Your Take: Comments on misquoting the Bible
June 6th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Your Take: Comments on misquoting the Bible

Our Sunday post about oft-quoted biblical lines that don't actually appear in the Bible struck a chord, with 5,000 comments so far.

Lots of atheists and critics of religion used the piece to ridicule believers, taking several different lines of attack. Here are a two:

Because most people would prefer to be ignorant rather than think for themselves. That is what the whole of organized religion is based on, especially Christianity and Catholicism. Organized religion has never done anything good for humanity in history.

Atheism is Great!
Actually, the bible is nothing more than a collection of stories and moralities written by human beings thousands of years ago who's max age was maybe 30, who thought the Earth was flat, and who did not have access to scientific or medical science/information. It's not from "god" people, god doesn't exist either. Whatever helps you get through your life I guess. I personally don't need that crutch. Have a nice day.

There was also more nuanced criticism of organized religion, with some commenters arguing that the prevalence of biblical misquotes suggested that religious folk have been overly dependent on religious authorities for a long time:

The point to remember here is that just up until very recently, the masses believed whatever their clergy told them. They either didn't have the skills to read (for whatever reason), or simply didn't believe they should read the bible themselves.

I once asked an elderly Catholic where her bible was ... (I love old books and thought her bible would be a real treat to look at ... ) She was horrified that I thought she'd even HAVE one ... Her thought, at the age of 90, was that Catholics are not supposed to read the bible on their own. It was their job to believe what the Father told them, and it was the Father's job to know the bible.

So many times it's either just plain ignorance, or the situation that they come from (IE: can't read, etc) that produces these types of situations. Thankfully we're coming out of those situations, if only little by little.

All the criticism of religion brought out plenty of faithful. One responded to Amanda, the religion critic whose comment is above:

Really, Amanda? I would encourage you to try to prove your statement about no good ever coming from organized religion. I can think of a few well-known and recent organized religionists who have done quite a bit of good – Mother Theresa, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandhi. I can also think of a few anti-religious people who have done a lot of bad – Stalin, Mao, Hitler. "Never" is a big word.

Others believers lobbed ad hominem  attacks on atheists:

Bottom line
Atheists/Agnostics have nothing of substance to do on weekends. Also since they are empty when it comes to faith or beliefs they have to make the attempt to urinate on ones who do so they can feel full and superior.

A fair number of commenters, meanwhile, criticized our piece, arguing that some misquoted scriptural lines have biblical roots:

Many of these phrases many not be in the bible verbatim, but their intent is very much contained in it, specifically "Spare the rod spoil the child". This phrase is a direct distillation of Prov 13:24 & 23:13-14 "He who spareth the rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24) and "Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell." (Proverbs 23:13-14).

I find it disingenuously nit-picky to state that a faithful paraphrase of a verse is "not" in the bible.

I find it very disturbing that the "CHAIR" of a "SCHOOL OF RELIGION" would go record as say that the "the devil was not in eden". Kevin Dunn is right in saying that the word "devil or satan" was not mention in Genesis but if Mr. Dunn is "BIBLICAL SCHOLAR" then he should be familiar with the "BOOK OF REVELATIONS" which equates "THE SERPENT, DEVIL & SATAN" as one and the same: Revelations 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:". And you wonder where people get the wrong impression about things that are "IN" the Bible. Mr. Blake, apparently you did not know your Bible well enough to call Mr Dun on that one.

And, as always, there were plenty of attempts at humor, including this on Adam and Eve eating that apple:

If he didn't want man and woman to eat it, he should have made it broccoli or spinach.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. anonymouse

    Religion is great if that's what works for you.

    Just make sure you keep your hands off my children.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  2. deathwombat

    "And, as always, there were plenty of attempts at humor, including this on Adam and Eve eating that apple"

    The Bible doesn't say that it was an apple; Adam and Eve were not to eat of the "fruit" of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Was this a joke or an ironic error?

    June 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  3. Tennis Chick

    Basing the validity of the Bible upon the faithfulness and knowledge of Christians is just about as silly as discounting an algebra book because some students got a C- on a math test. Many of the comments on this article are correct, in that many professing Christians have never studied the Bible from cover to cover, but that in no way disproves it. I challenge skeptics to an open-minded, careful study of the Bible without any outside influences, just you and the Word. You will find that it proves itself.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • William Demuth


      I read your rag MANY times, and it is fodder for fools.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      No it doesn't.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Eric G

      "Proof" implies evidencial support. I have accepted your challenge. There is no verifiable evidence presented to support the claims made in the bible.

