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January 19th, 2012
05:27 PM ET

'Hate religion, love Jesus' video goes viral

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - With so many atheists coming out of the closet, it’s not difficult to imagine a video decrying religion racking up millions of hits on YouTube.

But a video along those lines has been viewed 15 million times and liked more than a quarter-million times since it was posted on January 10, featuring an enthusiastic young Christian from Washington state.

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“What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion?” 22-year-old Jefferson Bethke says in the video, reciting a spoken word poem he wrote. “What if I told you getting you to vote Republican really wasn’t his mission?”

“I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?” he says later. “Why does it build huge churches but fail to feed the poor?”

Bethke's video is emerging as a symbol for many young evangelical Christians who are calling themselves “followers of Jesus” rather than overtly identifying with institutional Christianity. Many of the country's fastest-growing churches are nondenominational.

“Religion is man-centered,” Bethke writes in a post accompanying his YouTube video. “Jesus is God-centered.”

In the video, Bethke talks about what he calls his own spiritual rebirth, saying he went from being a self-righteous religious person to an admittedly deeply broken believer.

The video has provoked an avalanche of response, including other YouTube videos, like "Why I hate religion but love Jesus, Muslim Version" and "Why I Dislike Your Poem, But Love God," which includes these lines:

I see where you’re coming from but there’s insanity in your vision
You overlook the fact that Christianity is religion
You’re like the van who claims to hate diets
Or astrophysicists who reject laws of science.

That response video has itself been viewed 390,000 times. Not bad.

Many religious bloggers echoed that video’s criticism on Bethke, alleging he’s trumpeting tenets of Christianity while purporting to blast organized religion. Critics called Bethke’s take on religion overly simplistic and dangerous.

“Anyone who does just a little digging on Bethke's YouTube channel or on Google will quickly learn that this young poet is a conservative Christian and member of the Mars Hill Church led by controversial pastor Mark Driscoll,” writes Patheos blogger Brian Kirk, a Missouri-based pastor. “All this seems to me an odd résumé for one who lambastes organized religion.”

Yet Kirk marvels at the national conversation that Bethke has provoked around deep questions:

Certainly one can agree or disagree with Bethke's take on religion but it's difficult not to admire the way he has stirred up those of us who may have been slumbering comfortably in our own faith without really thinking about why we do what we do. Some times the best way to wake up a sleeping giant is to poke it with a stick and Bethke has done just that.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity

soundoff (3,716 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Religion is all man made, this guy is so right. Religion is out to pocket our money, build more churches to feed their arrogance and put meals on the pastors table. All we need is Jesus and our faith in God.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Anon

      You contradicted yourself.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Patriarchae

      ....But your Jesus founded the Church. Typical Christian inability to think.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      No, belief without evidence in the supernatural is what religion is. The taking of money, etc are results of this. Because people wouldn't give money if they didn't believe.

      Believing in Jesus and God is a religion. A religion with less rules, but still a religion.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Joe T.

      Patriarche, Jesus did not found the church... Peter did.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Patriarchae

      Joe, maybe research your own Church's doctrine more. Yes, the Confession of Peter is what founded it, but Church doctrine interprets the Confession as designating Christ as one of the heads of the Church.

      It does NOT look highly upon you to have an atheist know more about your religion than you do.

      January 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  2. Barry G.

    Believe it or not, Jesus himself despised religion. He railed against any fiorm of piety, which was devoid of compassion, mercy and justice.

    Incidentally it was religion that drove the nails into his hands and feet on the cross.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Goose66

      I don't believe it. Do you have any credentials or references to support those statements?

      January 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Believe it or not, Jesus was not speaking for God. He was just a man, if he even existed.

      Why do I say this? Because the word of god through Jesus is crude, uninformed and just plain silly. I cannot believe that a all knowing intelligent God would send us such stupid messages.

      That is unless he was testing to see if his people will buy into any nonsense that's presented to them.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Bruce

      Oh noes! Goose66 doesn't believe some random stranger on the internet and demands credentials!

      LOL

      January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • buddhacatmac

      so true Barry G.! on top of that, Jesus was a Jewish man, something that Christian's fail to comprehend...thus Jesus' denuncification of organized religion.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • guest

      religion didn't have anything to do with his death. it was politics, plain and simple. he was stirring people up, criticizing the way they lived and were governed. so the romans killed him in the same way that they killed thousands of other dissidents and criminals of all type. plain and simple.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • scott

      guest – Jesus claimed to be God that is what he was killed for. Which is a big offense in a religious nation.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  3. Anakaraya

    I am not religious but I respect religious people. And I loved this video. So much truth, it was amazing.
    THose who don't like it don't understand the meaning. Maybe you should re-watch it...

