15 faith-based predictions for 2012
January 1st, 2012
03:00 PM ET

15 faith-based predictions for 2012

To ring in the New Year, CNN's Belief Blog asked experts in religion, faith leaders, and a secular humanist about how the forces of faith and faithlessness will shape the world in 2012.

Here's what they told us:

1. The Republican Party will tap Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee, and America will finally have its "Mormon moment." As evangelicals try to figure out whether they can support a president who practices Mormonism, the rest of us will try to figure out whether Mormonism is a cult, a form of Christianity, or something in between. Meanwhile, visitors to Marriott hotels will finally crack open some of those nightstand copies of The Book of Mormon.
-Stephen Prothero, Boston University religion professor and regular CNN Belief Blog contributor

2. Despite all of the lessons that could have been learned from Y2K and Harold Camping, people will still rally around the idea that apocalyptic events are on the calendar for 2012. Some will turn to the end-date of the 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (closely associated with the Maya civilization) and a handful of folks believe cataclysmic events are awaiting on December 21, 2012. But the dates with will pass with little fanfare — except for those profiting from the sale of gold coins, generators, and dried food that you'd probably rather want to die than eat.
-Margaret Feinberg, author of "Hungry for God"

3. Continuing revolutions across the Arab world will raise alarming questions about the fate of the remaining Christians in the region, and will put the issue of religious persecution squarely on the political agenda. Sizable Christian populations now survive in only two Arab countries, Egypt and Syria, both of which could soon be under Islamist rule. At a minimum, expect to see inter-faith violence on the ground. In a worst case scenario, Arab Christians could face large scale persecution, forcing millions to seek new homes overseas. Watch too for religious persecution to be an emotive issue in the U.S. presidential race.
- Philip Jenkins, Penn State University professor and author of "Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses"

4. The year will see an increase in the number of people "coming out" as nonbelievers. Major events like the Reason Rally in March will be a catalyst for more people to publicly declare their secular worldview. The statements of popular celebrities George Takei and Ricky Gervais as atheists in 2011 are just the tip of the iceberg.
–Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association

5. "All-American Muslim" will become a bigger hit than "Jersey Shore" ever was. Obsessed fans worldwide, regardless of gender, will begin rocking sassy colorful hijab (veil) and converting en masse. Tim Tebow will choose to fast in solidarity with Muslim football players and Tebowing will be replaced by Teprostrating. President Obama will jump on the bandwagon and replace VP Joe Biden with Keith Ellison as his running mate, guaranteeing his re-election in a landslide victory in November. Peace will reign on earth and pigs will have a new lease on life.
-Maysoon Zayid, comedian, actress and co-producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival

6. There's no question the worldview of most younger Christians already differs from previous generations regarding social justice, cultural engagement and politics. The next issue of probable divergence? The conflict in Israel and Palestine. The American church has largely purported just one theology about the modern state of Israel, but now questions are being asked - especially by younger Christians learning of persecution and human rights issues happening in the region - if the church should have a more active role in peacemaking. Is there a way for the Church to be pro-Israel, pro-Palestine and pro-peace?
–Cameron Strang, publisher of RELEVANT magazine

7. Significant numbers of millennials (young people born in the 1980s and 1990s) will continue to walk away from socially conservative religious traditions. Bringing them back will be tough, especially for religious organizations deeply invested in brick-and-mortar and bureaucracy. Millennials who are facing the erosion of access to affordable, quality education and meaningful employment and who stand to inherit from their elders a great deal of debt and environmental destruction want to know why and how faith matters.
-Joanna Brooks, Mormon author and columnist for Religion Dispatches

8. The year 2012 promises to be a time of great spiritual stirring in our nation. People are seeking both practical and spiritual answers to their problems. As a result, churches and media ministries that answer specific needs will grow in unprecedented numbers. We can expect to see the numbers of mega-churches and super mega-churches continue to grow. Culturally there will be marked return to helping the poor (both domestically and internationally) and political and social engagement by a younger/more racially diverse, evangelical people.
–Harry R. Jackson Jr., senior pastor, Hope Christian Church and president of the High Impact Leadership Coalition

