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The gospel according to Justin Bieber
A new book explores the faith of pop star Justin Bieber.
September 26th, 2011
05:00 AM ET

The gospel according to Justin Bieber

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - Justin Bieber is one of the world's most famous pop stars but is also decidedly more Jesusy than his day job might lead some to believe.

When the young Canadian-born singer burst onto the scene, he was discovered in part by singing Christian songs on YouTube. But that is just the beginning of Bieber's faith journey, spelled out in a new book on the young star.

Cathleen Falsani sarcastically self-proclaims she is the "pre-eminent Justin Bieber scholar in North America."

Falsani has penned "Belieber! Fame, Faith, and the Heart of Justin Bieber," a book exploring the faith life of the tween sensation.

An award-winning religion journalist and a nationally syndicated columnist on the God beat, Falsani came to writing about Bieber almost accidentally.

"I was aware of who he was as a cultural figure. I was aware that he existed, that he was young, cute as a button and Canadian and that his music wasn't something that I generally listened to," she said.

She stumbled across an interview Bieber did with Rolling Stone magazine in which he talked about God. "I was like, 'OK, this is interesting.  Let's see if this is any different than all of the other young 'Christian' pop stars or actors.' "

She was intrigued by the "tone and tenor" of what the young teen had to say about his faith, so she dug deeper. Her young adopted son Vasco was talking about Bieber at the time, and a friend told her she ought to write a book on "the gospel according to Justin Bieber."

What she found was a compelling story of a young man born to an 18-year-old single woman who lost and then found her faith and her way back to church.

Falsani details how Bieber's mother, Patricia Mallette, openly shared her struggles with drugs, alcohol and a suicide attempt before she gave birth to Justin.

Mallette's faith journey took her to Jubilee Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Stratford, Ontario. The church mirrors many charismatic churches in the United States with an emphasis on prayer and spiritual gifts.

"I would call it a charismatic or a Pentecostal church. The iteration of that looks a little different in Canada than it does (in the United States). It looks like any number of our evangelical nondenominational churches, but with a lot more arms raised. Very, very prayerful," Falsani described.

Mallette joined the praise band, which led the music on Sundays. "Being young ... they used to hang out, and she would bring Justin. That's when they noticed this kid's got unbelievable rhythm. And he's 2," according to Falsani.

From there, Bieber lived the life of a normal Canadian church kid, focusing on school and sports.

Bieber kept his musical talents quiet from friends until he was 13 years old and entered a singing competition. He placed third.

His extended family was not able to come and see his performance, so he and his mom began to upload videos onto YouTube so the rest of the family could see him singing. Some of his tunes were Christian worship songs and others secular pop tunes.

The videos hit in a big way.

Falsani explained that Justin's mom thought, "If God had a plan for Justin to be to a music artist, then surely it would be in the Christian industry, and God would send them a nice Christian manager. Suddenly, this 25-year-old Jewish kid from Connecticut called."

In 2007, Scott "Scooter" Brown discovered Bieber.

His career took off.  The family moved to the United States, and Bieber began palling around with music icons.

The haircut, the honey-dripped voice and the screaming tweens are the stuff pop legends are made of. Today, Bieber is a multimillionaire and an industry all to his own, but Falsani details in the book how he and his mother have maintained their faith.

Sprinkled heavily through "Belieber!" are tweets from Bieber and his mom talking about faith, quoting scripture and sharing a simple Christian narrative that God loves people.

Bieber explained his approach to Rolling Stone in February: "I feel I have an obligation to plant little seeds with my fans. I'm not going to tell them, 'You need Jesus,' but I will say at the end of my show, 'God loves you.' "

He does not take complicated theological soapbox stands. In February, he drew a lot of attention for articulating his opposition to abortion in a Rolling Stone article, but he was quick to say it was his belief and he would not force it on anyone.

The book also uses quotes from social media sites to evidence the positive influence Bieber's faith has on his young fans. Falsani sprinkles in quotes from Bieber's core audience - tween and teenage girls - and plays to their hand with a glossy color photo spread featuring pictures of Bieber being Bieber.

Though she considers herself a fan in his shadow demographic (the moms at the concert who secretly dig and buy the music), as a mother herself, Falsani appreciates the positive role Bieber's faith has played in his young career.