    January 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • time2stop

      You sound like the typical religious person. I'm right and you are wrong.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Why do you respect religious people. The 9/11 terrorists were religious. So were the priests that touched boys. So was the clergy that tortured people for scientific discovery.

      People are not worthy of respect. Their actions are worth respect. I do not respect belief without evidence because it's stupid and childish. Sorry.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • yeahalright

      You respect deluded folks. Couching a crazy belief in the supernatural doesn't lend it any special weight. Crazy nonsense is crazy nonsense...whether it's the lunatic on the corner preaching at you or the otherwise "normal" people we all know in our lives who basically believe in santa claus.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  4. JohnR

    Why follow anyone? Why are so many people incapable learning from many but following no one? Why so many intellectual slaves seeking masters? It's pathetic.

    And this guy can say that what he's doing is not religion. But that's just his way of being a typical arrogant religious person arbitrarily claiming that HIS notion of what it means to follow Jesus is for real, while others are "just religion". Nothing new here. Same old, same old religious dreck.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Barry G.

      Why follow anyone?

      Because left to our own devices we destroy the world, as is clearly seen in our homes and on the streets of our cities every day.

      Left to our own devices the world become corrupt, violent and unjust.

      The weak are destroyed by the rich.

      For this reason we need(ed) one who could turn us away from this path, which has destroyed human lives and societies, since the time of the Ancient Mesopotamians.

      This, after all, is the point of the story of the Garden of Eden and the Flood, in Genesis.

      The principles set forth in these stories continue to be proven true.

      Just open your newspaper, or a history book.

      The key is, follow a good leader, not a crook or a thief.

      Jesus was willing to die for the poor and needy. That's why I follow him.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • JohnR

      Barry G, nonsense. Pure, vile nonsense. Most of the destruction is BY followers. Followers obeying orders, worrying what others think and going along. Few people even know what it means to think for themselves.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > Because left to our own devices we destroy the world, as is clearly seen in our homes and on the streets of our cities every day.

      But we're not left to our own devices. The majority of the US is christian. So why is there violence in the streets? Why is it that places that don't have religion, such as Sweden and Norway have less crime? Reality shows the opposite of what you're saying.

      > Left to our own devices the world become corrupt, violent and unjust.

      See the above.

      > The weak are destroyed by the rich.

      See above.

      > For this reason we need(ed) one who could turn us away from this path, which has destroyed human lives and societies, since the time of the Ancient Mesopotamians.

      So, because there was a man who made a bunch of statements and things slowly got better then he was the cause of it? By your logic I could say that womens rights are horrible. I mean, nuclear bombs before women's sufferage 0. Nuclear bombs after women's sufferage? Thousands.

      > This, after all, is the point of the story of the Garden of Eden and the Flood, in Genesis.

      Which are proven not to be true.

      > The principles set forth in these stories continue to be proven true.

      Except that they're not as I've shown above. Atheistic countries have less crime. How is this possible if religion saves people? Why is reality at odds with what you're saying?

      > Just open your newspaper, or a history book.

      Actually, if you did open a history book you'd realize that there has been literally no historical power that existed that was not religious. It didn't help them be moral people. They still did awful things.

      > The key is, follow a good leader, not a crook or a thief.

      The key is to think for yourself. That's the key. Not follow someone just because he makes you feel good. That's childish nonsense.

      > Jesus was willing to die for the poor and needy. That's why I follow him.

      But apparently he wasn't willing to sell expensive oil that was being used on him to feed the poor. Kinda odd isn't it? You should read the story of the woman from bethany.

      You've been Bobinated.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Barry G.

      Jon R.,

      Jesus taught his followers to love others (even their enemies), to serve others, and to lay down their lives for others.

      I cannot answer for those who claim to be Christian, but fail to obey the teachings of the one they claim to follow.

