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Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'
Michelle Bachman addressed students at Liberty University on Wednesday.
September 28th, 2011
08:20 PM ET

Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'

By Ashley Killough, CNN

(CNN) – Minessota Rep. Michele Bachmann gave one piece of advice to students at the country's largest Christian university: "Don't settle."

It's a line she's recently pushed to Republican voters, urging the GOP not to "settle" on leading GOP presidential candidates.

But on Wednesday she turned the phrase into one laced with heavy spiritual themes.

"Don't settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you," Bachmann said in a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The White House hopeful described her experience becoming a Christian as a 16-year-old, when she said she walked into a church one day with some friends and felt called to the altar.

Read the full story here from CNN's Political Ticker
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  1. SciFiChickie

    I'll say it again...
    Since we live in America, and she is running for president, Her religion should have nothing to do with her campaign the only relevant question to ask regarding her religious beliefs is...
    Do you believe that Separation of Church and State is necessary for a fair and impartial government, & if you do Why would you oppose "Gay marriage"?

    September 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  2. Lee

    "Don't settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you,"

    Are you F'ing serious? It takes a lot of nerve to tell someone, straight faced, that you know god's plan. It takes a whole new level of cajones to tell people that god has planned for you to be the next president, and not to settle (vote for someone else) for something that isn't god's plan.

    September 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  3. Hypatia

    She's drinking her own koolaid.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  4. Tomm Katt

    People like MB are NOT CHRISTIANS!!! If there is such a human as an "Anti-Christ" they are current members of the Republican Party and their Tea Party minions

    September 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Who are you to judge Christian or not Christian?

      September 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • TomG

      I wouldn't go so far as to call her the anti-christ, but I DO believe that people like her and, sadly, so many others in the public eye, push as many people AWAY from christianity as they supposedly bring in. I see it on the local newspaper blogs too.

      September 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  5. AGuest9

    She's right on this one count. Voters should not "settle" on ANY presidential candidate. That being said, no one should settle for her.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  6. Tea Party Daily News

    A spokesperson today said candidate Michele Bachmann, having recently left her church behind, is converting to Islam.

    Bachmann is also leaving her latent-gay, flaccid husband Marcuthhhh so that she can be free to pursue musician Yousef Islam (Cat Stevens). Bachmann is guoted as saying "I've always liked his music. You know what they say about musical men and their trombones..." and "As a Muslim and POuTUS, I could solve our terrorism problems once and for all. There's no way Al Kaida and his countrymen will attack a country with a Muslim leader. This will help me get elected in other ways too. In fact, it might be the only way I can get more than the teabagger vote and pull in anything from Obama's liberal base."

    Yousef Islam (Stevens) was heard to say "No way, dude, no friggin wayy. That leathery old haggis wouldn't have made it as my groupie even when she was 20, no matter how good her oratory skills are."

    September 29, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  7. petercha

    Amazing how many love-preaching liberals show so much hatred for Christianity.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • tallulah13

      Amazing how many christianity-preaching conservatives are simply pretending to be religious because it fools so many voters.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Norman

      After centuries of its sheeple forcing its nonsense on the world, plus inquisitions and other Christiain-driven horrors, Christianity deserves all the derision it gets.

      Get over your sick religion. It's high time.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • Free

      First of all, you can still be a Christian while also being a 'liberal.' Second, non-believers don't 'hate' conservative Christians so much as hate what they do in the name of Jesus, who by all accounts was a liberal, peaceful teacher who never spoke against half of the stuff that conservative Christians think he did.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • William Demuth

      I do not hate Christianity, I hate Christians.

      Christianity needs to take its rightfull place on the mantle with the relects from forgotten religions, and the remaining Christians are slowing the process.

      Just as Roman and Greek Gods are now merely the names of cars or other consumer products, so shall the relects of Christianity.

      Virgin Mary Feminine Deoderant Spray and inflatible Jesus shoes so the kiddies can walk on water are inevitable products of the not to distant future.

      You see the bell curve shifts. Todays Gods become tomorrows comic book characters.

      It is inevitable.

      I plan on personally introducing the "Jesus" minivan, the ONLY cool conveyance Palestinian hipsters!

