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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. bubobubo

    If somebody claimed that the earth is flat, and completely and spitefully ignored all the overwhelming facts and evidence to the contrary, easily available to anyone with an IQ of 65, wouldn't you be angry and frustrated with that persons stupidity? Well, that's exactly how the atheists feel about religious people.

    January 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • notconfused

      Atheists do not believe in what they can not see. People of faith believe in something else after this life. really simple explanation. Nothing to get upset about.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Anon

      The bible says the earth is a sphere which hangs upon nothing.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • lold

      atheists and those so called 'religious" people are plain stupid. im sure world would be a better place with atheist leaders like mao, stalin or kim jong un or w/e

      January 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • bubobubo

      notconfused – not so. I believe in the theory of relativity and the big bang or the wave theory. Can't see it, but there are certain facts that point to it. The religious people are self-induced schizos – they talk to invisible people and have hallucinations. That's a problem, especially if these people control how the normal people live.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • atomD21

      There is no evidence or facts to prove or disprove the existence of God. There are, however, scads of new discoveries that shed more light on the way the universe and our world work and where we've come from in terms of evolution. Now, whether you choose to attribute that new information to the God, random chance, or what have you is up to you and your belief structure. Christians that claim to know it all are just as wrong as atheists or anyone else that does. We are all in this mess together and the sooner we stop fighting and work together, the sooner we can make it less of a mess.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • bubobubo

      lold – you are certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed. You are talking about Communists – a dogma very much like religions. Atheism is a refusal to believe in the supernatural, that's all.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • bubobubo

      atomD21 – sure, a good start might be to refuse to believe in unsubstatiated idiocy (religion).

      January 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • lold

      bubobubo, communism is not a religion its a product of atheist decadent mentality. bus hhimself said bible is probably not true ..so on what basis is he christian. atheist society is a society based on material and carnal value without retribution for their evil acts since they don't have fear of punishment for their wicked acts. most americans are not even religious except on occasion their interests are served.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • lold

      i dont subscribe to organized religion but atheism to me is just dumb since you cant exist for no reason and you cant be made from nothing by nothing. its like having a completely built house with windows,doors,stairs and then having you say its built by "nobody" this should tell you humans cannot come to existance by their own will just as you can't have "nobody" creating human body with abiliti of our purpose structure(bones,eyes,teeth etc) learn basics

      January 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • bubobubo

      lold – nonsense. People are morally good or not irrigardless of their fear of punishment "after death". Most Catholic priests are pedophiles, for example, as we all know. The "punishment" is a joke, and they know it.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • lold

      bubobubo WRONG, all laws that are known to us are originally taken from religious laws. so what exactly did atheists bring except their "nothing" argument

      January 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • bubobubo

      Iold, there's a perfectly good explanation for all your questions. You do have to get some education though.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • atomD21

      @bubobubo- But see, the "my way or the highway" view you're taking here is just as bad as the evangelical's turn or burn preaching. Religion isn't a good thing right now, no argument there, but we need to take the "is there a God?" issue off the table for now and realize that we are all people that need to join forces, not be at each others' throats.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • lold

      well thats a convenient excuse, the usual atheist 'nothing" argument and more of the same ' go learn ' bla bla while you have nothing to offer. is tha tall you got? and you have nerve to say that im not sharpest this and that. learn basics and come to debate

      January 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • bubobubo

      atom21 – atheism is getting to be really popular, even here in the U.S. It helps to keep religion out of schools, to give the kids some relief from religious brainwashing. We are at least moving in the right direction.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Glenn

      bubobubo – Why are you so angry? Why are you calling people names and bashing faith? As an Atheist you have lots of faith in the unknown (big bang, life from non life, order from chaos etc etc etc). Why not just take a deep breath relax and accept that you don’t know. It is ok. No one does. But you don’t sound very intellectual with your rants bashing other faith based folks.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • bubobubo

      Glenn – I'm all for plausible explanations that make rational sense. I'm bashing fath because it's irrational and counterproductive, extremly so.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Glenn

      bubobubo – Faith is not irrational… My goodness man plausible explanation without proof relies on faith. And what is so plausible about something coming from nothing anyway? I mean what makes that more plausible then say a creator or two or three?

