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My Take: How technology could bring down the church
May 15th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

My Take: How technology could bring down the church

Editor's Note: Lisa Miller, formerly the religion editor at Newsweek, is the author of “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife,” recently released in paperback.

By Lisa Miller, Special to CNN

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, and Bible publishers are ostentatiously commemorating the landmark by producing an abundance of gorgeous doorstops. Leather bound Bibles. Two-volume sets. Replicas of the 1611 version complete with “original” illustrations.

The hoopla is entirely justified, since the King James Bible revolutionized Bible reading, bringing Scripture into a common vernacular for the first time for the English-speaking world.

It is not too much to say that the King James Bible - mass produced as it was, thanks to a new technology called the printing press - democratized religion by taking it out of the hands of the clerical few and giving it to the many.

Today, another revolution in Bible reading is underway – one that has nothing to do with gilt-edged paper. If the King James Bible brought the Bible to the English-speaking masses, today’s technology goes a giant step further, making Scripture - in any language and any translation - accessible to anyone on earth with a smartphone.

Just like the 500-year-old Protestant Reformation, which was aided by the advent of the printing press and which helped give birth to the King James Bible, changes wrought by new technology have the potential to bring down the church as we know it.

In the face of church leaders who claimed that only they could interpret the Bible for the common people, Reformation leaders like Martin Luther taught that nothing supersedes the authority of the Word itself.

"A simple layman armed with Scripture,” Luther wrote, “is greater than the mightiest pope without it."

In that vein, digital technology gives users the text, plain and simple, without the interpretive lens of established authorities. And it lets users share interpretations with other non-authorities, like family members, friends and coworkers.

With Scripture on iPhones and iPads, believers can bypass constraining religious structures - otherwise known as “church” - in favor of a more individual connection with God.

This helps solve a problem that Christian leaders are increasingly articulating: that even among people who say that Jesus Christ is their personal Lord and savior, folks don’t read the Bible.

According to a 2010 survey, more than a third of born-again Christians “rarely or never” read the Bible. Among “unaffiliated” people - that is, Americans who don’t belong to a religious congregation - more than two thirds say they don’t read the Bible.

Especially among 18-to-29 year olds, Bible reading has come to feel like homework, associated with “right” interpretations and “wrong ones,” and accompanied by stern lectures from the pulpit.

Young Christians “have come to expect experiences that appear unscripted and interactive,” the Christian demographer Dave Kinnaman told the Christian magazine Charisma in 2009, “that allow them to be open and honest with their questions, that are technologically stimulating, that are done alongside peers and within trusted relationships.”

This yearning for a more unmediated faith - including Bible verses live in your pocket or purse 24/7, available to inspire or console wherever and whenever they’re needed - has met an enthusiastic embrace.

For growing numbers of young people, a leather-bound Bible sitting like an artifact on a stand in the family living room has no allure. It’s not an invitation to exploration or questioning.

Young people want to “consume” their spirituality the way they do their news or their music. They want to dip and dabble, the way they browse Facebook.

Thus the almost-insane popularity of Youversion, a digital Bible available for free on iTunes and developed by a 34-year-old technology buff and Christian pastor from Oklahoma named Bobby Gruenewald. He conceived of it, he told me, while on a layover at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, wishing he had a Bible to read.

“What we’re really trying to address is, how do we increase engagement in the Bible?” he said.

Now available in 113 versions and 41 languages, including Arabic, Youversion has a community component that allows users to share thoughts and insights on Bible verses with friends. It has been installed on more than 20 million smartphones since 2008.

On May 2, Youversion staged its own King James commemorative event: for 400 seconds, starting at noon, more than 10,0000 users logged on and read a portion of the Bible – King James translation, of course - a kind of 21st century Bible-reading flash mob.

Traditionalists worry that technology allows young believers to practice religion without committing to what in the south is called “a church home” - and they’re right.

I did a public Q&A with Michigan pastor Rob Bell on the eve of the publication of his new bestseller "Love Wins" and was astonished, during the book-signing that followed, at how many acolytes felt they knew Rob through his sermons, which they regularly downloaded off the internet, even though they had never met him. They hailed from places like Australia, South Africa and New Jersey.

They listen to Bell while they’re working out, or commuting to work. They get their religion - like their meals - on the run.