      However, I do have an open mind because abscence of evidence is not evidence of abscence. A God could exist, although no evidence exists to support this claim.

      Do you admit that because no evidence exists to prove your god exists, it is possible that your god does not exist? Do you have an open mind?

      June 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • heya1487

      God works miracles to this day in Jesus name and many people can testify to His work and miracles. Archaeology proves a lot of the history of the bible. Even with kings they didnt believe existed that the bible talked about later found out they acctually did exist with discoveries. or Proof of what ? Apostles and Jesus and Abraham existed ? Existance of a flood ? What would satisify you ? Someone raising from the dead ? What about Schweitzer's discovery ? Didnt the other palentologist say I still dont believe it and they asked what would convince you the scientific data is there. He responded "nothing!" Something supernatural and yet tangible with the hands and eyes ? Numbers in a notebook ?

      June 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Heya1487, the Iliad mentions Troy, and for a long time they though that city was a myth too but then they found its ruins. It does not however therefore mean that Achilles really was invincible because his mother dipped him in the River Styx, or that he defeated gods during the battle.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Me

      I have read the Bible cover to cover. Out of about 1700 pages I was able to collect about 3 pages worth of actual spiritual direction. The vast majority of the book is useless. That is why people scramble to attribute spiritual quotes to a book that is almost devoid of any spirituality.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Tennis Chick

      I have entertained the idea that God may not exist, but in my research from both ends of the spectrum, I've found that the evidence sways extremely convincingly to the God of the Bible, so much so that I've put my faith in Him for my eternity. In my previous statement, the word "proves" might be too strong, as all the theories on the existence of the universe are just that – theories. For those that would like to research it further, I'd recommend books by Lee Strobel, a previous atheist. Very interesting.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  4. The Jackdaw

    The Bible and religion is a joke. Find a new subject to blather about.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  5. Thomas

    There is a misnomer about Christian religious beliefs. We often say that Christ came for everyone, however, the truth is Christ himself declared that the "whole need not a physician" (Matt. 9:12) The atheist and agnostic, that recognize their own perfection and wellness, are not who Christ is calling. It is those of us, who recognize the depravity of our own condition and understand that without "a crutch" we could not walk, that is who Christ came to die for, the simplistic idealism of faith in an invisible being to save us from that depravity, is far below the wholeness of the aloof atheist....good luck to you!!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • deathwombat

      Don't lump atheists and agnostics together. Agnostics only correctly recognize that science cannot be used to prove or disprove the existence of a supernatural god. It's the atheists arrogantly believe that there isn't a god and feel no need to prove their claims.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @deathwombat: What is there about the statement, "I see no reason to believe in god," is arrogant?

      June 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • deathwombat

      "I see no reason to believe in a god" is something an agnostic would say. Agnostics believe that there may or may not be a god, whereas atheists believe that there isn't a god, despite the inherent inability to use the laws of the natural universe to prove or disprove the existence of a supernatural universe. Atheists tend to say things like, "There is no god, and anyone who believes in one is a fool."

      June 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @deathwombat: You said, "Atheists tend to say things like, "There is no god, and anyone who believes in one is a fool.""

      Only really angry atheists say that. Most of us just say, "Most likely, there isn't a god; and anyone who believes in one is probably incorrect." I will say that anyone who believes in an anthropomorphic god is a fool, because that's just wishful thinking.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • keith A. sillsbury

      deathwombat, I'm afraid your mistaken on that one. The word BELIEF is the attempt to prove but unable to. I KNOW there is no such animal as god And can prove it. It is the BELIEVERS that can't prove it but just have to BELIEVE. If you feel this is incorrect, Prove it.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  6. Funkymonkey

    I just did some research and discovered, ironically, that no one named Amanda has ever done anything good for humanity in history. Go figure.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Normon


      What about Amanda Tapping? Our Lady of SyFy.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  7. Neeneko

    I always find it interesting when Mother Theresa is brought up as an example of 'good'. I think it just goes to show that one can be a monster, but as long as they are bringing new converts into the flock they will be hailed as saints. It is not about ethics.. it is about sales numbers....

    June 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Joel Bryan

      Ouch. She wasn't into evangalism from what I know of her. She supported mostly humanitarian efforts. I'm not Catholic, so I could be wrong.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • William Demuth

      So true.

      Drink the KOOL AID or you go hungry

      Christianity at its finest.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  8. Alex

    Speaking of misquotes, if the Bible is the word of the God of Abraham, and the God of Abraham is a big fairy tail, is not the whole thing a gigantic misquote?