      January 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • bubobubo

      Glenn – you obviously know nothing about science. First you have to have a rational hypothesis, and than you test it – when you gather facts and evidence and it is in alignment with other scientific information gathered independently – then you have a theory. There's nothing random about the approach. Even how the universe came about is subjected to a very rational process.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  2. Dejinge Namaste

    So, this is a *good* thing. Excellent.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  3. waterman

    The good thing this video shows is that the word 'religion' has taken a negative connotation. So all religions and religions people are trying to move away from this label. That is certainly progress.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      So, it's just a marketing ploy, like 7UP calling itself the uncola? 🙂

      January 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • waterman

      It is most certainly a marketing ploy, more like re-branding. Like KPMG, after scandals, calls itself Bearing Point and Anderson Consulting calling itself Accenture after Enron debacle.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  4. david

    that video is not bad at all if you realize the whole story of jesus and his imaginary father was not ment to be the pillar for creating religions but was like a long story who says be good dont hate other people and that kind of good messages to promote love and peace this guy try to explain that

    January 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • seekthetruth

      I think you'll be surprised by our not so "imaginary" Father someday 🙂 No God...no love; Know God...know LOVE

      January 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Momof3

      i always loved bumper sticker theology!

      January 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  5. JiminTX

    Believing in ancient Mesopotamian sky deities is inconsistent with healthy, fulfilling, and a truly free life. Do you how many "God's" were born on December 25th? Do you realize that the virgin birth myth was central to ancient peoples for thousands pf years? The stories of Gilgamesh were written into the so-called Old Testament. Silly superticious, close minded sheep, ie religious people.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • seekthetruth

      Some things are TRUE whether you believe them or not 🙂

      January 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  6. Jordan

    AdmrlAckbar- Uneducated? Really? That's funny because I got accepted into Brown and UCLA.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Brittany

      Funny... I did not realize the mere act of being "accepted" to a school made one educated. In that case, why on earth did I spend all those years in graduate school? I could of just put on my resume that I was " accepted." Bummer.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Daniel

      @Brittney I know right? I could have saved a lot of money.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  7. Petros

    Religion is the opiate of the masses.
    Everything is god, we are in church every living moment and in death.
    Organized religion is a business like any other. It needs people and their money to exist and support the staff.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • John 3:16

      Acts 42-47

      42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      Unorganized religion is also a business, or do you want to bet that this young man doesn't still buy Christian music, books, and other products?

      January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Anon

      "Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes" Personally, I would be very careful of following the quote of Karl Marx and or the Marquis De sade

      January 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  8. J to the ay

    I think atheists focus too much on religion.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • John 3:16

      As they should, so that they may either continue to confound themselves or eventually see the truth that they so desperately need.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Daniel

      I'm an atheist and I don't care about religion believe what you want when you die it doesn't matter. Since you know... you'd be dead.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Ummmm

      "As they should, so that they may either continue to confound themselves or eventually see the truth that they so desperately need."

      That's what you have to tell yourself because deep down the truth atheists tell you scares the crap out of you, there is no god.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Imagine

      I think religious people focus too much on atheists.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      John 3:16
      If this were a discussion about addictive drugs, would you be standing on the side of saying no to all of them, or saying not to all but the drug of your choice? I'd bet that you dismiss all other gods as easily as we dismiss yours. This double standard is the only thing that really 'confounds' us.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  9. HitchWasRight

    Religion poisons everything!