      But as for me, I do my level best to be a servant.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  5. Alex

    I like this video. I agree with many points. Although much of his language usage is incorrect. For example, "What if i told Jesus came to abolish religion" . Wow, that's clearly unscriptural. Jesus came to save the lost . Luke 19:10 Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost. Now, we do see that Jesus did not like the "religious" leaders of the day. He did want to change it, that's true. Another point, talking about churches failing to feed the poor? Check out the ministry section of most churches and they will have a an outreach to the poor. It won't be perfect, it won't meet all their needs, but it's probably there- if not, they'll have to answer for it to God because Jesus talked a whole heck of a lot about taking care of the poor.
    But I digress, It's semantics, the way you define "religion". So I think this video makes us think differently about church but it's not entirely correct. This is a good link...http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2012/01/13/does-jesus-hate-religion-kinda-sorta-not-really/

    January 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  6. Bad Religion

    What makes me nuts is all the religious zealots call non believers narrow minded and ignorant when presented with inconvenient facts about the history or current dealings of the church. They say "we are just trying to lead you astray from god's plan" or whatever..... yeah and shifting accountability and reasoning on to ethereal beings which cannot be definitively proven isn't ignorant narrow minded, or much less CRAZY?
    Look seriously there is plenty of material out there about the lovely and colorful life of christianity (or lack thereof) and there is also some lovely material out there on how to live a moral and fulfilling life with out religion, and it's called philosophy and ethics. The best part, neither require a supreme nanny looking over your shoulder at everything you do! AMAZING!

    January 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  7. Jesus was a POS

    What a stupid wigger, with weak wigger rhymes.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Jesus wHad a Foot Fetish

      Ask mary magdalene about the time he sucked her little toe.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Biden Muh Time

      Is this dude obama's lost wigger brotha?

      January 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  8. Styly

    Great!

    January 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  9. Carlton

    CNN always loves it when there is some kind of controversy or confusion over faith and religion and beliefs! The only reason for this is the case is because you all are lost and totally confused and not come into the Lord's marvelous light! Those of us who know our God personally do not stir up garbage and spit out trash to others. CNN, the only reasons you only do this to justify your existence and because you have nothing constructive to do, which will not be for too much longer I pray in Jesus' name! Amen!

    January 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Patriarchae

      "Those of us who know our God personally do not stir up garbage and spit out trash to others."

      But you just spit out a whole paragraph of trash...

      January 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • rick

      carlton: apparently, you are enjoying your delusion.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Liar Liar Pants On Fire.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • yeahalright

      I sense signs of being untethered to reality. you should get some help.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > CNN always loves it when there is some kind of controversy or confusion over faith and religion and beliefs!

      Absolutely. Leads to more people visiting.

      > The only reason for this is the case is because you all are lost and totally confused and not come into the Lord's marvelous light!

      That's silly. The reason there are so many debating is because your God did a horrible job in telling us what Christians actually were. Look at the number of Christian variants out there. Over 3000 in the US alone.

      > Those of us who know our God personally do not stir up garbage and spit out trash to others.

      Many different people of different faiths claim to know their god personally. To me, you're just as crazy as they are.

      > CNN, the only reasons you only do this to justify your existence and because you have nothing constructive to do, which will not be for too much longer I pray in Jesus' name! Amen!

      Umm, they do it to make money einstein. They do it because people like to talk about faith. I actually enjoy pointing out how stupid and childish things like faith and prayer are. Mainly because people like you need to be taken down a peg. You're so arrogant that you think the divine creator of this universe personally selected you to have a relationship with. How laughable.

      January 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  10. kica

    He rocked this and spoke nothing but the truth!! 1Love..

    January 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  11. nosauten

    Very powerful video.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • yeahalright

      If you're into mass delusion.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  12. yo mama

    Like it or not it was BRILLIANT. Just look at the attention this is gettiing. Far more than some people have gotten who have (devoted) thier entire lives to God.I can understand why they would be bitter.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Patriarchae

      Brilliant? It was an illogical mess. Jesus and religion are inseparable. Jesus even FOUNDED the Catholic Church. The only way I can see this as being "brilliant" is because of the way it exposes how dumbed-down and thoughtless we have become as a species.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Mavent

      Jesus didn't "found" the Catholic religion. That's a story Catholics made up to justify their claims to omnipotence. There is no backing for it in the Bible.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  13. Avgthinker

    I was born into a religious family. I was raised to be a mindless religious zealot but I discovered dusty bound pages of history called books. I read for myself, I drew my own conclusions based on applying logic and scientific theorems against the teachings of the church and now I am die hard atheist. While I am glad he seems to be anti-establishment, I still have a huge problem with Christianity. (all religions actually. I don’t want to pick on the Christians, they are not the only ones but since they are the topic at hand, good it makes sense to call them out) To paraphrase a popular saying, the entire religion is based on a 2000 year old Jewish zombie (who is now an astral being watching over us at all times) who can make your soul live forever in paradise if you symbolically eat his flesh and drink his blood and telepathically submit to his will and accept him as your master. All this so that he can remove an evil force placed on the souls of every human, since the beginning of time, because some woman cloned from a rib of the first magically created human was tricked into eating fruit from the only forbidden tree on the planet by a talking snake. Not to mention the fact that if you refuse to do all these things, then the loving God will forever cast your soul into torture and suffering that is greater than anything you can imagine on earth. Yep, that makes perfect sense to me.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • yeahalright