"I do think this faith he has is very genuine and very much his and not his mom's or anyone else's. It's not a marketing tool," she said.

Bieber's work with charity is well-documented; he gives a portion of ticket sales to charity, among other approaches.  Falsani is taking a similar role with this book, too. Part of the proceeds from her book are going towards the United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Music

soundoff (509 Responses)
  1. Reality

    Justin, Justin, Justin,

    It is time to give up childish things and welcom to rational thinking:

    JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself."

    Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah, white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher man would do or say?

    September 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      You do realize that you look childish posting the same rants over and over each day, right? I do find it fascinating that you come to these boards every single day with the same posts, me thinks somebody might not be as confident as they claim to be.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Beth

      Don't worry, Reality. Keep on posting your great content. Alfonso is just part of the extremely stupid, deluded bunch, and he's even more dim than most of them.

      September 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • .........

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      September 26, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • Reality

      Some minor typo corrections:

      Justin, Justin, Justin,

      It is time to give up childish things!!! Welcome to rational thinking:

      JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself."

      Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

      Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah, white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, magic-man would do or say?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
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      September 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Credenza

      That's your rather juvenile opinion. But what's your point??????? All you've actually done here is take ONE QUOTE out of context and made it into a boring screed of mumbo-jumbo!

      Jesus was a Man. He threw the money lenders out of the Temple because they were ripping people off in His Father's house. Quite right
      He sweated blood in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before He died when He saw EXACTLY what was going to happen the next day. Come on , let's face it WE go into a decline at the thought of a tooth extraction!!!!!

      Just think how lucky you are, for all your ranting and misquoting Jesus still loves you; he always will. You choose whether or not to accept Him – He will accept you any old time you're ready. FACT.

      Bless your heart, and don't look for problems and hassle, look for peace.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Real Deal

      Credenza, "He saw EXACTLY what was going to happen the next day."

      If that is true, how come he didn't see EXACTLY that the writings which would eventually be done about him would be so easily disputed, mistranslated, mistranscribed, misunderstood and misinterpreted?

      September 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  2. Lisa B.

    Bieber IS the second coming of Christ!!! "Non-belieber" need to believe in his power and trust that he is the son of gawd! Repent sinners, repent!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  3. LifeWarrior93

    The Jackdaw,
    Give up dude, you're just making yourself look more and more stupid with every post.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Go rub one out to Beiber's new album.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      Not gonna lie, I laughed out loud in my cube when I read that.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  4. LifeWarrior93

    Atheist,
    Why do you all get so offended when someone talks about God?
    I mean, how can you be offended by something you dont believe in?
    It would be like cussing out the dude dressed as Santa in the mall because I dont believe in Santa. it makes no sense.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Jesusers have been shoving their beliefs down my thought all my life. They are illogical and wrong. They base their arguments on rhetoric that has no basis in reality and then act holier-than-though, refusing to engage in an intellectual discussion in the matter without becoming instantly offended, ridiculous and cruel. They are a little people. A silly people. This is my opportunity to vent.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Al Gore

      Sandwich, pls

      September 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • blah

      ok well i'll come to your door and preach what i believe in and say that you are going to die a horrible death if you don't believe in what i believe in. just saying. i'm actually not fired up and don't care. LOL just felt like making a comment.

      September 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Credenza

      @LifeWarrior93 – I wish there was a 'like' button on here – I'd give you 10.

      September 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  5. The Jackdaw

    More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason. This upstart will be burning witches on stage before all is said and done.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      Would there be wars if religion didn't exist or would this planet somehow turn into a peaceful utopia? Guess you fail to recognize any good that Christianity has done also. Try googling "Christian charity" and then "atheist charity", take note of what you find.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
      From: M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..Religions/Groups involved*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      September 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      My career is spent in charity. The difference is, I dont need to create a website about it......granted I see the irony in stating this on a website....Still, I stand by mystatement.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Reality

      Two of the greatest givers to charity are Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Both are atheists. But the #1 rescuer of those less fortunate. is still the USA taxpayer, secularists are we!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Reality has a selective view of history:

      http://notachristian.org/christianatrocities.html

      September 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      But who gives more? Bill Gates or the little old lady who's poor but gives away her life savings?