9. Sabbath becomes trendy! Fourth Commandment makes a comeback! Sabbath named Time’s person of the year! A new movement sweeps the country. They call themselves 24/6. Worn out by being tethered to the grid 24/7, sick of being accessible all hours of the day, inundated by updates, upgrades, and breaking news, Americans finally rebel, demanding, “We need a day off.” People all over the country go offline for 24 hours every week. The simple break from the frenetic pace results in lowered cholesterol rates, fewer speeding tickets, and a reduction in marital strife. Peace, tranquility and contentment spread like wildfire.
–Jamie Korngold, rabbi and author of "The God Upgrade"

10. Women in the Middle East and around the world will rally in protest about the woman who was beaten, stomped on and stripped down to her blue bra (under her abaya) during a demonstration in Egypt. Women everywhere who have been oppressed by their religions will rise up, as they have already done in Egypt, to join "The Blue Bra Revolution." We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.
–Sally Quinn, founder and editor-in-chief of Washington Post's “On Faith”

11.“Occu-pew Church" – a movement away from counterfeit "Church-ianity," cult of personality and religion toward authentic grassroots personal faith, based on living and loving like Jesus. More churches will lose the moat dragon mentality, lower the drawbridge and dispatch members beyond the church service to church SERVICE, applying their faith in the community through volunteerism and outreach. A renewed global emphasis on prayer - especially for peace and reconciliation - as individuals and leaders recognize that personal spiritual peace in one's heart provides the only lasting foundation for physical peace among families, friends, neighbors - even nations
–A. Larry Ross, Christian communications executive representing clients like Billy Graham and Rick Warren

12. Hindu Americans will continue to become better advocates for themselves, particularly in the public policy arena. They will play a larger role in defining the manner in which Hinduism is represented in the media, academia, popular culture, and interfaith dialogue. The acknowledgment of the Hindu roots of yoga will continue to spread with more people seeing the connection. And the Hindu ethos of religious pluralism will take on a more prominent role in nurturing not only tolerance, but respect for and between the world's religions.
–Sheetal Shah, senior director of the Hindu American Foundation

13. In 2012 the lines between the sacred and the profane will get even more blurry: Scientists will religiously maintain their search for the elusive God particle (they won't find it); evangelical sports superhero and Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow will continue to be both an inspiration to the faithful and an object of scorn to skeptics (he will be watching, not playing in, the Super Bowl); at least one well-known religious leader or leading religious politician will be brought down by a sex scandal (let's hope all our leaders have learned a lesson from former Rep. Anthony Weiner and stay away from sexting); and the "nones" - those who don't identify with one religion - will grow even more numerous and find religious meanings in unexpected places (what TV show will become this season's "Lost"?)
–Gary M. Laderman, chairman of Emory University’s religion department and  director of  Religion Dispatches

14. America’s evangelical community will have its hands full addressing both a presidential election and offering a biblical response to “end of days” Mayan prophecies surrounding 2012. With the economy emerging as the primary issue for the November election, America’s born-again community will have an opportunity to contextualize an alternative narrative to the polarizing elements from both the right and the left by reconciling the righteousness message of Billy Graham with the justice platform of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By offering compassionate, truth-filled solutions and focusing on the message of grace, love, reconciliation and healing, evangelicals will demonstrate that the greatest agenda stems neither from the donkey nor the elephant but rather from the lamb.
- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

15. We are seeing the divide between younger generation evangelicals and older generation (baby boom and older) get wider every year both theologically and culturally (lifestyle). 2012 promises to widen the gap even more with Gen X and younger evangelicals having trouble understanding why the traditional lines make sense and/or just outright rejecting those lines.
–Mark Tauber, publisher at HarperOne

