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Unlikely spiritual pilgrim walks 70 miles from frat house to shrine
Though he's not Catholic, Andrew Domini walked for two days to reach a Catholic shrine in Indiana.
April 14th, 2012
01:10 AM ET

Unlikely spiritual pilgrim walks 70 miles from frat house to shrine

By Jen Christensen, CNN

Andrew Domini’s feet were blistered and bloodied. He could barely walk by the time he finally made it to a pink marble church and crawled the last 90 feet to a quiet shrine tucked into the corner.

As he paused a couple of weeks ago in front of the wooden coffin that held the remains of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and prayed, the 19-year-old said he finally felt at peace.

Domini had walked nearly 70 miles, becoming an unlikely spiritual pilgrim. But the religious shrine wasn’t in Rome, Jerusalem or some other officially holy city. It was in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

And Domini’s spiritual quest had begun in the most modern of ways: flipping channels on the couch.

“I was watching ‘Law and Order’ reruns one Sunday, but there was a commercial,” Domini said. “So I grabbed the remote and landed on CNN, and there was this sister talking about this saint and what she meant to her.”

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“There was this regular kind of guy with eye problems who prayed to Mother Guerin and was cured - that made me stop,” Domini said. “By the end of the program I knew exactly what I needed to do.”

An aging friend of Domini’s who lives nearby in Crawfordsville, Indiana, had been diagnosed with stage IV cancer six months earlier.

“He wasn’t doing well, and he’s the kind of guy who gives so much and doesn’t expect anything in return,” Domini said. “I wanted to do something for him.”

Without telling his friend, Domini - who isn’t Catholic and said he has tried out different churches but considers himself more spiritual than religious - said he decided to take a long walk in search of spiritual assistance.

The TV program that had caught Domini’s attention was "CNN Presents," which aired the story of Mother Theodore Guerin, who arrived from France with a small group of religious sisters in what was then hostile anti-Catholic territory in Indiana in 1840.

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Bringing almost nothing with them, the sisters quickly built a community that would improve the lives of hundreds of Hoosiers. Guerin built eight schools, three orphanages and founded the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

Today, the congregation includes more than 350 women who educate and care for thousands all over the world.

After nearly 100 years of trying, the sisters finally got the Vatican to recognize Guerin as a saint - the Roman Catholic Church’s highest honor - in 2006.

“I wasn’t even raised Catholic,” Domini said. “But after seeing the show and after hearing about her journey here and what she did, I knew I had to go.”

Domini, who is taking a break from his second year at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, could have driven but said he “wanted to walk.”

“I wanted it to be a sacrifice,” he said.

So walk he did. After mapping out his journey online, he threw a candy bar, a lighter (he couldn't find a flashlight), change of shirt and socks and some money into his backpack.

He left his Wabash College fraternity house around 5 a.m., walking without headphones or company and trying to think only of his friend.

“I wasn’t lonely at all. I was actually fascinated by how things kept working out,” Domini said. “I trusted in providence like Mother Guerin talked about.”

The first day he made it some 30 miles, walking along highways and country roads.

The trek was mostly quiet and uneventful, though a state trooper stopped Domini about 15 miles outside of town. Domini gave the officer his name and explained his pilgrimage, and the trooper sent him on his way, with encouragement.

“The only real hazard was the trucks,” Domini said. “They would come so close I would have to jump off into the grass, and they were so loud sometimes it was hard to think.”

It was also hard to find lodging that first night. “I asked for sanctuary at a couple of churches, but they told me they couldn’t do that,” Domini said.

Eventually he found a couch at a student union building in Greencastle. After security asked him to leave, he tried a park bench and then a couch inside an abandoned bank building.

The next day, he walked 12 more miles. By that time his feet were blistered and bleeding.

But a couple saw him on the side of the road and asked if he needed a ride. They happened to be heading in his direction and dropped him just outside Terre Haute. He went about 10 miles in the car before walking the last couple of miles to St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

“As I stepped on the grounds, it all felt so peaceful,” he said.

After praying at the shrine for his friend, he visited the Sisters of Providence’s welcome center, watching a video about the Saint Mother Theodore’s life.