      September 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • blah

      reality has allot of time on their hands!

      September 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
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      September 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • Credenza

      Wrong, little man! ATHEISTS have killed more innocents in the last 150 years than ALL the misguided Muslims/Christians/Jews etc that murdered non-believers,[ because they thought they were 'doing right by God'] in history.

      If you want me to list them I will. But if you can be bothered look up Communist/Atheist leaders. Then look up the MILLIONS they murdered and continue to murder.

      And it sure ain't Catholics and practising [NOT nominal] Christians who have murdered [aboted] 50 MILLIION babys world wide – and that's bot counting Russia and China.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  6. Bo

    We get a good postive story and the angry athesist come out like files at a picnic. Like they are suffering some kind of inflicted injury as if it were some agresive villin after them and they need to strike back in full force defence.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      God is cancer.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      LOL, couldn't have said it better myself. Good day friend.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      My comment was directed at Bo. Jackdaw clearly proves his point. LOL again.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      "some agresive villin after them"
      This is how I see every religious person who tries to convert someone. They are a plague on the human race trying their best to bring about another dark age of science and free thought with their particular god who will make anyone who doubts them burn in a firey pit for all eternity.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      @i'm the best – Can you point out where in the article it says he, or anyone else, is trying to convert people? All I read was that he believes in something (i.e. God/Jesus) and it helps him to want to do good and help others. Seems to be more like something beneficial to society as opposed to a plague on humanity. Nice try though.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • JD

      Yes they actually think if they make fun of Christians that we'll all go away. How delusional they are. Believers and non-believers are both here to stay. Just wish the atheists could act like grown adults instead of making fun and calling people names. But I don't really think they will ever grow up.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      JD, I will have a smart-a$$ free discussion with you on the topic. I will back up my views with my honest and logical views and be respectful. You go first.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      @ Alfonzo Muchanzo
      No I can't point it out because it didn't say that. Although it did say he tries to plant the seeds of religion by saying "God loves you" at the end of his shows and some other stuff that I can't remember right now. My reply was directed more towards Bo than the article. I have no, well... less of a problem with people that don't try and convert others.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • blah

      LOL most times i read the so called christians making non believers. i am all about to each their own. i'm not going to make fun of what you believe nor will i the next person. but i'm wondering why you couldn't just ignore the non believers and go about your day? you wont convert them any more than they can convert you.

      September 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Credenza

      I've noticed that too. But Bless your heart for saying it.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  7. LifeWarrior93

    Wow guys, seriously?
    A teenage boy says what he believes and everyone blows up about it..chill out.
    Dont be rediculous with your "cant be famous and christian crap"
    He can still be a christian and do what he loves. And as for being on lunch-boxes and tee-shirts and all of that, nowhere in the bible does it say "people cannot listen to you or put you on a lunch-box" so I dont even know where that argument came from.Putting God first has nothing to do with marketing companies stamping his face on a t-shirt. What people do with merchandice is their own business. If people are praying to him then it would be going against one of the commandments but he never said "worship me" so that would be on the person doing it, not him. It's just a boy doing what he loves to do. just because his beliefs goes against what you think doesnt mean you have to bash the poor kid.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Todd

      Seems like you're the one interested in "bashing" the "poor kid".

      September 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  8. mizjai

    @George.....Who gives a hoot what you think??

    With all the trash in the music industry....any positive spin helps.

    I pray he stays strong.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Todd

      'cause we know all that prayer has ever done:

      Nothing. Ever.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  9. Big = Man

    Jesus was into boys. He will like Beiber.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Imagine

      I would suggest you change your "call name" to little man. What a pathetic statement that served no purpose. It's time to get off the internet and go upstairs and eat dinner. Your mom is waiting for you Billy. Oh, and after dinner maybe, just maybe, you can watch an episode of Star Trek or Star Wars!