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Brian

    Are these predictions or wishes? Evangelicals promoting "compassionate, truth-filled solutions and focusing on the message of grace, love, reconciliation and healing..." Seriously? That would be a MIRACLE.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • El Flaco

      Evangelical Protestants are a hate-filled group of people.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  2. El Flaco

    There is one belief that Mormons and Evangelical Protestants can agree on:

    Each one is certain that the other is going to hell.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • D-man5005


      January 2, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  3. Rainer Braendlein

    How can American people be that blind that they don't realize that the Mormons are a presumptuous cult?

    "1. The Republican Party will tap Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee, and America will finally have its "Mormon moment." As evangelicals try to figure out whether they can support a president who practices Mormonism, the rest of us will try to figure out whether Mormonism is a cult, a form of Christianity, or something in between."

    In order to figure out, whether Mormonism is a cult, we have to do some research. I attended an original website of the Mormons and found, for example, the following information:

    In his so-called "first vision" "God" allegedly told Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormons) that:

    "all creeds of all currently existing churches would be an abomination in God's eyes"

    Source: "Pearl of Great Price/Jospeh Smith – History/Chapter1/Verse19"

    have a look on the following website: http://lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1?lang=eng

    My conclusion: Alone this alleged revelation of Joseph Smith is a clear evidence that the Mormons are a evil cult. In contrast to the Mormons, the true Church of Jesus Christ will always relate to the ancient creeds, which were made by the ancient ecu-menical councils of the worldwide Christian Church (mainly Church of Greece, Church of Palestine, Church of Egypt, Church of Syria, Church of Italy; they all belonged to the Eastern Roman Empire Byzantium).

    January 2, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Jen

      How can American people be that blind that they don't realize that the Christians are a presumptuous cult? Or insert any other religion.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Bob

      No. Mormonism is a very natural transformation of Christianity, as in the other severak hundred denominations of "Chrisitanity." It is not an evil belief. It simply speaks to the fact that Christianity always changes, and is therefore a dynamic system of fascist beliefs that are simply made up to suit your needs at the time.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • El Flaco

      Most Christians have not read the Bible and do not think about the Bible. Most Mormons have not read the Book of Mormon and do not think about the Book of Mormon. Both groups just attend the services of the church they were born into.

      Quoting an old book says nothing about the belief and behavior of the believers.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein


      No other religion has more historical evidence than Christianity.

      Since the "Edict of Milan" by Emperor Constantine the Great the Christian Church was located in the midst of the civilized world or Roman society. No other religion has ever experienced such an appreciation.

      The churches, which relate to the Bible, the fathers of the Church and the ecu-menical councils of this ancient chuch, are the true Church.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Brian

      Jen, just becuse somebody believes in something you don't doesn't make it a cult. Come on now

      January 2, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Jen

      Rainer: present any valid evidence for the divinity of your sky creatures. There is nothing in history that does that, and one has to ask why your god hasn't done a thing for 2000+ years, if ever.

      In fact, because the history is more recent than other religions, we can find more flaws in Christianity more readily that with some of the older supersti-tions, but it's all the same basket of hocus pocus.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Jen

      Brian, nope, it's a cult.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Brian

      Jen, but I bet you believe in aliens, don't you.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • humanbean

      Great job Jen! Keep tellin 'em!

      January 2, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  4. coderjones

    religion – not faith – needs to go away
    religion has become a global boys club – with weapons and horror-able acts forcing religion onto others

    all religion is man made – and should be acknowledged as such – a fabrication of fear

    January 2, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • jemzinthekop

      Faith is nothing more than saying "in my narrow view of the world and little exposure to any other religion I believe the same thing my parents so and everyone else in my geographic vicinity do".