      September 29, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Anton LaVey

      petercha

      Amazing how many love-preaching liberals show so much hatred for Christianity.

      ----
      What is amazing is it is hard to tell the difference between evangelicals/fundies and the taliban. The evangelicals are the enemy of our freedom and this country. NOTE I did not say christians.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Michelle

      I don't hate Christians. Not at all. However, I strongly resent the fact that many of them seem to think that everyone in this country should be forced to follow their religion, or at least bow down to it.

      See, here's what I figure. Religion is like a peen. It's fine to have one, and it's okay to be proud of it, but please don't whip it out and go waving it around in public, and don't go shoving it down people's throats who haven't agreed to it.

      September 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Free

      Peen? Where do you come from to use such a pet name, I'm curious?

      September 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  8. hippypoet

    look at the size of her mouth! b!tch could suck a horse off!

    September 29, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      @hippypoet

      Just how does adolescent bathroom humor add to the discussion?

      October 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  9. William Demuth

    Having not had time to watch television for several days, I am surprised to see the current political poll numbers.

    It appears the chance of having an evangelical Christian as POTUS has dropped by 60 percent or more.

    Once again it has been proven that the way to keep wackos out of the White House is to get them to talk openly about their beliefs.

    It seems main stream Americans smell the stench of the Jesus freaks a mile away, no matter how much “propaganda cologne” is used to cover it.

    You see they are hot air balloons, and once they begin to open their mouths, the hot air escapes and they drop in the poles like a lead weight.

    It appears even her most zealous supporters have to concede that this woman was at best a wing nut, and at worst an national embarrassment.

    Farewell Michelle, your time upon the stage is done.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Free

      Yes, getting the extremist believers to express their views in this open forum is all that is necessary, which is why I do not see the need to actually make an effort to ridicule them when their own words do a fine enough job of that already.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • AGuest9

      Actually, her hypocrisy doesn't help. For as much as she's "against government", she worked at the IRS for four years, then became a foster parent, accepting money from the state, then ran for office in the state of Minnesota and later in Congress.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  10. Colin

    10 Signs You Are a Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christian.

    1. You honestly believe, despite everything we have been taught by cosmology, astronomy, geology, biology, history, paleontology and archeology, that the World began about 6,000 years ago with one man, one woman and a magic talking snake. You have no evidence to support you, but your unmatched ability to ignore inconvenient facts and bury your head allows you to maintain this silly mythology into the 21st Century.

    2. You think that, despite Jesus getting it wrong, despite the apostles getting it wrong and despite every single time it was said to be “about to happen” over the last 2,000 years being wrong, the Second Coming is imminent. You fail to see that believing that the “end is neigh” is generally recognized by psychologists as a basic reaction of the human mind to one perceiving themselves as a failure in life.

    3. You accept the “leap of faith” as a valid basis for believing in god in the absence of evidence, but fail to see that this makes you a pantheist, because you have to accept that the same leap can be made to any god with equal validity.

    4. You consider pure thoughts like lust and mast.urbation a sin, but have no issue with the disgusting, degenerate way your Bible treats women and $ex and, even today, admire people like Michele Bachmann who consider women second class citizens to men.

    5. You likely deny global warming for no other reason than it makes you uncomfortable and hold science to the impossibly high standard of having to explain every conceivable mystery about the natural World before you will accept it, but some moron rolling around a floor speaking in tongues is enough to convince you he is channeling a spirit.

    6. You will regularly be ripped off and cheated by charismatic “preachers” who are obviously crooks to everybody but you. Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggard, Eddie Long, and the other dozen or so who have ripped you off are not enough to convince you that you are a mindless sheep that is regularly being fleeced.

    7. You spout off about the importance of charity and generosity as Biblical principles, but likely support movements like the tea party that promote the evisceration of social policies.

    8. You fail to see that, given your personality, the only reason you are not a fundamentalist Jew, Hindu or Muslim is an accident of where you were born. Had you been born in Iran, you would be one of those bearded half-wits that burns American flags.

    9. You will defend the Bible, an Iron Age collection of Middle Eastern mythology, despite it being indisputable wrong and literally infested with outdated morality, contradictions and barbaric cruelty.

