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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.

[youtube= http://youtu.be/1IAhDGYlpqY]

“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. HISKID920

    Germs? Now that's hilarious, so because God didn't warn us about germs He is not all knowing, WOW, germs, I will have to remember that one.........

    January 22, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  2. Atheist #1

    If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

    January 22, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • Atheist #1

      The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.

      January 22, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • moonster

      And after a thousand years everything you have done doesn't matter and no one remembers you. There is more to a life than time.

      January 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  3. Benedict Cruz

    One cannot hate religion but love Jesus because Jesus instructed His apostles to continue propagating His message. Thus Christianity is born. The wars before were not solely for conversion to Catholicism. They used religion to invade, dominate and expand their power. That was the mistake and abuse of men, not religion.

    January 22, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  4. Josh Gonzalez

    I don't care if you believe in Jesus or not. Just don't equate Christianity with the Republicans. You're not doing yourself, Jesus, or the country a favor.

    January 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  5. Chasmanian Devil

    Last time I looked up religion belief in holy persons was pretty high on the list. And if Jesus was all knowing and all loving why didn't he tell people about germs? Millions of people could have been saved from death if he'd only explained the germ theory of disease two thousand years before it was discovered by scientists.

    January 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • Teeby

      I think when jesus proclaimed his distaste for religion, he was warning people about germs.. Get a clue.. People like you a so uncreative..

      January 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • Benedict Cruz

      If people don't believe that He is the Son of God the Father, do you think they would believe Him when he starts explaining about germs?

      January 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Jimmy

      Chasmanian Devil
      You're right, believing in and worshipping gods is the defining trademark of religions. It's just silly then to try relabelling worshippers of Christ as nonreligious.

      January 22, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • rigel54

      Teeby, I'm sorry, what you say does not make sense.

      Benedict, the deistic claim is false and without evidence, while the germ theory is testable and provable. Millions have bought the false one, so they would have the second. Or he could have lied and said God told him

      January 22, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  6. Iqbal Khan

    Enforcing American Hegemony – A Timeline – Flagrancy to Reason
    "I think there is no real argument that the historical lesson for the United States in the 20th Century has been the need for continued strong American involvement.
    http://www.flagrancy.net/timeline.html – Cached

    January 21, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • Reality

      Our War on Terror and Aggression:

      An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

      The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent and Not So Recent Body Count –

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "
      Continued below:
      Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.
      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      – Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

      January 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  7. Bob

    I can't help but think that Galactic Civilization is out there just waiting for everyone here on Earth
    to give up their silly sky fairy. Massive ships waiting outside the orbit of Neptune carrying immense
    cargoes of untold wealth from millions of years of progress by unfettered minds so unlike ours. Puny
    though we are, they only want to see a dimly recognizable spark of rationality that they can work with
    to bring us to our full potential. Help us help them to help us all.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

    January 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Observer

      You just think they're there. Right, Bob?

      January 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • nate

      It is comedic reference to a South Park episode there hot shot.

      January 22, 2012 at 1:10 am |
  8. hemo

    I HATE EVERYONE!!

    January 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Atheist #1

      Your being Illogical.

      January 22, 2012 at 12:09 am |
  9. AdmrlAckbar

    Let's look at the facts (P.S. I don't need to supply any support for these facts, so shush):

    1. Science is mainly a fairytale.. I mean come on chemistry is just fancy alchemy. Biology is just an excuse for perverted science teachers to tell children about s-e-x. There's no way any of it could be true! It’s all a system designed to manipulate sheep into becoming mindless followers. “Thank you sir! May I pay you for another Flu shot!”

    2. Science is responsible for nothing but evil in the world, e.g. The atom bomb, biological warfare, Carrot Top etc... Ok well, maybe the devil is responsible for the last one..

    3. By NOT believing in science you are automatically somehow a better, more ethical and more intelligent person. That's right all you have to do is not believe and POOF! That said, all believers in science are automatically idiots and hicks.. every one of em. I mean after all, they all look alike and I can’t tell a physicist from a molecular biologist in their posh white lab coats and conformist safety goggles! Which is more proof they wish to indoctrinate you.. they all dress alike!