The small museum is filled with earthly reminders of Guerin’s humanity: her tiny shoes, a sewing basket, her wooden writing desk.

Domini was particularly taken with a quote of Guerin’s: “What have we to do in order to become saints? Nothing more than we do every day. Only do it for the love of God.”

At the museum, Sister Jan Craven, who now runs the shrine, approached Domini.

“I swooped him under my wing to find out what brought him here,” Craven said.

Since CNN’s program on Mother Guerin ran last month, Craven said her workload has tripled as she’s received hundreds of calls, e-mails and letters. One couple from New England made a detour on their drive home from Florida.

“Another lady from Vegas called and asked me to send her everything I’ve got on Mother Theodore,” Craven said.

Craven said that many of Guerin’s new fans ask for help for sick friends, for lost jobs, for peace. Like Domini, many aren’t Catholic.

“I tell them I don’t think God is Catholic, and they look at me like I’m nuts,” Craven said. “God is much bigger than any one religion.”

When Craven asked Domini if he had anything to eat, he told her he’d been fasting. She took him to the dining hall to eat with the sisters and offered him a room in the men’s wing of the facility.

“I warned him he was going to be doted on by a lot of grandma-types,” Craven said.

Domini spent two days with the sisters, who told him about what Saint Guerin had meant to them and about their service.

“We’ve been told by a lot of people that when they come onto the grounds, they feel a real sense of peace that we are this oasis in this modern jungle,” Craven said. “We feel this, but because we live here sometimes we need a reminder. Andrew did just that.”

At the end of his stay, the sisters gave Domini some books, prayer cards and notes and asked him to come back soon.

Domini hadn’t been able to tell his friend, Fred Lewis, about his walk until Thursday. Lewis, in his 60s, had been too ill to receive visitors but was well enough Thursday to drive to see Domini after reading about his pilgrimage in a local newspaper.

Lewis still looked unwell, Domini said, but he thinks the trek was nonetheless worthwhile.

“I’ve been inspired,” Domini said. “I trusted in Providence to get me through this just like (Mother Guerin) did with her journey.

“We are here to make the world a better place,” he said, “just like the sisters do every day.”

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Pipe-Dreamer

    Pipe Dreamers Otherly Philosophical Revelations

    Phosphorus wrote to me on April 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm, stating, "To confuse social statistics and demographics with numerology is a rather remarkable mistake. Nice try, Pipe-Dreamer. Keep smoking your pipe, and leave the actual science and math to us adults. Besides, it's probably passed your bed time. With the lines I've seen you spitting out in this blog and some of CNN's previous religious blogs, you may want to brush your teeth for an extra few minutes. Talking that much (I'll be polite) can really make one's breath wreak. Nighty-night!
    FYI Phosphorus, I smoke no pipe,,, haven't for many so many years,,,,,, I do however smoke filtered cigars. Science you say? Here's a weenie of science for ya! Long ago in the ancient timeperiods of Greek and Roman civilizations, there were these Theological Philosophers who made stories as to just exactly what was the smallest things and their roles in the meanings of Life. In their still known to us writings they did write that the smallest things known were the "elemental gods". Todays scientists do scoff at such an idea and they have renamed an old fling to call these "elemental gods as being atoms putting to bed the ancient Theological philosophers' understandings. So much for pragmatisms' lamentations!
    Another tid-bit to ponder upon is the exact size of this "Celestial Cosmos we find ourselves living within. Just how big is it really? Do you agree with our sciences' rather mundane stand that the universe is all there is out there? If you do then you get the booby prize! This Celestial Cosmos is riddled with way more than just our knowable to us universe! The actual size and immensity of the Celestial Cosmos is beyond thye perceptions of many science ladled folks!
    Another diddy to feast upon is called "Fractal Cosmology" Ever heard about it? Probably not so here is the main jist of it! Fractal Cosmology deals with the very real possibiliy that there are places where there are universes within universes. These places where there are "inner-universes" must and I dare say again, must be sheltered from the outward universes blasts of stellar radiation. What a better place to hide Micro-universes than within all forms of living bodies! Here's the clincher! All Life Forms and Life Formations are all made up of cellularized universes that are living places for the elemental gods' ever so smalled living generations of inward living life forms and life formations! Many verses of the KJVB does back up this diddy of thoughts!
    Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is INSIDE you.
    1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building

    April 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  2. b4bigbang

    8.6 and 8.2 earthquakes – we're living in the end times! The prophecy is in the Gospels – check it out!