    January 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • john

      that would be mercury

      January 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • chrism

      Hitch would want you to know he was wrong.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  10. I'm Happy, Are You?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC62tG8z7ws

    January 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      "The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one." —George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish writer

      January 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  11. John 3:16

    AWESOME!!!! TOTALLY AWESOME VIDEO!!!! The plain and simple truth. THANK YOU JESUS!!!!! That's what I'm talking about.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • I'm Happy, Are You?

      Right on! Amen and God bless 🙂

      January 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • lold

      only begotten son? there were many

      Adam, which was the son of God. Luke 3:38

      The sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. Job 1:6

      But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. - John 1:12

      January 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      There is a difference between son and "Son"

      January 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • lold

      Jeremiah 31:9 "I am a father to Isreal, and Ephraim is my firstborn."

      so who is only begotten and who is only son? your jesus/hashem guy is a joke

      January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Shells

      lold: There are many "sons" of God, but only one Son of God.

      I love this video! The kid has it exactly right! I am not religious. I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. There is a HUGE difference!

      January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • lold

      "There are many "sons" of God, but only one Son of God."

      now read yourself and realize how dumb your comment is, and i just gave u verse about ephraim being firstborn so jesus is nothing special hes no son hes nobody

      January 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      @lold
      first off, i'm jewish. Secondsly, what christians say jesus is is not what jews say the messaiah is. we are talking about two texts that dissagree with eachother on the fundamental understanding of what the messiah is supposed to be.

      there is a difference between son and "Son"

      January 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • lold

      "hillel" the jew, there is no difference between son and "Son" its same word and if son is son or Son, its the same thing. u dont make two different beings out of same word it makes you look unintelligent. "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:9)" ...heres ur jesus saying in vain you worship him, following for doctrines words of men ..meaning your worship of jesus is man made nonsense.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Adventt7

      The relationship with God is the key which goes beyond any religion. That, I believe, is why we call Him Father and why we are refered to as children of God.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  12. Wow

    This Brian Kirk pastor is a friggin creeper. Diggin up private information on this kid. Probably stalked him on facebook and everything. Slimy.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  13. I'm Happy, Are You?

    Atheists,

    Why are the majority of your posts always so hateful and full of anger? I only get angry and overly defensive about things when I know I'm wrong deep down inside but don't want to admit the truth. True story.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Really?

      "Why are the majority of your posts always so hateful and full of anger?"

      That's how you are reading it so ask yourself why are you making that choice to read it that way. '-)

      January 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • I'm Happy, Are You?

      @really – Well I'm reading them according to the english language. Many posts are obviously full of hate. Not everything in this world is subjective 🙂

      January 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Phil

      The religious can't imagine a world without god. They can't see the universe with out god. They can't face their problems without god. They can't accept that they are wrong.

      They become defensive when they're told how silly it is to believe in such things - but in reality, they're just too stupid to understand science all together. Hundreds of gods have been proven to be just imaginary beings throughout time...why not their god?

      It's about time we abandon religion all together...but sadly, that won't happen in my lifetime.

      Religion. It's like history class, without the facts.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Daniel

      The same reason gays get angry at republicans and minorities at racists. Hearing your whole life you've been hearing how your going to spend eternity suffering tends to breed some animosity...

      January 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • bubobubo

      If somebody was claimed that the earth is flat, and completely and spitefully ignored all the overwhelming facts and evidence easily available to anyone with an IQ of 65, wouldn't you be angry and frustrated with that persons stupidity? Well, that's exactly how the atheists feel about religious people.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • ben

      Interestingly enough, when studies are done measuring the collective happiness of a society, societies with more atheists tend to be more happy and successful. Isn't that interesting? I find it's the christians who are the moswt hateful, they are the ones threatening other human beings with eternal torture in a pit of fire. Think about it, that's a pretty angry hateful thing to believe.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Ivan Demanis

      There are just as many posts by religious believers who promise all those secular libtards hell and brimstone. You call that loving? And the smugness of "i got Jeeezus, I go to heaven, you go to hell, nana nana nanaaaa" , you call that in the spirit of Jesus? I doubt that very much.
      Atheists and Agnostics could care less about religion, in fact, it's the thing they can do without, but when it constantly gets shoved in your face, then you take on the challenge and show them where to stick it.
      My president can pray anyway he likes as long as he is a competent president. I don't need fake media confessions about personal faith, because they are for the media (listening, Rick & Rick, and Newt and Bachman?)