It is now possible to imagine the extinction of the family Bible, long given as a gift on graduation day or other big occasions and inscribed with special dates: births, marriages, deaths.

Instead, the Bible may someday exist exclusively online, with features that allow for personalization: Link to photos of weddings and baptisms! “Share” favorite verses!

When Bible study can be done on Facebook as easily as in the church basement, and a favorite preacher can teach lessons via podcast, the necessity of physically gathering each week in the same place with the same people turns remote.

Without a doubt, this represents a new crisis for organized religion, a challenge to think again about what it means to be a “body” of believers.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Lisa Miller.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Opinion • Technology

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  1. Free Thinker Seeking Reason

    Why do people still waste such time on bronze age mythologies? They're all fairy tales, you know. Metaphorical allegories written to entertain audiences of thousands of years ago, not unlike theater. Jesus was the Christian folk hero of the day, nearly carbon copied from earlier mythical figures from other middle eastern stories passed down through generations. Sure, include the Abrahamic stories with Greek and Roman mythology study in literature class, but otherwise modern secular society is eventually going to outgrow such obsessions. Whether it takes decades or millennia, either evolution will find a way for humans to overcome childish tendency to attribute divine agency with natural phenomena, or we will surely go extinct trying.

    May 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  2. Duke13

    I don't understand why people can accept the writings of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, etc. who were writing in the time frame 300-500 B.C.E. as being absolutely correct; yet they say the writings of the Old Testament prophets which took place at the same time are fairy tales and fables simply because they are in scripture.

    May 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • i wonder

      Duke13: "I don't understand why people can accept the writings of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, etc...."

      Any wisdom which was imparted by (or attributed to) those philosophers is given the same credence as the wisdom found in the Bible. If it is verifiable, and has proven to be valid, it is worthy. The supernatural fantasies in the Bible are a separate issue, with no verification.

      It does not really matter who first came up with the idea of treating others with kindness. It is a useful concept. Sure, a person who had one valid idea is perhaps more likely to have another one, but not necessarily - Isaac Newton also believed in numerology and the occult and alchemy.

      May 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • Cedar rapids

      'Duke13 – I don't understand why people can accept the writings of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, etc. who were writing in the time frame 300-500 B.C.E. as being absolutely correct; yet they say the writings of the Old Testament prophets which took place at the same time are fairy tales and fables simply because they are in scripture.'

      Because Plato and co didn't usually use a diety as reason for everything.

      May 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  3. Nate D

    And here I thought this article would cover how easy it is today to research facts and realize how many lies the church has told over the years. Oh well, here's to another generation of people who believe French and English were invented by God when man tried to build the tower of babel.

    May 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  4. dudicus14

    looks like cnn has started another holy war. people can believe what ever they want to. just be tolerant of each others beliefs. intolerace is the root of war not religion or lack of religion. its people who cant just accept people for who they are and what they believe.

    May 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  5. justme

    @gotesus; Matt.24:13 says you have to endure to the end to be saved so maybe we need more than one scripture to examine in order to even come close to knowing what the bible teaches. your vs. in Acts is a good one as all the rest are.

    May 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • gozer

      Yeah, and don't forget those animal burnings to make your god happy. Bible says you need to be doing those often.

      May 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  6. Dave

    When are people going to finally grow up and realize that the bible is the greatest fiction book of all time. Religion needs to be wiped clean from humanity in order for us to survive as a species. I'm always happy to put the bible in the fiction section in any book store.. 🙂

    May 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  7. speak truth

    The posts seem to be running far afield from the article written! The article says more truth will make a negative impact on Christianity. Actually, more truth will make a positive impact on Christianity. If you know the truth, the truth will set you free, is what Jesus said.

    May 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • FifthApe

      Wrong. The more we understand as well as the more we can debate on the internet the ideas of religion will hasten is demise. Religion is nothing more than a virus of the mind based on wish thinking.

      May 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  8. kyrunner

    LOL wow, cnn never stops trying to outdo themselves scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to either antagonize... or look for a story using the farthest stretch the psychotic, anti-linear imagination can ponder.

    May 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • gozer

      "a story using the farthest stretch the psychotic, anti-linear imagination can ponder." -so the bible, with its far out god stories, animal sacrifice, idol worship, torture, evil deity and bas-tard son, talking snake, devil-infested pigs, and more, is perfect subject material.