    10. You believe that anybody who does not accept your sill faith will burn in hell. You don’t have to kill, you don’t have to rob, hell, you don’t even have to litter. All you have to do is reject a belief in the Christian god and he will inflict a punishment upon you an infinite times worse than the death penalty….and he loves you. You see no contradiction in using the same sky-fairy as both the carrot and the stick.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Frankie

      I am copying this, with your permission. Right on!

      September 29, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • hmm

      This is too right. And I say that as an Ex-Fundie!

      September 29, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • Hasa Diga Eebowai

      Copying this too, thanks

      September 29, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      With an article like this, comments like this one is unavoidable. Doesn't matter, because if Christ was bashed, smashed and slashed for what He preached, we can definitely take a little verbal hit here and there. It's just so sad that no one seems (or wants) to get it.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Free

      BoldGeorge
      If only more Christians did follow Jesus' actual example as opposed to what they imagine he would have preached, then you wouldn't have to face so much criticism, right?

      September 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Colin

      "Thumbs up" my friend, as always.

      Peace...

      September 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      Free: Y
      You're absolutely right and there would be no room to disagree with you, but there is just one thing. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that once you become a Christian, a true Christ follower, that you will never sin again. We are still flesh and blood and we still live in this world and we may still be tempted the same way (or even more) than when we were in our pre-Christian life, but our focus and determination should be in pleasing God by imitating Jesus-Christ and walking in His righteousness, which is what will help us turn away from sin.

      I also agree that there are those who call themselves "Christians" yet live otherwise. And there are so many of them. In fact, the Bible tells us that there are more of those who claim to be Christians yet do not live according to Scripture than those that do walk according to His commandments [Matthew 22:14...For many are called, but few are chosen.]. That's why the Bible urges every single human being to seek His Word and not to place our trust in man (humans). Heck, look at how the world is. Hence a good reason not to put any trust in human beings.

      September 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Colin

      boldGeorge, my fundamental objection to Christianity is not the moral aspects of the belief, it is to the supernatural nonsesne that accompanies it. While rejecting the supernatural elements of the Bible, most atheists nevertheless retain a large amount of the morality taught today by mainstream Christianity. To the extent we reject Christian morality, it is where it is mean spirited – such as in the way it seeks to curtail freedoms or oppose the rights of $exual minorities.

      In most other respects, our basic moral outlook is indistinguishable from that of the liberal Christian – we just don’t need the mother of all carrots and sticks hanging over our head in order to act in a manner that we consider moral.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      A little on why I was converted to Christianity/Creationism: The world is full of legal/judicial laws which we are accountable to and which sets a standard of decent and expected human behavior. Natural laws which govern physics/matter/etc., allow us to live on this earth, breath air and walk comfortably with the precise gravitational pull to do so. This all means that there is an order and a purpose to all things, because without any of these laws (legal and natural), there would be chaos and living would be virtually impossible. But for the life of me I never could fathom how these laws came to be if everything began from nothing. And for the argument that Christians also believe that all came from nothing because God made nothing turn into everything, I'd rather believe that. At least there is a Force behind it to create and move things along rather than nothing at all being behind everything. Don't want to get into any theological discussion here but this is my new belief through my conviction in God's Word through Jesus-Christ my Savior.

      And beside all this, why do we just want to be accountable to human law, which if looked at through the evolutionary scope, really doesn't mean anything because in the end nothing's going to matter. The man who abused little children really wouldn't matter at the end. The human trafficking ring that never got caught, its members lived to the fullest because it doesn't matter in the end, the terrorists who attacked us, though they had religious beliefs, just really played a cool game because at the end, nothing really matters. They all come from nothing and we'll all end up as nothing, good, decent, respectful and intelligent living is the same as evil, indecent, anarchic behavior in the end. Again, this is through the evolutionary scope. That sounds, and has always seemed to me like an easy way out so to speak. But if you look at it through the creationism scope, you have it only two ways: you can feel (and actually be) condemned or be convicted and relieved that there is an answer and a way out to all things ugly.