    June 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Mike

      You don't exist.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Friend

      It is the word of God dumb@ ss

      June 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  9. Tasha

    It's so sad that there are so many people still refuse to believe in Christ. The Gospels were written within 50 to 70 years A.D just to clarify. It is funny that people would rather believe scientology and theories (NO FACTS) just other opinions and follow peoples opinions buy yet over 500 people witnessed the resurrection. It only takes one eye witness to convict a person of a crime. The reason Greek mythology is older and you have older religions with thousands of God's is explained in the Bible even.... Moses set the Jews free from Egypt under the direction of God. Jesus came and taught people the right way to live and freed us from the law of Moses and brought the Holy Spirit. However, this is not a Bible lesson this is my comment like all of you non believers all ways have. Your comments and ignorance is also welcome because that is predicted in the Bible as well. So yes as all other true Christians say and mean... We pray for you whether you like it or not!

    June 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • George

      You see people, religion answers all questions, even ones never asked and all apposed or apathetic view points are explained.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Ann-Elizabeth

      I love how you claim that we rather believe in scientology/theories, do YOU know what scientology is? Just because it has the word "science" in it, does not mean that it's the correct term. How about you get out of your "god-box" and research before making such a statement.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • William Demuth


      The truth is your writings indicate an underlying doubt.

      Free your mind, or you will be forever afraid of the dark.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • deathwombat

      "over 500 people witnessed the resurrection. It only takes one eye witness to convict a person of a crime."

      We have only the Bible's word that over 500 people witnessed the resurrection. That holds as much legal weight as me claiming that a million people saw me making out with Megan Fox.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • keith A. sillsbury

      I saw you making out with megan fox. anyway tasha, you talk like mosses wasn't a murderer. as if he didn't have it made up in the palace. well he was and he did and science and the sharing of information has explained away most of mosseses feats. the bible claims exodus to be 40 years and we now know it was 400 years. the staff to serpent, an old dessert magic trick. if your gonna believe in magic at least let micky mouse be your god.

      June 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  10. Grroucho

    Adolf Hitler was a christ-ian, not at all an atheist. Here is a quote from "Mein Kampf", "Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."

    June 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • George

      That is the mindset of all extremists, muslin, christian, Jewish, Hindu, etc.
      And that is the great danger of organized religion..... delusion of what god's will really is.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • wolfy4661

      Hitler was an evil individual who wouldnt know true christian if he shot him. Your comment is very offensive. Have a good day and May God bless even you.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Funkymonkey

      George – Many good and useful things come with certain dangers. Does that mean they should be disregarded?

      June 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Joel Bryan

      There was a monk in my wife's country of Burma. He lived in a pagoda in the mountains and was eating the pilgrims that came his way. Does that mean Buddhism believes in cannibalism?!?!? Oh no. I didn't realize we were supposed to judge a religion by some of it's wacko followers! What am I to do?

      June 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • William Demuth


      The truth hurts don't it?

      Reinhard Heidrich had a Christmas tree in his office!

      June 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Estevan

      "Hitler was an evil individual who wouldnt know true christian if he shot him. Your comment is very offensive. Have a good day and May God bless even you."

      Wolfy, Wolfy, Wolfy... Does the truth hurt?

      Does it matter though? Do the actions of one individual invalidate the beliefs of countless other millions?

      Hitler was a Christian. Pretty much all the evidence supports that Hitler was a Christian for at least that part of his life where he wrote Mein Kampf and built up his Reich. Deal with it.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Estevan

      I said: "Does it matter though? Do the actions of one individual invalidate the beliefs of countless other millions?"

      I meant to say: Does it matter though? Do the actions of one individual invalidate the good actions of countless other millions?

      I might be an atheist but I recognize that Hitler isn't a reflection of all Christians. Just as Pol Pot isn't a reflection of all atheists.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • keith A. sillsbury

      Oh I disagree. Many if not most christians throughout history that rose to power were evil in many ways to the common people. go back and look at history 1200's-1400's-1600's. I'm reminded of the south of spain. The country was bankrupt when the catholic church was in control and sending all the money to the pope. Along came a bishop with an idea. He said " let the Jews move into the south, they'll start up buisnesses because their good at making money and We will goto them and borrow money from them". The arch bishop said " but We can't pay them back and the intrest on top of that". The bishop replied" We don't have to. When the loan comes due We'll accuse the person we have the loan with of an offense against their religion and we'll put them to death". AND THEY DID! TRUE STORY! and christians haven't changed yet. how about ol sally struthers, what percent of that christian childrens fund ever gets to those kids. those commercials aren't free ya know. Hitler was a good christian.