      It's astonishing, but yes, sadly the majority of people in this country believe this or a slight variation. It's the plot of a third rate sci-fi movie. How anybody with a brain can believe such patently ridiculous fiction is actually true is beyond me. Easier to just shut off their brain and critical thinking faculties I guess.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • j

      Actually, if you are Catholic, you aren't symbolically eating his flesh or drinking his blood. You are ACTUALLY eating his flesh and drinking his blood.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Free Thinker

      You question the truth of Christian theology? For example, you don't believe that 5000 years ago a man named Noah gathered up two of each species of animal (somewhere between 3-30 million on the planet) into a large boat to save them all from a global flood? What a cynic you are.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • karina

      Absolutely awesome post. you summed up why I'm an atheist! My cousins mindlessly follow God – they blame/praise Him for everything. Then they write letters to all of us begging for help feeding their 11 children – that "God" gave them. such insanity. Caring for your fellow humans and each other is spiritual. No church is needed for that.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Willy

      Or, conversely, should we believe: A long time ago, in an region far, far away, all the matter that now composes the universe had gathered in a big ball. Then, in the Big Bang, all that matter blew up and created billions of galaxies, stars and planets....and us....Hummmm.......

      January 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • Free Thinker

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich". – Napoleon. Truer words have never been spoken. Religion is purely a mechanism by which the ruling class can keep the masses under control. Through the promise of a better life after death, people are willing to accept a life of strife and injustice without rebelling against the system. The greatest scam in the history of mankind, and people are still falling for it, hook, line and sinker.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • JohnR

      Willy, just because your Readers Digest version of science sounds stupid doesn't mean that real science doesn't have a lot of fascinating and well founded things to say about our origins, whereas religion just has silly tales told long ago.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • yeahalright

      Actually Willy, with some nitpicks here and there, yes that is what the EVIDENCE shows. An expanding universe that was once infinitely small and then expanded (and still is expanding) rapidly.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  14. Free Thinker

    "People who are devoutly religious exhibit all of the signs of a highly progressed mental illness."Doug Stanhope

    January 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Avgthinker

      Outstanding quote!!

      January 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Actual thinker

      Fortunately for those that want to have a serious discussion, quotes from comedians command little or no attention (or respect, for that matter).

      January 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Classic

      That is great. Your moniker is "Free Thinker" then you quote somebody else. Brilliant. And someone else thought it was beautiful. I love how you psuedo-intellectuals band together, especially on the topic of religion. Wonderful.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Joe T.

      Just because a comedian says it, doesn't make it any less true.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • yeahalright

      At least the comedian is a real person, not a fictional savior.

      January 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  15. justuandi

    Keep the videos coming. Wow! so many talented people voicing all their various versions. I love it!.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  16. clc

    Y all the fuss about? God's mercies and compassions fail not they are new every morning, just for us. Y not spend the time praising and glorify his name. God is real whether you beleive it or not. Jesus is coming back sooner than ya'll think. stop your nonsense, B'careful so you don't miss the boat... "THE RAPTURE".

    January 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • yeahalright

      The entire fictional charade and all its variants are rooted in one thing: the natural tendency of humans to fear death.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Brian

      RAPTURE...pop-culture nonsense.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • DrewNYC

      A few things I'd like to say in response.

      You can't make a statement proclaiming something is real with no proof. You can say you have faith that something is real, but you can't just make a unproven statement true just because.

      Paul also believed that Jesus was coming back in his lifetime or shortly thereafter. How about stop focusing on when you think the world is going to end, and focus on being a better person therefore making the earth a better place for everyone. If you spend all of your time waiting for something that is not going to happen, you're going to miss the best things in life.

      There is no mention of the "Rapture" in the bible, or in history anywhere before the 1830's when the idea was thought up. It's a man made idea, so don't waste your time expecting something that isn't going to happen.

      Finally, if you want to be taken seriously by anyone, stop typing like a high schooler. (Y, B'careful (I don't even understand how this takes less time to type. You took out the E and replaced it with an apostrophe.))

      January 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Joe T.

