Actually, that's not in the Bible
Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden right? Nope. That's one of many phantom passages that people think are in the Bible.
June 5th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Actually, that's not in the Bible

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - NFL legend Mike Ditka was giving a news conference one day after being fired as the coach of the Chicago Bears when he decided to quote the Bible.

“Scripture tells you that all things shall pass,” a choked-up Ditka said after leading his team to only five wins during the previous season.  “This, too, shall pass.”

Ditka fumbled his biblical citation, though. The phrase “This, too, shall pass” doesn’t appear in the Bible. Ditka was quoting a phantom scripture that sounds like it belongs in the Bible, but look closer and it’s not there.

Ditka’s biblical blunder is as common as preachers delivering long-winded public prayers. The Bible may be the most revered book in America, but it’s also one of the most misquoted. Politicians, motivational speakers, coaches - all types of people  - quote passages that actually have no place in the Bible, religious scholars say.

These phantom passages include:

“God helps those who help themselves.”

“Spare the rod, spoil the child.”

And there is this often-cited paraphrase: Satan tempted Eve to eat the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden.

None of those passages appear in the Bible, and one is actually anti-biblical, scholars say.

But people rarely challenge them because biblical ignorance is so pervasive that it even reaches groups of people who should know better, says Steve Bouma-Prediger, a religion professor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

“In my college religion classes, I sometimes quote 2 Hesitations 4:3 (‘There are no internal combustion engines in heaven’),” Bouma-Prediger says. “I wait to see if anyone realizes that there is no such book in the Bible and therefore no such verse.

“Only a few catch on.”

Few catch on because they don’t want to - people prefer knowing biblical passages that reinforce their pre-existing beliefs, a Bible professor says.

“Most people who profess a deep love of the Bible have never actually read the book,” says Rabbi Rami Shapiro, who once had to persuade a student in his Bible class at Middle Tennessee State University that the saying “this dog won’t hunt” doesn’t appear in the Book of Proverbs.

“They have memorized parts of texts that they can string together to prove the biblical basis for whatever it is they believe in,” he says, “but they ignore the vast majority of the text."

Phantom biblical passages work in mysterious ways

Ignorance isn’t the only cause for phantom Bible verses. Confusion is another.

Some of the most popular faux verses are pithy paraphrases of biblical concepts or bits of folk wisdom.

Consider these two:

“God works in mysterious ways.”

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

Both sound as if they are taken from the Bible, but they’re not. The first is a paraphrase of a 19th century hymn by the English poet William Cowper (“God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform).

The “cleanliness” passage was coined by John Wesley, the 18th century evangelist who founded Methodism,  says Thomas Kidd, a history professor at Baylor University in Texas.

“No matter if John Wesley or someone else came up with a wise saying - if it sounds proverbish, people figure it must come from the Bible,” Kidd says.

Our fondness for the short and tweet-worthy may also explain our fondness for phantom biblical phrases. The pseudo-verses function like theological tweets: They’re pithy summarizations of biblical concepts.

“Spare the rod, spoil the child” falls into that category. It’s a popular verse - and painful for many kids. Could some enterprising kid avoid the rod by pointing out to his mother that it's not in the Bible?

It’s doubtful. Her possible retort: The popular saying is a distillation of Proverbs 13:24: “The one who withholds [or spares] the rod is one who hates his son.”

Another saying that sounds Bible-worthy: “Pride goes before a fall.” But its approximation, Proverbs 16:18, is actually written: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

There are some phantom biblical verses for which no excuse can be offered. The speaker goofed.

That’s what Bruce Wells, a theology professor, thinks happened to Ditka, the former NFL coach, when he strayed from the gridiron to biblical commentary during his 1993 press conference in Chicago.

Wells watched Ditka’s biblical blunder on local television when he lived in Chicago. After Ditka cited the mysterious passage, reporters scrambled unsuccessfully the next day to find the biblical source.

They should have consulted Wells, who is now director of the ancient studies program at Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania. Wells says Ditka’s error probably came from a peculiar feature of the King James Bible.

“My hunch on the Ditka quote is that it comes from a quirk of the King James translation,” Wells says. “Ancient Hebrew had a particular way of saying things like, ‘and the next thing that happened was…’ The King James translators of the Old Testament consistently rendered this as ‘and it came to pass.’ ’’

When phantom Bible passages turn dangerous

People may get verses wrong, but they also mangle plenty of well-known biblical stories as well.