    4. Science has done nothing but hold back the progress of belief and spirituality... It's an active agenda people! Sir M.C. Hammer once said we just have to pray to make it today, but now science is trying to make you buy apples everyday or else they will send their doctors after you!! Yeah science, I know where your agenda is based.. In the biggest global corporate economic power in the world.. Apple!

    5. I am somehow claiming to backup all my comments with an implied knowledge of religion and faith, but most likely the last class I took on religion was in high school and even then I was too busy writing the names of bands like Wynger on my Trapper-keeper to have been paying attention. Still it's a cool word to throw around “Religion”!

    6. And remember simply NOT believing in science isn’t enough! One must repeatedly insult, mock and belittle the followers of science at every chance given, whilst all the while implying #3 on the list above. Go thee forth to the street or forums of internets and shout: LOOK AT ME!! LISTEN TO MY OPIN.. I MEAN FACTS! SURE I CAN’T DISPROVE THE NULL HYPOTHESIS ON WHICH MY BELIEFS ARE FOUNDED, BUT I AM A BETTER PERSON THAN YOU AND GOSH DARN IT PEOPLE LIKE ME!

    January 21, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Dj

      Obviously you have no education in anything but stupid kurran.
      If you had ever known how penicillin alone saves millions of lives a year or how angioplasty can save someone's life from a heart attack, you wudn't even dare to show up on this forum... Now get lost

      January 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • Anon

      It's satire, LOL

      January 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • Hal Ruble

      Stupid!

      January 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
  10. Oh Yeah

    Once you drop all the supernatural nonsense like his being a demigod and able to preform miracles there actually is a lot to like about Jesus. Try this site out if you really like Jesus, but dislike religion.

    http://www.atheists-for-jesus.com/

    January 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  11. Colin

    "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."

    Great news. We atheists need to do all we can to help Christians escape their Dark Age superst.itions.

    January 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Bob

      What a petty way to spend your time Colin.

      January 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      Bob
      Don't missionaries dedicate their whole lives trying to get native groups to drop their outdated superst.itions? What's the difference?

      January 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Bob

      Nixon: "Thompson, f*uck the doomed!"

      January 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  12. md2205

    To Guest: I wrote, "There were 3 million Jews who saw G-d give the Torah to Moses at Mt. Sinai. This is written in the Torah 24 times." You wrote: ...quoting FROM the Torah to prove the legitimacy OF the Torah or G-d is nonsense. Some guy could have made up the line about 3 million Jews witnessing the event." My response to you is that this could not be. G-d told the Jews to start keeping the holiday of Passover right when they went of Egypt. They had to bake bread that turned into matza and other practices that Jews continued to do every year thereafter, while they told the story of their exodus from Egypt to their children. This was done year after year. But according to you, you want to say, maybe the Torah isn't saying what really happened, because it didn't happen. Someone just wrote those things down like a story, hundreds of years later. Think about why that has to be illogical: Someone wrote that something else happened hundreds of years ago, and that the practice of baking and eating matza started then, and how to keep the holiday of Passover, and why. But according to you, that didn't happen. So here we are with someone who says it did happen, but the people weren't doing those practices, because it didn't happen. Now if someone were to tell their children that they are now going to start celebrating the holiday of Passover by baking and eating matza and the other practices, because G-d took their ancestors out of Egypt hundreds of years ago (but remember, this is all new because someone just wrote it and presented it to everyone) his kids would have him committed. Sometime in the middle of history you want to say these things were presented to people and they just said something like, "Oh, interesting, no one ever told us before, but if you say this is what happened, then we will all do it?" I don't think any large group of people would think like that and decide to hoist upon itself a big lie like that. They would never believe that guy who wrote that stuff. They would laugh at him and continue living the same way they had been doing.

    January 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  13. Anon

    Make this viral instead.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBo7Z_abiLE

    January 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Jim Halpert

      Anyone else notice the C.Hitchens one liner towards the end? "I would tell him to go F%$# himself"

      January 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Bob

      Hitchens had himself waterboarded. I like to remember him that way.

      January 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • tokencode

      Awesome

      January 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Joe

      TJ (The Amazing Atheist) rips that kid to shreds! The last couple minutes are awesome! **** religion, and **** Jesus too.