      September 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Free

      BoldGeorge
      "I'd rather believe that."
      Because you find that comforting, not because it's the actual truth, right? A lie that brings comfort is still a lie. Some of us would rather face the reality of things, even if it's a harsh reality, because that's the mature thing to do.

      September 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Free

      BoldGeorge
      If 'Christians' are not likely to be any better behaved than anyone else, then why do so many take on the air of being able to judge the morality of other? Seems like the only thing being 'saved' in their minds is their butts, from Hell, and any behavior to that end seems justified, even if it hurts others. That just seems so self-serving, and even cowardly, to me.

      September 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The great trouble with religion – any religion – is that a religionist, having accepted certain propositions by faith, cannot thereafter judge those propositions by evidence. One may bask at the warm fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak certainty of reason- but one cannot have both.

      September 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      Here is where you and I are different, not better, not worse, just different (bear with me):
      When Jesus was resurrected back to life he began appearing to those who were close to him, first the women then some of the disciples and then his earthly mother. There was a disciple by the name of Thomas who said he would not believe unless he saw Jesus for himself and saw the actual holes in his hands and the wound in his side. Jesus said to him "Thomas, you believe because you have seen me, but blessed are those who have not seen me and believe.

      The reason why I believe is because HOW CAN I NOT BELIEVE? How can I not live my life with hope? But then again, I have faith. That is where I state the difference. I have faith in God and His Salvation through Jesus Christ = HOPE, whereas you have faith in evolution and that we came into existence by chance = NO HOPE. and obviously the hope I'm referring to is a future hope.

      So, please, this is not a judgmental-type concept to grasp. It's not an 'I'm better than you because I'm a christian' rant, and it's definitely not 'I'm good and you're bad' feeling of mine (nor of any bible-believing Christian). It's just a difference of Hope vs No Hope. And you can say that I'm just believing in something that is comforting to me and something that makes my days go by better. Well, I must say, it certainly does.

      Now, you say there is evidence in evolution. I've never seen evidence of it ever...just heard and read about such evidence. Remember, it was also taught that the earth was flat for hundreds of years, but we know the answer to that. In the Old Testament it was written that the earth was a sphere, way before Jesus' time. And the bible also attests to many things we have lived throughout human history, yet scientists are always correcting themselves from mistakes based no their belief and view of things. As a matter of fact, archeologists (these are scientists, right?) have dug out ancient biblical cities and it should make you wonder, "Hmm, there is something about this Book (and it's not just history)."

      Anyway, it's all about faith and hope and wanting to be or not be accountable to your maker. With evolution, you're not accountable to anyone or anything. And talk about being comfortable with something, unaccountability is surely comforting.

      September 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Another Episcopalian

      Your list is full of hyperbole and invective, but minus that, is applicable to Fundamentalist Christians. My issue is with the inclusion of Evangelicals in this definition. There are Liberal Evangelicals. There are non-Literalist Evangelicals. There are even Evangelicals that do not see other religions' adherents as damned.

      Evangelicals merely want to spread the word about the wonderful effects of following Christ so that others may choose to join us. Whether you believe in Christian exclusivity, a young Earth, etc., is not inextricably linked to the drive to share.

      September 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • Free

      BoldGeorge
      " How can I not live my life with hope?"
      I too live my life full of hope. Without the hope that at least some of you will see reason, how else could I spend so much of my time discussing things with people like you on this blog? 🙂

      You have faith in God and salvation, but you also likely balance that with an overwhelming mistrust of our society's ability to improve our position into the future. I, however, see the possibility of a bright future for mankind if we can get our act together, whereas you may well envision a severe crash and burn as our inevitable fate. So, in the long run, we are much closer in our optimism than you would allot for.

      I see hope in our future, but I don't see it being tied only to Jesus.

      "I've never seen evidence of it ever...just heard and read about such evidence."
      If you've understood what you've read then you've seen the evidence. If you want more, than volunteer at a fossil field and help with the collection of specimens. Watch and learn from the actual experts, and then it may all become clear that this stuff is actually real, no matter how strongly some people deny it.

