa to play football, it was Greene who helped shape them into men. The barber on the other side of the railroad tracks would sit the young kids in his chair and preach to them about life and love, God and unity.

Clee Greene was barber and counselor to nearly every black University of Alabama football player for decades.

Nearly every black football player from the 1970s through the 1990s, from Terry Jones to NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas, sought haircuts and counseling from him. At 73, he remains a father figure to Jones. “If you got nothing to do, you just go to Clee’s,” Jones says outside the shop. “He’s an institution.”

A pious man with veins that bleed Crimson Tide and Bible scripture, Greene says the tornado looked like the devil when it came through. “It began to make a tail,” he says in an accent as thick as sorghum. “It went up in the air, like it had arms and shoulders.”

Electricity poles snapped with gigantic flashes. The tornado screamed, and his house shook. “A train is coming in,” his granddaughter said as they huddled in a hallway.

“That’s not a train,” he told her.

Remarkably, his house is one of the few in Alberta City that wasn’t harmed. He runs his barbershop out of his house. He gives away more haircuts than he sells.

Sitting in his barber chair amid Crimson Tide memorabilia, he says God is trying to send a message with the tornado: “He wants us to get back to loving each other.”

It’s kind of like football, he says: “You got to dig down deep inside yourself and pull yourself up.”

What sustains him now amid such destruction?

Faith for one, he says.

The other? Well, Greene decides to demonstrate. He leaps from his barber chair and searches through his belongings. He pulls out a stuffed elephant, the Alabama mascot known as Big Al.

Terry Jones, left, and Clee Greene belt out the chant of Crimson Tide fans.

He presses a button. The elephant grinds its hips to the tune of the Alabama fight song. Greene places his nose to his shoulder and throws his arm into the air, like it’s an elephant trunk.

With Terry Jones at his side, Greene begins to belt out that iconic chant. The legendary noseguard joins in: ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE ROLL!

'We will rebuild'

Standing at the altar on the Sunday after the storm, Croom dabs the sweat from his brow with a white coach’s towel. Dozens in his flock lost their homes when the tornado gutted Tuscaloosa. Many lost friends and loved ones.

Tears and hugs, singing and rejoicing punctuate the service. The University Church of Christ volunteered space for members of College Hill Baptist to worship.

“Just tell somebody I need you to survive,” he preaches. “Tell the person next to you: I pray for you; you pray for me.”

The congregants pause. They share hugs and pleasantries. “Our community has been devastated, but God still lives,” Croom says.

The pastor calls everyone to the altar. More than 200 people huddle together. Some place hands on shoulders; others hold hands.

“Some of us looked death in the face. Some of us thought it was over in the storm. But God gave us new life,” Croom says. “The flock will not be scattered because of this storm. College Hill still stands. We’re here today!”

“Some will say the church is over there,” Croom booms, pointing toward the tattered building across town.

He then points at members of the congregation: “No, the church is where you go! And you go! And you go! … That’s where the church is!”

Kelvin Croom walks down the hall of his church; many members of his congregation lost friends and loved ones.

He preaches for more than an hour. A woman sings "Amazing Grace":

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

Croom implores the congregation to volunteer, to help thy neighbor. The church was planning a complete renovation before the storm. Maybe, Croom says, the tornado is a warning to be careful what you ask for. Now, they have no choice but to rebuild.

“Lord, I will serve you forever,” Croom hollers. “We will rebuild! We will rebuild! God bless you! God bless you!”

And in true Alabama fashion, he ends with the two words that have brought people here together for decades: “Roll Tide!”

CNN’s Sarah Hoye contributed to this piece.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Alabama • Baptist • Belief • Church • God • Houses of worship • Pastors • Prayer

soundoff (600 Responses)
  1. Realize these Real lies

    It seems 2 me while reading these posted comments,I have discovered we have alot of lost souls out here and I shall pray 4 U all.
    I notice people written bad on anothers belief, well i ask something of u before u do so. take time 2 read about the very thing u want 2 put down.
    I mean come on; even the Fallen Angel knows the awesome power of The Father The Son & The Holy Ghost!!!
    If in your heart u knew their was no GOD, then why did u take time 2 post??? Thought so.
    I ask u 2 sit down and read the bible, then come back with a post. I bet your commentS will change a full 360.
    (IT DID ME)!!!! I shall pray 4 u all...