    April 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      you know what ALL end times predictions have in common? only one thing:

      they've all been wrong. yep, every single one. christians just can't wait for death, for everyone to be judged and the unrighteous to be killed. it's just a death cult. pretending to drink blood and eat flesh. the bible is full of sacrifices, some animal, some human. go worship your zombie jesus and leave people who love life alone.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Go? You mean don't post belief stuff in the 'Belief' section? You life-loving atheists might get bored if we believers left the Belief section and you guys were stuck here alone.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • jason s

      no but the world would get over populated. you guys are great at fixing that problem.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • counter

      New International Version (©1984)
      The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
      New Living Translation (©2007)
      Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.

      Figure it out funky.... your way is the selfish way.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • What IF

      b4

      –The Ansei-Tōkai Quake was an 8.4 magnitude earthquake which struck J.apan on December 23, 1854.
      –The Ansei-Nankai Quake was an 8.4 magnitude earthquake which struck J.apan on December 24, 1854.
      –The Ansei Edo Quake was a 6.9 magnitude earthquake which struck Edo (modern-day Tokyo) on November 11, 1855. One hundred and twenty earthquakes and tremors in total were felt in Edo in 1854-55.

      If I had more time, I'd find more examples. Ya' got anything else? We should have been toast many times over the centuries according to your "prophesy".

      April 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • jason s

      id rather live my life to the fullest than fear santa claus

      April 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  3. Susan SFO

    What a great pilgrimage! I know God will bless him very much for his selfless love and for his faith. Skeptics, i pray that God blesses you in His mercy. Calling upon His Great Mercy, i pray that He shows you mercy at the hour of your death. In Jesus' name, i pray.

    April 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • jason s

      ouch. thats so mean and christian.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      yep, god just loves blood and suffering. just think if he had flogged himself the whole time so his back was bloody too - god would have really been happy then.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      I want to make a pilgrimage some day. The Holy Land for sure!

      April 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  4. Nick

    I guess churches dont give "sanctuary" anymore. Goes against the whole idea of church and so called christian values. Its all BS

    April 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Nick

      Also you can pray all you want but there is nothing its going to do for stage 4 cancer.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  5. Ryan

    What's hilarious about these comments, every single one of you think you are 'winning' the argument with your posts. Whether atheists thinking they are funny and witty, or Catholics being ultra defensive and judgmental, it doesn't matter. Non of you can prove or disprove the existence of god. You either believe or you don't. It's Saturday people, agree to disagree, respect each other, and get a freaking life..

    April 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • just wondering

      Is it Saturday all over the world?

      April 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • jason s

      oh your so "winning". but your right its saturday. so what are you doing here.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Ryan

      once again. Makin some witty comment to make yourself feel smarter than others. No just wondering. You so smart! Thank you for knowing the world has time zones and proving me wrong! I'd be so lost without you.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • jason s

      maybe it was a serious question... if this hurts you so bad then go do something.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Ryan

      It's clear that the simple act of respect doesn't happen anyone. Thanks for the fantastic insight Jason. Have a good night people.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • jason s

      well your mighty welcome. Glad I can spread joy. 🙂 you have a fantastic night yourself

      April 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • just wondering

      Awful sorry you got caught being a horses ass, Ryan. Better luck next time.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  6. jason s

    some of you need to sit down, get a coloring book and some crayons, maybe some juicyjuice and stay in the corner with your god so we can enjoy the party.

    April 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  7. Remy

    This is on a news site? Seriously? What a joke.

    April 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    April 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Reality check

      I guess praying to a volcano does the same as to your god.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Remy

      Nobody ever said it was. It's not unhealthy either. Come on, people. Let's use our brains.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • nope

      nope

      April 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • cybercmdr

      Another unsubstantiated claim by the believing community. Any facts to back that up?
      How about the contrapositives, such as the families that believe strongly in spare the rod, spoil the child and put their kids in the hospital? Or the parents that deny their kids medical care because they believe God will heal them if they believe hard enough? Or, regarding prayer changing things, Perry's big prayer sessions to bring rain to Texas?