      Jesus is the worst dinner guest. He says he's gonna be here but 2000 years later, he is still nowhere to be found.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  17. Freedom Ring

    How easy is it to remove oneself from a culture or environment one has grown up in? Hating religion isn't the same as hating those who follow it. I'm sure he enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoys the social interactions of church, doesn't mean he agrees with it, just uses it to fulfill a social need. It would seem to reason that the more knowledgeable mankind gets they would be more tolerant of the differences and be able to understand different perspectives. Unfortunately we emphasis the differences, draw lines in the sand, and heap praises on our own, thinking in some way ourselves superior to another. If a person has any enlightenment, they would understand the very nature of self is as delicate as a flower and to allow people to enjoy their own fragile existence while it lasts.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Bob

      Satan is speaking:
      “I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?” = lie, no wars in the name of Jesus or Christian religion.
      “Why does it build huge churches but fail to feed the poor?” = lie, churches feed the poor, you don't.
      “Religion is man-centered,” Bethke writes in a post accompanying his YouTube video. “Jesus is God-centered.”=lie, God is men centered.
      "he calls his own spiritual rebirth" = named Belial, or Satan.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      @Bob – Careful, my sister is very fond of self-righteous bible thumpers.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Freedom Ring

      God is not human centered, he is indifferent to humans. They are left to their own. If there were a god, he is as much apart of my life as jellyfish are to mine. I know they exist, enjoy knowing about them, but I have no interaction with them. If god is real, why has he ceased his miracles? Because they're only myths like Zeus.

      So th crusades wheren't a holy war? Last time I checked it was to reclaim the holy lands from the gentiles. I truly pity those who are unable to think for themselves and come to their own conclusions. Believe someone elses words over your own eyes. Good luck with that!

      January 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  18. Satori Sensei

    There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • JohnR

      I know several self-deluded people who are blundering through life happily enough. People like you keep spouting "truths" that are really just what you wish were the case.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  19. asche

    if religion is the ultimate truth, why has it been under such an absolute messy debate for all these thousands of years? shouldn't the ultimate truth be rather crystal? I mean, we need a 25 yr old smooth talker in a leather jacket to help re-inspire our understand/belief in THE ultimate truth? I mean, haven't deeply intelligent and spiritual men been devoted to this stuff forever now? Some guy comes along with a youtube account and a nice camera and WHAM, we praise him? A bit offensive given the magnitude of the subject if you ask me.

    It should be beyond obvious that religion and the god thing is an absolute bedtime story that we keep repeating because it soothes us in some way, and nothing more than that.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • thatrix

      You're correct. Religion is really just a crutch for the weak minded. It's easy to explain the difficult questions in life by creating a god. That's the easy way out. No thought or effort at all. For those of us who see a deeper meaning in life there is science and understanding. Some day we may understand the mechanisms that allow the universe to exist. Until then we should keep looking for answers rather than taking the easy way out.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  20. Alfonzo Muchanzo

    That was a powerfuI video, well said also! I do not wish to argue with all the atheists on these boards who clearly only want conflict and drama which (falsely) proves their superiority to themselves. I know, I was once part of that crowd.

    I've done my own research and looked at issues from both sides with an open mind. While there's still much learning to be done, I have found the light in thh grace of Jesus Go out and do real research if you're truly intersted in learning and gaining knowledge, posting stupid arguments on these boards accomplishes nothing and only shows people's willful ignorance.

    Take me for whatever it's worth to you, I can't persuade you to believe one thing or the other, or prove my claims to be true on a comments board. If you care then you can think critically to yourself, if you don't care and only want to defend your position then you can post angry rebuttal comments. Cheers and God bless 🙂

    January 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • joey spumoni

      you are a liar.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Anon

      Algo esperado de un evangelista pentecostal trastornado mentalmente.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • yeahalright

      In all that research surely you must've come up with some actual evidence for your god (beyond more than a tingly happy feeling inside – grownups don't work that way). I won't hold my breath.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Jaime

      Don't talk about "willful ignorance" when you follow a fairy tale that was told to you and that goes against every fiber of reason you have in your body, my friend. Believing in God and believing in the Bible aren't one in the same.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Definitely a liar. This is a cut and paste from a few hours ago.

      January 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • asche

      There is no argument because no intelligent person argues about things that aren't there. Whatever research you did is a joke obviously because there is NO evidence, anywhere at all, ever, for the existence of god. So, you read or heard some story you like and decided to go with it based on ... absolutely nothing. If you have some evidence, please feel free to share it. If you don't, you may as well admit that you believe in something that is not there. If me and a billion others decided we liked it, we could do the same thing with The Lord of The Rings, and that is no joke.

      "some day, frodo and gandelf will return to this urban landscape full of crime and death and curruption and they're return it to its original purity. they will restore the shire and we'll all live happily ever after"

      January 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
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