    May 9, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Free

      And, if in your heart you know that science and the rational view of the world are false, then why do you take the time to post in favor of God? I hope that some day you too may see reason.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  2. paul

    Saying that God should expose itself to all of the world ala a giant hand coming front the sky would be a total affront to the concept of free will. If that happened, who wouldn't worship out of fear? It's a shame many RELIGIONS are fear based, but that is man.
    Saying that since there have been previous concepts of God means a modern concept must be wrong or imaginary as well (Dawkins premise of believing in one less God than a Christian) is akin to not believing in atoms simply because bohr's model of the atom has been shown inconsistent with quantum mechanics....improvements on understanding don't always negate previous concepts, only the depth of understanding.
    I'm a physicist and a christian, and the open mindedness I found in science helped me to understand that close-mindedness of many on both sides of this discussion is where the real trouble lies. No wonder it frustrates people so much. But, I always wonder....if a believer believes in eternal life, then they want to share that idea with others, and the time it takes to respond is but a moment....what is the atheist accomplishing by arguing online over these so-called imaginary things? Isn't it a waste of time that is, by the very nature of human life....limited? What greater humanistic good is it serving? Do you believe it's saving someone from something? Not asked in sarcasm, but genuine lack of understanding of motive.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • Free

      When you propose Hell as the consequence of not choosing to worship God out of free will aren't you still basing the worship on fear?

      May 9, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  3. Billy Stewart

    God works in so many Ways Prayer works wonders ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  4. gametime


    May 9, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • PraiseTheLard

      No matter how many times you repeat a fairy tale, it still remains a fairy tale...

      May 9, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Free

      And Harry Potter is "The Boy Who Lived!"

      May 9, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  5. Jim

    "Let God Go" would have been a wiser phrase!
    Let your imaginary god, for whom you have absolutely no proof or evidence for, go, and instead rely on your own will and determination to get what needs to be done accomplished.

    May 9, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  6. Jim

    "Let Go, of Delusional Wish Thinking". The universe is indifferent, that is the concept you need to wrap your T-shirt around

    May 9, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • mdc

      Their wet T-shirts, Jim (no pun intended).

      May 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  7. CW

    These folks are an inspiration to all of us. Yes....that means you all too...atheist, and nonbelievers to boot. Hope the many stories of this come to light so that those that "choose" not to believe maybe will "choose" to be changed into Godly men and women. God is Love...God is Truth....I'm with you Alabama..."Let Go..Let God".

    May 9, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • Free

      We don't "choose" not to believe in God any more than you choose not to believe that the sun orbits the earth or that rainbows really do have golden treasures at their ends which, I can only assume, you don't.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  8. Zeke

    When honest and down to earth people give some one their testimonies of real miracles that happened to them and changed their lives totally, there could be no other explanation but one: God did it. Have you ever had a miracle happened to you or any one you know? If you do not believe it, it's okay; but I believe because it has happened to me. God lives!

    May 9, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • Dmitri P

      Yes, many people enjoy their ignorance and stupidity like you do.
      Rejoice in your idiocy! Revel in your hallucinations and let them give you a boost as addictive as heroin!
      Wallow in the muck, you crazy swine! Don't you just love it? Filth is filth.

      May 9, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • Free

      There are plenty of honest and down to earth people who can tell you for a fact that they saw UFOs, Bigfoot, leprechauns and the Flying Dutchman too.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  9. Dmitri P

    People of lesser mental ability have to believe.
    They just can't wrap their stunted brains around this complex universe and find religions ready and waiting to fool them and scare them while wrapping them in ignorance and delusion.
    The simple-minded are easily dragged back and forth by manipulative dogma and driven to distraction and madness as the universe continues to act in opposition to their mystical nonsense.
    Easily fooled. Perhaps that will be humanity's epitaph.
    And maybe it would be written by extra-terrestrial aliens or mutated terrestrial lifeforms after we are long gone.
    Yes, it might read:
    "Easily fooled, their intelligence was no better for it. They suffered long under the weight of madness as well. Death was more certain for them because of it. They obsessed over what did not exist and killed each other to gain nothing. They were truly mad. Now humans are gone but the universe remains." – How does that sound to you people?