      May 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  9. Scott

    It sure changed me. I didn’t really become an atheist until I decide to read the bible. I didn’t get very far. Man there is nasty stuff in those first 5 books. Evil, war, genocide, fratricide, ince$t, adultery, patricide,

    May 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • crucified

      yes.. it is pretty real life isn't it.. God did not try to hide the fralties of humanity.. just exposed us for what we are.. and how much we need God...much more real than ancient cultures that just wrote all the wars they won.. and never mentioned the ones they lost... actually that is one thing that make the bible trustworthy...maybe you should rethink your position.

      May 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • Scott

      C: you don't seem to understand, let me give you a quote: And Moses said unto them “Have ye saved all the women alive?... Now therefore Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known a man by lying with him, but all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves” Num 31:1-2, 9-11, 14-18

      May 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • crucified

      I know perfectly that the midianites were idol worshippers and did not worship GOD. therefore removed...Bad genes.. did not want to mix.

      May 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • Something

      crucified:

      "I know perfectly that the midianites...."

      And what original writings of the Midianites do you have? Have you ever heard their side of the story?

      May 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Something

      p.s. crucified, you sound like the same kind of idiot as Pat Robertson, who declared that Haiti suffered devastation in the earthquake due to a "pact with the devil".

      May 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • crucified

      I do sound like Pat Robertson don't I.. Good. great minds think alike

      May 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  10. manyfaucets

    I was talking to god yesterday and he told me that none of this made up stuff was his idea. He said that it is all a fabrication and that he is considering filing a libel suit for defamation. He also asked me not to call him again as his number is on the "do not call list". To put the whole thing to rest, he said that he did create the universe but that once he planted that "seed", so to speak, it was on its own and that since the initial breaking of symmetry he has had nothing to do with it. "Now please leave me alone and stop blaming me for all your problems. Everything you need to know about the creation is there for the finding if you are willing to accept the answer when it is revealed. Goodbye." were his last words.

    May 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  11. Enjay Sea

    Actually @crucified, you made a critical error in your calculations. Please note that (E\psi(r)=-\frac{\hbar}{2m}\nabla^2\psi+V(r)\psi(r))=0, which points to a multi-brane universe constantly refreshing both itself and consequently multiple forms of life each of which necessarily create its own god. Universe: Chapter 23, Verse 7.

    May 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • crucified

      If you take the multidimensional route rather than the holographic route.. eith way points to a singular GOD.. If we are realitive.

      May 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • crucified

      actually there about ten route you can take but , they all end up at a singular point. GOD... good luck!

      May 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  12. Jeus Is Lord

    The following paraprhase is from a pastor that I respect very much:

    "If you don't read your Bible, you deserve to go to hell"
    -Howard Pittman

    Yes, it's harsh – but it's true. Think about how much God did for you. Are you going to ignore
    the gift of salvation? Are you not even going to take the time to find out what God's will is? And
    yet, we all expect to enter into Heaven when we die! Jesus Himself said that most people will not
    make it into Heaven. (Matthew 7:13-14)

    Read and study your BIble every day. Peace.

    May 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • manyfaucets

      I think that you meant to say Jesus is Lard.

      May 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • FifthApe

      May God Be Less

      May 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Scott

      If going to heaven means I have to be subservient to that that kind of over lord, then hell sounds like a better alternative. At least I wouldn’t have to spend the rest of eternity in church

      May 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  13. crucified

    E\psi(r)=-\frac{\hbar}{2m}\nabla^2\psi+V(r)\psi(r)
    Proof of God

    May 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Jesse

      tunneling works on paper... I would like to see you use it to prove the existence of god. Not just the idea that something can be done by using a loop hole in physics. But use it to find him/her/It

      May 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • tallulah13

      You post an equation, claim it is proof of god, yet you don't explain further. First, perhaps you should state your own education in Quantum Mechanics and provide a link to the peer-reviewed and published papers you've written on the topic. Or if this isn't your own work, please give a link to the peer-reviewed and published articles which support this view, because frankly, everything I've found indicates that your "proof of god" is merely a highly disputed, and frankly dismissed interpretation of an equation.

      Without actual evidence, your equation is as valid as cinnamon roll shaped like Mother Theresa as proof of god.