      Faith is just as bad as religion because neither are rooted in any sense of logic. Next time you meet a virgin that gave birth give me a shout, I would love to meet her.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  5. thin the herd

    I wish there was a way to make all the stupid people on Earth to knowingly committ suicide.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Joey

      I say the best way would be to lead by example.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  6. David

    I predict that Billions of deluded people will be continue to be overwrought thinking of the uncontrollable future, along with it's incredible waste of brainpower, instead of the controllable here and now. Huckster Christian preachers will now embrace the predictions of pagan religions that they to this point have demonized. Billions of $'s will will be made by "hawkers" of doom, but everybody will enjoy a Merry Christmas in 2012.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  7. Brian

    When the true end is near we will see how many of the non-believers drop to their knees and beg for mercy. Those of us who are believers already know the freedom of a loving and caring God in our lives. I don't disagree with the athiests point of view, I just feel sorry for them.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by Brian is essentially the common flawed argument known as Pascal's Wager.


      January 2, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Streetsmt

      Do you think non-believers are that way by choice? Or maybe because there is no evidence? Your answer should shape what you believe is the MORAL fate of non-believers.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • David

      And non-believers feel sorry that you must live your life in a state of delusion.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Brian

      Response. You choose to believe Paschal's whatever, I choose to believe the Bible. I don't knock your point of view. We just don't agree.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Larry L

      The irony is atheists also feel sorry for you. You are the one living your life as if your mythical diety actually exists, although he hasn't made an appearance for over two thousand years – if then. You continue to create division and hatred around the world, fighting and killing to defend your particular cult from the evil of the other cults. You beg your gods for everything from salvation to successful field goals and events continue to happen in random fashion. You ignore the miracles of science and instead choose "pretend miricles" to explain things you don't understand. Men wrote your religious dogma and men continue to interpret these words for their own social, economicand political gain. You are pawns in the game because you so fear the unknown you'd rather cling to mythology. No, you're the one to pity.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Streetsmt

      I'm really interested in what you believe should happen to atheists. Do you really think we choose to not believe in god as opposed to wanting to see some evidence first, and therefore we should burn in hell forever? Why not discuss these things? It's called a debate, no knocking someone's opinion.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Jen

      Brian, the earlier poster's point about Pascal's Wager seems to be actually that you are the one taking it, or at least trying to present it as an argument for your particular god.

      Maybe you should read up on Pascal's Wager, since you apparently aren't familiar with it.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Brian

      Amazing that you accuse me of such rediculous things. You sure are an angry bunch.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Brad


      Christians understand such things in terms of Law and Grace. What is moral would fall under the category of Law. Under Law the fate of non-believers is simply the fate that everyone, including believers, deserves. Christians look to the grace of God. I hope we all want it for everyone.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • humanbean

      Such a pretentious statement Brian. Wouldn't expect anything less from today's Christians. You guys stay pretty consistent with the "I'm all knowing and better than you" mantra.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Brian

      Neither HumanBean. I don't believe I am better than anybody. I confess my sins because I am very flawed like most of us. Why do you have issue with this?. Why do you have such an issue with another person believing in something greater than themselves. I respect that you are an athiest but you have no respect for people who believe. One of us is right and one of us is wrong and I'm not saying that I am right. I turned to the chuch and it saved me. That is all the proof I need. You have no right to say that that those who believe are stupid and dellusional.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • humanbean

      Nice assumption Brian. I am not an atheist. I am an agnostic. When it comes down to it, the majority of the planet is agnostic, because when it comes down to it, nobody has any proof that god exists. Not even you Brian.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  8. Angela

    Next, both Muslims and Christians will start teaching their flocks specific prayers to say so the hooded reepers can properly identify you when the time comes.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  9. Proud American Muslim (from Egypt)

    I will only speak on Egypt since I know it very well)

    Muslims in Egypt represent about 90-95+-% (85% of them consider Islam has as an important role of their daily life), and Christians Copts (represent 5-10%) and have been living there for many centuries with peace in the same buildings and streets.... In rare case, when the church was bombed in Egypt (later came to find that Mubrark did it to scare people of Islamists), Many Muslims with to the streets with Bible and Quran in hands (as a sign unity with Christians).