    May 9, 2011 at 6:45 am |
    • mdc

      Sounds good to me, Dimitri.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • Nonimus

      I don't think gullibility correlates to low intelligence or lack of thereof. There seem to be plenty of smart people out there who fall for the stupidest things. Madoff investors, Colin Powell, Greenspan, SEC, heck even Newton studied Alchemy.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Free

      Greed is what usually causes generally sensible people to suspend their better judgment and fall for a con. Eternal life and an all-powerful, all-loving, perfect parent/brother protector are two things of such great value that it isn't hard to see how so many could be greedy for them, is it?

      May 9, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Nonimus

      Good point, Free.
      In fact it might help to be intelligent in order to rationalize the apparent disparity with reality or justify the inordinate and unearned personal gain.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  10. Dennis

    I might be impressed IF the tornado hit everything else EXCEPT the churches. I would be even MORE impressed if the tornado hit everything else EXCEPT the churches and the homes of all the members of those churches. The problems is that IF that had happened they would have called it the hand of god. Since it didn't happen, God is sending them trials. One way or the other, they have an answer that allows them to cling to their "faith". There is nothing that could happen that would show that faith to be false. As a result nothing they assert is a statement about the real world. It's just a fantasy they choose to believe with absolutely no evidence. To the poster who claims all non-believers live lives that are pointless, remember the words of Paul, "if Jesus was not raised we are men most to be pitied". If the tenets of Christianity are false, which they are, you have wasted your one life. Any good you have done motivated by your religion could and is being done by those who have no religion or of other religions. Religion only unites those who believe in it, otherwise it divides and isolates.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:11 am |
  11. Ted Rodosovich

    from the 2,500 gods listed on godchecker.com

    BUMBA: From the Bushongo in the Congo comes BUMBA, the African Creator God of Vomit. Yes, vomit.


    May 9, 2011 at 2:29 am |
  12. one world

    Some call it god, i call it nature. Indeed, we're blessed in some way to manifest in this amazing creation. So, bless you nature.... it knows better than any of you limited minded creatures.

    May 9, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  13. Chad

    Typical anti-Christian rantings on a CNN message board...how predictable. Do you people not have anything better to do than attack people of faith? What's it to you? The fool says there is no God. One day, every head will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord...and it doesn't matter if you believed or not...but it WILL matter when it comes to deciding where you will spend eternity. And no, it's not a myth...hopefully you will see that before it's too late for you. You're not showing your intelligence or "enlightenment" by mocking God...only your utter ignorance. It's rather sad.

    May 9, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • Magic

      ". One day, every head will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."

      Those are the words of Paul of Tarsus - a ranting, raving, misogynistic, misanthropic religious zealot - not the words of any Jesus.

      May 9, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Dennis

      Do you not have anything better to do than trot out the same old worthless arguments for the existence of God and the virtue of faith. Christians are upset because non-believers are no longer "respecting" their irrational and entirely specious arguments and beliefs. They are being increasingly subjected to the criticism they deserve, that ANY idea or proposition deserves. Besides, I get plenty of Christians who attack my "beliefs" and say I'm going to hell for them. I think you are simply getting the response you deserve.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  14. Smite Me


    Only an evil, egotistical monster would demand such idolatry...

    May 9, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • realist

      if i told you that i believe in mystical stories and creatures that nobody has seen from many years back what would you say to me. if i told you that jack did have a magic bean stalk would you call me crazy?? yet you believe a man lived in a whale.... if i told you that i was a man who could solve all of your aches and pains with the touch of my hand you would say i am nuts....yet this is what you follow....why would it be hard to believe me if you believe it happened thousands of years ago??