Two examples: The scripture never says a whale swallowed Jonah, the Old Testament prophet, nor did any New Testament passages say that three wise men visited baby Jesus, scholars say.

Those details may seem minor, but scholars say one popular phantom Bible story stands above the rest: The Genesis story about the fall of humanity.

Most people know the popular version - Satan in the guise of a serpent tempts Eve to pick the forbidden apple from the Tree of Life. It’s been downhill ever since.

But the story in the book of Genesis never places Satan in the Garden of Eden.

“Genesis mentions nothing but a serpent,” says Kevin Dunn, chair of the department of religion at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

“Not only does the text not mention Satan, the very idea of Satan as a devilish tempter postdates the composition of the Garden of Eden story by at least 500 years,” Dunn says.

Getting biblical scriptures and stories wrong may not seem significant, but it can become dangerous, one scholar says.

Most people have heard this one: “God helps those that help themselves.” It’s another phantom scripture that appears nowhere in the Bible, but many people think it does. It's actually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, one of the nation's founding fathers.

The passage is popular in part because it is a reflection of cherished American values: individual liberty and self-reliance, says Sidnie White Crawford, a religious studies scholar at the University of Nebraska.

Yet that passage contradicts the biblical definition of goodness: defining one’s worth by what one does for others, like the poor and the outcast, Crawford says.

Crawford cites a scripture from Leviticus that tells people that when they harvest the land, they should leave some “for the poor and the alien” (Leviticus 19:9-10), and another passage from Deuteronomy that declares that people should not be “tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor.”

“We often infect the Bible with our own values and morals, not asking what the Bible’s values and morals really are,” Crawford says.

Where do these phantom passages come from?

It’s easy to blame the spread of phantom biblical passages on pervasive biblical illiteracy. But the causes are varied and go back centuries.

Some of the guilty parties are anonymous, lost to history. They are artists and storytellers who over the years embellished biblical stories and passages with their own twists.

If, say, you were an anonymous artist painting the Garden of Eden during the Renaissance, why not portray the serpent as the devil to give some punch to your creation? And if you’re a preacher telling a story about Jonah, doesn’t it just sound better to say that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, not a “great fish”?

Others blame the spread of phantom Bible passages on King James, or more specifically the declining popularity of the King James translation of the Bible.

That translation, which marks 400 years of existence this year, had a near monopoly on the Bible market as recently as 50 years ago, says Douglas Jacobsen, a professor of church history and theology at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“If you quoted the Bible and got it wrong then, people were more likely to notice because there was only one text,” he says. “Today, so many different translations are used that almost no one can tell for sure if something supposedly from the Bible is being quoted accurately or not.”

Others blame the spread of phantom biblical verses on Martin Luther, the German monk who ignited the Protestant Reformation, the massive “protest” against the excesses of the Roman Catholic Church that led to the formation of Protestant church denominations.

“It is a great Protestant tradition for anyone - milkmaid, cobbler, or innkeeper - to be able to pick up the Bible and read for herself. No need for a highly trained scholar or cleric to walk a lay person through the text,” says Craig Hazen, director of the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University in Southern California.

But often the milkmaid, the cobbler - and the NFL coach - start creating biblical passages without the guidance of biblical experts, he says.

“You can see this manifest today in living room Bible studies across North America where lovely Christian people, with no training whatsoever, drink decaf, eat brownies and ask each other, ‘What does this text mean to you?’’’ Hazen says.

“Not only do they get the interpretation wrong, but very often end up quoting verses that really aren’t there.”

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Books • Christianity • Faith

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  1. CdnJim

    This article is as full of crap as idiotic as the people the writer is accusing of being idiotic.
    1) He's right about the Garden of Eden, in that the serpent is simply a serpent, not Satan. He should also have noted that the "fruit" is not an apple.
    2) The Jonah story is at least 2500 years old. We know today that a whale is biologically a mammal and not a fish, that distinction was not made back then. If it swam it was a fish.
    I could go on, but I'm off to mow my lawn. Too nice a day to go to church.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • profart

      He was referring to the fact that a "ketos" (the actual word used in Greek) is not a whale. It isn't a fish, either. It is a mythical sea serpent.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:29 am |

      1. Revelation 20:2 clearly identify The Old Serpent as Satan.
      2. Due to modern day taxonomy, a whale has recently been classified something other than a fish.

      Just because you invent new terms and words and definitions for stuff, does not change realities.
      If it swims in the ocean and looks like a big fish: then it is a big fish, regardless of how you later change the definition of a fish to suit your purposes.