      January 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • jparker77

      Hatefull and angry? what about starting holy wars in the name of national security? or telling people they will burn in hell if they dont think like you? or bombing abortion clinics? or saying things like that Muslim in the white house is anti-religion? I dont think athiest are angry people. There is a difference between anger & sick & tired of people telling them how to act how to think ect. I think evangellicals are some of the angriest, most hatefull people on earth.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • notconfused

      It is impossible to debate science with faith. People choose to believe in faith. People choose to believe in science. It's all about choices children. I don't think either one has all of the answers at this point. Both have some answers. I for one would like to believe that when we die, we continue to exist. So that is what I choose. It is comforting. HOWEVA, people find faith in believing that when we die, it's all over. They choose that. It is comforting to them. Pretty simple explanation really.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  14. lold

    buddhists say they dont believe in GOD yet why do they believe in these gods :Vasawatti , Sunimmita, Santusita, Sakkra Devandra, suyama, Satarawaram Gods ..buddhism is an utter joke like all other

    January 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      You still know nothing about buddhism.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Daniel

      Buddhism is a deeply divided group some sects have gods (generally the ones more related to Hinduism) but most don't.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  15. phelonius

    organized religion IS the cancer that jesus spent his life refuting. if you consider all of the major religions of the world there seems to be one unifying theme; those that are held up as profits, heroes, martyrs...they're always the ones that were thinking outside the box. always the ones disagreeing with the status quo. you don't seem to realize it but your religious heroes are the only ones who think for themselves. find the God of your own understanding and you will not need religion.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Tie Mie Shu

      "find the God of your own understanding and you will not need religion"

      You are such an idiot for saying this. This is why people start worshipping snakes, trees, animals, monkey-gods, human beings, money, power , spaghetti monsters, rats, fire, water, earth, angekls etc.

      The God who gave you intellect and food and air to breath, at the end of the day you "create" a God of your own? and bow down to it? This is true disbelief. An disbelievers will abide in hell forever. Have some love and respect for your creator!

      January 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • John 3:16

      John 17:1-3

      1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

      “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • phelonius

      your closed mindedness will prevent you from ever experiencing God's love. you are already in he11.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      @ tie mai shu
      God didn't give me the intellect. God never sat me down and taught me math. God never made me want to become and engineer. We does not get the credit for my accomplishments. You can't take that away from me and you are arrogant for trying to.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Chef Sun

      It's "prophets" not "profits", although many so called prophets do profit very well from religion.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • phelonius

      @John 3:16
      if there is only one God, He will know that you worship him by whatever name you call him. He doesn't need to be reassured like a vain child.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Daniel

      People worshiped animals long before they worshiped delusional carpenters...

      January 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • chrism

      What a sad closed minded world indeed when we believe our own personal understanding is god. Every good gift is from God, a God far greater than our minds and who most certainly deserves all praise for whatever we may do with the minds, hands, life, raw materials and ideas that He provides.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • John 3:16

      @phelonius – So what you're trying to say is that you believe in Jesus, just not the Jesus that God sent to pay for the sins of the world (yours included).

      January 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • phelonius

      @chrism
      what a sad closed minded person that thinks they have the only key to knowledge when the truth is that God has given all mankind the necessary tools and understanding to find Him in their own way.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Tremor

      God built and literally gave you all that you have, including your brain which you do indeed use to learn and experience the world.

