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May 4th, 2012
05:01 PM ET

Bible reading marathon wraps up in Washington

By David Ruff, CNN

Washington (CNN)–
For nearly 90 continuous hours, rain or shine, believers read the Bible from beginning to end on the steps of the nation's Capitol.

The Bible marathon began with a reading of Genesis 1:1 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. For 23 years, a small nonprofit group called the International Bible Reading Association has one purpose: "To encourage reading the Bible, both publicly and privately," says the Washington organizer Michael Hall, senior pastor of People's Church in Washington.

Volunteers take turns reading through the text 24 hours a day for five days. The group relies on the security of the Capital Hill Police, who are stationed all around the Capitol. Hall says the readers have never had any problems or threats from onlookers or other groups.

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Because of permit restrictions, the readers can't use heaters or any protective cover. When rain threatens, the group covers the bibles with plastic sheets and the volunteer readers wear rain jackets.

"It's a wonderful celebration of our First Amendment rights. We have people coming from all around the world and they're stunned that we can do this. We’re one of the few countries in the world who has a Bill of Rights," Hall says.

Hall says this is a nonpolitical event that draws people from all walks of life who have one thing in common. "We’re not a small group, Christians. We’re all around the world. We’re in every country."

Bible readers include children being home schooled, church groups, individuals and even legislators. With Congress out of session, the only lawmaker to participate was Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, who read on Tuesday morning. Hall says in years past, around 24 lawmakers usually read.

Some read the Bible in their native language, as was the case with readers from the Korean Baptist Church in Washington.

The Scriptures are read on a Bible-shaped podium. The organizers set up a table and display 100 Bibles in different languages. “What we’re doing is a great witness for this country and a great witness for God.”

The last verse of the Bible, Revelation 22:22 was read in a small ceremony at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, May 1 at 2 p.m.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bible

soundoff (438 Responses)
  1. AGuest9

    Secularization in a Post-Religious World - FINALLY!

    May 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  2. Read the Bible and pray everyday!
    May 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Why not do something productive, like volunteering at a hospital or soup kitchen?

      May 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Christians are the most charitable!

      because they read the Bible and pray everyday!

      May 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Certainly not by example! Charity isn't performed with one's mouth.

      May 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer cures dark skin. Proven.

    May 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • just sayin

      As long as the truth that Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things is circulated, humanity wins. Prayer is good for what ails you. God bless

      May 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why are you still retarded?

      May 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      You prayed until you were no longer black?

      May 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  4. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things .

    May 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things-

    May 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  6. Nii

    The are lots of Christians and Jews who know the verses in question but are happy in their spiritual life because they put them in context n understand them. I find it funny when I here that non-Christians of all types understand Christianity more or they know e Bible more if two verses r hard 4 U.

    May 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Bob

      Nii, since you keep spewing about your bible, note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes your sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations, and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      May 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Nii

      BOB
      This type of post is something I find funny. The sacrifices were mostly eaten by the one who offers it, his family, and the Priests. I am Messianic Jewish n I read the Mosaic Law. If you really want to ask questions then ask! I've seen ur post under different names. Always the same wording.

      May 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Nii

      The Mosaic Law is very complex but for the most part it is to help MAN detect that he tends to do what he himself feels is wrong. Another thing is that the Tabernacle is a functional model of the human brain. Look closer. Think more abstract. Learn something!

      May 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Nii

      BOB
      If u really want to understand the meaning of the Bible u will hve to take an interpretative view. You will have to practise its teachings without necessarily professing in them. As in a scientific experiment u will understand when u practise that it does not need to be true to work like a model

      May 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Nii

      BOB
      It is natural for one who does not understand the Bible by practising its teaching to think theoretical analysis by the allegorical view or the literalist view by blind acceptance are right. Then an atheist sets out to counter it. Pascal's Wager is an example of interpretive biblical view.

      May 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Nii

      Also Bob taking something out of context does not mean the source is wrong only that the info was processed wrongly by the reciever. It is never the communicator's fault if you refuse to follow the context. We are flawed. Even if God appeared directly to each of us we will still doubt Him.

      May 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • The Phist

      Nii. No offense or anything, but you are an absolute fucking retard.

