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March 6th, 2012
09:43 AM ET

My Take: Who would Jesus vote for?

Editor's note: Larry Alex Taunton is the founder and executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation and author of “The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief.” You can follow him on Twitter @larrytaunton.

By Larry Alex Taunton, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Jesus isn’t up for re-election this year. He’s an uncontested incumbent of sorts.

But that hasn’t stopped presidential candidates from claiming his endorsement and hoping to ride his royal robe into the White House. They invoke his name to summon votes the way his Apostles once used it to make the lame walk and the blind see. They try to, anyway.

Presidential candidates strive to convince the public of their unique qualifications for the highest office in the land. They draw sharp comparisons between themselves and their rivals on issues ranging from the Middle East to health care. They do, that is, on every issue but one: the Christian faith.

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There each asserts that he, not his rivals, is the genuine article: Rick Santorum, scrambling to save his flagging campaign, is busy preaching his Christian credentials to evangelicals hoping to secure their money and their votes; Mitt Romney, less successful with that constituency, has nevertheless endeavored to convince them that Mormons are Christians, too; and Barack Obama, not to be left out, boldly stated at last month’s National Prayer Breakfast that his policies are guided by his Christian convictions and are consistent with the teachings of Jesus.

Given these claims, we might reasonably wonder whose candidacy the king of kings would endorse. Who would Jesus vote for?

That is a question Jesus’ contemporaries wanted to know, too. Not that there were any Democrats or Republicans at that time (whether that is good or a bad I leave you to decide). But there were plenty of political parties vying for power. Romans, Zealots, Sadducees, Pharisees and Scribes all wanted to know Jesus’ politics. Would he support their agendas, or was he an enemy to be destroyed? Let’s consider the evidence.

Contrary to their Hollywood image, Roman authorities are depicted throughout most of the New Testament as ambivalent to Christianity. Indeed, the first Gentile convert of the new church was a centurion (Acts 10). Shortly thereafter a Roman proconsul also embraced the faith (Acts 13:6-12). It was not until the burning of Rome in A.D. 64 that state-sponsored persecution of Christians began. Before then, Roman authorities were mainly concerned with preserving order in a religiously diverse empire. But when the crowd accused Jesus of treason against Rome - bad politics, so to speak - Pontius Pilate crucified him (John 19:4-16).

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What about the Zealots? Although Scripture says little about them, it is a safe assumption that they were also interested in Jesus’ politics. Violent and embittered by Roman tyranny, the Zealots wanted to overthrow Roman governance of Israel using any and all available means. Was Jesus the conquering Messiah they had long anticipated? When he demonstrated a capacity to woo crowds and perform miracles, some attempted to seize him and make him a king. But Jesus withdrew (John 6:15). Many scholars think that it was, in part, a disappointed Zealotry that incited members of the Jerusalem mob to call for Jesus’ death when they might have asked for his release. Who was released in his place? Pilate gave them Barabbas, a murderer and possibly a Zealot.

As for Jesus’ encounters with the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes, they are well-documented. Having amputated Judaism from authentic worship of God, they were quick to recognize that Jesus’ message was a threat to their monopoly on power - political as well as religious. When it became clear to them that he would not yield to their authority, they plotted to kill him (John 11:47-53).

So what may we deduce from this about Jesus’ political views? First of all, Jesus was not, as some suggest, indifferent to politics. As the great theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper once observed, “In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, ‘That is mine!’ ”

Nevertheless, he did not endorse any political platform because he knew that politics are merely a superficial manifestation of the inner man. Hence, it was his practice to address matters of the heart - justice, mercy, love, man’s need for his atoning work - and the eternal consequences that accompany our attitudes toward each. The result was that he condemned elements of every group for their sinfulness and refusal to obey God, while affirming others for their obedience.

Secondly, we learn that Jesus was not seeking political transformation of society, but spiritual transformation. There is a difference. Many evangelicals believe that societal reform is a top-down process: Remove President Barack Obama and frustrate initiatives of the Democratic Party and you’re well on your way.

By contrast, Jesus did not consider Pilate or Tiberius the root of the problem. They were representative of a systemic cultural rot. Wicked people make wicked laws. Change the people, and you change the laws they make.