      May 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • crucified

      I post so you can look up for yourself. You can look up the equation.. you can look up the twin photon experiment, you can look up non locally connected.. you can look up all the lanes this factual equation sets up. you can look up schroeder. you can look up theory of everything.. you can look up "the mesurement problem-quatum physics"..I gave the formula that forces atheist to reevoluate their position..Facts this reality is a sub reality of a greater one! meaning inferior to a greater one. you are imaged and therefore have design and purpose. this equates to a designer. a designer you will answer to for dening. accept and Live. Science points to GOD!

      May 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • crucified

      by the way tunneling also works in computers! you know I have not even touched on quatum gravity...now there is a subject that will mess your mind up.

      May 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Scott

      Crucified: No, this proves the quantum world is strange . It says nothing about god

      May 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  14. Alex

    What a paper-thin conception of the church! If the sole purpose of the church were to "teach" what Scripture means, then this editorial is maybe partially right, and we ought to be worried about its disappearance. But if the church is intended to be a sign of the New Creation, the gathered community of redemption and reconciliation, then it's a different story altogether. The author would do well to read any number of real ecclesially-oriented theologians: Rowan Williams, John Milbank, Catherine Pickstock, John Zizioulas, William Willimon... And those are just a few. Through face-to-face relationships, through corporate worship and the community gathered around the reading and proclaiming of the word and celebration of the sacraments, and in outreach and ministry to the poor and oppressed, the church is a witness against the pseudo "community" grounded solely in technology and social media in which there is an appearance of intimacy but which lacks any depth that would make real ethical relationship possible.

    Frankly, I am surprised that CNN would consider this worthy of posting, as its lack of depth and breadth makes it theologically laughable.

    May 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • kmusic

      totally agree

      May 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  15. andrew

    Church will bring down church once people start realizing that they're wasting their time and their money on fairy tales.

    May 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • gotJesus

      is Jesus coming the first time a fairy tale? historically Jesus was here... amazingly the bible predicted the coming of Jesus the first time.... 300 prophecies speaking of Him... that is 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000 possibility that Christ would exist and do what he did... how is this a fairy tale? the book of Isaiah describes the death of Jesus 700 years before Jesus was even born.... the Book of ezekial, describes clearly what is the destruction of an atomic bomb.....written about 3000 years ago... even before we invented a revolver, much less an atomic bomb..... YES... fairy tale.... the fairy tale is to live live pretending that God does not exist... that's like saying there is no gravity...

      May 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Jesse

      GodJesus...

      How did the bible predict the first time Jesus would come if it was wrote many many years after his death?

      May 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Jeus Is Lord

      @Jesse
      The Old Testament was written before the first coming of Jesus. For example, the book of Isaiah was written about 700 years before Jesus was born. The New Testament was written after Jesus ascended into Heaven. The Bible is comprised of the Old and the New Testaments. Peace.

      May 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • i wonder

      gotjesus: "amazingly the bible predicted the coming of Jesus the first time.... 300 prophecies speaking of Him."

      Don't you think that the writers of the NT (as well as Jesus, if he existed) read those prophecies? Isn't it special that they wrote them into their stories, right down to the donkey ride into Jerusalem!?

      May 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Blaster

      Andrew, you just wasted your time on your post. Peace.

      May 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Sally

      Predicting Fruit Loops would have been a much more important prediction than that of Jesus–assuming he ever existed and ever said what people think he said. Poor Jesus was misunderstood by his own cult members. Fortunately, Jesus and David Koresh will be coming back once more. The end of days they are coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Cedar rapids

      'the Book of ezekial, describes clearly what is the destruction of an atomic bomb'
      lol, ok

      May 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • Scott

      GotJesus: He lied. How many of your prayers are granted?

      1) And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, `Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will happen. "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." (Matthew 21:21-22 NAS)

      2) Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8 NAB)

      3) Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst. (Matthew 18:19-20 NAS)

      4) Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. (Mark 11:24-25 NAB)

      5) And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-13 NAB)

      6) And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it. (John 14:13-14 NAB)

      7) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. (John 15:7 NAB)

      8) It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. (John 15:16 NAB)

      9) On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. (John 16:23-24 NAB)

      May 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  16. Lucky Louie

    Six thousand years ago, a bunch of sheepherding barbarians sat in their filthy tents, sucking on the stubs of their rotten teeth, scratching their louse-infested bodies, and guessing that the universe was a few generations old. And people in the 21st Century call that the infallible, inspired Word of God. Isn't it about time we grew up?