      September 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  10. Atheism believes in nothing

    I hate it when people dont beleive in Jesus, so i'm going to pretent to be somebody else and try to make them look stupid, even though I can't really argue facts with them, because my pro-Jesus argument is flimsy!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      Lol. Looks like you're the pot calling the kettle black. and if you actually think any legitmate debate occurs on these boards (by either side) then you're more foolish than the people you rail against.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  11. Turtles > tortoise

    I like turtles.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  12. Satan

    Evil in the name of Jesus is just annoying.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Imagine

      Actually anything done that is offensive in the name of Jesus is simply Satan's doing. God gave Satan limited free range over His people. We often give into Satan's influence. That is why it is up to individuals to have a relationship with Christ and not simply be part of a "church". It is not a set of daily rules and regiments that make you a Christian. It is simply a personal relationship with God. Whenever individuals do bad things in "Jesus" name they are not believers in Christ. They are simply misled individuals.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Satan

      Well said.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • god

      I'm not omnipotent so I have to give way to Satan a lot. It's tough not being a real god. I get beat up by the big gods a lot.

      September 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  13. zach

    The million-dollar question: Will you go to Heaven when you die? Here’s a quick test. Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God's name in vain? Jesus said, "Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? If you have done those things, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. God, who the Bible says is "rich in mercy," sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for guilty sinners. We broke God's Law, but Jesus paid our fine. That means He can legally dismiss our case. He can commute our death sentence: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and God will grant everlasting life to all who trust in Jesus. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.

    Romans 10:9

    needGod.com
    Livingwaters.com

    September 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • United States Marine Corps

      GodIsImaginary.com

      September 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • jr

      If God is omnipotent, all the theatrics seem rather unnecessary. What's the point of murdering his son? I don't require ritual sacrifice to forgive people- why did God?

      September 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Mel

      Repent is a commonly misunderstood word. In Greek the word is Metanoia meaning chaning one's mind. This is a process of going from trusting in one thing to placing your trust in Christ Jesus alone and His finished work on the cross. Salvation is simply by faith in Christ Jesus, and does not require any amount of effort on our part including turning from our sins. I just want to clarify that this is how a person gains salvation according to the bible.

      Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."

      September 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Imagine

      The answer is quite simple. God is just. Here is an example. Suppose there is a Judge who litens to cases day in and day out. His duty is to uphold the law and to fine or imprison offenders based on their misdeed. One day a young man comes before his court. The boy is charged with pety theft. The judge finds the young man guilty and offers him a choice between spending two weeks in jail or paying a $500 fine. Here is the catch. The young man is the Judge's son. He could easily have found him guilty and let him go, yet he knows that he has to obey the law and must be just. So, the judge stands up, takes off his judicial robe and walks down to the court cleark. he takes out his check book, rights a check for $500 and pays the clerk. He then walks back to his bench, puts his robe back on and declares that the defendant may go free as the fine has been paid. This is basically the situation with God and all of us. We all have sinned. Whether you agree with it or not, God is holy and sin cannot be present before Him. So, God did what the judge did. He came down from heaven, became a man and paid the price for our sin Himself. He died on the cross for our sins. He cannot simply forgive us and still be just. So He did what any loving father would do, He paid the price for His children. It is such a beautiful story (and real) yet some people find it so hard to accept. Perhaps it is because they are veru aware of their sinful nature and just don't want to face up to it themselves. Just remeber, the shedding of His blood was not for the just and sinless, it was for all mankind as WE ALL have sinned. No one is beyond forgivness. No one. It's ALL about grace.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Fred1

      The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree. Makes perfect sense...

      September 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Imagine

      Fred- a lot of the symbolism in the Bible is used simply to convey a point. Many believe the sybolism was a way of conveying the story at the time. When the Bible states things like remove your eye or cut off your hand, it doesn't mean it literally. You are making some broad assumptions without really understanding the Bible. Like most things we hear, we make assumptions based on what we hear and not what we have read up on, or studied. We take some talking heads perspective without out knowing the truth first hand. You are too quick to judge. By the way, as a scientist, there is a lot we are learning about multiple dimensions that in the past were consider looney talk. Physics today, especially in String Theory, postulate or call for 11 dimensions! The reality of that is, there dimensions that stare you in the face, yet you can never percieve or communicate with. One theory states that the enormous strength of gravity is mostly lost as gravitrons escape into another dimension. The new CERN collider will look at this question to see what happens to these gravitrons. My point, science does believe that indeed "things" can and do exist outside our realm and exist in other dimensions. No, it is not scince fiction any more. Therefore, IT IS completely possible for God to exist outside OUR dimension yet is right before our eyes.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • god

      zach, stop misinterpreting my work. I had to let Jesus bite the big one because I'm not uberpowerful and sometimes I just lose.