Finally, Jesus understood that while party affiliation may be an expression of one’s deeply held convictions it does nothing to put you in right standing with God. To lose sight of this, as many on the “religious right” have, is to confuse conversion to a political platform with conversion to Christianity.

To be clear, Christians should exercise their political rights. I exercise mine with relish. But we should never place our hopes in the political process. Hope is found neither in politicians nor in the laws they enact but in Jesus Christ alone.

So who would Jesus vote for? As the executive director of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, I cannot legally tell you that.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Larry Alex Taunton.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church and state • Opinion • Politics

soundoff (1,019 Responses)
  1. Hypatia

    he answered this very succinctly: give unto Caesar.....

    March 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  2. BoldGeorge

    Well read article. And I must emphasize that political leadership and government will never save anyone (and we can all testify to that)...only Christ will.

    Many believe in scientific reasoning, yet non of current scientific theories have not and cannot be proven through science and reasoning. A few scientists way back when (not all scientists have agreed on this by the way) conjectured and theorized that everything in our existence has taken millions upon billions of years to bring forth existence. Now, these same scientists also have stated that the very definition of science is this: Systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.

    How in the world can we have observed and experienced/experimented on anything millions, much less billions of years ago. There is no proof on any of this ludicrousness. All we have are just drawings, sketches, clay models in museums, and text books that direct you to more drawings, clay models and other books about the science world and our origins. That, my friends. is called circular un-reasoning.

    The proof that the bible, God's Word, and even God Himself is real is this: I won't even use the bible, my faith, nor spiritual talk to prove it. I'll just use "science" to prove God's existence (besides, God is the author of real science). Ever since the discovery of DNA, which is fairly recent, we have come to learn that INFORMATION is what makes up everything as we know it. It is through information that things are made, built, created, studied and learned. Molecules, cells, tissues, organs, etc. are all made up of reproducible information that came from an initial source of information. Now, initial information had to come from somewhere or someone. Information does not just pop out of nowhere, it never has nor it never will, and this is a die-hard fact, as we have never ever witnessed it. If you want to discover the mysteries of life, that is a good place to start, how information got here and why? Because all information in itself is meaningful and purposeful. That is why it's called information...and DNA is full of it.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • LOL

      "I'll just use "science" to prove God's existence (besides, God is the author of real science). Ever since the discovery of DNA, which is fairly recent, we have come to learn that INFORMATION is what makes up everything as we know it. It is through information that things are made, built, created, studied and learned. "

      LMAO! –The excuses people come up with in their head to justify their beliefs is just amazing. Dude the same science you are trying to use also proved that the God you believe in is just a chemical reaction in your brain, nothing more. You in NO way proved the existence of a god, you just made up a bunch of crap. Oh...if we can't explain it yet...it's a god...talk about stupid mentality.

      March 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • fred

      Lol
      So, you think that faith is nothing more than chemical reaction? Chemical reactions are consistent and always produce the same results when combined in the same manner. Something else happens when humans see the same event which creates different results. We combine information that is not chemical in nature prior to the result. Take note that God spoke the universe into being and that the Bible to Greeks said in the beginning was the word and the word was with God. Now, all our science is great but it can never address what Neanderthal felt when making provision for the afterlife or why this happened. You cannot address why you were faced with the biggest question in your mind to accept or reject God. A dog with chemical reactions is not faced with that question but you and every human that ever walked on two legs was presented with the reality of God. How do you explain your need to accept God and when you reject God you constant need to defend your rejection with science or whatever you can lay your hands on?

      March 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • LOL

      "A dog with chemical reactions is not faced with that question but you and every human that ever walked on two legs was presented with the reality of God.'

      Actually they are proving that animals do have feelings but human beings don't want to hear it when they're putting their steak on the grill. You're clueless about what you are talking about.

      March 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • fred

      LOL
      You may be right because I just cannot wrap my head around a meaningless existence or at best an existence whos meaning and or purpose is no different than a group of chimps in the jungle

      March 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  3. GodsPeople

    I honestly believe (and it's a belief, I have no proof) that Jesus would want us to vote for Ron Paul. He's the most unassuming of all of the candidates, the one with the least arrogance, he's actually quite humble. he wants to move power out of the fed's hands and into the states as the const-i-t- ution demands... he's a good man and would make a great president.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  4. AvdBerg

    The above article by Larry Alex Taunton is a deception as he does not know what spirit he is of (Luke 9:55). He is spiritually blind and serves after an image of a false god and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24).