      May 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  7. Nii

    While u encourage us to ask questions seems u unfortunately decide to pontificate to us without checking what it means to even be a Hebrew, Jew or Christian. And to call someone's god a sky fairy is to think that degrading his beliefs will make him accept urs. No bully made himself popular that way.

    May 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      better tell that to god.. he is the ultimate bully ... love me , believe in me or go to hell..nice

      May 6, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Nii

      Hello DNA
      I believe u've fought 2o many battles against Literalist Fundamentalist Evangelicals. Pietist Evangelicals dont believe professing belief is what God wants. In de Bible God considers loving ur neighbor as yourself as loving Him with all your life. U r saved when u do this. James 2.

      May 6, 2012 at 2:10 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Hii..saved from what? The bible is open to so much interpretation based to fit your own version of the religion you are in,, that its words are useless .. There is nothing in the bible that was not known prior to it being written. As you cannot offer any proof of what you say, and the Evangelicals cannot either, then what you say has no validity than any other work of fiction.

      May 6, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  8. mikstov33

    Some people talk too much...

    May 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  9. Bootyfunk

    Christians reading the bible - I doubt it...

    May 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Bob

      Great point.

      May 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  10. Buffalo, NY

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

    May 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Johnny Blammo

      If you want to do videos, here are a few which show how to do them intelligently, and with a lot more humeor. By the way, why are religious people so relentlessly humorless?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd7iXASIOdA

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB3g6mXLEKk

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcy40pvGIGQ

      May 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Johnny Blammo

      This woman has some really good ones too:

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

      May 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Denise

      Johnny Blammo,

      Thanks.Yours are some of my favorites about religion, Carlin and the quiz show one especially. So accurate too.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  11. Primewonk

    Apparently "god's oldest dreamer" thinks his/her stylized ramblings are clever, amusing, or a sign of intelligence.

    Apparently "god's oldest dreamer" is an îdiot,,,,,,,,,,,, ,

    May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Hitchens

      It takes one to know one.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Sorry Hitchens, but I'm not afundiot who purposefully chooses to be ignorant. You must have me confused with someone else.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Nope, you definitely choose to be ignorant.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Primewonk

      How, exactly, have I chose to be ignorant. Again, be specific.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Try reading some of your posts and get back to us. Specific enough for you ?

      May 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Denise

      As usual, Hitchens can present no evidence.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Primewonk,,,,,,,,,,,, ,

      Have you looked upon a mirror lately? Waht's that,,,, it's broken? Perhaps another morror to reflect upon? What's that? It'll just break as well? Seems it's not the mirror but the one looking into and seeing its' reflective disposition breaking the damn mirror! Egads how then is one to gussy up and look real good if one always breaks all the mirrors of reflection?

      May 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Apparently Hitchens is unable to pàrse this, " How, exactly, have I chose to be ignorant. Again, be specific."

      I wonder why?

      May 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Primewonk

      god's oldest dreamer wrote, " Primewonk,,,,,,,,,,,, ,"

      Apparently this putz still hasn't replaced their comma key.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Hitchens

      As ignorance is encountered on primewonk posts I have taken the liberty to note the ignorance. The "proof" is in primewonks own posts.

      May 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • TRUTH

      god oldest dreamer openly admitted to raping his little brother

      the garbage cant be trusted

      May 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • momoya

      @Hitchens

      INstead of just talking about proof, how about providing some?? It's all just empty bragging, isnt' it?

      May 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
  12. Stupid is as Christianity Does

    I like the way article talks about their security – damn they are paranoid with their persecution delusions! Of course nobody bothered them.

    "We have people coming from all around the world and they're stunned that we can do this." Actually, they were stunned that anyone would want to do that.

    And of course, no Christian statement could be complete without a total lie: "This is a nonpolitical event" . . . which they did on the steps of the Capitol building in the political heart of the nation's capital.

    May 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Bennett

      Good name.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Stupid is as stupid does, I'd read the Bible instead of listening to others that mock Jesus and claim this hatred as your own ...

      The Eternal Flames (aka Hell) is where the mockers are now mocked (Proverbs 1:26). The scoffers are now put to shame (Proverbs 3:35; 13:5).

      Amen.

