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April 7th, 2012
09:44 AM ET

Tebow expected to draw thousands for Easter speech

(CNN)–NFL star Tim Tebow will be in Texas speaking at Celebration Church's Easter Sunday service in Georgetown, Texas . The church is setting up an outdoor space for the event and expects as many as 30,000 people to attend. CNN affiliate KVUE reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Easter • Holidays

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  1. Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer is delusional.

    April 8, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • FSM follower

      For every answered prayer, there are a million unanswered, it not a miracle, those are just the odds.

      April 8, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    April 8, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • FSM follower

      But only if you are praying to the one true god....FSM

      FSM bless!

      April 8, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are so full of crap and lies. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      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!.... .

      April 8, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  3. FSM follower

    May the flying spaghetti monster have mercy on Tim Tebow's soul for his blasphemous ways. FSM bless!

    April 8, 2012 at 7:21 am |
  4. Jesus is Lord

    HE IS RISEN !

    April 8, 2012 at 6:56 am |
    • Jack is Lord

      Jesus is risen from the dead, and he wants to feast on brains! You have nothing to worry about.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  5. Scott

    Poems are made by fools like me but only God can make a tree. And only go who makes that tree also makes the fools like me. But only fools like me you see can make a god who makes a tree!

    Belief without evidence doesn't require evidence to disprove it.

    April 8, 2012 at 6:45 am |
  6. Don't Miss That One For The World

    The great Christian media whore is going to speak on Zombie Jesus Day! It's just so exciting!

    April 7, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • Genia

      Hope God has a sense of humor, because most of these comments are hilarious.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:04 am |
    • Don't Miss That One For The World

      Christians just love to threaten. They lie a lot, too. Because they are more moral.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things*

    April 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Came and went

      Dude...you really need a new line.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Kebos

      There is no new line. It's religion. The same old, mindless drivel.

      April 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • just sayin

      Life inspiring wisdom and Truth. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
    • Well-Fed Prayer Troll

      Very well-fed troll. But don't let that stop you from feeding trollboy some more.

      April 7, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • Jesus

      *Prayer doesn’t not; you are so full of crap and lies. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      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! . ..

      April 8, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  8. Faith first;football next!

    Tebow-Love ya for your faith.

    Continue sharing the good news!!!

    April 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  9. Kebos

    Whoppeeee! Tewbow speaks!!

    Jesus likes football and took a personal action in promoting his career. Which is really quite sad since Jesus should return already for the sake of humanity. But, oh no, Jesus would rather watch Monday night football. When Jesus does return, I'm ripping him a new one!

    April 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  10. Steve the Goat

    Ah how nice... he's going to share fairy tales with other mental midgets.

    April 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  11. Wholly Mary

    Oooooooooo, the second coming!

    April 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Mike

      Whatever turns you on, apparently fairly infrequently in your case!

      April 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Wholly Mary

      Mikey-How would YOU even know? Does your mommy know you're on the computer?

      April 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  12. Came and went

    @justsaying.....ummm....I think you are the one spewing hate there good Christian.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • just sayin

      It would be hateful to lie to you. Love motivates to try to see that you find peace with God and avoid a Christless eternity. Truth may be harsh but it is never hate. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • just sayin

      You have said that which illustrates two essential building blocks of atheism, lying and hate. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • just sayin

      Previous post was intended as a reply to YeahOK

      April 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • What IF

      just sayin,

      Your lying and hate regarding Zeus has just got to stop!

      April 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • just sayin

      Zeus was an idol, a false God for you who appear unable to tell the difference. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @just sayin

      "Zeus was an idol, a false God"

      Blasphemy!!! Why are you being such an atheist towards Zeus? So hateful.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • just sayin

      Quite a slew of names you are using. Never study the false there are thousands of them. Study the Truth. No idol ever approaches the person of God and when you know God the phony gods become transparent. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @just sayin

      "Quite a slew of names you are using."

      Huh?

      April 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Pharaoh

      just sayin - your hate and de-Nile of Ra is disgusting.

      Millions upon millions of people for thousands upon thousands of years went to their graves firmly believing that Ra was real... just like you most probably will with your imaginary god.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • just sayin

      You went from what if to Yeahok on the zeus comments. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • What IF

      just sayin,

      I am not @YeahOk, although I do agree with him/her.

      You are wrongo bozongo... again.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • just sayin

      @Pharoah
      It has already been done and much better by someone else. Try thinking for yourself, does wonders for the learning process. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Came and went

      Hail Zeus.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • just sayin

      @whatif
      The first danger sign = denial. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @just sayin

      "You went from what if to Yeahok on the zeus comments."