    God’s kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36; Isaiah 9:6; Daniel 2:44; 7:14; Luke 12:14; Luke 17:20:21).

    The believers are not of this world (John 17:14; 16).

    The spirit of truth cannot be received by this world (John 14:17).

    The believers have overcome the world (1 John 5:4).

    Christ did not belong to any political parties and neither do the believers. The article ‘Who would Jesus vote for?’ is an abomination and provides misleading and false information to all its readers.

    For a better understanding of the mysteries of God we invite you to read the articles listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain the deep hidden mysteries of God and how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    The Word of God is God (John1:1), it is truth and there is no lie in it (Hebrews 6:18).

    Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

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    March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  5. Rod Blum

    Ron Paul is the only possibility.
    How Ironic when a "Warvangelical" has to ask this question and then gets this question attacked by the Regressive's and athiest who have a leader who has broken his word on almost every campaign promise, increasing the wars, and drone strikes on Americans,playing "Selective civil rights" by pandering to potential voting blocks, Gays and Women,continuing the Patriot Act of the Bush regime, and has more than ever increased the division in this country. The answer is obvious and you need to look no further than (Ron Paul) who has been attacked for sedition as Jesus was executed for by the Fox News/CNN "Sanhedrin"for promoting a foreign Policy rooted in the Golden Rule ! Love they neighbor as thyself , and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." is not just the heart of Jesus wisdom but many wise men,atheist will be happy to be able to include Confucius, Zoroaster, and Gandhi to the list of those professing this.
    Not surprisingly he is being rejected by the masses, the media, and nothing short of "crucified", for his non pandering , non hypocritical, unpopular truth telling about our rights being taken away ,about the "Money changers" at the fed,
    our freedoms being oppressed in the guise of a false safety, and the spreading of bombs and greed instead of peace and reflection of past mistakes to not repeat in the name of the power hungry war mongering greedy Kings of this earth.

    March 7, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  6. Joe

    Jesus would have a hard time endorsing any candidate or party. Politics is like divorce court- both sides tend to inflate and downright lie about the harm done to them while denying their own questionable behavior. Not only would he have trouble with our politics but he'd look around and see people of ALL faiths, including non-Christian, a-theiests and agnostics in a world society that is so concerned with personal comfort and gain that it is blind to the destruction of this green, brown and blue jewel called Earth. Jesus would see a world with vast numbers of poor, sick and those caught in war that are ignored or worse. He would see people of all beliefs and political leaning doing good works too but not enough to save us from destruction from war, the poisoning of the enviornment and the inevitable mistakes, greed amd lust for power of our leaders and political systems. Jesus would have to hold his head in his hands and cry. Mr Taunton, thanks for your thought provoking article.

    March 7, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  7. I am a believer in Christ!!!!!

    As a believer. I believe The Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ is with me EVERYDAY!!!!! And I pray that Holy Spirit be with all of you and across this entire Universe.I believe that it is The Lord that provides for me. Much more than any worhtless man ever could. We as people are destroying our own self exisistence; "Do to the fact that; We as people...men, woman, and children are not following the basic principles of the Bilble which is the blueprint on how man should live" " And according to Gods own words." The laws and ideas of men are dispositioning the very fiber of mans existence in today's society.

    March 7, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Jesus

      "As a believer. I believe The Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ is with me EVERYDAY!!!!! "

      Actually they've proven it's just a chemical reaction in your brain, nothing more.

      March 7, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Yo!

      "the basic principles of the Bilble which is the blueprint on how man should live"

      Too funny you can't even spell Bible correctly. Guess what supposedly 70% of Americans are Christians, yet most are full of greed and gluttony, don't care about the needy since the homeless population keeps growing.

      March 7, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      @ Jesus

      Where is this evidence you speak of?

      (by the way, how do you pronounce your name - is it "hey-soos"?)

      March 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  8. Larry

    Atheism simply means you choose to live your life without believing in a God-creator. Atheists understand the world through scientific reasoning, supported by facts and proven theories. Atheists who have experienced "religious" happenings try to explain them as mental curiosities of clairvoyance, telepathy, and self-induced projection. Atheists believe religion is a man-made creation that offers explanations to questions that man cannot answer...yet.