      "A fish" used to be something that swam in the ocean. No one gave a fokk wether or not it gave birth to live offspring or laid eggs. That is a definition you have come up with later, and thus does not have any validity backwards in time.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  2. tHolme

    God can do anything in a living room filled with 20 somethings eating brownies and coffee He also does things like heal the sick,wake us up every morning, and magically our hearts beat all of our life on their own, isn't the heart alone a mystery enough? His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. How about we allow the free will He has given all mankind to choose what a scripture means to one person or not and let the creator deal with interpretation within that individual on His own timing ,and not criticize those who are currently searching for the wisdom that others reject. It is sad and very misrepresenting of those who do believe when one posts an article and releases a world of confusion that goes out in public and attempts to jostle those who are searching .What the world needs now is the Father,not critics of his people and their journey to Him. It's about relationship,not religion. And in case anyone is curious God trains His own children.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  3. John

    So CNN is now going to do a piece on the incoherent ramblings of the Koran right??? Of course they are, and how Mohamed was a pagan and how Islam is a farce.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • profart

      IN the theme of this particular article, it would more appropriate to note the difference between the word of the Qur'an and common Islamic beliefs based on the Hadith.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Joel Bryan

      Mohammed claimed to follow God and named Jesus a prophet, heretic might be a more accurate word, but then he'd say the same of us. If you really wanted to get people rilled up, you could have brought up his nine year old wife. However, don't you find attacking other religions to be counter-productive? Propagate your own and back it up with the actions that match your rhetoric. The Truth will be evident to all by your changed life.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  4. Jen

    Although "This too shall pass" is not in the Bible, it is part of well known Jewish oral tradition from a story about the wisdom of King Solomon. The story teaches us that not only bad times shall pass, but also good times. It is the one saying that can make a happy man depressed and a depressed man happy. Although some think the only religious book out there is the Bible, this simply is NOT the case. There are many oral traditions and interpretations that date back to Biblical times. The more you know.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  5. William Diaz

    "This too shall pass" is in The book of Mormon. Specifically in the Book of Nephi 1 if I remember correctly. Which to Mormons, is all a book of the bible.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  6. CNN is BAD.

    I am glad CNN wrote this article and don't think i'll be coming back here for sometime. Just show's how terrible journalism is today and the people who make it ! Sorry but how do you make it on a site like CNN and don't even know that Satan is the Snake that tempted Eve? I mean.... I'm not proficient in the bible but DAM I learned this in dam Elementary school age. Talking snake persuades Eve to eat the apple because Adam would not.

    And to quote the idiot professor who quotes "hesitations" in his "religion" class and no one notices maybe because they lol @ the idiot teacher making up verses?


    You CANNOT BE A DIRTY PERSON AND BE CLOSE TO GOD. (Dirty also mean's how you carry yourself it isn't about appearance smart people!)

    Galatians 5:19-21

    "19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
    20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
    21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

    It clearly says if you are unclean you can't be of god. So, cleanliness=godliness. I have disproved 2 of your main points thus making this article on CNN stupid and misinformative.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • humberto

      Remember Life magizine ?

      June 5, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • Sweetheart

      Lol... So true:)

      June 5, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Craig

      All they are saying is that it does not actually SAY that the serpent is Satan; while some may find that this is common sense, not everybody who follows the bible believe in such a being. Nowhere in the entire old testament is Satan named at all.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Ted

      That's exactly how I would expect Jesus to have replied.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Andrew

      You do realize that this article is referencing specific quotes, not overall meanings. There is no direct reference to Satan in the garden of eden, and there is no EXACT QUOTE that says "cleanliness is next to godliness," therefore you have not disproved anything, just proved your inability to read.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • wrong

      Actually you are wrong. The bible never says the snake is the devil. You should do more research and really study the Bible. Study it with the mindset that it is just a book and not some holy thing, then you will see truth as your preconceptions will not blind u

      June 5, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Me

      His main points were that some quotes that are said to be in the bible are not in the bible. He wasn't questioning the quotes meanings at all. You have failed. And regards to the Adam and Eve and the apple, all you did was say that you learned it was Satan at a young age. you did not "disprove" the author at all. Good Luck Next Time.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Chris

      The concept of Satan as the devil came about during the dark ages through interpretations of the church in an attempt to scare their "flock" into compliance. The devil was used as a form of social control against the masses and almost every, if not every, organized religion attempts to control its followers through fear at some point. Through off your shackles and cease to be a follower of Christ. Try leading instead.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Scholar