      May 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Bob

      Yeah, the bible is where you can really find out how stupid and nasty Christianity really is. Typical stuff that HeavenSent mentions like unfair eternal torture for putting a foot wrong in a short mortal life, that any modern court would consider barbaric. The bible is loaded with instructions from god like this horrid stuff:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      And don't forget those brutal animal sacrifices that your Christian god wants you to do, the nasty jerk. note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes your sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations, and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Please, stop referencing that Christian book of nasty, AKA the bible, as a guide to, well, anything.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      May 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob, I see that you still haven't a clue. You act as if everyone has some form of good in them. If that is the case, no wonder you have so many problems with Jesus' truth.

      May 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  13. BM Guru of the Feel Good Joint

    I just finished a marathon BM in my "library". Now...what did I miss?

    May 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Hitchens

      It appears you left the better part of your personality in your "library".

      May 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  14. fernace

    Perhaps instead of sitting around reading the bible, those "devoted" people should put some of the biblical teachings to work! How about a food & clothing drive for the poor & homeless! That would certainly be a better use of their time, not to mention, the Christian thing to do!!

    May 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Hitchens

      There is a time and a season for all things. A time to do and a time to find fault and whimper on an anonymous blog.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  15. Portland tony

    This is God's work? No this some mortal's idea of how to get in a Guinness book of records. This doesn't glorify God..The Bible is to be read as a conduit between the reader and the Lord. I implore you...stop the theatrical presentations and go out and do The lords work...walk among the people, provide aid and comfort to those in need.

    May 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Bob

      Yeah, tony, get out and do that fine work that your "loving" Christian lord wants you to do, stuff like this:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations, and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      May 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Nii

      BOB
      Even though you are always here n post the same thing over and over again under different aliases u wud notice if that verse is put into context it is not part of the Mosaic Law but instructions for the conquest of Canaan and punishing the Canaanite tribes issued specifically to the Hebrews.

      May 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Bob

      Nii, this is my name. Now, try actually responding to my questions and stow your personal attacks. Seriously, why are those horrid demands by god even in there? And again, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and is so readily taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      May 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob, if you followed Jesus' righteous teachings, you wouldn't be concerned what happens to the unrighteous.

      May 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  16. Voice of Reason

    A perfectly display of our rights! Standing ovation!

    May 5, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Come agaiin?

      May 5, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      @God's Oldest Dreamer
      "Come agaiin?"

      A perfect display of our rights as citizens of this country. For example; a person in Indonesia post's a "there is no god" post on facebook and they are arrested. In this country we have the right to say what we want even if other's do not agree with it or find it offensive.

      May 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      VoR,,,,,,,,,,,, ,

      I was relating to your writing, "perfectly display" in your 1st post! I do though thank you for expounding! Makes puuuurrfect sense to a sensualist! 🙂 🙁 🙂

      May 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      @God's Oldest Dreamer

      Well if one did allow one to clamor along infundantly with the propagation that the presupposed sensationalist eradicated any form of intelligibility, it would be morally contemplated. Allowing for variants in unspecified proclamations, would, in fact, juxtapose in inferior complexity to the overall abundance of insatiable exponents. Clearly, without remorse or collaboration, it would be expected.

      May 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      All the gibberish you write and you take issue with "perfectly"? LOL....At least it is a real word...

      "infundantly"- no dictionary results

      May 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      "infundantly"- no dictionary results

      god = no reality results

      May 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      VoR,,,,,,,,,,,, ,

      I see that your stylized renditionings does portray the commonalities in the beneficial conflagrations of worded mortalities! It is with ngoodness I do salute you and your Word of benevolent scripture! Live Life and let live the otherly of life's escapades, never upsetting their carts while always steering clear of the roots leavened uprisings!

      May 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  17. Primewonk

    It would have been really hot if they had some 18 year old virgin cutie read Ezekiel 23 when it talks about prostîtutes longing after lovers who were hung like donkeys witth emissions like horses.

    Or have some fundiot father force his 14 year old virgin daughter to read Judges 11 – you know the part where god has Jephtaht torch his young virgin daughter as a human sacrifice.

    May 5, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      The egoisms are weakened and the flesh is forlorned! Such ill-gottenness of your Word is an unpleasentry to the common denominators' fulcrums! Your succinct lucidness ideals are duly noted!