      January 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  14. oneSTARman

    This STUFF Happens and you Know that's for sure GOOD. Martin Luther NAILED his Ideas into the Door Wood. Jesus overturned the money changers tables in the Temple Courts. Today you'd be seeing HIM on YOUTUBE giving Sermons of the OCCUPYING WALL STREET sorts. And Just Like THEN All the children HE would Suffer Unto PEACE

    January 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • Atheist #1

      VERY Unlikely! http://video.pbs.org/video/1379546586/

      January 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Atheist #1

      Sorry Scratch that! http://video.pbs.org/video/1379563195

      January 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      And Jesus would be preaching on YouTube because, being just a man, he could not miraculously reach so many people otherwise, right? Good argument!

      January 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Prayer with God is heaven on earth
    Jesus has opened paradise
    Heaven is available to all mankind
    Jesus has set us free to talk boldly with God
    Not in our perfection
    But in His,Thank You Jesus
    Prayer changes things

    January 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • Hope

      I agree. Prayer will also change you. Spending time in God's presence may be the true purpose for prayer. The presence of God changes you from the inside out!

      January 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • Anon

      It's called insanity.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Phil

      Prayer is ineffective. But you're probably one of the people who believe that god is somehow helping tebow win stupid football games but is too busy to help the rest of the world with their needs.

      I can say with 100% certainty that there is, never has been and never will be a god of any kind. We're probably not alone in the universe - there is very likely other life out there, but it's definitely not god.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Wholly Mary

      Gag me with a crucifix.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • jeff

      No Adam and Eve ... fossils, proof the bible is just a dry piece of fiction.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • no_reply

      So when you find your car keys god answered a prayer.. When a child dies from cancer, the only explanation must be that no one prayed for it? People are masters at seeing patterns where no patter exists. The truth is that the world is compleatly random and we believe prayer words because we want to beliece it works.

      January 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • Dj

      Faith is v good for psych... Doesn't have to be jesus though

      January 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Teeby

      Noreply. You say the world is completley random? Im sure 4 million workd reknowned scientists would highly disagree. Get a clue

      January 21, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  16. JamesofFaith

    Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world (James 1:27)

    January 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  17. Hope

    People have argued that God and/or Christ does not exist for thousands of years. The arguments are the same. Truth is, you will never believe it until you receive it. It's called FAITH. I was/am very logical and intellectual. I made all of the same arguments that you do. I would never have believed it until it happened to me. You persecute because you fear what you don't understand. How can following the teachings of Jesus be so threatening or cause people to spout hate? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say (Matt 12:34). Do you know what He teaches? It also says that people who aren't spiritual can't receive these truths from God. It all sounds foolish to them and they can't understand it. (1 Cor 2:14).

    January 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • camper

      It all sounds foolish 'cause it is all foolish. There is more truth in "Horton Hears a Who" than there is in the bible..., and it has a better lesson too.

      How can you logically believe that Noah and his family managed to fit two of every animal on Earth(and the food to keep them all alive, not to mention how did they deal with all the poo from the thousands of animals, also...the travel necessary to accomplish such an illogical feat could not have been accomplished in one lifetime, even with today's travel technnology) in an ark that was 300 cubits x 50 cubits x 30 cubits(450 ft x 75 ft x 45 ft) and also believe that the 8 people that survived the "global flood" on the ark repopulated the planet? Completely illogical and irresponsible to believe and preach that fable as truth. You might as well still believe that Santa is real too.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Hope

      Of course it sounds crazy! I'll be the first to admit that. I won't pretend that I have it all figured out. But, I cannot deny what has happened to me and countless others. I know it's hard to believe when you don't have it all figured out up front. That was my issue. I made the choice to believe what could not be proven to me beforehand and God so graciously has been showing me the truth ever since. It is a life long journey and I don't expect to find all the answers here on earth. The reward of knowing God through His son Jesus Christ cannot be explained to someone who has not had that experience. What I do know about God and how richly my life has been blessed far outweighs the unknowns (or not known yet) that are debated in the Bible.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • jeff

      Wait just a minute there ... no santa!!!!