    Correction on #10: (
    Women & Men protested two weeks back against the beaten of a Woman on the street, not just that woman. And they wan't beaten because she was a woman, but because she was protesting (11 killed men, and 100 men injured, and 1 woman injured – this one)

    You see, In Arab countries, it's a shock to hit a woman, you simply can't... they are too soft for that. So, on the clip talked about here in article, while cops were beating 4 protestors (including a woman), Egyptian went on rage for the woman... as they don't hit women! not the other way around. For Arabs, women are soft, and just can't be hit. That's why, if man in a bus in Egypt and there is a woman standing, a man should always gets up and let the woman sit down.
    Traditionally, if a woman curse a man on the street in Egypt, he shouldn't curse her back. In fact, he could get into a lot of trouble by people who are walking by on the street for getting the woman to the point to curse him...

    January 2, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • yourdumb

      You are intollerant and ethnocentric and arrogant. These are your virtues.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Proud American Muslim (from Egypt)

      meant "women and men protested for how could cops beat woman, not JUST WOMEN protesting"

      January 2, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  10. Bob

    The bottom line is that Christians and Muslims both believe whole-heartedly in the "End-of-Times" and they both think that somehow the Myan calendar plays a role and they would like nothing more than 2012 to be the last year for humankind.

    yest atheists and agnostics are bad because they believe in nothing of the sort(?).

    January 2, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  11. USA 2012...

    – Jews needs to be sent back to Israel – Ban Islamic clothing – Make Christianity as official religion – Christian cross at every public building with Jesus pictures – Enforced blue laws nationwide – for USA 2012 !

    January 2, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Streetsmt

      The definition of a troll.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • sanjosemike

      Jews back to Israel? Be careful what you wish for. Jews in both the US and Israel have done more to increase your life span, say by doing basic health care research and finding cures for cancer. Muslims on the other hand have done NOTHING to promote human tolerance and understanding and have zero scientific research. Don't take MY word for it. Go look at the list of Nobel Prize Winners.


      January 2, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  12. Rainer Braendlein

    "1. The Republican Party will tap Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee, and America will finally have its "Mormon moment." As evangelicals try to figure out whether they can support a president who practices Mormonism, the rest of us will try to figure out whether Mormonism is a cult, a form of Christianity, or something in between."

    In order to figure out, whether Mormonism is a cult, we have to do some research. I attended an original website of the Mormons and found, for example, the following information:

    In his so-called "first vision" "God" allegedly told Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormons) that:

    "all creeds of all currently existing churches would be an abomination in God's eyes"

    Source: "Pearl of Great Price/Jospeh Smith – History/Chapter1/Verse19"

    have a look on the following website: http://lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1?lang=eng

    My conclusion: Alone this alleged revelation of Joseph Smith is a clear evidence that the Mormons are a evil cult. In contrast to the Mormons, the true Church of Jesus Christ will always relate to the ancient creeds, which were made by the ancient ecu-menical councils of the worldwide Christian Church (mainly Church of Greece, Church of Palestine, Church of Egypt, Church of Syria, Church of Italy; they all belonged to the Eastern Roman Empire Byzantium).