      It's easy to mouth claims based on your warm, fuzzy feelings about your faith. Unfortunately, many of those types of claims don't hold up to any form of scrutiny.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven

      April 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  9. Reality check

    today, jesus would likely be on medication subscribed by a good psychotherapist.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • nope

      nope !

      April 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  10. Reality check

    the church is the place to go when you want to understand the universe.. even Aristotle knew the earth was not flat, and that was when?? Oops bloodletting was the churches belief in medicine too. So you want to hear them preach of the invisible? They claim you can't prove them wrong with invisible stuff and promises of a return that they can't get right..

    April 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Truth7

      Ask God if He is real.

      But here's the thing, you've already chosen your side, so you won't. You would rather believe lies than the Truth.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Reality check

      i've yet to be proven a lie..

      April 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Medievna

      Can't you just be happy for someone who found a spiritual calling and quit spreading your own jaded dissatisfaction with your own life into the lives of others? Seriously, find something more constructive to do than filling the world with more hatred and intolerance.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Reality check

      hate intolerance, brought to you by religion – just read history.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • just sayin

      I was reading the history of atheist Joe Stalin the other day. Joe was so intolerant, he murdered 24 million of his people.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      he was a cult of personality, something Humanists also decry. the difference is he didn't have a holy book telling him to kill, like christians do.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • counter

      Booty, you must be on drugs. There is NOTHING in the New Testament telling Christians to kill people.

      Where do you get your irrational hatred anyway?

      April 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  11. Bootyfunk

    how is this a story? oh, i know how:
    “So I grabbed the remote and landed on CNN, and there was this sister talking about this saint and what she meant to her.”
    mention CNN and they'll put your story up. kiss CNN @ss in other words, and they'll print your dribble.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Reality check

      all that pain and suffering and the religious pretend they are all the ones suffering with this guy.. TOOOOOOO FUNNNNNY

      April 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  12. Sister Abigail

    That little bastard ate all my graham crackers! Right out of the pantry!

    April 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  13. Reality check

    Thankfully, it took good people to tame these christians.. or it'd inquisition all over again.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Truth7

      The inquisition is revealed in Revelation, long before it occured. "Wicked men" were responsible.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      yep, wicked priests that tortured and murdered with church approval.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Reality check

      ah.. always someone who did it.. must have been the other christian personality.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • jason s

      hmmm and i recall that a person could buy their way into heaven..

      April 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  14. Sister Emily

    That little punk stole our silverware!!

    April 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  15. Bootyfunk

    what a heart-warming story about ignorance.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  16. Reality check

    if there were a jesus and he came back - the christians would be the first to deny him!

    April 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • jason s

      they would be the first to crucify him!

      April 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Reality check

      they sure remind him with those crosses they wear. Hey jesus, remember the last time? Would you come back?

      April 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      yep, if jesus was killed in the 1970s, christians would be wearing an electric chair around their necks. disgusting. you worship a symbol of torture. ew.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Me

      Whe Jesus comes back everyone will know.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Reality check

      ah,, everyone will know because he will do magic.. Proof the religious don't really believe.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • jason s

      haha he will pull a bunny out of his hat. 😛 someone like that would definatly destroy your churches first.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Truth7

      When Jesus came back to the disciples after His resurrection, only one recognized Him. He is letting us know what will happen in 2,000 years (now).

      One river (God's Word) was in Eden. When it flowed out of Eden, it branched into four..

      April 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Reality check

      truth7 is proof of what brainwashing does to children. Hope Truth7 isn't around kids.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • jason s

      holy frack truth, go color something!

      April 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      and he said he'd be back before the end of their lifetimes - but failed. jesus is fail. just a nutjob cult leader that got everyone to worship him. did he laugh his @ss off every night thinking how gullible people are? or was he crazy enough to believe he was the son of a deity? if jesus was alive today, he'd have an Evangelist show on TV fleecing old men and women for their money like any other Evangelist today.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      eality check,,,,,,,,,,,, ,.