      No, homey don't play that. But, if you want to *believe* that, who am I to stop you from believing something.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • What IF

      just sayin,

      What if I said that you are also @HeavenSent...?

      April 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • just sayin

      @yeahok
      A danger sign = denial . God bless
      1 step healing process (not 12) = repent of your sins, accept the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • just sayin

      @ whatif
      You would be lying but we have already established that lying is essential to being an atheist so that tempers everything you say. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • What IF

      just sayin,

      Ah, then we have established that you are a liar, since @YeahOk and I are not one in the same.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @just sayin

      "A danger sign = denial . God bless
      1 step healing process (not 12) = repent of your sins, accept the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved."

      Let's see, if I multiply by 2... carry the 8... divide by the square root of 15....

      = God does not exist.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • YeahOk

      "Ah, then we have established that you are a liar, since @YeahOk and I are not one in the same."

      We're not?

      I mean, yes, yes, we're not. 😉

      Sorry, I can be a little slow sometimes.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • just sayin

      ttfn. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I'm out too. Amen. 😉

      April 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • YeahOk

      Ummmm, well now I'm bored.

      April 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • What IF

      YeahOk,

      Happy Birthday!

      April 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @What IF

      "Happy Birthday!"

      It's my, errrr, our birthday today?

      April 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • What IF

      YeahOk,

      Yeah, it IS mine! I'll share it though, if you wish.

      April 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @What IF

      Awesome, I hope someone is planning a surprise party for me!

      Anyway, do enjoy!!

      April 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • What IF

      YeahOk,

      Thanks.

      (sort of revolting to have to go to such lengths to prove @just sayin's pea-brainedness - as if it's not already quite apparent)

      April 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • YeahOk

      It's really amazing how deep religions can brainwash their followers. And it's the brainwashed doing the brainwashing. I consider myself to be quite open minded and reasonable, and can even extend a hand when things get heated, or try to add a little humor, but even then you are viewed as nothing but pure evil. It's really quite sad.

      April 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Charles

      Zeus is a false god.
      NIKE is a false goddess...
      the false goddess that NIKE honors... the one Tebow endorses.
      http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

      April 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @Charles

      Prepare the tin-foil hats, stat!

      I like how the site says "This site has been developing over the last several months". Several months? Just a one page site?

      Are you Mr. Hubbard of Oklahoma, OK? Me thinks so.

      April 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • YeahOk

      Oklahoma City, OK that is.

      April 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  13. YeahOk

    @just sayin
    Probably because it appears that you do not understand the Bible.

    I really don't understand those Harry Potter or Star Wars books either. At least the readers of those books don't try to convince me they are non-fiction.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Came and went

      "Amen" brother. Nicely said.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • just sayin

      That is because they are fiction and in many ways a fiction that parallels the Truth found in the worlds most inspiring work. The Holy Bible ! Lord of the Rings trilogy was also inspired by the Bible. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • just sayin

      @cane and went
      Dumb and dumber. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @just sayin

      You know, you're not going to convince, and I know I'm not going to convince you. Just let it be known, that even though you're wrong, I don't hate you. 😉

      April 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • just sayin

      Hate and lying are essential ingredients to atheism. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @just sayin

      "Hate and lying are essential ingredients to atheism."

      And I could claim the same for religion, and that includes YOUR religion.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • just sayin

      You did say that and you illustrate two essential building blocks to atheism in so saying, lying and hatred. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @just sayin

      "You did say that and you illustrate two essential building blocks to atheism in so saying, lying and hatred."

      No, you lie and hate. So there. 😛

      April 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • just sayin

      A third building block of atheism the inability to know Truth when it is before you. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • just sayin

      Are you your own brother? God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @just sayin

      "A third building block of atheism the inability to know Truth when it is before you."

      I prefer Legos as building blocks, but you strike me more as a Mega Bloks kinda person.

      April 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Mike

      Building blocks are not necessary for NOT believing in something. Building blocks are necessary to BELIEVE in something. Sadly, there are no building blocks worth standing on for the God hypothesis and so believing is the biggest betrayal of human dignity ever.