      May 9, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  15. thomas wingfold

    I'm inclined to believe black holes exist. I can't prove it, but I'm willing to take the word of scientists and mathematicians that tell me the evidence suggests they are real. As near as I can tell, the very nature of a black hole makes it extremely tricky to find. Really, what scientists end up doing is looking for the "effects" of a black hole manifested in things like gravitational fields and x-rays. I believe God exists. I can't prove it, but I'm willing to take the word of poets and prophets who suggest He is real. As near as I can tell, the very nature of God makes him extremely tricky to prove. What you end up doing is looking for the "effects" of God manifested in things like love and pain. A crude and simplistic comparison–I apologize to both God and black holes–but faith is ever the evidence of things unseen.

    May 9, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • Dmitri P

      Poets and prophets are not scientists and their words are always open to differing interpretations. You pretend your god cannot be proven, but if he existed such a thing would be very easy. You know there is no god already.
      You basically spelled it out in your post.

      May 9, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • shirodx

      Just like you mentioned. When looking for proof that black holes exist you look for how it interacts with it's environment.
      Same thing with God.
      Study nature all around you. The macro and the micro. Let your logic guide you honestly and see if all this could of just come about by chance, by accident.
      Then go from there.

      May 9, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • God all powerful

      Unlike a black hole, God could simply show his gigantic hand coming out of the sky to the whole world at once exclaiming that he is real and this is what he wants. God unlike a black hole could prove himself once and for all. So either your God is like a black hole just a sceintific phenomina or ???

      May 9, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • Chris L.

      shirodx, the universe existing is not proof that a God exists and s/he created it. There is no proof or evidence that a god (or gods, for polytheists) exists. It's entirely faith based, and blind faith goes against everything that science has taught us throughout the years. I've challenged pastors, priests, and the like to prove the existence of God and, in return, I would become a follower. Not a single one could.

      If the respective leaders of the religions can't even do it, then why are we still arguing over the existence of God?

      May 9, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Sarge

      To all the athiests – prove to me that you exist.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • Rene

      Cogito ergo sum

      May 9, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I've always preferred "coitus ergo sum"

      May 9, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Free

      Problem with this logic is that the evidence came first, and black holes were suggested as an answer to explain the evidence. God, however, is an ancient answer desperately looking for evidence to support it.

      Black holes would be like the suspect that all the CSI-gathered evidence leads the cops to, whereas God would be like the suspect that the crooked cops are trying to frame. Get it?

      May 9, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  16. Spiffy

    God is as real as unicorns.

    May 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  17. ctb67

    So, Christians were the ONLY people affected by this tornado outbreak? Why are African AMERICANS christian in the first place? wouldn't that be like Jews taking on that religion that Hitler had in the 30's-40's????

    May 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Don

      What about the ETHIOPIANS, it is the oldest Christian country after Armenia so what are you talking about??

      May 9, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  18. Reality

    Today, please post the following on the doors of all mosques, churches and synagogues:----------–







    See http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/ for added details.

    May 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  19. PRISM 1234

    For you people,here, who honor and love the Lord... didn't Christ Jesus say not to throw your pearls to swine, because they'll stump them into the mud where they wallowing, not recognizing their value, and turn on you, to tear you into pieces......?
    There are some on this blog who are here because they enjoy their mud wallowing......

    I pray, God bless you , who love and honor our Lord Jesus Christ!

    It would be better for them if they were never born, then to have lived and spent their futile lives the way they do, and out of their ungrateful , haughty, and rebellious hearts spewed mockeries at the only Lord, Christ, our Redeemer, who could save their miserable souls...

    There is time to let go, and leave them in their own filth to willow as they wish... That's what the Lord did...After exposing what's in their hearts, he left them alone! They are not worth to spend time on them, to converse back and forth with them. They are a band of fools! God said they are, and their own folly has already judged them... And no, they are NOT our brothers, (referring to Mat.5:22 ) They are NOT children of our Father!