      It seems that we humanists are about to cross a threshold! Do we as a wholeness plan to embark on ever increasingly more journey towards the outerness places of Cosmological Celestialness NOT without God's Graces? Will we soon journey once again back to the moon and set up shop there to mine the moon for its' wealth? I make reference to "Helium3", our soon to be needed scource element needed for correct me if I'm wrong, fusion engines! In case one has not kept pace with scientific revelations, they have "created" a new "fusion or fission engine that "will" replace most of today's fossil feul combustion systems! Get on board all and let others know of any scientific breakthroughs that needs to be known by otherly folks!

      April 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • jason s

      if you were to reach the edge of the "cosmological celestialness"(?SMH), you would still find no god.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      or just compare Humanism and any Christian cult's ethical/moral values. seriously. compare ethics. Humanism is about compassion, responsibility and reason. Humanism doesn't demand you kill people, for starters. so compare the two and tell me which is more humane. i dare you.

      April 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  17. iggram

    Tony the world would be a better place without people like you.
    The stupidity that flows from these comments is unbelievable.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • rational

      Tony sounds very rational, and you very unchristian.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  18. Truth7

    If you really want to know if God is real, just ask Him with an honest heart.

    You spend your time spewing various philosphers's words on atheism, so apparently you spent numerous hours studying your empty religion, but you haven't gone to the source...GOD. The one who can confirm it. He already knows your sins.

    April 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      or talk to the wall. same thing.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Reality check

      yes.. just as alcoholics deny and need drinking buddies, so do the religious.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Truth7

      See? You want to stay in the darkness, you scoff at the obvious! Ask God.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Reality check

      churches are sure dark, aren't they??

      April 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      churches are bastions of ignorance, the last places on earth you can go and be taught information that has been proven completely wrong. it's like an anti-college. want to stop thinking for yourself? go to church! derp!!!

      April 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  19. Jerseygirl

    Dave123
    I love love love what you wrote! I feel sorry for those who don't believe. Yet God believes in them!

    April 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Ashrakay

      Don't feel sorry for us. We have accepted reality, good and bad alike. Feel sorry for the people that are missing out on life because their days are clouded by their commitment to a fantasy.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Reality check

      I feel sorry for your kids.. Oops, you are likely a catholic priests on a con..

      April 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • jason s

      @ashrakay- well said. 🙂

      April 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      all cult members think their mumbo-jumbo is the right mumbo-jumbo. try thinking or yourself. seriously. it's liberating not to have an imaginary big brother watching your every move.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • What IF

      BootyFunk,

      Do you really trust Jerseygirl, Dave123, Truth7, and the like to think for themselves? I wonder what other goofiness they could/would conjure up! Maybe we are better off with knowing their MO and just keeping an eye on them?!

      April 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      not joining a cult is a good start, yes. cults, like christianity, do your thinking for you. science offers peer review and evidence - something which applies independent thought. you read one book written by people that thought the earth was flat that tells you how to think. see a difference?

      April 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  20. Reality check

    Want to raise your kids as believers? Sp-an-k them to rob their spi-rit, much easier than having to co-mm-unicate. (Co-mmu-nica-tions takes too much of your precious time.) The brainwashing begins,, bring them to church for euphoric music and the chanting of 'amen'. And they will become z-om-bies with minds blocking reasoning. Just like you!

    April 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Me

      Want them to think like a zombie take them to a universalist church. Want them to stand out from the crowd, show them the Truth and Savation of the Gospel.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Truth7

      You have serious issues with hate. Most people I know became believers well past childhood. And before you say anymore dam.ning things about children's beliefs in God, you should really read what Jesus has to say on that subject, because it applies to you and your fate. One day you will know the Truth and you will regret every hateful word spoken, because they will be played back to you when standing before your Creator.