      To "CNN is BAD": What bible translation is that? It is rife with misspellings and grammatical errors. You have only proven one thing; you need to stop trolling so poorly.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Bucky Ball

      Wrong. The concept of "angels", (and demons), is WAY older, by many thousands of years than that. It predates the biblical canon, and goes back into ancient Near Eastern cultures. Elaine Pagels (Princeton) wrote an interesting book about that history, The Origin of Satan.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • That James Guy

      Really? Did you even read a bible? How do you know someone didnt just make it up when they told you? Thats partially what this article is about, that people misquote the bible cause a lot of them havent actually check for those phrases. It never says satan is the snake. Its assumed, but never said. And the fruit isnt an apple. its a fruit. Its never said what kind. So check your facts first please next time you post something.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Stormy One

      Scholar, your period neends to go inside the quotation mark. Your use of the semi-colon is incorrect!

      June 5, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Maya

      Where in the Bible does the serpent get the name Satan? It doesn't. Satan is mentioned nowhere in the Book of Genesis.

      Yours is only a popular interpretation created by Christians.

      June 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • espero

      Readers Digest? Always the fountain of enlightenment.

      June 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  7. john

    These misquoted passages don't appear in the Christian Bible because....they make it up as they along. It's truly a sad state when people base their ideologies of a book that was created by dirty old men looking for power. Most religious leaders don't even believe in the God they're trying sell the faithful, they understand human nature, and they take advantage of the naive and under educated.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Joe

      John please at least try to keep the moronitude to a minimum. Have you met and talked to most religious leaders? A book that tells people to treat others like you want to be treated and value charity and helping others is 'dirty old man' propaganda? I do agree you should watch out for being taken advantage of, seems you fit your description of someone that would be a target for that.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Good Try

      Joe, the "golden rule" is in other books besides the Bible bro, which were also thousands of years before the bible. Sorry, do you homework and stop your 'preaching' to people who clearly could give a crap about your ignorance. Oh, and I like to back up my words with facts:
      Buddhism: 560 BC, From the Udanavarga 5:18- "Hurt not others with that which pains yourself."

      Judaism: 1300 BC, from the Old Testament, Leviticus 19:18- "Thou shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself."

      Hinduism: 3200 BC, From the Hitopadesa- "One should always treat others as they themselves wish to be treated."
      Zoroastrianism: 600 BC, From the Shast-na-shayast 13:29- "Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others."

      Confucianism: 557 BC, From the Analects 15:23- "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others."

      Christianity: 30 AD, From the King James Version , 7:12- "Whatsoever ye would that others should do to you, do ye even so to them."

      June 5, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Joe

      So good advice doesn't count if it's in a book you don't like. Got it. And since you quoted so many, wouldn't all but the first be just the same as the Bible? or did you think that through?

      June 5, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Rich

      @ Good Try – now you are just trying to throw facts in to a religious discussion and they just don't co-exist well.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Joe

      And I never said anything about good advice not being in other books, but thanks for getting uber-defensive about it. Still waiting for that 'dirty old men' spreading good advice theory. And it seems it's you that has a problem with the bible and Christians for whatever reason. Good luck with that dude, it's worked out great for people in the past.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  8. Rich

    "I will not believe that if I do something then I have to follow a certain path because it was written for normal people. People who aren’t special. People who don’t have tiger blood and Adonis DNA." sheen:2011

    June 5, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • Joe

      The book of Charlie..
      v.1 – Winning.
      v.2 – Duh.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  9. Jacob

    Jesus was the one who started the rumor about Jonah being swallowed by a whale.

    Matthew 12:40
    For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

    (Turns out Jesus was only in the "heart of the the earth" three days and two nights" but whose counting?)

    June 5, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • RGeneration

      Apparently, you don't know how a day is/was calculated in the olden days. And I'm not making it up, you can read any historical text from that area (Israel) and find it to be so. A day began at the end of sunset. Jesus was crucified and killed in what we have today as the early morning Friday (which is technically Thursday in the old way of measurement of a day).

      Hope that clears your doubt.

      Just to quote that this is a pattern seen all across the bible, in Genesis after God creates the earth and every He counts each day by saying "and the evening and the morning the Xth day"....not "morning and evening"

      June 5, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Jacob

      According to the BIble he was crucified Friday evening and was walking around by dawn of Sunday morning. I realize believers need to spin these troublesome passages various ways to avoid the obvious, but that's at the most 40 hours, a far cry from three days and three nights.