    January 2, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  13. Joey

    Dear atheists, what you claim to be 'scientific' and 'rational' I claim is beyond ridiculous. If I were to show you a pencil, and tell you that it was the result of placing a chunk of wood, graphite, metal, rubber, and some paint into a box and gently shaking it for a million years, you would no doubt laugh hysterically at my stupidity. Yet your most advanced scientific theories propose that the most infinitely complex and fascinating life-forms originated and evolved through such ridiculous means. There has never been a single beneficial genetic mutation ever observed, even in fossil record (though natural selection through existing genetics is certainly viable). Admit it, just admit it. You'll feel better. Your 'science' is meaningless conjecture. You are mad at a God you cannot see for reasons of your own which has nothing to do with 'science.' But when you close your eyes, you know in your thoughts and consciousness that you are not a random collection of particles or a mutated monkey but a creature with a soul. Now make peace with it.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Go learn the difference between animate and inanimate objects and get back to us. I also suggest you read some books by recognized biologists, such as Richard Dawkins, to learn about how living objects developed. Or just cling to your Babble and shut up!

      January 2, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Don

      If I were as truly stupid as you are Joey I could probably understand your uneducated babbling but you see I have a brain and know how to use it unlike you and your argument is so totally idiotic as to make even your imaginary god cry because you are so incredibly stupid.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Fight4It

      So you are now telling us that we need to believe an even more complex supernatural being made everything. This being is so complex that it couldn't have come by chance. So it also had an even more super-supernatural creater, who had an even more super-super-supernatural creater, etc...
      I like the science theories a little better.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • sanjosemike

      Urr....Where was your "god" at Auschwitz?


      January 2, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • beelzabarber

      uh...what? Darwin, his finches, Galapagos tortoises, legless lizards, all evolution in action. Science can and does prove things every day. Not everything can be proven...not yet anyway. Man is not that smart. But religion is labeled as "Faith" for a reason. Because thats all you have in order to make it believable.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • CoffeeClue

      Your statement does not prove the existence of God. If you believe that humans have been carefully crafted, this could've been done by other beings, not an almighty mythical creature which, by the way, still refuses to prove its own existence.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Joey

      @Fight4It (as the only respondent with a comment worth addressing) – my beliefs state that the God who originated this complex universe always existed and had no origin, and is completely independent of our notions of advancing time and changing state. He is beyond my understanding in the realm in which we exist. This is pretty consistent with most world religions who see it much the same way.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • jackenstien

      Good analogy!
      Secular emphasis on logic and reasoning is just another "BELIEF" system in disguise.
      Just another religion called "Secularism".
      Logic – at its best is only a "point of view".

      January 2, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Brad

      God is. I think you know that Joey, but the irreducible complexity argument is pretty much a sinking ship. Pinning your faith to it is unwise.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Root post by Joey is a form of the argument from ignorance fallacy.


      January 2, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • El Flaco

      Why doesn't a collie look like a chihuahua?

      January 2, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Joey

      @CoffeeClue you're correct, nothing I stated proves the existence of God. It is merely a statement that accepted scientific theory is ridiculous to a person of faith, and is directed to the pseudo-intellectual atheist trolls who enjoy insulting people of faith.

      @beelzabarber – please note that I specifically called out natural selection as observed and viable. This has little to do with the conversation. You'll also note the adjective "beneficial" – – I fail to see a legless or two-headed toad as a viable life-form and a proof of advancing evolution. Merely a negative mutation or breakage in existing genetic code.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Jtown

      You sound like you have a lot of fear in you. If you need religion to cope with it, fine, but don't pretend everyone else needs it the same way you do.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Faithless

      Your claim of God is beyond ridiculous, because you cannot even fathom what a God is capable of. Why is the sky blue? Why can some eels use electricity to shock and kill their prey? Why does water freeze at 32 Fahrenheit (0 Celsius)? Why do quantum physics and nuclear science exist? Why? Can YOU answer that? No, you can't.
      Guess what? God can.
      If you truly believe in God, then you believe that He created everything in this world. Liquids, solids, gasses, plasma. Biology, chemistry, physics. You can't tell me WHY they exist. God can. You can't tell me WHY they were created in the way they were. God can.
      So for you to have the arrogance to even fathom what a God wants is an insult to humanity. The Bible, the Koran, the scripture of Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam...they are all arrogance of humanity believing it can comprehend what a God wants and can do. It is an impossibility for humanity to even begin to comprehend a God. It would be like an amoeba understanding the thoughts and desires of President Obama. Do you think that's possible? No? Then you are no closer to understanding God than an amoeba is.
      Stop going to church and start living in the real world. If God exists, he doesn't exist as the Bible claims. That book is an arrogant perspective of humans trying to understand something they can't.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Bob

      Yah – HA! You caught them in their own argument! Because obviously someone must have been "shaking the box!" Ha HA – you showed them those stoopid heads!