    March 7, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      Atheists believe in scientific reasoning, yet non of current scientific theories have not and cannot be proven through science and reasoning. A few scientists way back when (not all scientists have agreed on this by the way) conjectured and theorized that everything in our existence has taken millions upon billions of years to bring forth existence. Now, these same scientists also have stated that the very definition of science is this: Systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.

      How in the world can we have observed and experienced/experimented on anything millions, much less billions of years ago. There is no proof on any of this ludicrousness. All we have are just drawings, sketches, clay models in museums, and text books that direct you to more drawings, clay models and other books about the science world and our origins. That, my friends. is called circular un-reasoning.

      The proof that the bible, God's Word, and even God Himself is real is this: I won't even use the bible, my faith, nor spiritual talk to prove it. I'll just use "science" to prove God's existence (besides, God is the author of real science). Ever since the discovery of DNA, which is fairly recent, we have come to learn that INFORMATION is what makes up everything as we know it. It is through information that things are made, built, created, studied and learned. Molecules, cells, tissues, organs, etc. are all made up of reproducible information that came from an initial source of information. Now, initial information had to come from somewhere or someone. Information does not just pop out of nowhere, it never has nor it never will, and this is a die-hard fact, as we have never ever witnessed it. If you want to discover the mysteries of life, that is a good place to start, how information got here and why? Because all information in itself is meaningful and purposeful. That is why it's called information...and DNA is full of it.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • LOL

      "I'll just use "science" to prove God's existence (besides, God is the author of real science). Ever since the discovery of DNA, which is fairly recent, we have come to learn that INFORMATION is what makes up everything as we know it. It is through information that things are made, built, created, studied and learned. Molecules, cells, tissues, organs, etc. are all made up of reproducible information that came from an initial source of information. Now, initial information had to come from somewhere or someone. Information does not just pop out of nowhere, it never has nor it never will, and this is a die-hard fact, as we have never ever witnessed it."

      LMAO! The excuses people come up with in their head to justify their beliefs is just amazing. Dude the same science you are trying to use also proved that the God you believe in is just a chemical reaction in your brain, nothing more. You in NO way proved the existence of a god, you just made up a bunch of crap. Oh...if we can't explain it yet...it's a god...talk about stupid mentality.

      March 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  9. James Hussher

    I found it a departure from responsible journalism. This man has an opinion that Jesus existed. No facts support that. To spend time on an international news program allowing him to express his opinions not only about Jesus but about what Jesus would have wanted in the current presidential election, is preposterous. Even assuming that Jesus actually existed, not everyone is Christian and could care less what Jesus wants. Who would Buddha or Mohammed wants us to vote for? Why does this guy even get airtime for this?!

    March 7, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Kevin

      It amazes me how anyone can claim that there is no proof that Jesus ever existed (but we conservatives are the ignorant ones, right?). In addition to the gospels, read some secular historians of antiquity: Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, ......

      March 7, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • Anon

      http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=rsaRQDxmLqY

      March 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Anon

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

      March 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  10. Susan Cochran

    Jesus would be a Democrat. Let me paraphrase, A rich man has as little chance of going to heaven as a camel has of passing through the eye of a needle. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The widow's mite means more than any wealthy person's money.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Rdon49

      So by your logic, there are no Rich Democrats – John Kerry, Bill Clinton, Any Kennedy, etc etc etc....

      March 7, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  11. Reality

    Only for the newbies:-------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

    Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694.

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care who a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic man would vote for!!!!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • .....

      reality does not think it only copy pastes others theories, hit report abuse on every reality post

      March 7, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • Mark

      This guy is full of BS, he doesn't even know when Jesus was crucified. He said Tiberius crucified him, but Tiberius didn't take control of the empire until 14AD, It was Octavian Augustus that ruled at the time Jesus was crucified. Simple facts, if you can't get them all right, shut your mouth and stop talking because you are obviously useless and full of crap.

      March 7, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Reality

      Mark,

      Please expand on your statement since one cannot determine who you are referring to.