      " And the bible also attests to many things we have lived throughout human history,"
      Like what? We have absolutely zero archeological evidence of anything prior to David's decedents. Besides, nobody disputes that the ancestors to the Jews lived in that area during ancient times, albeit the evidence tells a less grand tale than the Bible does. It's only the claim that their tribal god actually manipulated history that people cannot find evidence for.

      "In the Old Testament it was written that the earth was a sphere."
      Nope, it calls the Earth circular, like a flat table.

      -He sits enthroned above the CIRCLE of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.- Isaiah 40:22

      The didn't even get the concept of 'circle' down very well either, as the Bible gives pi as equalling just 3. Besides, if they wanted to call the Earth a sphere why didn't they use the Hebrew word for 'sphere'? Then again, if Paul wanted to talk about the activities of h0m0se.xuals why didn't he use the proper Greek word for them instead of the ambiguous word he did use, which could just mean a male prost.itute?

      Well, it's late so TTFN and good night.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      Copying this too, thanks.

      I like your logic.

      October 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  11. William Demuth

    If her and Palin do a Naked Pay Per View, they could pay off the national debt.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • hippypoet

      as long neither one talks!

      September 29, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • William Demuth

      hippypoet

      Actually Palin screaming "Yes, oh Jesus yes" at the right moment would be the BEST part!

      September 29, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • hmm

      Really? I think people would pay to NOT have to watch it. They're both hags.

      September 29, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • William Demuth

      hmm

      Dude I hate them, but if you say Palin is a hag I suspect you are being blinded by personality rather than her body.

      I admit a ball gag might come in handy, but 90 percent of men think she is smoking hot. The other 10 percent think Rick Perry is!

      September 29, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  12. u r a nutjob

    It shows just how pathetic the GOP has become when Palin and Bachmann are their representatives. Then you have Boehner who is a worthless turd.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  13. Buddha2112

    Can we deport Bachmann, O'Donnell & Palin or lock them up with shirts with no sleeves?

    September 29, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • u r a nutjob

      Ewwwww.

      September 29, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • Free

      Deport, no. Recind their high school diploma, you betcha! 😉

      September 29, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  14. JustPlainJoe

    Irrational extremism will always exist. We just dont need to give it a microphone.

    September 29, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  15. LawdJeebuz

    Yes, don't SETTLE...which translates into don;t vote for Bachmann.

    September 29, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  16. HeavenSent

    Happy Birthday Jesus

    Matthew 1:18-25

    18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to [engaged to marry] Joseph, before they came together [before s e x u a l i n t e r course], she was found with child [pre g nant] of the Holy Ghost.
    19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example [to not embarrass her publically with a perceived in fi delity], was minded to put her away [divorce] privily [privately, instead of telling the whole town that she was pregnant and not by him].
    20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that [Jesus] which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
    21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins ["Jesus" is the Greek word for the Hebrew name, Jehoshua' (Joshua); and Joshua in Hebrew means "Jehovah the Savior." Thus this Jesus ("Jehovah the Savior") was "God with us" (Emmanuel)].
    22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
    23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel [fulfilling Isaiag 7:14], which being interpreted [translated] is, God with us.
    24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife [he married her]:
    25 And knew her not [NO s e x u a l i n t e rcourse] till [until after] she had brought forth [delivered, bore] her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

    Amen.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:48 am |
    • Reality

      Happy 21st century, the time for rational thinking!!!

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen

      September 29, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Reality

      From Professor Bruce Chilton:

      In Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography (2000), Chilton develops the idea of Jesus as a ma-mzer; someone whose irregular birth circu-mstances result in their exclusion from full participation in the life of the community. He argues for the natural pa-ternity of Joseph and finds no need for a miraculous con-ception. In his subsequent reconstruction of Jesus' life, Chilton suggests that this sustained personal experience of exclusion played a major role in Jesus' self-ident-ity, his concept of God and his spiritual quest. "

      September 29, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • Reality

      Matt 1: 18-25 The "birth" of Jesus,

      From Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 123,

      "The fathering of Jesus from the Holy Spirit and his birth from the Vir-gin Mary are unhistorical ..............." (with four reasons given for said conclusion).