      June 5, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  10. Lol religion

    It's a good thing religion is on the decline in the modern world. Toleration of moderateness fosters fanatacism – religion is the largest singular cause of conflict and strife in all of human history. The days are slowly coming where we can proceed with evolving as a species, in the direction of a greater good without the constraints and stupidity of dark age fairy tales. There's a reason that people on the forefront of technology in fields that progress mankind as a whole are atheists. Religion is a crutch for the poorly or completely uneducated yokel.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  11. Mike French

    I'm not sure you did your research before writing this article.

    Try Proverbs 23: 13-14.

    "Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. If you beat him with the rod you will save his soul from Sheol."

    "Sheol" is often translated as "hell," but it hasa more general meaning of death or the grave.

    I'm using the New Oxford Annotated Bible.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Colin

      Yes, barbaric, isn't it. It also supports genocide and slavery. It is a completely atrocious book. Thanks for pointing out one of its many flaws.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • CJ

      I can't argue that the proverb you quote MAY be in the Bible you reference. I CAN argue with the nonsense that beating a child does anything but teach violence and fear – and those are two WICKED things to inflict on a being one says they LOVE. I strongly doubt that Jesus, whom Christians follow, would endorse violence over other options in dealing with children.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Joe

      CJ – tell me you still feel that way after your child steals a neighbors car and runs it into a parked police cruiser. And there is a difference between discipline and corporal punishment and 'beating'.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  12. Horus

    There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.

    Ezekiel 23:20

    The Bible really is the finest literature.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  13. Catie

    This article is not only splitting hairs on these so-called "phantom quotes," but reinforcing the archaic (yet obviously still held in high esteem and widely practiced) supposition that "a lay person" cannot correctly interpret the Bible to glean truth and moral guidance. For some interesting reading, see http://www.victorious.org/chur40.htm–an excerpt from the book "What People ask about the Church," by Dale Robbins, and http://www.batteredsheep.com/pastorization.html–an article by Van Robison.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Good Try

      I love how everyone is taking this article in their own way and coloring it with what they want or don't want it to be. Hmm... maybe there's something to that. The whole point is that you can take anything and make anything you want to serve your idea out of it. I can probably quote anything out of context and make a sermon about it to 'prove' whatever point it is I'm trying to make. The whole system is setup such that someone else can get you to think the scriptures mean something ... something they want you to do – give, take, hit your kids, don't hit your kids, hate jews, love jews, etc.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  14. Nickell

    The bible is just a book of stories, written thousands of years before people understood science and species evolution.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  15. TMoney

    what!....what!!!... what!!... what!!!... okkaayyyy!!!

    June 5, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  16. Joe

    Satan did tempt Eve in the Bible. When Satan, as a serpent, told Eve that what God told her wasn't true, and implied she would be ok after eating the forbidden fruit, he was tempting her to disobey God.And yes, the bible says 'giant fish', not whale. Great points. Get a clue before you talk about something people have spent literally thousands of years studying.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Good Try

      Thousands of years studying .... and ADDING personal interpretation. Of which everyone is doing here today too. Seek Truth, not speculation and another man's bs.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  17. Eddie

    My favorite passage: "The bear went over the mountain to see what he could find." – Sermons 7: 11

    June 5, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Sean

      And verily he came across a picanic basket.

      June 6, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  18. Colin

    Christianity is the belief that an all-knowing, all-powerful super-being created the entire Universe and its 200,000,000,000 galaxies, EACH with about 100,000,000,000 stars and solar systems about 13,700,000,000 years old, sat back and waited 10,000,000,000 years, created the Earth, waited about another 3,700,000,000 years for life to gradually evolve into Human Beings, then sent its “son” to Earth via a vir.gin to talk about sheep and goats in Bronze Age Palestine.

    Atheism is the belief that the above belief is completely ludicrous.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Joe

      way to post a lot but say nothing. So which is it if you know so much? Yea.. that's what I thought.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  19. Josiah Martinoski

    This is an incredibly stupid article. The problem is not people reading the bible and understanding it for themselves. The problem is people not reading the bible.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • Fred

      This is an incredibly stupid comment, the article was fine.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  20. franki

    So...are we supposed to just believe CNN and not actually go look at the verses ourselves? It's just as dumb to do that.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:13 am |
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