      January 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • md2205

      Noah saving the animals and his family and repopulating the earth with his descendants is viewed as a story much like a fable and is hard to believe as something that could be true. One reason is that we learn the stories when we are young and not able to have an adult view of them. We learn other things when we get older and we don't relearn these kind of stories, so our image of them is that of a childish story. In fact, it was a miracle that G-d enabled Noah to accomplish as it would not be natural to be able to find and catch all the animals of the world, and bring them to a large boat, and have them live together peacefully for a year, and survive, with only one family feeding and taking care of them. Naturally, this could not have happened, but since G-d commanded Noah to do it, it was something that G-d would help him do. G-d brought the animals to Noah, and made them tame enough to live together all that time, and made enough space for all the food that was needed, etc. When we see or hear of a miracle, it makes us understand that really all of the created world is a miracle and that G-d is behind it all.

      January 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • KeithTexas

      You can't use your book to prove your book. The problem with fundamentalists of every sort is circular reasoning.

      January 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      And others have faith that King Arthur really existed, but that doesn't make it absolutely so.

      January 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  18. Atheist #1

    Who said Jesus Ever Existed.

    January 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Teeby

      Um.. Petty much most historians. I suppose you think wood is make believe because they used it to hang jesus? Ha ha

      January 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • kr

      Your question has been answered by many scholars from generation to generation. Why keep on askiing the question? Ah, there is a saying you cannot wake up somebody who is faking sleep. By the way, scholars, including many who do believe in a God, says JESUS EXISTED, THERE IS A HISTORICAL JESUS. Now, you might doubt his divinity but there is a historical Jesus.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • kr

      Your question has been answered by many scholars from generation to generation. Why keep on askiing the question? Ah, there is a saying you cannot wake up somebody who is faking sleep. By the way, scholars, including many who do NOT believe in a God, says JESUS EXISTED, THERE IS A HISTORICAL JESUS. Now, you might doubt his divinity but there is a historical Jesus.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Atheist #1

      Why does god Nolonger do magic for humans anymore?

      January 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • kyle collins

      Josephus, Jewish historian. http://www.provethebible.net/T2-Divin/D-0201.htm

      January 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Teeby

      Athiest. God does magic for humans everysingle day. Your denial doesnt change facts

      January 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Anon

      There is zero evidence for a historical Jesus.
      Read Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection by D.M. Murdock.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Atheist #1

      Prove They were Miracles? And while you at it Prove That People who lived 2,000 years ago weren't Liar's

      January 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • RGeneration

      Find out the answers for yourself. You are posting questions that have been answered eons ago. Now go get a life and stop such old questions at us.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Anon

      If Christianity were true it wouldn't even need apologetics.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Atheist #1

      Old Question's or things you don't like to think about? Because isn't the Bible A very ancient Book?

      January 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • AdmrlAckbar

      Next thing you're gonna tell me is you know where Waldo and Carmen SanDiego are....

      January 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Teeby

      Anon. Thats hilarious. Do you even know what apologetics are? Its not "apologies".. Ha ha oh my god, you guys are killing me

      January 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  19. Darth Cheney

    1) Republican policies favor the 1% and hurt the 99%.
    2) Most Republicans identify themselves as Christian, and vice-versa.
    3) Jesus said, "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, so you do unto me."
    4) Republicans are among the biggest moral hypocrites in the history of the world.

    January 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Atheist #1

      Wrong Topic.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • kr

      Not all Christians are republicans though.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • AdmrlAckbar

      Unsupported sweeping generalizations make opinions as cool as facts!

      January 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • aarrgghh

      Ahh, but don't Unsupported sweeping generalizations not also make religions?

      January 21, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  20. Bob

    This video is spot on! Amazing spiritual maturity for a young person. It took me 40 years to figure this out, but
    he's already got it. The truth will surely set you free.

    January 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • kr

      This kid needs more research on Christ, Christianity, and church history because he ended up in wrong conclusions. Lack of information leads to wong conclusions. You need to do the same further research if you have not done so at your age 40.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • kr

      If someone does it public, such as this video, he should make sure he is not sowing misinformation.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
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