      June 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  11. tommas

    The question of what is bigger than our universe, at this moment is impossible to answer and therefore pointless to debate (unless pointing out how each religion's god(s) is different and you are very egocentric to believe you are right). The real question is where does consciousness lie, ie do we have a soul. Neuroscience will answer this question, and all evidence at the moment points to you existing only in this reality.. so if there is no afterlife, who cares about god(s).

    June 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  12. Mart

    So, there is no God. The bible was written just by men and not inspired by God. Life just popped up. So following that chain of thought life can just pop up anywhere and without a doubt there is life on other planets.

    But then... what if God was an alien? What if God created the aliens?

    Just when I thought I'd learn something from the internet or comments on a blog it all falls apart.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • David

      "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."

      June 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Estevan

      "Life just popped up. So following that chain of thought life can just pop up anywhere and without a doubt there is life on other planets."

      I don't know a single atheist who believes that. Neither do I know any scientist who thinks that.

      The only people who say stuff like that are believers who don't understand evolution and the concept of abiogenesis and try to "discredit" evolution and atheism.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  13. nia

    where did the god stay before he created the universe?

    June 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Funkymonkey

      A Motel 6 in Detroit. There is convincing evdience that both Detroit and the Motel 6 chain predate the universe.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  14. me

    ANYONE who says there is NO GOD is a Fool.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Steve in St. Louis

      The real FOOLS are those who base their whole lives on fairy tales, and pretend that they'll never die.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • David

      Funny I use to say the same thing about people who didn't believe in Santa Claus.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • William Demuth

      And anyone who calls himself me, is a simpleton.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      People have worshipped thousands and thousands of Gods through history.
      There's no denying that the CONCEPT of god(s) is real – just not their actual existence.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  15. Novaprime001

    Religion is not the worst thing ever. Go to Africa. Almost every hospital has a Christian symbol on it to show who built it and runs it. Last time I checked, there aren't any atheist or agnostic movements that are making a positive impact on the world. Sure, hate the guy you work with who is telling you your going to hell every chance he gets, because I'd have a problem with that too. Christianity is full of idiots, sinners, hypocrites, and more and that's GREAT and shows the glory of grace! Believers & Non-believers, alike, are not perfect. And part of that imperfection is screwing up on bible quotes. One last thing, science was not that great for atheists in this time either. I don't recall any stories of the Great Unbeliever spreading the word on a spherical planet, but maybe I'm wrong.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • tommas

      "aren't any atheist or agnostic movements that are making a positive impact on the world", do you mean all the scientists who use the theory of evolution to fill those hospitals with medicine.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • David

      Because atheism or agnostic is not an organized religion, we don't associate ourselves as a group. But as individuals we have done great things to advance mankind from the dark ages. Everything from the higher life expectancy you enjoy now to the most of the modern amenities were forged by people that didn't just accept things because God made them that way.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • bait and prey

      All of those Catholic schools in India built to provide a good education for Indian children also require that every child enrolled in those schools pray to the Christian god and observe Catholic traditions. So you see, it isn't about proving a quality education to all those poor Indian children. It's about making new disciples where quality education is just the bait. If Christian organizations went out and did good anonymously without pushing their own adgenda, even I would hold them in high esteem (even Mother Theresa had to abandon Catholisim because she just wanted to do good without pushing the Church). I am agnostic and I volunteer monthly and nobody ever hears about my philosophy on these things because when I volunteer, I do my job and leave it at that. I do good to do good and nothing else.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • civthemutt

      Are you reffering to the same Africa that has 75% of the population with AID's because RELIGION told them they are not allowed to use any form of birth control like condoms????

      June 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Lucy

      Clearly Novaprime001 you have not heard of Bill Gates, not a Christian but the World's greatest philanthropist. The Gates foundation certainly partners with faith based organizations but he is not driven to do good by the belief in a supernatural being.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Estevan

      Hum...let's see. A little list of SECULAR organizations:

      Red Cross (use the Christian symbol and the red crescent but are secular)
      International Relief Teams
      Doctors Without Borders
      Partners in Health
      Humanist Charities
      Direct Relief International

      This is a short list of secular and/or atheist charities and organizations that do good around the world. Plus...they don't coerce people into praying or venerating a god in exchange for their help.

      Secular: Denoting att-itudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  16. Rob L

    Some interesting takes on religion and athiesm here. A lot of missing perspective, but a lot of people are missing the core. Religions were created by humanity to explain phenomena that could not be explained. The sun rising, stars, weather, life, death, and just general existance. Over time it branched and expanded to encompass a variety of different perceptions of different experiences across cultures. Christianity came along as an adaptation of religions that existed before it just like those religions were adapted from religions before them. Stories in the current bible are adaptations of ancient stories set to fit ever changing cultures. However the basic principles stand ever present. Respect the lives and property of others, live a life of virtue and worth, seek peace and communal harmony, and most importantly, perpetuate these principles onward.