      Without Him, you wouldn't exist and neither would your accomplishments. If you are so blind that you can't see that, then I'm not sure you will ever find hope.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  16. Kevin

    More religious nonsense. There is no logic here – only faith. Most atheist/agnostics don't dislike organized religion as much as we dislike belief in anything absent evidence. And if you are honest with yourself you will quickly see that there is NO evidence of any kind of the supernatural, afterlife, the divine, etc. Bring the evidence and we're happy to have a look – but this is just more of the same in a newer more hip package.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • john

      athiests are the most religious bunch i have ever come across.. and just as zealous and filled with hatred.. seriously

      January 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Tex

      Dude, it doesn't matter to us if you believe or not. It does, however, matter to God. Can you honestly look at the vastly complicated human body and tell me there is no God who created us??? All the different animals, creatures, fish, birds??? Fruits, veggies, plants??? You are only fooling yourself.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • ben

      you might want to look up the word 'religion'. Atheism is a religion like BALD is a hair color. I think it's pretty hateful to tell lies about atheists, dont you think?

      January 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • ben

      Tex, I once built a toaster. It was very complicated. Am I God? You make it seem like the human body is this total masterpeice. It isn't. We breathe through the same hole we eat, which kills millions of people by choking every year. NOT exactly a smart move that a 'god' would make.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • HellBent

      " Can you honestly look at the vastly complicated human body and tell me there is no God who created us?"

      Yup, fairly easily. Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean that god did it.

      And if god did create us, he's either not loving or not intelligent. Why else would we have an organ that provides little to no benefit, is entirely unnecessary, and occasionally kills?

      January 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • atomD21

      You are absolutely right that there is no empirical proof of the existence of God, Heaven, Hell, etc. There is therefore no empirical disproof either. We all have to be careful in our absolutes. Religion as it stands now is a diseased bloated mess that hungers for power and influence above being a force for good in this world we all share.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Kotawolf

      @Tex –
      Yes I can do all that and still say there is no God.
      Can you say that amongst the BILLIONS of starts out there, that this is the only planet that has life on it?

      January 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  17. BLUE619

    "Religious People" are sometimes the biggest hypocrites in this world.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Lorraine

      I appreciate the word "sometimes".

      January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • notconfused

      horray for sometimes.

      January 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  18. Tie Mie Shu

    yea right, one big explosion, and living mattter is formed from lifeless gaseous matter on its own! what makes more sense –
    1) some one did it or
    2) it happened by itself
    dumb atheists
    btw, christians who believe God is man and man is God and 1 = 3 have dead brain cells like the atheists as well.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      What made the guy that did it?

      Also, look up the concept of singularity as it applies to differential equasions asymptotically approaching equalibrium. that is the basis for the big bang theory. The universe seems to be expanding at an accelerating rate from a singular point in space.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Wrong question. What you SHOULD be asking is which is the more honest answer:
      (1) Fairy tale made up by ignorant superst¡tious people thousands of years ago.
      (2) Nobody really knows, but the only way we find out ANYTHING is thru science.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • john

      richard. science is not what you think. keep blindly accepting what people make up and you have become religious. like believing evolution is a fact.. its not.. its about as concrete and proven as god..

      January 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • jack

      You're proving his point. By attacking atheists and claiming yourself as a christian, you're being very hypocritical. God/Jesus intended faith to be a personal relationship with him. By forcing your views onto others, you're not being very Christian.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • waterman

      God is co complex, powerful, all knowing. Something that beautiful and complex cannot happen by itself, so some me made God. Who created God?

      January 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • ben

      You dont understand the big bang or abiogenesis. You might want to, you know, take a science class or something.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • W.D.