    May 8, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • cmtost

      Amen. Prism1234

      May 9, 2011 at 6:47 am |
    • Dmitri P

      Yes, let us hear of your Christian love! More rabid rants please.

      May 9, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • chefdugan

      You are pathetic! It's okay if you want to be a shill for organized religion but try to keep it to yourself.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • aMiserableSoul

      It's not Christ that I mock, but Christians. So many of you worship the bible, not god and not Christ. With that comes self worship, you feel you are so righteous as to be able to say that non believers are miserable souls? Some of the kindest, most caring and morally upright people I've known are not aligned to any faith. On the other side some of the most ignorant self righteous and subsequently hateful people I've known are Christians. On top of that, many atheists I've known know the bible better than many Christians I've known, as well as the history of the bible itself. That's right, the bible does in fact have a history that exists outside of what is written in it. Plus I don't care to have anything to do with a group of people who believe that almost the entire continent of Asia is damned to hell and rightfully so, just because they were born into a different culture.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • richunix

      Most interesting....2000 years the same story, just told on a different day, it is either: argumentum ad verecundiam or Appeal to probability.

      “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      May 9, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • Free

      PRISM 1234-
      Rationality as wisdom, as in "pearls of wisdom", is just as wasted on many of the believers here.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  20. Magic


    "The bible is inspired of God-every word of it. Therefore it is perfect."

    The believers in the Qu'ran say the same thing. The believers in the Book of Mormon say the same thing. The believers in David Koresh said the same thing. Oodles of other believers say the same thing about *their* scriptures.

    These scriptures do not agree with each other.

    Either this "God" is schizophrenic or it is imaginary.

    May 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Brad

      For once, can you non-believers go spout your nonbelief elsewhere. This isn't the story for that.

      May 9, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Ooorahhh

      Well, since you assume they are the same god, no wonder you are so confused.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • DJ

      No one counterfeits paper shopping bags, why? Answer, you only counterfeit something valuable and real. The very fact that there are scores of "religions" out there simply means that there is one real one and that there is a devil who wants to give us every chance to miss it. But God will always be found by those who honestly want to find him, or as he says it,"seek and you shall find." It always amazes me that anyone could be fooled by most religions. Islam supports terrorism, oppression of women, and encourages pride. Most religions and sects move away from the reality of God and are little more than a system of rituals centered around man. Christianity is full of sects as well, the most damaging being Catholicism, who again replace God with man and the worship of man. Look for the real and you won't be disapointed.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • chefdugan

      The bible is nothing more than a litany of disillusion. If you can delude yourself there is no way you can be a christian. As far as Alabama is concerned, having lived there for a while, the only thing I have to say is what goes around comes around.

      May 9, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • AshannaK

      God does not have a mental problem. He is not schizophrenic.
      It is the intrepretation that we give Holy Scripture that is in
      conflict. If we are true followers of God, then there would be
      no problem. How we are raised is the source of our beliefs.
      Who taught you?

      May 9, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • antonio

      "The bible is inspired of God-every word of it. Therefore it is perfect."

      The believers in the Qu'ran say the same thing. The believers in the Book of Mormon say the same thing. The believers in David Koresh said the same thing. Oodles of other believers say the same thing about *their* scriptures.

      These scriptures do not agree with each other.


      May 9, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Free

      "For once, can you non-believers go spout your nonbelief elsewhere."
      Translation: Could you please keep the reason and logic down, don't you know there are believers trying to keep their minds asleep here?

      May 9, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Free

      "The very fact that there are scores of "religions" out there simply means that there is one real one and that there is a devil who wants to give us every chance to miss it."
      So, by that logic, the very fact that there are scores of "vampires" out there simply means that there must be one real vampire out there. Which version then would be the correct one? Bram Stoker's? Stephenie Meyer's? Buffy the Vampire Slayer's? I'm betting on an Afro-American, either Blade, or Blacula being the one true vampire that must be out there in order to account for all those copies, what do you think? 😉

      May 9, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • Sean


      You do realize that would make your religion just another counterfeit. As your religion is nether the first or original.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:26 am |
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