      April 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  14. JJ

    [a line of prisoners files past a jailer]
    Coordinator: Crucifixion?
    Prisoner: Yes.
    Coordinator: Good. Out of the door, line on the left, one cross each.
    [Next prisoner]
    Coordinator: Crucifixion?
    Mr. Cheeky: Er, no, freedom actually.
    Coordinator: What?
    Mr. Cheeky: Yeah, they said I hadn't done anything and I could go and live on an island somewhere.
    Coordinator: Oh I say, that's very nice. Well, off you go then.
    Mr. Cheeky: No, I'm just pulling your leg, it's crucifixion really.
    Coordinator: [laughing] Oh yes, very good. Well...
    Mr. Cheeky: Yes I know, out of the door, one cross each, line on the left.

    April 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Forest Gump

      Stupid is as stupid posts

      April 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Came and went

      Really Forest Gump? i thought JJ's post was hilarious. You are obviously a good "Christian" calling non-believers "stupid". Nicely done – you are such a good Christian.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • GodsPeople

      I actually found that really funny, and more than likely something I would do. I will say I hold yesterday and tomorrow sacred as days special to the Lord Himself, and that today I can enjoy some good natured humor. Tomorrow I likely won't be here, as I will be with my family celebrating the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of Almighty God and Savior of us all.

      April 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  15. Jude

    That is great! Tebow is using his influence to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ.

    April 7, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • YeahOk

      Why does your God need so much praise? Is he that insecure?

      April 7, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • just sayin

      Do you and your significant other show emotions ? Are you insecure if you do? God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • YeahOk

      @just sayin

      Unlike your God, I don't tell my girlfriend she will burn in hell if she doesn't praise me. And while we're at it, I wouldn't say our show of appreciation to each other would be considered praising, glorifying, or worshiping. I also don't ask others to praise her, or me. And unlike your God, my girlfriend is real. I can even prove it.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • just sayin

      God doesn't do that either. Hell was not created for mankind and God has made every provision so that no person has to go there. You will end up in hell by your own choice of ignoring God. If you ignore your "girl" friend how will your human relationship be? God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • YeahOk

      @just sayin

      "You will end up in hell by your own choice of ignoring God."

      Well isn't that special.

      If you ignore your "girl" friend how will your human relationship be?

      Probably wouldn't be very good. Won't be in hell though.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • just sayin

      Hell is separation from God. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  16. Reality

    Dear Timmy T,

    Welcome to the 21st century with a bit of realism:

    Putting all holy weeks in proper perspective:

    ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS:

    Putting the final kibosh on religion to include Mormonism:

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added references are available.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    April 7, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • .....

      This pos can't give it a break even at easter all reality posts are garbage hit report abuse on all of them

      April 7, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • YeahOk

      @.....

      Awwww, does he hurt your feelings? You can always pray to your God to help you with your emotional problems.

      April 7, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • G Daytona

      You are on sinking sand my friend. Before arguing hours about a book you've never read, why don't you pick up a Bible and read it? And have a happy Easter!!!

      April 7, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • YeahOk

      @G Daytona

      "Before arguing hours about a book you've never read, why don't you pick up a Bible and read it?"

      Why do you assume that anyone here that argues against your book hasn't read it?

      April 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • just sayin

      Probably because it appears that you do not understand the Bible. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • What IF

      just sayin,

      ...and you "just don't understand" the Quran, the Hindu Vedas, the Norse Eddas, the Book of Scientology or the teachings of Buddha...

      April 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • just sayin

      Because there is no need to understand cult literature. God has spoken to us, mankind through the Holy Bible and through the
      Word only. God has confirmed the Bible in His Son the Lord Jesus, the living Word in these last days. God bless

      April 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Son of Bob

      Bob Dylan affirmed the existence of Abraham in "Highway 61 Revisited". Abraham was his father, so If it's good enough for Bob, it's good enough for me.

      April 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Reality

      Dear Timmy T,

      . origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus).

      An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      April 8, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    April 7, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Jesus

      ~Prayer doesn’t not; you are so full of crap and lies. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      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!

      April 7, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • YeahOk

      Things prayer changes... Nothing.

      April 7, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  18. Ting

    He fits right at home in Texas. Home of the Branch Davidians, former home of Warren Jeffs, and home of Governor Perry the rainmaker. Now it's time for some Tebowing.

    April 7, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • G Daytona

      A bit of Tebowing might do you some good. Have a fine Easter!

      April 7, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • AGuest9

      Tebowing never did anyone any good, including Tebow.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  19. Bob

    The silly religious sheeple readily flock to any "leader" who wants to fleece them.

    April 7, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  20. johnfrichardson

    Pathetic.

    April 7, 2012 at 9:46 am |
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