    May 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  17. gotJesus

    ACTS 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. ...it is VITAL to remain in the word (bible), fellowship with other believers (going to church), partaking of communion, and praying for one another... exhorting and lifting each other up in prayer on our daily trials in life. To saw that church is not needed is abosolutely unbiblical and is heresy. Even Jesus himself went to church since he was a young child. Trying to walk with God without being involved in the body of Christ (church) is like trying to take on a whole team of 11 players in a soccer match by yourself... we need church, we need one another, VITAL VITAL VITAL!

    May 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Thomas

      Psalm 137:9
      "Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock"

      Kill the babies of those who do not follow the one and true God! Kill them all! KILL! KILL! KILL!

      May 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  18. Activ8a

    Technology will certainly bring unique new ways for people to access the Bible, and I believe much of this is very good.

    However, the Bible also encourages Christians to meet together and support one another, and very few people, Christian or non-Christian, think it's a good idea for people to isolate themselves and ignore other people. Both the Church and the Bible will live on, even if they sometimes take different forms.

    May 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Scott

      It also encourages incest: Genesis, Chapter 19, Verses 30-38.
      30. And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
      31. And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
      32. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
      33. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
      34. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
      35. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
      36. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
      37. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
      38. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben-ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

      May 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  19. GOD!!!

    I did not give any group of human beings on earth the exact truth about what is going on. It is a total secret. I have no favorite nations, race, religion. I did not create religion and did not write or have any human beings write anything for me to say to you. Just be good. You all know what is good. Good does not mean thinking you are better than others because you believe differently than them. I don't favor anyone over anyone else. I do not prefer the United States over any other country and vice versa. I don't mind if you pray but I don't like it when you are selfish and pray for yourself. I intentionally didn't make you human beings very intelligent so quit trying to make up stuff about me and just be good, quit being holier than thou. I couldn't care less if you believe in me or not because that is not what matters in getting to go to heaven. What matters is only what is in your heart and I truly know what is in your heart.

    May 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • gotJesus

      hey man that is HERESY!! The bible is the inspired word of God, the bible is the most proven set up scripture in the world, it has been found to be the undefiled word of God... unlike any other religion scripture, the bible dares to prove itself through fulfilled prophecy... just the first coming of Christ, had 300 prophecies pointing to him, that is 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000 possibilities that Christ would come at the time he came. That being said, God says that we (man) are sinful and must turn from our sins and turn to him, putting our faith in Christ.. he took our place on the cross and died for our sins... a man may have a "good heart" and do good to his neighbor but good does not delete the evil (sin) that we all have... so having a good heart does not get you into heaven, only a relationship with Christ does... the word says BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS AND CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT HE IS LORD AND YOU WILL BE SAVED.... ACTS 2:42 says that we must continue in gathering together (church), in the scripture (bible), communion and praying for one another...... Religion is man's attempt to reach God, but Christianity is God reaching out to man.... religion is man made, Christianity is not a religion, it's a relationship with the living God.

      May 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Brad

      It would be nice if that's how people thought and what people believed. Sadly people are inherently evil and will never feel this way. BTW God, you should look into Buddhism. 🙂

      May 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • S101

      From past demonstrable observations, there's nothing to show that God has preference for a particular point of space-time. All space-time observation points are equal.

      Nice to get confirmation of this from the woman herself!

      May 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • kmusic

      sooooo your basis of what God is thinking is derived from what?

      May 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Sally

      The bible is not the word of any god. It's about mind control, keeping the masses down, not feeing their minds at all. People use it to justify at sorts of cruelty, discrimination, injustice. All so people of FAITH can feel okay about themselves. That they're in the right.

      May 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Thomas

      @gotJesus...It's only heresy if you put any credence in the whole biblical "word of God" nonsense. If you'd open your mind to realistic and critical thinking, you'd see just how many obvious and glaring holes there are in the fairy tales of the bible.

      May 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  20. Jim5k

    Technology never will bring down religion. Never has, never will. Religion will simply evolve with it. Or should I say slightly "ahead" of it? It's a faith thing.

    May 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • DivideByZero

      um, did you even bother to read the article?

      May 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Jesse

      You do know you used the word Religion and Evolve in the same sentence... right?

      May 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Thomas

      You might want to take the time to actually READ the article and not just the headline.

      May 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
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