      March 7, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Reality

      "The Gospels record that during Tiberius' reign, Jesus of Nazareth preached and was executed under the authority of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judaea province. In the Bible, Tiberius is mentioned by name only once, in Luke 3:1,[100] stating that John the Baptist entered on his public ministry in the fifteenth year of his reign. Many references to Caesar (or the emperor in some other translations), without further specification, would seem to refer to Tiberius. Similarly, the "Tribute Penny" referred to in Matthew[101] and Mark[102] is popularly thought to be a silver denarius coin of Tiberius.[103][104][105]

      During Tiberius' early reign many Jews had immigrated to Rome and began proselytizing Roman citizens and performed Jewish rites.[106] Tiberius was susp-icious and in 19 CE ordered Jews who were of military age to join the Roman Army. [106] Tiberius banished the rest of the Jews from Rome and threatened to enslave them for life if they did not leave the city. [106] There is considerable debate among historians when Christianity was differentiated from the Jewish religion. [106] According to Tertullian, Tiberius had requested the Senate, a few years after Christ's crucifixion, to publicly recognize Christianity.[106] Most scholars believe that Roman distinction between Jews and Christians took place around 70 CE.[106] Tiberius most likely viewed Christians as a Jewish sect rather than a separate distinct faith."

      March 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    March 7, 2012 at 7:07 am |
    • Jesus

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      March 7, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • HeIsGod

      Jesus – Don't study the studies, study God.

      The statistics studies can not even prove that prayer can't chang things, they can only assume. They are the blind leading the blind. You cannot prove that God doesn't answer prayers, which in my case, it's been proven.

      March 7, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  13. "No Apologies Allowed" Weekly Apologetics Cartoons

    Great article. Hope to see more of Larry's work (and work by Steven James, too) on the CNN Religion blog. (Very and refreshingly different from what usually makes it on here.) Thanks, CNN editors!

    March 7, 2012 at 6:41 am |
  14. Ken Oberman

    He wouldn't vote. He's dead. If he ever existed in the first place.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:27 am |
    • HeIsGod

      Ken – And where is your proof of this? When you can prove the existence of things created in heaven and on earth, I will follow your thinking, until, the burden of proof is on you.

      March 7, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You don't believe things exist on earth, Higgy?

      So I guess that bus you take to work isn't real, right?

      What a poster girl for religious nuttiness you are.

      March 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  15. TightTurnCyde

    Vote - vote – vote ... this "belief" blog is a politics blog plain and simple, 95% of their posted articles are about politics (candidates and coming elections). Almost nothing is ever said about belief and there is very little evidence that any of them have any beliefs. They are mostly atheists

    March 7, 2012 at 3:27 am |
  16. BigTex

    That's easy. Jebbus would vote for the one that doesn't lie, cheat, steal, kill...oh wait...yeah – he would stay at the bar with the rest of us and laugh at what the next four years will bring.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      what us jeebus?

      March 7, 2012 at 8:13 am |
  17. Ran

    http://youtu.be/7v6-cnSRE54

    March 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • The Return of the Revenge of the Wild Sorority Girls of Planet Playtex

      Here is something interesting, better than the boring religious gibberish others post.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzORu1dqEE0

      March 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
  18. Kevin

    He never watched the video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIew3R_jAIk

    March 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • The Return of the Revenge of the Wild Sorority Girls of Planet Playtex

      How about something that's actually interesting?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcnFbCCgTo4

      March 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
  19. Jonah

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMQvx6uCyao&feature=player_detailpage

    March 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Jonah

      For me, atheism isn't a belief, it's a disbelief. It is based on the requiring a rational narrative and verifiable evidence for a phenomenon before accepting it as true. All accounts of all gods and all religions fail that very basic test. I know I can't prove that there are no gods, but I'm not claiming there are any.

      Without a rational narrative and evidence in support, it is unreasonable to believe the claim that theists make. Any claim for the existence of any god, including yours, can be rejected out of hand until there is evidence in support. You don't have any for yours. Your belief in your god revolves exclusively on your belief that the bible is true. Your belief in the bible is exclusively based on your belief that it is the word of your god. Now, if one of those could be shown to be actually correct, you'd have a case for both. Without that, all you have is a circular argument.

      Atheism also doesn't say anything about the origins of the universe, nor does it make any claims regarding the origins of life. Atheists do tend to agree with an explanation that is consistent and supported by evidence. But most will not claim with absolute certainty that they know how everything began (only that the theists version is extremely unlikely).

      March 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
  20. John

    He would vote for baby killers and the pro-gay crowd

    March 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, get a off it, ya moron.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
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