      Option 2 makes a whole lot more sense to me. The idea of 'someone' creating a universe in which all the 'someones' don't evolve for billions of years seems absurd.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Matt

      Actually, the big bang makes much more sense to me. It can be explained mathematically, and we are finding evidence of it every day (cosmic microwave background radiation, go look it up). Your assertion that living matter "came from nothing" shows how little you even understand the theories you are preaching against. No scientist, anywhere, says it came from nothing. Living matter is nothing more than complex structures formed from the basic building blocks of the universe, and we know where those building blocks come from (exploding stars). If you are going to sit and preach against a well tested theory of the universe creation, you might want to actually understand that theory. I know that's a stretch for you super religious people, because your scared your rock solid "truth" might be shaken...but try it sometime, it's liberating.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Daniel

      @john Evolution isn't a fact any atheist worth a grain of salt knows that rather it's a theory meaning that its based on extensive observed evidence and experimentation if you can offer a better theory that has more evidence then that's awesome! That's one more secret of the universe unraveled. God however has no evidence. Zero. None. No (successful) experiments have given any evidence of god.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • DefyTheGods

      As an atheist, I'm open enough to consider the idea of a creator, because it's one of many possibilities. As a Christian, YOU accept what is written in scripture without question. By your statement, I gather that you utterly refuse to consider the possibility that we(humanity) are not so important in the universe as we'd like to believe. You depend on the reassurance of an omnipotent god. What if "God" has nothing to do with what you think? Everything you know about "God" was taught to you like everything else; by other human beings. You(human) cannot think passed the boundaries of your own mind. So, how can you be so sure? Do you understand what I mean in reference to boundaries of your own mind? You over-simplify the cause of life in the universe. Your faith is absolute, which leaves little room for thought. The intelligent person says: "I'm not sure. Let's discuss it." A truly "dumb" person says:"God made this...God made that, and that's the truth!" My statement is, of course, a generalization. I have Christian friends, who are too intelligent to post your level of non-sense.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  19. NorthVanCan

    Religion is so yesterday. I can't believe people are such suckers for that stuff. The sooner we get to whats real the faster we can live in peace and stop the destruction of this planet.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Phil

      I'd like to be able to agree - but even us atheists have our issues.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • mikaman3000

      How is your faith in no God, any different than a religious person's faith that there is one ? Neither of you can prove otherwise, so how about putting down that ego and trying to understand how someone may have a different opinion than you instead of bashing on someone or something because you happen to disagree

      January 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • chrism

      Interesting you want to get to what's real. Jesus is the Way to get to the true Living God, who is real today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow. What I find people suckers for is their own rationalizations. You don't want to do something. You make all kinds of great excuses for it. Then you're quite the sucker for those excuses.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • john

      as long as man exists, so to will religion. only the deities will change. dont be naive.. even if we strip gods, then man will begin praying to other men (n korea).. its a fact. its part of human nature.. you are getting mixed up in semantics..

      January 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  20. robert

    this is obviously just his attempt to get out of going to church....

    January 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • jparker77

      No alot of people dont want to go to church for many reasons, many of which i doubt you would understand.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      Isn't this video just another sermon telling people what to believe? That you make the internet just another church, right?

      January 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • grassisbrown

      bwahahahaha – lol lol @ Robert... A comment I can agree with! I am a moderate christian woman who grew up believing that If I wore dresses down to the floor everyday, no makeup or jewlery – and If I kept my virginity until I had a man to marry, THEN, God would love me and he wo uld forgive all my sins... Dude – So many have busted hell wide open, after it was too late – in their long dresses, no makeup and controlling ways that they NOW realize all it took was a lifelong committment to serve JESUS... not religion or the church.. Who is feeding the poort? Well, not most mega churchs, with their bishops driving BMWs, buying 55 inch TVs for their bishop husbands for christmas, when they are the VICE PRES of an energy corporation... It's really sad when the preacher's brag about their riches when there are HUNGRY members in the congregation suffering from unemployment, homelessness, hunger and dispair. This is why I dislike religion – If you have the love of JESUS – THE TRUE love of jesus, every testimony would NOT be of your selfish RICHES, but rather of how GOD lifted you up when you had NO hope. It's sad that leaders of churches are not more sympathetic, but would rather flaunt their riches at their members... 🙁

      January 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
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