      January 2, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Sarah

      First – science does not "prove" anything. It explains (subject to change).
      Science is not just "conjecture." It follows the scientific method which incorporates conjecture in the form of hypotheses, usually ending in theories. Facts are baseless without theory.
      Genetic mutations are not found in the fossil record, which are snapshots in time. Genetic mutations occur as in a fluid dynamic as aresult of environmental stressors.
      The possibility of a "God" existing is up to you, which is at the root of your "bellief" system. This is OK.
      However, no scientific theory on Earth can ever "prove" that God exists. It's just that all the evidence we have points to something called evolution happening, which is somehow at odds with your own beliefs.
      It sounds more like you are the one struggling with your own conscience, which is very revealing.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  14. D-man5005

    Okay, am I the only one who is kind of scared by number 5 and what Maysoon Zayid had to say? And I also imagine all of her predictions will be wrong, but still, not exactly something I like to hear.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • sanjosemike

      Afraid of the number 5? Did I get that right?

      I recommend counseling (by a non-religious person). Seriously. Good luck. Get some help.


      January 2, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • D-man5005

      By number 5, not the number 5. i was referring to the fifth prediction given.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  15. palintwit

    2012 will bring a resurgence in Sarah Palin's popularity. She will be elected "Queen for Life" and her daughter Bristoltwit will officially become America's favorite dancing cow. Teabaggers will have huge celebrations in trailer parks all across the country.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • sanjosemike

      Making fun of teabaggers? Do you still want to continue borrowing 42 dollars of every cent the US Government is borrowing from China every day? BTW, why am I personally responsible to pay for YOUR retirement, YOUR children, YOUR healthcare? Please tell me.


      January 2, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • palintwit

      You are personally responsible to pay my way because I am superior to you and all your little bagger and birther buddies.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  16. Joey

    Evangelicals will realize they're either preaching to the choir or to atheistic trolls while wasting their time posting comments on cnn's religion blogs.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  17. Freethinker

    MY prediction is that more people will stop believing in the church fairy tales and will awaken to a new truth as outlined in the Urantia Book. http://www.truthbook.com

    January 2, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  18. Josiah

    re: # 14 I predict Evangelicals will call the Mayan calendar's failure to predict the end of the world as a vindication of their religion. "Because A is false, B must be true." Just watch.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  19. Josiah

    Dear CNN, you're supposed to be a news agency. Why do you waste so much time on fiction?

    January 2, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • sean burns

      Probably because the thing has 1,682 responses so far. People like to get on and insult or defend their own or others' religion or non-religion. I doubt one mind will ever be changed by it! We are all blowing steam out our a$$e$.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  20. LookAndSEE

    To those who want a world with out God:
    Be careful what u wish for!
    NASA scientist a spending a lot of time looking into space for life.
    Our planet is in big trouble and the world is looking for a leader and
    there are dark angels waiting for the right time to take over.
    Waite and see!

    January 2, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • sean burns

      "Be careful what you wish for..." Neat! This sounds like the spoken intro to a cool SF TV show, maybe like an "X-Files" meets "The Invaders" thing, with a few exorcist guys & Jesuit scientists thrown in for fun. Could be pretty good!

      January 2, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • OpenYourMindsAndSEE

      We don't WANT a world without God(s), we HAVE a world without God(s). It is the believers who WANT a world with God(s) so you made them up.

      January 2, 2012 at 10:30 am |
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