      May 5, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Hitchens

      Ignorance noted. Misinterpretation and taking Bible verses out of context.

      May 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I'm just shaking my head. Jesus said that non-believers couldn't/can't comprehend His truth ... no matter how you try and incorporate ALL His teachings in the Bible.

      May 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    May 5, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  19. martog

    Rather than inculcating our children with the primary-color simple Sunday school legends and myths most people do, might I suggest the following ten comandments to enable them to think for themselves.
    1. DO NOT automatically believe something just because a parent, priest, rabbi or minister tells you that you must.
    2. DO NOT think that claims about magic and the supernatural are more likely true because they are written in old books. That makes them less likely true.
    3. DO analyze claims about religion with the same critical eye that you would claims about money, political positions or social issues.
    4. DO NOT accept it when religious leaders tell you it is wrong to question, doubt or think for yourself. It never is. Only those selling junk cars get frightened when you want to "look under the hood".
    5. DO decouple morality from a belief in the supernatural, in any of its formulations (Christianity, Judaism, Islam etc.). One can be moral without believing in gods, ghosts and goblins and believing in any of them does not make one moral.
    6. DO a bit of independent research into whatever book you were brought up to believe in. Who are its authors and why should I believe them in what they say? How many translations has it gone through? Do we have originals, or only edited copies of copies of copies– the latter is certainly true for every single book in the Bible.
    7. DO realize that you are only a Christian (or Hindu or Jew) because of where you were born. Were you lucky enough to be born in the one part of the World that “got it right”?
    8. DO NOT be an apologist or accept the explanation “your mind is too small to understand the greatness of god” or “god moves in mysterious ways” when you come upon logical inconsistencies in your belief. A retreat to mysticism is the first refuge of the cornered wrong.
    9. DO understand where your religion came from and how it evolved from earlier beliefs to the point you were taught it. Are you lucky enough to be living at that one point in history where we “got it right”?
    10. DO educate yourself on the natural Universe, human history and the history of life on Earth, so as to be able to properly evaluate claims that a benevolent, mind-reading god is behind the whole thing.
    I sometimes think that, if we first taught our children these simple guidelines, any religion or other supernatural belief would be quickly dismissed by them as quaint nostalgia from a bygone era. I hope we get there as a species.

    May 5, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Such wordists' do challenge one to say, "The do and the do nots are but a figment of an obtuse imaginarium's brain-yard of consfusionistc imbecilicisms calling out aimlessly upon the mindfields!"

      May 5, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Reality

      Before and Beyond the "do's and don'ts":

      ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS:

      1. 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. “

      prob•a•bly
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      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,

      May 5, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Reality,,,,,,,,,,,, ,

      Your profane and profuse deliberations in condemning church'd positrons and negatives leaves assunder the very real outlandishness of worldly civil pedophiles and adulteressness diseased nomenclatures of any and even all constabularies of the world's wickedness and viagrated venerabilities!

      May 5, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Reality

      The Oldest Dreamer apparently is new here.

      Previously:

      Why did today's pope, prelates, preachers and rabbis, so focused on society's se-xual sins, lose sight of clerical se-xual sins?
      "
      FEAR, SHAME and GUILT and COVER IT ALL UP!!!

      Obviously ordination in any religion is not assurance of good behavior !!!!!

      Neither is coronation!!! e.g. Henry VIII, King David.

      Neither is marriage as 50% of those men convicted of pedophilia are married.

      Neither is being elected president of the USA!! e.g. Billy "I did not have se-x with that girl" Clinton, John "Marilyn Monroe" Kennedy".

      Neither is possessing super athletic skill!!! e.g. Tiger "I am so sorry for getting caught" Woods.

      Neither is being an atheist or pagan since pedophilia is present in all walks of life.

      If someone is guilty of a crime in this litany of "neithers" they should or should have been penalized as the law dictates to include jail terms for pedophiliacs (priests, rabbis, evangelicals, boy scout leaders, married men/women), divorce for adultery (Clinton, Kennedy, Woods), jail terms for obstruction of justice (Clinton, Cardinal Law) and the death penalty or life in prison for murder ("Kings David and Henry VIII).