      You humans and your expectations. You'd think I was omnipotent or even something.

      September 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Credenza

      @jr – The greater the sins of humanity, the more dreadful the punishment. Jesus willing paid the price of a dreadful death out of love for us. Had He not done so OUR punishment would have been unthinable.

      You, sweetheart, are not required to make the same sacrifice because YOU don't have the sins of mankind, past and present, on your youthful shoulders. That was a really good question.

      September 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  14. Busta Rhymes

    Who the hell is that ugly little girl in the glasses and why she on my internets???

    September 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • LifeWarrior93

      First of all, you only have one internet. It is not "internets".
      Secondly, he is on there because you clicked the article.
      Now run on back to school.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Al Gore

      @ "Life Warrior"

      The plural is sometimes correct. I would know. I invented the whole thing. Now quit being a wh0re and go make me a sandwich.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Mr Hanky

      It's a series of tubes...

      September 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  15. The Jackdaw

    Every1 don't listen to the fake me. I'm the real one and these people are just posers. I don't need to imitate anyone bc i am all knowing and have decided that there is no god because i dont need him. I love my own ways, dont want to have to be accountable to any1, and have therefore ruled out the possibility.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      Not surprising given the nature of your posts.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Tod Boville

      So, anybody who does not beleive in a fairy tale is immediately evil and never holds themselves accountable?

      September 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • sam

      Did middle school let out early today? The little imposter trolls are busier than usual.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • sam

      @sam – don't steal my name, while pointing the fingers. I pity the fool!

      September 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Mr T

      I PITY THE FOOL WHO PITIES FOOLS

      September 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  16. andrew

    So many negative comments to each other. I think it's great that a kid who is extremely talented gets recognized for it. So many millions don't. I just hope that among the people who are taking advantage of his talent, there are some who are protecting his interests and teaching him a moral compass, whether it is in the form of religion or something else. He will surely need that as his fame fades in the future.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • United States Marine Corps

      Justin Beiber is a f@ggot.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • I'm Right....Get Used to It.

      Stop defiling the good name of the USMC. If you want to pretend to be someone in the armed forces pick another branch besides the Marine Corps idiot.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Credenza

      @ United States Marine Corps – You seem to have an unhealthy interest in the fact that this wholesome, talented young man is – as you say – a f@ggot?
      Do you have actual EVIDENCE or is it more......... wishful thinking????????

      Just because he's a mini-celebrity doesn't give you the right to utter lies on a public forum. I'm betting you're far from being a Marine [ more wishful thinking ]. More likely you don't have too many friends; live in a trailer; have a limp wrist....... how am I doing so far?

      September 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  17. The Jackdaw

    I dropped out of highschool.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Hahahahaha, no, if I had, I would be a Jesus fool and Beiber fan.

      September 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • The Jackdaw Jr.

      So did I. We're the smartest people alive

      September 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  18. The Jacdaw

    I have lots of anger inside me and like to belittle anyone or anything that stands for good.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      If you are going to pretend to be me, at least learn to spell my name. Besides, Jesus should have taught you not to be judgmental by now. You should join my side if you are so filled with hate. I welcome you my son.

      September 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  19. Alfonzo Muchanzo

    l will say that l am no fan of his music (little beyond those teeny bopper years), however this was a well written piece and he seems to have admirable character. There aren't many good role models these days, however I'm glad there's still a few. I don't understand why the atheists have to come on here and attack day in and day out. Funny thing is they'd probably praise some heavy metal atheist singer but criticize Bieber. Take the story for what it is; a singer who has a belief in God, which helps him try and lead his life in a positive way and be a positive role model for his fans.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Oh Please

      Oh please. Don't be suckered in. He is a 'role model' carefully crafted and refined by his handlers. It's a facade driven by power, money and greed!

      September 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  20. George

    Who gives a flying f__k what this kid thinks?

    September 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Mindless teeniebopers and we do not need a new generation of religious monkeys.

      September 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Atheism believes in nothing

      Obviously got your attention, huh? What's that say about you....

      September 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      it says I get irritated when people beleive in mumbo-jumbo.

      September 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
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