      September 29, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • Hasa Diga Eebowai

      Or mary was a sl ut... parsimony

      September 29, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Anton LaVey

      Eather your god r@ p ed her or mary was a wh ore. I lean towards wh ore.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • .........

      plz hit report abuse to all repeated reality postings

      September 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • Beth

      Reality, thanks for your great posts.

      September 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  17. AtheistSteve

    "Don't settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you,"

    Just how exactly does Michelle know what God has planned? Was she given a super secret decoder ring of Gods will? When pressed to explain why the Xian God seems like such a jerk at times the "God works in mysterious ways" card is played but on other things his desire is clear. This is one very scary lady.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:31 am |
    • HeavenSent

      ASteve, let me take a wild guess ... just shooting from the hip. She knows his truth because she's not lazy and reads the Bible.

      Amen.

      September 29, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @HS: AtheistSteve has read the bible...he's just not lazy enough to put everything off on to a god...he actually takes responsibility for all his actions. Bachmann does not belong in politics if she is going to invoke her beliefs...it is called separation of church and state for a reason!

      September 29, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You mean "lazy" like you HS? Lazy enough to sit around the house all day and do nothing but polish your own halo and pat yourself on the back instead of going out in the world and actually doing something for others?

      Lazy like that?

      Pot, meet kettle.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • Sue

      All of the GOP runners seem to think that God wants them to be the next president. Obviously, at least most of them must have gotten a scrambled message, or God doesn't understand the concept of electing an individual as leader.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • TomG

      Sue, or maybe God just has a wicked sense of humor! He's saying "You are my only choice!".........and saying it to Michelle, Sarah, Rick.........and any of the others who might believe it. Makes me laugh to think about it.

      September 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  18. John Dale

    Bachmann is seriously mistaken in making a play for the moron vote, because thankfully we don't quite have a majority of morons in this country, so by definition she is going to alienate a lot more people that she gets on-side.

    September 29, 2011 at 3:00 am |
    • Redneck louie

      who yall callin a mormon

      September 29, 2011 at 4:49 am |
    • HeavenSent

      That would be the self proclaimed non-believers and their many names they hide behind.

      September 29, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      wow HS, you are blind. your beliefs do not have any place in society today...they are 2000 years old and in 2000 years they will be dead.

      September 29, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Read it and weep Truth of yours doesn't prevail ...

      Psalms 100

      100:1 [A Psalm of praise.] Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

      100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

      100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

      100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

      100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

      Amen.

      September 29, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • Truth

      HS,
      You do realize that Psalms is just a collection of religious songs from before the time of Christ, right?? Not written by a disciple or dictated by a booming voice from a flaming bush, right? So if you were to sit down today (or I was, for that matter) and write up a little ditty to sing it would have about as much veracity as the "Psalms." So in 2000 years, someone could sing Lady Gaga's "Born this Way" with as much reverence and misguided piety as your quoting Psalms...

      Likewise, those numbers that you "chapter and verse" types like to throw in there to group words into chunks of meaning, you do know they didn't exist until the late middle ages, right? And that their sole function was to help printers who were setting the type for the first printed bible check and make sure that they hadn't left anything out, right??

      September 29, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • tribble10

      What I want to know is why people like HS who likes to quote Psalms never seem to quote Psalm 137:9: "Happy is the one who takes your babies and smashes them against the rocks!"?

      September 29, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @HS: actually you claim the bible to be truth when it actually is full of fallacies, so it is safe to say that you believe to be truth doesn't prevail. BTW: is Adelina your wife? or Richard Kaiser your partner? you all maintain the same schizophrenic delusions of thinking you are hearing voices

      September 29, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Anton LaVey

      HeavenSent – quoting from a comic strip does not make it real.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      @HeavenSent

      HeavenSent said,

      "That would be the self proclaimed non-believers and their many names they hide behind."

      Sooooo, HeavenSent, what is YOUR name? Hmmmm?

      October 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  19. Ca

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-book-of-proverbs/id466759697?mt=8

    The Book Of Proverbs – for iPhone and iPad.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      there's a wonderful waste of man-made technology

      September 29, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  20. stevie68a

    I really think there are some women in this world who think straight men are going to run off with gay men. That's why they're
    so antigay. The one advantage gay men have over women, is they have no need to cut off straight guy's coconuts, since they have their own. Just my theory, Michelle.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Free

      They've been watching too many prison movies maybe?