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
      M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

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

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..(Religions/Groups involved)*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      May 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Reality,,,,,,,,,,,, ,

      What then say you is your real purpose for unloading such relatives regarding the wars of the ages? If it is to have others keep their depth perceptions from never forgetting then I see! Tradgic as it is we humanists have a very so very long histories of "negamosities" bewailing our "canundrumns"! As a wholesomeness we are littered with much wastefulness!

      May 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What's "tradgic" (sic) is the fact someone as delusional as you is able to afford a computer and the electricity to run it.

      May 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  20. God's Oldest Dreamer

    The equatorially beleagered missed representatives are collar bound with egoisms' vilenesses! The curtailing of churches emulating Godly virtues are nowadays the triumphants slaughterings of its' flocks thru unneeded perfumes such as books and Tv evangelists doing the cornerstone marketings of other than the Bible! How can the Truth not be subverted when subvertionalisms are nowadays most churches common denominators?

    Why should any atheist be bothered one bit that God either exists or doesn't? Can't one just get along lil doggies,get along? Or is it that hate still boils over and continues corrupting the up and coming newbies on the livid Life benches? Is one not but a part of the wholeness or are we ever to continue onward with the splinterings thereof? Where does one stop the malignancies of sociological disfigurementations' laments?

    Literally fragranced are thoughts of expounding contrivances' concerns and regards! Literalizations in hastefullness are at times either well thought or seldomly bought! The carrying of and towards predjudisms parlors to "Frankenstonian" wants! The malignancies of predjudistic revelries runs down the social gammets toward ever dividing one's willingness to be alikened to and beyond otherliness regards and concernments discipled! The spiritually fruitier the mentally loopier one gets and does become!

    Only but one needs to seek faithfully the mercy for us all! Who in the now-times will it so be? You? Your best friend? A neighbor? We all stand upon and towards our own cliff's edge! Will one await one's end by living it out? Should one walk over and passed one's edged cliff and lay waste to one's embodied ego? In summation I have sought mercies for my stained Life by letting other's shoulder my past sins! I was wronged for so doing it due giving the imbecilic attention getters their indignascious and malignant thrustngs of their tongued word of contemptualisms sarcasms into my very heartfelt ego! Live and be let to live in one and alls' sinfulnessed indignations!

    May 5, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Jill

      Frogs! Never be predictive of cratered piedmont, for that which is the carrot car. What are you surgically kissing? In the end, the pie shall document the seminal ocean. Koble is the new peanut.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Denise

      Jill that's hilarious. Makes more sense than what you were replying to.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Jill –

      Clever!

      May 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Contenadoriae

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      May 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Nii

      DREAMER
      I agree with you perfectly. Christians shud focus more on living out the Bible's principles than following fads.
      I wish the atheists here wud also be more intelligent even in their fault-finding but to constantly tell a person what he knows already and claim u r enlightening him is silly.

      May 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Bob

      Yeah, Nii, those fine nasty bible principles, like mass murder and torture that it is chock full of. Now, since you keep spewing about your bible, note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes your sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations, and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Please, stop referencing that Christian book of nasty, AKA the bible, as a guide to, well, anything.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      May 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob, you might as well save the time typing and post for everyone to join you in the eternal flames. You prove misery loves company. LOL.

      May 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Nii the last thing you should ever do is accept facts... that would lead to understanding and possibly the truth, which would be far different from what you have been told to believe in. Do you find it strange that no where in the bible does it mention anything about the land that would be known as Australia, or Antarctica, or Greenland...if Jesus had drawn in the sand a map of the world with the land masses shown that would have shown some thing and been a proof of his divine status,,,but no.. what is mentioned is what was known at the time.I would have thought that JC could have called up Dad and had him send down a map.

      May 6, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      GOD You still must have one hell of a time ordering in a restaurant..

      May 6, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      heavensent .. Still waiting to hear about heaven, and if you wear clothes or are naked when walking about there.. If you wear clothes do they get dirty and worn out.. would you need to buy new ones..if so would you go to a store and who would work there... you die and end up in a department store what gives who get selected.. atheists may be....but you want us in the fires and would you trust us to clothe you. Where would the fabric some from to make clothes...these are questions that need to be answered.. but of course you have none... lets not even get into if you age in heaven....if you die young do you stay that age... or age with the rest of the mortals

      May 6, 2012 at 1:04 am |
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