    The problem arises with melding of cultures with slightly different beliefs. While the basic principles can be virutally the same, minor variances cause great debates and, as history has shown, much more terrible events. The will to perpetuate one's religious beliefs further's the potential for conflicts... as somehow acceptance of alternate religions and the non-religious has been overlooked in the basic principle of "spreading the word."

    Where misquoted bible verses come in is just a matter of ignorance and the will to perpetuate religious sentiment. The matter of interpretation is probably the biggest issue facing any modern religion these days. People who misquote are only a small subset of people using religion as a way to gain power, profit, and control the impressionable. It's certainly not the case that all religions and religious people are evil, but there are definitely people who are weakening the structure of organized religious with ignorance, and corrupting its integrity by warping the basic principles for their personal gain.

    If religion hopes to exist as anything more than a shadow of what it has been and is currently, then things are going to need to change. Science is quickly explaining away things humans once thought were solely the responsibility of gods. Religions are blending together and across cultures and tolerance is the only possible way to keep peace. And finally, education and religion should not have any direct interaction. Limiting someone's education of things proven by tangible factual evidence is not going to help humanity or this country. The principles of religion are not to maintain stupidity. To live within the bounds of respect for yourself and others should be the goal, not ruin the ability for others to grow up knowing man and dinosaurs did not coexist...

    June 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Lairbear

      Rob L,
      Very well said.
      "Respect the lives and property of others, live a life of virtue and worth, seek peace and communal harmony, and most importantly, perpetuate these principles onward."
      My utmost respect to you for your comment.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • heya1487

      On the other hand God does really exist and gave his word to his Patriarchs and sent his Son to this earth to complete his plan for redemption. I have seen miracles happen in Jesus name as have many in all sorts of countries all throughout time we have testimony of it. Or you can easily say that was a myth and they were all lieing but myself and many people I know have seen miracles happen to this day. So perhaps the God who made what we see really does exist. Although the logic he gave may be influenced by humanstic worldviews so much we cant see the intelligent design.. still the miracles and testimony of Gods love in peoples lives is true. It still happens. This is why it continues strong.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Godless

      This post needs to be given a gold star. Very well said.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Godless

      Just to be clear, I was referring to Rob L's post, not the gibberish posted by heya1487.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Or you can easily say that was a myth and they were all lieing but myself and many people I know have seen miracles happen to this day'
      yeah im calling bs on this, sorry.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  17. WuTang Clan

    You thought you knew what you were talking about until you started watching all those William Lane Craig videos on YouTube and totally had your world rocked!

    June 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  18. Matt

    A quick comment about Gandhi being a "religionist", while he was born a Hindu, he did not preach from the Bhagavad Ghita, or use religion as a argument for his beliefs. He did not want to be labeled as a Hindu leader, such as, when asked if he was a Hindu "Yes I am. I am also a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist and a Jew." He leveled many sharp criticisms of organized religion, and just because someone taught compassion and understanding, it doesn't mean he has to be religious.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • tommas

      I guess this is just the way absolutist think: If you are from the middle east you are a muslim, if you are from india you are a hindu.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  19. phoenix

    atheists are male and female, not men or women.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  20. DoubtingThomas

    I have read the Bible cover to cover. Out of about 1700 pages I was able to collect about 3 pages worth of actual spiritual direction. The vast majority of the book is useless. That is why people scramble to attribute spiritual quotes to a book that is almost devoid of any spirituality.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Joel Bryan

      I've read my car manual cover to cover, still have a hard time changing oil on these new cars. Guess some people are just born stupid on some subjects

      June 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • heya1487

      lol 3 pages of spiritual direction ? What was your guidelines for spiritual direction ? "Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind and soul and your neighbor as yourself." That is enough direction to keep busy for a whole life. The bible is nothing but spiritual direction. The stories give spiritual insight and lessons. They have a book of proverbs that is at least 60 pages. They have a a at least a hundred spiritual songs... oh man you have to be joking, 3 pages? Please explain because that statement made me worried for our theological understanding, even from an objective point of view.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Mike

      What might that be?

      June 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Me

      What do you mean? it is full of instructions on how I can get my BIG reward from an invisible alien who threatens me with eternal hell fire, while 16,000 children starve everyday. Oh yeah, he loves me. All very spiritual indeed.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
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