      Instead of continuing the lie that God is not real, why don't you be an adult and simply ask Him with an honest heart? You have no excuse, ASK.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • jason s

      truth you really should quit talking. do you really believe that jesus was any more real then zues? or vishnu? yes the bible has so good morals. But they are stories just like the stories of olympus, a way to teach lessons. doesnt mean that jesus was real or that god is real. especially not the christian symbol of god, which is absurd and demoralizing to the religion in itself.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Over It

      Truth7, "ask Him with an honest heart? You have no excuse, ASK."

      I did just that for decades. I got NO ANSWER, but kept believing anyway... out of habit, fear, societal expectations and superst.ition. I got over it eventually.

      Have you ASKED The Leprechaun King is he is real? Why don't you?

      April 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      "Most people I know became believers well past childhood."
      not true. or maybe you know very few people. most people are indoctrinated into their parents religion as children. people don't grow up and then decide to be christians. they are raised as christian. if people made the decision to be religious later in life, it wouldn't follow that whatever religion your parents are, you are. it just depends on where you are born/raised - whatever the predominant religion is there, that's likely to be yours.

      atheists are the ones that make a well-thought out and informed choice, because most atheists have theist parents. seriously, get your facts straight.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Reality check

      hey Bootyfunk, they don't like the truth..

      April 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Truth7

      Jason, Jesus is real and He leads you to God, our Father.

      I agree about "religion". They are not teaching what needs to be done. Jesus says point blank "they will be taught BY GOD". He did NOT say by a man in the pulpit. They don't teach that Jesus checks to see if you are a liar before giving the Holy Spirit...the blind are leading the blind. There is so much that they don't know.

      Study at home with God, have fellowship with fellow believers, but God is to teach us.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      christians hate facts.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      is god there to teach us to murder children, like he did in Egypt? or just a complete genocide, like with the great flood? oh, and i'm sure it was all out of love when he filled innocent babies lungs with the water he sent for that exact purpose - to murder everyone but one family. or is he there to say that killing g.a.y.s, non-virgin brides and disobedient children is not only acceptable, but the right thing to do. if any christian actually followed the bible, they would be among the worst people ever to have lived on earth. luckily, christians practice christianity-light these days, cherry picking the bible so it doesn't seem as disgusting and heinous as it actually is. read that book, all the way through. you'll likely be an atheist by the time you are done.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Reality check

      he sent his priests to so-dom-iz-e children and directed the vatican and bishops to deny the children harmed..

      April 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Over It

      Truth7,

      There is no verified evidence that you are doing anything other than talking to and hearing YOURSELF!

      April 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Reality check,,,,,,,,,,,, ,.

      By your postings I read, you seem to be disgruntled or at least that's what I get from reading your posts. Am I wrong to believe you are sometimes disgruntled? 🙂 😦 🙂

      April 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Truth7 wrote, "You have serious issues with hate. Most people I know became believers well past childhood. And before you say anymore dam.ning things about children's beliefs in God, you should really read what Jesus has to say on that subject, because it applies to you and your fate. One day you will know the Truth and you will regret every hateful word spoken, because they will be played back to you when standing before your Creator.
      Instead of continuing the lie that God is not real, why don't you be an adult and simply ask Him with an honest heart? You have no excuse, ASK
      .
      The aboveness writing wrote on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm by Truth7

      I mean you Truth7 no misgivings but God and His Kind have a hard time to answer our most defenning questions. He, God and all of His Kind live deeply inside our bodies which are but God's Buildings. I say this because it is si written in the Gospels. 1 Cornithians 3:9 to be exact! In all earnest sincerities we do labour together with God and His Sons and their wives and all their generations who live all of them deeply within/inside our body-like buildings! God and His Kinds are all Life's husbandries!

      1 Corinthians 3:9, For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

      Do me a great favor Truth7 and meditate on this verse of scripture and my words I did write. 🙂 😦 🙂

      April 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Bootyfunk,,,,,,,,,,,, ,.

      In order for someone of your stature, I do plead with you do stay away from the Gospels for being miss diagnosed by otherly folks who may look in your veiw to be but peers. Is it wise to place your bets upon otherly folks you admire and seek their words of wittiness for you to but mimick? If you have a religious perspective that concerns you, just let it lay and for God's and other's sakes do not parrot away your learned accusations against otherly folks who they themselves have yet to find answers!

      April 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
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