      September 29, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • HeavenSent

      stevie68a, you wrote "I really think there are some women in this world who think straight men are going to run off with gay men. That's why they're so antigay. The one advantage gay men have over women, is they have no need to cut off straight guy's coconuts, since they have their own. Just my theory, Michelle."

      Answer: First, you need to rid your mind of carnal matters of the flesh to comprehend what Christians know about Jesus' spiritual teachings. It's the soul we care about and it's the soul that Jesus will judge while the soul resided in the flesh.

      Amen.

      September 29, 2011 at 3:16 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      HS, why are you here? Are you STILL "recooping" from your lobotomy? Why aren't you out doing something for others? You accuse people of laziness when all you do is sit behind a computer screen and bang on the keyboard. If anyone's lazy, ya bat, it's you.

      September 29, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • Truth

      HS,

      What exactly do Christians know about Jesus' spiritual teachings?? The answer is different for every single "Christian" you ask – probably because most of the people who self-identify as "Christian" today as opposed to "Catholic" or "Lutheran" or some other established denomination are actually following some trumped-up mishmash of dogma and personal ideology spouted by an uneducated "pastor" who thought his viewpoint was better and split off from another storefront pastor a few months before.

      And why, exactly, are you ending every insulting, condemnatory statement you make with "Amen"? "So be it"?? are you delusional enough to think that every word you speak carries the weight of prayer? A little pride there? Believe me, if "Christianity" wasn't such an "interpret-it-for-yourself" free for all these days, you'd be considered a heretic and separated from the masses of true believers for fear you'd poison their faith and lead them to he ll.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • hmm

      Heavensent (Really? This name?)....if there is a god, he or she OBVIOUSLY made people more than spiritual beings. We are beings of flesh and pleasure was given to us by this god you preach about or else we wouldn't enjoy "fornication" so much.

      Btw, the "amen" thing comes off as totally pious and holier-than-thou. You're like the Pharisees that Jesus preached against for trying to impress everyone by praying in the streets.

      September 29, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      hmm said, "We are beings of flesh and pleasure was given to us by this god you preach about or else we wouldn't enjoy "fornication" so much."

      That's like saying, "If cars are built to go 120 mph, then that's because we should or we need to drive our cars to this speed. We all know that if we go to the our car's top speed, less case scenario, a speeding ticket is inevitable. Worst case scenario, we'll lose control of our vehicle and cause a horrendous tragedy, not only for us but for others around us. That's why there are LAWS.

      Which brings me to say this (type rather), it's one thing to say that you don't fully or partially believe in God and His word, the Bible, but think about it and be honest with yourself...do you in fact not want to believe God and His word because you don't want to follow His laws and commandments? Because that is really the heart of issue here. And remember, the previous analogy I gave with the speeding car is earthly purposed and you can eventually pay a speeding ticket or possibly escape harm from an accident, these things having an easy fix as they are earthly temporary, but you cannot and will not escape the eternal judgment, unless of course you deny yourself and follow His word, His laws.

      September 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • claybigsby

      "do you in fact not want to believe God and His word because you don't want to follow His laws and commandments?"

      No i don't believe it is God's word but the words of man (actually 30+ different men) describing things they can't understand and attribute it to God or stories made up to control the masses. I know, it take a bit of critical thinking, but when you get off your soap box and actually study the bible and compare it to history without bias, you will be surprised at what you find.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • BoldGeorge

      claybigsby,
      Trust me, I did get off my soap box and started studying the Bible and had many questions concerning 'far-fetched' things I read in the Bible. I did do some comparing, bible facts with human history without being biased (remember, I could not have been biased as I did not believe). But by studying God's Word, I became convinced! The bible does that, you know. This is in fact stated it in Luke 11:10 – "For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds..."

      And there are many people who like me, have tried to study the bible and even goes as far as to try to prove the bible inaccurate, ridiculous, far-fetched, some parts fact-some parts fiction, but have nonetheless become convinced that there is a much higher power that we are accountable to whether we want to accept it or not.

      September 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
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